St. Columba's Primary School


"Believe in the whisperings of God to your own heart."

St. Mary of the Cross MacKillop

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Message from the Principal

Dear Parents and Carers

Thank you to Mrs Davis and the Year 4 students for their reflective Anzac Prayer service held last Friday. There was a small technological hitch however all students showed respectful patience while the problem was being resolved. Mrs Davis and the Year 4 students modelled that when things don’t go to plan, how we respond is what really matters.

We warmly welcome Mrs Carbone, a new teacher to our school. Mrs Carbone joins Mrs Ferrante in Year 2.

This week we held information evenings for those parents whose children will shortly be receiving either the Sacrament of Eucharist or Confirmation. I thank the parents who attended as this is an important part in helping to prepare your child to receive these Sacraments. We all have a role in the children’s faith journey and the partnership between home, school and parish in working together to support the children, is an important one. I ask that you keep our First Holy Communicants and Confirmation Candidates in your prayers.

Next week our students in Years 3 and 5 will be participating in NAPLAN testing. While it is quite natural to feel a little nervous before a test, it is important to remind your children that the results from NAPLAN do not tell us how special they are. NAPLAN does not measure their kindness, empathy, creativity, motivation, effort or skills. NAPLAN provides our school with important information about how each student is developing against the Australian Curriculum, but it does not test or measure your child’s God-given uniqueness or potential. Please encourage your child to relax and to try their best.

The children have been working hard on their Mother’s Day craft and creations and in the process have reflected on how important mums and grandmothers are in their lives. As a school, we recognise how much mums and carers contribute to our welcoming and supportive community.

Thank you to the P&F for the successful running of the Mothers’ Day stall this week and for the kind and generous donations from our school community. It was wonderful to see such excitement on the children’s faces as they carefully selected a gift for their mum or special person in their life. We look forward to seeing you tomorrow at the Mother’s Day breakfast, also kindly arranged by the P&F. Please note Kiss and Drive will be closed tomorrow morning for the Mother’s Day breakfast.

Students attending Brick4Kids after school program are to wait at Kiss and Drive and they will be taken to the library by the Kiss and Drive Duty staff member for the start of the session. Please pack a snack which your child may eat while they wait at Kiss and Drive before the commencement of the session.

A reminder to our community that the P&F and Board Meetings are being held next week.

May God abundantly bless all Mothers and carers in our community. Happy Mothers’ Day for Sunday.

Allen McMahon


What a Week!

Important Dates

Friday 10 May

  • Mothers' Day Breakfast from 7:45am to 8:45am
  • Kindy O Mothers' Day Morning

Sunday 12 May

  • Mothers' Day

Monday 13 May

  • Kindy B Mothers' Day Morning

Tuesday 14 May

  • NAPLAN Testing
  • P&F Meeting, 7pm in the Staff Room

Wednesday 15 May

  • NAPLAN Testing
  • School Board Meeting

Thursday 16 May

  • NAPLAN Testing

Friday 17 May

  • NAPLAN Testing
  • Winter Sports 2pm to 3pm - Years 5 and 6

Merit Awards

Merit Award Recipients - Friday 17 May Assembly

Year 1B: Romain

Year 1O: Hannah and Eamon

Year 2C: Allegra and Edward

Year 2F: Caeli and Asher

Year 3B: Ella, Louwin and Siri

Year 3P: Isabella, Genevieve, Ahliah

Year 4: Daniel Lawrence

Year 5: Lachlan

Year 6: Matthew

Code of Conduct

This week we look at Statement 7 of our Code of Conduct.

‘You give impartial, honest and accurate information about the education, safety and well-being of students.'

This means that we seek information from parents, colleagues and experts or find information in documents and policies when making decisions or giving advice.

Examples of a breach of this statement would include but are not limited to:

  • Staff: A staff member not taking the roll properly.
  • Students: A student not alerting staff and seeking help when required, particularly when dealing with difficult situations.
  • Parents: A parent not providing information about a child’s learning difficulties, giftedness, social/emotional, medical needs or any other information important to being able to support the education and care of the child.

Family Emergency Contact Details

Early this week a request was emailed out to families for Emergency Contact Details other than a parent/guardian. Please note, parents will always be the first contact in the case of an emergency for their child/ren. The emergency contacts are for in case neither parent has been contactable.

There are fields for 4 emergency contacts, please note only 2 contacts are required.

Please forward the completed form to the school office no later than next Friday. Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Pre-Primary News

Our Pre-Primary classes have been working hard on their top-secret Mother’s Day cards and craft. Mums: you will be delighted, touched - and some even a little surprised when you see how old your child thinks you are! They have put so much care and effort into their work, using their skills, creativity and imaginations.

Inviting New Families to Apply - Kindergarten 2021

St Columba's is now accepting Kindy applications for new students for 2021 - please help to spread the word!

Our Kindy is fully booked for 2020 (but ‘waiting list’ applications are still welcome) and spaces for 2021 are filling up fast - so we encourage families to enquire now. Our school offers a welcoming and supportive community; committed and caring teachers; outstanding location and facilities; and students who love to learn.

Interested families can call (08) 6436 9500 or email

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School Cross Country (Years 3 to 6) - Parents Helpers Needed

Further parent helpers are needed to assist with our School Cross Country event for Years 3 to 6 being held on Friday 24 March from 8:50am to 10:50am. If you are able to assist on the morning please complete the attached form, or send an email: .

Leigh Chatt

Physical Education Specialist

Artist of the Week

Joshua from Year 3 is the Artist of the Week. He was chosen because of his creative cactus art. Joshua loves to create art, especially out of Lego! He likes to draw Garfield. To make his 3D cactus artwork Joshua used cardboard, paper, wool, permanent markers and a recycled glass jar. His favourite thing about his work is the cactus he designed.

Skyla and Layla

Year 6 Art Ministers

Choir News

The School Choir will be performing at the Mothers’ Day morning tea tomorrow morning. Please meet Mrs McDonald in the Music Room at 8am. Students are to wear their normal sports uniform please.

Mrs Louise McDonald

Music Specialist

Musician of the Week

The Musician of the Week is Zoelene in Year 6. Zoelene plays the piano. She has been playing the piano for almost 3 years. Her teacher is Miss Taylor. Her favourite piece is Moonlight Sonata. Her favourite performance is 'Fur Elise'. Zoelene's other hobby is doing martial arts. In the future she would like to continue playing the piano.

Skyla and Layla

Year 6 Art Ministers

Library Roster

Monday 13 May - Sonia Sumich

Wednesday 15 May - Jacqui O'Neill

Sandra Malarkey and Alice Shaw

Scholastic Book Club

Scholastic Book Club catalogues were been sent home with students last week. Orders are due back to the office on Monday, 13 May. Please note late orders cannot be accepted. Credit card payments need to be made via LOOP.

The school receives 20% commission on sales from orders placed through Scholastic Book Club. Our library has received many wonderful new books for the students to read. Thank you for your continued support.

Alice Shaw

Book Club Coordinator

News from our Recycling Team

This week the Recycling Team at St Columba's unveiled their RECYCLING STATION.

In the undercover area we have recycling boxes for:

  • Printer and Ink Cartridges
  • Mobile Phones
  • Batteries
  • Terracycling: Oral Hygiene Products - toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss containers, mouthwash bottles.
  • Australia Post Parcels
  • Dishwashing Bottles and Air Purifying Containers

Families are encouraged to bring their recycling to this point.

We have entered the Colgate Community Garden Competition, so your recycled oral care products help go towards our participation in the competition to win garden beds for St Columba's.

Please come and view our station and help make our community and world a better place.

On Wednesday we introduced the Food Waste collection buckets that will recycle food waste to Ms Shaylor's happy chooks. Polly, Pecker and Rosie love the apple cores, bread crusts, and other bits and pieces from crunch and sip and morning tea.

Erin Shaylor and Brianna Bechelli

St Columba's Recycling Team


Dear Parents and Carers

The Mothers' Day Stall was a great success. The children loved choosing a special surprise for their mum. Thank you to everyone who helped and the Year 2 classes.

There will be a Mothers' Day raffle tomorrow morning. Please bring along gold coins to purchase your ticket to go in the draw for the opportunity to win one of the amazing prizes up for grabs! The raffle will be drawn at the breakfast. Thank you to the Pre-Primary classes for organising the raffle and the breakfast.

This term's Carpark Raffle winner was Anne from Year One. Congratulations!

All parents are most welcome to attend next week's P&F meeting, Tuesday 14 May at 7.00pm in the staff room. Everyone is welcome to come and join us to express ideas. You don't need to be parent reps or have an official role to attend the meetings. We would love to see you.

Lara Tulett

P&F President 2019

Mother's Day Breakfast

The P&F Mothers' Day Breakfast for our school Mums and Carers is tomorrow morning, beginning at 7.45am.

Children are welcome to attend the breakfast with their Mum.

P&F Before School Student Exercise Activities Have Commenced!

The before school exercise activities have commenced and the children who have joined in are having a lot of fun. Please come and join us, Monday, Wednesday and Friday's.

If you would like to volunteer to assist on any of these mornings, please contact Lara Tulett on with your name, contact details and mornings available.

Please note there will be no session tomorrow due to Mothers' Day Morning Tea.

DOSC's 2019 Footy Tipping Competition

The season seems to be taking to some predictability with high scores again achieved over Round 7. The top 10 remained relatively stable with Collins Gang – Grant C joining the Top 10 in position 8.

Round 7 Results: Goal Sneak - Todd D with 8 correct tips and margin of 15 points narrowly pipping Wolf Pack 1 - Clint P with 8 tips and a margin of 16.

Top 10:

1. MC The Best - Matthew C - 43

2. Goal Sneak - Todd D - 39

3. The Mighty De’s - Neilsen D - 38

4. Kennedy17- Christian P - 38

5. Lorraine J - 38

6. Iuliano Family - Paul I -38

7. Scarymans - Mark S - 37

8. Collins Gang - Grant C - 37

9. Team McKenzie - Josh M - 36

10. Binns Clan - David B - 36

Todd Dawson

Footy Tipping Coordinator

Woolworths Earn and Learn

The P&F has signed up once again for the Woolworths Earn and Learn. The program gives our school the chance to earn school equipment.

  • Collect as many stickers and you can between 1 May to 25 June 2019.
  • Stick them on the sticker sheets and place the completed sheets into the collection box in store for St Columba's or our collection box located outside the library.
  • Extra sticker sheets are available from the school office.

Entertainment Books 2019/20

The Entertainment Books ($70) have arrived for purchase from the school office. The P&F receives $14 commission for each book sold. To order a digital book please click here for the Online Order Page.


Barry Wood Soccer Coaching - Player Development Program

The program will be open for all children looking to further develop their love of the game, learning new skills and meeting new friends in a fun, friendly and positive environment. The program will commence on Friday 17 May and run for 8 weeks at Welsley College from 4pm to 5pm. All players age 6 to 12 years old are welcome. To register contact

Bricks4Kidz at St Columba's

Bricks4Kidz after school enrichment classes have commenced at St Columba's on Wednesday's until 26 June this term. Classes commence at 3:30pm in the library. Please follow the the link for the After School Enrolment Page. All inquiries are to be directed to Bricks4Kidz.

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