St. Columba's Primary School


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Ship, truck, boat and walk to transport our donated desks, chairs and library books

Our donated desks, chairs and library books have finally reached Samban School. Through the amazing work of HEAPS PNG the desks were shipped; loaded onto trucks for the four hour journey to Angoram township at the mouth of the Sepik River; then a six hour outboard engine boat ride; and finally a 2km walk to Samban School. Everyone is very grateful for this wonderful gift to the students.

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Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome back everyone to the start of Term 2.

I am hopeful that all had a restful break and enjoyed the holidays. Spending quality time with families is so important.

Please keep in your thoughts and prayers the students who will be making their Confirmation and First Holy Communion this term. I know that the teachers will have them well prepared for the celebration of these Sacraments and it will be an exciting time for the students. The First Holy Communion Mass will take place next Sunday, 7 May at 9:30am at the St Columba’s Parish.

Our school community would like to welcome Miss Isabelle Mercer to the 3G classroom teacher role at St Columba’s this term. Mr Jermaine Beins has accepted a teaching position at St Jerome’s and we thank him for his service to our school and wish him all the best.

Our ANZAC Day Assembly will be held this Friday in Kalyara, commencing at 9am. We invite parents to attend. Anzac Day is a time for all Australians to recognise the more than 1.5 million service men and women who have served our country in all conflicts, wars and peacekeeping operations. It's also a time to remember the over 103, 000 Australians who sacrificed their lives in our country's name.

Our wonderful P & F are working with our Sustainability Team at school to create a sustainable garden space. The next phase of this project is the introduction of the Worm Farm. Students in Years 2-6 will participate in worm farm incursions in Week 3, with further information about this exciting initiative later in the newsletter.

The annual ‘Dad’s Camp Out’ details have been confirmed and we thank the new team for their organisation and enthusiasm. Check out the P & F Section in the newsletter for all the information you need.

A reminder that Monday, 15 May (Week 4) is a Pupil Free Day.

We look forward to an exciting and memorable term ahead.

Jesse Yock

Acting Principal

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Important Dates

Friday 28 April

  • ANZAC DAY liturgy - 9am

Monday 1 May

  • FHC Retreat 24:7 Ministry
  • Confirmation Parent Evening - 6pm

Thursday 4 May

  • FHC Rehearsal - 9am

Friday 5 May

  • Assembly - 5G & 5W

Sunday 7 May

  • FHC Mass - 9.30am

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Merit Award Winners - Week 2

Year 1G - Parker, Audrey, Christina, Thomas

Year 1W - Freddie, Sophie

Year 2G - Oscar H, Sebastian, Inez

Year 2W - Fletcher, Taylor, Harlow

Year 3G - Ellen, Lucas P

Year 3W - Matilda, Annabelle

Year 4G - Amaia, Jackson

Year 4W - Eliora, Kieran

Year 5G -Toby, Sienna

Year 5W - Darcey, Lachlan, Arabella

Year 6G - Emma R, Ciara

Year 6W - Xavier, Paris

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We will gather tomorrow as a whole school to celebrate ANZAC Day. We remember all those who have served our nation during war, those who have died, and those who have returned. Let us pray for all who fought for our country believing in the gift of peace. Students will participate in an Anzac Day Assembly at 9am this Friday 28 April, led by our Year 6 leaders.

History of Fr. Brennan from Monsignor O'Loughlin

Confirmation 2023

Our Year 6 students are busy preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation this term. Parents of those candidates receiving Confirmation in 2023 will meet for the Parent Information Evening next Monday 1 May at 6pm in the Church. One parent from each family is asked to attend the session, which should take about 45 minutes.

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First Holy Communion 2023

Please take note of the important dates coming up. Click below for full details.
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CEWA Childsafe Framework

This framework of nine elements combine supporting a child safe culture, healthy and respectful relationships and extended guardianship in school communities, based on the latest research and recognised best practices. Teachers are responsible for delivering this curriculum to students.

Please view the video below for an introduction to the framework.

Project Compassion

Thank you to everyone who has donated so generously to Project Compassion. We raised $1, 757.20.

Our generous support has helped to change the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable people. Together we have raised much-needed funds for people living in poverty.

As a school community we have made a difference now, and For All Future Generations.

2023 RoboPro Drone Youth Tournament Event Video

Please click on the link below to view the video from the Robopro Drone Tournament
2023 RoboPro Drone Youth Tournament Event Video

Worm Farm Coming to St Columba’s!

All Year 2-6 classes will attend a P&F funded worm farm incursion session in Week 3 – see schedule below.

Worm Farm Incursion Schedule Y2-6 classes

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Worm Farm Incursion Details – Action Item for Parents

All students will need to collect a clear plastic drink bottle each to make their mini worm farm(1.25L bottles are best). We will begin collecting these from tomorrow, Friday 28 April. We also ask parents to please bring in any extras from your homes if available.

We ask parents to cut the necks off the bottles so that they become a cylinder shape and label these with your child’s name before sending into your child’s classroom prior to the incursion.

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Classroom teachers will collect the bottles in advance of the incursion and bring them on the day.

This is an exciting P & F sponsored incursion to increase sustainability in the school garden space.

Please see your child’s teacher if you have any questions.

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P&F News

Hi everyone,

Welcome back to Term 2! We hope everyone had a wonderful break and are ready for another great term.

The P&F have been busy over the school holidays getting ready for a few events and activities coming up this term. These are the important ones to note over the next couple of weeks:


For those of you who have signed up for basketball, classes commence next week. Your children will proceed to the basketball courts straight from school. For those that missed out and are still interested, please let us know and we will put you on the waitlist.

Mothers Day Event 10 May

Save the date! This year, our annual P&F Mothers Day Event (Pre-Kindy - Year 6) will be held on Wednesday, 10th May from 7:30am and will be offered to the whole school. More information to come.

Camp Australia Handball Comps

Thanks to the Dads of St Columba's (DOSC) we are able to support Camp Australia for their annual state handball competition. This is being held on Sunday, 7 May this year. Good luck to all of the St Columba's competitors.

Have a great week 1 everyone.

Hayley Mitchell

P&F President

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2023 Dad's of St. Columba's Footy Tipping Competition

Hello St. Columba’s Families,

Footy tipping results will be in next weeks newsletter.



Entertainment Books

The year starts from the date of purchase of your Entertainment Book.

Scholastic Books - Orders due 10th May

Book Club Issue 3

Orders due by Wednesday, 10 May

Cash payments are no longer accepted. Payments can be made by credit card - Visit or download the LOOP app. Your order will be electronically linked to the rest of your school's order. You do not need to complete the order form.

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School Term Dates for 2023

Term 2: Wednesday, 26 April to Friday, 30 June 2023

Term 3: Monday, 17 July to Friday, 21 September 2023

Term 4: Monday, 9 October to Friday, 8 December 2023

Pupil Free Days for 2023

Term 2: Monday 24 April, Monday 15 May and Friday 2 June

Term 3: Friday 22 September

Term 4: None

Sacrament Dates for 2023

Confirmation: Saturday, 27 May at 6pm

Eucharist: Sunday, 7 May at 9:30am

Reconciliation: Saturday, 11 November at 10am