St Columba's Primary School


"Do all you can with the means at your disposal and calmly leave the rest to God."

St Mary MacKillop

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Message from the Principal

Dear Parents and Carers

Thank you to our P&F for Friday evening's family picnic - a wonderful opportunity for our community to catchup at the start of a new school year.

There are some great relationship-focussed workshops coming up in March - please register if you would like to attend. We have URSTRONG's Language of Friendship; and Hilary Campos, School Social Worker, presenting on the Circle of Security.

A reminder that Kindy Enrolments for 2021 close on Friday 29 March. Interviews are held in Term 2.

Students are enjoying the many music opportunities at St Columba's! This week we had Choir, the Ukelele Club and instrumental lessons in piano, guitar and drums.

God bless.

Allen McMahon


What a Week! Music at St Columba's...

Important Dates for Next Week

Monday 4 March

  • Labour Day Public Holiday

Tuesday 5 March

  • Shrove Tuesday

Wednesday 6 March

  • Ash Wednesday Whole School Mass at 9am (Year's 1 to 6)

Thursday 7 March

  • Swimming Trials at Bayswater Waves - 8:30am to 1:30pm (Year's 3 to 6)


Confirmation: 8 June 2019 at 6:00pm

Eucharist: 23 June 2019 at 9:30am

Reconciliation: 16 November 2019 at 10:00am to 11:30am

Merit Awards - 8 March Assembly

Year 1B - Toby Limbert, Max Horner

Year 1O - Mischa Kemp

Year 2C - Alexander Perry, Keira McDaid

Year 2F - Sam Blascetta, Mateo De La Mata

Year 3B - Madeleine Huxtable, Samuel Keane

Year 3P - Keira De Souza, Sebastian Tulett

Year 4D - Chloe Rimington, Bridie Celedin

Year 5B - Xavier Tilli

Year 6P - Skyla Susanto, Shannel Kasthuriarachchige Don

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Kindergarten Enrolment 2021

Applications for Kindergarten are now being received to attend in 2021.To attend Kindergarten in 2021 your child needs to have been born between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2017.

Please submit your completed application form, together with a copy of your child's Birth Certificate, Baptism Certificate and Immunisation records to the school office.

Applications close on Friday 29 March 2019.

Application for Enrolment forms are available from the School Website and the school office.

St Columba's Code of Conduct

This week we will look more closely at the first statement – "We Act Safely and Competently".

A full list of the expectations, rights, duties and responsibilities for staff, students, parents, visitors and volunteers is listed under this first statement in the Code on our website.

It may be interesting to note that an example of a breach by a parent may include but is not limited to:

  • A parent not reporting to reception when picking up their child.
  • A parent not following safety rules for Kiss and Drive.
  • A parent not providing information, including medical information about their child that will impact their child’s learning and well-being.

A breach of the Code by a student may include but is not limited to:

  • A student not abiding by the rules for technology use.
  • A student leaving the classroom without permission.

Library - Parent Volunteers

Parent help is an essential part of the running of our school library. We would love some more volunteers to shelve books on Monday's or Wednesday's for approximately 30 minutes from 8:50am or 2:30pm.

If you would like to help, please click here for the form to be completed and returned to the office. We look forward to seeing you in the Library!

Sandra Malarkey (Teacher Librarian)

Alice Shaw (Library Officer)

Lost Property

The 'Found Property' basket is located in the school undercover area. Please ensure all students' clothing is clearly named to allow for the easy return of items as they are located. A parent picked up a girls school uniform from Wesley College recently. If this uniform belongs to you, please contact the school office.

Circle of Security Workshops

Presented by Hilary Campos, School Social Worker

Proposed Dates

Monday's 18 March, 25 March, 1 April and 8 April

Times to be confirmed.

If you would to attend these workshops please register via email to, and indicate your time preference

from the options below.

Option A - 9am to 12 noon or Option B - 6pm to 9pm

Please included the name of those attending and a contact number.

All parents and carers are welcome.

A commitment to attend all 4 sessions in the series is very important to enjoy maximum benefits from the programme.

Please contact Hilary for further information at .

Confirmation of dates and times will be advised to those who register by Monday 11 March.

The programme will run subject to numbers.

The Circle of Security Parent program is based on decades of research about how secure parent-child relationships can be supported and strengthened.

Learning Objectives of the Training

Understanding your child's emotional world by learning to read the emotional needs.

Support your child's ability to successfully manage emotions.

Enhance the development of your child's self esteem.

Honour your innate wisdom and desire for your child to be secure.

URSTRONG Workshops – Thursday 21 March 2019

Register now for our URSTRONG’s Language of Friendship parent-child workshops being held on Thursday 21 March in the school undercover area.

Two sessions:

Year's 1 and 2 - Language of Friendship (Junior)

5pm to 6:30pm

Please click here to register.

Year's 3 to 6 - Language of Friendship

7pm to 8.30pm

Please click here to register.


Tickets are $27.50 per person (both adults and children). Please use the promo code STCOLUMBAS to receive a discount of $10, kindly sponsored by our P&F.

For a parent attending both workshops: only one ticket is required (please let us know if you are attending both in the notes section of the registration form).

Walking School Bus (WSB)

The WSB walks Fridays and departs at 8:15am. We depart from the corner of Sandgate Street and Hensman Street and then turn onto Forrest Street and walk to South Perth Primary School and then up the hill to St Columba's. The children really love the walk and talk!

New for 2019!

The WSB will depart at 7:30am on Wednesday mornings to arrive at school for 8am choir. The same starting point, same route and same fun. See you there!

Mrs Amanda Johnson

(Edith - Year 5)


P&F Family Picnic

It was great to see so many families at the picnic - thanks for coming!

P&F Visitors Car Bay Raffle Winner

Congratulations to Lauren Dyke who is the lucky winner for this term to have the use of the Visitor's Car Bay for morning drop off and afternoon pick ups.


Life Streams Community Services

Anxiety in Kids free Masterclass on 6 March from 7pm to 8:30pm, 2 McNabb Loop, Como. Contact details: 93131600 /