St. Columba's Primary School


"Trust in God who helps you in all things."

St. Mary of the Cross MacKillop

Big picture

From the Principal

Dear Parents and Carers

Open Night will be held next Tuesday, 17 September. Our classrooms will be open from 5:30pm to 7pm and we look forward to seeing all our parents attending to celebrate their children’s progress and the effort that goes into teaching and learning at St. Columba’s.

Our P&F are running a Sausage Sizzle from 5pm so please ensure your pre-order form is handed in on time. A coffee and ice-cream van will be onsite and our Kalyara Mia undercover area will be set up with tables and chairs for families to use.

Our annual Art Exhibition will be open on the same night in the Art Room and we encourage everyone to take a walk through the art gallery to admire the students’ amazing work and see the level of artistic talent at St Columba’s. John McGrath MLA will be judging the artwork and a winning Junior and Senior art piece will be selected and professionally framed.

The St Columba’s annual Spelling Bee was held on Tuesday and we would like to congratulate - Sophia M and Saheli D (Year 4), Edith J and Celeste M (Year 5) and Madeleine P and Skyla S (Year 6) who will represent our school at the Regional Spelling Bee next week.

The Retro Bingo evening to be held tomorrow night is promising to be an outstanding night and sincere thanks goes to the P&F for the many hours that have been put into preparing for this major fund raiser. There are still tickets available and fabulous prizes to be won, so if you have not yet bought your tickets, I would encourage you to support our school community by attending this event.

We have come to the end of another successful year at the Performing Arts Festival. I would like to extend our congratulations and thanks to Mrs McDonald and the students on their fine efforts. The Performing Arts Festival is a huge undertaking and Mrs McDonald spends many hours preparing the students and sourcing costumes. A big thank you to our parents too as without your support many of these extra-curricular activities would not be possible.

Before and after school play in the Pre-Primary and Nature Playground is becoming a problem. While we understand that with very busy lives, this time provides parents with an opportunity to build friendships and community, there is increasing concern about behaviour, injuries and the misuse of playground equipment. We ask that all parents be vigilant over their children’s behaviour and remain within close proximity of their children to manage interactions with friends and the use of playground equipment. Some examples of concerning behaviour include children running from the nature playground around the art room and back down into the nature playground, standing on top of our outdoor kitchen and climbing the shade-cloth frame in the nature playground.

We also ask for your consideration of our teachers who spend their afternoons holding meetings with parents and preparing lessons for the following day. Numerous requests for ice-packs, band-aids and use of toilets in the classroom can be disruptive to their meetings and preparation time. If your child needs to use the toilet after school please take them to the toilets located opposite the library in the Year 2 and 3 classroom block. Your co-operation is greatly appreciated as we want to ensure that our students remain safe and that our teachers have the time they need to prepare well for the children.

Kiss and Drive - While I am wielding a bit of a stick may I remind parents about our left only entry into and right only exit from Kiss and Drive and our walking pace speed limit through this area for the safety of our children and school community.

With this lovely warm weather everyone seems to have a ‘Spring’ in their step and we look forward to some fine weather and seeing many parents supporting their children at our Sports Carnival next Friday.

We look forward to the Year 2F performance assembly tomorrow and extend an invitation to all parents and carers to attend this assembly.

Take care and God Bless.

Ondine Komnick

Acting Principal

Important Dates

Friday 13 September

  • Year 2F Assembly at 8:50am
  • Student Council Meeting
  • P&F Retro Bingo Night

Tuesday 17 September

  • Open Night and Art Exhibition from 5:30pm to 7pm

Thursday 19 September

  • Regional Spelling Bee - Selected Year 4, 5 and 6 Students

Friday 20 September

  • School Sports Carnival

What a Week!

Big picture

School Fee Account Reminder

A friendly reminder that school fees are due to be paid in full by the end of Term 3, unless alternate arrangements have been made with Mr McMahon. Please note the BPay reference has changed from last year. Payments can be made online by BPay or credit card and cash at the administration office.

Should you require a copy of your statement please contact the Finance Officer, Mrs Narelle Foster.

Canteen Sports Day Sausage Sizzle - Friday 20 September

The canteen will be offering a ‘special’ for Sports Day.

  • Sausage in a Bun with a Juice Box or Water for $5
  • Sausage in a Bun for $3

Please note this is all that will be available for order on this day from the canteen.

Parents will be able to place an order for students, themselves and their guests through the online ordering system. Please place your total order under one student’s name.

Please ensure that you have placed your order by Wednesday 18 September online via QuickCliq as no later orders will be accepted.

Catholic Performing Arts Festival 2019


At the Festival both choirs performed at St. Benedicts and the Vasto Club Balcatta. They received three Certificates of Excellence and one Certificate of Merit for their 4 performances. Congratulations boys and girls.

We also had many solos, duets and group performances. Well done to Daniel (Year 4) who received a Certificate of Merit in his piano solo. Congratulations to Matilda P (Year 5) who received a Certificate of Excellence for her Solo Speech. Congratulations also to Abigail and Madeleine (Year 6) for their Solo Guitar performances and to Imogen with Madeleine (Year 6) for their Duet Guitar performances, all of whom received Certificates of Excellence.

Thank you to students, parents and staff for a great festival. The team of parents who helped with costumes, face painting and props - Thank you. A special thank you to Mrs Pink who helped co-ordinate costumes and face painting.

Louise McDonald

Music Specialist

Year 1B

Year 1B performed choral speech with "Macca the Alpacca."

  • Charlotte: I liked to perform on the big stage. I felt very happy.
  • Darcey: I liked going on the bus and performing because it was fun.

Year 1O

Year 1O performed the choral speech with "Rumble In The Jungle."

  • Isabel: I loved that Daniel and I had a part to say on our own. I felt special.
  • Eamon: I liked making the headbands for our animals and felt happy on the stage with my friends.

Year 2C

Year 2C performed their Christian dance at Mercy College church Koondoola.

  • Xavier I liked dancing around in the circle. It was so much fun.
  • Poppy: It was a big surprise to see the church where we performed with a cool water feature. It made me feel happy.

Year 2F

Year 2F performed their Christian Dance at Mercy College Koondoola.

  • Florence: I liked the costume because I liked the red shiny skirt. I felt happy.
  • Emma: I liked performing because it was fun to see all of the people in the audience. I also liked my costume.

Year 3B

Year 3B performed their drama "Pink Lion." They received a Certificate of Merit. Well done Year 3's.

  • Ava: I loved our face paint because it was realistic. I felt like a lion.
  • James: I liked our class play because it was so much fun being in front of an audience.

Year 3P

Year 3P performed the drama "How To Hide A Lion." They received an certificate of excellence. Congratulations.

  • Jack: I really liked how the lion's face paint made Ryan look like a real lion.
  • Genevieve: I felt proud and happy at the end when we bowed and the audience clapped.
  • Amelie: I am so proud of Year 3P and how well we did on the stage.
  • Ahliah: I loved the costumes for our play because they were realistic and helped to tell the story.
  • Charlotte: I think our class worked well as a team and all remembered their part to make our performance great.

Year 4

  • Christian: Everyone learned their lines and delivered them on the stage brilliantly.
  • Saheli: Our whole class worked well as a team on stage.
  • Scarlett H: It was great to be on stage with my friends because we all helped each other out.

Year 5

The Year 5 class performed Anzac Biscuits as a Choral Speech. They received a Certificate of Excellence. Congratulations Year 5.

  • Lachlan: I like the difference between the 2 different sides of our class. One was serious and the other was joyful.
  • Edith: It was great when we finished as the pressure was off and we had done a fabulous job. Then we could relax and watch the other performances.
  • Matilda C: I liked being on the stage and having a big audience.
  • Celeste: I enjoyed going to performing arts as I was excited to perform and I was glad afterwards that we performed well.

Year 6

The Year 6 class wrote their own play about a trip to school camp with a few twists called "Cockadoodledoo." They received a certificate of Merit for their performance. Well done Year 6.

  • Charlotte: I really enjoyed rehearsing the play with my friends and watching it slowly come together. Overall I thought it was a fantastic experience.
  • Cole: When we put our face paint on and sprayed our hair to become aliens it was so much fun.
  • Guinevere: I loved the fact that we produced our own play and that we could incorporate all of our ideas. It turned out astonishing.
  • Zoe: I really liked the costumes because they brought the whole play to life and it all ran smoothly on the day.
  • Skyla: Writing our own play was an interesting experience as it helped us connect to our characters.

Artist of the Week

Jack from Year 3 is the Artist of the Week. He was chosen because of his amazing Great Barrier Reef artwork! Jack's favourite thing about his artwork is the colours. He likes art because he gets to create masterpieces. Jack’ s favourite art medium is watercolour.

Layla and Skyla

Year 6 Art Ministers

Musician of the Week

Cameron in Year 3B is the Musician of the Week and plays the guitar. He has been playing it for 2 years. His favourite piece 'La Cumparsita' and favourite composer is Debbie Cracknell. His teacher’s name is Mrs Winata. He would like to learn the drums and the ukulele in the future. His other hobby is playing soccer.

Layla and Skyla

Year 6 Art Ministers

Library News

Library Roster

Monday 16 September - Lara Tulett

Wednesday 18 September - Ratchanee Kingsbury

Kindy 2020: A Few Places Now Available - Spread the Word

A few places have become available for St Columba’s Kindergarten next year (2020) due to enrolled families moving out of the area or interstate. If you know of families interested in joining our Kindergarten, please encourage them to contact us as soon as possible.

Call (08) 64369500 or email .

Kindy 2020:

For children born between 1 July 2015 and 30 June 2016

Kindy 2021:

For children born between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2017

(Waiting list positions still available)

Parish News

The Parish is experiencing an increase in Baptisms, part of the demographic changing face of South Perth. I thank Mrs Poole for all her help with the celebrations of my 45th anniversary of Ordination to the Priesthood. There are momento cards in the Church and I thank Mrs Jenaway for printing them.

I am commencing a month’s leave to continue the third month of my long service leave. I will fly to Texas, where my cousin Ellen and her husband Richard are to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with me as celebrant and then we will take a cruise together sailing through the newly widened Panama Canal. In the 1980’s they were based there with the US Air Force. I will be Chaplain and they will be passengers. I arrive back on 24 October. In the meantime, Monsignor Keating, now retired, will be supplying the Masses.

Do enjoy your holidays which will occur while I am away.

Sunday Masses are Vigil Mass

Saturdays at 6pm; Sunday Masses are 7.30am and 9.30am. Reconciliation is on Saturdays from 5pm to 5.30pm.

May God bless you all.

Monsignor Brian O’Loughlin

Parish Priest

Parents and Friends

Bring Cash to Bingo for Prizes, Snacks and Games!

“Which 3 of these blocks of chocolate are hiding a sneaky $50?

Make sure you bring cash along with you to the retro bingo. These chocolates will be on sale, along with soft drinks water, snacks and other games!

Thank you to Coles South Perth for their kind donation of Lindt Chocolates.

Sausage Sizzle Pre-Order for Open Night

Please pre-order your hot dogs for Open Night for your family using the Order Form attached below. Hot dogs are $3 each. Drinks will be available for purchase from the canteen on the night.

Tomorrow is the last day for Pre-Order forms to be received by the school office.

Morning Tea for Mary MacKillop Centre - Bring a Plate

Families are asked to bring a plate of morning tea (cakes - sliced, biscuits, slices, fruit etc.) on the Sports Carnival day (Friday 20 September). Please deliver morning tea donations to the undercover area. Morning tea will be available for a GOLD COIN DONATION with proceeds going to the Mary MacKillop Centre.

Curtin University Hockey Club Summer School Program at St Columba's

Commencing Tuesday 22 October, 7:30am to 8:30am for 8 weeks. $80 per person. Year 1 to Year 6 students. The program caters for all skill levels. Coached by Aleisha Power, Hockeyroos Debutant and WA Thunderstruck team member.

To register email child and parent's full names, date of birth, gender, contact email and phone number.

Redhage Basketball School Program Term 4 at St Columba's

Former Perth Wildcat and Olympian Shawn Redhage is bringing his basketball skills program back for Term 4 at St Columba's. Years 1 to 6 (Split into age groups.), 8 week program commencing 22 October to 10 December on Tuesdays from 3:10pm to 4:10pm. Registration via .

Camp Australia Newsletter

Community News

ChemCentre - Make Science Open Day

ChemCentre Open Day on Saturday 26 October from 10 am to 4pm. Following this link for all the details.

Scorchers School Holiday Pop-Up Clinics

These free events are open to boys and girls aged 5 to 12 years. Get your friends together for a fun filled day full of cricket activities and games. Register now by visiting the website.

South Perth Junior Cricket Club - Cricket Blast Programs

South Perth Junior Cricket Club run Cricket Blast programs for both boys and girls, Pre-Primary to Year 1 (Junior Blasters) on a Saturday morning 9am to 10am. Master Blasters is for children in Year 2 and runs on a Saturday Morning 8:30am to 10am. Both sessions are held locally at Raphael Park, Victoria Park. Children Years 3 to 6 are welcome to join in the Junior Cricket program and put on their cricket whites and play in a team. All equipment supplied. If you have any questions, please call Helen on 0419 046 764. Register at:

Little Athletics Australia

Little Athletics is a great way to keep fit and builds the foundation skills of running, jumping and throwing through weekly athletics programs for young people aged 5 to 16 years. Registrations opened 7 September. to find your local centre, visit .

University of Western Australia KIDDO School Holiday Program

KIDDO is a physical literacy program designed for children from 3-8 years old ran by world leading experts in children’s physical literacy from the University of Western Australia. Further details please visit the website.