St. Columba's Primary School

NEWSLETTER | TERM 2 | WEEK 10 | 24 JUNE 2021

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Loving Creator God, we rejoice in the beauty of this ancient land and her waters.

We marvel at the awesome way they have been formed.

We give thanks for her First Nations Peoples, their stories of creation sung by countless Ancestors.


From the Principal

Dear St Columba’s school community,

The end of Term Two is rapidly approaching!

The mornings have been particularly chilly, and I am so pleased to see students wearing the correct school uniform, in particular the school jumper to school. Please make sure all uniforms are clearly labelled so that they can be returned to the students if they are misplaced. As you begin the end of term tidy up can I please ask that you return any items that do not belong to you back to the classroom teacher.

This week saw the introduction of SEQTA Kiosk at the front admin office. SEQTA Kiosk has replaced the traditional sign-in book for students. Please be aware that the same procedure for late drop-offs and pick-ups is still in place. Students need to be dropped off and collected from the front office. If your child is late, any time after 8.50am, they will need to sign-in using the SEQTA Kiosk and take the printed slip to the classroom teacher. If you need to collect your child at any stage throughout the day, please notify the admin via email as early as possible. Your child will then sign-out once they are in your care.

Congratulations to our CAPSS Cross Country Team on winning the overall carnival on Tuesday, June 22! The team walked away with some individual medal winners as well which is awesome! Thank you to Mr Chatt for organising this event for our students and to the parents that helped at the carnival. THANK YOU to all staff that assisted with the morning training sessions and to Mr Beins and Mrs Lucas for assisting on the day.

Korean Day was such a fun way to conclude a busy term! How lucky are we at St Columba’s to have such a dedicated Korean teacher who organised an amazing morning for our Year 4 to 6 students! A massive THANK YOU to Mrs Kang, who has worked so hard to make this day happen, and it was such a big success!

There appears to be an influx in the number of toys coming to school, in particular the pop it fidget toys. While these fidget toys may have been helpful for some students, it is not necessary for all students to have them at school. Unfortunately, these are becoming a distraction in class, therefore, for the remainder of the term please keep all toys at home.

I am really looking forward to our final LifeLink Fundraiser on Thursday, July 1, Pyjama Day! Not only do I get to wear my Ugg boots on that day, we also get to raise much needed funds for LifeLink. As a school we are aiming to raise $1500 for LifeLink, so please send your child in with a gold coin donation.

Please remember that Friday, July 2nd, is a Pupil Free Day. The school will be closed on this day as all staff will be participating in a Professional Learning Day off site.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

God Bless

Rebecca Clarke


Important dates

Wednesday, 30 June - Naidoc Prayer Service

Thursday, 1 July - LifeLink Pyjama Day - Gold Coin Donation

Thursday, 1 July - Students Finish

Friday, 2 July - Pupil Free Day - School Closed

Monday, 19 July - Pupil Free Day - School Closed

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CAPSS Inter School Cross Country Carnival

On 22 June, at Manning Park, selected students in Years 3 to 6 attended the CAPSS Inter School Cross Country Carnival. The students represented St Columba’s over various race distances against five schools. The students showed wonderful sportsmanship, cheering their school and fellow competitors on. At the end of the carnival the school Cross Country Squad was awarded 1st place, both in raw score and the average points per students score as we compete against larger schools.

The School now holds a unique and rare achievement where, thanks to the students, we have the wining plaque for each Athletics, Swimming and Cross Country Carnivals. We are also the first and only school engraved on each of these carnivals' plaques.

There were a significant amount of awards presented to the school:

Year 3 Girls - 3rd EMILY P

Year 3 Boys - 2nd MAX H

Year 4 Girls - 1st PARIS H

Year 4 Girls - 3rd CIARA H

Year 4 Boys - 1st AIDEN B
Year 5 Girls - 3rd ALEXA R

Year 5 Boys - 3rd OLIVER P

Year 6 Girls - 1st SCARLETT H

Year 6 Girls - 3rd GRACE E

Team awards (highest scoring race team)

Yr 3 Girls

Yr 3 Boys

Yr 5 Boys

Yr 6 Girls


1st Place - St Columba's CPS

(56 points ahead of 2nd place in raw score, 105 points ahead of 2nd place in the average points per students score)

Leigh Chatt

Catholic Performing Arts Festival - Costume Helpers

Helpers needed urgently!!!!

All classes from Years 1 to 6 are now preparing for next terms Festival performances. Students are really excited and we want them to look their best too.

I am looking for some handy helpers who can sew for some of our costumes. If you can help can you please email as I will begin co ordinating costumes from next week.

Thank you for your support.

Kind Regards

Louise McDonald

Canteen Roster - Week commencing 30 June

Wednesday - Julie Hyde

Thursday - Jay Wood

If you are on roster and are unable to make your roster day, please endeavour to find a replacement and advise Maria immediately email.

Library Roster - Week commencing 28 June

Monday - Sheridan Andrews

Wednesday - Mary Donovan

Vinnies Appeal

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Hi Everyone,

The term is nearly over! I'd like to say a huge thank you to everyone that supported the Tommy Sugo Fundraiser, the final total will be in the newsletter next week. A massive thank you to Tracie Murray for organising this from start to finish. Awesome work! The class Party will be announced next week too so please make sure you have put your bottle top in the class container for every $50 ordered. Must be in by tomorrow.

Exciting news! The Retro Bingo Tickets on try booking are on sale now. $25 per ticket up to ten people on a table. Get those outfits sorted for the Saturday 7th August at Aquinas College 7pm.

The Christmas Fair is well underway a big thank you to Brooke Pink for all the hours of work she has already done. Please look out for all the Fair notices and help where you can.


Lara Tulett

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Christmas Fair News

Its full steam ahead with fair preparation. The exciting news is that we have our fairground rides finalised! Get onto our facebook and instagram pages because that's where I will be sharing all the plans!



Do we have some talented artists amongst us? We need face painters. Please contact me if you can help out!


We are seeking someone within the school who is an Approved Manager under the liquor control act. This is a legal requirement for the management of the Bar so please let me know if you can help out.


Applications have now been sent out to all retailers who have registered their interest. If you or anyone you know would be interested in a stall please email me to receive the information package and application link.

Brooke Pink

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Footy Tipping

Hello Parents and Families,

The bye rounds are now done and dusted. For 13 tipsters, they found their bye round tipping form, scoring a perfect 5 out of 5 this round!

We also had a tie for Round 15 tipping honours with David B (Binns Clan) and The Hill Family (Scarlett Hill) both selecting the same margin for Fridays thrilling Geelong v Western Bulldogs game. In situations like this we then look at the overall margin score for the year to split the winner and in this case David B (Binns Clan) come out on top with the lowest total margin of 323.

Current Leader Board

73 points - Ben B (BenBristow18)

72 points - David B (Binns Clan)

70 Points - Todd D (Goal Sneak)

68 points - Scarlett H (The Hill Family)

68 points - Paul I (Iuliano Family)

68 points - Mark S (Scarymans)

Round 15 Winner

David B (Binns Clan) scoring 5 and a 7 point margin

Round 16 starts tonight with another top four clash with Brisbane Lions hosting the Geelong Cats.

Happy Tipping

Todd Dawson

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P&F Meetings

Tuesday, 3 August at 7pm

Tuesday, 31 August at 7pm

Tuesday, 19 October at 7pm

School Advisory Council Meetings

Wednesday, 11 August at 7pm

Wednesday, 8 September at 7pm

Wednesday, 27 October at 7pm

School Term Dates

Term 2: Tuesday, 20 April to Thursday, 1 July

Term 3: Tuesday, 20 July to Friday, 24 September

Term 4: Tuesday, 12 October to Friday, 10 December

Pupil Free Days

Term 2: Friday, 2 July

Term 3: Monday, 19 July

Term 4: Monday, 11 October