St. Columba's Primary School


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Dear Parents and Carers,

We are fast winding down to the end of the term. Our students are currently busily

involved in the Performing Arts Festival and are also preparing for the Athletics carnival in

Week 9.

Our Choir were the standout performers yesterday with their vocal presentation. Their

singing was exceptional and a credit to the school and Mrs McDonald.

The Book Week Parade was an outstanding success and my understanding that

Mr Yock (who loves being on the microphone) was great as the MC. Thank you

to our students and staff for their character participation and costumes.

Please note the following new guidelines from CEWA, regarding student medication

during school time:

-The School must only administer medication or allow self-medication necessary for a student to safely participate in their educational programme at school or elsewhere, or in an emergency.

-The School must not administer medication or allow self-medication if the student can safely participate in their educational programme by administration of medication occurring outside of school hours, or by returning the student to the care of the parent.

-The School must have written instructions from a parent before administering medication.

-The School must nominate staff to administer medication in accordance with this Executive Directive from CEWA.

-The School must administer medication:

-as prescribed in writing by a registered medical practitioner;

-from its original container, bearing the original label with the name of the student to whom the medication is to be administered;

-before the expiry or use-by date;

-and in accordance with any instructions attached to the medication, or any written instructions provided by a registered medical practitioner.

-The staff member administering medication must confirm the following with another staff member present immediately beforehand:

- the dosage of the medication to be administered

- and the identity of the student to whom the medication is to be administered.

The Principal and staff must monitor a student for any adverse reaction to the administration of medication.

The Principal and staff must protect the privacy and dignity of students in the administration of medication.

God Bless and have a great weekend.

Allen McMahon


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Important Dates

Friday 25 August

  • Assembly - 1G
  • Becoming a Man / Becoming a Woman Incursion - Y6
Tuesday 29 August
  • School photos begin - Y3-6 wear formal uniform

Wednesday 30 August

  • Father's Day P&F Breakfast Bash - 7.30am to 9am
  • Interschool Spelling Bee Regional Competition

Thursday 31 September

  • School photos

Friday 1 September

  • School photos

Saturday 2 September

  • Tournament of Minds Competition

Sunday 3 September

  • Father's Day
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Merit Award Winners - Friday, 25 August

Year 1G - Lyra, Evie M, Leo

Year 1W - Nathan, Evelyn, Charlotte, Owen Y

Year 2G - Zoe, Albert, Aidan

Year 2W - Presley, Leah, Caleb

Year 3G - Indigo, Archie, Nash

Year 3W - Jeremy C, Eloise, Gabriella S

Year 4G - Annabelle, Isabelle, Cooper

Year 4W - Vinay, Giverny, Ivy, Olivia

Year 5G - Johanes, Ari V

Year 5W - Aiden L, Harry Sc

Year 6G - Joseph, Charlotte

Year 6W - Keira, Nate

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Father’s Day Breakfast – Wed, 30 August (Drive Through Closed)

The P&F are excited to invite all Fathers and Father Figures with Children in Kindy to Year 6 to a Sausage Sizzle Breakfast next Wednesday 30 August from 7:30-9:00am in Kalyara Mia (Covered Assembly Area).

Please note the Drive Through will be closed on Wednesday morning from 7:30am to allow Dads and Children to spread out onto the top oval as needed.

School Photos - Tues 29 & Thurs 31 August and Fri 1 September 2023

School Photos will take place on Tuesday 29, Thursday 31 August and Friday 1 September 2023 (Term 3, Week 7).

Today every student at school will receive an individual student photo SHOOTKEY to bring home. This is different to the ordering process from previous years as parents are now not required to bring back any envelopes and all orders are placed online. #winning

If you do not require a school photograph this year you do not need to action anything.

Instructions for ordering photos are on the student photo SHOOTKEY sheets and are self-explanatory. Only online orders are accepted. A wide choice of photo packs are available for purchase.

Should your child lose their individual order sheet, you can request your child’s SHOOTKEY from the office.

Family Photos

Family Photos will be taken before school in the Library from 8:15am on Tuesday, 29 August. (A second family photo session is available on Thursday 31 August for families with Kindergarten Green students if they are unable to make the Tuesday session). If you would like a Family (sibling) photo taken we ask you to register your interest before Sunday, 27 August by clicking on the button below.

A Family Order SHOOTKEY will be distributed by the photographers on the day and payments can then be placed online.

Any new students to the school will receive an individual SHOOTKEY form on photo day by the photographers.

All students in Years 3-6 will wear their formal uniform on Tuesday, 29 August.

The DRAFT photo schedule is below. Please note that this is not set and can be changed by the photographer without notice.

Please contact the school office if you have any questions.

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Open Night 2023

We look forward to the annual Open Night event for 2023 on Thursday, 7 September from 5:30pm - 7:00pm. Lock this date and time away in your calendar!

What you need to know:

5:30pm - 7:00pm Classrooms Open

Student work will be on display around the classrooms.

The Robotics Teams will showcase their amazing performances from the Robo Cup competition in Kalyara Mia (Onstage Teams) and the Library (Maze And Rescue Teams).

Individual instrumentalists will be performing in Kalyara Mia over the duration of the night for your enjoyment.

The Library will be used to house the LEAP and Science displays, with activities available for parents and students.

Kalyara Mia (Covered Assembly Area) will showcase the Art Exhibition. You do not want to miss this!

Dinner is sorted with food trucks in the Drive Through – JD Food Truck (Hot Dogs, Burgers, Chips), Ninja Cuisine (Japanese) & Suzy’s Ice Cream Truck.

Students are encouraged to stamp their checklist, collected from their classroom, as they move around the school. Don’t forget to take a #selfie!

Thank you for your support of this great community-building initiative.

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Pre-Kindy 2024

Letters were sent this week for admission into Pre-Kindy 2024.

If you have not received an email, please contact the office.

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P&F News

Hi Everyone,

I hope you are all having a wonderful Term 3, I know it’s a busy one!

A couple of things going on in the P&F space:

1. Fathers Day! Fathers Day is next week (Wednesday 30th). Please get your RSVPs in asap so our fabulous Year 1 families can make sure all the dads and father figures are catered for.

2. Cards That Count! A BIG thank you to Lara Tulett for organising the annual Cards that Count tradition. Children would have received their individual ordering form last week with all the instructions on how to order their beautiful creations. Last day for ordering is next week, Friday, 1st September so get in quick.

3. Tea Towels! The annual tea towel tradition is coming. Information will flow through soon. In the meantime your children are busy drawing their beautiful self portraits, I can’t wait to see them.

If you have any questions on any of the above, please reach out to your class reps.

Have a wonderful rest of your week everyone.

Hayley Mitchell

P&F President

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

We are staring at the last round of the home and away season – Not sure how we got here😊

Apologies for missing the last round updates, combining round 22 and 23 results.

Round 22 was a cracker of a round with top-8 implications and a one-sided Western Derby had 2 of us getting 8/9 tips right with an average of 5.6 across the comp.

Round 23 threw in some surprises, when the Eagles decided to forgo the No.1 pick and to make life harder for the dogs, along with a controversial exit for the Adelaide Crows, thanks Ref!

Round 22 results

Andrew J 8 correct tips with a margin of 2

Dan M 8 correct tips with a margin of 5

Mark S 7 correct tips with a margin of 2

Joshua J 7 correct tips with a margin of 3

Noah K correct tips with a margin of 4

Round 23 results

Alan G 7 correct tips with a margin of 14

Brett M 6 correct tips with a margin of 16

Mark S 6 correct tips with a margin of 19

Andrew J 6 correct tips with a margin of 45

Santhosh P 5 correct tips with a margin of 13

Alan G has managed to pull away from the rest of the pack with a 2-game advantage with 129 points, heading into the last round. Joshua J and Mark S are tied on 127.

Alan G - 129

Joshua J - 127

Mark S - 127

Andrew J - 126

Brett M - 125

Round 24 kicks off tomorrow with the bombers hosting the Magpies at 5:50 PM, Don't forget to get your Tips in.

If you have any questions please drop me an email at or call Santhosh on 0411253951

Happy tipping!



Entertainment Books

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

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Scholastic Books - Issue 6 - Due Wednesday, 6th September

ISSUE 6 has been sent home today. Book orders are due on Wednesday, 6 September.

Did you know that every purchase you make on Book Club earns our school 15% of the order value in Scholastic Rewards? We use these to purchase more books and educational resources for the school. It all helps!

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 3: Monday, 17 July to Thursday, 21 September 2023

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

Pupil Free Days for 2023

Term 3: Friday 22 September

Term 4: None

Sacrament Dates for 2023

Reconciliation: Saturday, 11 November at 10am