St. Columba's Primary School


"Believe in the whisperings of God to your own heart."

St. Mary of the Cross MacKillop

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Message from the Principal

Dear Parents and Carers

We have had a very busy couple of weeks with 2021 Kindy interviews and NAPLAN testing. I will be away Friday week at a Principal’s meeting.

Good luck to all the students who are participating in our Cross Country tomorrow. I wish them all the best.

The 2019 NAPLAN testing has taken place and I am advising families that they need to be very mindful that the results from this year will most likely not be a true reflection of where your child is at with Reading, Writing, Spelling and Maths. Many schools have had issues in delivering the tests and students have had to resit the tests. This in itself raises concerns about the stress levels of students in having to resit the test/s and whether the stress levels will affect their results. Comparisons between schools will be problematic as some schools have sat test/s twice, some have sat tests as paper and online and some have completed tests only once. I would advise families that if you have concerns when you receive the results that you meet with your classroom teacher and discuss your child’s progress. As always, a reminder that NAPLAN is a one-off test and should never be regarded as the indicator as to how well your child is doing at school. A child’s progress at school should always look at all the assessment that the school does and the results from NAPLAN - this will then you give a true picture of your child’s progress.

God bless.

Allen McMahon


What a Week!

Important Dates

Friday 24 May

  • Feast of Our Lady Help of Christians
  • School Cross Country - Years 3 to 6 - 8:50am to 10:50am
  • Winters Sports - Years 5 and 6 - 2pm to 3pm

Sunday 26 May

  • National Sorry Day

Thursday 30 May

  • Confirmation Mass Rehearsal at 6pm

Friday 31 May

  • Year 3P Assembly at 8:50am
  • Winter Sports at St Pius X - 1pm to 3pm - Years 5 and 6

Merit Awards

Congratulations to all our Merit Award recipients at last Friday's morning assembly.

Merit Award Assembly Recipients - Friday 31 May 2019

Year 1B: Denim

Year 1O: Leighton and James

Year 2C: Patrick and Emma

Year 2F: Chelsea and William

Year 3B: Ella I, Louwin and Siri

Year 3P: Eamon, Ryan and Martina

Year 4: Remy and Xavier

Year 5: Madison

Year 6: Zoelene and Abbie

Code of Conduct

This week we look at Statement 9 of the Code of Conduct, that guides the behaviour of all people in our school community.

‘You promote and preserve the trust and privilege inherent in your relationship with all members of the school community.’

This statement calls on us to preserve the dignity of all people, particularly recognising the vulnerability of our students.

Examples of breaches include but are not limited to:


● A staff member not demonstrating a positive, approachable and inclusive manner

● A staff member not showing empathy

● A staff member contacting students on social media


● A student contacting a staff member on social media


● A parent making unsolicited contact with students

Year 2 Play it Safe

The Year 2 children had a fabulous day learning about road safety knowledge at the Constable Care Safety School in a fully functioning safety school layout. We learnt how to be safe around a school Kiss and Drive, rail and pedestrian crossings, shared paths, bus stops and train stations, and bike riders. Many thanks to our parent volunteers who assisted the children throughout the day; your time, patience and assistance are sincerely appreciated!

Sacramental Choirs

All students from Years 3 to 6 are invited to be part of this years Sacramental Choirs for the Confirmation Mass on Saturday 8 June 2019 at 6pm and First Holy Communion Mass on Sunday 23 June 2019 at 9:30am.

If you are able to join Choirs on either or both of these dates to support our St Columba's students receiving these Sacraments, please let me know.

Louise McDonald

Music Specialist

Lost Property

There is a tub of unnamed lost property in the undercover area. Parents and students are encouraged to check the lost property tub on a regular basis. Parents are reminded to please clearly label all items of property so that when lost, the property can be returned to its owner.

Artist of the Week

Imogen from Year 6 is the Artist of the Week. She was chosen for her delicious-looking Gobstopper Pop Art piece! Imogen's favourite thing about art is that it is relaxing and she can let her imagination run wild. She particularly loves drawing dragons because she finds them interesting and fun to draw. Imogen's favourite artist is Amok Island because he is very creative and does very realistic pieces.

The Gobstoppers she drew are her own creation. The pink one is Valentine's Edition, the red one Fiery Edition (A.K.A Spicy Edition), the blue one is Unicorn Edition and the green one is Mint Edition. To make her artwork she used watercolour pencils, fine-liner pens, foam and a printed background. Imogen loves art and is looking forward to doing more!

Skyla and Layla

Year 6 Art Ministers

Musician of the Week

Charlotte from Year 3P is the Musician of the Week. She takes singing lessons. Her teachers are Mrs Kelly and Miss Datta. She has been taking singing lessons for 3 years. Her favourite performance is called 'Aladdin'. In the future she would like to continue singing. Charlotte also likes horse riding.

Charlotte has some exciting news to share. Please see the article below!

Skyla and Layla

Year 6 Art Ministers

Charlotte in the Wizard of Oz

Exciting news: Charlotte in Year 3 has been cast in the Wizard of Oz, The Musical - showing at the Regal Theatre in August!

Charlotte’s family wish to thank Mrs McDonald for her musical inspiration and support; and Mrs French for her production of the Magic School Bus in Pre-Primary, where Charlotte first showed her absolute joy of music and performance.

Come and along and see Charlotte!

Library Roster

Monday 27 May - Jenny Collins

Wednesday 29 May - Sheridan Andrews

Thank you to our many library helpers this term.

Sandra Malarkey and Alice Shaw

News from our Recycling Team

Tip of the Week:

Look for the REDcycle logo on your soft plastics and take your soft plastic waste to your local Woolworths or Coles. There is a REDcycle bin at the entrance to all stores. These include: bread bags, biscuit packaging, chip packets, chocolate wrappers, rice bags and most everyday plastics that you can't place in your roadside recycling. Set up a REDCYCLE collection bin in your kitchen and have the family contribute to it.

Beauty and Skin Care Containers:

Look out for the beauty and skin care containers collection point at school now. A place to recycle containers and pumps from your care products.

Breadtags for Wheelchairs:

We have included bread tags at our collection point. These tags go to a collection to assist in building wheelchairs. It is amazing how our waste plastics can be used and for such great causes. Little Tags Make a Big Impact! Bread tags come in many shapes, sizes and colors. Made of High Impact Polystyrene they have a good recycling value. Please follow this link, Breadtags for Wheelchairs, for more information about this great recycling project.

Wednesday - Compost Day:

REMEMBER that WEDNESDAY each week is our COMPOSTING day at school. Place your organic waste in the buckets provided.

Erin Shaylor and Brianna Bechelli

St Columba's Recycling Team

Canteen News

Our canteen is open each Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for students to order lunches and purchases at recess. Orders may be placed online at QuickCliq or in person at the canteen by 9am each day.

QuickCliq is an online ordering system that is a safe and convenient way to order students school lunches.

Our canteen also provides the following catering services.

  • Catering School Function Family Platter $20.00 - sweet or savoury platters for school functions, when families are asked to cater for their guests. Each platter caters for 5 people.
  • Morning Tea Plate $15.00 - Sweet or savoury platters for class parties or morning teas when parents are asked to bring a plate.
  • Dinner Packs $30.00 - Homemade takeaway Italian food.

Please follow this link to view the current Canteen Menu.

Maria Papalia

Canteen Manager

Wellness Week - Week 6

Wellness Meal Competition - Entries Close Monday

A reminder that we are running a Wellness Meal Competition in Wellness Week this term. Students are invited contribute an idea for a wellness meal or snack they would like to see available in the school canteen. 5 entries will be selected for the judges to sample, and all students will be able to vote for their choice during lunch time of Thursday 6 June (Week 6, Wellness Week). The winning meal or snack will feature on the Canteen Menu for Term 2. Please see the Entry Form below that outlines the criteria for selection.

All entries due by 4pm this Monday, 27 May.

Mindfulness Session for Parents - Friday 7 June

During Wellness Week, Shalini McCullough (mother of Talin, Year 1B) will introduce each class to a series of simple exercises focusing on breath, balance and mindful eating. All parents and carers are warmly invited to an introductory mindfulness session on Friday 7 June from 9am to 9:20am in the library to discover what your children will be learning.

The Pledge:

The Pledge sheets will be completed in class, but it will be wonderful if families are discussing the content in advance of the lesson in Week 6.

Thank you to Belinda Hill and Shalini McCullough, parent representatives of the Wellness Committee for coordinating these activities on behalf our school community.

Inviting New Kindy Families - Help Spread the Word

St Columba's is now accepting Kindy applications for new students for 2021 - please help to spread the word!

Our Kindy is fully booked for 2020 (but ‘waiting list’ applications are still welcome) and spaces for 2021 are filling up fast - so we encourage families to enquire now. Our school offers a welcoming and supportive community; committed and caring teachers; outstanding location and facilities; and students who love to learn.

Interested families can call (08) 6436 9500 or email

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Student Banking - Thursday Mornings

Student Banking is held every Thursday morning before school in the library from 8:15am. Thank you to Mrs Vanessa Wainwright for coordinating this for our students.

Parents volunteers to assist with the Student Banking morning are most welcome. If you would like to join the awesome team of helpers and have a spare hour once or twice a term, please contact Vanessa on 0417994625 or drop by on Thursday morning. Parent volunteers are an important part of the running of the student banking programme at St Columba's.

DOSC's 2019 Footy Tipping Competition

Strong tipping performance across the comp this round, has lead to a log jam at the top with 6 tipsters on 51 points chasing runaway leader MC The Best.

Round 8 Results:

Second round in a row that O’Eagle - Oliver P takes the prize with a perfect tipping round. 9 correct tips and margin of 7 points

Top 10:

1. MC The Best - Matthew C - 57

2. The Mighty De’s – Neilsen D - 51

3. Scarymans - Mark S - 51

4. Kennedy17- Christian P - 51

5. Goal Sneak - Todd D - 51

6. Lorraine J - 51

7. Iuliano Family - Paul I - 51

8. Collins Gang - Grant C - 50

9. O’Eagle – Oliver P - 50

10. Eagle Duke – Duke D - 50

Todd Dawson

Footy Tipping Coordinator

Woolworths Earn and Learn

  • Collect as many stickers and you can between 1 May to 25 June 2019.
  • Stick them on the sticker sheets and place the completed sheets into the collection box in store for St Columba's or our collection box located outside the library.
  • Extra sticker sheets are available from the school office.

Entertainment Books 2019/20

Get your new Entertainment Membership today.

With the 2018/2019 Entertainment Membership about to expire, now is the perfect time to buy the brand new 2019/2020 Entertainment Membership! You can enjoy thousands of valuable offers for everything you love to do, all while supporting fundraising for St Columba's.

Entertainment Books ($70) are also available for purchase from the school office. The P&F receives $14 commission for each book sold.

Click here to support our school!


Camp Australia - Pupil Free Day - Tuesday 4 June

Please the attached flyer for details from Camp Australia for the St Columba's Pupil Free Day on Tuesday 4 June from 7am to 6pm.

Parenting Ideas Webinar - Teach Girls to Build Each Other Up

Friendships can be problematic for many girls. They can be mean and put each other down and, conversely, they can be strong allies and wonderful sources of support. Join Collett Smart in this webinar that will show parents how to help girls create positive peer relationships and provide practical advice and ideas to navigate tricky situations including toxic friendships, cliques and bullying.

When: Wednesday 29 May 2019 at 6:00pm.

Price: Free of charge to families of St Columba's, South Perth

Voucher: Click here to redeem voucher with code FRIENDSHIP.

This webinar explores:

  • Emotional Intelligence and girls.
  • How we might equip girls to recognise their own worth, as well as the worth of others.
  • What girls need from parents and carers when things go wrong in friendships and relationships.
  • When parents need to hold back and when to step in.
  • Strategies for developing both assertiveness and kindness in our girls.

Mercedes College is proud to present its 2019 Production of Wicked.

Featuring a cast of over 70, this musical is coming to the Regal Theatre in Subiaco for 4 performances only, from Friday 2 August.

Tickets are available at

Centre for Faith Enrichment - Term 2 Courses

The official Adult Faith Formation agency of the Archdiocese of Perth. Stay up to date with the courses and events - follow the link - Centre for Faith Enrichment.

Relationships Australia Workshops/Courses - All Things Parenting

For more information about the June workshops/courses please click here.

Triple P - Positive Parenting Program

The Child and Adolescent Community Health is offering free 3 x 90 minute Seminar Series of various topics on 5, 12 and 19 June 2019. The program is offered to all parents with children between the ages of 3 and 8 years. The program will be delivered by experienced Child Health and School Health Nurses. For further information please visit the website.

Perth Running Festival - Sunday 6 October 2019

The Perth Running Festival for the Harry Perkins Institute is WA's newest mass participation community event. Join Perth’s exciting new running festival with participants running or walking along the beautiful Swan River with all participants finishing inside Optus Stadium. Visit this link to register. For further information email

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