Principal's Post

Welcome back to Term 3!

As with the start of every term, remember this is a week of gentleness. The first week of a new term always takes us a few days to get back into the routines of school life. Now, we know the busyness of the day comes as well, so this is why it is essential we all take care of ourselves and our families. There is no doubt that at St Columba’s you all take good care of others. This just comes with being true to who we are. Enjoy this first week and all the good things that come with it. Have to say, it is so good to see the kids back with us at school. I know holidays are fabulous, but we do love seeing our kids again after a couple of weeks. They bring joy, but you already know that.

Just a thought:

This is the first quote I placed in my Principal Application for St Columba’s. The first paragraph is underneath. I am placing this in the Donegal this week, and talking about the moments of contact that allows for connection.

‘Everyone comes with them at least one,
and probably many pieces,
to someone else’s puzzle.

Sometimes they know it, sometimes they don’t
…and when you present your piece to another,
whether they knew it or not,
whether they know it or not,

You are a messenger from the most-high.’

Lawrence Kushner

I once attended a two-day seminar on ‘Nurturing Spirituality Within Your School Community’. The above quote was the underlying message that I have reflected upon many times since. Through giving a small piece of one’s self, we connect and build relationships with others. We begin to build the Kingdom of God within our school community. In Jesus’ life he offered pieces of himself to his community and followers. Through his offerings he touched and brought his Father’s message to all people. In our role as people in Catholic Schools, we need to share the gifts we have throughout our community and encourage others to do the same. Jesus’ mission in his life was to build community and lead others. You know this to be true.

Although I knew little about St Columba’s as a community when I applied for the position, I think we would all agree there must have been something in why I was drawn to this quote when writing up my cv. You know my thoughts on the understanding that God puts you where you are meant to be. There is no doubt that for all of us here, including all our St Columba’s Kids, that we are all meant to be here. It is not just by chance. It is where we are drawn to be. Never forget that in each moment you are offering a piece of yourself to someone else’s puzzle. When we have this in our thinking, you will find these connections come in abundance.


When I talk about pieces of the puzzle we offer, when on LSL for a few days at the end of last term, I was lucky enough to see Stephen Coniglio a couple of times. Helps having his mum and dad as mates. Now, here is a bloke who offers his piece of the puzzle to every person he meets. For someone who is rated in the Top 5 players in the AFL. What pieces does Stephen offer others? Well, there is something called appreciation and generosity of spirit, coupled in with the gift of humility. This is definitely something I reckon he gets from his family. Probably stems from the closeness he has with his nonna.


During our few days in Melbourne, because of our connection to Stephen, we ended up in AFL House, in the boardroom, having photos and a round table conversation with Gill McLachlan, the AFL chief, a GWS function and after the game access. The thing about all of this, Stephen also made time to have brekky a couple of times with us. I know it may appear to be that he wanted to have brekky with his dad, and we tagged along for the ride, but I know what type of kid he is, just gives time to others. At every point we had met up with him, Stephen would always say how much he appreciated we had gone to be a part of the Melbourne trip to see him play. Truly, this is his quality, he was thanking us. A genuine top bloke. I mean, this is how the pieces of the puzzles of our lives work. There is always someone offering a piece of themselves to make our puzzle complete. For those of us on the trip, it did not get much better than the pieces we connected with. Not hard to understand why Stephen is in such high demand by clubs this year. Not only a ripping good footballer, but the highest of quality humans.

My hope is we all continue to offer our pieces of self to complete the puzzles of others. To add value to what they experience and that when they leave our moments in time, that they walk away knowing that we can be the messengers from the most-high.

End of School Day Finish Time

We have had to make a slight amendment to our end of school day time. We will commence this next Monday 29 July. This is to be compliant with a registration requirement and system agreement. Our end of day bell will now be at 2.55 pm for all our Pre-Primary to Year 6 students. The impact should be minimal for parents as we will continue to maintain our current structure for after school pick-up at Kiss and Drive and also at Milne Street.

New School Website

We are live with the new website. I know, relax, it is true. Google St Columba’s School Bayswater and you will find us. I wish to make special mention of Phil Wild who set up our school’s original website and has quietly gone about maintaining it in his own time for many years. Phil’s commitment to the website is hugely valued and appreciated. We can only ever do what we do with the support of our parents. With the new website, I wish to thank Damian Katich for the work he has been putting in to support us in getting our website up and running. Again, without the support and patience of Damian, we would not be at this point of having launched the website. Good people doing great things for our school. A bit like the quote at the start of The Donegal, offering a piece of themselves to our puzzle.

Please note the following:

Absentees: You will now have the option of clicking on the absentee link and completing an online form that will go directly to administration. This will cover your accountability, and our school’s accountability, for recording of absent students. Once we have trialled this for a couple of weeks, we will double check the data and records with our compliance officers to ensure the details are meeting registration.

Work in Progress: Throughout the term we will continue to develop the website further with information regarding other aspects of our school. This will include Curriculum, Staffing, Pastoral Care Committee and more.

If you notice anything in the website that needs tweaking, please feel free to let us know via the Contact Us link. We are loving this learning, so do not hesitate if you have any feedback.

Parents and Friends’ Wine and Cheese Night

On Friday evening, 16 August from 7.30 pm, our P and F will be holding a Wine and Cheese Night. Details are in The Donegal and via Seesaw. Closing date for tickets for the evening is Friday 9 August. We look forward to seeing you on the night. Good times with good people.

Front Playground near Administration

Just a gentle reminder for our Kindergarten and Pre-Kindy parents with the use of the playground near the admin. I appreciate the little guys are attracted to this space. I am happy for them to wander through and play while waiting to go into their classrooms, however I need you to be supervising close by with them. As we have no staff on supervision I require your support in making sure if your child is in this play area, you are with them ensuring their wellbeing and safety. This is appreciated.

Interschool Cross Country

This Tuesday, 30 July, our students will be participating in the Interschool Cross Country. Congratulations to all our students who have been selected in the 2019 Squad. We are extremely proud of our students who represent St Columba’s as they always give 150%. I, unfortunately, will be at our local Catholic Primary Principals Conference, so will not be there. It is one of my favourite events of the year, so I will be thinking of all our kids on the day. Thank you to everyone involved in training our kids through Columba Runners and to those parents who have organised the squad breakfast for Monday morning next week. Thank you to Jo McCluskey for coordinating the team.

School Photos

School Photos are scheduled for Week 3, Tuesday 6 August and Wednesday 7 August. Full winter uniform.

For details of the ordering process and information from Kapture, click here.

School Uniform

Thank you for your efforts with the uniform. Just a couple of reminders:

  1. Predominantly white sport shoes. Thank you to everyone who has worked with us on this issue of the school uniform. If you have a specific reason for your child not having the predominantly white sport shoes, please email me directly at your earliest convenience.
  2. General items: We appreciate ties etc go missing. With school photos coming up, see how you go in readiness for Week 3. This is appreciated.

School Fees – Reminder Statements

Reminder statements were sent home yesterday.

If there is no direct debit set up on your account, payment is required towards the balance of your fees. Method of payment is either by cash, cheque, EFTPOS, BPay or Direct Debit. Parents with any queries regarding their school fees, please contact Mrs Peta Santella on 9208 2705. Thank you for your assistance in this matter. Any payments paid after 30 June 2019 have not been included on the Reminder Statements.

Cyber Security Notice from Catholic Education WA

Please find, attached to The Donegal, a letter from the Executive Director regarding a cyber-security breach. St Columba’s School has not been impacted upon, however, it is important to take note of the details within the letter.

Enjoy your week and may there be many blessings and an abundance of good things come your way. Take care over the week and find moments of time for yourself to find time to just be. Hopefully, you get some of these opportunities, knowing just how busy your lives are with your little guys and everything you have in your day.



P & F News

The next P&F meeting is Tuesday August 6th at 7.30pm in the library. All are welcome to attend.

Wine and Cheese Night

The P&F invite all St Columba’s parents and friends to a wine and cheese night to be held on Friday the 16th of August at 7.30pm at the school’s undercover area and multi-purpose room.

Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased through the school’s quickcliq page. Please note that cut-off date for ticket purchases is COB Friday the 9th of August and no other tickets will be sold after this date. Please print your confirmation email and bring it on the night for entry and entry to the door prizes draw.

Tickets include 6 wine tastings, or 2 beers, access to an incredible grazing table, light entertainment, door prizes and silent auction so come along for a great social evening.

We are looking for donations for the silent auction and door prizes, items such as restaurant vouchers, hotel stays, day spa vouchers, sports memorabilia, nice alcohol etc, if you would like to donate please email me

We are also looking to borrow portable gas outdoor heaters (approximately 10), if you have one that we could borrow please email me.

Colour Run

This year we will be holding a colour run on Friday the 25th of October from 11am. Information packs will go home in term 3.

We are looking for items to create obstacle courses for the kids. IF you have any items that could be of use such as tyres, ropes, climbing frames please email me

Woolworths Earn and Learn

Congratulations and thank you to all the families of St Columba’s who collected stickers. We collected 22734 stickers. Thank you to Tammy Fernandez, Annalisa Fonseca and Bea Humphreys, who collected, stuck and counted the stickers!

Kids Artwork
Personalised Artwork Calendars, Cards, Diaries, Mouse Mats & Sketch Pads – A School Fundraiser

Due to the popularity of last year’s personalised art work, the P&F will be running the Kids Art Works Fundraiser again in 2019. Your child’s art can be made into affordable Calendars, Cards, Diaries, Mouse Mats and Sketch Pads. These make unique Christmas gifts for family and friends and are perfect for posting overseas. Look out for further details and order forms later in the term.

777 Pharmacy Sponsorship

We have been very lucky to be approached by Pharmacy 777 in Maylands and Bayswater offering the P & F of St Columba’s Primary school sponsorship. 777 Pharmacy pride themselves in being involved in the local community. Both the Maylands and Bayswater Pharmacy will give 10% of all retail products sold (excluding prescriptions) back to the school. Simply mention that you are from St Columba’s when you make your purchase and get behind 777 Pharmacy Maylands and Bayswater. Look out for their free information in the community notices of the news- letter as well.

Thank you
Rachel Lange
P&F President

Library News

2019 CBCA Book Week 
Reading is my SECRET POWER
Dates: 17th – 23th August 2018

Dress Up Parade (Kindy-Year 6)
Monday 19th August 2018

All students Kindy to Year 6 are invited to come to school dressed as their favourite book character.  The purpose of this event is to celebrate Book Week, therefore the focus is on participation rather than the costume.

Please note: Costumes are not restricted to ‘Reading is my SECRET POWER’ theme.

Short listed books have arrived in the library.

Come in and have a look at this year’s finalists. Which one do you think should win?

Don’t forget to enter the Book Week Colouring In Competition.  Entries are available from the library. $20 Gift Voucher available for each year group. Entries close end of Week 3.

Class of the Week: Preprimary  Green!!

A warm invitation is extended to all families to visit the library from 8:15am most mornings. (Please note, when Mrs. Cuthbert is unavailable, the library is closed.) Kindy & Pre-Kindy families take advantage to come and read all our fabulous picture books with your little ones till 8:45am.

YES! Library open most lunch times 1:15 – 1:35 daily.

The library has lots of books needing covering.  If you can help out by taking a small number of books home to cover over the holidays, please call into the library. Your help is greatly appreciated by staff and students.

Homework/Library Bag
Just a reminder that students require the school green ‘Homework and Library Bag’ in order to borrow from the Library. Many students will already have the bag from previous years.

The ‘Homework and Library Bags’ can be purchased from the Uniform Shop at a cost of $10.

Rita Cuthbert
Library Officer

Pastoral Care

Happy Birthday to:

Gianna Krishnan KW
Annabel Inglis 2W
Harry Lange 1W
Zoe Brindal 6W
Scarlett Francis 5G
Liam Jarvis 3G

Families rostered to bring in the raffle prize will be notified through the newsletter and on lists outside the classrooms. New families to St Columba’s will be rostered later in the year. Pastoral Care Team

Week 1 (24/7/19) NO RAFFLE
Week 2 (31/7/19)
Week 3 (7/8/19)

Kindy Green

Week 2 Jude Allison
Week 3 Asher Felton

Kindy White

Week 2 Vaughan O’Reilly
Week 3 Madeleine Papineau

PP Green

Week 2 Daniel Wilk
Week 3 Harriet Webb

PP White

Week 2 Aisling Poulsen
Week 3 Ella MacPherson

Year 1 Green

Week 2 Olivia Bekker
Week 3 Nate Buckley-Carr

Year 1 White

Week 2 Maggi Ma
Week 3 Harrison Smith

Year 2 Green

Week 2 Audrey Lawes
Week 3 Sohil Verma

Year 2 White

Week 2 William North
Week 3 Lucy Gardiner

Year 3 Green

Week 2 Christian Parola
Week 3 Chloe Byatt

Year 3 White

Week 2 Riley Thomas
Week 3 Tishan Ratnasekara

Year 4 Green

Week 2 Jayden Thistle
Week 3 Grace Cui

Year 4 White

Week 2 Andre Fragomeni
Week 3 Sienna Ross

Year 5 Green

Week 2 Olivia Pincus
Week 3 Katarina Tomich

Year 5 White

Week 2 Sasha Barker
Week 3 Imogen Biddle

Year 6 Green

Week 2 Bryce O’Shea
Week 3 Lola Carter

Year 6 White

Week 2 Bayla Ahuja
Week 3 Sweekar Tewatia

Community Notices





St Columba’s School Bayswater

32 Roberts Street, Bayswater WA 6053
PO Box 61, Bayswater WA 6933
Phone: (08) 9208 2700