Principal's Post

A few things that are happening at St Columba’s School, Bayswater

Morning Tea Get Together

A couple of months back, Trish and Faye, icons of St Columba’s School, held an afternoon tea for any parents who wished to meet for a cuppa. The dynamic duo would like to hold a couple of morning teas in the next few weeks. A cuppa and a chat. The dates are Tuesday 3 September and Thursday 5 September both at 9.00 am. The reason for the two morning teas in the one week is to allow our Pre-Kindy parents the opportunity to attend after dropping their little ones off at school. All parents are welcome to attend. Special thanks to Trish and Faye for continuing to add to our community spirit and the connection of our families to St Columba’s. It is always about the people.

Feast of the Assumption

Mass will be held tomorrow, Thursday 15 August at 9.00am, for this special Feast Day, The Assumption of Mary into heaven.  Thank you to Year 5’s for organising Mass.


Sacrament of Penance

Our Year 3s, and other students across our school and parish, will be making their First Reconciliation next Tuesday 20 August at 7.00 pm in our church. We wish to thank all our staff and families for their support in preparing the children for this very special sacrament. It is one of the beautiful things about our faith and the understanding of compassion and forgiveness. This can make such a difference in our lives. We know our kids are the best examples and role models of this forgiveness in their daily lives. We see it first-hand. I continue to learn from them every day. One of the great blessings in being their principal.

Parent and Friends’ Wine and Cheese Night

A special thank you to all our P and F and their team of helpers for organising the upcoming Wine and Cheese Night this Friday evening from 7.30 pm. It takes an enormous effort to get such events organised. We appreciate the commitment to building the spirit of St Columba’s within our school community and the bringing together of people in a social setting. We look forward to a night of happiness and good times.

Book Week Parade

This Monday, 19 August at 9.00 am, we will be holding our Book Week Parade. This is always an exciting time for the kids and the staff. We will hold the parade in the undercover area from 9.00 am. Please see further details about the theme for the week in Library News. It is also important to remember to keep the dress up as simple as possible. Use what you already have at home. This is all about celebrating the love of books. Thank you for you continued support of such events as we know and appreciate how busy this Monday morning will be for you in getting your kids organised for the day.

Father’s Day Breakfast

The Pastoral Care team are busy organising breakfast for all the dad’s/grandad’s/Uncles.  The breakfast is on Friday 30th August at 7.30am.  Cost is $2.50 per child and $2.50 per adult.  Further information and RSVP slips are attached to this newsletter.

Kindy dads are also invited to visit the classroom for a ‘Stay and Play’ from 8.20am to 8.45am on the morning of the Father’s Day breakfast.


Quiz Night – Bayswater City Saints Netball Club and Bayswater Bears Football Club

Our Bayswater City Saints and Bayswater Bears are holding a combined Quiz Night on Saturday 24 August 2019 at 6:00pm. This is a terrific opportunity to test your pop quiz skills against the best. These two community clubs provide wonderful opportunities for our St Columba’s kids to participate in weekend sport. It promises to be a fun-filled night. Please see further details in our Community News section.



School Counsellor News

Children’s birthday parties – cause for celebration or alienation?


by Michael Grose

It’s funny how the seemingly small things cause the greatest angst for kids – a sneer from a sibling; a curt remark from a teacher or being left off a classmate’s birthday party invitation list can leave a child feeling insecure, even sad.

While some issues such as sibling disputes are perennial others such as helping children manage the disappointment of missing a friend’s birthday party is a more pressing concern for primary-aged children right now. In fact, according to many teachers and parents I meet many children’ birthday parties are creating rifts between children, leading to alienation for those left off the party list.

Issue invitations with sensitivity

It’s a good life lesson for a child to learn that they can’t be invited to everything. But not being invited to a party shouldn’t make a child feel isolated or humiliated. Disappointment is normal; humiliation and alienation are not acceptable. Which means children need to give out invitations while being mindful of the feelings of others. This is where good parenting comes in. We need to remind, and if necessary teach children, how to give out invitations sensitively being mindful of the possible disappointment that some children will experience. Likewise all children who are going to a party should be reminded of their social obligations to all classmates, not just those who are in the “in” crowd. Tolerance and social graces are the foundations of a civil society and these lessons start in primary school.

Helping kids handle disappointment

One of the keys to functioning socially and emotionally is the ability to deal with disappointment and rejection.

So whether it is a case of not receiving an invitation to a classmate’s birthday party or a school playground snub, most children experience some type of rejection from their peers throughout childhood. Most children recover from such rejection. They move on and form constructive, worthwhile relationships but some children need help. They often take rejection personally, blaming themselves. As a parent it is useful to challenge children’s unhelpful thinking and encourage them to look for new friendship opportunities. Parents can help children understand that rejection may happen for any number of reasons that are unrelated to them.

In the course of a school day children will meet with a number of challenges and even setbacks. They may struggle with some schoolwork. They may not do well in a test and they may not be picked for a game that they wanted to play. Children grow stronger when they overcome their difficulties. The challenge for parents is to build and maintain children’s confidence to help them get through the rough times.

One way to help children deal with rejection and disappointment is to talk through problems or difficulties, recognising and accepting their feelings. Talk about various scenarios, discussing possible outcomes. The age of the child will determine the amount of detail. Keep things simple and avoid burdening a younger child with concepts he or she doesn’t understand.

Your attitude can make a huge difference to how a child reacts. If you see rejection or disappointments as problems then your child will be hamstrung by this view. See them as challenges then your child will, in all likelihood, will pick up your upbeat view and deal with disappointments easily. After all, confidence is catching!

To help children handle rejection and disappointment try the following four strategies:

  1. Model optimism. Watch how you present the world to children, as they will pick up your view.
  2. Tell children how you handle disappointment and rejection. Not only is it reassuring for children to know that their parents understand how they feel but they can learn a great deal by how their parents handle situations.
  3. Help children recognise times in the past when they bounced back from disappointment. Help them recognise those some strategies can be used again.
  4. Laugh together. Humour is a great coping mechanism. It helps put disappointment in perspective. It helps them understand that things will get better. They always do.



Jennifer Maughan
Social Worker
Tuesday & Wednesday
9208 2703



P & F News

The next P&F meeting is Tuesday the 17th of September at 7.30pm

All are welcome to attend


Wine and Cheese Night

The night has finally arrived. Please note that ticket sales are now closed and there will be no tickets available at the door.
This is a cash only event so please don’t forget to bring cash. We will have one eftpos terminal available for the silent auction items. Please remember to print your email confirmation for your ticket entry, this will also get you entry to the door prizes raffle. Entry will be through the administration gate only.

Thank you to all the helpers and for all of the generous donations. These events can not run without the community coming together!

If you are unable to make the night, but love Hayshed Hill wines, you will still be able to order wine. We will circulate order forms shortly. For every case sold, Hayshed Hill Winery will give the P&F $40.00.

We look forward to seeing you there.


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 2019


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. Why not recyle a costume, or put together something from home! Please keep it simple and stress free

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 Friday 16th August 2019. (All entries to class teacher please.)

Guess how many chips wrapped up competition – $20 gift voucher

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.

Class of the Week

Year 1 White







If any families have childrens magazines that they no longer need, the students at lunch time would enjoy reading them.








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:

Emme Moretta 1W
Lily Byatt 5G
Ashleigh Smith 6G
Ethan Elliot 6W
Hannah Gai 1G
Richie De Mello PPW
Isla Felton 2W
Reilly Bruce 3W
Huw Humphreys KG
Christian Campbell 5W
Zoe Wolters 5W
Parker Connell PKG
Lucrinda Tran PPG

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 5 (21/8/19)
Week 6 (28/8/19)

Kindy Green

Week 5 Anh Hoang
Week 6 Alexander Khoo

Kindy White

Week 5 Maya Katich
Week 6 Alexander Lilleyman

PP Green

Week 5 Lucinda Tran
Week 6 Sebastian Strachan

PP White

Week 5 Stella Kent
Week 6 Luca Scagnetti

Year 1 Green

Week 5 Edmond Cavalli
Week 6 Chloe Smith

Year 1 White

Week 5 Max Pierre
Week 6 Alexis Stewart

Year 2 Green

Week 5 Leo Rakitic
Week 6 Tayla Green

Year 2 White

Week 5 Eeishu Mithun
Week 6 Oliver May

Year 3 Green

Week 5 Kassandra Flexman
Week 6 Liam Jarvis

Year 3 White

Week 5 Orlando Martino Da Fonseca
Week 6 Natasha Juszkiewicz

Year 4 Green

Week 5 Miel Fuentes
Week 6 Abigail Hornby

Year 4 White

Week 5 Orlando Lindsay
Week 6 Willow Bull

Year 5 Green

Week 5 Bianca Magill
Week 6 Nicholas Kryachok

Year 5 White

Week 5 Lily Chudzik
Week 6 Fionn Veale

Year 6 Green

Week 5 Alyssa Giacci
Week 6 Roman Hube

Year 6 White

Week 5 Miel Solana
Week 6 Sophia Figueiredo

Community Notices



Mark this down in your diaries everyone fundraiser with the Bayswater City Saints Netball Club. 

Why not grab a table (of 10) and come along!!!!

 Amazing pendant up for grabs!!!!!!!!       










St Columba’s School Bayswater

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