Principal's Post

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

It is rather cool, as we head into the holidays after such a busy term, because it centres us to what our true purpose is. We have all being created because the world actually needs us. We do not often stop to sit and reflect on just how much we are needed. Just something we do not have the time to do. Why would this be important? Well, I think it is because it brings to light our purpose as to why we were created. We are so designed as humans to contribute to the world, especially those close to us. I mean, how good is it to know we are needed by our world. Just saying the words in our head actually changes our thoughts immediately. I just tried it, and immediately felt better about the day ahead.

It is like Mother Teresa says, ‘The greatest good is what we do for one another’. Mother Teresa did live it. A shining example of contributing to the world and making sure others were cared for. A life lived in compassion and giving of self to the world is why Mother Teresa is so admired. The world definitely needed her. A life lived in bringing dignity to those who without her had no feeling of self-worth. We all have opportunities for bringing dignity to the lives of those around us. You know you do this daily. It is how you go about making others feel valued. You do this in how you appreciate them. You do this when you live a life of gratitude. Seriously, take note today of how many other humans you make feel good about themselves. There will be so many opportunities come your way. One of the ways is how welcoming you are. I get this every day from you and your kids. You probably do not even know you are doing this. It is so natural. That is the best part, you do not even need to think about it. You just do it.

It is like the Athletics Carnival last Thursday and the Science Fair on Monday this week. The greatest good from these two days was exactly what Mother Teresa talked about. How much good was there out and about? Maybe this is why we were created. An abundance of good stuff being given out by our St Col’s Kids. You just think about how many moments there were for our kids to support and encourage someone else. I had the best job on the day being at the starting line helping organise kids and settle their nerves before the races. Well, the other kids took care of all of this.

The thing I have used many times is the quote that, ‘We rise by lifting others.’ It is the key to life I reckon. Throughout the lead up to the carnival, to the day itself, through to the Science Fair this week, parents, kids and staff have been engaged in exactly this. You know it. So much encouragement and so much that builds confidence in others. It is amazing how good the feeling is when we lift others by looking for the good. Hey, I get it is easy to look at the faults or the struggles, but we are so much better than this. Keep looking for the good things, life becomes so much enriched when we are about this. Again, our kids are the best at this.

I just need to look at last Friday afternoon. There was a lot happening at the end of the day. We needed everyone to be on-board with pick-up and ensuring we had a smooth transition. Staff, parents and kids were quite outstanding. Talk about ‘getting it’. Everyone got it. These are the moments that make me most proud as Principal.

A special thankyou to Mr Dylan Banks for the enormous work that went into the carnival, and to all staff on the day. As I mentioned on the day, we cannot do this without the support of our families and our kids. Special thanks to Mr Ric Carbone and Mrs Sarah Bolton for everything that went into the Science Fair also. Again, families and kids support of the event was another example of how good the humans are within our school. At both events our kids were engaged and loved being a part of the action. It has been a very positive way to end the term.

Talking about the good stuff, how about the way Patrick Cripps accepted winning the Brownlow Medal. Now, that was a speech that was humanness at its best.

I know there was so much that could be used to inspire us into the future. Maybe I will get to use this in a newsletter next term. All I can say is, when a champion is also a champion person, then this is what the first quote in the Donegal was about. Patrick Cripps was created to bring good things to the world. That is a definite. I also thought it would be nice to give the Carlton supporters a pump up to let them know we are still thinking of them. Bring on 2023! To all our Geelong and Sydney supporters, best wishes for the weekend. It promises to be a cracking good game. To my fellow Penrith Panther supporters, a big game versus South Sydney this weekend. It will be a ripping good game. Hopefully, we secure the win and head to the GF.

The planner for Term 4 has been uploaded to the school website. Please note special dates. It is a busy term with many things taking place. It is important to note, there may be changes due to unforeseen circumstances. We appreciate your understanding with any late changes.

Today, Wednesday is the last day of Term 3. We wish everyone a restful break and an opportunity to find time for self. I know this is pretty hard when you have kids, so maybe not having the morning rush with uniforms and lunches will take some of the pressure off. Look after yourself and we look forward to seeing you back in Term 4.

Good things your way!



Athletics Carnival Results


1st Place – McAULEY – 3036pts

2nd Place – RUSSELL – 2308pts

3rd Place – PASCAL – 2284pts

4th Place – COLUMBANUS – 2258pts


Year 1Mila FernandezMegan HuttonSpencer Landis

Reuben Williams

Riley Wilkey
Year 2Mia Fernandez

Amelia Wilkey

Evie Hamilton

Elizabeth Kennewell

Huw HumphreysCohen Lee
Year 3Sofia Jaramillo RestrepoIvy HooglandElliot DorozenkoHunter Sardelich
Year 4Keira PollittOlivia HarrisTy FernandezGethin Humphreys
Year 5Camille TributZara BellDylan SardelichOliver Landis
Year 6Aoife Rattray

Kate Rattray

Zara CalloDominic TreacyJett Mann


Traffic Warden

The Traffic Warden who works at the Children’s Crossing on Whatley Crescent, near Leake Street is unable to work from Friday the 23rd of September until Monday the 31st of October.  Unfortunately there is no relief staff available to cover the position.


P & F News

Thanks to all those that helped at the athletics carnival with both the sausage sizzle and the bake sale. Once again the amazing and generous bakers in the school donated a delicious assortment of goodies! The bake sale raised $775 this year, a fantastic result. We also hit a new record for the number of sausages cooked at a carnival. 450 sausage sizzles were cooked, assembled and distributed by an army of helpers, no small feat.

Our Subway lunch was very well received with the children (and Staff) enjoying something different for lunch. This one lunch raised just of $300 and we will be looking at running this once a term.

Between the athletics carnival and Subway lunch, we raised over $2,000 towards the new playground.

Our next event is the annual school disco on Friday the 14th of October. There is a flyer attached to the newsletter and also on Facebook. Tickets can be purchased online via:




Entertainment Memberships

Online memberships are available again this year.  Memberships can be purchased online



We have had queries from families who would like to make a contribution to the CSPWA without being involved in purchasing items. This is incredibly generous, and we are always grateful for any donations in whatever form they take.

The CSPWA bank details are below and can be used at anytime to pay online for fundraisers or for contributions. We ask that you include a family name in the description so that we can allocate funds coming into the account

Name – The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Perth, St Columba’s P&F Association

BSB – 086 006

ACC – 679360271


The next meeting is on Tuesday 18 October at 7.00pm.


Any questions or queries, I can be contacted via email

Tanya Armstrong

President CSPWA





Together we’re making a difference

At Pharmacy 777, your support makes a difference to your school.
We understand how much your school means to you, that’s why at Pharmacy 777, we’re passionate about making a difference. Our Community Spirit Program makes giving back to your school easier. As a Community Spirit member, for every transaction you make at Pharmacy 777 Bayswater and Maylands, they will give part proceeds back to the school. This contribution accumulates over time and funds raised support causes at the heart of your school. We would encourage all school community members to visit Pharmacy 777 Bayswater and Maylands and join up.

Library News

Library 2022


A warm invitiation is extended to ALL families to visit the library from 8:15am in the mornings Monday – Friday.  

(If Mrs Cuthbert is unavailable, the library will be closed) 


Pre-primary, Kindy & Pre-Kindy families take advantage and come and read all our fabulous picture books with your little ones till 8:45am. 


The library is a calming and quiet place, making it the perfect spot for students to have a smooth and calming transition in the morning.

Students may like to return and borrow books before school.

Looking forward to seeing you the library.



Reading and activities in the LIBRARY


Students may also use this time to exchange their library book.









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




Thank you everyone!

Rita Cuthbert – Library Officer – Library- the original search engine

Pastoral Care

Happy Birthday to:

To the following students who will be celebrating this coming week:

Ava Sanders PKG
Austin Hoek PKG
Erin Kennewell PPW
Jessica Kennewell PPW
Reuben Williams 1G
Aston Raynor 1G
Asher Shrivastava 1W
Mila Fernandez 1W
Harvey Ferguson 1W
Corey Nguyen 2G
Tommy Gibson 2W
Xavier Robinson 5G
Camille Tribut 5W











Week 10 – 21 September

Kindy Green
Week 10 Oliver Hawke
Kindy White
Week 10 Isla Elliott
PP GreenWeek 10 Thea O;Reilly
PP White
Week 10 Tessa Koch
Year 1 Green
Week 10 Oliver Minchin
Year 1 WhiteWeek 10 Tristan Goh
Year 2 GreenWeek 10 Raghav Bhutani
Year 2 White
Week 10 Thomas Gibson
Year 3 Green
Week 10 Isla Bentley
Year 3 White
Week 10 Milana Zachar
Year 4 GreenWeek 10 Sayuthmee Ratnayake
Year 4 WhiteWeek 10 Phoenix Stanmore
Year 5 GreenWeek 10 NO RAFFLE
Year 5 WhiteWeek 10 Xavier Miller
Year 6 Green
Week 10 William Buckley
Year 6 White
Week 10 Rhylan O’Shea


Award Winners


PPGAnnabel HarperPPWOscar Harris
1GAlessandra Cahill1WJack Michael
2GXavier Balm2WJonathan Truong
3GSpencer Southam3WAllegra Pizzata
4GBraelyn Carruthers4WJaydyn Duong
5GBlake Poletti5WRyder Walsh
6GJack Katich6WBrielle Donovan

MERIT AWARDS – Term 3, Week 9

PP Green – Jax Fermanis, Samuel Kootje, Ella Phillips, Hazel Scarvaci
PP White – Erin Kennewell, Noah Palmer, Ivy Quach

1 Green – Jacob Hofmann, Olivia Molony
1 White – Owen Metherell, Darcey Poulsen, Lucas Scali, Thea Setzinger

2 Green – Ava Gallagher, Anh Hoang, Henry Webb
2 White – Savannah Ceric, Lucia O’Toole, William Parks

3 Green – Alfie Allison, Zozie Higgs, Olivia McShanag, Raffaele Parker
3 White – Mia Moore, Theo Smart, Lucinda Tran, Amelia Yee

4 Green – Blake Kenyon, Seraphim Vu
4 White – Edmond Cavalli, Gethin Humphreys

5 Green – Justin Ahn, Lila Harris, Zander Smith
5 White – Audrey Lawes, William North, Emily Salt

6 Green – Gabrielle Mazurak, Christian Parola, Grace Thoms
6 White – Chloe Byatt, Stella D’Esposito, Jackson Lange



Religious Education and Curriculum News

From our Pre-Kindergarten Classes

In Pre-Kindy we always thank God each morning for our rest and ask him to help us to do our best. We make the Sign of the Cross by saying God is in my head, in my heart and looking over my shoulders. Amen.

We hold God carefully in the palm of our hands when we pray and are always so reverent during our morning prayer time. 🙏


From our Digital Technologies

This term in Technology we have been developing our problem-solving strategies by programming robots such as our infamous Beebots. Students have used directional instructions and simple coding language to navigate the Beebots through small challenge courses. They have also created coded messages to share short programable instruction sets.

Community Notices

Mercedes College | A College for every girl in the heart of your city!

We have limited places available in Year 7 for 2023.  Interest welcome in other year levels for 2023.

If you are considering enrolling your daughter at Mercedes College, please visit our website at to request a prospectus, to enrol online or to book a tour of our campus. Please contact our Enrolments Officer, Mrs Nicole Kirk on 9323 1323 if you require further information.





Now taking enrolments for 2024 and 2025

La Salle College is an innovative Catholic co-education secondary school guided by our Lasallian principles.

We embrace the uniqueness of every individual at our College and our safe, inclusive and welcoming environment enables everyone to learn and flourish in their own distinctive way.

At La Salle College we offer a range of learning programs and academic pathways to inspire our students, as well as opportunities in a multitude of areas such as skill-based and work-based learning, music, arts, sport and extracurricular activities.

Our wonderful facilities and generous outdoor spaces provide an innovative and modern learning environment. We believe that success is more than just academic achievement, but the strive for personal excellence.

Through our faith, culture of excellence, values and systems, we equip our students with the tools they need to become life-long learners and positive contributors, voices and leaders in the community beyond their College days.

A Lasallian school is more than just a curriculum, it is a united community connected in values, in spirit and a common experience. Our vision for learning is centred on Transforming tomorrow’s hearts, minds and lives.

To learn more about a La Salle College education visit our website at






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CSPWA Parent Pilgrimage

Do you feel exhausted as we come to the end of a very busy term? Book Week, Science Week, Performing Arts Festival, Sports Carnivals – they all take their toll, especially if you are working outside the home as well.

Why not put some time in to recharge, by joining with our Parent Pilgrimage on Sunday 18th September. We often hear of the importance of looking after ourselves first in order to better look after the others in our lives. Spending a couple of hours on a Sunday morning experiencing the ancient faith tradition of pilgrimage provides a wonderful way to recharge the batteries and have some time to encounter God, ourselves, others and nature. Further information, including a copy of the Pilgrim Prayer will be forwarded upon registration
















St Columba’s School Bayswater

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