Principal's Post

Outstanding Tuition Fees 2021

Thank you to families that have paid their tuition fees in full or set up a repayment arrangement or direct debit. Your support with the payment of tuition fees is much appreciated especially with the current COVID situation.

The collection of tuition fees is extremely important to the operation of the school as this money contributes towards class resources, excursions, IT, sacraments plus other school amenities.

For those parents and caregivers that have not paid their tuition fees, set up a repayment arrangement or a direct debit, we urgently request that you contact our Finance Officer, Peta Santella either by email to or on 9208 2705.

If you are experiencing financial difficulty, please contact Peta to discuss an alternative arrangement.

Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.


Catholic Education WA State Budget Submission Letter

Please find attached a State Budget Submission Letter for your information. Dr Debra Sayce, our Executive Director, continues to work with our state government regarding funding. It is focused on equity in funding across sectors.



On Friday 30 July 2021 we will be having our NAIDOC Assembly. Events will begin with a ‘Welcome to Country’ and ‘Smoking Ceremony’ presented by Aboriginal elder, Barry Winmar.

‘Heal Country’ is this year’s theme. Heal Country calls for stronger measures to recognise, protect and maintain all aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage.
Country means more than the land on which we stand. Country is inherent to our identity. It sustains lives in every aspect – spiritually, physically, emotionally, socially and culturally.
Country is family, kin, law, lore, ceremony, traditions, and language. For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples it has been this way since the dawn of time.

Please join us Friday 30 July at 8.45am to celebrate NAIDOC Week and help ‘HEAL COUNTRY’.


Gate Access

The main front gate (Roberts Street) will be closed on Thursday 5 August and Friday 6 August for maintenance.

For morning drop offs and afternoon pickups the Parish gate and Milne Street gates will be accessible along with the vehicle entrance gate on Roberts Street, for easier access.

If you are required to be on the premises once school has commenced, please use the Parish gate and report directly to the front office as per normal procedures.

Please ensure that the Parish gate is shut gently behind you.

Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.


School Photo Days

School photo day is coming!

Monday 2 August
Tuesday 3 August
Thursday 4 August

Personalised student photo order flyers from Kapture Photography containing your child’s unique codes for ordering school photos online were sent home last week.


The unique codes contained on the flyer will be issued only once.

Please ensure all students are wearing full school winter uniform.

Order EARLY for sibling photography

Sibling photos can ONLY be ordered online. Once you receive the personalised flyers for your children, it is imperative that you order your sibling photo early to avoid missing out! There is a physical limit in the school schedule to how many sibling photos can be taken. Once the maximum capacity of sibling orders has been reached, no more sibling orders can be placed.

If maximum capacity is not reached, sibling orders close 12pm midday sharp, one business day prior to the first photo day.

The school or the photographers cannot accept late orders for sibling photography. Please do not ask as your request simply cannot be accommodated.

Order EARLY for discount photo day prices

Order your photos within 10 calendar days of photo day to receive discount photo day prices. Late orders are handled separately to the school delivery and incur a $20 custom service charge.

Other information

We will notify you in a few weeks when team and special group photos are available to view and purchase on the Kapture website. Please note; class, individual and sibling portraits are not available to view online prior to purchase.

Kapture offer a money back guarantee for any parent who is not fully satisfied with their photo package. Should you have any queries before or after photo day, please check the FAQ’s on the Kapture website.

All students will be photographed individually on photo day for school administration records AS WELL as included in their class group presentation available for purchase to all families. Should there be any reason why your child should NOT be included in the photo shoot –please contact the school office.



School Counsellor News

Common Ways We Unintentionally Break Our Child’s Spirit – Big Life Journal



Nicole Leach
School Counsellor
St Columba’s (Wednesdays and Thursdays) Phone 08 9208 2700




P & F News



Entertainment Memberships are still available for purchase and details are on the parent Facebook page. The school receives $14 for each membership purchased and you save $$$$.



Our next CSPWA meeting is Tuesday 17th  of August at 7pm in the library, all are welcome.


Please email through any items for the agenda to your class reps.




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.

Pastoral Care

Happy Birthday to:

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

Jasper Fry – KW
Mathea Co – PPG
Savannah Ceric – 1G
Rosie Juma – 1W
Alfie Allison – 2W
Violet Petersen – 3G
Riley Thomas – 5G
Jack Katich – 5W
Sienna Ross – 6G
Eve Bristow-Baohm – 6W










Pastoral Care Raffle

Here are the rosters:


Week 3 – 4 August
Week 4 – 11 August


Kindy Green
Week 3 Caiden Thompson-Mewburn
Week 4 Erin Kennewell
Kindy White
Week 3 Annabelle Panizza
Week 4 Chase Gilbert
PP GreenWeek 3 Jack Michael
Week 4 Marcus Chong
PP White
Week 3 Lachlan Stewart
Week 4 Lily Vernon
Year 1 Green
Week 3 Connor Campbell
Week 4 Eve Hamilton
Year 1 WhiteWeek 3 Chanella Halmich
Week 4 Evie Zekas-Crooks
Year 2 GreenWeek 3 Ella MacPherson
Week 4 Estelle Pirone
Year 2 White
Week 3 Ava Scali
Week 4 Christian Cullura
Year 3 Green
Week 3 Francis Le
Week 4 Harrison Smith
Year 3 White
Week 3 Annabelle Ong
Week 4 Chloe Smith
Year 4 GreenWeek 3 Harvey Lindsay
Week 4 Kai Fermanis
Year 4 WhiteWeek 3 Edward Armstrong
Week 4 Emily Salt
Year 5 GreenWeek 3 Dominic Treacy
Week 4 Girishma Berigai
Year 5 WhiteWeek 3 Aoife Rattray
Week 4 Chloe Byatt
Year 6 Green
Week 3 Michael Wells
Year 6 White
Week 3 Nadia Raschella


Raffle tickets are 20 cents each with a maximum of 3 tickets per child. Each child will be rostered once a year to bring a BOOK to the value of $5.

If there are any parents out there that love cooking and are able to help us with meals please contact Jeannie –

Your continued support is greatly appreciated by our school community.


Pastoral Care Team.



Interschool Cross Country

The Interschool Cross Country was held on Tuesday 27 July at UWA Sports Park with 16 schools attending.

The weather conditions were challenging, especially for the Year 4 event with wild weather and plenty of rain. Fortunately, the weather improved throughout the course of the day. It was an enormous effort by all of our athletes.

Congratulations to the following students who placed in the top 10 for their event:

Gethin Humphreys 4th place (Yr 3), Camile Tribute 4th place (Yr 4), Dylan Sardelich 6th place (Yr 4), Charlotte Pitter 4th place ((Yr 5), Zara Callo 7th place (Yr 5), Daphne Wishart 9th place (Yr 5), Jett Mann 7th place (Yr 5), Lucia Dawes 5th place (Yr 6) and Miel Fuentes 4th place (Yr 6).

St Columba’s achieved excellent results coming 5th in the boys and 5th in the girls competition and 6th place overall.

Thank you to all of the staff who helped out on the day.

Jo McCluskey & Mitch McGivern

Community Notices


Enrol with us at Mercedes College!

Mercedes College is currently interviewing for Year 7 2023 & 2024, with limited places available for Year 7 2022.  If you are considering enrolling your daughter at Mercedes, please visit the Mercedes College website at to request a prospectus, to enrol online or book a tour of our campus.  Please contact Mrs Nicole Kirk on 9323 1323 if you require further information.















St Columba’s School Bayswater

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