Principal's Post

Dear St Columba’s School Community,

The fourth Sunday in July each year, is recognised as World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly. Coincidentally this is very near the feast of Sts Joachim and Anne, the grandparents of Jesus and Mary’s Parents. It takes a village to raise a child and right beside a child’s parents are their grandparents. This week, please remember to give thanks for our Grandparents.

The Lord trusts that young people, through their relationships with the elderly, will realize that they are called to cultivate memory and recognise the beauty of being part of a much larger history. Friendship with an older person can help the young to see life not only in terms of the present and realise that not everything depends on them and their abilities. For the elderly, the presence of a young person in their lives can give them hope that their experience will not be lost and that their dreams can find fulfillment.

I thank all our Grandparents who support their Grandchildren in their education and well-being here at St Columba’s School.


Child Safety
As I completed my final duty last Friday, I was informed about the abduction of a young schoolgirl walking to school in Warnbro that day. I think I share the shock, sadness and concern of the whole community for the young girl and her family. Please keep this child and family in your prayers.

Abductions by strangers are rare, however there are safety messages we must continue to give our children to keep them safe in a variety of situations. A few reminders for our students:

  • Always keep to well-lit and visible paths.
  • Always walk with another person.
  • Where possible, travel with a phone.
  • Always let an adult know where you are going to be or if your plans change.
  • Do not approach people in unknown vehicles.

St Columba’s School teaches the Keeping Safe Protective Behaviours Curriculum for our students from Kindergarten to Year 6. If you would like further information on this, please check this section out in the Term Overviews that will be sent home shortly or see your child’s teacher.

In gratitude,

Gina Burns


Our Year 1’s and 4’s enjoying the new playground.


P & F News

Volunteering once a year, opens a door of opportunities for our kids. Giving back, means the world to them. Assist our St Columba’s P&F with your role of choice for events, fundraisers or even part of the Class Representative team.

Our “Just one Thing” volunteer sign up is now live. Please consider volunteering especially if you haven’t done so before. It’s a great way to meet new parents and make new friends. Thanks to all those that have already registered for their “One Thing”. Please use the link below to access the sign up form:



Entertainment Memberships

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



Our next P&F meeting is Tuesday 8 August at 7.00pm in the library.

Items for the agenda must be submitted by 5pm Friday 4 August.

Any items after this time will be tabled for the next meeting.




Any questions or queries, I can be contacted via email

Tanya Armstrong

President P&F


Library News

Book Week 2023

Term 3 – Week 6

19th – 25th August

READ   GROW   Inspire


This year we will be celebrating Book Week at St. Cols in a number of exciting ways;

Including a live performance, Dress Up Parade, activities and competitions in the Library.

‘Perform ! Education’

Performance (Pre-Primary – Year 6)

Tuesday 22nd August


Dress Up Parade (Pre-Primary – Year 6)   

Tuesday 22nd August   

All students Pre-Primary 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 recycle a costume, or put together something from home!

Please keep it simple and stress free  

Please note: Costumes are not restricted to this year’s theme of:

‘READ GROW Inspire’  

Looking forward to Book Week!


This week’s Lucky Dip Winner

‘ What is the 2023 WAYRBA Theme’ is…















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:

Jasper Fry – 1W
Mathea Co – 2W
Violet Mulherin – PKW
Ayla Christie – KG
Savannah Ceric – 3W
Alfie Allison – 4G










The Pastoral Care Team will be holding the annual Father’s Day Breakfast
this year in Term 3 on Friday 1 September (Please see flyer attached to this Newsletter).
Tickets can be booked both electronically by visiting Trybooking at:
or by returning the slip from the flyer along with your cash in an envelope to the
school office by FRIDAY 25 AUGUST, 2023.

More information will be provided in the coming weeks for volunteer opportunities
and the all so very loved Father’s Day Raffle!!

As always thank you for your support of the Pastoral Care Team!



Week 3 – 2 August
Week 4 – 9 August

Kindy Green
Week 3 – Peyton Palmer
Week 4 – Marie O’Callaghan
Kindy White
Week 3 – Akira Romeo
Week 4 – Ava Sanders
PP GreenWeek 3 – Kanishka Setty
Week 4 – Leo Sharrinovski
PP White
Week 3 – Ffion Humphreys
Week 4 – Mason Meenan
Year 1 Green
Week 3 – Noah Palmer
Week 4 – Ross Smith
Year 1 WhiteWeek 3 – Harvey Kemmy
Week 4 – Bodhi Laffrey
Year 2 GreenWeek 3 – Darcey Poulsen
Week 4 – Lucas Scali
Year 2 White
Week 3 – Talisa Martino Da Fonseca
Week 4 – Harrison MacPherson
Year 3 Green
Week 3 – Bianca Milhinch
Week 4 –
Year 3 White
Week 3 – Cohen Lee
Week 4 – Matilda Meenan
Year 4 GreenWeek 3 – Aisling Poulsen
Week 4 – Ava Scali
Year 4 WhiteWeek 3 – Stella Kent
Week 4 – Ella MacPherson
Year 5 GreenWeek 3 – Natalia Milhinch
Week 4 – Emme Moretta
Year 5 WhiteWeek 3 – Gethin Humphreys
Week 4 – Archer Laffrey
Year 6 Green
Week 3 – Rafael Martino Da Fonseca
Week 4 – William North
Year 6 White
Week 3 – James McDougall
Week 4 – Evan Nguyen

Religious Education and Curriculum News

Welcome to Term Three

As advertised, Father Andrew and I are organising a second community Baptism event to be held this term. While we have had a number of families express interest in joining us, it is not too late to be included!

Dates have now been confirmed :

Thursday 17 August, 2023 : Baptism Information Evening for parents and those to be Baptised.

Sunday 27 August, 2023 : Baptism Ceremony (10.45am after the 9.30 Mass)


Please contact me to express interest or to ask any questions you may have. You may also feel free to share this information with friends and family.

Looking forward to sharing this celebration with members of our St Columba’s community.

With thanks and best wishes


Leesa Vinciullo
Religious Education and Events Coordinator


From our Year 5’s:

It’s been a busy start to the term in Year Five’s Religion lessons! We have been busy doing practice for the upcoming Religious Education Assessment. We have also been looking at how our conscience is formed and how it is important we use it to do the right thing when peer pressure is applied.


















From our Physical Education Teacher:

Yesterday, our Interschool Cross Country runners had the Interschool event at UWA Sports Park. A massive achievement finishing 3rd out of 16 schools, including 2nd overall in the girls and 3rd overall in the boys. All runners ran with St Col’s spirit and pushed themselves right to the finish line. The practice the students did in their own time at Columba Runners is a testament to their dedication and all students should be proud of themselves, no matter where they finished.

Oustanding performances (finishing in the top 10 out of 55 other students):

Hunter Sardelich (2nd)

Will Armstrong (2nd)

Jude Allison (3rd)

Abbie Hartus (4th)

Tony Masek (5th)

Elliot Dorozenko (5th)

Dylan Sardelich (6th)

Mia Fernandez (7th)

Mason Harper, Kalani Brammer, Ivy Hoogland, Xavier Miller, Keira Pollitt & Alyssa Clark (8th)

Edmond Cavalli (9th)


Community Notices





Road closure and 24/7 works

A week-long closure of Coode Street subway will commence from 8pm next Thursday 20 July. During this time, the Coode Street subway will close to motorists, pedestrians and cyclists to complete essential works for the new Bayswater Station Project.

Details are below:


8pm Thursday 20 July to 5am Friday 28 July 2023.


Where: (see detour map attached)

  • Coode Street subway closed from Railway Parade–Whatley Crescent
    • path access across the rail is via the Leake Street underpass
    • the elevated shared path from Leake–Hamilton streets remains open
    • pedestrian access to Whatley Crescent–King William Street businesses remains
  • Coode Street closed from Broun Avenue–Beaufort Street
  • Coode Street local traffic only from Beaufort Street–Railway Parade

24/7 works will take place throughout the week to complete road and bridge works, and the school community may notice construction impacts such as noise, dust, vibration and light spillage as well as heavy vehicles, machinery and works accessing local roads and the construction site.

Public transportation

From 8pm Thursday 20 July, bus route 48 will no longer serve the Bayswater Town Centre and will deviate via Meltham Station. Please refer to the attached bus route network attachment as well as a copy of the timetable for bus route 44.

The southern platforms of the New Bayswater Station are still expected to open in September.

Also attached is a notice detailing the road closures in further detail.

I encourage all members of the school community to visit for the latest project information.











St Columba’s School Bayswater

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