Principal's Post

Dear St Columba’s School Community,

Yesterday we celebrated the Feast of the Assumption of Mary as a whole school at Mass. Our readers were well prepared and read beautifully. Mrs Smith and the Choir did an amazing job leading the whole school with the singing. Sitting amongst the crowd, I was surrounded by the most angelic voices as the whole school knew the words and sang exceptionally well. St Columba’s School places an emphasis on the development of our own faith and the faith of others and we are so blessed to have Fr Andrew support us.

Special congratulations to our Altar Servers who served for the first time, Seraphim and Sam. Many Year 5 students have recently completed altar server training and we thank them for their service and sharing their gifts with the Church.


Last term our Year 5 & 6 Classes commenced a friendship strategy known as URSTRONG. URSTRONG’s whole-school friendship strategy has improved the social climate in schools around the world, connecting over a million kids, parents, and teachers with a common language of friendship.

We are proud to become a URSTRONG School, empowering your children with friendship skills through their award-winning Friendology curriculum.

You and your child/ren are invited to attend an ONLINE Language of Friendship parent-child workshop on Thursday 24 August at 6:00pm. Dana Kerford (Founder of URSTRONG) will teach you and your children skills and language to foster healthy, feel-good friendships.

Having used the program both as a Parent and a Principal, I would highly recommend families engage in this online opportunity from the comfort of your own home.

Registration is open to all parents across the school.

Registration Required: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

*You will receive an email immediately after registering with the zoom details. If an email doesn’t land in your inbox, be sure to check your junk folder.

We believe that empowering our students with these skills will create a culture of kindness at our school and we hope you can attend.

This Friday 18 August is a Pupil Free Day and the school is closed for students. Staff will undergo Professional Development in the area of Religious Education and Faith Formation.

The school is closed Monday 21 August for the annual Staff Catholic Day. This is a day given to all staff in lieu of their support to the Church. Parents are reminded OSHC services are also closed on this day.

School will resume on Tuesday 22 August with Book Week Dress Up Day. The parade will take place at 8.45am SHARP in the Greg Martin Pavillion.


We wish our School Choir all the very best as they will perform at the Catholic Performing Arts Ceremony next Thursday 24 August.


A reminder to all parents who park for drop off or pick up of their children, please ensure your parking adheres to all street signage and you are not blocking driveways or laneways. We frequently receive complaints from our neighbours and on several occasions, the City of Bayswater has also been contacted.


Finally from me … Go Matilda’s 💚💛💚💛💚


In gratitude,
Gina Burns


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 12 September at 7.00pm in the library.

Items for the agenda must be submitted by 5pm Friday 8 September.

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 at 8.45am (SHARP)

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!


Colouring In Competition Pre Kindy – Year 6 

Entries distributed to classes in this week

Prizes:  $20 Gift Voucher Crow Books – 1 prize per class 

Entry:  Free

Entry closes Thursday 24th August – Week 6

(Entries to be handed into Library. Students are reminded to put their name and class on the back of their entry)

Entries will be displayed in the library.  Winners announced Friday 25 August. 



The WINNER of the Library Lucky Dip competition …

“What week in Term 3 is Book Week celebrated? ”


















Is :  Audrey Lawes    Yr 6G


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:

Amelia Congdon – KW
Kanishka Setty – PPG
Hugo Allison – PPW
Arthur Oliveira – 2G
Parker Connell – 2G
Huw Humphreys – 3G
Lucinda Tran – 4G
Richie De Mello – 4W
Abbie Hartus – 6G
Isla Felton – 6W









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 6 – 23 August
Week 7 – 30 August

Kindy Green
Week 6 – George Sewell
Week 7 – Lily Sinfield
Kindy White
Week 6 – Ezra Smart
Week 7 – Ofelia Stenvers Byrne
PP GreenWeek 6 – Sebastian Setzinger
Week 7 – Isaac Tran
PP White
Week 6 – Francis Masek
Week 7 – Ada Marie
Year 1 Green
Week 6 – Mason Sardelich
Week 7 – Ivy Quach
Year 1 WhiteWeek 6 – Thea O’Reilly
Week 7 – Adam Nguyen
Year 2 GreenWeek 6 – Thea Setzinger
Week 7 – Asher Shrivastrava
Year 2 White
Week 6 – Jacob Mak
Week 7 – Lachlan Stewart
Year 3 Green
Week 6 – Vaughan O’Reilly
Week 7 – Tom Ross
Year 3 White
Week 6 – Lucia O’Toole
Week 7 – Kelvin Quach
Year 4 GreenWeek 6 – Mariana Pulido Vargas
Week 7 – Lucinda Tran
Year 4 WhiteWeek 6 – Peyton Shute
Week 7 – Spencer Southam
Year 5 GreenWeek 6 – Keira Pollitt
Week 7 – Alexis Stewart
Year 5 WhiteWeek 6 – Tony Masek
Week 7 – Harry Mawer
Year 6 Green
Week 6 – Xavier Robinson
Week 7 – Emily Salt
Year 6 White
Week 6 – Kaleb Smart
Week 7 – Zander Smith

Religious Education and Curriculum News

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 1 Classes:

This term in Religion, we have been exploring how people grow, learn and change. To begin this unit, we played a fun game of ‘Guess Who’ with our baby photos. We were blown away with just how much we had changed physically, socially, mentally and emotionally.

Another fundamental part of our growth are the people who surround us. Jesus grew up in a family who cared for him and taught him as he grew. Just like Jesus, we have amazing families who care for us and teach us as we grow.


From our Italian Classes:

Ciao a tutti!!! Hello everyone!!!

In Italian we have been busy working on creating posters for a competition run by the W.A. Association of Italian Teachers. We are very excited as the first prize is $30. We have used many methods to create our sentences including using an online dictionary and google translate to help us with our pronunciation. The best part though was recording our voices on SeeSaw and playing it back to listen to ourselves speaking in Italian. In bocca al lupo (good luck) everyone!










St Columba’s School Bayswater

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