Principal's Post

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Hope you are all travelling okay. It is a busy time as we head to the end of the term. Cannot believe how quickly this term has gone to be true. It has flown by. This time of year, always brings the excitement of the athletics faction carnival. Our kids love this day. Our athletics carnival focuses on having fun, encouraging others to be their best and celebrate the successes of our champion girls and boys. This is a day we all love being a part of. It is always filled with action and so much happiness.

The thing we all need to appreciate is that our kids give their very best efforts. We need to recognise just how brave our kids are. There are over 1000 people watching them run. This takes courage and bravery on the part of our kids. Some of our kids love this, others feel the nerves. Our job is to make sure our kids know just how exciting this is, even if they feel a little nervous or afraid of what the day holds. This is especially the case for our Year 1s as it is their first time. I mean imagine standing at the start line with everyone watching. This is such bravery by our kids.

Over the last couple of months, a stand out for me has been how much fun the kids have been having at PE lessons. They just love it. Their efforts in preparing for the team games has been quite outstanding. I should know, as they make a heap of noise in the undercover area outside my office. Their excitement has been joyful. Whatever happens tomorrow, there is no denying their energy and efforts in preparation.

What is always a stand out at St Col’s is the encouragement the kids get from all our parents and grandparents in the crowd. It is jam packed along the track. Our kids look after each other so well, making sure everyone is okay. There is nothing better really. If you have been at our carnivals these last few years, then you know what I mean.

The day will be structured with running events and team games. As you can imagine this takes much organisation to get set up and to coordinate. The team games will take place in the middle of the oval. There will be parent sections where you will be able to view the games. Running and team games will be running at the same time to ensure we get through all the events.

Some key reminders are all listed in the note that was attached to last week’s newsletter. The letter is attached again today, along with the schedule for the day.

  • Even though it will be a cool and cloudy day, we continue to be sun smart. Please apply sunscreen before the kids come to school. We will have sunscreen in the faction bays for kids to use. Hats to be worn, however we are understanding that in running events students do not wear their hats.
  • As with all carnivals, students may have coloured zinc etc, and lightly sprayed hair, however no hair is to be sprayed at school or at the event. This must be done at home.
  • Portable toilet facilities have been hired for parents and for younger siblings. These will be located in the car park. The toilet blocks are to be used only by students, no adults. This is in line with our child safe practices. These toilet blocks will be supervised by staff.
  • No parents are to enter the bays. This is another child safe practice. If you do need to enter the faction bays, you must speak with a staff member. Do not be offended if you are asked to leave the faction bays. You will get to see your kids for the lunch break.
  • At the end of the day, you will be able to take your child home. Students will be seated with their class teachers at the conclusion of the day. You must sign off with the class teacher when you collect your child. Again, this is in line with child safe practices and risk management.
  • It is important to note that all times are approximates. With the amount of events taking place on the day, times can be out by 20-30 minutes at different times throughout the day. Thank you for your understanding with this.

The morning will be busy at school as we get the kids onto the buses. Please try to get to school between 8.20 and 8.30 tomorrow. This will allow our teachers to get our kids organised quickly so as we can be away by 9.00 am at the latest. Please remember Milne Street will be required for buses, so please do not park in the car bays tomorrow morning between 8.30 am and 9.15 am.

A big thank you to Mr Dylan Banks for all his efforts in organising the carnival. It is always a massive build up and an even bigger day. It is Dylan’s first ever carnival, so we wish him all the best for the day. He will not sleep tonight as I think he is more excited than the kids. We also know it is a team effort, so thank you to all our staff for how you have supported Dylan and the kids in the lead up, but also for all your efforts tomorrow.

To our parents involved in the sausage sizzle and cake stall, another huge thank you. This is a wonderful part of the day. I do love how parents involved in working with the CSPWA rotate to allow parents to see their kids run. Just good work by everyone. This takes a heap of coordination also. It is appreciated by everyone.


Science Fair UpdateThis message has been sent through Seesaw today

Good Morning Everyone

Thank you for confirming your child’s entry in the St Columba’s Science Fair 2022. We have been completely blown away by the overwhelming interest and number of entries. Due to there being close to 50 students wishing to participate, and an assembly scheduled for 8.45 a, our plans will need to change in order to accommodate this level of involvement.

Therefore : We will change the date for the Science Fair to Monday 19 September.

Weather permitting, we will hold the Science Fair on the basketball courts so that all exhibits can be accommodated. Set-up (there will be tables spread throughout the basketball courts) will begin from 7.45am, and then the fair will officially commence at 8:15am, so that parents may view the displays. Classes will then be rostered on to come and view the exhibits.

We are aiming to have 2 or 3 displays per table. This will be dependent on the size and requirements of each display. Student names will be placed on the tables, so as on the morning students know where to set up.

Over the coming days we will meet with the students to find out further details on what they will be setting up. This change of date will enable students to get last minute preparation completed over the weekend. We are all very excited by what may take place on Monday. The exciting part is that there is much anticipated, yet so much unknown. This is the excitement of Science.

As always, you can contact us via Seesaw or email.

Thank you for your support of this endeavour.

Riccardo Carbone & Sarah Bolton


The Passing of Queen Elizabeth II


The death of Queen Elizabeth II, after a long reign marked by extraordinary constancy, fidelity, courage and service, will bring great sadness to many people in Australia, including members of the Catholic community.

As the Queen enters into the great mystery of eternal life with the Lord, we will pray for the repose of her soul and for the support and comfort of her family, her nation and the wider community of the Commonwealth.

Queen Elizabeth was never reticent about acknowledging her Christian faith. Her annual Christmas message invariably focused on Jesus Christ as a model of humble and generous service. It was a model she strived to emulate throughout her long life. May she rest in peace.

September 9, 2022

Please note:

There is a nationwide public holiday next Thursday 22 September. The last day for students in Term 3 is Wednesday 21 September.


NAPLAN Results 2022

NAPLAN results have come through to the school. We will look at these over the coming week and send home to parents before the end of the term.



On a final note, special congratulations to our Year 6 students who were involved in a thrilling, overtime victory in their netball grand final on the weekend. Going into overtime and coming from behind to win must have been an amazing feeling. The Bayswater City Saints Netball Club keeps growing from strength to strength. A bit like the Bayswater Bears, where many of our parents are involved. Well done to everyone.


Have a wonderful week.



P & F News


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 20 September 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:

Abigail Lumsden PKW
Oliver Hawke KG
Orlando Smith PPG
Ross Smith PPG
William Parks 2W
Luca Marrapodi 2W
Evie Zekas-Crooks 2W
Shishir Berigai 3G
Amie Lan 6G
Lucas Bentley 6W











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


Religious Education and Curriculum News

From our Year 6’s

Congratulations to our amazing Year Six students on making their Confirmation on Friday and Saturday last week. Mrs Pettit and Mrs Vinciullo were extremely proud of the way in which they conducted themselves throughout both ceremonies. Stay tuned for some amazing pictures.

From our Year 2’s

This term we have been looking at art around the world and have created pieces using styles from different countries. We have looked at the elements of shape, colour, line and symmetry.

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