Principal's Post

Dear Families of St Columba’s,

Thank you to our Year One Students and Teachers for their Easter Assembly last Friday. I’m sure you would agree, their Easter Bunny Song and Dance reminded us of the hope and joy of new life that the Easter Season brings.

As we conclude this term, I wish to thank our teachers, education assistants, office and grounds staff in the many ways they support our students to develop to their full potential and partner with you as parents in the educational program for your child.

Below are some of my highlights from this term:

  • Witnessing the Baptism of nine of our students;
  • A fun filled swimming carnival;
  • Meeting many parents and families through Kiss N Drive, P&F Meetings and IEP Meetings;
  • Stations of the Cross led by Year 6 students last Friday night.

Our Year 6 students will lead the School Community in the Stations of the Cross, tomorrow Thursday 6 April. This will commence at 2.00pm in St Columba’s Church. All parents and families are welcome to attend.

I congratulate our Year 6 students in leading the Stations of the Cross for the St Columba’s Parish last Friday night. The angelic voices of our choir, focused and convincing actors and confident narrating made it a very powerful reflection of Jesus’ journey from being condemned by Pilot to his death.


At the conclusion of this term, there are some staffing updates to announce for the commencement of Term 2:

Some extra support time has been built into our MINILIT and MACQLIT Reading Intervention Program. Mr Ric Carbone and Mrs Jennifer Scott, will take on additional responsibilities in these classes from next term.

Miss Claudia Napoli, Education Assistant in Year 2, will be concluding her contract with us this week. Claudia is commencing her final teaching practicum next term. Claudia, we wish you a successful and joy filled experience.

Mrs Lisa Slocum will return full time to administration next term. Mrs Lisa Merendino has been working at the reception desk on Monday and Tuesday. No matter how busy, Lisa M remained calm and didn’t miss a beat. The teachers and children of Year 2 are blessed to have Mrs Merendino join them once again in the classroom.

Miss Giorgia Raso’s contract also comes to an end this term, but we look forward to welcoming her back as she completes her final teaching practicum in Year 4 with Mrs Jenny McCleod.


We welcome two new education assistants, Larissa Filocamo and Adrianna Xavier, who will be supporting across various areas.


I wish you a joyous Easter and a peaceful break with your family, friends and loved ones. I look forward to welcoming you back to a new term, commencing on Wednesday 26 April.


Winter Uniform

As the weather starts to cool down a reminder that students will be expected to be in full winter uniform as Term 2 commences. Please note that there is a two-week grace time for transition.


jfe have advised us of their Osborne Park Uniform Shop opening hours for Easter.

They will be closing at 1.00pm Thursday 6th April & re open Tuesday 11th April.




In gratitude,

Gina Burns.

P & F News

P&F Hayshed Hill Wine Fundraiser

Once again we have partnered with Hayshed Hill to run a wine fundraiser. For every case of wine sold Hayshed Hill will donate $40 back to the school P&F to pay for the new playground equipment being installed in July. So pass the form around to family and friends so they can benefit from the great wine prices and help support the P&F in our mission.

This fundraiser will run through the month of April and into May so there is plenty of time to share the love. We need to reach a minimum of 20 cases to be eligible for free delivery so please pass the order form on to family and friends. Delivery of wine to the school will be Thursday 11th of May, pick up available from St Columba’s from Friday the 12th.

Use the form attached to this newsletter to place an order. Any questions please email Simonne Moretta on



Our next P&F meeting is Tuesday 16 May at 7.00pm in the library.

Items for the agenda must be submitted by 5.00pm Friday 12 May.  Any items after this time will be tabled for the next meeting.



Please note that we have moved to online payments using a secure payment gateway (Stripe).

The P&F bank account that was used last year for EFT transfers is now closed and we are not able to accept EFT payments. Anything not paid online will need to go to the office in cash.

Cut off dates for events are important as we need to give suppliers and volunteers time to order and purchase supplies. We leave cut off times as long as we possibly can and send out SMS reminders, but we will not able to accept late orders moving forward.


Entertainment Memberships

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



Any questions or queries, I can be contacted via email

Tanya Armstrong

President P&F


Library News

Library  2023

Dear Parent, Carers and Students

The library is open every morning before school:

PP – Year 6 :  8:15am – 8:30 am


PreKindy & Kindy : 8:15am – 8:45am

(accompanied by Parent/Carers)




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

Students may also 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.





Homework/Library Bag    

Just a reminder that students require the school greenHomework and Library Bag’ in order to borrow from the Library.

Many students will already have the green school Homework and Library Bag’ from previous years.

‘Homework and Library Bags’ can be purchased from the Uniform Shop at a cost of $12.

Parents please order via the school Uniform Shop.



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


Congratulations to Grace Hartus, Year 5, winner of the Library Lucky Dip…

Name a TITLE and CALL NUMBER of an Easter Book in our Library…










Library Lucky Dip starts again next term 🙂


Winners of the Library Easter Colouring in Competition 

Kindy  –  Theodore Billington 

Pre-Primary  –  Flynn Hartus 

Year 1  –  Ella Phillips 

Year 2  –  Max Pizzata 

Year 3  –  Evie Zekas-Crooks 

Year 4  –  Shylo Verma 

Year 5  –  Charlie Weaire 

Year 6   –  Dylan Sardelich 

Thank you to everyone who entered; all of the entries were of a very high standard!


Pastoral Care

Happy Birthday to:

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

Samuel Young PPG
Riley Wilkey 2G
Cohen Lee 3W
Matilda Meenan 3W
Ava Scali 4G
Alberto Yanez Del Gesso 5G
Sana Bezich 5G
Sam Villamar 5G
Charlie Weaire 5G









Easter Raffle

First prize went to Nate from Year 2 taking home a basket of Easter themed treats and chocolates.

Over 45 other prizes were created from all the donations from our amazing school families.

Happy Easter to all.


The Pastoral Care Team along with some amazing school community Fathers will be holding the Mother’s Day Breakfast this year in Term 2 on Friday 12 May. Tickets can be booked both electronically by visiting Trybooking or by Cash by returning the slip along with your money and family name in an envelope to the school office. Please see the flyer attached to this newsletter for more information.


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





Week 1 – NO RAFFLE
Week 2 – 3 May
Week 3 – 10 May

Kindy Green
Week 2 – Harper Bradley
Week 3 – Aletheia Charles
Kindy White
Week 2 – Elena Di Giallonardo
Week 3 Hannah Ferguson
PP GreenWeek 2 – Indiana Gray
Week 3 – Oscar Harstrom
PP White
Week 2 – Norah Cregan
Week 3 – Zara Campbell
Year 1 Green
Week 2 – Amelia Gibson
Week 3 – Chase Gilbert
Year 1 WhiteWeek 2 – Annabel Harper
Week 3 – Hudson Fernandez
Year 2 GreenWeek 2 – Isaiah Chong
Week 3 – Harvey Ferguson
Year 2 White
Week 2 – Marcus Chong
Week 3 – Megan Hutton
Year 3 Green
Week 2 – Thomas Gibson
Week 3 – Mia Harstrom
Year 3 White
Week 2 – Savannah Ceric
Week 3 – Connor Campbell
Year 4 GreenWeek 2 – Andrew Gai
Week 3 – Lenny Harris
Year 4 WhiteWeek 2 – Mason Harper
Week 3 – Mason Campbell
Year 5 GreenWeek 2 – Ty Fernandez
Week 3 – Grayson Harris
Year 5 WhiteWeek 2 – Hannah Gai
Week 3 – Jack Hutton
Year 6 Green
Week 2 – Eva Magill
Week 3 – Jack Gilbert
Year 6 White
Week 2 – Madden Dean
Week 3 – Lucy Gardiner

Award Winners

MERCY AWARDS – Term 1, Week 9

PP Green – Oscar Harstrom
PP White – Oliver Hawke

1 Green – Samuel Kootje
1 White – Florence Crookes

2 Green – Zara Fantoni
2 White – Joana Gunawan

3 Green – Raghav Bhutani
3 White – Ava Gallagher

4 Green – Havarna Bova
4 White – Eli Felt

5 Green – Max Pierre
5 White – Kaitlyn Bidwell

6 Green – Hudson Taylor
6 White – Isla Felton


Religious Education and Curriculum News

From our Year 6’s:

The Easter Vigil is rich in symbolism and is the most important liturgy of the Church calendar. The Year 6’s have been learning about the four ceremonies that make up the Easter Vigil, along with the Key Symbols; Light, Water & the Paschal Candle.









From our Pre-Kindy students:

In Pre-Kindy White we love to sit outside and play our musical instruments to our favourite Wiggles songs. We are also really good at sharing the instruments and taking turns. PKW rock! 🎵 🎶

Community Notices


Columba Runners 2023

Registrations now open!

Calling all returning and new members, even if you can only make one of the sessions a week. Sessions are held at Frank Drago oval 3.15-4.15pm on Mondays and Wednesdays for terms 2 and 3. Our first session will be Wednesday 26th of April.

Cost is $30 per child, parents can join free! Prizes awarded based on total kilometers achieved over both terms, including those brave enough parents! Please complete the online registration.

This club is run by volunteers. Any parents who are able to attend and assist with marking laps and encouraging everyone, we would love to have you. Those attending OSHC are also considered, please chat to the lovely Jess.

If your child is in Yr 2 and below, they must be accompanied by a parent or older sibling. It is the responsibility of the parent/caregiver to ensure the safety of the students between school and Frank Drago.








Marriage Enrichment Weekend

Looking for an Easter Gift for your spouse.  Give yourselves time together at the end of the school holidays. Your wedding was one day in your life, but your marriage is forever.  A Marriage Encounter Weekend can put the newness back into your relationship.    Come and join us on either 22-23 April 2023  at Corpus Christi College, Bateman.  (This is a Live-out weekend where couples go back to their own homes on Saturday evening) or 27-29 October 2023 at Salvatorian Spirituality Centre, Currambine (Live-in from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon).  Book online at  or contact Brendon & Valerie on  0493534865  






Aranmore Catholic College Scholarships for 2024 are now available.

Students entering Year 7 in 2024 who can demonstrate a high aptitude or potential for development in Academics, Music, Netball, or Rugby are encouraged to apply.

Please visit the College’s website at more information and to apply.






Leake Street underpass closure – Friday 31 March to Thursday 13 April

The Leake Street pedestrian underpass will temporarily close from Friday 31 March to Thursday 13 April to safely complete works for the METRONET New Bayswater Station project. Works include the installation of 16 pre-cast concrete box culverts (tunnel like structures), drainage, lighting and concreting.

This closure will include one week of the school term (Friday 31 March to Thursday 6 April). During this time, please use the shared path at the King William Street subway where traffic controllers will be in place to safely guide pedestrians and cyclists.

The Leake Street underpass will reopen on Friday 14 April.

From late Friday 14 April until early Monday 17 April, the King William Street-Whatley Crescent intersection will be closed for the removal of the old Bayswater bridge. These works have been planned consecutively to ensure one rail crossing is always maintained for pedestrians.

Information on changed traffic conditions for the METRONET New Bayswater Station Project is available at or .











St Columba’s School Bayswater

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