Principal's Post


The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an annual assessment for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9.

NAPLAN is a nationwide measure through which parents, teachers, schools, education authorities, governments and the broader community can determine whether or not young Australians are developing the literacy and numeracy skills that provide the critical foundation for other learning and for their productive and rewarding participation in the community.

NAPLAN is a point-in-time assessment that allows parents to see how their child is progressing against national standards in literacy and numeracy and over time.

The NAPLAN DATES for 2020 are:

NAPLAN ONLINE – 12 – 22 May

All tests will continue to be online, with the exception of Year 3 writing which will be a paper writing test. The Year 3 writing test will take place on Tuesday 12 May.

It is strongly encouraged that students attend the NAPLAN days, however, if a child is absent due to sickness, ACARA have allowed schools to complete the tests in catch up sessions until the 22nd May. Any incomplete tests after this date, cannot be completed.

ACARA has a NAPLAN online public demonstration site.

This is available for parents, teachers and students to view and interact with test items. The site also contains a number of resources that will continue to be updated.




On Friday 20 March, we will be celebrating Harmony Week with an assembly, but also beginning works on the establishment of our Harmony Tree mural that will be placed on the wall near the Kindergarten classrooms. As part of the mural, we will be needing parent assistance. The task involves every student drawing the national flag from their family heritage on a wooden leaf that can then be placed on the tree. We will be sending a note home from the Pastoral Care Committee which will outline the process for the decorating of the leaf for the tree. If you have more than one child, you will need to do one leaf for each child. This also allows a family to design more than one flag illustrating their cultural background, if members of your family are from different countries. It is an exciting project that will create something very special for the future.

The excitement of this project is that we have everyone involved. We have kids working together with their parents and kids working with kids. We have a plan for the project, and what we love most, and what is so exciting, is that we are creating artistic spaces around our school.

The Plan:

  1. A notice will come out to all parents explaining the project.
  2. Teachers will send home wooden leaves for parents to outline, in pencil, the flag of your country. Please write in the colours for the different parts of the flag.
  3. These will come home over the coming weeks. Some classes may even begin sending these home next week.
  4. These leaves will then be painted at school over the coming months, and added to the tree as they are completed.

Wonderful learning to take place here for us adults, and great for our kids to watch the successes that come with having an idea and then going for it. This is going to be fun!

Thanks again to the Pastoral Care Committee to inspiring this. I thank, in advance, the many parents who will assist throughout this project.

Here are some samples of how the flags may look on these leaves:












Please refer to the ‘News’ section of the website for regular updates.



P & F News


Entertainment book

The Entertainment book is now available.
Please note that the Entertainment book will no longer be printing hardcopies and will only supply digital versions.

Please use the following link to make a purchase



777 Pharmacy

Don’t forget to mention that you are from St Columba’s if you make a purchase at the 777 Pharmacies at Bayswater or Maylands. For every retail purchase made 777 Pharmacy will donate 10% back to our school!


Spring Twilight Fair

Save the date: Saturday 24th of October 2pm – 7pm.

More information coming soon!


Rachel Lange
P&F President


Pastoral Care

Happy Birthday to:

To all students and staff who will be celebrating their birthday over the coming week and:

Poppy Lillico PPG
Anh Hoang PPG
Talisa Martino Da Fonseca KG
Brooklyn Hamilton KW
Estelle Pirone 1W
Esther Coates 4W
Joshua Castellano 5G
Maia Dean 6G


Class rosters will be posted outside classrooms this week as well as in the weekly Newsletter.

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 prize to the value of $5.

Your continued support is greatly appreciated by our school community.

Pastoral Care Team.

Week 7 – 18 March
Week 8 – 25 March

Kindy Green
Week 7 Lachlan Stewart
Week 8 Talisa Martino Da Fonseca
Kindy White
Week 7 Megan Hutton
Week 8 Harrison MacPherson
PP GreenWeek 7 Jonathon Truong
Week 8 Mila Fernandez
PP White
Week 7 Alexis Del Borrello
Week 8 Alessandro Balla
Year 1 Green
Week 7 Alfie Allison
Week 8 Havarna Bova
Year 1 WhiteWeek 7 Estelle Pirone
Week 8 Alessia Marrapodi
Year 2 GreenWeek 7 James Hodson
Week 8 Grace Hartus
Year 2 White
Week 7 Neve Gerick
Week 8 Ty Fernandez
Year 3 Green
Week 7 Eva Magill
Week 8 Harvey Lindsay
Year 3 White
Week 7 William North
Week 8 Isla Felton
Year 4 GreenWeek 7 Jack Katich
Week 8 Ava Fragomeni
Year 4 WhiteWeek 7 Max Kryachok
Week 8 Zara Callo
Year 5 GreenWeek 7 Mikaela Bentley
Week 8 Danny Duong
Year 5 WhiteWeek 7 Milan Dimitrijevic
Week 8 Keira Nguyen
Year 6 Green
Week 7 Lachlan Harris
Week 8 Claudia Coates
Year 6 White
Week 7 Tyson Lee
Week 8 Annabelle Buckley

Community Notices


Early in 2020, Mercedes College will commence interviewing Year 4 & Year 5 students who are due to start Year 7 in 2022 & 2023 respectively.  If you are considering enrolling your daughter and have not yet requested a Prospectus, please contact Mrs Julie Lamb on 9323 1340 as soon as possible.

Enquiries are also welcome for places in Year 7 for 2020 and 2021.   For more information please refer to the College website,




Trinity College is proud to present ‘The Mikado’, a musical comedy written by Gilbert and Sullivan (arranged by David Spicer Productions, Essgee Entertainment) and is set in the fictitious town of Titipu, Japan. Nanki-Poo, the son of the Mikado (the Japanese emperor), has fled in disguise to avoid his arranged marriage to Katisha, to find his beloved, Yum-Yum. He soon discovers that Yum-Yum is already engaged to Ko-Ko, the Lord High Executioner and thus, a love triangle begins. As usual in Gilbert’s imaginative plots, the tangled web unravels, nothing is as it seems and everyone lives happily ever after! This musical is characterised by the clever wordplay, memorable tunes, and unforgettable characters. Tickets for the performances on the 7,8 and 9 of May are now on sale and can be purchased via this link:


Discover Trinity College at our Open Day on Wednesday, 13 May 2020 to learn more about the unique TC Spirit and the vast curricular and co-curricular opportunities that the College has to offer. Each of our College Open Day sessions will include an address from the Principal and Junior/Senior Head Prefects, student-led tours, light refreshments and a Q&A with key staff, teachers and the admissions team. We look forward to meeting you! Please note that your son is welcome to attend the Open Day. Further details can be found via or you can register directly through You can also email or call 9223 8120.








St Columba’s School Bayswater

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