Principal's Post

Dear Families of St Columba’s,

Such a great start to my day today visiting classrooms during the Pastoral Care Raffle. From the older students modelling this initiative to the younger students to the generosity of everyone purchasing tickets and donating the prize for the raffle. I have not known such an initiative in any other school. We are so blessed to have this initiate supporting our MERCY Values in the school.

Leesa, Niall and I were at the Leaders’ Forum last Monday with all other CEWA Principals from across the state. A large portion of this day was reflecting on the message of Pope Francis in his latest work “Go Forth: Toward a Community of Missionary Disciples.” In several workshops, I found myself telling others of the Community Baptism Ceremony and the work of the Pastoral Care Committee in our community. They are two standouts for me that make our community unique to others.





Project Compassion

Classes are collecting funds to support Caritas. Caritas supports those around the world less fortunate than us during this Lenten Season. The money students save from foregoing their ice cream or another treat can be sent to the classroom prayer table.


Swimming Carnival

Congratulations to McAuley who won this year’s swimming carnival and Russell who were the recipients of the Spirit Shield. All results published further in down in the Principal’s post.

Throughout the day there were great examples of students showing Christ’s message of love for each other by encouraging their efforts and supporting them when things were tough. All students exhibited great effort to achieve their personal best.

The school has been approached to reconsider the current stance of no in term swimming lessons being offered here at St Columba’s. Whilst I am an advocate that every child should learn to swim, I am supportive of the school’s current stance of swimming not being held during the school day. I assure you the matter has been well considered by past Principals. Reasons extend from child safety, financial, time out of the curriculum and workloads.

I am willing to develop a procedure for first time swimmers to the carnival to have a trial prior to the event and this information will be provided in 2024.


Protective Behaviours Program

All schools are mandated to provide a Protective Behaviours Program. The Program provided to all students across Catholic Education is known as “Keeping Safe.” The program provides age and developmentally appropriate strategies to help children and young people keep themselves safe. There are four components:

  1. Right to be safe
  2. Relationships
  3. Recognising and Reporting Abuse
  4. Protective Strategies

As part of Recognising and Reporting Abuse the concept of private parts and touching is covered. Private parts is referred to anything normally covered by swimwear. We also teach and encourage students to use official names for their private parts. The more we can normalise the official terms the more comfortable students will feel to report concerns about their safety. The official terms also avoid any ambiguity.

We love that we can provide our students so many opportunities to play and do not want to restrict this, but it is important for our girls to recognise that handstands and some other activities during play, could compromise their privacy so we do recommend that bloomers or other short like undergarments be worn for their protection. Grey shorts are also available for girls to wear as the school uniform.

Students also understand they have rights regarding their bodies and that no one, not even their friends have the right to touch them without their consent. Sports played during recess and lunch are all non-contact sports, so anything beyond an accidental bump or collision is against what our school rules promote for a safe environment.

Your teacher can provide you further information on the Keeping Safe Program.


Principal Absence

I will be absent from the school on Thursday 16 March and Friday 17 March, completing training for Suicide Prevention. This training is compulsory for all Principals. In my absence, Niall Kehoe will be Acting Principal. Please direct any urgent matters to Niall at the office. Alternatively, I will return any queries as soon as possible upon my return on Monday 20 March.


For all our Footy Fans, enjoy the first weekend of the season. A shame both WA Teams will need to play away this weekend but I’m sure everyone who was at Ed Sheeran last Sunday would agree with me, totally worth it!


In gratitude,

Gina Burns.




McAuley – 1244 pts

Pascal – 1144 pts

Columbanus – 1062

Russell – 800


Champion Swimmers

Year 4 Girls ChampionHarriet Webb
Runner-UpElla MacPherson
Year 4 Boys ChampionAlex Pizzata
Runner-UpTheo Smart
Year 5 Girls ChampionPhoenix Stanmore
Runner-UpOlivia Harris
Year 5 Boys ChampionTony Masek
Reunner-UpFilip Kryachok
Year 6 Girls ChampionAbbie Hartus
Runner-UpIsla Felton
Year 6 Boys ChampionOliver May
Runner-UpJack Gilbert


P & F News

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.


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



The WINNER of the Library Lucky Dip competition … 

” What is the closed edge of a book called? “


Is :    AMELIA


Pastoral Care

Happy Birthday to:

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

Norah Cregan PPW
Florence Crookes 1W
Talisa Martino Da Fonseca 2W
Tom Ross 3G
Hunter Sardelich 4G









With Easter just around the corner, the Pastoral Care team will be holding their annual Easter Raffle. Tickets will go on sale from Monday 27 March before school outside the library. Winners will be drawn and prizes delivered to winning families on Wednesday 5 April. Tickets are 50c each or three for $1. Cash only please.


Donations towards prizes are greatly appreciated and can be dropped to the basket in the library from Monday 13 March.


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





Week 8 – 22 March
Week 9 – 29 March

Kindy Green
Week 8 – Beatrix Beros
Week 9 – Noah Bowker
Kindy White
Week 8 – Amelia Congdon
Week 9 – Esme Crookes
PP GreenWeek 8 – Holly McMenamin
Week 9 – Alfred Eden
PP White
Week 8 – Vy Hoang
Week 9 – Sophie MacDonald
Year 1 Green
Week 8 – Olive Caruana
Week 9 – Jax Fermanis
Year 1 WhiteWeek 8 – Annabelle Cornish
Week 9 – Alex Khoo
Year 2 GreenWeek 8 – Thomas Pinnington
Week 9 – Caleb Brennan
Year 2 White
Week 8 – Xander De Souza
Week 9 – Alessandra Cahill
Year 3 Green
Week 8 – Quill O’Brien
Week 9 – Alexander Lilleyman
Year 3 White
Week 8 – Xavier Balm
Week 9 – Henry Crookes
Year 4 GreenWeek 8 – Lana Ly
Week 9 – Alana Raj
Year 4 WhiteWeek 8 – Agnes Preedy
Week 9 – Richie De Mello
Year 5 GreenWeek 8 – Sana Bezich
Week 9 – Irissa Duong
Year 5 WhiteWeek 8 – Chloe Bouteloup
Week 9 – Jaydyn Duong
Year 6 Green
Week 8 – Olivia Cullura
Week 9 – Xavier Brandis
Year 6 White
Week 8 – Lily Katich
Week 9 – Kai Fermanis

Award Winners

MERIT AWARDS – Term 1, Week 6

PP Green – Rico McCort, Archie Raynor, Frankie Wilson
PP White – Zara Campbell, Isla Elliott, Francis Masek

1 Green – Ivan Masnyk, Harriet Stazzonelli
1 White – Charlie Bateman, Annabel Harper, Oscar Harris

2 Green – Parker Connell, Max Pizzata, Maria Wai
2 White – Jenson Kootje, Elliot Lumsden, Madelyn Markowski

3 Green – Grace Howard, Alexander Lilleyman, William Parks, Harriet Weaire
3 White – Connor Campbell, Evie Hamilton, Kelvin Quach

4 Green – Ivy Hooglan, Grace Masnyk
4 White – Elliot Dorozenko, Charlotte Eaglesham

5 Green – Scarlett Dudley, Alexis Stewart, Charlie Weaire
5 White – Isla Markowski, Tony Masek, Harry Mawer

6 Green – Jack Gilbert, Eliza Joewono, Khrish Tah, Paris Whitbread
6 White – Charlotte Armstrong, Madden Dean, Sebby Pizzata, Zander Smith


Religious Education and Curriculum News

From our Pre-Primary’s

This week the children made pizza butterflies replicating patterns on one side to the other. We learnt about the term symmetry and that our own Monarch butterflies had a line of symmetry. This ties into our Religion Unit as we have discussed that new life is precious and wonderful and that there a signs of new life that people can see around them, such as in the butterfly cycle. We celebrate new life when Jesus resurrected on Easter Sunday.


















From our Year 1’s

Students in year 1 are very enthusiastic about exploring colour in Art lessons. We got to combine primary and secondary colours and investigate how water paint makes the colours stand out. In our classrooms is a display of our lovely raindrop colour wheel.



Community Notices


We have had a wonderful response to this initiative and Father Andrew and I are extremely excited and super keen to make it a memorable occasion for all involved. Please note the following –


CHANGE OF DATE :Please note there has been a change of date for our Community Baptism. The ceremony will now take place on Sunday 26 March at 10.45 – following the 9.30 mass.


YOU ARE INVITED : The St Columba’s Community are invited to share with and support our Baptism candidates on their special day. There will be light refreshments in the hall following the ceremony.


IT’S NOT TOO LATE : If you were unable to make our information evening last week, it is not too late! Please contact either Father Andrew or myself and we will be happy to assist you in joining in our celebration and answering any questions you may have.


Leesa Vinciullo

Religious Education and Events Coordinator













St Columba’s School Bayswater

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