Principal's Post

Dear Families of St Columba’s,

Harmony Day

The school celebrated Harmony Day on Tuesday 21 March. Harmony Day is part of Harmony Week celebrations that recognises our diversity and brings together Australians from all different backgrounds.

Here are some words from our students in Year 6 White about how they want to feel when they come to school: Accepted, Respected, Cared For, Understood, Comfortable, Loved, Welcomed, Safe, Happy, Valued, Positive.

Regardless of our background, when we come into the St Columba’s School Community, we all want to feel a sense of belonging. We have values, rules and expectations that help us to do this. Thank you everyone for the part you play in making this vision a reality for everyone here at St Columba’s.


Mother’s Day Breakfast

I am pleased to advise our Mother’s Day Breakfast will continue this year. This will be held on 12 May. Many thanks to Morgan Bonnett who is co-ordinating this and we will hear more about the details shortly.


Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention Program

Just as people who are trained in CPR help save thousands of lives each year, people who are trained in suicide prevention can help by recognising the warning signs of a suicide crisis and connecting the person at risk with someone who can help.

I attended this training over two days last week. In addition to myself, Niall Kehoe, Leesa Vinciullo and Nicole Leach are trained in the Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention Program. Should you require further information about this, please contact one of us either via the School Office or our emails are below:


In gratitude,

Gina Burns.


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 …

” Name a book title and the author of a book cover that is primarily green ”

Is :   Kaitlyn 













This week’s ‘Class of the Week’ is…

Pre Primary White



Pastoral Care

Happy Birthday to:

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

Harvey Kemmy 1W
Annabelle Cornish 1W
Jack Wilson 4G
Henry Garrett 4W
Grayson Harris 5G
Zoe Juszkiewicz 5G
Edmond Cavalli 5W









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.


Don’t forget 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 or at the school office.


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





Week 9 – 29 March
Week 10 – 5 April

Kindy Green
Week 9 – Noah Bowker
Week 10 – Holly Bunko
Kindy White
Week 9 – Esme Crookes
Week 10 – Alexander de Courcier
PP GreenWeek 9 – Alfred Eden
Week 10 – Cristian Evangelista
PP White
Week 9 – Sophie MacDonald
Week 10 – Nathanial Byrde
Year 1 Green
Week 9 – Jax Fermanis
Week 10 – Faye Gallagher
Year 1 WhiteWeek 9 – Alex Khoo
Week 10 – Ezekiel Byrde
Year 2 GreenWeek 9 – Caleb Brennan
Week 10 – Charlotte de Courcier
Year 2 White
Week 9 – Alessandra Cahill
Week 10 – Mila Fernandez
Year 3 Green
Week 9 – Alexander Lilleyman
Week 10 – Poppy Lillico
Year 3 White
Week 9 – Henry Crookes
Week 10 – Ava Gallagher
Year 4 GreenWeek 9 – Alana Raj
Week 10 – Jaike Evangelista
Year 4 WhiteWeek 9 – Richie De Mello
Week 10 – Elliot Dorozenko
Year 5 GreenWeek 9 – Irissa Duong
Week 10 – Scarlett Dudley
Year 5 WhiteWeek 9 – Jaydyn Duong
Week 10 – Scarlett Fernandez
Year 6 Green
Week 9 – Xavier Brandis
Week 10 – Eliza Joewono
Year 6 White
Week 9 – Kai Fermanis
Week 10 – Amelia Dorozenko

Religious Education and Curriculum News

From our Kindergarten students

In Kindy we have been learning about the Easter Story and the symbols of Easter.

We know how to make the Sign of the Cross and enjoyed decorating cross biscuits and wooden crosses.

















From our Pre-Primary’s

This week in Mathematics the Pre Primary children have been learning to compare the mass of familiar items from the classroom and things we use at home, by hefting and visual comparisons.


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




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