Principal's Post

Dear Families of St Columba’s,


Community Baptism

Over the weekend nine children were baptised at a community Baptism Ceremony at St Columba’s Parish. Many thanks to Fr Andrew and Leesa Vinciullo for supporting all candidates in their journey of faith.










Stations of the Cross

The Stations of the Cross is a prayerful meditation that commemorates Jesus’ journey from being sentenced to death to being laid in the tomb. As Catholics this is performed each Friday during Lent.

Our Year 6 Students have been diligently rehearsing to lead the Stations of the Cross at St Columba’s Parish on Friday 31 March at 7.00 pm. We would love to see as many families as possible join us.


Privacy Act

As a Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA) school, St Columba’s collects, stores, uses, and discloses your personal information in accordance with the CEWA Privacy Policy and Privacy Collection Notices that is advertised on our School Website.

You can find this on our school website – Once at our website, click on ‘Policies’ which is under the ‘Our School’ Tab.


Dogs / Family Pets on Premises

Unfortunately we are unable to allow dogs on the premises at drop off and pick up times. If your child would like to show their dog or other family pet for news or show and tell, please speak to your child’s teacher to make a time to arrange this. Thank you for your understanding.


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



This week’s ‘Class of the Week’ is…

Pre Primary White……… AGAIN!




The WINNER of the Library Lucky Dip competition …

” Where in the library would you find books about Jesus and Easter?”

Is :    Zoe Juszkiewicz    Yr 5G


Pastoral Care

Happy Birthday to:

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

Alessia Scagnetti 1W
Aaliyah Brandis 4G
Clyde Peters 6W









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 10 – 5 April

Kindy Green
Week 10 – Holly Bunko
Kindy White
Week 10 – Alexander de Courcier
PP GreenWeek 10 – Cristian Evangelista
PP White
Week 10 – Nathanial Byrde
Year 1 Green
Week 10 – Faye Gallagher
Year 1 WhiteWeek 10 – Ezekiel Byrde
Year 2 GreenWeek 10 – Charlotte de Courcier
Year 2 White
Week 10 – Mila Fernandez
Year 3 Green
Week 10 – Poppy Lillico
Year 3 White
Week 10 – Ava Gallagher
Year 4 GreenWeek 10 – Jaike Evangelista
Year 4 WhiteWeek 10 – Elliot Dorozenko
Year 5 GreenWeek 10 – Scarlett Dudley
Year 5 WhiteWeek 10 – Scarlett Fernandez
Year 6 Green
Week 10 – Eliza Joewono
Year 6 White
Week 10 – Amelia Dorozenko

Religious Education and Curriculum News

From our Pre-Kindy students:

In Pre-Kindy Green we talked about Jesus’ cross. We made the ‘Sign of the Cross’ by saying ‘God is in my head, in my heart and on my shoulders, Amen’. We then made a cross by using 2 biscuits and placing one on top of the other. A cross reminds us of Jesus’ love for us ❤️.










From our Kindy students:

In Kindy we have learnt about the “Lifecycle of a Butterfly”. We watched closely as our caterpillar munched through the leaves, formed a chrysalis, and finally emerged into a beautiful butterfly.

We enjoyed making some healthy snacks such as Grape Caterpillar Kebabs and Celery Snack Butterflies. We also cleverly created beaded caterpillars, blob paint symmetrical butterflies and paper towel peg butterflies to decorate our classroom. We always have so much fun while we learn in Kindy!


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