Principal's Post

Dear Families of St Columba’s,


Mother’s Day Breakfast
Thank you to all the Dads and Pastoral Care Team for volunteering their time last Friday for our annual Mother’s Day Breakfast.

The team were at school much earlier than me getting everything ready, making the smell of toast and bacon very enticing for the cool morning. We commenced a little earlier this year at 7.00 am, making it easier for any families who needed to leave earlier for work.

Of all the schools I have worked at, this is the first I have seen Dads running the show, allowing mums to have a little break. Congratulations to all involved, particularly Head Dad Morgan, for getting in early with all the preparations.



Congratulations to Year 1 White Teacher, Tammy Mostamandi, on your recent marriage. Tammy returns to us today as Mrs Forrest. We wish you and your husband Yahya all the best for a beautiful and happy life together, filled with many blessings.

Extra Play Activity
We are always observing and listening to our students to allow them to have a voice in their education. Recently we have added an additional basketball hoop to our lower playground to provide an extra option for our students to play during recess and lunch time.

Whilst our playground space is very limited, we thank all our students who do their best to look out for the safety of others during their downtime. Our teachers model and provide a living example of how we can demonstrate the Mercy Values in our classroom. It is so impressive to see you trying to apply these values as you head out to your free time in your chosen recreational activity. Through our Physical Education and Sports Program, we provide lots of opportunities for students to demonstrate their ability to excel in the sporting arena, so recess and lunch play is less about winning and more about how we treat one another through being messengers of faith, respect, compassion and yearning to live in peace.


Save the Date – School Cross Country
We apologise our annual School Cross Country Date was left off our parent calendar. Please save the morning of 9 June for this event. Mr Banks is preparing a timetable for the day. Please note this can only be a guide and parents should allow 30 minutes either side of their child’s event to avoid missing it.


Community Baptism
After the wonderful response to our Community Baptism event last term, Father Andrew and Mrs Vinciullo are organising another Community Baptism for the beginning of Term Three. We will hold an Information Night later this term, where you will receive all the paperwork and information you require.

If you are interested in joining us for this event, finding out more information about this event, or would like any information on receiving the Sacraments, please contact the school Religious Education Coordinator, Leesa Vinciullo .


Uniform Shop
The uniform shop will be open next Wednesday 24 June from 2.30pm to 3.15pm. Then as we head into Winter months it will only open on the first Wednesday of each month commencing 7 June. Orders can still be placed online for delivery to classrooms each Thursday morning. Alternatively, you can visit jfe at their Osborne Park Shop – Unit 1/85 Guthrie St.


2022 Year Book
We apologise for the delay in distributing the 2022 Year Book. There has been a hold up at the printers and we hope to receive them very shortly.


In gratitude,

Gina Burns

P & F News



Our next P&F meeting is Tuesday 13 June at 7.00pm in the library.

Items for the agenda must be submitted by 5.00pm Friday 9 June.  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 …


“Fiction texts are texts made up by an author that are  …”


Is :   Olivia Harris  – Year 5G


Pastoral Care

Happy Birthday to:

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

Aletheia Charles KG
Beatrix Beros KG
Nathaniel McShanag KW
Heidi Zekas-Crooks PPG
Sera McDougall 3W
Andrew Gai 4G
Zozie Higgs 4W
Tayla Green 6W












Week 5 – 24 May
Week 6 – 31 May

Kindy Green
Week 5 – Mia Etheridge
Week 6 – Evelyn Halls
Kindy White
Week 5 – Loki Imbert
Week 6 – Maxine Isautier
PP GreenWeek 5 – Nicholas Hofmann
Week 6 – Oliver Howard
PP White
Week 5 – Odin Dupont
Week 6 – Isla Elliott
Year 1 Green
Week 5 – Miss K
Week 6 – Otis Knox
Year 1 WhiteWeek 5 – Aiden Harris
Week 6 – Luca Isautier
Year 2 GreenWeek 5 – Katie Kim Oliver
Week 6 – Arthur Oliveira
Year 2 White
Week 5 – Jacob Hofmann
Week 6 – Brooky Hamilton
Year 3 Green
Week 5 – Luca Marrapodi
Week 6 – Grace Howard
Year 3 White
Week 5 – Asher Felton
Week 6 – Evie Hamilton
Year 4 GreenWeek 5 – Alessia Marrapodi
Week 6 – Sandra Mandujano Liu
Year 4 WhiteWeek 5 – Charlotte Eaglesham
Week 6 – Lachlan Eaton
Year 5 GreenWeek 5 – Olivia Harris
Week 6 – Chloe Hayward
Year 5 WhiteWeek 5 – Kaitlyn Bidwell
Week 6 – Neve Gerick
Year 6 Green
Week 5 – Oliver May
Week 6 – Brodie Eaton
Year 6 White
Week 5 – Isla Felton
Week 6 – Tyson Hayward

Religious Education and Curriculum News

From our Year 3’s:

On Thursday 11th of May the Year Three’s went to the Schoenstatt Shrine to prepare for our Reconciliation.

The first activity we did was about working as a team and it was creating mountains out of material and fake flowers. We got a choice of coloured material. There was green, brown and white. My group picked the brown one because we wanted to create the Australian outback.

Next we went to the shrine. The shrine was basically a mini church. After lunch we went with Mr Gregory and built our very own shrine and decorated it with flowers.

After that we got a prayer rock. We wrote a prayer to God and then formed a circle. Each of us was given a lamb and a candle and after we read our prayer we placed the candle near the heart painting.

Finally we concluded the day by driving back to school. It was a great excursion and we had a nice day at the shrine.

By Luke and Harriet

From our Year 4’s:

In their English class, the Year 4 students have been focusing on various aspects of narrative texts. They have been learning about narrative structure, language features, and the use of descriptive language. Specifically, they have been working diligently to develop skills in creating descriptive narrative settings, constructing well-rounded characters, and crafting engaging plots. Additionally, the students have explored different techniques for capturing readers’ attention at the beginning of a story. Putting all these acquired skills into practice, they have successfully written their own narratives.


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.





Don’t miss your opportunity to apply for an Aranmore Catholic College Academic Scholarship for students entering Year 7 in 2024!

Our application deadline is Thursday 18 May, so visit for more information and to apply today.











St Columba’s School Bayswater

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