Principal's Post

Dear St Columba’s School Community,


Last weekend we supported several families and their children to be welcomed into the Church through the Sacrament of Baptism.

Congratulations to Maeve and Lily Sinfield, Caleb Brennan, Violet Mulherin, Hudson Fernandez and Jack Payne.

Once again we thank our Religious Education Co-ordinator Mrs Leesa Vinciullo for bringing this initiative into our community. The school plays an important role in assisting families to make a connection with their Parish and we are so proud we can support both families and the Parish of St Columba’s.


Parent Engagement
Parents, we thank you for the extra busy mornings assisting your children to look their absolute best for our recent Book Week Parade. Watching the parade, I noticed the sense of confidence and pride amongst all children as they represented their favourite Book Character. I know for some of us, me included, finding the time and resources to come up with that perfect costume for our children can raise the stress levels a bit so I feel it’s important to recognise the role you continually play in engaging with your child’s education. I hope many of you have photographs to capture this wonderful time. Speaking of photographs, School Photographs took place this week and I would like to thank all students for wearing the uniform correctly and following all other grooming guidelines to unite us all as a community.


Work, Health and Safety
Our work, Health and Safety Procedures do ask for parents to report any safety concerns whilst they are on the premises. Recently several parents have reported a strong gas smell around the Milne St entrance. The school does not have gas on the premises, but these concerns were passed on for further investigation. On Monday we were advised there was gas works completed on Milne st over the weekend and believe the matter has now been resolved.

I thank all parents for their vigilance in reporting the safety concerns and encourage all to continue to bring any safety concerns to the attention of the school.


Catholic Performing Arts Performance
Our School Choir received a Certificate of Excellence for their performance at last week’s Catholic Performing Arts Festival.

Our School was first to perform on the day and the children should be commended for the courage and spirit they showed to start the event. They were amazing. Sitting in the audience, I could feel myself swell up with pride. Their angelic voices also brought a few tears of joy.

Congratulations to our Choir and Music Teachers, Mrs Kerry Smith and Mrs Marisa Perica on this accomplishment. The achievement is a testament to the teamwork of all involved. On this note, I feel it is fitting to announce to the community that both Mrs Smith and Mrs Perica will end their long and expansive careers with St Columba’s School and Catholic Education WA as they enter retirement. We are grateful for them both sharing their passion for Music with the community. We will farewell both more appropriately at the conclusion of the year.

Achievements of other solo entrants in the Catholic Performing Arts Festival will be announced when they have all been received.


U R Strong Language of Friendship Program
We as a school are committed to student well-being and we have commenced a focus on this through the lens of healthy relationships. We firmly believe that when students experience healthy and positive relationships this improves outcomes in their well-being and this flows through into their learning.

Many families were able to join us online last week with their children to learn a little more about the whole school approach to developing and maintaining healthy friendships – U R Strong. All staff have received professional development in the U R Strong Program and students in Year 5 & 6 have already had some exposure to the program over the last term.

For families who were unable to join us live, a recording is available until 7 September via the below link.

Language of Friendship Workshop with Dana


Passcode: #1Ninjas

Expiry: Sept 7


Celebrating all Dads
We look forward to kicking off celebrations for Father’s Day this weekend with our annual Father’s Day Breakfast this coming Friday 1 September.

I thank the Pastoral Care Team and all volunteers who will be setting up bright and early for breakfast to be served from 7.15 am.

I hope many Fathers and Father Like Figures can join us on Friday morning.


In gratitude,
Gina Burns



Science Fair

Please see attached flyer.

To apply use the QR codes in the flyer or click on the following link:

Science Fair 2023



Upcoming Athletics Dates

400M Trials – Week 8 (Monday 4 September). Students in Years 3 – 6 will trial in year groups. Top 8 boys and top 8 girls from each year group will compete on the day of the Athletics Carnival.


P & F News

Volunteering once a year, opens a door of opportunities for our kids. Giving back, means the world to them. Assist our St Columba’s P&F with your role of choice for events, fundraisers or even part of the Class Representative team.

Our “Just one Thing” volunteer sign up is now live. Please consider volunteering especially if you haven’t done so before. It’s a great way to meet new parents and make new friends. Thanks to all those that have already registered for their “One Thing”. Please use the link below to access the sign up form:



Entertainment Memberships

Online memberships are available again this year. Memberships can be purchased online.



Our next P&F meeting is Tuesday 12 September at 7.00pm in the library.

Items for the agenda must be submitted by 5pm Friday 8 September.

Any items after this time will be tabled for the next meeting.




Any questions or queries, I can be contacted via email

Tanya Armstrong

President P&F


Library News


Colouring In Competition Pre Kindy – Year 6WINNERS

PKG – Darcy Eden
PKW – Ronan Elliott

KG – Mason McMurtrie
KW – Adam Tuma

PPG – Darcy Blake
PPW – Isla Elliott

1G – Filip Pizzata
1W – Erin Kennewell

2G – Lily Vernon
2W – Oaklyn Payne

3G – Elizabeth Kennewell
3W – Abigail Vernon

4G – Alessia Marrapodi
4W – Allegra Pizatta

5G – Grace Hartus
5W – Alexi Brammer

6G – Dylan Sardelich
6W – Kalani Brammer



Rita Cuthbert – Library Officer – Library- the original search engine

Pastoral Care

Happy Birthday to:

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

Harper Bradley KG
Lyla Bradley KG
Isabella Will PPW
Ella Phillips 1W
Arden Bezich 2G
Mia Paulus 2W
Kaitlyn Bidwell 5W
Neve Gerick 5W









The Pastoral Care Team will be holding the annual Father’s Day Breakfast this year on Friday 1 September.

Along with the annual breakfast the Pastoral Care Team will also be running the much anticipated
Father’s Day Raffle (Flyer attached to this newsletter). Tickets are 50c each or 3 for $1 and will go on
sale in the morning outside the Library starting this week Thursday 24 August until the end of the
Father’s Day Breakfast. Prizes will be drawn the morning of the Breakfast and either delivered to your
child’s classroom or will be available for collection from the school office.

Calling all our amazing families to dig deep and get those donations in for the prizes!
A collection bucket is available inside in the Library or feel free to drop to the raffle table in the morning.

 Are you an avid baker! Calling all those amazing pâtissiers we need your help to make Father’s Day Breakfast
all it can be. Please sign up if you can help with some yummy baked goods and fresh fruit platters
or even if you can lend a hand to our amazing team. We need all the helpers we can get!

 Please visit if you can help!

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



Week 8 – 6 September
Week 9 – No Raffle
Week 10 – No Raffle

Kindy Green
Week 8 – Spencer Verma
Kindy White
Week 8 – Clara Pearson
PP GreenWeek 8 Ruby Palmer
PP White
Week 8 – Eliza McGlue
Year 1 Green
Week 8 – Caiden Thompson Mewburn
Year 1 WhiteWeek 8 – Rose Pearson
Year 2 GreenWeek 8 – Juliana Versaico
Year 2 White
Week 8 – Patrick McGlue
Year 3 Green
Week 8 – Maya Katich
Year 3 White
Week 8 – Wyatt Palmer
Year 4 GreenWeek 8 – Hunter Sardelich
Year 4 WhiteWeek 8 – Shylo Verma
Year 5 GreenWeek 8 – Maya Thompson Mewburn
Year 5 WhiteWeek 8 – Annabelle Ong
Year 6 Green
Week 8 – Dylan Sardelich
Year 6 White
Week 8 – Noah Thomas

Religious Education and Curriculum News

From our Year 3 Classes:

In Year 3, we have been learning about God’s love and forgiveness. We focused on how Jesus used the parable of the Lost Coin to teach about God’s love for people. We enjoyed creating a coin that shows that we are loved by God, and that God will always welcome us back if we are lost.


Community Notices


Enrolments are now open for VacSwim swimming lessons during the summer school holidays. VacSwim offers fun lessons at beach or pool locations. They are a great school holiday activity and they teach valuable safety skills to help keep your child safe in the water.

Enrol at




Parents can enrol at the following page:

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St Columba’s School Bayswater

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