Principal's Post

Dear Parents and Guardians

Welcome to Week 3 of the term! Hope you are all travelling okay. School life is definitely keeping us all busy, as I am sure our lives in general have plenty of action going on. Finding time is important, so wishing you moments to find rest.

On Friday evening, we celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation with our Year 6s and their families. Such a special evening. Our Mass was held outdoors in the undercover area, adding to the vibe of the sacrament. A big thank you to all our staff involved, Leesa and Clare, our Year 6 teachers, to Megan Dwyer, Kerry Smith, our choir, altar servers, our kids and our families. Fr Andrew once again brought a gentleness and sacredness to our celebration. Fr Andrew is a gift to our school community.

The wonderful thing about the Holy Spirit, which we receive at our Baptism, and then again at Confirmation, is that it is so good for us as people. It is what brings us joy, peace, gentleness and courage. There is much to the Holy Spirit and how it works within our lives. The thing to always remember is that we need to be open to the Spirit if we wish for it to work within our lives. All I know is that on Friday night, the Spirit was certainly in our midst. I have no doubt at all, the specialness of the night was because of the presence of the Spirit. As the saying from St Bonaventure, tells us the Spirit will be where He is expected. The timing of our Confirmation could not have been more perfect with All Saint’s Day this Sunday, 1 November. The beauty of All Saint’s Day is that we are all called in our own way to aspire to be like our Saints, after all they were human, and were not about perfection. A nice time for our Year6s to reflect on why they selected their Saint’s name and what were the parts of their life they were drawn to.

 

I will be posting a video link of a concept around behaviour management that I discovered about three years ago, Thing is I never really thought to share it until last Thursday at the Kindergarten 2021 Parent Meeting. It is about behaviour management in schools and how when there is high mutual respect between, staff and families, staff and students, then behaviour issues are kept to a minimum. When there is low mutual respect in the relationship, then there are issues at high levels.

Mutual respect is something that does not come easy, but when it is prioritised, the impact it makes on us and others is substantial. Looking at the AFL and NRL Grand Finals on the weekend, there was clearly a mutual respect between the teams. Even at this, the highest level, the pinnacle of their leagues, there is this respect. As such, both finals were played with intensity and toughness. After the final sirens, the players and coaches, 100% dignity and respect. You just need to look at the way the Richmond players waited to form a guard of honour for Gary Ablett, before commencing their celebrations. True character, true respect. I will place a post on our school Facebook page later this week to explain this concept further.

Now, I am a mad Panthers fan, and even though we lost, I was left having such faith in the Penrith players as they faced their challenges front on, never giving up the fight for the premiership. From 26-0 down, they showed character and spirit, to the point where they had a chance to level the scores in the last play of the game. In the end, it was not meant to be for the Panthers. Post-match, Nathan Cleary, one of our young guns, a superstar, was interviewed. He had said he had let the team down with a couple of errors. He was devastated. Two minutes later, I noticed Cameron Smith, legend of the NRL, and Storm captain, come over to Nathan Cleary to console him. You see, this is mutual respect, this is the quality of those who hold true to this. Cannot beat it really!

 

P and F School Disco will be held this Friday 30 October in the school undercover area. The PK-Year 2 session is from 5.00 pm-6.30 pm. The Year 3 – Year 6 session will be from 6.45 pm-8.30 pm. With the theme of Halloween, the outfits must be appropriate for school and not to be scary in appearance. Eg. No scary masks or grim reaper type outfits. There are plenty of options available that are simple. Dressing up is optional. A big thank you to our P and F and all their helpers in organising this for our kids. We appreciate how busy everyone is, so knowing you all go to the extras for the kids is truly special and what makes you who you are.

 

All Soul’s Day is this Monday, 2 November. It is a time of contemplation and reflection, as we remember those close to us who have passed and are now resting peacefully with Jesus in Heaven. We really are blessed to know they are okay, and are forever in our hearts and minds. I also know, those we love are forever close and in our midst, being there when we need them. It is funny how life works, but I know my old man is close, especially when things are tough. Whenever I see a moth, I know he is about the place. Definitely brings me peace and comfort. This Monday, take a moment to remember and give thanks for what those we loved brought to us and our families.

 

SCHOOL FEES 2020

Reminder statements have been emailed to parents that are not currently on direct debit.

If no direct debit is set up on your account or you have alternative arrangements in place, full payment is required by the 30th November.

Method of payment is either by cash, cheque, EFTPOS, BPay or Direct Debit.

Parents, with our new audit procedures the school is required to account for outstanding school fees at the end of each year.

If you are unable to pay the account in full and have no alternative arrangements in place, please contact Peta Santella on 9208 2705 or email peta.santella@cewa.edu.au to make a repayment plan.

Please remember we are here to support families experiencing financial hardship and we are happy to meet with you to discuss this or any other matter.

Your attention and co-operation to this matter is appreciated.

 

INTERSCHOOL ATHLETICS CARNIVAL

This Friday some of our students from Years 3 to 6 will be competing in the Interschool Athletics Carnival which is being held at the WA Athletics Stadium. They have been training hard  over the last few weeks. Big thank you to Jo McCluskey for preparing the students for the carnival. We wish them good luck for the day. There is a copy of the days events attached to this newsletter.

 

As the term continues to roll on, continue to bring the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit to your day. Peace and gentleness to you. Wishing you an abundance of good things.

 

Art

CSPWA News

Halloween Disco

This year’s disco is being held on Friday the 30th of October in the school undercover area. Children have the option to dress up in Halloween Costume if they wish.

Notes went last week, and you are required to return the form by this Thursday the 29th of October to the school office. Please provide correct money (no change can be given) please also note that no tickets are available for purchase on the night.

The disco will have 2 sessions: Pre-kindy to year 2, 5pm to 6.30pm

Year 3- year 6, 6.45pm to 8.30pm.

The following will be available for purchase on the night, please bring cash

Sausage sizzle: $3.50
Crisps: 50c
Juice box/water: $1.50
Lolly bags: $2.00
Glow sticks: 50c

The event is run by parents and no staff supervision will be provided. Parents are responsible for their own children. We require assistance with selling food, and supervision.

If you are able to volunteer some time please use the following link to sign up:  volunteersignup.org/MDJX8

Entry to the disco is via the admin gate and exit will be via the church gate. All other gates will be locked. No children are allowed downstairs on the school oval/playground or on the upstairs playground area during the event.

For safety, we kindly request no parents enter the dance floor during the discos.

 

Nominations for executive positions 2021

After completing 3 years in an executive position, myself, Pippa Harris and Rebecca Scott will be stepping down at the end of the year.

3 positions are available, and elections will occur at the AGM in November. If you are interested in the role, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions. Nomination forms will be available on the school website closer to the date.

 

Thank you
Rachel Lange
P&F President

0401 856 385

 

Pastoral Care

Happy Birthday to:

To all students and staff who will be celebrating their birthday over the coming week:

Grace Howard PPG
Theo Smart 1G
Harriet Webb 1W
Lila Harris 3W
Charlotte Pitter 4G
Lila Brown 5G
Rhys Nillsen 5W
Keira Nguyen 5W

Pastoral Care Term 4 Raffle

Individuals assisting our school community through weekly raffles. Please watch this space for weekly roster updates.

Pastoral Care Team.

 

TERM 4

Week 4 – 4 November
Week 5 – 11 November

Kindy Green
Week 4 Juliana Versaico
Week 5 Jenson Kootje
Kindy White
Week 4 Olivia Molony
Week 5 Harvey Ferguson
PP GreenWeek 4 Xavier Balm
Week 5 Alexander Khoo
PP White
Week 4 Rosabelle Juma
Week 5 Wyatt Palmer
Year 1 Green
Week 4 Zozie Higgs
Week 5 Jaike Evangelista
Year 1 WhiteWeek 4 Ava Scali
Week 5 Leo Kennelly
Year 2 GreenWeek 4 Chloe Bouteloup
Week 5 Tony Masek
Year 2 White
Week 4 Annabelle Ong
Week 5 Harry Mawer
Year 3 Green
Week 4 Edward Armstrong
Week 5 Leo Rakitic
Year 3 White
Week 4 Abbie Hartus
Week 5 Hudson Taylor
Year 4 GreenWeek 4 Alyanna Genete
Week 5 Leon Migliore
Year 4 WhiteWeek 4 Amie Lan
Week 5 Joshua Hartstonge
Year 5 GreenWeek 4 Vy Huynh
Week 5 Noah Smith
Year 5 WhiteWeek 4 Eve Bristow-Baohm
Week 5 Rory Shanahan
Year 6 Green
Week 4 Mathilda Meyers
Week 5 Daniel D’Esposito
Year 6 White
Week 4 Norah Hammond
Week 5 Alexander Harp

 

 

Merit Award Winners

Term 4, Week 2

PP Green – Oliver Hoyne, Maya Katich, Corey Nguyen
PP White – Connor Campbell, Oscar Hamilton, Stefano Mustica

1 Green – Shylo Verma, Daniel Wilk, Amelia Yee
1 White – Sandra Mandujano Liu, Estelle Pirone, Poppy Robinson, Luca Scagnetti

2 Green – Kaitlyn Bidwell, Harry Blake, Gabriel Panizza, Violet Petetsen
2 White – Alyssa Clark, Ty Fernandez, Arthur Pitter, Seraphim Vu

3 Green – Harrison Bull, Sophie Jagger, Robert Wilk
3 White – Olivia Cullura, Kaleb Smart,

4 Green – Stella D’Esposito, Isaac Iaschi, Derek Ong, Dominic Treacy
4 White – Zoe High, Zane Lee, Amelie Trinder

5 Green – Maia Dean, Piper Walsh, Nicholas Wild
5 White – Mackenzie Brand, Taj Debono, Andre Fragomeni

6 Green – Nicholas Kryachok, Tyler McCormack, Mathilda Meyers
6 White – Imogen Biddle, Norah Hammond, Ella Maio, Ella Wiinschl

 

Community Notices

Enrolments are now open for VacSwim swimming lessons during the summer school holidays.

VacSwim in January offers fun lessons at beach or pool locations during the long break. Not only are they a great school holiday activity, they teach valuable safety skills to help keep your child safe in the water.

Your children can start as young as five years old.

Don’t wait! Enrol your children in VacSwim now at education.wa.edu.au/vacswim

 

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Chisholm Catholic College 30 year reunion on Saturday 14 November for the “Class of 1990”

The Reunion will be at the Inglewood Hotel in the back bar from 7pm.

Here is the Facebook link : https://facebook.com/events/s/30-year-reunion-class-of-1990/992364777880237/?ti=icl

For any further info please contact

Catherine Grindley née Cullen

0408464099

 

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St Columba’s School Bayswater

32 Roberts Street, Bayswater WA 6053
PO Box 61, Bayswater WA 6933
Phone: (08) 9208 2701
Email: admin@stcolsbays.wa.edu.au