Welcome to Week 5 of Term 4! I know, hard to believe, as it is absolutely flying. I was thinking about our Year 1 assembly last week, and watching our little guys get on the microphone with such confidence, speak and dance with such personality, and realised just how important it is to be who we are meant to be. Our Year 1 sparkled with a sense of who they are, and they are only 6 years old. They get it. They get St Catherine of Siena’s quote above. They set the assembly ablaze through being exactly who they are meant to be.
I do not know about you, but I have spent so long trying to work out what I should be. Since coming to St Col’s, I think I am finally getting it. Maybe, I am just getting older and see the world differently, finding out what is most important I guess. I reckon it also has to do with being immersed in environments that enable us to be who we are without any fear of what others may think, their perceptions. Maybe it is because we finally accept the person we are and embrace it. Maybe it is when we just make the decision that it is simply time to get on with being. It is truly a wonderful thing to know you can find this, a sense of being at peace with one’s self. ‘Living in Peace’ is part of our motto as well, which makes it just work here at St Columba’s.
One of the most freeing things for us as people, is to discover this. Just think about what it is we do on a daily basis that enables us to be exactly what we should be. Our families and mates have an enormous impact on who we are shaping to be as people. We in turn shape them. In whatever we do, in however we interact with others, the question for all of us is to be this authentic person others enjoy having in their lives. We create this when we are who we should be.
Some of the most enlightening conversations I have here at St Col’s is with our grandparents. There are a couple of grandads who chat with me regularly before school. I am in awe of their wisdom. I just realised as I write this Post, ‘seek wisdom’ is also a part of our motto. When I talk to our grandparents of St Col’s, there is a definite sense of them being what they should be. There is a sense of calm and contentment. They have a story of their own which I love being privileged to hear. This sense of commitment to family, this sense of joy. It is what we build our cultures upon.
I was speaking to our Year 6s on camp this week at our liturgy. My first official ‘homily’ of sorts. We spoke about our kids being the light for the world for the future. It is when reflecting on this that I found this quote. It is all about the moments.
Esther suggests, maybe it is in these moments for which you have been created. Why is it a young fella in Year 6 goes up to his mate to check if he is going okay? In that very moment we see the gentleness that expresses a deep empathy for another. This is the moment he was created for. BTW, I saw three acts over the day that showed the truth that sits within this kid. The moment one of the students was unsure of themselves in the kayak, but other students and staff encouraging and supporting. A moment we were created for. The efforts on the flying Big Fox and the pamper pole. Courage required. I reminded the kids, these are the moments for which they have been created. In every moment our kids find a way to meet their challenges, and this is because they already understand that in these moments they are who they should be. What a gift my role as Principal is! I witness such goodness, such resilience to push through.
Over the next week, maybe we all stop for a moment, and be present. Imagine the day when we all can take care to remember every moment as one for which we were created. A massive ask, but is it? As I drive into work most days, I always see the ‘Focus and Be’ yoga studio. I mean, it should be something that I use as a motivator each day to ensure I live in these moments of being. Really, it does not get much better in life, than to see others around you being who they are. Just Be!
Look after yourself through all of this selflessness, you will continue to be a light for others in your life.
In gratitude for your continual support and care for our kids. Keep up the wonderful way you go about things with your children and with our staff.
A few things from the desk:
Regional Spelling Bee
Congratulations to our champion spellers from Years 3-6 who will be representing St Columba’s at the Regional Spelling Bee at St Peter’s this Friday. We wish them all the best.
Year 3: Aoife Rattray and Orlando Martino Da Fonseca
Year 4: Lila Brown and Miel Fuentes
Year 5: Brody Clark and Leah Purcell
Year 6: Roman Kaless and Jasmine Mann
Year 5 Summer Sports Competition
The Year 5 students will be participating in a Summer Carnival this coming Friday, 15th November. The students will compete against schools in our Inter-school competition in their nominated sport of either ultimate frisbee, tennis or cricket.
Nut Aware School
Please be reminded that we are a ‘nut aware school’. As such, no nut products should be brought to school. This is 100% about the safety of our students. Thank you for your support in this matter. I have to say our kids are pretty outstanding in keeping on top of this.
Car Parking in the Kiss and Drive
Please remember the Kiss and Drive is not a parking area between the times of 7.45 am and 9.00 am. We have an arrangement that parishioners will park in this area from around 8.50 am in the morning for daily Mass. It is important to respect this arrangement between the school and parish with regard to this shared space. While we all appreciate the busyness of parents in the morning, and the rush that comes, let’s be mindful of this mutual agreement. Your efforts are appreciated in the management of this in the future. The parishioners appreciate our consideration.
Families leaving at the end of 2019
If any families are not returning to St Columba’s in 2020 please notify the office in writing as soon as possible if you have not already done so.
In 2020, we will be continuing the trial this year of having bulk orders for all booklists. We trialled this in Year 1 and 2 in 2019, and have had great success in reducing booklist costs, but also assisting in the management of stationery across for the year. These booklists will come through in the next couple of weeks. Parents will be required to complete this order through our stationery provider. Specific details will be forwarded in the near future.
Important Dates to remember
Monday 18/11 to Friday 22/11 – Year 3 swimming lessons continue
Friday 22/11 – Final Assembly
Monday 25/11 to Friday 6/12 – Year 1 and 2 swimming lessons
Saturday 30/11 – Parish Christmas Carols & Mass
Monday 2/12 – Year 6 Graduation Mass & Awards (Years 4 – 6 to attend)
Friday 6/12 – Whole school end of year Mass 9.00am & end of year concert 6.00pm
Wednesday 11/12 – Year 1 – 5 Incursion and Year 6 Excursion
Friday 13/12 – Term 4 ends for students
We have now finished our official meetings for the year, but all parents are welcome to attend the
AGM on Tuesday 26th November in the library.
Don’t forget to mention that you are a St Columba’s family if you are shopping at the Maylands or Bayswater 777 Pharmacy. 10% of all retail sales goes towards the P&F.
A warm invitation is extended to all families to visit the library from 8:15am most mornings.
(Please note, when Mrs. Cuthbert is unavailable, the library is closed)
Kindy & Pre-Kindy families take advantage to come and read all our fabulous picture books with your little ones till 8:45am.
YES! Library open most lunch times 1:15 – 1:35 daily
Class of the Week
YEAR 4 GREEN
If any families have childrens magazines that they no longer need, the students at lunch time would enjoy reading them.
Just a reminder that students require the school green
‘Homework 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 $10.
Parents please order via the QuickCliq website
Happy Birthday to:
Ava Giangiordano 3G
Nam Huynh 6W
Charlotte Eaglesham PPG
Harrison Smith 1W
Grace Masnyk PPG
Matthew Li 3G
Families rostered to bring in the raffle prize will be notified through the newsletter and on lists outside the classrooms. New families to St Columba’s will be rostered later in the year. Pastoral Care Team
Week 6 – 20/11/2019
Week 7 – 27/11/2019
Week 6 Luke Magee
Week 6 Mia Fernandez
Week 6 Kathleen Vaccari
Week 6 Ava Scali
|Year 1 Green|
Week 6 Sana Bezich
|Year 1 White|
Week 6 Tony Masek
|Year 2 Green|
Week 6 Kaleb Smart
|Year 2 White|
Week 6 Milla Robbins
|Year 3 Green|
Week 6 Alyanna Genete
|Year 3 White|
Week 6 Brielle Donovan
|Year 4 Green|
Week 6 Keelan Stanmore
|Year 4 White|
Week 6 Zac Armstrong
|Year 5 Green|
Week 6 NO RAFFLE
|Year 5 White|
Week 6 NO RAFFLE
|Year 6 Green|
Week 6 Brooke Thompson
|Year 6 White|
Week 6 Keshav Tewari
Mercedes College 2020 Enrolments
A sound education is an investment in the future of your daughter. Mercedes College is committed to providing an affordable education for those families seeking an all girls’ Catholic education in the Mercy tradition. For those families wishing to explore options, the Principal is always available to speak with you. Vacancies are still available for 2020; for more information please contact the Enrolment Officer on 93231323.
Saint Columba Dolphins Swim Squad – Current Year 3-5 Only
With summer around the corner and the faction swimming carnival in Term 1 we are delighted to start another fantastic season of swimming!
The first session will kick off on Friday November 29 from 6:30am – 7:30am at Bayswater Waves followed by breakfast in the parish hall during the school term.
Fun school holiday sessions are also available at a more reasonable time. These are a great way to get the kids out of the house and swim with their mates!
Please see enrolment form attached to this newsletter for further details. Enrolment forms and fees are due November 22nd.
Bayswater Primary School
As you may be aware, this year is the 125th anniversary of Bayswater Primary School.
The Parents and Citizens Association will commemorate this event as a part of our biennial fete. With the anniversary in mind we have decided to organise around the theme “Back to the Future.” This year’s fete will be held on Sunday 24th November 2019 from 10 am till 3 pm. A copy of the poster has been attached.
We are also holding a School Reunion Luncheon as part of the above. Further details are found here https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/baysie-primary-alumni-school-lunch-tickets-71770586757?aff=ebdssbdestsearch&fbclid=IwAR3CEo3h4OANhXDQ1YSlU2YlOdszK9P_ObiVTXMe4utnYEVAiVy2Dh0i6sk