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Y7 Vaccinations 2018

The Y7 Vaccinations will be offered at the College.  Parent/caregiver information is available here.

If you would like your child to participate, please complete the attached consent form and sign the vaccination/s you require for your child. 

Posted: Tuesday, 20 February 2018

URGENT College Driveway construction 15 and 16 Feb 2018

Due to possible construction of the College Driveway on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th February, please follow the directions below:

Arrangements for Buses

  1. All buses will be directed to St Thomas Aquinas Primary School, before and after school, and students will make their way, by foot, to the College (bell times will have to be adjusted to allow for students  to make their way to and from St Thomas).
  2. Any non-ambulatory students (e.g. students on crutches) will remain at St Thomas until we courier them to the College via Golf buggy.
  3. Buses to and from Sport will be directed into St Thomas' and students will be walking to St Thomas' for their sport and will remain there, if they catch buses home.

Parents who drop and pick up Students

  1. All parents will be advised to drive into the Church carpark and drop their children off in the kiss and drop pull-in area at the top and follow the exit route back to Hawkesbury Road.
  2. Parents coming to pick up students early for appointments etc are permitted to park on the Grotto Oval and walk to sign their student out at Student Services.
  3. Parents who pick their children up in the afternoon are asked to find parking along College Drive or in the St Thomas Church Carpark.

Uniform Shop

  1. If you need to visit the Uniform Shop, please let the Staff Traffic Warden know on College Drive.
  2. Parking for the Uniform Shop will be on the Grotto Oval.

Student Drivers

  1. Senior student drivers will be parking in Paulwood Road (the next road left after College Drive along Hawkesbury Road) or any side street close to the College, and will walk to school via Hawkesbury Road, then the pathway up to the church and cross at the St Thomas Aquinas School crossing.

Student Walkers

  1. Students who walk to and from school will do so as normal.roadwork
Posted: Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Parent iPad purchase night - Tuesday 14th November 2017

On Tuesday 14 November 2017, between 4pm and 6pm, the Apple Store in Penrith will host an iPad purchase evening for families of St Columba's students.

This event is arranged so that there will be extra Apple staff on hand to assist with the purchase and set up of iPads, within that time period.

For all of the information about the night (and other ways families can buy iPads) please read this letter.


Posted: Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Bushfire Season 2017 - 2018 Letter to Parents

As you may be aware, the bushfire season for 2017 commenced on 1 September 2017. In preparation for the season, a bushfire assessment of our school has been undertaken by Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta (CEDP). St Columba’s Catholic College has been identified as a school at increased risk if a bush fire were to break out on a day when a Catastrophic Fire Danger Rating is issued for our area. 

To ensure the health, safety and welfare of students and staff, on days when a Catastrophic Fire Danger Rating is issued for our area, the school will temporarily cease operations for the day(s) the rating is current, and alternative arrangements will be put in place. The College will only receive notification of a Catastrophic Fire Danger Rating after school hours the day before the forecast is issued. You will be notified as soon as possible after the Catastrophic Fire Danger Rating notification is received, via Skoolbag, text message and the College website.

A Catastrophic Fire Danger Rating is likely to occur on a very small number of days during the bushfire season, if at all. On days when the College is not operating due to a catastrophic fire danger rating, there will be no staff on site. In such circumstances you will need to ensure that you put supervision arrangements in place for your child.  Such action is normally taken for one school day only unless there are exceptional circumstances, e.g. the school is temporarily unsafe for use. The College community will be advised of a return to normal operational services or alternative arrangements as soon as possible.

To assist me in contacting all parents and carers if a Catastrophic Fire Danger Rating notification is received, please ensure that you have provided the school with up-to-date home or after hours contact details by sending an email to the school email address or by using the SkoolBag App’s e-form “Change of Details”.

Up to date bush fire information will also be available to you on NSW RFS Fire Danger Rating website under Greater Sydney Region Area 4.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Paul Ryan,

Posted: Friday, 15 September 2017