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Principal’s Blog

Thursday 6 May, 2021

Principal’s Message:

 

Mother’s Day will be celebrated this coming Sunday, a time when we celebrate the special part Mothers and Grandmothers play in all our lives. Mothers are the sweetest gift from God to us. There is no way we can ever really thank our Mothers for all they do for us, nevertheless we must make it a habit to keep reminding ourselves of the various sacrifices they make and the abundant and limitless love our Mothers give us.

 

On behalf of the school, I take this opportunity to wish all the Mother’s and Grandma’s of the school a Happy Mother’s Day. I hope you have a very enjoyable and relaxing day and that you receive all of the love and spoils you deserve.

 

During the week the students have had the wonderful opportunity to visit the ‘Mother’s Day Stall’ and to pick a special gift or two to surprise their mums with. I thank the P&F for organising this and enabling the students to purchase a secret something for this Sunday.


St Damien’s Feast Day Free Dress

A reminder to parents and students that Monday May 10 is a free dress day (for a gold coin donation) to help celebrate our St Damien’s Feast Day. The gold coin donation will go towards supporting the ‘Leprosy Missions of St Damien’s’.

 

Year 2 Assembly

There is a morning assembly this Friday 7 May 2021, at 8:45am, with our Year 2 students presenting an item. Parents and friends of the school are invited to attend and enjoy watching this event.

 

Enrolments

The enrolment period has begun for students beginning in Kindergarten for 2022. If you have a child who is eligible to begin Kindy next year, please ensure you complete and submit an enrolment form to the school office as soon as possible.

 

Later in the term, there will be an ‘Information Session’ for families enrolling into Kindy for 2022. However, more information regarding this and upcoming school tours will be communicated in the coming weeks.

 

 

PSSA Sport

PSSA sport begins this week for all students in Years 5 and 6. This week they all travel to MCC to play in either football, soccer, netball, hockey or volleyball. We wish all competing students the best of luck and hope they enjoy the experience.

 

5-a-Side Soccer

Today, we had some students from Year 3 play in the 5-a-Side Soccer competition. We hope they enjoyed the experience. A review of the day will be in next week’s newsletter.

 

Year 6 Confirmation

The new date of the Sacrament of Confirmation has been set for Sunday 16 May, beginning at 5:00pm. This celebration will be a school event and we look forward to being able to celebrate this significant milestone in a very special way.

 

Book Fair

The Scholastic ‘Book Fair’ begins next week, where students and families will get the opportunity to purchase some fantastic books to read. Parents can purchase items before and after school in the library from Monday 10 May to Wednesday 19 May.

 

NAPLAN

A reminder to families that the NAPLAN assessments occur next week, with students in Years 3 and 5 sitting them from Tuesday May 11 to Friday May 21. All of the assessments, except Year 3 Writing, will be completed online. We wish all of the students in these Year levels the very best as they complete the NAPLAN assessments.

 

Year 4 MCC Taster Day

Today, all Year 4 students got the opportunity to travel to Mandurah Catholic College and engage in a ‘Taster Day’. The purpose of this event was to give the students an insight into what Secondary school may look like for them and what are some of the programs and opportunities that exist at MCC. We thank MCC for hosting the ‘Taster Day’ and we hope all students enjoyed the experience.

 

Principal Awards

Over the past week some students have been sent to my office to receive a Principal’s Award for completing some exceptional work. I congratulate Gabriel Davenport and Sophie Shannen from Year 1 for their great work in Italian,  and Isla Parish, Wilfred McEwen,  Mia Anderson, Riley MacPhilomey, Olivia Whiston, Kaden McStay, and Noah Dowding  from Year 5, also for their excellent work in Italian and Mia Boettiger, Jesse Spencer, Alex Merks and Darcy Brown, from Year 4, for their fantastic efforts in HASS. Well done and keep up the great work!

God Bless,

 

Daniel Gooch

Principal

 

 

Thursday 29 April, 2021

Principal’s Message:

 

Well, after another disrupted start to the week due to the increased COVID-19 restrictions, I am very proud of how resilient the St Damien’s School community has been. Students have continued to learn in a calm and positive manner and staff are to be thanked for their increased efforts in ensuring safe, organised classroom environments and for having to perform their work under the disguise of a face mask. Parents, too are thanked for your patience and support in ensuring all of your children have returned to school safely and for adhering to the current school-based COVID-19 restrictions in place.

 

Sadly, we have had to cancel or defer some of this week’s events due to the interim restrictions in place. I hope we do return to eased restrictions and more-normal school operations next week. However, this will all depend on the upcoming announcements from the State Premier at the end of the week.

 

Given this continues to be a volatile period with decisions being made that impact St Damien’s School at short notice, I will continue to keep the whole school community as up-to-date with the relevant information, being distributed through text messages and parent/carer emails.

 

ANZAC Day

On Sunday, hopefully we all took a moment to honour all of the Australian women and men who have participated in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations around the world, as part of the ANZAC Day celebrations. Unfortunately, the local Dawn Service was cancelled, where the school had planned to have our Head Girl and Head Boy present a wreath on behalf of the whole community.

 

Prior to this on Friday, St Damien’s School held its own ANZAC service, in the Steve Dowie Hall. The students were amazing in the reverence and respect shown during the ceremony and the choir and musicians who performed during the ceremony were fantastic. Many thanks go to Mr Lilly for coordinating the ceremony and to Mrs Burns for organising the choir and musicians. Well done, it was a very special ceremony.

 

Enrolments

The enrolment period has begun for students beginning in Kindergarten for 2022. If you have a child who is eligible to begin Kindy next year, please ensure you complete and submit an enrolment form to the school office as soon as possible.

 

Later in the term, there will be an ‘Information Session’ for families enrolling into Kindy for 2022. However, more information regarding this and upcoming school tours will be communicated in the coming weeks.

 

Feast Day Free Dress

A reminder to parents and students that Monday May 10 is a free dress day (for a gold coin donation) to help celebrate our St Damien’s Feast Day. The gold coin donation will go towards supporting the ‘Leprosy Missions of St Damien’s’.

 

Year 6 Confirmation

Unfortunately, the Sacrament of Confirmation Mass scheduled for this weekend has been deferred, due to the uncertainty of the current COVID-19 restrictions currently in place. A new date for the celebration is being currently organised and families of year 6 Confirmation candidates will be informed immediately once it has been set.

 

The staff, parents and Year 6 candidates are to be thanked and congratulated for their commitment to the Confirmation program over recent months and we look forward to being able to celebrate this significant milestone in a very special way, in the coming weeks.

 

Mother’s Day Stall

Next week the P&F will be opening the Mother’s Day stall, for students to purchase a special gift for their mothers in preparation for Mother’s Day. The stall will be open on Wednesday 5 May for all students in Years Kindy to 6 and on Friday 7 May for students in 3yo Kindy. Gift items range from $2 to $6 and students are permitted to bring in up to $10 to spend on gifts.

 

We thank the P&F for hosting this event and making the gifts available for purchase for all students in the school.

 

NAPLAN

A reminder to families that the NAPLAN assessments occur this term, with students in Years 3 and 5 sitting them from Tuesday May 11 to Friday May 21. All of the assessments, except Year 3 Writing, will be completed online.

 

If you have any questions or concerns about the upcoming NAPLAN assessments for your child/children in Year 3 or 5, please contact your classroom teacher.

 

Year 4 MCC Taster Day

Next Thursday 6 May, all Year 4 students will get the opportunity to travel to Mandurah Catholic College and engage in a ‘Taster Day’. The purpose of this event is to give the students an insight into what Secondary school may look like for them and what are some of the programs and opportunities that exist at MCC. We thank MCC for hosting the ‘Taster Day’ and we hope all students enjoy the experience.

 

Principal Awards

Over the past week some students have been sent to my office to receive a Principal’s Award for completing some exceptional work. I congratulate Darcy Barker, Jackson Yarran and Addison Woodhouse from Year 2 for their great work in Italian and Arlo Cain, Max Peng, Riley Blair and Darcy Earl from Year 3, for their excellent work in Italian. Well done and keep up the great work!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winter Uniform

It has been great to see the students transitioning into the school winter uniform over the past fortnight, but as of this Monday 3 May, all students need to be dressed and coming to school in the winter uniform.

 

Just to clarify some questions we have had regarding the winter uniform;

  • Girls in years 5 and 6 can wear the skirt (no pinafore) only
  • Boys are permitted to wear either the short or long sleeve shirt

 

Again, please contact the school office if you have any questions regarding the school winter uniform.

 

Website Maintenance

Over the next couple of weeks, the school website will be going through some maintenance. The website will remain active throughout the Maintenance period, however there may be some irregular activity from time to time, when being accessed. The purpose for the maintenance is to prepare the website for an upgrade later in the term.

 

God Bless,

Daniel Gooch

Principal

 

 

Thursday 22 April, 2021

Principal’s Message:

ANZAC Day

 

On Sunday, as Australians we honour all of the men and women who have participated in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations around the world, including the ANZACs who fought at Gallipoli in Turkey during World War I, as part of the ANZAC Day celebrations. Through dawn services and commemoration events throughout Australia and the world, we remember and give thanks to all of the fallen who sacrificed their lives for the freedom and peace we experience today.

We will host our own ANZAC Day service tomorrow, Friday 24 April, at 11:30am, in the school hall, for all students in the school.

There is also a community ‘Dawn Service’ being held at the Dawesville Memorial, Estuary Road, Dawesville, beginning at 5:45am. Our school’s Head Girl and Head Boy will be present at this ‘Dawn Service’ and will be laying a wreath on behalf of the St Damien’s School community.

 

A reminder that the school will be closed on Monday 26 April, as part of the ANZAC Day public holiday.

 

Enrolments

The enrolment period has begun for students beginning in Kindergarten for 2022. If you have a child who is eligible to begin Kindy next year, please ensure you complete and submit an enrolment form to the school office as soon as possible.

 

Later in the term, there will be an ‘Information Session’ for families enrolling into Kindy for 2022. However, more information regarding this and upcoming school tours will be communicated in the coming weeks.

 

WIFI Upgrade

During the holidays the school upgraded its wifi infrastructure. The previous wifi network was not equipped to handle the current technology requirements of the school and the upgrade has enabled the school wifi network to handle the technology traffic of a lot more devices at a far greater speed.

 

The wifi upgrade has been an initiative supported by the School Advisory Council (Board) and we thank Ms Sandra Hilson for all of her work in planning for and installing the improved system.

 

Feast Day Free Dress

Monday May 10 marks the Feast day for St Damien of Molokai. To celebrate this, the students will be participating in a school liturgy, that focuses on and acknowledges the life and achievements of our patron saint.

 

The students will also be permitted to wear free dress on that day, for a gold coin donation. The gold coin donation will go towards supporting the ‘Leprosy Missions of St Damien’s’.

 

Year 6 Confirmation

On Tuesday of this week our Year 6 students participated in a whole day retreat, as part of their preparation in receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation on May 1 this term. The students thoroughly enjoyed the day and were able to develop a deepening sense of faith and commitment as they prepare for the upcoming Sacramental celebration.

 

Tonight, beginning at 5:00pm, the Year 6 Confirmation candidates will be participating in a ‘Preparation Mass’, at St Damien’s Parish as part of their Confirmation program.

 

NAPLAN

The NAPLAN assessments occur this term, with students in Years 3 and 5 sitting them from Tuesday May 11 to Friday May 21. All of the assessments, except Year 3 Writing, will be completed online.

 

If you have any questions or concerns about the upcoming NAPLAN assessments for your child/children in Year 3 or 5, please contact your classroom teacher.

 

Principal Awards

Over the past week a student has been sent to my office to receive a Principal’s Award for completing some exceptional work. I congratulate Eli Woodhouse in Year 5 for his efforts and work in mastering his Reading. Well done and keep up the great work.

 

 

Winter Uniform

Starting back at school this term, it has been great to see students beginning to wear the school winter uniform. Whilst the first two weeks of the term will be used as a period for students to transition into wearing the full school winter uniform by Monday 3 May 2021.

 

Please contact the office if you have any questions regarding the purchasing of the School Winter Uniform in readiness for term 2.

 

 

God Bless,

 

Daniel Gooch

Principal

 

Parish News:

 

Thursday 1 April, 2021

Principal’s Message:

After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord—and you are right, for that is what I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you. Very truly, I tell you, servants are not greater than their master, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them.”

John 13:12-16

This week the events of Holy Week unfold, as it is a very sacred time of the year, for it is now that we will commemorate and remember the last week of Jesus’ life on this earth. As the Lenten season of sacrifice come to an end, we prepare for the great Easter feast to come. but this coming week is extremely important for all Christians. The greatest focus of the week is the Passion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ and the events that led up to it.

 

Today we held two ‘Stations of the Cross’ prayer services. We thank all of the students in Year’s 5 and 6 for their efforts in re-enacting the ‘Stations of the Cross’ for all other students in the school.

 

Interim Reports

Today, Term One ‘Interim Reports’ are being sent home to families. The reports will give parents an indication about each student’s behaviour and effort for the term. If families require a second copy of the ‘Interim Report’, please contact the School Office where a duplicate can be organised.

 

Overall, I am very pleased with the efforts of the students this term. Parents are encouraged to speak to their child’s classroom teacher should you have any questions or concerns regarding their child’s progress and/or effort this term.

 

Wigs For Kids

This week I had the pleasure in acknowledging the wonderful effort of one of our Year 4 students. Recently, Imogen Clarke was inspired by a story on TV to support the ‘Wigs for Kids’ initiative, where people can cut their hair and donate it to the organisation who converts the donated strands into wigs for children suffering from cancer. Imogen felt compelled to donate to the ‘Wigs for Kids’ organisation as they were supporting children of her age.

 

Imogen is to be congratulated for her inspiring actions and for taking action to support other children so desperately in need. Well done, we are all very proud of your efforts and for brightening the lives of those around her.

 

Principal Awards

Over the past week some students have been sent to my office to receive a Principal’s Award for completing some exceptional work. I congratulate Lacey Draper, Mark King, Charlie Spencer, Josh Izere, Phoebe Gilbert, Nyla-Rose Mackintosh, Bryson Saville, Ariah-Rose Vallance and Hunter Bemmery their great work in Year 2, Angus Riley, Aliyah Willshire and Keisha Tate in Year 3, Imogen Clarke in Year 4 and Wilfred McEwen in Year 5. Well done and keep up the great work!

Winter Uniform

As mentioned in last week’s blog, students are required to be wearing the Winter School Uniform. Given we may be experiencing some warmer weather at the beginning of next term, as well as providing parents the time to purchase the Winter Uniform, the first two weeks of the term will be used as a period for students to transition into wearing the full School Winter Uniform by Monday, 3 May 2021.

 

Please contact the office if you have any questions regarding the purchasing of the School Winter Uniform in readiness for Term 2.

 

Inter-School Swimming Carnival Sports

On Monday St Damien’s School competed in the Inter-School Swimming Carnival, held at the MARC. Students in Years 3 to 6 who represented the school are to be congratulated for their fantastic efforts and their competitive spirit throughout the carnival. As result of their hard work, St Damien’s won the ‘Handicap trophy’ and finished second in the ‘Overall’ division on the day.

 

We thank Miss Sanders for co-ordinating such a successful carnival and for training the students in the lead-up to the event. We also thank all of the other staff and parents who assisted in the running and organising of the carnival.

 

Staff Tennis

Last week the school staff battled it out in teams of two in the staff’s social tennis competition, held at the Port Bouvard Tennis Club. Amongst a lot of laughs, miss-hits and quiet rivalries were some fantastic shots and long rallies between all players on staff. After going through all matches undefeated, the undisputed champions on the day were the dynamic duo of Fiona Stoove and Michelle Stevenson. Well done to all participating staff and to the eventual much deserved winners.

 

School Closure Day

A reminder to parents that there is a PD day scheduled for the first day of next term. The beginning of Term 2 for all students will be Tuesday, 20 April 2021. The staff will be using the PD Day  for professional learning, focusing on the improvement in Mathematics outcomes for students.

 

End of Term

As we come to the end of Term 1, I wish the whole school community a very Happy Easter and hope you have an enjoyable holiday break. I look forward to seeing all of the students returning safely to school next term.

 

God Bless,

 

Daniel Gooch

Principal

 

Thursday 25 March, 2021

Principal’s Message:

This weekend marks a significant event in the liturgical calendar. As Catholics, we celebrate Palm Sunday as the final Sunday of Lent, the beginning of Holy Week, and the feast day that commemorates Jesus’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem before he was crucified.

 

Next week we will be paying particular attention to the importance of Holy Week throughout the school, with the pinnacle being the re-enactment of the ‘Stations of the Cross’ on Thursday, by our Year 5 and 6 students.

 

As we come to the final week of Lent, our call to ‘give alms’ to those in need has been present in the form of the Project Compassion boxes distributed throughout the school. Now is the final chance families have to clean out their wallets and purses of any loose change and donate it towards the Project Compassion initiative. All moneys donated will be forwarded to Caritas, who will use it to support the Catholic Mission of the church.

 

Holy Week coincides with the final week of term. There is always heightened excitement in the students about the anticipation of Easter and the beginning of the school holidays. We look forward to the fun and faith-filled week ahead.

 

Winter Uniform

As we enter into Term 2 of the school year, students are required to be wearing the Winter School Uniform. Given we may be experiencing some warmer weather at the beginning of next term, as well as providing parents the time to purchase the Winter Uniform, the first two weeks of the term will be used as a period for students to transition into wearing the full school winter uniform by Monday 3 May 2021.

 

Please contact the office if you have any questions regarding the purchasing of the School Winter Uniform in readiness for Term 2.

 

Thank You, Jackie

We are very grateful for the job Jackie Craig has done in the canteen over the past 2 weeks. At short notice, Jackie willingly stepped in to take on the role of managing the canteen from Tuesday to Friday each week, to ensure the students were still able to enjoy the benefits of the canteen during Lynette Rubie’s time away.

We wish Lynette a happy and safe return to the school in the coming days, and we are very thankful for Jackie’s efforts.

 

P&F Movie Night

Congratulations and thank you to the St Damien’s P&F committee for hosting a wonderful ‘Movie Night’ last Friday. The weather and conditions were perfect for sitting outside and enjoying the entertainment of the ‘Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs’. It was the first time a larger public gathering has been permitted onsite for some time and it was great it could be done in the social setting of the movie night.

 

We thank all of the families and children who attended the movie night and we look forward to supporting all other fun and exciting P&F events planned throughout the year.

 

Easter Raffle

Over the past fortnight families of the school have been generously donating to the school’s P&F Easter Raffle. We thank all families who have contributed and we look forward to the drawing of the raffle at next week’s Monday morning assembly.

 

PSSA Sport

Last week we had students from Years 5 and 6 represent our school at the PSSA Water Polo and League Tag competitions. From all reports, the students were very competitive throughout both competitions and enjoyed the opportunity to do their best for the school.

 

We congratulate the students for their efforts in these competitions and thank all of the staff who assisted in training and managing of the teams.

 

Beach Sport

The St Damien’s Beach Sport program is on again this Friday, with the students in Years 4, 5 and 6 getting to enjoy their time at the beach on Friday 26 March.

 

Assembly

There is a morning assembly this Friday 26 March 2021, at 8:45am, with our Year 3 students presenting an item. Parents and friends of the school are invited to attend and enjoy watching this event.

 

 

God Bless,

 

Daniel Gooch

Principal

 

Thursday 18 March, 2021

Principal’s Message:

During the past week we have had a great opportunity to celebrate a couple of significant and enjoyable events as a school community. Seeing the sea of green on Wednesday in celebration of St Patrick’s Day, followed by the multitude of colour in support of the students’ favourite sporting teams on Thursday, has added value and fun to the usual school program.

 

Tomorrow, some students in our Year 5 and 6 classrooms get their first opportunity for the year to represent the school in the Water-Polo and League Tag competitions. We wish these students the very best and hope they enjoy the experience.

 

P&F Movie Night

This Friday 19th March, all families of the St Damien’s School community are invited to join us for a movie night on the school oval. The movie night is free to attend and will begin at 7:00pm sharp, with gates being opened at 6:40pm.

 

There will be an opportunity to purchase some light snacks at the event, but these will be a cash sale only, so please bring along some money if you are intending on making a purchase.

 

I thank the P&F for organising the event and look forward to a great night.


Easter Raffle

Over the past fortnight families of the school have been generously donating to the school’s P&F Easter Raffle. We thank all families who have contributed and we look forward to the drawing of the raffle at the end of the term. There are still tickets available for the raffle through the office, if more are needed by families.

 

Footy Thursday

Today is the beginning of the AFL season and it was great to see the students come to school in their favourite sport team colours. Whilst Eagles and Dockers seem to be the most popular, there was a subtle presence of other teams spread across the school. Some students in the school were lucky enough to receive a football to take home and kick around with the family. With the AFL fixture beginning tonight, I hope your favourite team provides you with a season of fun and excitement.

Confirmation Enrolment Mass

Congratulations to our Year 6 Sacrament of Confirmation candidates who participated in the ‘Enrolment Mass’ on the weekend. We wish them well as they prepare to receive the sacrament early next term. Thank you to all of the candidates’ parents and families for supporting the special Mass.

 

St Patrick’s Day

Yesterday we celebrated St Patrick’s Day. It was great to see all of the students and staff get into spirit of the day by wearing something green. All of the students in Years 3 to 6 also participated in a Mass dedicated to St Patrick as part of the day’s celebrations. Thank you to all of the staff and students who contributed in planning and celebrating the Mass.

 

Principal Awards

Over the past week some students have been sent to my office to receive a Principal’s Award for completing some exceptional work. I congratulate Fiona McLaren, Isla Pike, Oliver Yeoman, Dane Dyson, Milla Mulvay, Zachariah Boughton, Kiyo Anderson, Imogen Steel, Isla Pike, Nellie Black and Lily Gunton for their great work in Pre Primary, Sophie Shannen and Emerson Bell in Year 1, Grace Lampard, Zarli Parish, for their work in Italian, and Isla Coleman for her work in Year 3.  Well done and keep up the great work!

 

Beach Sports

The St Damien’s Beach Sports program is on again this Friday, with the students in Years 1, 3 and 5 getting to enjoy their time at the beach on Friday 19th March.

 

Assembly

There is a morning assembly next  Friday 26th March 2021, at 8:45am, with our Year 3 students presenting an item. Parents and friends of the school are invited to attend and enjoy watching this event.

 

 

God Bless,

 

Daniel Gooch

Principal

 

Thursday 11 March, 2021

Principal’s Message:

It is incredible to think that we are more than half-way through Term 1 of the school year. This week we have seen the students work hard in their learning as they have settled into their regular classroom routines, particularly in the areas of Literacy and Numeracy. Early Years Testing has continued this week and we are looking forward to seeing this being completed by next week.

 

Over the holidays and during the term I have been working with Signora Laura Bava and her Italian program, where she has initiated the inclusion of an oversees Italian teacher into her classroom via remote video conferencing as part of the ‘Italian Language Assistants Program’. This initiative is the first one being trialed in a Primary School and it is a wonderful opportunity for the students to be able to engage and connect with an assistant teacher, Veronica, currently living in Italy.  Well done to Signora Bava for developing this initiative and making it part of the St Damien’s Languages program.

An article with further information about the ‘Italian Language Assistants Program’ can be found by clicking here.

 

School Parking

Each day we are getting closer to the development next to the school being completed, which will certainly ease the traffic congestion at the front of the school. A current area of concern though, is the footpath area along Wickepin Parade at the end of each school day. We do have a number of families choosing to walk to school during the pick up time, but are having to cross onto the road due to cars being parked on the footpath on this short stretch of the street. It is obvious the inherent dangers this presents with families being required to walk on the road in order to navigate their way around these cars.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I understand that parking is limited, but please do so correctly and safely for the benefit of all members of the school community.

 

Footy Thursday

The AFL football season is upon us, beginning this Thursday 18 March, where we see the mighty Carlton Blues take on the Richmond Tigers. To celebrate the beginning of the AFL season, the school is hosting its traditional ‘Footy Thursday’ day. On Thursday 18 March, students from Pre-Primary to Year 6 are encouraged to wear their favourite footy team jumpers and/or colours to school. Students in Kindy will hold the event on Wednesday 17 March.

The canteen is offering a special ‘Footy Pie’ order as well. Students are able to order a meat pie as part of the celebrations and fun.

Confirmation Enrolment Mass

This Sunday the St Damien’s Parish holds its ‘Enrolment Mass’ for candidates planning to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. Mass time is at 8:30am and we pray in support of all of the Year 6 students who are preparing for this significant milestone in their faith journeys. Candidates attend the enrolment Mass this weekend are to dress in neat casual attire, not their school uniform. We also invite all families to join us as this will be our ‘School Mass’ for the term.

St Patrick’s Day

Next Wednesday 17 March is St Patrick’s Day. To celebrate this significant day in the churches liturgical calendar, we will be having a St Patrick’s Day Mass for all students in Years 3 to 6, beginning at 9:00am.

 

Interschool Swimming Carnival

Morning training has started for students who have been selected to compete in the Interschool Swimming Carnival. We thank Miss Sanders for organising and running these sessions and we wish the competing students the very best as they prepare for the upcoming Inter-School Swimming Carnival, which is being held on Monday 29 March 2021.

 

Runners’ Club

The St Damien’s Runners’ Club has started up again, offering a training session to all students from Pre-Primary to Year 6 on Wednesdays, starting at 7:30am. This week I witnessed a very fit group of students running and enjoying a good run to start their day.

Principal Awards

Over the past week some students have been sent to my office to receive a Principal’s Award for completing some exceptional work. I congratulate Ben Divine for his great work in Mathematics, Levi Taylor and Xavier Geary for their work in the Year 3 classroom and Sophie Shannen, Charlie Vickers, Danielle Katsaros, Nate Earl, Jasper Wozniuk and Rani Pracilio for their work in Year 1.  Well done and keep up the great work!

 

Men of the Trees

This week we had the ‘Men of the Trees’ group out at the school working with students planting seedlings for trees which will be later planted out along Florida Beach. The students got a chance to get their hands dirty, assisting the group, and will spend the next few months providing the water and nutrients needed to grow the trees.

 

The ‘Men of the Trees’ group will be back later in the year working with the students on a tree planting day.

 

Beach Sports

The St Damien’s Beach Sports program is a fantastic opportunity for all students in the school to enjoy what living and being near the coastal environment has to offer. I know the students get very excited when it is their turn to participate in the Beach Sports program on a Friday afternoon. Participating in the Beach Sports program comes with inherent risk, which is often determined by the weather conditions of the day. Obviously, student safety is paramount and comes first when participating in the program and from time to time, the program has to be cancelled on the day due to inclement weather and/or ocean conditions.

 

Unfortunately, last Friday was one of those days where the program was cancelled, as the conditions were deemed to put the students and staff at a heightened risk level. The students in Pre-Primary and Years 2 and 3 who did miss out last week are to be congratulated and thanked for the way they handled the disappointing news of the Beach Sports being cancelled and showed a great resilience in dealing with the disappointing news. We hope they enjoy their next opportunity to participate in the program again this term.

 

This week students in Pre-Primary, Years 1 and 2 get to enjoy their time at the beach on Friday 12 March.

 

Assemblies

There is a morning assembly this Friday 12 March 2021, at 8:45am, with our Year 4 students presenting an item. Parents and friends of the school are invited to attend and enjoy watching this event.

 

 

God Bless,

 

Daniel Gooch

Principal

 

Thursday, 4th March, 2021

Principal’s Message:

I hope all families enjoyed the extra day off over the weekend, with the public holiday on Monday. This week has been another busy, but successful week had by the staff and students. The highlight of my week so far was having our first ‘Start of the week assembly’, for the first time this year. I have quickly realised in the few short weeks I have been at St Damien’s, how well the school celebrates the achievements and successes of the students through the school assemblies scheduled each week and fortnight. The students do work very hard and try their best and it is great to see they are being duly acknowledged for their efforts.

 

Parent Information Sessions

Thank you to all of the families who were able to attend the Parent Information Sessions that have been held during the week. Your presence and support for these has hopefully enabled you to get an insight into how your child’s/children’s classroom functions and also got to know the classroom teachers a little more.

 

For those families who were unable to attend, the slide show presented during the Information Sessions have been made available for you to view, on the school website, on the following link:

http://www.stdamienscps.wa.edu.au/yearleveloverviews/

 

A special thank you to all staff who prepared and presented during the Information Sessions; your efforts in preparing the content and sharing it with the families was greatly appreciated. Thank you also to those staff who were able to assist with the supervision of students during the sessions.

 

Confirmation Workshop

Last night a Confirmation Sacramental workshop was held for parents and candidates in Year 6. We thank them all for their participation and for attending the workshop and we pray for them as they prepare to celebrate this important milestone in their faith journeys. We thank the Year 6 teachers, Mrs Janine Hart and Fr Vincent for planning and facilitating the workshop.

 

P&F Meeting

Last night I attended the school P&F meeting. During the meeting many items were discussed, including the upcoming movie night planned as well as supporting classroom teachers in the purchasing of requested resources. Thank you to the P&F Committee and to all of the parents who could attend and contribute to the meeting.

 

Staff Commissioning Mass

This Sunday 7 March our school staff will attend a Commissioning Mass at St Damien’s Parish, to welcome them into the school and give them a blessing for the year ahead.

 

Interschool Swimming Carnival

Just a reminder that some of the students in the school will be competing in the upcoming Inter-School Swimming Carnival, which will be held on Monday 29 March 2021. More information regarding this and who has been selected to represent the school will be shared in the coming weeks.

 

Principal Awards

Over the past week some students have been sent to my office to receive a Principal’s Award for completing some exceptional work. I congratulate Kitty Hillier and Jasper King for their great art work in Kindy, Grace Lampard and Baye West for their work in the Year 2 classroom and Eli Woodhouse for his work in his Spelling.  Well done and keep up the great work!

 

Beach Sports

The school’s Beach Sports program started last week and was thoroughly enjoyed by our Year 4 and 6 students. This week students in Pre Primary, Year 2 and Year 3 get to enjoy their time at the beach on Friday 5 March.

 

Assemblies

There is a morning assembly next Friday 12 March 2021, at 8:45am, with our Year 4 students presenting an item. Parents and friends of the school are invited to attend and enjoy watching this event.

God Bless,

Daniel Gooch

Principal

Thursday, 25 February, 2021

Principal’s Message:

Another fantastic week has been had at St Damien’s. Swimming lessons have concluded for all students in Years 3 to 6 and they are all to be congratulated for the way they participated in these. With the long weekend happening this week, I hope all families and staff enjoy their well-deserved extra day off and get the opportunity to relax and reset for the busy period ahead.

 

Project Compassion

Lent is a time of conversion for all, where we strive to be better versions of ourselves. During this period, Catholics are called to ‘Give Alms’ to those in need, as one of the ways to convert to a better life. The central lesson in the giving of alms is to help us understand the suffering of others and to support those in need.

 

Whilst ‘Alms Giving’ can be about sharing our time attending to others in need, as a school we call on families to make financial donations that will be used to improve the lives of those more vulnerable. To support our Catholic Mission during Lent, a ‘project Compassion’ box has been left in each classroom and in the front office, for donations to be made. Your support for this initiative goes a long way in improving the lives of others and is greatly appreciated.

Parent Information Sessions

Parent Information Sessions will be held next Tuesday 2 March and Wednesday 3 March and are a great opportunity for the parents/carers in the school to get an insight and clear understanding of how each class functions in 2021. The Parent Information Sessions allow the Year level staff to meet the parents/carers of their students and give the parents/carers the opportunity to ask any questions they may have about the daily routines and procedures of the classroom.

 

This year we have had to compact the timeline of the Parent Information Sessions, due to the delayed start to school and the impact the COVID-19 restrictions had on parents entering the school earlier in the term.

 

Below is the schedule of the sessions, which will all be held in the Steve Dowie Hall:

Time

Tuesday 2 March

Wednesday 3 March

3:15pm

Pre-Primary

4:15pm 2

Kindy

5:00pm

1

3
5:45pm 4

5

6:30pm

*6

(* a Sacramental meeting will be held at 7:15pm, for Year 6 Confirmation candidate students and parents/carers)

 

The Parent Information Sessions are for parents/carers, only. Supervision will be provided for children of families who attend the sessions, if required, in the Kindy middle area and playground, by school staff.

 

Information presented during the Parent Information Sessions will be made available at the end of next week and accessible to any parents/carers who could not attend the sessions.

 

Swimming Carnival

Congratulations to all of the students who participated in the St Damien’s CPS Swimming Carnival on Tuesday. It was amazing to see how all students, no matter what their swimming ability, try their very best during the carnival. The weather provided a very warm day which complemented the students getting in and out of the pool so regularly and also allowed some staff to take a quick dip to cool off during the event.

 

The final outcome of the day for our factions houses was as follows:

  • 1st: Melros
  • 2nd: Bouvard
  • 3rd: Wannanup
  • 4th: Florida

 

There were some outstanding individual efforts on the day, with a number of our students being awarded with both ‘Runner’s Up’ and ‘Champion’ Boy and Girl swimmers for each Year level. Congratulations goes to these students for their individual successes.

 

We had great support from the parent community as volunteers during the carnival. A big thank you to all of the parents who did volunteer and contribute to the success of the carnival.

 

A special thank you to Miss Sanders for all of her efforts in planning, coordinating and running the swimming carnival this year. She did an amazing job ensuring all students got the opportunity to participate and enjoy the event. She was supported by all of the school staff and I thank them for their efforts during the day, as well.

 

Some of the students in the school qualified to compete in the upcoming Inter-School Swimming Carnival, which will be held on Monday 29 March 2021. More information regarding this will be shared in the coming weeks.

 

School Advisory Council

On Wednesday evening I attended the first School Advisory Council meeting for the 2021 school year. It was a great opportunity to meet members of the council and continue the ongoing discussion relevant to the operations and capital works of the school. I will strive to keep the community updated on all major outcomes and achievements of the Advisory Council, as they present throughout 2021.

Principal Awards

Over the past week some students have been sent to my office to receive a Principal’s Award for completing some exceptional work. I congratulate Hayley Jensen and Tahlia Hart for their work in Italian, Davey Ellis, Kai Boettiger, Angus Riley, Harry Moore, Bryce Seymour and Evie Chalwell for their work in the classroom and Arlo Jacques for his work in his times tables.  Well done and keep up the great work!

Beach Sports

The school’s Friday afternoon Beach Sports program will resume tomorrow, Friday 26 February, with the students in Years 4 and 6 heading to the beach in the afternoon.

 

Assemblies

There is a Friday morning assembly tomorrow, 26 February 2021, at 8:45am. This assembly will be lead by our Year 1 students, with Principal Certificates and St Damien’s Awards being announced as well.

We also have our Friday afternoon assembly on tomorrow, beginning at 2:45pm, with House Points, Wicked Work and Rising Stars awards being presented.

Our start of the week, morning assemblies, will resume next Tuesday (due to the long weekend), beginning at 8:45am, and will continue on Monday mornings for the remainder of the term.

God Bless,

Daniel Gooch

Principal

 

Thursday, 18 February, 2021

Principal’s Message:

This week has been a busy one at St Damien’s, particularly for the students in Year’s Three to Six, as they have been participating in their swimming lessons during the week along with competing in swimming trials on Tuesday. The staff have continued to work hard during this time, establishing routines and getting into their Learning and Teaching programs for the term.

 

Lent

In his message for Lent 2021, Pope Francis calls on the faithful to “renew our faith, draw from the living waters of hope, and receive with open hearts the love of God.”

 

This week we began the Lenten period; the most significant and important period in our liturgical calendar. We celebrated the beginning of the Lenten period with our Ash Wednesday Mass for all of the students in Years 3 to 6. During the Mass, Fr Vincent reminded the students that Lent is a time of conversion and a time to deepen one’s faith, demonstrating and sharing it through prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

 

All of the students in Kindy to Year 2 participated in an Ash Wednesday Liturgy, held in the Steve Dowie Hall. Again, Fr Vincent celebrated the liturgy with the students and spoke to them about where the ashes used for the liturgy came from and how they can pray and try to be really good over the next 40 days.

Students will be learning about the significance Lent has in the lives of Catholics and will be engaging in activities which promote the life and love of God, throughout the term. Project Compassion boxes are now placed in each classroom, for all members of the school community to contribute to, as part of our mission to support others in need. Thank you to Janine Hart for preparing the Ash Wednesday Mass and Liturgy and to all of the staff and students who assisted in these celebrations.

 

Parent Information Sessions

Parent Information Sessions have been scheduled to occur in week 4 of the school term. Traditionally, these would have been held earlier; however, due to the delayed start of school, we have pushed these sessions back to the later date. The Parent Information Sessions will be held over two consecutive nights, from Tuesday 2 March to Wednesday 3 March. Each year level will be allocated a 30-minute time slot on one of the evenings, where parents/carers will be invited to attend. More information regarding these will be corresponded to parents/carers next week, once the schedule has been finalised.

COVID-19

Thank you to all families who have adapted to the new COVID-19 safety operations in the school. As these have been somewhat eased for the school this week, it has been great to have parents onsite and mask-less, particularly during drop off and pick up times. A safety guideline we do need to conscientiously adhere to is the need to maintain our safe social distance from other adults, especially in closed spaces, which is why we have limited the number of parents/carers in classrooms at any one point in time to 6. All parents and carers are to be thanked for understanding the need for this limit and for supporting the safety and wellbeing of all staff, students and other adults on the school site.

Principal Awards

A very important part of my role as Principal is to acknowledge the wonderful work that goes on in the school, by all members of the community. This week a student was sent to my office for the fantastic work he had completed in class. Well done to Kayden McStay for his efforts in writing, where he produced a brilliant poem about a personal prized item. Kaden is new to St Damien’s CPS this year and it is great to see he is already working hard and experience success in his learning.

Swimming Lessons: Years 3 to 6

Swimming lessons have continued for all students in Years 3 to 6 this week and they are all to be commended for their efforts at the beach. The lessons are going very well and the students seem to be very organised each day with all of their swimming. I thank the parents and carers for supporting this and ensuring that their child/children have everything they need to swim each day. Swimming lesson do conclude this Friday.

Swimming Trials

On Tuesday all students in Years 3 to 6 participated in the swimming trials, in preparation for the school swimming carnival next week. As the starter for the trials, I got to see all of the students swim down and acknowledge the high level of swimming competence that exists across the school.

Like any sport, there is always a range of abilities within the students, and swimming is no different.

 

There are very competent and fast swimmers in the school and there are students who find swimming a bit of a struggle. No matter what the competence level, all of the students are to be highly commended for giving their best effort in all of the trials they participated in.

 

A special thank you and well done to our PE specialist, Hayley Sanders, for organising the trials and also to all of the parents and staff who assisted in the running of the event.

 

Swimming Carnival

Our school swimming carnival is taking place next Tuesday 23 February, at the MARC. Students will be allocated events to swim in, based on the results of the trials held last Tuesday. A program of events will be emailed to families in the coming days, once it has been finalised.

Parent volunteers are being sought for the carnival, to assist with the timing and marshalling of students. If you are able to assist, please contact Miss Hayley Sanders via email on: hayley.sanders@cewa.edu.au.

 

The weather is looking to be a moderate 30 degree day, which will be great for the carnival. I wish all of the students the very best and hope they enjoy the day as they try their hardest swimming for their house factions.

 

Beach Sports

The school’s Friday afternoon Beach Sports program will resume next week, beginning on Friday 26 February. More information regarding this will be in next week’s newsletter and will also be corresponded to the students via their classroom teachers as to which classes will be attending the Beach Sports Program over the coming weeks.

 

School Healthy Food Policy

Part of my introduction to St Damien’s CPS was to become inducted in our school’s Healthy Food Policy. This policy has been developed, since the inception of the school, as a proactive and effective way of supporting the health of all students in the school. By maintaining the Healthy Food Policy, students’ physical health and cognitive functioning is benefitting by having sustained levels of energy, sourced by healthy foods, throughout the day.

 

Whilst packing a lunch box each day for your child/children can be a difficult and somewhat tedious task, the purpose of the school’s Healthy Food Policy is to support parents in selecting foods that are going to benefit their child/children each day. The permittable foods listed in the policy and parent handbook hopefully assist parents in making it easier when having to select foods to go into the student lunch boxes each day, also knowing which foods don’t go in. Staff are always scanning lunch boxes each day, affirming the positive choices being made and also reminding students when alternative food need to be packed. This process, again, is to support families when packing lunch boxes for school each day.

 

Link to Parent Handbook , as a reference point for parents. Please have a conversation with your child’s classroom teacher if you need some clarification regarding the Healthy Food options for students.

 

Assemblies

The start of term has been an extremely busy one, particularly with class groups engaging in swimming lessons and other activities each day. School assemblies will be back on the program in Week 4, once all classes are back onsite and able to attend.

 

God Bless,

Daniel Gooch

Principal

Thursday, 11 February, 2021

Principal’s Message:

It has been wonderful to see how well all of the students have settled into class and the routines of school in this first week back. They are to be congratulated for their efforts in learning the new class expectations and their responsible behaviours in the class and out in the yard. All parents are to be thanked for ensuring your child/children have transitioned well back into school routines after coming off the long holiday break.

 

The staff have also had a great start to the term. This week they have not only been working hard to get to know each student in their class on a personal and social level, but also have been conducting some year level entry assessments, particularly in the areas of Literacy and Numeracy. In doing this, the staff are getting a better understanding of where the students are with their learning and can develop units of work to suit and extend the students’ current level of understanding.

 

COVID Update

Possibly, like all residents in the Perth and Peel regions, we are eagerly awaiting to hear what the Premier’s upcoming announcement will entail, which will lay out the COVID-19 roadmap for all of us past 14 February 2021.

The recent restrictions and lockdown period have certainly impacted the start of the school year for St Damien’s, with plans and events having to be deferred and/or canceled due to the COVID guidelines the school is mandated to operate under. I will endeavor to keep the school community updated of any changes to the school’s operations, once they are known, after this weekend’s impending Premier’s announcement.

 

School Uniform

Thank you to all parents for ensuring your child/children have returned to school in the correct school uniform.  It has been great to see all of the students return to school taking pride in their uniform and ensuring they are wearing the correct school and sports uniforms on the designated days of the week. I please ask for your continuous support with this, as it certainly is an important and defining feature of St Damien’s School and one which will be upheld throughout the year.

For you information, the school’s uniform policy can be accessed by clicking the following link:  Uniform Policy

Please contact the school office if you have any questions or concerns regarding wearing and/or purchasing of school uniform.

 

Swimming Lessons

Swimming lessons have started this week for all students in Year’s 3 to 6. It was great to see all of the students participate in these at Avalon Beach and enjoy jumping into the water and having a go.

 A big thank you to the students and parents for having all swimming permission notes returned within the very short time frame; your assistance and urgency with this was greatly appreciated.

 

 

Classroom Overviews

Classroom Overviews will be distributed to all families this Friday 12 February. Please feel free to contact your child’s classroom teacher if you have any further questions regarding the classroom rules and routines for the year ahead.

 

P&F

On Tuesday I sat in with the P&F Committee for their first meeting for the year. It was great to hear about some of the fun and exciting events they are planning to host throughout the year, in support of all of the students in the school.

 

I wish the P&F President, Natarlie Woodman,  Vice President, Helen Reeves and the entire P&F Committee the very best as they plan for a very inclusive and successful year ahead for the St Damien’s community.

 

Swimming Trials

Swimming trials are on next Tuesday 16 February for those students in Years 3 to 6. The trials are an important event for all students, particularly those who are striving to excel in the School Swimming Carnival in the coming weeks. A permission note has been sent home for the students to participate in the trials and I asked if these could be returned to each child’s classroom teacher soon as possible, if not already done so.

I thank Miss Hayley Saunders for all of the work and effort she has put into organising the swimming trials and I wish all the competing students the very best of luck for these and hope they all swim their best.

 

Parking

It has been a very busy week, particularly at pick-up time, for parents and carers parking around the school. As mentioned in my previous correspondence, I do acknowledge this as being a significant issue for the school and one that is being dealt with as a priority to seek a long term solution, which will ease the current levels of congestion and improve the efficiency and flow of traffic around the school.

Compounding this current issue is the presence of the local council, ensuring that no traffic and/or parking rules are being violated. To this end, the safety of the students and members of the school community must remain pertinent and I thank you in the way you have all been tolerant and patient, given the parking situation. I will keep the school community updated as progress is made in improving this situation, in the coming months.

Wishing you all a ‘lovely’ Valentine’s Day’!

God Bless,

Daniel Gooch

Principal