Parent Handbook & School Year Information 2023
St Damien’s Catholic Primary School is a Catholic school where the staff, parents, children and members of the wider community, work together to achieve their total development in a harmonious environment.
Our School places importance on the development of such qualities and attitudes as honesty, kindness, tolerance, resilience, responsibility, fair play, initiative, reverence and respect, as modelled by Our Lord, Jesus Christ.
St Damien’s Catholic Primary School extends to you and your family a sincere welcome. The information in this booklet is to assist you and your family to become familiar with our school.
Here is our : 2023 – Parent Handbook
Here is our: 2023 School Year Information Letter
School Times 2023
- 8:45am – 3:00pm 4 Year Old Kindergarten to Year 6
- 8:45am – 2:45pm 3 Year Old Kindergarten (Friday)
Classroom doors are open at 8:15am for students to prepare their day. Parents are welcome to see their teachers from 8:15am-8:45am, but we ask them to consider the nature and time of the conversation as booking an alternate time may be required.
Session 1: 8.45am – 11.10am
Recess: 11.10am – 11.30am
Session 2: 11.30am – 1.30pm
Lunch: 1.30pm – 2.00pm (Fri 1.00pm – 1:30pm)
Session 3: 2.00pm – 3.00pm
– Teachers will be on duty before school from 8.15 am and after school until all buses have departed at approximately 3.30 pm.
– It is requested that children are not on school grounds outside these times.
– Children are not permitted on any play equipment before or after school.
– Classrooms will be open and teachers available from 8.15 am each day.
– Students arriving at school before 8.15 am must report to the Kindergarten area, even if with parents or guardians.
– No student is to be at school before 8am.
Term Dates 2023
Wednesday, 1st February
To Thursday, 6th April
From Wednesday 26th April
To Friday 30th June
From Tuesday, 18th July
To Friday, 22nd September
From Monday, 9th October
To Friday, 8th December.
Listed below are the days allocated towards staff professional development. Please note these days are subject to change, advance notice will be given in the school newsletter.
Monday 30th January 2023
Tuesday 31st January 2023
Friday 3rd March 2023
Monday 24th April 2023
Friday 2nd June 2023
Tuesday 6th June 2023
Monday 17th July 2023
Uniform Shop – Opening Times
Wednesday: 2:45pm – 3:15pm
Friday: 8:30am – 9:00am
Uniform Shop – Price Lists
Please click Uniform Price List 2023 to view the price list
NB Prices are current as of Jan 2023. Please be aware that prices may change throughout the year and families will be notified if and when major changes occur.
Welcome to the Funky Food Café where most of our food is prepared on the premises using fresh ingredients and recipes that have been approved by the Western Australian Canteen Association.
We offer theme days once a term for something different to coincide with the school curriculum, such as Italian Day, Naidoc Day or Book week.
Our canteen relies heavily on volunteers help so that we can keep the prices as low as possible. If you would like to help out please feel free to come and see me and add your name to the roster. We would love to have you on board.
Lynette Rubie, Canteen Manager
NB: Prices are current as of April 2022. Please be aware that prices may change throughout the year and families will be notified if and when major changes occur.
The children of St Damien’s Catholic Primary School will be catered for by the St Damien’s Catholic Primary School Canteen. It is open for lunch orders and recess requirements. A wide selection of food and drink is available throughout the year. Variations to the menu or special promotions will be communicated to families via the school newsletter and website.
The St Damien’s Catholic Primary School Canteen has attained Star Choice Accreditation. Only food recommended by the Star Choice programme will be sold from the Canteen unless there is a special promotion or occasion. Star Choice promotes healthy food choices. Students may only purchase one milk item and one ice cream per day.
Healthy Food—At St Damien’s Catholic Primary School we have a Healthy Lunchbox initiative where we promote only healthy food items packed in the children’s lunchbox (This initiative is also to be adhered to for class parties, birthdays, Sacramental celebrations). A list of permitted food is shown below. Any food items not found in the food list will not be permitted at school. This list is available from the office throughout the year.
Our policy is: If we can’t feed the children’s waste to the chickens, worms or compost, it will be sent home.
Food Allergies — Due to the increasing number of students at St Damien’s Catholic Primary School with food allergies, we have decided to be a “Nut Friendly” school. We therefore request that NO nut products are sent to school in lunchboxes. Eg. any nuts, Peanut Butter, Nutella, nut bars etc.
Our canteen relies on the help of parents who work on a roster system. New helpers are always welcome.
For enquiries telephone (08) 9583 2513
QuickCliq is an innovative online ordering system trusted by over 700 schools and thousands of parents across Australia. QuickCliq is a cashless solution that helps you manage your children’s canteen orders, uniforms, books and even school fees from the comfort of your home or office.
Two buses travel south down the Old Coast Road. One services families around Bouvard and Park Ridge while the other one takes students as far south as Lake Clifton. This service is free to student passengers and further information can be found at www.schoolbuses.wa.gov.au
Transperth (Green Buses)
This is a public transport service that provides routes to and from Mandurah, to and from Melros and to and from Dawesville East. Students are required to pay a concession rate to travel on these services. To obtain concession rate students will need to apply for a Smartrider card from MonitorWA. Students are expected to display exemplary behaviour while travelling on the bus. Any student displaying inappropriate behaviour will automatically be suspended from using the bus service. If your child misplaces their bus fare they may borrow the fare from the office, this is to be repaid the following day. No money, No bus!
The school bank is open Thursday mornings from 8:15am – 8:45am.
At St Damien’s we are proud to participate in The Commonwealth Bank School Banking program.
It includes a fantastic Rewards Program designed to encourage children to get into the habit of saving regularly. The School Banking Program has been a great success amongst our students. Commonwealth Bank School Banking is also a good fundraiser for our school. Our School receives $5 when children open an account and we also receive a 5% commission on every deposit made through the School Banking program (to a maximum of $10 per individual deposit).
If you are interested in opening a Commonwealth Bank Youthsaver account for your child the fastest and easiest way to set up an account is to visit your local Commonwealth Bank. You will need to take your current driver’s licence or another form of photographic identification. Remember to take in your childs birth certificate or passport. Once you have your account number you can see the school banking assistants and we will give your child a student number to get started. School Banking is run entirely by volunteers.
If you would like to help out in any way please come and see us on a Thursday morning.