Principal’s Blog 10 November 2022

PSSA Inter School Swimming Carnival

A huge congratulations goes to all of the students who competed in the PSSA Inter School Swimming Carnival on Tuesday. Due to their amazing efforts, St Damien’s Catholic Primary School won both the Overall and Handicap trophies. This is the first time in 20 years the school has won the coveted Overall trophy, which is amazing!


We did have some students achieve some fantastic personal results, as follows:

·       Nate Broderick – Runner Up Year 4 Champion Boy

·       Remi Lukasik – Runner Up Year 4 Champion Girl

·       Jesse Spencer – Runner Up Year 5 Champion Boy


Many thanks go to Miss Sanders for her organisation and training of the team and to all of the staff who assisted on the day. We are also very grateful for all the parents who were able to come along to spectate and cheer on all of the swimmers. This is a fantastic result for the school and all competing students should be very proud of their efforts.

Working Bee

My sincerest gratitude and thanks goes to all of the parents and staff who were able to assist us with the school working bee last Sunday. During the day all of the volunteers worked on upgrading Amber’s Garden in the Kindy play area and clean up the basketball courts and ropes playground area. Both of these look absolutely amazing and have been thoroughly enjoyed by the students coming back to school on Monday.


A special thanks goes to the Alcoa workers in the school for supporting the event and to the school P&F for all of their hard work in organising the day, and for their efforts behind the scenes ensuring the day was well attended and ran smoothly. The outcome of the working bee is a fantastic result; thank you to everyone involved.

2023 Student Leaders

It is that time of year when our current Year 5 students go through the process of nominations and voting for the 2023 student leaders. Whilst this is both an exciting and nervous time for the participating students, it is a great opportunity for them to develop and grow in their leadership capacity and skills at school.


I congratulate all of the students who have chosen to take on the challenge to participate in the 2023 Leadership program of the school and look forward to announcing the successful students at this year’s Christmas Concert.

Music Incursion

Today the school choir were treated to an incursion with local music artist, Brooke Bujeja. The choir have been rehearsing one of Brooke’s songs, ‘Don’t Wanna Go Home,’ over the past few weeks and performed this song with Brooke as part of the incursion. Brooke also facilitated a song-writing workshop with the choir students, drafting a new song called, ‘Sunny Day’.


The music incursion was thoroughly enjoyed by the choir students and we thank Mrs Burns for organising it and making it so much fun and engaging.

Year 5 Camp

Last week I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the Year 5 camp at Fairbridge, in Pinjarra. Not only were we blessed with great weather, the students got the opportunity to participate in a number of fun and challenging outdoor activities, including rock climbing, abseiling, archery and a low ropes course.


All of the students are to be congratulated for the way they participated in all of the camp activities and for their excellent behaviour throughout.


Many thanks goes to all of the staff who assisted in the planning and organising of the camp and to those who were able to attend the camp last week.  

Year 6 Camp

Next Tuesday 15 November, our Year 6 students embark on a 4-day camp on Rottnest Island. The weather looks pretty good for next week and we hope the students and staff have a fun, enjoyable and safe camp experience.


In preparation for the upcoming Rottnest camp, all of the Year 6 students engaged in a bicycle education lesson, ensuring they have the adequate skills and knowledge to ride safely, particularly as a large group, in Rottnest. The students are to be congratulated for the way the rode sensibly and safely around the school perimeter and for taking on new knowledge about riding safely. Thanks also goes to the staff who were able to assist with the riding workshops.

School Mass

Thank you to all students and families who attended the School Mass last Sunday. It was great to see so many students from the school join in this wonderful celebration.

Christmas Concert

Preparations have started for this year’s Christmas concert, being held on Wednesday 30 November, beginning at 5:30pm. Classes have started practicing their concert items during the week and are looking forward to celebrating this wonderful event in the school calendar.

Beach Sports

The school’s Friday afternoon Beach Sports program continues this week, on Friday 11 November, with our Pre Primary, Year 1 and 3 classes going to the beach. We hope the participating classes have a great time.

Friday Morning Assembly

There is a whole school assembly this Friday 11 November, beginning at 8:45am, with the Year 4 class presenting an item. Parents and friends of the school community are welcome to come and join us for the assembly.

God Bless,


Daniel Gooch