Principal’s Blog 14 March 2024

Lent

In this fifth week of Lent, in the gospel reading from John, Jesus predicted his suffering, death, and Resurrection and prepared his disciples to believe in the salvation that his death would accomplish. Using the metaphor of the grain of wheat, Jesus presented the idea that his dying would be beneficial. He also taught that those who would be his disciples must follow his example of sacrifice. 

 

The message from the gospel reading is that if we follow Jesus’ example by putting the needs of others before our own, we also give glory to God.

 

During the period of Lent, we are asked to support ‘Project Compassion’, with donation boxes being held in every class. All donations, big and small, will be greatly appreciated by Caritas Australia. Some classes have started filling their ‘Project Compassion’ boxes with coins, which is greatly appreciated.

St Damien's 20th Year Celebration

Tickets for the 20th Year Celebration close this Friday 15 March. This is going to be a great event where all parents, present and past, are welcome to come along and celebrate this significant milestone of the school. Please contact the office if you need assistance purchasing tickets.

Harmony Day

Next Thursday 21 March, all students are invited to celebrate ‘Harmony Day’, by having a free dress day, wearing something orange, for a gold coin donation. The gold coin donation will go towards our Caritas fundraiser for the term.

NAPLAN

The NAPLAN assessments begun this week, with students in Years 3 and 5 beginning them on Wednesday, with a Writing assessment. The NAPLAN Assessment program will run throughout this week, with some catch up sessions being allocated next week for any students who have been absent during the testing period.

Start of Day Supervision Time Changes

Thank you to all families for successfully transitioning this week to the new classroom opening times to start the day. Just a reminder that any students who arrive before the classrooms open at 8:30am, need to wait in the Kindergarten area, where they will remain supervised until the classrooms open.

Year 1/2 Outdoor Learning Area Update

This area is now completed, which is fantastic. A special thank you to Chris Salmeri for all of his coordinating the works for this and for the final outcome, which is a fantastic space for the Year 1 and 2 students to learn in. We just have a couple of minor finishing touches, including adding power to the shed, but for the most part, it has been great to see some of the classes out there utilising the newly finished area. This space is a vast improvement from the over-grown shrubs and bushes that were there last year.

League Tag Carnival

Congratulations to the selected students from Year 5 and 6 who represented the school in the PSSA League Tag Competition last Friday. Both teams played extremely well and finished 3rd in their respective divisions. The students are to be commended for their fantastic efforts and fair play throughout the day. A special thank you to Mr Meunier for all of his work organising and training the teams leading up to the event. Also, a big thanks to all of the parents who were able to come along and support the teams throughout the day.

Inter School Swimming Carnival

This event is drawing closer, being held at the MARC on Monday, 25 March, 2024. More information regarding this has been shared by Mr Meunier, via SEQTA to the competing students.

Winter Uniform

As we approach the end of term 1, it is time for parents to start preparing for students in Years 3 to 6 to be wearing the School Winter uniform in term 2. With school starting back next term, the first two weeks of the term will be used as a period for students in Years 3 to 6 to transition into wearing the full school winter uniform by Monday, 29 April 2024. Students in Years Kindy to 2 will continue to wear their Sports Uniform as part their uniform requirements throughout the year.

 

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

Reconciliation Retreat

Next Thursday, 21 March, students in Year 3 will be participating in a Retreat Day, in preparation for their celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation next Tuesday 26 March. We hope the students enjoy the retreat day, facilitated by Carl Brown, as they prepare for this important step in their journey of faith and life.

School Calendar

Parents are encouraged to visit the school’s term planner on a regular basis to ensure you are informed about upcoming events during the year. The term planner can be accessed by clicking on the following link: School Events Calendar

God Bless,

 

Daniel Gooch

Principal