Principal’s Blog 21 March 2024

Lent

This Sunday is the beginning of Holy Week, the days during which we journey with Jesus on his way of the cross and anticipate his Resurrection on Easter. The gospel reading begins with the procession with palms to remind us of Jesus’ triumphant entrance into Jerusalem. This precedes the upcoming events of the week again, which include Holy Thursday’s Last Supper, Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion, and the Easter Vigil celebrating Jesus’ resurrection.

 

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.

Easter Raffle

Over the past few weeks families of the school have been vigorously purchasing tickets for the school’s P&F Easter Raffle. All tickets are to be submitted today, so that the raffle prizes can be organised and ready for the draw. We thank all families who have supported the Easter raffle and the P&F for organising this event. The winners will be announced on the last day of term, Thursday 28 March.

St Damien's 20th Year Celebration

The scene is set for the school’s 20 Year celebration, this Saturday night. Thank you to all of the parents and staff, present and past, who have been able to come along and celebrate this fantastic milestone. We are all looking forward to a wonderful night.

Harmony Day

Today the school celebrated ‘Harmony Day’, by having a free dress day, wearing something orange, for a gold coin donation.

Harmony Day is about inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians, regardless of cultural or linguistic background, united by a set of core Australian values.

The gold coin donation will go towards our Caritas fundraiser for the term.

Parent Teacher Interviews

In recent years parents have received an ‘Interim Report’, which gave parents a summary of their child’s behaviour and effort throughout term 1. This year, the ‘Interim Report’ is being substituted for Parent Teacher interviews, which will take place on Thursday 2 May. The reason for the change is so that parents can not only receive information regarding their child’s behaviour and aptitude, but also receive important information about the academic performance and development and being able to set learning goals leading up to the end of Semester 1.

 

On this day, classes will cease after recess, and parents will get the opportunity to collect their child/children from school from 11:45am. Students who are not able to be collected early, will be supervised at school until the normal finish time of 3:00pm, where they will be dismissed, as usual. Parents will be informed soon, through SEQTA, on how to book for the interviews.

Reconciliation Retreat

Today, students in Year 3 participated in a Retreat Day, in preparation for their celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation next Tuesday 26 March. The students got to engage in different activities with Carl Brown, focusing on the importance of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and how this is an important step in their journey of faith and life.

NAPLAN

Well done to all of the students in Year 3 and 5 who completed the NAPLAN assessments over the last fortnight. Results for these will be shared later in the year.

Inter School Swimming Carnival

Next Monday, 25 March, 2024, some selected students from Years 4 to 6 will be representing the school in the Inter School Swimming Carnival, being held at the MARC. The competing students got the opportunity to have a final training session last night, in readiness for the big event next week. We wish all competing student the very best of luck.

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.

Friday Morning Assembly

There is a whole school assembly this Friday 22 March, beginning at 8:45am, with the Year 1 class presenting an item. During the assembly, St Damien’s and Principal Awards will be presented to the deserving students. Parents and friends of the school community are welcome to come and join us for the assembly.

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

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 Amelia Hennessy, Harper Dole and Mason Peters, from Year 1 Blue, for their amazing work in their Writing; Christina Brun, Max Johnson, Sienna Stedman and Zara Blair, from Year 1 Gold, for their great work in Writing; Lily Morcombe, Zac Boughton, Leo Fucile, Francesca Demeyer and Xavier Taras, from Year 3 Blue, for their great work in Italian; and Harry Chamberlain, Charlie Mann, Hayley Brown, Joseph Malkovic, Bohdi Palmer, Nate Broderick and Jaxon Brandt, from Year 6 Blue, for their amazing Italian work. Well done and keep up the great work!

God Bless,

 

Daniel Gooch

Principal