Principal’s Blog 22 February 2024

Lent

On this the second week of Lent, we are given the hopeful image of Jesus being transfigured before the eyes of Peter, James and John. This event encourages us all to pause and reflect on our own lives and faults and to look at the path we are on, and how does the lives we live lead us on a path to the Lord’s eternal glory.

 

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.

'Surf Online Safely' Cyber Safety Session

Last night, the school hosted a Cyber Safety session for Parents. The session was facilitated by guest speaker, Paul Litherland, who discussed the use, trends and dangers of the internet by our children and highlighted the main Apps children are using. He also provided some fantastic strategies for parents on how to monitor and support their child’s use of the internet and popular Apps and online gaming platforms. I thank all of the parents who took the time to attend the session; I hope you found the content and suggested strategies practical and useful.

 

I thank Paul for presenting his workshops to the parents at St Damien’s and also thank Mr Hazebroek for organising and coordinating this worthwhile event.

Swimming Trials

Congratulations to all of the students who participated in the Swimming trials on Tuesday . It was great to see all of the students trying their best in the pool and are now ready to tackle the Inter House Swimming Carnival. Thank you to Miss Sanders and Mr Meunier for organising this and a special thank you to all the parents who were able to assist with timing on the day.

Inter House Swimming Carnival

Our Inter House Swimming Carnival is being held on Friday 1 March, for all students in years 3 to 6. This is a fantastic day where the students get to swim and compete for themselves and for their House factions. All parents are welcome to come along and spectate the carnival and cheer the swimmers on.

P&F Meeting

Our first P&F meeting for the year is being held next Monday 26 February, beginning at 3:15pm in the staffroom. All parents are welcome to come along and join in the meeting.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

The Sacrament of Reconciliation program begins next week, with the Parent Sacramental Information Meeting scheduled for 5:oopm on Tuesday 27 February, in the St Damien’s Parish. During tonight’s meeting, parents and candidates will receive information and formation regarding the Sacrament of Reconciliation as part of their journey beginning in receiving the Sacrament in the coming weeks.

Staff Commissioning Mass

This Sunday 25 February 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.

Parent Volunteer Declaration Form

Thank you to all of the parents who have completed the Parent Volunteer Declaration Form over the past week. If you have not already done so, please click on the link below. Otherwise, a QR Code has also been placed in the doorway of each classroom, for parents to use to complete the form. 

St DCPS Parent Volunteer Declaration Form 2024

Year 3 - 6 Swimming Lessons

Congratulations and well done to all of the students in Years 3 to 6 who participated in the Swimming lessons over the last fortnight. I also thank all of the parents for ensuring these students came to school prepared and organised for the swimming lesson.

St Damien's 20th Year Celebration

Tickets are now on sale for the upcoming 20th year celebration of the school, occurring on Saturday 23 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. This is a ticketed event, with ticket sales now available. Please contact the office if you need assistance purchasing tickets.

Friday Morning Assembly

There is a whole school assembly this Friday 23 February, beginning at 8:45am, with the Year 5 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 Lula McConnell, Matilda Russell and Ngaire Crichton, from 2B Kwila, for their amazing work in their Writing. Well done and keep up the great work!

God Bless,

 

Daniel Gooch

Principal