Principal’s Blog 24 March 2022

'Lots-of-Socks' day: Friday 25th March

Last Monday was Down Syndrome Awareness Day and the theme this year is ‘Lots of Socks’. The campaign is to raise awareness of Down syndrome among the community, as well as raise funds for Down Syndrome Australia.The idea behind the ‘Lots of Socks’ initiative is acceptance of all our differences, and what makes us unique as an individual. 

We are inviting all students in the school to join in the ‘Lots-of-Socks’ day, by wearing their favourite crazy pair of socks to school. There is a gold coin donation that would be greatly received by participating in and supporting this cause.

Ride2School Day

This Friday 25th March is National Ride2School Day, where we encourage all students and families from St Damien’s CPS to join more than 350,000 other students from across the Nation who will also ride, walk, scoot or skate to school.

COVID Update

Since my blog last week we have seen an increase in numbers of positive cases throughout the school. As mentioned last week and it certainly extends into this week, I am very thankful to the families who have recently been affected by COVID in the household for their prompt communication with the school. With early notification, it makes it more effective for the school to respond, provide the appropriate advice to families and correspond with the wider community. Parents can continue to alert the school using the following ‘Self Report App’ link: 

COVID-19 Self-reporting Form for Students and Staff members


To further assist in the slowing of the spread of COVID through the community, please do not send your child to school if they are displaying the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Loss of taste/smell
  • Fatigue
  • Dry cough
  • Sore/scratchy throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Muscle aches
  • Vomiting
  • Runny nose
  • Chills/night sweats
  • Diahorrea


Further information regarding the symptoms of COVID can be found here.


As positive cases continue to arise, I will endeavour to keep the school community informed as soon as practicably possible.


If you have any questions regarding this, please contact me at school.

School Closure Day: Monday 9th May

The school will be having a closure day on Monday 9th May. The purpose of the closure day is for the staff to engage in a Professional Development day, focusing on the school’s ‘Vision for Learning’ document. The day will be facilitated by CEWA ‘Leaders of Pedagogy’ staff, who will continue the journey with the school until the ‘Vision for Learning’ document is complete.


The ‘Vision for Learning’ is vital for the school, as it is a framework for whole-school consistency in learning and teaching pedagogy and practice and it promotes a contemporary and effective education that has high positive impact on student learning. We look forward in developing the school’s ‘Vison for Learning’ over the coming months.

Beach Sports

This Friday 25th March, our Year 2 students will be heading to the beach for their ‘Beach Sports’ program. 


Last week our Year 1 students had a great time in the water, especially riding the waves on their boogie boards and having a swim.


League Tag

Congratulations goes to the Year 6 students who represented the school in the League Tag championships, held at Meadow Springs Recreational Centre, last Friday. The school fielded two teams in division A and B.


Our division A team was undefeated for the day, winning the overall championship. Our division B team had 3 wins, a loss and a draw, finishing 3rd for the championship. Both teams and all of the students should be proud of their achievements and for the way they conducted themselves throughout the day. A special tank you to Miss Sanders and Miss Harman for assisting with coaching and managing the teams.

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 Joshua Olynyk, Milla Mulvay and Ziva Patten, from Year 1 Gold, for their fantastic efforts in their Writing, as well as Lily Gunton, Taj Geary, Sage Wiggers, Emelia Perriam and Noah Zolotic, also from Year 1 Gold, for their fantastic work writing about Lent. Well done and keep up the great work!

God Bless,


Daniel Gooch