Principal’s Blog 25 November 2021

Christmas Concert

After weeks of practice and rehearsals, the Christmas concert is finally here. The concert will begin at 5:30pm, next Wednesday 1 December. The concert will be taking place in the oval area of the school. We look forward to what is going to be a fun and entertaining event.


In preparation for the event, I recommend that all parents and friends who will be attending the concert to bring something warm so they can sit comfortably throughout the event, just in case of a cool evening.


As part of the Christmas concert, student awards will be presented for each class group and the 2022 Student School Leaders will also be announced. We look forward to a fun and entertaining evening.

Class List Parent Request Survey

Today, correspondence has been sent out to all parents in the school (via direct message on SEQTA) regarding the process of developing class lists for the 2022 school year. This is a very complex and important process that is designed to take input from the teachers, students and parents regarding the placement of students in the relevant class list groups for next year.


The Parent Request Survey is not a requirement to be completed, rather it is optional, as it is designed to identify any additional or extenuating information that may need to be considered by the school staff when allocating students to classes. Please take the time to read the letter sent out, at your earliest convenience. The opportunity for parents to complete the survey will close at the end of the day on Tuesday, 30 November 2021. 

School Advisory Council and P&F ACM

Last night the School Advisory Council ACM was held. I thank all of those staff and parents who attended, showing wonderful support for the school. As part of the proceedings, the school got the opportunity to thank the Advisory Council for their service and also to welcome the School Board into the 2022 school year. After many years of service on the School Advisory Council, Kelly Oldfield has ended her tenure and we thank her for all of her time, effort and contributions over the years. Ben Dell will continue as the Advisory Council Chairperson for 2022, with Holly Carna filling the Deputy Chair position. I congratulate them both on their appointments and look forward to working with them and the rest of the Council as we try and continue to improve the quality of education for all students in the school.


The P&F AGM was held as well last night. I thank all of the members of the P&F for their continued commitment to the school. Natarlie Woodman will continue as the P&F President for 2022, being supported by Ashlee Olynyk. We wish them and the entire P&F committee every success for the new year.

Gastroenteritis (Gastro)

In recent weeks there have been students in the school become unwell due to contracting the ‘Gastro’ bug. Unfortunately, this illness is quite prevalent in the Mandurah area at the moment and some students at St Damien’s have caught it.

Gastro is a highly contagious disease, particularly amongst young children, due to the nature of play and hygiene practices, which sometimes makes schools a hot-spot for potential break-outs. If your child does become unwell due to contracting the Gastro bug, I ask that they your child remains at home until he/she is back to full health, which is typically up to 48 hours after the Gastro symptoms have ceased.

For more health information regarding the Gastroenteritis disease, please go to the following website:

2022 Kindy Orientation Session

Last week we are hosted our Kindy Orientation session, for all 2022 Kindy students and parents. It was great to be able to welcome all new students and families in to the school and I hope they enjoyed the opportunity to experience the Kindy Orientation session in readiness to begin school next year.    

PSSA Lawn Bowls and T-20 Blast Cricket Competitions

Congratulations to all of the students in Years 5 and 6 who represented St Damien’s CPS at the PSSA Lawn Bowls competition and the T-20 Blast Cricket carnival last Friday. The girls and boys cricket teams participated and competed really well during the carnival and had a very enjoyable day, as did our lawn bowling team.

Friday Morning 'St Damien's' Assembly

There is a whole school ‘St Damien’s’ assembly this Friday 26 November, beginning at 8:45am, with the Year 5 class presenting an item. Parents and friends of the school community are welcome to come and join us for the assembly.

Principal Awards

This week some students have been sent to my office to receive a Principal’s Award for completing some exceptional work. I congratulate Hunter Demmery, Monre’ Du Plessis, Savannah Mulvay and Phoebe Gilbert, from Year 2 Blue, for their great work in Italian. Well done and keep up the great work!

God Bless,


Daniel Gooch