Principal’s Blog 27 October 2022

Inter House Swimming Carnival

Congratulations to all of the students who participated in the St Damien’s CPS Swimming Carnival on Tuesday. It was amazing to see how all students, no matter what their swimming ability, try their very best during the carnival. The weather provided a very pleasant day which complemented the students getting in and out of the pool without the excessive heat and sunburn.


The final outcome of the day for our factions houses was as follows:

·       1st: Melros

·       2nd: Florida

·       3rd: Bouvard

·       4th: Wannanup


There were some outstanding individual efforts on the day, with a number of our students being awarded with both ‘Runner’s Up’ and ‘Champion’ Boy and Girl swimmers for each Year level. Congratulations goes to these students for their individual successes, as follows:


·      Year 3 Runner Up Girl & Boy:             Ariah-Rose Vallance & Tyler Penny

·      Year 3 Champion Girl & Boy:             Amelie Wroth & Tiarnan Shadlow

·      Year 4 Runner Up Girl & Boy:             Hayley Brown & Solomon Middlebrook

·      Year 4 Champion Girl & Boy:             Remy Lukasik & Nate Broderick

·      Year 5 Runner Up Girl & Boy:             Darcy Brown & Darcy Earl

·      Year 5 Champion Girl & Boy:             Amberlee Banfield & Jesse Spencer

·      Year 6 Runner Up Girl & Boy:             Olivia Whiston & Nate Willis

·      Year 6 Champion Girl & Boy:             Amber Reid & Eimeid Shadlow



We had great support from the parent community as volunteers during the carnival. A big thank you to all of the parents who did volunteer and contribute to the success of the carnival.


A special thank you to Miss Sanders for all of her efforts in planning, coordinating and running the swimming carnival this year. She did an amazing job ensuring all students got the opportunity to participate and enjoy the event. She was supported by all of the school staff and I thank them for their efforts during the day, as well.


Some of the students in the school qualified to compete in the upcoming Inter-School Swimming Carnival, which will be held on Tuesday 8 November, 2022. More information regarding this will be shared in the coming weeks.

World Teachers Day

World Teachers’ Day is a chance to recognise and celebrate the incredible contributions teachers have made in our communities and is an opportunity to celebrate the teachers who are making, or have made, an impact on our lives and the lives of our students.

To all teachers at St Damien’s Catholic Primary School, thank you for everything you do for all of the students in your care in our wonderful community.

Bandana Day

Tomorrow, Friday 28 October is ‘Bandana Day’. During the week it has been great to see a lot of students wearing their bandannas in support of this initiative of helping kids with cancer. Bandanas have been selling through the front office and if you would like to purchase one, they are $5. 


For more information regarding ‘Bandana Day’, please click on the following link:

Italian Assembly

Next Wednesday 2 November is the day for the possibly one of the biggest events of the year; the Italian Assembly. After weeks of practice and preparation, the students are ready to entertain the community with a wonderful cultural experience.


All members of the school community are welcome to come along and enjoy the entertainment from this event. The Italian Assembly begins at 9:00am, in the Steve Dowie Hall.

Dads Campout

Last Saturday we hosted the St Damien’s Dads Camp Out. This was a fantastic event for families to participate in over the weekend. We hope all of those who camped out enjoy the experience. Well done and thank to Mark Chalwell for coordinating and organising this event.

Instrumental and Vocal Concert

Well done to all of the students who performed at the instrumental concert on Wednesday, in front of the whole school. The students who performed are to be congratulated for their efforts in rehearsing and practicing for the concert and for entertaining all students in the school.

Beach Sports

The school’s Friday afternoon Beach Sports program will resume this week, beginning on Friday 28 October, with our Year 1, 5 and 6 classes going to the beach. We hope the participating classes have a great time.

Year 5 Camp

Next Thursday 3 November, our Year 5 students head to Fairbridge Campsite for their school camp. They are all getting very excited and ready to enjoy a couple of days of fun and adventure.

Friday Morning Assembly

There is a whole school assembly this Friday 29 October, beginning at 8:45am, with the Pre Primary 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 Ruby Clarke, TJ Mackintosh, Amelia Crebert, Emerson Bell, Evie Middlebrook and Harlow Waddell, from Year 2 Blue, for their fantastic work in Writing and Alice Mather, from Year 5 Gold, for her great work in Mathematics. Well done and keep up the great work!

God Bless,


Daniel Gooch