Principal’s Blog 28 March 2024

Lent

This Sunday week we celebrate Easter Sunday. It is a time of rejoice as we celebrate the resurrection of the Lord, after his crucifixion and death on Good Friday. It also concludes the season of Lent, where hopefully we have tried to commit to a period of fasting, prayer and almes giving.

 

As a school, all students attended the ‘Stations of the Cross’ Liturgy on Wednesday, in the church. Thank you goes to Mr Hazebroek and the Year 5 ‘Mini Vinnies’ for the great work in presenting this Liturgy to the school.

 

Last week we held a free dress day for a gold coin donation. As a result, we will be donating $500 to Caritas, which is a fantastic result.

Inter School Swimming Carnival

A huge congratulations goes to all of the students who competed in the PSSA Inter School Swimming Carnival on Monday. Due to their amazing efforts, St Damien’s Catholic Primary School won both the Overall and Handicap trophies, which is amazing!

 

We did have some students achieve some fantastic personal results, as follows:

·      Ruby Gillard – Runner Up Year 4 Champion Girl

·      Madison Bevan – Year 4 Girl Champion

·      Tyler Penny & Tiarnan Shadlow – Runner Up Year 5 Champion Boys

·      Remy Lukasik – Year 6 Champion Girl

 

Many thanks go to Mr Meunier for his organisation and training of the team and to all of the staff who assisted on the day. We are also very grateful for all the parents who were able to come along to spectate and cheer on all of the swimmers. This is a fantastic result for the school and all competing students should be very proud of their efforts.

Easter Raffle

Congratulations to all the lucky winners in the P&F Easter Raffle, drawn this morning. With so many prizes being awarded, many thanks goes out to the generosity of all families in the school who were able to contribute to the Easter Raffle through the purchasing of raffle tickets.

 

Our sincerest thanks also goes to the class representative parents for coordinating the raffle and for their efforts in collecting and packaging all of the raffle prizes, this was a huge task.

St Damien's 20th Year Celebration

On Saturday night the school celebrated its 20th year by hosting a Soiree. It was an amazing evening, where past and present parents and staff of the school were able to come together to enjoy the entertainment and food, whilst celebrating being part of this wonderful school community.

I sincerely thank everyone that was able to come along and make it a great evening. A special thank you goes to all of the staff who assisted in the setting up of the event, especially Michelle Stevenson, for all of her work in organising and coordinating the event and to Chris Salmeri for setting up the site of the event.

Sacrament of Reconciliaton

Congratulations to all of our Year 3 students who celebrated the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Tuesday evening. It was a fantastic celebration and I thank the support of the parents throughout the Sacramental program and for participating in the liturgy. A special thanks goes to Mr Hazebroek, Mrs Lemm and Mrs Gilleland, for their work in preparing the students and celebration of the past few weeks and to Fr Chris and his assistant priests for their support in being the celebrants for the Sacrament.

Parent Teacher Interviews

Notification has gone out to parents today by SEQTA and email, regarding the upcoming Parent Teacher interviews taking place on Thursday 2 May (week 3 term 2). Please take the time to read this correspondence and book in for the Parent Teacher Interviews via the link provided.

Grand Parents Day

Early next term on Friday, 26 April 2024, we are inviting all Grand Parents into the school to celebrate, ‘Grand Parents Day’. The format for the day is as follows:

 

·      8:45am – 9:15am: Classroom Visits

·      9:30am: Grand Parents Day Liturgy

·      10:00am: Grand Parents Morning Tea (in the school courtyard)

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.

Term Dates

Term 2 begins for students on Tuesday, 16 April, 2024 and concludes on Friday 28 June 2023.

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 Lily Morcombe and Lily Gunton, from Year 3 Blue, for their great work in Writing; Matilda Vickers, Abbie Steeger and Rose Simmons, from Year 6 Blue, for their amazing results in Mathematics and Georgia Holmes from Year 6 Gold, for her fantastic Reading comprehension. Well done and keep up the great work!

End of Term

As we come to the end of Term 1, I wish the whole school community a very Happy Easter and hope you have an enjoyable holiday break. I look forward to seeing all of the students returning safely to school next term.

God Bless,

 

Daniel Gooch

Principal