Principal’s Blog 28 October 2021

All Saints Day Mass

On Monday 1 November, beginning at 9:00am, we will be having a whole school Mass to celebrate All Saints Day. Parents of the school community are welcome to join us for this celebration.

Inter School Athletics Carnival

Last Friday we had a number of our students in Years 3 to 6 who represented St Damien’s School at the Inter School Athletics carnival. The carnival was held at Halls Head Primary School, and it was a huge success for St Damien’s CPS, where we won all trophies on offer, being the ‘Team Games, ‘Handicap’ and ‘Overall’ categories.


All competing students are to be congratulated for both their individual efforts and for their efforts in their teams, as they all tried their very best for the school. We also had some individual success, with the following students receiving the following awards:


·      Year 3 Runner Up Boy:           Elijah Hatto

·      Year 3 Runner Up Girl:            Indie Dowding

·      Year 3 Champion Girl:             Ava Wilson

·      Year 4 Runner up Girl:            Amberlee Banfield

·      Year 4 Champion girl:             Darcy Brown

·      Year 5 Champion Girl:             Isla Wroth

·      Year 6 Runner Up boy:           Zachary Sun

·      Year 6 Champion girl:             Olivia Banfield


We thank the parents who were able to attend the carnival, as their support and cheering certainly contributed to the success of the day. We also thank Miss Sanders for all of her efforts in organising and coordinating the Inter School Carnival and we thank all supporting staff who assisted on the day.

Summer Uniform

Thank you to all families and students for the way you have adapted to wearing the school summer uniform this week. Although the weather has not quite got the ‘summer memo’ yet, it is great to see the students wearing the correct uniform for term 4. Please contact the front office if you require any further assistance with the school summer uniform. 

School Photos

A reminder that school photos for students in 3YO Kindy, Year 5B and Year 6 are tomorrow, Friday 29 October. The schedule for the photos is as follows:

Friday 29 October:

  • Family photos
  • 3 Year Old Kindy Ducklings
  • 3 Year Old Kindy Joeys
  • Yr 5B
  • Yr 6B
  • Yr 6G
  • House Captains
  • Student Councillors
  • Green Team
  • Catch Up/Missed students

Bandanna Day

Tomorrow, Friday 29 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. Student Councillors have sold the bandannas during the week and have done an amazing job, selling all 300 bandannas that were allocated to the school.  


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

Italian Assembly

Next Wednesday 3 November is 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.

School Cyclic Review

This Week, the school undertook a ‘Cyclic Review’ process, with a panel of representatives from CEWA visiting the school on Tuesday and Wednesday. The purpose of the ‘Cyclic Review’ was to reflect on the progress made by the school over the past 5 years and to set new strategic actions and goals that will enable the school to continue to grow and develop over the next 5 years.


A big thank you to all of the staff, parents and students who participated in the Cyclic Review process and providing the relevant opinions and information regarding St Damien’s School. The outcome of the review was a very positive one, with a final report and recommendations to be sent to the school as a feedback document, in the coming weeks.

PSSA Tackle Rugby Carnival

On Wednesday 27 October, a selected group of both girls and boys represented the school at the PSSA Tackle Rugby competition. Both teams, albeit a little battered and bruised by the end of the carnival, achieved outstanding success. Firstly, congratulations to our senior girls team for finishing third in the event. We also congratulate our senior boys team, who went through the carnival undefeated and won the Tackle Rugby competition.


Congratulations and thanks goes to Miss Sanders for organising the teams for the event and to all other staff and parents who helped with and supported the Tackle Rugby competition.

Congratulations, Signora Bava

A special congratulations to Signora Bava, who was received an, ‘Outstanding Professional Service’ award from the Professional Teaching Council of Western Australia (PTCWA), last night. This is a great acknowledgement of the wonderful amount of work, passion and enthusiasm Signora contributes to her Languages program both in our school and beyond. Well done!

Beach Sports

Beach Sports starts up again this week, with our Prep Primary and Year 2 students heading to the beach on this Friday 29 October afternoon, where they will get to participate in a number of fun games and activities.

Year 5 Camp

Next Thursday 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.

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.

Student Celebrations

Over the past few weeks, some students in the school have made some fantastic achievements. Firstly, congratulations to Isla Wroth (5B), for her fantastic effort in finishing third in the recent State U/12 Girls surfing competition.


We also congratulate both Mia Anderson (5G) and Mia Boettiger (4B), for their fantastic achievement of achieving 1st place in the recent Calisthenics Association of WA U/10 Girls Duo Novice competition.

Whole School St Damien's Assembly

There is a whole school assembly this Friday 29 October, beginning at 8:45am, with the Year 4 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 a student has been sent to my office to receive a Principal’s Award for completing some exceptional work. I congratulate Elvie Doyle from Year 5 Gold, for her great work in Mathematics. Well done and keep up the great work!

God Bless,


Daniel Gooch