Principal’s Blog 30 November 2023

Christmas Concert

Congratulations to the whole school community for being a part of our fantastic school concert last night.  After weeks of practice and rehearsals, I was truly amazed by the wonderfully entertaining show put on by the students. The weather played its part providing a comfortable night which complimented the enthusiasm and excitement of the students.

 

I thank all the parents and friends of the school community who were able to attend and support the students in the school and to assist in organising the correct costumes for their performances. I am also truly grateful to all the organising staff who ensured the concert ran smoothly and enabled all students to participate in the performances.

 

During the evening, ‘End of Year’ awards were presented to students across all classrooms in the school, as well as the Graduating class awards. Congratulations and well done to all students who did receive an award, as they were all thoroughly deserved.

Water Slide Day

Last night it was announced that Melros was the winning faction for the year and have earned the privilege of engaging in a water slide fun day next Tuesday, 5 December. Well done to Melros and all other factions for their efforts throughout the year striving to achieve this coveted reward.

 

Because of this special treat, all students in Melros are to wear their sports uniform to school and to bring their bathers, a towel and a rash vest so they can enjoy the slide. The school choir are also being treated to the water slide on this day, as a reward to their commitment to the choir throughout the year.

2024 Student Leaders

During the Christmas concert last night, the 2024 Year 6 student leaders were announced. Over the past few weeks, over 40 current Year 5 students nominated to fulfill these positions and all are to be congratulated for their courage and efforts in pursuing a leadership role in 2024. Congratulations goes to the following students who have been successful in attaining a Leadership position in 2024:

 

Head Girl:                 Evie Chalwell

Head Boy:                Harry Moore

 

Student Councillors:         Coco Dell                                           Xavier Geary

                                             Millie Bock                                         Joshua Creamer

                                             Tiarni Cambetis Beard                      Solomon Middlebrook

  Abbie Steeger                                   Levi Norwell

                                             Alexis Gumley                                  Johan Justin

 

House Captains:    Bouvard

                                    Indie Dowding                                   Flynn Wozniuk

 

                                    Florida

                                    Belle Bromley                                   Angus Riley

 

                                    Melros

                                    Ava Wilson                                        Nate Broderick

 

                                    Wannanup

                                    Winter Hillier                                     Zayne Wood

Inter House Beach Carnival

Tomorrow, Friday 1 December, is the Inter-House Beach Carnival for all students in Pre Primary to Year 5. This is going to a fantastic day, with the weather looking very favourable and warm. Parents can assist by ensuring that your child/children come to school already wearing sunscreen. Parents are invited to come and watch the carnival, with the class times scheduled as follows:

 

·      9:15am – 10:45am:       Pre Primary & Year 1

·      11:15am – 12:45pm:     Year 2 & Year 3

·      1:15pm – 2:45pm:         Year 4 & Year 5

 

Parents are welcome to take their child/children directly home from the beach, however, please make sure that you sign them out with your child’s/children’s class teacher, before departing.

MCC Orientation Day

We wish our Year 6 students travelling to Mandurah Catholic College tomorrow, Friday 1 December, for their transition day the very best and hope they enjoy the experience.

Year 6 Graduation Celebrations

Next Wednesday 6 December, our Year 6 students will be engaging in their Graduation events, to celebrate the end of their journey at St Damien’s School. The event schedule is as follows:

·      9:00am: Graduation Mass

·      10:30am: Morning Tea

·      11:30am-1:30pm: Graduation Lunch (Dawesville Estuary Foreshore)

 

We know this is an exciting time for students and I hope they can enjoy the significance of the achievement in graduating from Year 6.

Kindy Orientation

Tomorrow, Friday 1 December beginning at 9:00am, we are holding the Kindy Orientation Day, for students entering Kindy for the 2024 school year. This is a great opportunity for the incoming students, particularly the new ones to the school, to familiarise themselves with the class environment for next year.

Kindy Graduation

Next Tuesday 5 December, we will be holding the Kindy Graduation ceremony, beginning at 12:30pm, in the hall. The Kindy students have had a fantastic year and this will be a great way to acknowledge all of the wonderful achievements they have made.

Colour Run

Next Thursday 7 December, the P&F have organised a ‘Colour Run’ event for our students to participate in. This is a fun event and all students are invited to participate, if they wish to do so.

 

For more information regarding the ‘Colour Run’, please see the P&F flyer recently sent out.

 

Please be mindful, students who catch the bus after school will be required to get changed out of their ‘Colour-Run’ clothes before being permitted to ride on the bus.

Chess Champions

Congratulations goes to Year 4 students Darcy Barker, Bryson Savill and Eli Hearne who recently competed in the WA Junior Chess Interclub tournament last Saturday. They competed against over 120 other students aged up to 15 years old, with all of them having success during the tournament.

At the end of the tournament, Bryson and Eli came 2nd overall in Division C, with Eli being awarded the Best Player in his division. Darcy also experienced some success, winning some of his games in the Division B category. Well done to all of these boys.

Final Day Assembly

Last Day Assembly

School concludes for students next Friday 8 December. Following tradition, there will be a final assembly, where we farewell the graduating Year 6 students. This assembly will begin at 2:00pm in the hall and all parents and friends of the school are welcome to attend.

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 Mila Aurisch, from Year 2 Blue, for her great project work, and Drew Clausen, from Year 5 Blue, for his fantastic model making for HASS. Well done and keep up the great work!

God Bless,

 

Daniel Gooch

Principal