Principal’s Blog 9 March 2023


In this third week of Lent, we understand that God’s mercy and forgiveness is without limit. In this week’s scripture, Jesus reveals himself to the Samaritan woman, as the Messiah, and uses this opportunity to tell the woman about the water that brings eternal life and to tell her that he is the Saviour sent by God.


During the period of Lent, we are asked to support ‘Project Compassion’, with donation boxes being held in every class. All donations, big and small, will be greatly appreciated by Caritas Australia. Some classes have started filling their ‘Project Compassion’ boxes with coins, which is greatly appreciated.

Parent Sacramental Meeting

Thank you to all of the parents who were able to attend the Sacramental Parent Meeting on Wednesday night. Your attendance and support of your child/children receiving a Sacrament this year is appreciated. If you were unable to attend but would like your child/children to receive a Sacrament this year, please contact Mr Hazebroek at school for more information.

Parent Survey

Thank you to all of the parents who have taken the time to complete the survey regarding the type of feedback you would like to receive about your child’s/children’s learning at school. The survey will be closing tomorrow, so if you would like to contribute your thoughts and ideas to this topic, please click on the following link:

Parent Feedback on Student Performance Survey

Runners Club

It was great to see a number of students at Runners Club this week. It is on every Wednesday morning, beginning at 7:30am on the oval, for any students who would like to improve their running and increase their fitness. Please contact Miss Sanders if you require more information regarding this.

P&F Footy Tipping Competition

There is only a week before the footy season opens, so if you are interested in joining the P&F St Damien’s Footy Tipping Competition, please register as soon as possible. You can get more information about registering by please clicking on the following link:

St Damien’s 2023 Footy Tipping


Today our students in Years 3 and 5 completed the NAPLAN practice test today, in preparation for the NAPLAN tests beginning next Wednesday. NAPLAN is being conducted earlier this year, being in term 1, rather than the traditional term 2 testing period. We wish all students sitting the NAPLAN assessments the very best of luck.

Barefoot Bowls Night

An invite has been sent out today inviting all dads and male role models of the St Damien’s school community to join us for a ‘Barefoot Bowls Night’, on Friday 24 March. Please take the time to read the flyer and register your participation for this event.

Beach Sports

This Friday 10 March, our Year 1, 4 and 5 classes will be heading to the beach for their ‘Beach Sports’ program. We hope they enjoy their time at the beach.

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

God Bless,


Daniel Gooch