Principal’s Message – 13th May 2021


This Sunday 16 May, beginning at 5:00pm, our Year 6 candidates will be receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation at the St Damien’s Parish. The celebration is the pinnacle of months of preparation, facilitated and supported by Fr Vincent, school staff and the families of the candidates receiving the Sacrament. We wish the Confirmation candidates the very best as they experience this significant milestone in their journeys of faith.

Today, all of the Confirmation candidates had a special visit and chat with Bishop Gerard Holohan, who will be the celebrant of the Confirmation Mass this Sunday.

St Damien’s CPS on Show

On Tuesday Mr Lilly, Signora Bava and 3 of our students, Jai Barker, Amelia Isaac and Katie Robinson were guests of Italian Consul, Mr Nicolo’ Costantini,at the ‘Giornata della ricerca italiana’ at the WA Maritime Museum. The conference discussed the blue economy and environmental protection, in particular the collaboration between Australia and Italy. There were many presentations by people from WA and video links from Canberra and Italy.

St Damien’s CPS presented on what our school is doing in regard to the environment. It was an informative and interesting conference and we are grateful to have been given the opportunity to participate.


Whilst it is fantastic to see a number of our St Damien’s students riding and scootering to school each day, could I ask that all parents ensure that these travelling students wear a helmet. It is an essential part of safety equipment when riding a bike or scooter and we certainly do not want to see any preventable injuries occur because helmets are not being worn.

St Damien’s Feast Day Free Dress

Well done to all of the students and staff who celebrated the Feast Day of St Damien’s on Monday. It was great to see all of the students get into the spirit of the day and we also thank them all for their donation of a gold coin, with an amazing $504.55 being raised which will go towards supporting the ‘Leprosy Missions of St Damien’s’. We also thank Fr Vincent for celebrating both the Mass and Liturgy with the staff and students of the school.

Pre Primary Assembly

There is a morning assembly this Friday 14 May 2021, at 8:45am, with our Pre Primary students presenting an item. Parents and friends of the school are invited to attend and enjoy watching this event.


We are currently in the enrolment period for students beginning in Kindergarten for 2022. If you have a child who is eligible to begin Kindy next year, please ensure you complete and submit an enrolment form to the school office as soon as possible.

Later in the term, there will be an ‘Information Session’ for families enrolling into Kindy for 2022. However, more information regarding this and upcoming school tours will be communicated in the coming weeks.

PSSA Sport

Last Friday our Year 5 and 6 students travelled to MCC for the first round of PSSA Sport this year. From all reports the students had a great experience and competed very well against MCC. I was lucky enough to be part of the football game, which was played at a very good level and in excellent spirit, by both teams.

PSSA Sport continues this week, with St Damien’s CPS playing against Assumption College. Soccer and Volleyball will be played at St Damien’s, Hockey will be played at Ocean Road School Oval, with Football and Netball being played at Assumption College. All games will begin at approximately 1:15pm and parents and friends of the school are welcome to come along and spectate.

5-a-Side Soccer

Well done to the students in Year 3 who competed in the 5-a-Side Soccer competition last week. Whilst there was no official scoring on the day, all of the students had a great experience getting to play soccer against other schools in the area. We also thank the Year 6 students who accompanied them for the carnival.

Book Fair

The Scholastic ‘Book Fair’ began this week, with students and families getting the opportunity to purchase some fantastic books to read. Parents can purchase items before and after school in the library up to Wednesday 19 May.


The NAPLAN assessments began this week, with students in Years 3 and 5 sitting them over the fortnight from Tuesday 11 May until Friday 21 May. Unfortunately, there was a national outage this morning, so it means the final Mathematics assessment will be completed by the students tomorrow. All catch-up assessments will be completed in the days following, to ensure we have full participation in the NAPLAN assessment program.

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 Gabriel Davenport and Sophia Whiston from Year 1 for their great work in Italian. Well done and keep up the great work!

God Bless,

Daniel Gooch