Principal’s Message – 1st July 2021

School Reports

From Friday 2 July, parents will be receiving their child’s school report, via SEQTA. All reports will be uploaded by Friday 9 July. I encourage all parents to take the time to read through the school report with their child/children, as it is a reflection of the valuable learning that has taken place over the semester.

It is important to note that it is a ‘Progress Report’, showing the growth and achievement of each student at this ‘point-in-time’. It does also mean that there is another semester ahead where students can continue to develop and meet their goals.

Please, if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s progress, as reflected in the school report, please contact your child’s classroom teacher early next term to discuss further.

Overall, I am pleased with the efforts made and the learning achieved throughout the school. I also acknowledge the effort the staff have put into preparing the school reports, ensuring they are a valid document which highlight the learning progression of the students.

School Readiness for Term 3

Given we are currently in a Perth and Peel regions lockdown, as a school it is currently unclear what the beginning of term 3 will look like for our St Damien’s students. I want to reassure the parent community that whilst we are extremely hopeful school will return to normal operations by the beginning of next term, this is not yet certain. As a proactive measure, the School Administration Team are currently ensuring that we are prepared for all alternate scenarios for the beginning of term 3, including the worst-case scenario of having students learning remotely, if required.

Over the holiday period, I will continue to keep you informed regarding the most updated COVID-19 guidelines and arrangements for St Damien’s CPS. As mentioned before, it is my hope that things return to normal in the coming days and that we can carry on with our working and personal lives as freely as possible.


This week our school community has been celebrating NAIDOC Week. The theme for NAIDOC Week in 2021 is, ‘Heal Country, heal our Nation’. Our students participated in some events and activities today, to recognise and celebrate the week. It was also great to see staff wearing their brand new Indigenous shirts, designed by Cindy Cross.

Busy Bee

Thank you to all of the families and staff of the school who were able to assist with the busy bee last Sunday. As a group, we managed to beat the rain and complete a lot of work, beautifying the Early Years area of the school. A special thank you to ALCOA, who provided the materials and labour to put up the new fencing in the area.

Cross Country Presentations

Last week all of our students participated in the School Cross Country Carnival. Unfortunately, Monday morning’s assembly, where winning medallions were to be presented to students, had to be cancelled. These will be presented to the relevant students at an upcoming assembly next term, with the date of this to be confirmed.

Lightning Carnival

Last week the senior students participated in the Winter Sport Lightning Carnival. This was an all day event, with football, netball, hockey, volleyball and soccer being played throughout the day. St Damien’s School had tremendous success during the day and more importantly, all competing students tried their very best and enjoyed the day.

Results for the day were as follows:

  • Soccer: 1st
  • Hockey: 3rd
  • Football: 1st
  • Netball A: 4th
  • Netball B: 2nd
  • Volleyball: 4th

Assemblies and Excursions

Unfortunately, due to the current COVID restrictions, we are unable to host or participate in any assemblies or excursions for the remainder of this term. It is with great hope we can reschedule these for early next term, once restrictions are eased and we return to normal school operations.

Term 3 Start Date

A reminder to all families that term 3 starts for students on Tuesday 20 July. Staff will be returning on Monday 19 July to engage in some Professional Learning opportunities.

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 Milah Sandford and Platon Ipatyev, from Year 1G, for their great work in Writing, Madison Flett, Raefe Rasmussen, Levi Norwell and Indie Dowding , from 3B, for their great work in HASS, and Jacob Hatto, Daniel Field, Jackson Chamberlain and Wilfred McEwen, from 4B, for their great work in Mathematics. Well done and keep up the great work!

End of Term 2

Whilst the shine has slightly been taken off the end of the term due to current ‘lock-down’ period, I certainly want to express my gratitude and congratulations to all members of the school community for what has been a very successful Semester 1. Students have continued to grow and learn and the community has worked hard to stay connected and share in the joy of the lives of the students at St Damien’s.

I hope you all have an enjoyable and well-deserved holiday break and I look forward to continuing the journey next term, refreshed and re-energised, and ready to tackle the wonderful opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.

God Bless,

Daniel Gooch