OLSH Pillar Focus
This term, our OLSH Pillar focus is on Pursuing Excellence, whereby we are heading past half way of the 2019 school year and routines have been well established, mid-year reports have been written and shared with families, and teaching and learning for the remainder of the year is in full swing. Goals have been set for ways forward and for students to achieve them. We also have Mary Mackillop Feast Day, Mobile Science Lessons, Science Shows, Cross Country Carnival, Assumption Feast Day, Numerical Acumen Presentations, ICAS Testing, ReLAT Testing, Book Week, Carly Ryan Presentations, Child Protection Week, SACPSSA Touch Footy Carnival, Sports Day and Grandparent’s Day just to name a few of our events in which St Martin’s will pursue excellence.
Welcome to Term 3 of the 2019 academic school year and a special welcome is extended to Sara Crockford (Reception teacher) and Gina Robb (Year 4GEL teacher) and the following students and their families, RC: Ruby, Oliver, Franklin, Ruby, Noah, Tristan, Saskia, Nicholas, Grayson, Angelo, Aarkin, Lachlan, Navya, Swayam, Tyson, Kabir, Amyra, Paige, Holly, Lily, Wyatt, Cayley, Sofia, Vera; 1MB: Akshdeep; 2D: Lakshya, Yug; 3FB: Peyton; 5G: Jordan
May you enjoy the spirit of St Martin’s Catholic Primary School and being part of our community.
Well done to the Year 5-6 SAPSASA Basketball Team who competed at this week’s tournament.
The team was competitive and players were very good both on and off the court. Congratulations on your excellent representation of athletes from St Martin’s.
Feast of the Sacred Heart – 28 June 2019
Tomorrow we will celebrate the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. We are expecting approximately 200 Year 7, 8, 9 and 10 students and staff from OLSH (Our Lady of the Sacred Heart) College. We will celebrate Mass together along with class activities and shared fruit recess. Thanks to Tony & Marks for donating the fruit for our shared recess and Lilly Del Medico for organising the delivery of it. Also special thanks to the P& F Network for arranging the fruit for all of our students.
This is a very special day for both schools where we come together to celebrate our shared OLSH charism.
Dear Parents and Caregivers,
Our Stage 1 Building Project is progressing well with the first floor being installed last week. This week work has commenced on the stairwells and roof. Over the next three weeks, the entire Sweeney building will be undergoing some renovations and modifications to align it with the new two storey building. All Reception classes and OSHC are being relocated to enable all the spaces to be painted and recarpeted over the coming weeks. A special note has already been sent out to affected Reception families and OSHC have advised parents of specific details associated with their child’s classroom.
Pastoral Care Worker – Helen Young
My Pastoral Care Worker role involves pastoral support for students, staff and parents. I am also the Curriculum Coordinator at St Martin’s. I am available for students, parents and teachers to come and have a chat knowing that everything is confidential. I can offer strategies and advice on issues or refer you onto other agencies that can support you or your child, as you or your child’s journey through life can at times face some tough challenges. We have a school counsellor who I or other staff can refer students onto as well.
In my role I am also an accredited facilitator for Seasons for Growth – a grief and loss educational program for students. We have found this program to be very successful for students who have experienced separation, divorce, death or family or friends illness. I also work with Rose and Mel in running the Soup Group where Year 6 students cook soup for Moore Street/ Adelaide Day Centre who feed the homeless. We teach the students about the importance of giving back to others who are less fortunate than ourselves. The students feel like they are making a difference to others lives.
I work on a Friday but I can be contacted via my school email or a message can be left at the Front Office. My hours are flexible so I can address issues during the school week. (email@example.com)
Wellbeing for all is important to us here at St Martin’s and I am delighted to be a part of the team.
SACPSSA (Catholic Schools) Athletics Carnival
The SACPSSA (Catholic Schools) Athletics Carnival was held on Tuesday this week. Students participated eagerly in running, jumping and shot put events. St Martin’s fielded 47 athletes at SA Athletics Stadium event. The team, for the first time, included students from Year 3. For many of them, this was their first carnival representing St Martins.
Well done to all on your eager participation. Special mention to:
The shot putters, Christie, Eva, Tim Adit, Ajak, Kaysii and Rocco for stand out performances on the day.
Congratulations Kaysii on winning the Year 5 Girl’s Age-Group Champion with your efforts in sprinting and long jump.
Thank you Mr Dylan George for your continued support of the Athletics Team at St Martin’s.
Each year, we join Catholic Education South Australia to highlight the contribution that Catholic schools make in educating young thriving people. Last week as a whole school, we participated in various activities for Catholic Education Week such as lunch time pop-up prayer, liturgical singing, contemplative prayer, whole school nude food picnic, parent prayer and switch off hour.
As part of Catholic Education Week, we also hosted an Open Morning which again was well attended by many potential families. Our eight Year 6 students who were tour guides on the day are to be commended for their professionalism when conducting tours for our visitors.