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National Child Protection Week is a wonderful opportunity for everyone in the community to think about how we can work together to keep all children safe.

In 2019, National Child Protection Week focus is on introducing a ‘child development’ communication frame to promote the messages that:

  • Kids do well when parents are supported
  • To raise thriving kids, parents need support to navigate life’s choppy waters.

This theme is based on evidence from the Frameworks Institute research commissioned by the Parenting Research Centre, which shows us the most effective way to talk about parenting and child wellbeing is with a ‘child development’ frame that:

  • Focuses on children and what they need to thrive, rather than blaming or evaluating parenting
  • Establishes the importance of interaction with parents and caregivers to child development, rather than assuming that young children simply grow
  • Helps people see that circumstances shape options, rather than assuming that good parenting comes naturally to individuals
  • Uses a ‘navigating waters’ metaphor where boats represent families/parenting, weather/hazards represent the circumstances that can affect us all, and lighthouses and safe harbours represent the support that we all need.

Changing the way we communicate and engage with families can take time and consideration.

This is a whole new way of ‘framing’ the conversation about child wellbeing and parenting, which will require a long term commitment from Australian organisations.

More information can be found at:

At St Martin’s, we teach the Child Protection curriculum all year round. 

To every child in a Catholic school

We are committed to knowing you deeply.

We value you as a capable and competent learner and will support

Your active engagement in the learning process.

In partnership with you and your family

We commit to high expectations for

Your learning progress, wellbeing and achievement.



Ecological Sustainability

Nude Food Recipe – Banana, Date & Bran loaf

16 Serves

2 cups (500g) self-raising, wholemeal flour

1/2 cup (125g) brown sugar

1 teaspoon (5g) bi-carb soda

1 teaspoon (5g) nutmeg, ground

1/2 cup (125g) pitted dates, chopped

1/2 cup (125g) wheat bran sticks

1 ¼ cups (315mL) skim milk

2 whole (140g) eggs

2 large (200g) bananas, ripe & mashed

# Preheat oven to 180°C.  Line a medium loaf tin (24cm x 13.5cm) with baking paper and set aside.

# In a large mixing bowl place wholemeal flour, brown sugar, bi-carb soda & nutmeg.  Combine well. Mix through dates & bran sticks.

# Place skim milk, eggs and banana in a food processor & pulse until well combined.

# Pour wet mixture into dry mixture and gently fold through until combined, being careful not to overwork the batter.

# Pour loaf batter into loaf tin. Bake in oven for 50 minutes, or until a skewer placed through the centre of the loaf comes out clean.

# Allow the loaf to cool for 20 minutes before removing from tin & cutting.

Year 6 Coffee Project (DR KOFFI) – The Year 6 students are involved in a project to sell coffee to the school community.  The students are learning about business and economics by being involved in designing labels, advertising and taking orders.  Any money made from selling the coffee will be donated to various charities that our school supports.  The coffee is eco-friendly and comes from locations that support fair trade.  Please see the Front Office for an order form.


On Friday 6 September it’s PJ Day!  Simply bring a gold coin donation to go towards supporting Catholic Charities.

Catholic Charities:

  • Making a difference to the lives of South Australians since 1941.
  • Support our 2019 Appeal – pick up a leaflet from the Front Office or make a donation today to: Catholic Charities Appeal, Reply Paid 912, Adelaide SA 5001.
  • For more information please call Annie O’Neill, Manager, Catholic Charities on (08 8210 8157) or visit the Catholic Charities pages (via the giving tab on the website):

Greenacres Walkerville Parish News

2019/2020 Sacramental Preparation Program

We will begin the Greenacres Walkerville Parish 2019/2020 Sacramental Preparation Program for children wishing to celebrate the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Confirmation and Eucharist with an Information Session on Tuesday 10 September at 7pm at St Monica's School.               

This session is for parents only and is an opportunity for you to hear about what our Parish offers and then decide whether you and your child would like to be a part of the Program.

If you are considering being part of our 2018/2019 Program, attendance at this meeting is essential although coming to this session does not commit you to participating in the Program.

If you have any questions, please contact Kathy at the Parish Office on telephone 8261 6200 or

Family Mass

Saturday, 2 November – St Monica’s Church – 6pm – special invite to our Year 4 families.  All are welcome to attend.  Please contact the Parish Office on 8261 6200 if you would like to participate in the Mass.

RCIA- Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

Are you interested to know about the Catholic faith?  Do you know of a person who would like to become a Catholic?  You may be a teenager or a parent who has children attending Secondary School who have been baptised, but have not received the Sacraments of Communion and Confirmation.  The RCIA program will start early September.  If interested we invite you to contact the Parish Office on 8261 6200 and register your details, name, phone and address, or approach Sr Rita or Rita Campbell after weekend Masses.

The Gospel According to Luke – Adult Formation in Faith

Are you interested to have a greater appreciation of the Gospel of Luke, which during this year has been the main Gospel proclaimed during the Sunday’s Eucharistic Celebration?  Do you want to know better the person of Jesus Christ, his message, the social context and the response of people to his presence in their life?  Then come along to the coming 7 sessions:

When: On Mondays from 7pm to 8:30 pm.

September 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th, October 14th, 21st, 28th.

Where: St Martin’s Parish Hall, Greenacres

If you wish to participate, please pass on your name and phone number to: Sr Rita or ring the Parish Office on 8261 6200.

Diary Dates







Fri 6 September





Tue 10 September

Liturgical Singing


Year 6


Thur 12 September



Year 3PB


Fri 20 September


Grandparents Day


Year 1I


With God’s blessings ….. Rose Valenti