Dear Parents and Caregivers,
As we wind down for the term, it goes without saying that every staff member at St Martin’s Catholic Primary School has been greatly affected by the events of this semester. The demands and pressures that were suddenly placed on each of them as a result of COVID-19 were extraordinary and indeed unprecedented (this word definitely sums it up). It is an absolute credit to every employee for how they kept our school safe, managed to undertake new learning platforms and online learning strategies, navigated the regular shifting of ‘restrictions and rules’ for dealing with the changes and at the same time persevered in being present each day for the students in their care. During this time, there were times of frustration, immense anxiety, and deep worry about the wellbeing of their own loved ones, but in true St Martin’s style, all staff soldiered on and presented each day at the workplace.
On Thursday 25 June, we held our annual Outreach Day. The donations were astounding with over 2200 items being brought into the school. Congratulations to all teams as ‘together’ we have made a significant contribution towards the St Vinnies Winter Appeal. My heartfelt thanks to all families of the St Martin’s community for the overwhelming response. The Outreach Award for 2020 was won by Hartzer – congratulations to the blue team!
There is much talk of ‘as we return to normal’ or ‘as our lives return to our pre-COVID existence’ but I wonder if that will ever be the case, or importantly, if we would ever want to ‘return’. There is so much I do not want to lose from this fallow time. I do not want to lose the connections I have made with my own young adult children by spending so much time with them. I do not want to rush back to that lifestyle that afforded little time for neighbourhood strolls, bush walks or beach walks. I want to continue to have time to make phone calls to catch up or check-up on family and friends. Even though it has meant 10 yard duties a week for some of us, I do not want to miss the opportunity of greeting and farewelling our students at the gate each day. I do not want our happy, capable students to lose the independence they have gained through walking through the gate each morning on their own, or with their friends. Last Thursday, we welcomed our 25 Term 3 Transition students to school for the first of their transition visits. We all marvelled at the fact that whilst we had a few nervous students, we did not have one student who cried or needed a parent to accompany them to their classroom. As educators with too many years’ experience to mention between us, we had never seen this before. Upon reflection, we wonder whether the fact that these children have been leaving their parents at the gate/door at Kindy/Childcare over the last few months has helped them to be more independent and in fact, whether as parents, we sometimes get in the way of this important development.
World Environment Day
World Environment Day is the most renowned day for environmental action. Since 1974, it has been celebrated every year on 5 June; engaging governments, businesses, celebrities and citizens to focus their efforts on a pressing environmental issue.
Netball - Winter Season Update
(from the Eastern Districts Netball Association)
Following the Premier’s recent announcements, the Eastern Districts Netball Association (EDNA) executive is excited to announce that we have begun formulating a return to play plan.
St Martin’s has a team nominated in this competition. It was done at the end of Term 1.
We (EDNA) understand that some families may have concerns with returning to play, and there may need to be some changes to the original nominations. Please let Mr Woods know by 16 June, if this statement affects you.
The Back to Netball Timeline...
Dear Parents and Caregivers,
While we have been supporting parent choice during this pandemic, we now expect all students who are well and not considered vulnerable to COVID-19 to attend school.
Students are required to attend school unless they are:
Welcome to Archbishop Patrick O’Regan
On Monday 25 May, we warmly welcomed Archbishop Patrick O’Regan as he commenced his time with us in the Archdiocese of Adelaide. This was formally celebrated with an Installation Mass which took place in St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral. Archbishop O’Regan come to us from Sale where he had been the Bishop since 2014.
What an amazing start to the term we have had!
In a world that is disrupted, uncertain and slightly unpredictable, our St Martin’s students have shown resilience, independence, fortitude, and great joy. All the staff are so impressed with our students as they have come back to school without being accompanied through the gates each morning by their parents, as well as the capacity of their parents to know that their child is capable, trustworthy and independent. There have been many blessings to be found in this troubled time and this, along with the absolute joy of staff and students to be back together at school are two of them. I pray that we will not go back to our ‘old’ ways once restrictions are lifted but that you will continue to see your child through this lens.