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National Child Protection Week – 6-12 September 2020

This year, National Child Protection Week will celebrate its 30th year with the theme:  Putting children first…

‘Putting children first’ was front of mind when the National Child Protection Week campaign was launched in 1990, with the aim of bringing abuse and neglect out of the shadows and putting child wellbeing on the national agenda.

Since then, the need to put children first has been recognised time and time again as an important pillar for boosting the wellbeing of all children in Australia.  

Last year’s National Child Protection Week campaign was based on research that shows the importance of putting children first when talking about parenting, and continued the message that conversations are a key part of engaging the whole community in caring for children.

Under this year’s theme of ‘Putting children first’, we invite all Australians to look at how they can prioritise children in their lives and communities and to engage in National Child Protection Week – as individuals, and as part of families, organisations, communities and society.

Putting children first means prioritising the safety and wellbeing of children.  To grow up well, children need to feel safe and loved, have a chance to play and explore, have a say in decisions that affect them, and access to essential things like food, shelter and healthcare. 

For children to thrive, we need to come together as a community and put children’s needs first during National Child Protection Week and every week. 

  • This might mean promoting the things we are already doing (or can do) right now to put children’s safety and wellbeing first.
  • It might mean reflecting on the past 30 years of how our communities have been putting children first.  
  • It might mean looking ahead and thinking about where we need to focus our attention into the future.
  • Or perhaps a bit of ‘all of the above’.

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.



On Friday 11 September it is PJ Day!  Simply wear your PJ’s and bring a gold coin donation to go towards supporting Catholic Charities.  Thanks to the SRC for organising this fundraiser.

Catholic Charities:

  • Making a difference to the lives of South Australians since 1941.
  • Support our 2020 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):

Ecological Sustainability

Nude Food Recipe – Avocado Spinach Spaghetti - Spaghetti served in a creamy avocado and spinach sauce

Recipe taken from:


  • 250g spaghetti (or pasta of choice)
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 40g (1 cup) spinach
  • 5g (1/4 cup) fresh basil
  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled and seeded
  • 35g (1/4 cup) pine nuts
  • 1/2 lemon juice
  • 180ml (3/4 cup) pasta water (See note below on pasta water)


Cook the spaghetti to pack instructions.

As spaghetti is cooking, put all remaining ingredients into a blender/ food processor.  Add 1/4 cup of pasta water and blitz until smooth.  If you feel you need more pasta water add another 1/4 cup and again if required.

Season sauce to taste.

Drain spaghetti and mix with sauce.

Serve immediately.

School Mass & Assembly Diary Dates







Fri 4 September


Father’s Day




Fri 11 September





Fri 25 September




Parish News

Sacramental Program 2019-2020

Please pray for our students who are preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation and First Eucharist over the coming weeks.  May their lives always be filled with grace as they follow the teachings of Jesus and live out the Gospel values in love.

Baptism Program

There will be offered a six-week program for children from Year 3 – Year 6 who wish to know more about the Catholic faith or be baptised and later join the Parish Sacramental Program.  Some sessions will be after school between 3:30-4:30pm in St Martin’s Parish Foyer, while others will be on Sunday from 10.30-11:15am at St Martin’s Church Hall after the 9:30am Parish Mass.

If you are interested and to help us  gauge the response and plan appropriately, please contact the Parish Office on 82616200 or email Sr Rita on

With God’s blessings

Rose Valenti