A very warm welcome to all our new and returning students and their families. It is wonderful to see so many bright smiling student faces at school and everyone looking very smart in their school uniform.

We are delighted to welcome many new families to St Martins this year, along with six new teachers, two new learning enrichment officers, two new administration staff, a new student counsellor and three new trainees. This year we opened with 770 students on the roll. This represents a growth of around 30 students on this time last year. We are very grateful for the continued confidence that parents, caregivers and the community have in our College.

The new year ahead promises to be a very busy and exciting one. Since mid-January staff have been working hard to prepare for another stimulating and challenging year of learning for students. It is our hope that students will quickly settle into their classes and their studies. If your son or daughter experiences any problems, please contact their Class Teacher (for Junior School students) or their Home Group Teacher or Subject Teacher (for Middle/Senior School students). Please do not hesitate to contact us. It is very important that students start the year well.

College Theme for 2021
So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10

This year’s College theme is: Have Courage; Rise Up!
In the bible verse from Isaiah 41:10, God is speaking to his people, to the Israelites, but also to us. Often, we need help to be able to rise up in the face of challenges.

God has promised to be with us in everything we do. We do not need to be afraid. God will give us the strength we need for the challenges we face. He is holding us in his hand. He is our God who loves us unconditionally and he will take care of us.

In God’s strength, we can Rise Up!

But it is also important for us, at the start of this new year, to be reminded that often God uses the people around us to give us the courage and strength we need. God has given us each other and our community here at St Martins. We are commanded to love and care for each other, just as God loves and cares for us.

In God’s strength, and with the help of our families, friends, College teachers and St Martins community, we can “Have Courage and Rise Up!”.

I pray that you will have courage and rise up this year.
Wishing you God’s richest blessings for the year ahead.

Alan Connah