As another very busy and successful school term comes to an end, there is much to celebrate within the St Martins community. Our students continue to enjoy a wide range of challenging and interesting learning opportunities and excel in so many areas of learning. At the same time, our staff continue to be committed, hardworking and caring, and our parents incredibly supportive. Indeed, we are very blessed as a community but there is always room for improvement.
This year the College has been actively working to achieve a selection of the goals identified in the school’s current strategic plan. Some of the areas we have been working on include:
- Developing a stronger student learning culture that promotes confidence, engagement and curiosity, and a capacity to problem solve creatively
- Exploring and implementing appropriate technologies to further improve and deepen student learning
- Developing a contemporary framework for learning, to facilitate best practice in teaching, learning and assessment
- Developing and implementing a wellbeing framework that supports student wellbeing and develops resilience
- Embedding Restorative Practices as an integral part of our St Martins’ values
- Developing an environmentally friendly and sustainable campus
- Improving the College grounds and providing more student play equipment
- Refurbishing the existing Year 2 and 3 classrooms to bring them into line with current approaches to learning
- Building new facilities for teaching Food Technology, Hospitality and Visual Art in the Secondary School
- Providing staff with regular targeted professional development opportunities
- Improving communication with parents through the gradual roll out of SEQTA Engage
- Preparing to launch the “Web Project” – please stay tuned for more information next term – and much more…
As you can see, we are very busy behind the scenes working to further improve our College. In addition to the above, in recent months we have also launched a new College Website, Facebook page and Instagram account, to keep people better informed of College activities and student achievements.
End of Year Events
With the growth of the College to a student population of just over 720 students, we have also needed to reconsider how we handle a variety of different activities. In particular, we have had to review the arrangements for our end of year events. Due to the significant increase in Secondary students, we have decided to split our Secondary celebrations this year.
The Valedictory Service and Senior Awards night for our senior students (Years 10 to 12) will be held at the Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre on the 18th of November, starting at 7:00pm. The night will follow the same format as Valedictory Nights from previous years, with a particular focus on student achievement in Year 10 to 12. We are hoping this will streamline the evening. It will still be a compulsory evening for all Years 10 to 12 students, with parents warmly invited to attend.
Our middle school students (Years 7 to 9) will have an End of Year Worship Service and Middle School Awards night on Thursday 28th November in the College gym, commencing at 7:00pm. Again, this will be a very similar evening to previous years, with a particular focus on student achievement. It is expected that all Year 7 to 9 students will attend, with parents warmly invited to the evening.
As in previous years, the Year 12 Valedictory Dinner will be held at the Barn Palais. This year the dinner will be held on the 21st November. More details will be provided to Year 12 families closer to the date.
What has traditionally been our End of Year Service in the last week of Term 4, will now be the Primary End of Year Worship Service and Awards Night for students in Year 2 to 6. The date for this year will be Wednesday 11th December starting at 7pm. On the same day our Foundation and Year 1 students will have their End of Year Devotion starting at 12pm. Parents are warmly invited to attend both of these events.
Each of these are significant events on our College calendar, so we would ask that you make a note of them to ensure students are able to attend.
With our mid-year holidays starting tomorrow, I would like to finish by wishing all our St Martins families a safe, enjoyable and relaxing holiday with their children. We look forward to seeing everyone back at school on Tuesday 23rd July for the start of Term 3.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7
Wishing you Gods blessings.