From the Principal

Update from Principal - Geoff Sullivan

Congratulations to our OptiMinds teams who competed at the National Finals in this competition last weekend. The students from both teams performed strongly and really enjoyed their experiences with students from other schools, some from as far away as Western Australia. It was wonderful to receive the news that the Language and Literature team achieved honours in the competition (placed 2nd in Australia). Congratulations to the students and thank you to the teachers (Liz Mellon, Sam O'Leary & Sydney Hurrell) who supported the students throughout the competition.

Debating

Last night, some of our Year 5 and Year 6 students competed in their fourth and final round of the Queensland Debating Union Primary Schools Competition. We are very proud of these students, who have certainly shown, confidence, and persistence during the preparation and presentation of their debates. Congratulations to all students, especially those in winning teams. We thank Miss Kedda, Miss Hurrell and our parent helper, Mrs Gianfelici,for their time and commitment given to preparing the students and their support given at each of the debating sessions.

St Martin's P&F AGM

Thank you to those who attended our P&F AGM last night. Thank you to the members of the 2018 P&F Executive (Matt Bloxsom, Justin Devantier, Jane Pires & Belinda Edwards) and the P&F team for their commitment to St Martin's and the support and encouragement of many others to get events and projects under way and completed. Thank you to Matt Bloxsom, outgoing President, for leading the team during past 12 months in such an enthusiastic way.

The school has had many wonderful P&F organised community experiences and events in 2018 and I thank all members for their hard work and commitment. These events took countless hours to plan, coordinate and bring to fruition and received wonderful comments from children, staff & parents who attended.

I thank the Parents and Friends Association for their hard work and dedication in supporting our school during the year. Next year we look forward to other exciting developments as we work together for the benefit of the children in this community.

2018 Prep Orientation

This Friday, we look forward to welcoming our 2019 Prep students and their families for Prep orientation experiences. Please welcome these new students and parents with a warm smile or a kind word on Friday.

Pupil Free Day

Next Monday 22 October (Week 3) is a Pupil Free Day at St Martin's and in all schools in Queensland. This is an important professional learning day when teachers from different schools gather to enhance their professional knowledge.

Best wishes for the week ahead,

Geoff Sullivan