From the Principal

Update from Principal - Geoff Sullivan

The students seem to be settling into the routines of the new school year which has been wonderful to see. Our Prep children and our new students have had a positive start to the year and appear to be greatly enjoying their new learning environment. At this time of year, we host a number of celebrations, events and meetings and it has been wonderful to see many of you at these gatherings during the last week or so.

Last Friday we gathered for our Opening Mass. During Mass, Fr Alex used a passage from St Luke's Gospel to remind the community of the need to do our best to 'fill our nets' with the many exciting things we will learn this year. He also used the example of the life of St Dominic in the way we can live life inspired by God's love in bringing kindness to others. Kindness is encouraged by every major religion and by leaders such as Pope Francis and the Dalai Lama. Kindness leads to many of the virtues to which we value and desire. When we focus on kindness, our world becomes kinder; we become kinder. Kindness can lead us wherever we want to go: to a happier life, to be more Christ-like, making a difference in this world, to raising loving and kind children. Let's all do our best to make sure kindness remains a defining feature of our school this year.

Last Friday night we welcomed many new parents at a special gathering organised by our Parents & Friends Association. Thank you to our parents who organised this community building event.

Our first Parents and Friends Association meeting was well supported last night. Our major event this year is Sunday Funday and planning is well under way for this event. In coming weeks, we will be seeking your support in filling some of the roles required for the day to be a success. Page 2 of 13

Parent Information sessions will be held this evening (Wednesday) starting at 6:00pm in the Dominic Centre where I will present a brief welcome and introductions of new staff. Following this will be Parent Information sessions in each classroom, beginning at 6:30pm. These parent information sessions will be repeated in each classrooms at 7:15pm to allow parents to attend other sibling meetings. These meetings are to provide information regarding activities, expectations etc. They are not parent teacher interviews.

Our 2019 School Leaders (Year 6) will be involved in their commitment ceremony in Our Lady of Graces Church at 10:00am tomorrow morning. We look forward to participating in this celebration with the students, their teachers and their families. Ms Anderson and I spent some time today working with the students on the topic of leadership. They are a delightful group of students and we very much look forward to seeing their positive contribution to life as student leaders of St Martin's this year.

Tomorrow, we will Show the Love for Townsville with a gold coin fundraiser in support of those affected by devastating flooding in North Queensland. Students are to wear their usual uniform tomorrow (Thursday) but may wear a red accessory (red ribbon, badge, cardboard heart etc). Funds raised will be transferred by Brisbane Catholic Education to Townsville Catholic Education to support families badly impacted by flooding in communities within the Townsville Diocese (which takes in Townville and out to the NT border west of Mt Isa).

Best wishes to our swimmers who will compete at the Lytton District Carnival on Friday.

Geoff Sullivan