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 From the Principal

Update from Principal - Geoff Sullivan:

geoff_sullivan.jpgDear Families and Friends of St Martin’s,

Last Friday was a wonderful experience for all grandparents and special guests who attended St Martin’s for a special morning to recognise their important role in the lives of the children. It was evident that our special visitors enjoyed the day as much as the children. Our Prep, Years 1 & 2 students had an enjoyable experience at their Mini-Olympics yesterday. I thank all involved with the organisation of both days.

Today is the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary – the feast on which we celebrate our belief that, at the end of her earthly life, Mary was taken by God, body and soul, to heaven.

No human person knew Jesus as well as Mary. Firstly, there was the physical union of mother and child. Then she knew him as he grew, and was with him as both his and her understanding grew about his place in God’s will. Mary in her humanity must have struggled to understand, and as a mother her heart was surely broken by the suffering of her son.

Christians have long had a devotion to Mary, as she is a model we can understand, but more so she is a model for us in our everyday life. Mary is a model of faith for us. She abandoned self and in simplicity and humanity accepted God’s will.

EKKA Show Holiday

Tomorrow (Wednesday) is the EKKA Show holiday for St Martin’s. Enjoy the day with your family.

Queensland Catholic Schools & Colleges Music Festival (QCMF)

Best wishes to the members of our school choirs and band who will perform at the QCMF this Friday. We are grateful to Mrs Holt and Mr Benjamin for their work preparing the students for this festival.

Working Bee

We will be having a working bee to complete several tasks in our grounds this Saturday from 8:00am-noon. We hope to see you there.

Mass on Sunday

This Sunday, all families are invited to attend our School Ministered Mass at 5:30pm in the parish church.

Year 5 Camp

Next week, our Years 5 students and their teachers will be attending a camp at Tallebudgera on the Gold Coast. The children are very excited about the range of outdoor, team building activities that they will participate in. Camps like this are an excellent opportunity for students to grow in confidence and independence as they learn in a different setting to their school. Camps provide opportunities for students to live in shared accommodation, develop social skills and independence, challenge themselves and enjoy the benefits of an active lifestyle.

Schools are busy and energetic places. Each week the children are engaged in incredible learning & teaching experiences in each of our classrooms. I am grateful to work with a committed team at St Martin’s who provide such a stimulating, supportive and caring environment for the children.

Best wishes for the week ahead.

Geoff Sullivan