From the Principal

Update from Principal - Geoff Sullivan

Congratulations to our Year 6 team of students and staff (2018 & 2019) for their nomination in the Best Student Wellbeing Program in the 2019 Australian Education Awards. St Martin's has been selected as a finalist in this section of the awards with the award ceremony being held in Sydney on 16 August. This outstanding news for our school community.

This link has information on these awards and section St Martin's has been nominated in: http://www.educatorawards.com/index.php

The Student Wellbeing program at St Martin's is centered and delivered through the Year 6 Leadership program. It encompasses a holistic approach to student wellbeing, focused around five main areas. The Year 6 cohort researched the issues that were affecting students of a primary school age and found that anxiety, social disconnection and limited physical activity in school provided challenges that needed to be overcome. Over the course of ten weeks, they devised and implemented a range of school wide activities, initiatives and experiences that would help address these issues and could be successfully continued in years to come.

This five-step program had a range of desired outcomes which included:

  • Developing a shared understanding of positive mental health in the school
  • Providing strategies, such as mindfulness and meditation activities, for students to use when feeling anxious or overwhelmed
  • Teaching students exercises and activities to improve their physical fitness and which they could use in all settings
  • Reinforcing the importance of a balanced, healthy diet and the effect it has on mental health
  • Students valuing and contributing to a more sustainable school environment by reducing single use plastics in their lunch boxes
  • Building and establishing relationships with students across the school to promote active communication and socialisation

Communication Survey

I encourage you to complete the School Communication survey by Friday 21st June to provide useful feedback to us on this matter. The survey should take approximately 3 minutes to complete.

Please click on the following link to access the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YWPHQQT

St Martin's Community Council Meeting

This week the St Martin's Community Council gathered for our Term 2 meeting and I thank each of the members for their commitment, support and wisdom. The St Martin's Community Council is a group of parents, staff and parish representatives who provide advice to the School Leadership Team in the areas of policy, finance and school development.

Student Protection, Behaviour Support, Risk Management and Complaints processes

The school website has been updated to include links to updated policies and procedures relating to student protection, behaviour support, risk management and managing school-related complaints from students, parents and guardians. School Student Protection Contacts are also located here.

Geoff Sullivan
Principal