From the Principal

Update from Principal - Geoff Sullivan

Welcome back. I hope you enjoyed some quality time and experiences with your children over the Easter break. It was obvious from a show of hands at our Assembly on Monday that many of our families and staff spent time cheering the athletes at Commonwealth Games events.

As we begin a new term we do so conscious of the promise of the Easter season. For me, and those I joined on pilgrimage in the Holy Land during Lent, the Easter ceremonies had a special significance but, for all of us, the Easter season is one of great hope.

This term promises to be a very busy one for students and teachers alike with ANZAC ceremonies, the District and St Anthony's Cross Country carnivals, excursions, our P&F Dads' & Kids' Camp Out, Year 3 & 5 (NAPLAN) Literacy and Numeracy Tests and much more. I thank you as parents for your continuing support of our staff – this support is critical to the ongoing success of your children and our school in general.

Welcome to our new students Aeryn and Addicyn Hoare who joined our school community this term. We also welcome Jack and Harry Ryan who returned to St Martin's this week. We welcome Mrs Cindy Plater as class teacher for 3D and Miss Sydney Hurrell who will be teaching Year 6 this term. We look forward to the positive contribution of these students and teachers to life here at St Martin's. At the end of Term 1, Mrs Belinda Drummond resigned from her position as our Receptionist at St Martin's to return to work in the banking sector. I thank Belinda for her lovely contribution to St Martin's and wish her well for the future.

Rubber soft fall under play equipment

Over the holidays many cleaning and maintenance tasks were completed. We are currently completing a project of installing rubber soft fall under our two sets of play equipment next to our playing fields. I thank the P&F Association for the very generous financial support of this project.

ANZAC Day

On ANZAC Day (Wednesday 25 April) our students are invited to represent the school in the local ANZAC Day parade and ceremony. We look forward to the students participating in this important community event when we remember the brave men and women who fought for Australia and continue to serve in the armed forces abroad. Information on ANZAC Day (including location and time) will be forwarded via an email in the near future.

The newsletter next week will be available next Thursday.

Geoff Sullivan