On Tuesday 19 October, 38 Children received the Sacrament of Reconciliation, the first of three Sacraments the children will receive on their way to full membership in the Catholic Church.
The children were supported by Fr Michael who led the ceremony, and Fr Dominick, Fr Anthony Kain, and Monsignor Ian Dempsey. We congratulate these children and look forward to them continuing their journey towards Confirmation and First Communion in 2022.
In 2022 the South Australian Commission for Catholic Schools (SACCS) will be introducing the inaugural Catholic Education Awards South Australia. These awards have been endorsed by SACCS and our two Principal Associations, South Australian Catholic Primary Principals Association (SACPPA) and the Association of Principals of Catholic Secondary Schools (APCSS).
The Awards offer the opportunity to celebrate the outstanding achievement and contribution to Catholic education of staff and volunteer supporters working in a diverse range of endeavours across our schools. These awards provide a formal mechanism to recognise those staff and volunteer supporters whose efforts go beyond the already high standards of education and care delivered by those involved in Catholic education.
Today we farewell our Deputy Principal Mr Ben Catalano and wish him all the best for his Principalship at Tenison Woods Catholic School at Richmond.
Ben is an outstanding leader and his contribution to our community has been significant. He has provided me with great support and leadership over the past 5 years and he will be missed.
If you would like to make contact with Ben, his email will remain active for the next couple of weeks and can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Craig Fosdike, Principal
For Term 4, Mr Sam Baxter will become part of the School Leadership Team and support our community in all the ways that Mr Catalano did. Mr Baxter will be leaving St Martin de Porres School at the end of 2021 to take up a Leadership/Teaching position at Mary Mackillop Memorial School in Penola.
Welcome to the School Community
I welcome Mr Henry Spurling to our school and to the Year 4 class of Mr Baxter. Mr Spurling is an experienced teacher who has just relocated from Brisbane.
I said to the children the following about the holidays approaching.
“During the holidays have lots of fun and rest. Don’t forget to get better at something you have to practise. Take up the challenge. Practice your writing, reading, spelling, your counting, your kicking or goal shooting, how far you can run without stopping, your skating, bike riding, scootering. Do something you have never done before – as long as it is safe and come back for Term 4 to work hard to be better at something.”
Wishing all families a happy an safe term break.
This year’s 'Walk a Mile' event was a great success with students, staff and parents venturing out into our neighbourhood to raise funds and awareness for the Hutt St Centre and to support those experiencing homelessness.
Our student leaders encouraged everyone to embrace the cold and damp conditions to appreciate in some small way the challenges those without shelter face. This event reflects Saint Mary Mackillop’s motto to never see a need without doing something about it.
We sincerely thank the parents who volunteered to accompany us on the walk.
We thank our generous community for donating over $1,900 to this worthy cause. Donations can still be made via the following link up until the end of October.
Ben Ryan, APRIM
On Tuesday, 21 September our Year 6 students hosted 'Market Day' for school staff and students. This links to the HASS, Business & Economics Curriculum where they are learning about the purpose of business and the different ways that businesses choose to provide goods and services. Students were able to apply their knowledge and skills by creating their own business. Students had to conduct market research, develop a business plan, strategies, write a business proposal, advertise their stall and then review their business once they have calculated profit and loss.
Wonderful weather was the beginning of a sensational day for our students. On Wednesday, 18 August a selected team of St Martin de Porres Students (from Year 3 to Year 6) headed to the East Parklands where we setup on the Prince Alfred College Oval to compete in the annual 2021 SACPSSA Cross Country Day.
Our students have shown magnificent determination by continually attending Friday morning trainings in rain, fog and sunny conditions allowing all students to continually improve and reduce their time on the 2km cross country run.
This year the Year 1 students wanted to do something special for the Vinnies Winter Appeal. Over a few weeks, the children collected empty shoeboxes and lots of different food and toiletry products that could be put into the boxes and given out to the less fortunate people in our community. They decorated the boxes with so much care and enthusiasm and then, after sorting the items, ensured the boxes were filled with a variety of things such as non-perishable food, beanies, gloves and toiletries.