For Students

Programs and co-curricula

St Martha's is a two-stream school up to Year 4 and a composite class in Year 5/6, with 11 classes from Kindergarten to Year 6. We aim to support the individual needs of students through the provision of special programs.

EAL/English Support

Assistance is provided for children who require ongoing support in their learning of English (speaking, reading, and writing).

New Arrivals

English teaching on an individual or small-group basis for children newly arrived in Australia with no knowledge of English.

Reading Recovery

Reading Recovery is an intensive early intervention reading program, conducted on an individual basis for students in Year 1 who are having difficulty learning to read.

Approximately 8-10 children are on this program each year.

Learning Support

A Specialised teaching program is provided for children with identified physical or intellectual disabilities, and in certain cases for children with particular learning difficulties, emotional or social problems.

Gifted and Talented

Extension work for children identified as being academically gifted in a targeted area. Assessment of all students from Year 1 to Year 6 identifies the children to be included in these programs. Throughout the year, children with particular talents and gifts are included in workshops.

Hearing-impaired

A specialist teacher provides assistance to identified hearing-impaired students.

Music Lessons

A Music specialist teacher is employed to instruct the children K-6. This teacher also trains a choir, drawing students from Years 3, 4, 5 and 6.

Choir

A School Choir sings at school and community events. The Choir meets once a week at lunchtime.

String Ensemble

St Martha's string ensemble group meets once a week and is available to music students who wish to play as an ensemble. Parents enrol their child and pay a nominal fee for this program.

Physical Education Lessons

A specialist Physical Education program, ”Sports in Schools” is used to teach skills in Physical Education.

Swimming

All children participate in two weeks of intensive swimming lessons taught by experienced swimming coaches in Term 4.

Chess Club

A Chess Club is organised with Australian Chess Academy instructors. Parents organise their child's involvement and are required to pay for this program separately.

Sporting Opportunities

Sporting opportunities are provided each year for students to be selected into the school Swimming, Cross Country and Athletics Teams. A range of other sports are offered that give students the opportunity to be selected to Regional / State sporting teams.

Student Leadership

We value the input and opinion of the students and believe that all students are important stakeholders in this community. Student participation in leadership is encouraged. The Year 6 School Leadership Team is comprised of two School Captains, Sports Captains supported by subcommittees and SRC representatives.

Student life at St Martha's gives students the opportunity, not only to extend their learning, but also to develop their leadership skills. This is facilitated through the Student Representative Council (SRC) and participation in various school liturgies and prayer.

Student Representative Council

The Student Representative Council (SRC) is a group of children from Years 3 to Year 6 elected by their peers. The SRC initiates and co-ordinates activities to enhance the student life of the school, raise awareness of the charities we support, and initiate student outreach programs.

Assemblies

Every Friday morning, our school community gathers for a short morning assembly where we pray and reflect upon our response to witnessing God's presence in our lives. Classes take turns in co-ordinating these assemblies. Student leaders assist during assemblies by presenting Merit Certificates, to recognise and celebrate student achievement and acknowledge individual students' birthdays.

Student Health - Allergies

There are children at the school who are severely allergic to a range of food items including peanuts and eggs. Parents are asked not to send to school any nut products. The school cannot check every lunchbox and item of food brought to the school to ascertain whether it contains nut products; so we ask that parents be extra careful when sending food to school. For those who are allergic, exposure to peanuts can have fatal consequences.

For older children who make their own lunches, we ask that their parents explain to them the school policy and the reasons for it.

Birthday Celebrations

This year children's birthdays will be recognised and celebrated weekly at the Friday assembly. Birthdays are special times for your children and your family.

  • Please do not send cakes or lollies into school for sharing. Giving out cakes and lollies interrupts precious learning time and also puts children with allergies at risk.
  • Please do not send invitations via the school if you are organising a celebration for your child. At St Martha's we strive to be inclusive and invitation and present giving to a few children can lead to isolation of others.

Sun Protection

Personal sun protection by way of hats and sunscreens is vital. It is important that the education of skin care begins early in life and is taken as a personal responsibility.

Students must wear hats at all times when outdoors. We have some shaded areas for play and sunscreen is available for the students at all times from the school office) and the school will enforce our rule in the playground: "no hat - no play". If they do not have a hat they will be required to sit in the shade. The regulation school hat is the only acceptable hat to be worn at school.

Contact Numbers

Please ensure that the school has your current address, work/home telephone numbers and emergency contact numbers. It is vital that we have up-to-date phone contact numbers so that we may contact you at home or at work in the event that your child may be suffering from an illness or injury.

Illness at school

Any child who is feeling ill may be sent to the Sick Bay. If the child is not well enough to be at school, the parents will be contacted and asked to take the child home. Parents are requested not to send their children to school when they are ill as the school is unable to provide high quality care. In the event of a serious accident, an ambulance will be called to administer first aid and, if necessary, take the child to hospital. In these circumstances parents will be contacted as soon it is possible to do so.

Medication

The following guidelines apply to the administration of medication to children while at school or on a school-related activity.

  • The parent or legal guardian must fill out a written request for school staff to administer prescription medications.
  • The medication must be in a container labelled by the pharmacist showing the name of the drug, the 'use by' date, the name of the child's medical practitioner and the child, the dosage and the frequency of administration.

School staff are not able to administer Panadol, cough mixtures, motion sickness medication and the like without prior request from a parent. Documentation is mandatory.

Health Action Plan

To help staff manage children with health conditions such as asthma, anaphalaxis and diabetes it is imperative that parents supply the school with a Health Action Plan.

Your GP/Specialist will be able to assist with the preparation of an action plan specific to your child's needs. Action Plans must be signed by a Medical Practitioner.Exclusion Periods for Infectious Condition

A child suffering from an infectious complaint (measles, chicken pox, head lice, cold sores, diarrhoea, etc) may not attend school for the period specified by the Health Department. Please advise the school of your child's condition as soon as possible.

It is advisable that a doctor's certificate (identifying the condition the child has been suffering from) is obtained stating that the child is fit to return to school. Please refer to the Department of Health Guidelines for the recommended exclusion periods for infectious conditions.

Head lice

Children who have been infested with head lice are required to be withdrawn until appropriate treatment has been administered

Vaccinations

A requirement for enrolment in schools in NSW is the provision by the enrolling parent or carer of an up to date certificate of vaccination.