Catholic Life and Mission at St Martin’s
Catholic Life and Mission form the core of the school’s central message of ‘Strength and Gentleness’: strength in our commitment to what is right or just, and gentle in the way we support our neighbour.
As Catholic disciples, these values are modelled by everyone who commits themselves to this clear message by enrolling in the school.
The St Martin’s School community has as its focus, the life of Jesus Christ. The school has always maintained very close links with the Catholic Parish of Frenchs Forest and enjoys an excellent rapport with our parish priests and community. Parish priests regularly visit classrooms and spend time with the children, providing them with the opportunity develop their faith and love of God.
The religious life of the school continues to allow people the opportunity to celebrate their faith with others in the community. Throughout the year, classes attend parish masses, families attend family masses, and the whole school attends term masses, Holy Week liturgies, sacramental celebrations, Holy Days of Obligation, Feast Days, the Year 6 Graduation Mass and the Strength and Gentleness Mass of prize-giving at the end of each school year.
Senior students participate in the monthly Parish Youth Group and each year a parish-wide celebration draws together all members of the Parish Community to a special Annual Outdoor Family Mass.
Catholic Worldview is integrated into the teaching/learning programs prepared by staff. Continual dialogue occurs every year to reaffirm the staff commitment to Catholic Worldview within Key Learning Areas. Social justice initiatives are a major focus of the Catholic social teaching at St Martin’s Catholic School.
Together with the parish, the students respond to calls to assist the marginalised through participation in the St Vincent de Paul Christmas Hamper Drive, Mission Projects and other local initiatives.