Kia ora Whānau – Greetings everyone.

Congratulations must go to our fabulous children who did so well at the recent ‘Lit Quiz’ (Literacy Quiz). St Martins entered two teams in the event and there were 65 Canterbury teams in the competition. Because our teams were filled with well prepared, literacy passionate individuals who know how to work as teams, St Martins School took out first and seventh place. This was an amazing result and we feel so proud of our 2 amazing teams. Thanks must also go to Bridget Hayes and Tamara Saxon who prepared these dedicated children who attended before school training sessions. Our winning team will now travel to Wellington for the National final to be held next term.

Road Safety Update

Following the publicity over the parking issues there has been some, but not complete improvement in the illegal behaviours of some ‘parkers’. Last week I met with the Christchurch City Council (CCC) Senior Parking Compliance Officer to discuss how the CCC can assist with the ‘Chaos at the Gate’. While the CCC representative said the CCC had not received an direct complaints he could see that we do have issues. To that end, for the rest of this term and for Term 2 there will be random visits from the CCC traffic wardens team. Offenders may not be ticketed immediately but can expect to receive their infringement notices by mail. In Term 3 the ‘Chaos at the School Gate’ programme will be run for St Martins School by the CCC team. More information will follow closer to the date this programme will commence. Until then we ask, for the sake of the safety of our children, that all drivers who drop off or collect children from St Martins to do so as safely and as legally as possible.