About St Martins Mō Hāto Mātene

St Martins School is a popular state school on the edge of Christchurch, nestled at the foot of the Port Hills. It has a very proud tradition of providing high quality primary and intermediate education for New Entrant to Year 8 children.

St Martins School is well known for its love of the Performing Arts, its sporting prowess and as a school that is successful in developing well-rounded, capable students who are successful in a diverse world.

St Martins is a large school, with the roll reaching 500 plus by the end of the year, yet parent feedback tells us that it has a strong “family-feeling” and that our children feel happy and safe. We have high expectations of our staff, teaching and support staff, and ensure that they are kept “professionally current” through ongoing, high quality professional development.

The Canterbury earthquakes have meant that some of our buildings have been damaged, but the school is marked for “renewal” and in the near future, the work that has already begun creating modern learning environments, will be recommenced. In the meantime our teachers will make sure that our children will continue to learn in well-organised, inviting, rich and vibrant classrooms.

The school is well resourced, with our 21st Century learning philosophy being well supported with the latest technologies, to ensure that our children have access to the learning tools of today for a lifetime of learning in the future.

St Martins School is well supported by a Board of Trustees that promotes good governance and gives priority to ensuring this school is meeting students needs. The Board of Trustees supports the managing of class size to keep them as low as possible, ensures that the learning environment is progressive and safe, and involves the school community in the development of its strategic direction.

The school endeavours to maintain quality communication with our community and we do so in a wide range ways. Feedback is gratefully received, and we believe that this provides us with an opportunity to constantly improve.

St Martins is a child-centred, community spirited school and we would like you to be part of it. We warmly welcome you, and invite you to make an appointment to visit and see our school in action.

Ko te tamaiti te pūtake o te kaupapa
The child – the heart of the matter

Our Story Behind Our Logo

StM-Logo-lrOur new logo was launched in March 2012 – at a time when our city was beginning a new adventure into the future, so was our school.

The main letters ‘S’ and ‘M’ of our name St Martins are used in the logo.

The Port Hills behind our school are represented in the mounds of the lower case ‘m’. The ‘s’ not only creates the path up to the school, but symbolises the journey the students take with their climb to achieve, and the growth in their learning.

It was important the logo was clean and simple so that it is easy to replicate in any media including embroideries and prints on garments. This design was also chosen because it was timeless – we can enjoy it for many years to come.