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Why Are They Here - Sara Martin

"Hello! My name is Sara Martin, I am the Year 6-7 Curriculum Coordinator here at Good Shepherd. I first moved here because I was drawn to the school by the International Baccalaureate Programme Framework (IB) and the Visible Wellbeing Framework after having just completed my Masters in International Education. This was because during my Masters, I wrote a thesis which inquired into the connections between learning and wellbeing; specifically in Northern Territory schools. I recognised and moreover share the school’s commitments to these frameworks, valuing it for my own childrens’ learning journey.

Over the last two years, I have had the honour of collaborating in the development of our Year 6-7 curriculum. I am so proud of the rigorous, thoughtful and engaging units we have cultivated to provoke students to become 21st Century learners who ask strategic questions, are effective communicators and problem solvers. I am continually astounded by the interdisciplinary work our students generate and know that they will contribute positively into this global community.

I want to acknowledge our dedicated teachers at this wonderful school, who work diligently for their students' hopes, dreams and needs at their hearts. I love being a part of this community. This school is a special place - absolutely filled with knowledge, passion and dedication.

I am grateful for the amazing Year 6-7 team where every day is dynamic and exciting! I can see the positive impact this has on our students to become the most equipped, internationally-minded students ready for the ‘real world’.

Throughout the COVID-19 uncertainty, if it has taught us anything, it is to know just how important it is to be able to be adaptive, resilient and innovative during this fluid time.

In addition to my passions for teaching and learning, I have a wonderful family, including my husband and our two children, Claire 7 at Howard Springs Primary Campus and Jae 4, who will be joining Transition next year at Good Shepherd. We love living in the NT, having lived here for 13 years now. We have three dogs, an acreage and enjoy harvesting honey from our bees. We also love camping and exploring our beautiful sunburnt country.

Prior to becoming a teacher, I grew up in Indonesia, also attending an IB school. I completed my Social Science degree in NSW and a Teaching Degree in QLD whilst working as a Disability Carer and Swimming Teacher for 4 years. I am also very blessed to have my sister Ms. Brown working at our Howard Springs Junior School!

Some of my favourite life experiences have been climbing a volcano called Mt. Bromo, visiting the remains of Krakatoa, flying in a hot air balloon over Alice Springs, walking around the DMZ between North Korea and South Korea, flying a light plane, bike riding around Uluru, hiking through the Bungle Bungles, travelling along the Silk Road, climbing the hanging monastery, sleeping in a yurt, walking the Great Wall of China, fist bumping Will Smith, seeing the Terracotta Warriors and spending a week in Harbin’s freezing -23c temperatures!

Have a wonderful end of term everyone and GOOOO HUGHES"!


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