At Saint Martin de France, Christian living isn’t just about beliefs and traditions. It’s the way we live!
Pastoral life at school is all about relationships, the concept of accepting each other, and creating an atmosphere of give and take. All pupils warmly embrace the spirit and values that the school strives to maintain.
The Chaplaincy are involved with the students at all levels, from manning the tuck shop at break time to provide snacks, tea, coffee, hot chocolate and croissants to organising debates or Catechism, the Chaplaincy at Saint Martin has a dynamic and vital role in the well-being of our students.
Pastoral life at Saint Martin is guided by the Oratorian Charter « School is not only a space to gain knowledge. It’s a space where the inner self develops.”
Optional Pastoral activities at Saint Martin
|6th grade||A choice between Catechism classes or Religious education.Students in 5th grade Catechism classes can do their Profession of Faith.||Thursday afternoons|
|Discussion groups arranged every 3 weeks|
|4th grade||The concept of giving, sharing and commitment to a project.||Tuesday evenings after study period or Friday midday.|
|3rd grade and 2ndgrade||Laicity, addictions and solidarity.||Thursday evenings|
|Premiere and Terminale||Faith, fraternity, art and religion.||Monday evening after DST or Tuesday midday.|
Preparation for the Sacrament
All students have the possibility to prepare for their Baptism and First Communion, whatever their age.
|BaptismTwo year preparation||Meeting every three weeks.|
|First CommunionOne year preparation||Meeting every Tuesday evening.|
|ConfirmationTwo year preparation||Participation in a “Retreat” and specific outings and activities.|
Throughout the school year, a variety of events are organised for the students.
Christmas and Lent are celebrated with a great deal of enthusiasm: A Christmas mass is followed by an outdoor gathering of staff and students with candles and sky lanterns. An extremely lively Carnival parade takes place each year.
The school works hard to help the students value and appreciate the true values of these moments.
Every year, the school supports a charity. This year it was “Mecenat Chirugical”, a medical charity which helps African children have access to major heart surgery in France. Speakers from the charity present their work and the students participate in fund raising events.
A weekly Mass takes place on Thursdays from 17h30 to 18h30 in the School Chapel.
High School activities
- Workshops and presentations from visiting guests from various political, cultural, sporting, charity or religious organisations. Last year’s guest was Elena Alfaro who spoke at school about her imprisonment during the Argentinian dictatorship.
- Film projections such as « La Résurrection »
- Theatre performances such as “Soeur Emmanuelle”
- Participation in the Taizé Pilgrimage in conjunction with two other Oratory schools.
- Attendance at the Frat de Lourdes Pilgrimage, every two years.
- Contemplative walks including an outing to Bay of Mont St Michel where 3rd and 2nd grade students walk across the bay at low tide.