Saint Martin's was founded in 1948 by the Dominican Sisters of St Catherine of Siena based in King William's Town, South Africa. Our Catholic heritage is the foundation of our school and influences all aspects of school life. As such, supporting our pupils to develop spiritually and morally is of fundamental importance. Prayer is a normal part of school life as is a focus on kindness, charity and religious development. Divinity (Religious Education) is a core subject alongside Maths, English and Science. All pupils sit GCSE RE.
The Briars Retreat-Year 7
On 4th November a collection of our year 7 children began their three-day retreat at the Briars Catholic retreat centre in the Archdiocese of Nottingham. The retreat began with team introductions and room allocations, we then began to look into the love God has for us, and the love we should have for ourselves. The next day we delved deeper into the themes of the retreat, as well as going for a walk and celebrating mass together. In the evening the Briars team hosted a disco, which our pupils really enjoyed. We had a wonderful time.
All saints' day
The Solemnity of All Saints was celebrated by the whole school, on Friday 1st November 2019. We celebrated with a liturgy of the Word and two Masses.
Saints were people just like us. They felt hungry, tired, angry, and disappointed sometimes, just as we do. But the saints did difficult things even when they didn’t want to because they loved God.
pupil led act of worship- 'saints'
As a Catholic school collective worship plays a fundamental part of daily school life and enables us all to join together as one in prayer and worship. Each week, different children in each form group prepare and lead their Act of Worship.
Remembrance prayer tree
November is a month of remembrance for all who have died and we are encouraged to pray for them. Throughout November a remembrance tree will be on display in reception. We would like to fill our tree full of people our school is praying for.
singing at saffron House-wednesday 23rd october
A group of children from our school choir had a delightful afternoon at Saffron House Care Home today. The residents and the children had a fantastic time chatting and singing. We had the pleasure to sing Happy Birthday to two residents.
CAFOD BRIGHTEN UP day- Friday 11TH OCTOBER
Thank you everyone for your wonderful generosity as we brightened up the world this harvest. We raised £735.00 by being bright and beautiful. A big thank you to Tricia Henderson from CAFOD who delivered assemblies to all year groups .
faith in action-cymfed
Faith in Action (The CYMFed National Catholic Award Scheme). The Faith in Action scheme helps identify and celebrate what is really important and to formally achieve recognition for the many different ways the children contribute positively to the community and the catholic life of the school. Pupils will be encouraged to take ownership of projects and develop them according to their own talents and interests. Meet this years team.
MACMILLAN CAKE SALE-FRIDAY 27TH SEPTEMBER
A total of £777.15 was raised for Macmillan Cancer research with our bake sale today. We'd like to give a big thank you to everyone who baked or purchased cakes and donated them to the school.
NEW EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS
Congratulations to Holly, Hannah and Ryan who completed their formation and training in order to be commissioned as ministers of Holy Communion. #NDCYS
Year 7 welcome Mass- SEPTEMBER 2019
Today Fr Frank celebrated Mass with Year 7 students and staff in our first opportunity to all gather together. This was the perfect way for the students to begin their journey here at St Martin's. The students and staff prayed and sang with great enthusiasm creating a prayerful and celebratory atmosphere.
Vocare is the Latin word for 'to call'- and as a Catholic school we believe the biggest calling we hear is from God. We are called to be holy, called to follow God in our lives, called to use our gifts at work. A big thank you to all our visitors who joined us for our Year 8 retreat day. #VocationsDay 2019
SAffron house visit
On Wednesday 12th June we visited Saffron House. The session consisted of a little exercise class (throwing and catching the ball) and some quality one on one talking and sharing stories. Another heart warming visit.
Year 8 planning their liturgy
Year 8 are preparing their Vocation Day Liturgy, using the Diocesan liturgy planning sheets. See, Think, Hear, Do..
prayer time in the chapel
Every form group from Year 7-10 will visit our beautiful chapel over the few weeks. All form groups will have the opportunity to reflect and pray. Some images from Year 7 - our theme was 'community'
CAFOD- Step into the gap
On Thursday 23rd May 2019, we invited in Niamh from NDCYS. Niamh is spending her year volunteering at The Briars Youth Retreat Centre with CAFOD’s ‘Step Into The Gap’ programme, working with young people and encouraging them to get involved with CAFOD.
Niamh joined us here for the day, leading sessions outside in the beautiful sunshine. It was a fantastic opportunity to think about ways we could encourage other young people to support CAFOD. I think this has helped inspire us as a school community to raise even more money for CAFOD! It was a brilliant day spending time thinking about our responsibility and our power in the world in a fun and interactive way.
Year 11 leavers liturgy
A big thank you to everyone who donated food items for Hinckley Food Bank. We donated 205.5kg which was worth £359.62. #LentenCharity
big sleep out newspaper article-Hinckley times
community and outreach
Another heart warming visit to Saffron House. Bringing old and young together.
SG10 prepared and led the Act of Worship for lower school. #PositiveThinking #RandomActsOfKindness
Lent Prayer stations 2019
During Lent we have had an opportunity to pray, reflect and prepare for Easter. Some images from our Lenten prayer stations.
Stations of the cross-st peter's church
Our Dominican heritage