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.
See below a little insight into some of the work that we have been doing with the student’s supporting our catholic life and collective worship.
this week's theme is wisdom
talking all things wise and wonderful with ndcys #wisdom
week 9- keeping in touch
this week's theme is understanding
staff liturgy- June 2020
This week's theme is knowledge
week 7- create your own prayer space at home
This weeks Missionary Discipleship challenge is to create a prayer space within your home. This could also be done in school, perhaps you could add to your form faith board. Or perhaps, you could create something in school to take home and make a prayer space at home.
this week's theme is reverence
holy spirit walk with me this day..
Bishop Patrick has invited us to pray this prayer every morning.
We pray that the Holy Spirit will guide us in our words and actions, just as the Holy Spirit guided the disciples many years ago. We are modern day disciples and it is our job to share the Good News today!
You can print it off, colour it in, and place it somewhere in your home or you can create your own poster/artwork with the prayer yourself.
THIS WEEK'S THEME IS PENTECOST
week 6- share a message of love and hope in a different language
This weeks challenge is to follow in the footsteps of the Disciples after Pentecost, by sharing a message of love or hope with someone in a different language. Remember to send in a photo or video of you completing the challenge!
with love from us to you
This is a special message to all the wonderful staff at Saint Martin’s Catholic Academy. We are so thankful for your continued love and support during this difficult time. We all miss you very much.
silence is not the answer
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.
We have a platform. We will use it.
Silence is not the answer & until we educate one another we can not move forward. We can not and should not be ignoring the racial injustice within this world. If you don't understand it, talk about it. Educate yourself, your family, your friends as much as you possibly can. Watch. Read. Listen. Understand the racial divide. Recognise it. Use your voice. Use your platform. Things will not change until we do this. Make a change. We are one.
Learn to do good, seek justice, correct oppression. Isaiah 30:17
Ten:Ten Resources have produced a series of prayers which you may like to use in school or at home.
30 actions to help us look after ourselves and others.
Even in these difficult times there is always something good to celebrate, big or small.
Whenever I am anxious or worried, you comfort me and make me glad. Psalm 94
this week's theme is EXAMPLE
giving thanks for our nhs workers
Every Thursday night at 8pm we will be showing our appreciation for the NHS workers and all those on the front line. During these unprecedented times they need to know that we are grateful.
THIS WEEK'S THEME IS WITNESS
week 3- send a letter or drawing to your parish priest to cheer them up
The challenge this week, is to write a letter to, or draw a picture for, your parish priest or pastor and send it to them to cheer them up and show we are thinking about them.
this week's theme is VOCATION
THIS WEEK'S THEME IS MISSIONARY DISCIPLESHIP
week 2- send a message of hope and love
The challenge is to send a message of hope or love to someone and encourage them to do the same. This could be a phone call, a text message or even a poster (or a set of posters stuck on the school gates/fence?!).
The year of the word- art competition
In aid of “The Year of the Word- The God who Speaks”. We launched a Saint Martin’s scripture competition. Students could choose their favourite piece of scripture and decorate it in their own way.
This was a great opportunity for the students to deepen their understanding of scripture. All the art work was excellent and we thoroughly enjoyed looking at them all individually.
This week's theme is FAITH
week 1- dedicating food to a loved one
The challenge this week is to make a favourite meal or bake a cake or even just a cup of tea for someone you miss right now and record a short video or a photo with a written message and send it to that person to brighten their day.
THIS WEEK'S THEME IS EVANGELISE
I am the light of the world....
Our student's were invited to take a photograph that represents spring and the coming light and hope of Holy week. Thank you for sharing your photos.
"I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in in darkness, but will have the light of life." John 8:12
Prayer resources whilst at home
Each week there will be daily prayer resources for all student's to access on sharepoint. All prayer resources will follow the NDCYS theme. Also, head over to our CMAT Chaplaincy page- STA Chaplaincy Hub.
This week's theme is alleluia
Holy week with fr frank
It's Holy week and there are lots of opportunities for us to worship from the comfort of our own homes. Check out the St Dominics community and see Fr Frank's live stream schedule for this week.
A message from the staff at Saint Martin's
We hope this makes you smile and brightens up your day. We are really looking forward to seeing you all soon, stay safe and look after each other. Love and prayers from the staff at Saint Martin's.
The full version video is in the Catholic Life Share Point folder.
Tomorrow is Palm Sunday! This day is the start of Holy Week and this day we remember Jesus entering into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey. As Jesus made his arrival, crowds gathered with palm branches, shouting HOSANNA!!
Christians across the world are uniting this Palm Sunday by putting greenery or palms on their doors because for the first time we will not be able to celebrate this Feast in Church.
Join us, find some greenery or make some palms for your windows and doors. Send us your pictures of the witness you are making!(email them to Lucy Chapman) #palmsunday #holyweek #witness
this week's theme is passion
A rainbow is God’s sign of His never ending love for us. We see rainbows a lot in the Old Testament of the Bible as a sign of God’s promise with his people.
Whenever I cover the sky with clouds and the rainbow appears, I will remember my promise to you and to all the animals that a flood will never again destroy all the living beings.
Currently the rainbow has become a symbol of hope during the coronavirus epidemic. So, I invite you to make your own rainbows, in whatever way you choose, be creative! We would love to see the rainbows you have created in your windows so please send a picture of them via email to Lucy or share them on Instagram and tag us. #Rainbow #Hope #Chaplaincy
This week's theme is journey
we are loved #cymfed
.Members of the Catholic Youth Ministry invited us all to join them in prayer on Thursday 2nd April at 7:00pm in praying for young people and an end to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Staff and students were asked to share their photo.
This week's theme is almsgiving
Year 11 leavers' liturgy
Oh what an emotional day it was, as we officially said goodbye to our wonderful year 11 students. Not a dry eye in school (maybe this was tears of laughter as well as tears of sadness though). A big thank you to everyone involved and all who prepared the Leavers' Liturgy.
Please remember we are only ever just a phone call away if you ever need our support or guidance. We wish our students all the best in life and wish you well in your future college lives and in your work. You will be missed.
The Big Sleep Out 2020
Staff and students swapped their comfy bedrooms to sleep rough for the night to raise money for Lawrence House charity that helps homeless young people.
We started our evening with an opening liturgy led by the children. We were blessed to be joined by Bishop Patrick who stayed and chatted with the staff and children. Bishop Patrick delivered the final blessing. The pupils had an opportunity to reflect on the Good Samaritan scripture reading and how they can show kindness and compassion to others. Louise, the manager from Lawrence house joined us and delivered a short talk on the history of Lawrence house and how they support young people.
The 54 youngsters and 5 staff put themselves in the shoes of the homeless, with just coats, sleeping bags and cardboard boxes to brave the elements overnight, away from modern creature comfort. We raised an incredible amount ….£4,666.95
Lenten frugal lunches 2020
As part of our service to the local community we supported St Peter's Catholic Church with their lenten frugal lunches. The children were described as *5 waiters and waitresses.
confirmation welcome mass
On Friday 28th February, a large group of our young people made an important commitment; they are preparing for the sacrament of Confirmation.
Alton Castle Residential retreat
On Wednesday 26th-Friday 28th February 2020, 33 pupils and 4 staff took part in a residential retreat at Alton Castle in Staffordshire. The centre offers the children the opportunity of taking part in some really exciting outdoor activities whilst considering their spiritual impact too.
Our theme for the retreat was 'Our calling?', and each fun activity gave the children a chance to reflect on the theme. The children took time to consider what they had achieved so far in their lives and reflected positively on where their life journey was going to take them.
The friendly staff led the children in night time activities after dinner which ranged from fun team games to meditations.
Over the next two days, the children had the opportunity to take part in three activities each. Mountain Biking, Trekking, Survival, and Archery
Each night, the children took part in night prayer; rooms were set to be peaceful and calm, with candles burning and quiet music playing. All the children were involved and eager to take part praying for their own families, friends and concerns.
To end the trip we all took part in a beautiful Mass which we had learnt new hymns for. The Mass was the culmination of a wonderful few days where everyone involved had been touched, in some way, by the events which took place at the castle. Our trip was a real success, and we are now putting our improved team work skills to use in school.
ash wednesday liturgies
As a school community, we witnessed the beginning of the Lenten season by celebrating Ash Wednesday. It was a thought provoking and uplifting experience. The ashes were blessed by Fr Frank before the Eucharistic ministers distributed them to students and staff.
Pupil led Act of worship
Well done to 8G for leading and preparing today's AOW. This week's theme is Care.
Year 7 class masses 2020
7V and 7E have celebrated their class Mass. Thank you to everyone who helped to plan, prepare and evaluate.
"During the Mass I felt God's presence in the chapel and it was a beautiful celebration. It really made me feel closer to God" Connor.
St thomas aquinas feast day- cmat event.
On Tuesday 28th January 2020, we attended our annual Catholic Multi Academy Trust (CMAT) event to celebrate our Feast Day. The event took place at the Ramgarhia Community Centre.
The Key note speaker on the day was Christine Allen, the Director of Cafod. She shared with us Cafod’s latest focus on the Amazon rain-forest and what we can do to combat the huge amounts of deforestation. As part of all of this, each school was presented with a small tree at the end of Mass, which was blessed by Bishop Patrick.
HINCKLEY FOOD BANK-advent 2019 appeal
Today, a small group of The Divinity Team delivered food donated by the whole school to Hinckley food bank. Jim, a volunteer gave the students that helped drop off the food an educated talk about how some people have to make the difficult decision of choosing between “heating and eating”. They learnt that over the past few years, the demand for food banks has increased as rent has increased but salaries have stayed the same; in the UK, there are now more food banks than there are McDonald’s.
As a whole, it was a very rewarding and eye-opening experience to help those in need and we are proud to see that our students have demonstrated one of our core values of kindness by helping those in need within our local community
Next year, we hope to donate even more food and with that we need your help.
Christmas Mass- 19th december
Today Fr Anthony, Fr Simon, Fr Frank and Fr Isaac joined us to celebrate the end of Autumn Term. The Three Masses were beautifully led by so many children. A big thank you to everyone who took part.
supporting our local food bank during advent 2019
Following a recent donation from the school, children from The Divinity Team visited the local supermarket to source products for Hinckley Food Bank. What a great way to put our Faith in to Action.
Hinckley across group
For the four Sundays of Advent this year, Chris, Hinckley ACROSS Group's chef, with the support of his team of volunteer helpers, including students from St. Martin's Catholic Academy, has been cooking four course lunches in aid of Hinckley ACROSS Group.
People pay £20.00 per head for a delicious home-cooked, four course meal that includes canapes and mulled wine, starters, roast turkey main meal, sweet, mince pies and tea/coffee. The money raised from this venture supports paying for people with disabilities, who cannot travel via plane, to visit Lourdes, France, on pilgrimage.
The cost of a week's pilgrimage, including full board in a three star hotel, transport on a jumbulance, and excursions while in Lourdes, costs around £850.00 per person. Needless to say, this is beyond the reach of some people, so Hinckley ACROSS Group, led by Ian Coe, does a lot of fundraising during the year to support the venture, helping subsidise people's costs, where needed.
Last year, for the first time, Chris's idea of the Advent lunches was 'born'! This particular fundraising effort raised a staggering £1,200.00 and some Advent lunch attendees decided, as well as paying their £20.00 a head for the lunch, to sponsor an individual to travel to Lourdes! People's generosity is amazing!
This year, Ian had the idea of inviting students from St. Martin's to volunteer their help as waiters and waitresses! Everyone attending the meals so far have commented on the politeness of St. Martin's students and their capabilities as waiting on staff! Well done to all of the team and good luck for the final Sunday this weekend!
The Year of the word
All of Year 7 have now received their copy of Matthew’s Gospel, this is to Mark ‘The Year of the Word’. The bibles are a gift from the Nottingham Diocesan Education Service. A big thanks to the Nottingham Diocesan Catholic Youth Service (NDCYS) team, for delivering them to Saint Martin’s.
Year 7 advent prayer stations
The theme of the first week in Advent is Hope. It's about looking to the future and reflecting on what we want for our lives and around the world. Year 7 have prepared this week by taking part in reflective prayer stations.
We brought Christmas joy to Saffron House this week
The canaan trust
Kevin from The Canaan Trust visited Saint Martin's. We enjoyed hearing about the charity's work and they help support homelessness in our wider community.
red wednesday-27th November
Today our School Community took part in Red Wednesday, an annual event organised by Aid to the Church in Need to raise awareness of those persecuted for their Faith especially Christians.
Jesse, Gaby, Millie, Gabriel, Connor from Year 8 led a beautiful liturgy in the Chapel at 8.30am this morning reflecting on Scripture, Prayer as well as highlighting examples such as Rasha Drazy and her family.
This theme was reflected in tutor prayers for today as well as the Collective Act of Worship that took place in assembly. By the statue of Mary, red roses were placed to remember all those who have been persecuted for their Faith.
Our students in Divinity, wrote in red pen for their lesson and explored ‘What is Aid to the Church in Need?’ as well as focusing on stories of those persecuted for their faith.
the year of the word-bible tour
Welcome Naomi to Saint Martin's. Naomi joined us yesterday from The Briars team, delivering a Matthew's Gospel for every year 7 pupil.
National Youth Funday #NDCYS
We are all called to be 'Significant'. Today we celebrated National Youth Sunday.
Extraordinary ministers of holy COMMUNION -Saturday 16th November 2019
Congratulations to our Year 11 students Holly, Hannah and Ryan who have now been commissioned as Eucharistic Ministers at St Barnabas, Cathedral Nottingham. They will now be able to assist with the distribution of Holy Communion during school/parish Masses. What a beautiful celebration this morning.... Ryan and Holly have written this report: On the morning of Saturday 16th November 2019, we were privileged to attend a commissioning Mass to confirm our roles as Eucharistic ministers. In the Mass we signed a declaration of the responsibilities we hold as Eucharistic ministers. It has been a great opportunity for us all to become more involved in our school and parish. We all look forward to helping and serving at future masses. We now feel confident and prepared to fulfil our role.
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 £824.52 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