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.
Events & Trips 2018-19
End of Term Christmas Masses
Advent Food Bank Donations
During Advent we reflect on the coming of Christ into the world and prepare for the Christmas season. These are some images from our Advent Liturgies...
Pupils on our weekly visit to Saffron House in Barwell. Having a lovely afternoon getting creative with the residents.#WorkingWithTheCommunity #CatholicLife #PreparingForAdvent
Advent 2018 & Encounter
What is meant by Encounter?
As Bishop Patrick reminded us in his recent Pastoral Letter, it is about a change of heart
and minds, of having personally encountered Christ and responded to his call in our lives. It is an invitation for each of us to encounter afresh, or even for the first time, the personal love that God has for each of us, to respond and grow as disciples of Jesus Christ and to become faith-filled, joyful and outward-looking missionary disciples through an
openness to the Holy Spirit. Beginning with ‘Encounter’, Bishop Patrick hopes that this ‘Advent and Christmas will be a time, when we all encounter afresh the amazing love of God our Father in sending us his Son and ponder again on Mary’s openness to receiving that love’. (Pastoral Letter, November 2018).
The Gospels are full of occasions of Encounter. Jesus meets people with love. In various
ways, he meets people who are in need of him; in him, they find the love of God made man. Jesus suddenly and dramatically breaks through their situations and they are changed by this meeting, he not only offers his friendship and love, he desires their friendship and love. They are met with a choice: to follow him or to return to the life they had before. Encounters with Jesus lead to becoming a disciple, an intentional follower of Jesus, who is seeking to grow in holiness and likeness of him.
The Divinity Team
The Saint Martin's Divinity Team, discussing CAFOD world gifts and The Food bank in preparation for our Advent charities.
The Year 10 Rome Pilgrimage 2018
In November 2018 we have our annual Year 10 Pilgrimage to Rome where we visited great works of Christian Art, had an audience with the Pope, visited the main Basilicas of Rome, has Mass at the English College and much more.
Mass for the commissioning of Eucharistic Ministers
MASS FOR THE COMMISSIONING OF EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS AT SAINT MARTIN'S (WITH SOME NICE PHOTOS OF ST BARNABAS CATHEDRAL IN NOTTINGHAM) with three of our Year 11 Students.
The year 7 Briars Retreat 2018
70 of our Year 7 pupils went on the annual retreat to the Briars Residential retreat Centre in Derbyshire. Here are some photos from the week.....
All Saint's Mass
All Saints' Day is a solemn holy day of the Catholic Church celebrated annually on November 1. The day is dedicated to the saints of the Church.
Hymn Practice - LEARNING some new songs for masses this year
The Group with no name!!!!
The group with no name will eventually have a name! However, at the moment this group looks at the Catholic life of the school, planning what we would like to do as a community to develop the spiritual and moral life of the school (PS Now called the Divinity Group)
Welcome to Lucy Chapman
We are delighted to have appointed Lucy Chapman as our new school Lay Chaplain. Most secondary schools have a lay Chaplain to support the Catholic life of the school and support the work of the Priest Chaplain. Lucy worked has a lay Chaplain in Birmingham for 16 years and has happily now moved to Earl Shilton so we have managed to recruit her to Saint Martin's. Lucy also worked at Alton Castle, the Birmingham Diocesan Catholic Youth Retreat Center for a year.
MacMillan Coffee Morning
Thank you to everyone who supported our Macmillan Coffee Morning, especially Mrs Orton who came in to organised the event and all the pupil helpers.
The blessing of our new school Chapel
To mark this anniversary, we will be having various events and other things to mark the occasion. One of the first is the creation of our new school chapel which was be opened by the Bishop on September 21st 2018.
The Year 7 Mass of Welcome
Well done to all our new Year 7 pupils who were so superb on their first day at Saint Martin's
Will Wright, our Head Boy and Head Girl, Kay-Leigh Pereira and two other Year 11 Students Tallia Jamelynec and Oliver Morgan attended the Adoremus National Eucharistic Congress and Pilgrimage in Liverpool and they have all been commissioned as Eucharistic Ministers.
The creation of our new school chapel
As part of our celebrations to mark the 70th Year of St Martin's school, we have created a new school Chapel. These are some photos showing the transformation from Mr Dixon's RE class to the Chapel. The Bishop of Nottingham will be coming to consecrate it in September.
Our Dominican heritage