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The aims of a Marymount education are manifold: to educate the heart and mind, and to provide for each student’s total growth, intellectually, spiritually, socially, and physically.
Mother Marie Joseph Butler
Founder of Marymount International School, Paris
Alumni Testimonial by Meaghan Eicher
I attended Marymount School from 2001 to 2004 (5th grade to 7th grade). After living in Paris, my family moved back to Northern Virginia, about 35 minutes from Washington DC. I graduated from high school in 2009 from Notre Dame Academy. In May 2013, I graduated from James Madison University with a degree in English and a minor in Humanitarian Affairs. At JMU, I had the pleasure of meeting other students who had also lived abroad as kids, and some of them had even lived in Paris too!
My Marymount years instilled in me a love of culture, history, and diversity, while also giving me an appreciation for experiencing life abroad. I often shared my Marymount stories with my college friends and professors, and my international experiences geared me towards a course of study that combined all that I loved about living overseas. In many ways, Marymount helped to form my character, and I am still exploring the ways that it has influenced my life.
I fondly remember the moms selling treats at the morning-break bake sales, Girl Scout meetings in the new cafeteria on Thursday afternoons, playing American football every day at recess (on the old redtop playground), passing notes behind the teacher's back during class, and going on many field-trip excursions.
Marymount taught me many things, but being globally-minded and being involved in the community were the biggest lessons. These two things have not only influenced my course of study in college, but they have also influenced my future goals and endeavors. So much so, that I will soon be moving halfway across the world to serve with the Peace Corps. But perhaps the most important thing and the best thing Marymount gave me was a best friend. I have sporadically kept in touch with various Marymount friends over the years, but I have one Marymount friend who keeps in touch every day. She lives near me in Virginia, and we sometimes reminisce about our years in Paris. We also often discuss the ways that living abroad as kids has impacted our lives, and how it has shaped our choices and future goals. It has been a very eventful childhood, and I am glad that Marymount was a part of it.
Thank you, Marymount!
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- 45 different nationalites
- 36 languages spoken in our community
- 12 religious affiliations represented
- 19 schools in global network
Our children feel like they belong to this community instead of feeling like outsiders in a foreign country. Marymount makes them feel at home.
Elementary School Mom
- 15 average class size
- 60% of faculty members hold a MA or PhD
It is essential that every child has access to the curriculum and that the right of all children to learn is recognized and respected. There is no one size fits all mode to education.
The experienced lunchtime team regularly liaises with the School Principal to offer regional 'tasting' lunches for students to provide them with a sensory curriculum experience for the palate! From Picardie, France to Louisiana, USA, the roots of our diverse community are reflected right here in the Marymount lunchroom! Students are offered a regular lunchtime to selection but may opt for the regional 'tasting' menu that includes specialty foods from the featured region.
A message from Mrs. Anna Stadlman: On Friday March 20th Marymount staff, faculty parents and students walked together in the sunshine in the Walk for Water Walk a Thon. The walk, which involved the participation of students K-8, was organized to collect funds to provide sanitary facilities for our school in Zimbabwe. The walkers carried bottles of water in their back packs to raise awareness of the many children in developing countries who have to walk more than 6 kilometers daily to collect water then carry it back home for their families. Sponsorship and donations raised a total of 8625.17€! We owe a huge Thank You to Mrs. Bambridge for her enthusiasm, encouragement and support, to the several teachers and administrators who pulled together to organize the walk and especially to our Awesome Green Team Parents: Marie Taymans- Verstraete, Nandita Jain and Marilys Aragones who oversaw the project with amazing scrutiny vigilance and joy!
About Water is Life Marymount International School, Paris organized a Water Is Life Walk-a–Thon on 20th March 2015 to raise funds for the RSHM Mission in Zimbabwe. The walk-a-thon is part of the Make A Difference Club's Water is Life Project as part of the 2015 Green Actions Program. The main aim of the project is to raise awareness of the importance of water and of the global water crisis. Water is a focus in the curriculum but we also want the school community to take action and do something practical. The RSHM schools in Zimbabwe provide education and pastoral care for children whose parents cannot afford to send them to public schools. The schools have very basic facilities. Sister Kathleen Murphy, the RSHM missionary who cares for the children in Zimbabwe says 'in our area of Harare, there has not been a constant supply of running water for years. The lack of water is indeed, a great suffering for our people here.' Children have to carry two to five liters of water on their heads every day and the school needs toilets and washing facilities. This is our chance to help! Teachers and students from Kindergarten to Grade 8 participated, along with volunteers from the parent body. The walkers carried up to six liters of water on their backs, depending on their age and size, in empathy with the millions of children who have to walk long distances daily for water, which is often polluted. The younger children walked a circuit around the school grounds, while students from Grades 3 - 8 will walked around from Marymount and around Ile de la Jatte, a distance of about 4 kilometers. Parents decided on the appropriate number of water bottles their child should carry in accordance with age and size. Each student received a sponsor form and asked family members and friends to support them as sponsors for the walk, by donating what they can. The money will be used to provide the much needed toilets and washing facilities. It is a wonderful opportunity to show our love and commitment to support our sisters and brothers in Zimbabwe. The focus on 'water' for the the 2014-2015 school year reinforces the overall mission of our RSHM network: 'That all may have life and have it to the full'.