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Service Learning

At Marymount International School, Paris, service learning provides educational experiences for the students so that they live the RSHM mission as an integral part of their learning and growth as individuals. It is our belief that it is becoming increasingly important for children and young adults to learn to examine global issues in an intelligent and critical way, to see the connections between these issues and their studies, and to serve their communities in a way that reflects their understanding. Of course, this becomes all the more important in the context of the RSHM Network of Schools as it is so intimately linked with the mission of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary.

Our vision of service at Marymount guides us to organize and deliver programs whose primary goal is to strengthen the RSHM mission using 21st century pedagogical practices and tools. Service learning at Marymount is embedded in our curriculum and are purposeful assignments that aim to foster the connection between the RSHM Network of Schools and therefore enable students to speak with one voice in support of the mission of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary. As such, our students will grow in their individual sense of agency, and recognize their ability to develop into active and discerning members of the RSHM global learning community.

The culiminatory service project is the RSHM Heritage Award Program is open to all Middle School students. For this program, each goal of the RSHM Network of Schools has been used as an educational standard to anchor the learning and growth of the students. With a wide array of potential projects to fulfill the five goals, our aim is to attend to all aspects of our students’ characters. The criteria for the RSHM Heritage Award Program have been developed to be accessible to our heterogeneous student body whose diverse talents provide the rich fabric of our international community.

Some examples of service learning projects include:


Service learning at Marymount is embedded in our curriculum and are purposeful assignments that aim to foster the connection between the RSHM Network of Schools and therefore enable students to speak with one voice in support of the mission of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary. Marymount students have been busy with multiple Service Learning activities, some school-wide! Take a look at the round-up of a few highlights:

Feeding the Hungry
Generosity to others is a major component in preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Marymount Confirmation students prepared and distributed lunches to needy folks in the streets of Paris on a Saturday with Saint Joseph's Catholic Church!

Serve the City
An incredibly dedicated group of youngsters of the Student Leadership Committee and adults from the school community recently came together to distribute food and clothing to needy folks of Paris with Serve the City: Paris. STC Paris is part of a global movement of volunteers showing kindness in practical ways to those in need.

Red Cross Food Drive
Marymount students organized a food drive to collect foodstuffs for the needy. This year students collected a total of 302kg of food that was donated to the Red Cross's food banks that serve families in need. Great job to all!

Room to Read 2016
Every year Marymount is pleased to collaborate with Room to Read. Room to Read is a non-profit organization that envisions a world in which all children can pursue a quality education, reach their full potential and contribute to their community and the world. Our school wide read-a-thon events lasted throughout September and October!

In addition students also contributed to the following projects:

  • RSHM Zimbabwe Coin Collections & Bake Sales
  • Grade 4 Zimbabwe Christmas Card Sale
  • SLC Halloween Costume & Winter Clothing Drive
  • And many more classroom service activities!

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Marymount's much anticipated talent show, "Marymount's Got Talent" was a superb community building effort and helped show the commitment and talents of our incredible children and parents! This year's even featured our talented students, as well as a performance from the local talent: Arian'Art Compagnie.

As part of our efforts to raise much needed funds for RSHM Zimbabwe, this tickets included a dinner as well as the show, and a raffle. As a community, we raised a little over 2, 100€ towards this school-wide cause!

The message was simple: sharing of good times with a wonderful community for a wonderful cause – our missions in Zimbabwe!

Below is a letter of thanks from Sr. Kathleen Murphy in Zimbabwe:

Dear All at Marymount Paris,

As the school year draws to a close I, once again, want to thank you for all your support for us here in Zimbabwe. One would think that by now life would have improved for the poor. Sadly it hasn't and has only gotten worse.

Jobs are impossible to get and people are going hungry. In our Life Centre in Harare , we now have 30 children who depend on us for clothing, food and education. Their parents are struggling to survive and are very grateful for all the help that is given to their children.

Many more families are being supported in Chinhoyi and in Mutare.

Thank you so much for the sacrifices you make to help our people here in Zimbabwe.


Sr. Kathleen Murphy

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Marymount, Paris held our inaugural Harvest Festival for the children in our Early Years Program. The festival was an opportunity for students to learn about the diverse spiritual aspects associated with Harvest from around the world, and served as a culmination of the Service Learning activity to collect food and provisions for the most vulnerable in our community.

In addition to the spiritual aspect of our Harvest Festival, our students were also given the opportunity to participate of a harvest food-drive over a two-week period. Students donated 330kg of foodstuffs to the Neuilly chapter of Red Cross, who will serve many of our local needy in Neuilly-sur-Seine. In doing so the children have demonstrated solidarity with their neighbor and have shown compassion for the hungry and needy. These are values that are of paramount importance at Marymount as we seek to instill in our children a passion for social justice.

Marymount Paris would like to thank families of grades PreK1 through Grade 2 for their overwhelming generosity towards the Harvest Food Drive that was organized leading up to our Harvest Festival celebration. The representatives of the Red Cross informed us that the timing of our collection was a blessing, as their annual collection, the weekend before, fell far short of their goal. Many of the our local needy will be served that was donated by our Marymount families!

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In addition to the Harvest Festival Food Drive, Marymount students also participated in Love in Box (LIAB) during our Harvest Festival. LIAB is a Paris-wide school and community volunteer project that creates and distributes gifts to needy children internationally at Christmas time. Many schools in the Paris area are involved in this service-learning project organized by the American Cathedral.

Shoeboxes are decorated and assembled. These boxes contain a variety of small gifts from a specific list, for a boy or girl. Created with love, these gifts are then distributed by various charitable organizations such as The Salvation Army and Le Resto du Coeur, who then direct them to children who would otherwise receive nothing at Christmas.

This year, students and their families from grades 3-8 were invited to contribute to this service project by donating items to be included in the packages. Our community's contributions will be distributed to needy children in Bulgaria, so they may have a very Merry Christmas too!

Marymount Paris would like to thank the Marymount families for their generosity towards this year's LIAB campaign and particularly acknowledge the efforts from three of our 8th grade students, Alexandre, who kindly volunteered to lead this commendable project as a part of his RSHM Heritage Awards, as well as students Victor, and Sebastian. The three students worked relentlessly to coordinate the LIAB project and their efforts ensured it's continued success! In addition, the organizers who worked in collaboration with the American Cathedral were overwhelmed by the response from Marymount Paris and expressed their enormous gratitude.

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