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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:

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On January 18th students from Grade 4S visited the Paul Parquet Children's Home to entertain children there. Our students prepared a selection of French, English and Japanese songs to perform, with piano accompaniment by class members.

It was a lovely concert, and our students were a delight that charmed the little ones! After the music our students gently played and talked with the children.

The Paul Parquet Foundation, located in Neuilly, takes care of children whose parents are unable to care for them, or who need constant medical surveillance (children up to the age of 6). This service project involving visits to the home to work and play with the children was a component of the Make a Difference club led by Mrs. Stadlman. It has now become part of the class's Footsteps project, aiming to promote empathy and compassion. The class visits the home twice each semester.

During the first visit in November, the students prepared a craft activity and worked with the children making fall scenes to decorate their playroom with autumnal trees, leaves and fruits. They guided the children cutting, gluing and pasting!

For both these visits the students brought treats, some donated by our parents, to share with the children.

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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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