The spiritual life of everyone associated with St Martin's is important to us; students, their families, staff, governors and visitors to the school. As a Church of England school, we provide a learning environment where our Christian faith is lived out every day through worship, in our relationships and in teaching. We are a caring and happy community where students find security, acceptance and an opportunity to develop their potential. In all that we do, we seek to show God's care for our students. We value, respect and celebrate all cultures, all faiths and none because we are inspired by a welcoming, inclusive and loving God, seen in Jesus Christ and lived out through the Holy Spirit, alive in every person.
Central to this is our school Bible verse from St Paul's first letter to the Corinthians:
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Religious Education plays a central role in the spiritual moral, cultural, social and mental development of every student at St Martin's. It provides a structured framework for them to explore the philosophical and ethical questions faced by all humanity. Religious Education is an entitlement for all students. It has an important role in creating the distinctively Christian ethos of our school, informing our values and helping students to develop respect for and sensitivity to others, particularly those whose faiths and beliefs are different from their own.
Part of our heritage is our school prayer and our school song. Both are very important to us. We say our school prayer and sing our school song at our St Martin's Day and Founder's Day Services.
St Martin, through the fields did pass,
When snow lay white one Candlemas,
And saw a poor man, lean and old,
Half naked in the bitter cold:
His heart was pierced with pity's pain,
He cut his duffle cloak in twain,
And clothed that beggar, to his gain,
St Martin, in the fields.
Now, where St Martin's shrine doth stand,
All in the fields beside the Strand,
The gift he gave has spread so wide
That all who come find warmth inside:
And London's poor and needy folk
Find shelter 'neath St Martin's cloak -
Find warmth and shelter 'neath his cloak,
And o'er our School his cloak doth spread,
To shelter many a childish head.
Our School, where games and learning ride
In joyous laughter, side by side:
From here, into the world we'll fare,
The wrong to fight, the right to dare,
Remembering whose cloak we wear -
Almighty and everlasting Father,
hear the prayers of this School,
founded by the church in the Fields
in the name of Thy servant Martin.
We praise Thee for all the opportunities
given to us in it, for both work and play.
We thank Thee for the wisdom of men and women
who have guided us since our foundation.
We pray for those who govern us now,
and for those who teach and for those who learn,
and for all those who serve our needs.
Help each one of us to be like St Martin, and serve Thee
by giving ourselves in service to our fellow men,
So that we too come to find the joy and riches
that do not pass away.