2017 is a very significant year for St Martha’s School. Although the school was founded by the Sisters of St Martha in 1903 the senior school moved to its current location in Hadley Wood in 1947 and so this calendar year we are celebrating our 70th anniversary.
Events to make this occasion began on Friday 20 January, 2017, with a special mass celebrated by Fr. Bernard whose association with the school dates back to the schools 40th anniversary! The whole school community gathered to celebrate this special event together with Trustees, Governors, Priests, The Sisters of Charity of St Jeanne Antide, current parents as well as former students, teachers and parents as well as representatives from the Diocese. We were even lucky enough to have a former pupil of St. Martha’s whom was one of the first students, at the Hadley Wood site, exactly 70 years ago!
The atmosphere was prayerful and respectful, throughout the mass, and showcased the outstanding behaviour and maturity of the student body. The history of St. Martha’s School was detailed by Mr Burke whom referenced the sacrifice the Sisters have made in order to make St. Martha’s the school it is today. The common thread, shared by all who attended, was the idea of ensuring that everyone who comes through the doors of St. Martha’s is supported in order to develop their individual gifts and to become women of the future.
The school, which is now ranked within the Top 10 of Catholic Independent Day Schools for Girls an in the top 5% of all schools nationally for Value Added has undergone many changes in the 70 years since the move to Hadley Wood. Beginning with just the beautiful 16th Century Mansion House the school has expanded to fill the site over the years. Within the last three years alone the school has secured brand new science facilities, a refurbished Sixth Form and Library as well as a makeover of the school reception. With public examination results improving every year and first choice university places being secured as the norm the school really can say it fulfils its aims of treating each girl as an individual and with the hope that each and every student who leaves at 18 knows they can make a difference to the world, or at least a small part of it.
We would like to thank all who attended and shared in this spiritual celebration. With many events planned throughout this anniversary year we would encourage the extended St Martha’s family to check our website and App for a list of activities. We very much look forward to welcoming as many of those who have supported St. Martha’s throughout the years during this very special year.