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11 November: MaartensDay
Date: 27-10-16


The Celebration of Saint Maarten’s Day 11th November 2016


11th November is St. Maarten’s Day, the feast day of the saint whose name our school bears. Legend has it that, one snowy night, he took off his cloak and halved it, to share with a beggar who would otherwise have died of the cold. On St. Maarten’s Day we reflect on the core values of the school and try to ‘share the cloak’ with those who need it. This year we will focus on the problems facing asylum seekers, listening to reports about their situation before discussing different aspects of the asylum question and hearing about what we, and others, can do to help.
And, after that,
Maartenscollege is planning to celebrate its 70th anniversary!


Programme 11 Nov.:


8.30 - 10.00       Sponsored walk (to raise money for charitable foundations to spend on community projects in Ghana)
10.00 – 10.30     Welcome at school, opening – with music and a treat.  
10.30 – 12.30     Workshops – divided up per school year
12.30 – 13.30     Students eat their lunch in the mentor class.  


MYP1 - MYP4 Students go home at 13:30.

MYP5 and DP students who are not taking part in the discussions may also go home.
14.00 – 16.00 p.m.       Panel discussion with input from the remaining students, staff, and invited speakers (in the Biotoop, Haren)
16.00 – 17.30 a.m.       Further discussion accompanied by a drink and a snack.

End of the afternoon     Maartens’ stall on the market in Haren. Please go and take a look!


17.30 - +/- 21.00    Fair Table (in Biotoop, Haren) with visiting speaker Dirk Jan Koch, ex-diplomat and expert on developing countries esp. Congo. Cost €20 pp, for dinner, live music and an informative presentation (in Dutch).       

Proceeds go to support the work of charitable foundations in Ghana.
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19.30 – 22.00    ISG Years 1 to 4 party at school, with Maartens’ years 1 to 3.
From 22.00        ISG Years 5 to 7 party in the city of Groningen, with Maartens’ years 4 to 6.

During the workshops different speakers whose position or function within the community involves them with asylum-seekers, will tell their story and encourage discussion with the students. Amongst others, Max van den Berg (former ‘Commissaris van de Koningin’), Maartens’ former student Margrite Kalverboer (now the National Representative for Children) and former Maartens’ student Esmeralda van Boon (journalist, specialist in Arab affairs and location manager of the COA, central organisation for asylum-seekers in Groningen) will lead workshops.

During the morning, a group of Maartens’ students, who bring their own sewing machine, will work on making bags and aprons from remnants of fabric and old T-shirts. Support from parents would be very welcome here!


Should you wish to go to the Fair Table (cost €20 per person) or to help out at the sponsored walk then you can best contact Elaine de Vries


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