La Martiniere Calcutta

La Martiniere was founded as per the will of Major General Claude Martin in the year 1836. The schoo But Claude Martin was no ordinary soldier of fortune.

In 1752, a 17-year old Frenchman named Claude Martin came to India as a humble private in the armies of the East India Company. He rose rapidly to the rank of Major General and also spent many years in the service of Shuja-ud-Daulah, the Nawab of Oudh. By the time of his death in September 1800, he had amassed property worth over half a million pounds sterling. So far, Claude Martin’s career reads

Operating as usual

13/09/2019

May our Founder's Name endure;
Ever spotless, ever pure!

Wishing Martinians across the globe a very Happy Founder's Day! If you're celebrating, please do post pictures!

12/09/2018

May our Founder's name endure, ever spotless; ever pure!

Wishing Martinians all across the globe a very 183rd Happy Founder's Day!

23/05/2018

La Martiniere College

13/09/2017

Wishing Martinians all across the globe a very Happy Founders Day. Vive La Martiniere

Timeline Photos 03/08/2017

Constantia in all its evening splendour

360 degree view of Constantia
Photograph by - Shahab Khan

Martinians hail the name they own - The Times of India 14/09/2015

Martinians hail the name they own - The Times of India

Some coverage of LKO celebrations

Martinians hail the name they own - The Times of India Students present of La Martiniere College celebrated their 170th Founders Day on Sunday in memory of Claude Martin, who died on September 13, 1800. Martin had in his will left bulk of his estate to provide for the establishment of three schools in Lucknow, Calcutta and Lyon, his birthplace in France…

13/09/2015

Wishing all Martinians a very Happy Founder's Day!

May our Founder's name endure, ever spotless ever pure!

Vive La Martiniere!

Mr. David Royan's Farewell 25/08/2015

Mr. David Royan's Farewell

If you went to LMB Cal, it's thanks to this man you can do math. As Mr. Royan, a true LMC legend retires, join us in wishing him the best for the future. Thank you, Sir!

Mr. David Royan's Farewell

Timeline Photos 02/02/2015

Timeline Photos

Calcutta Martinian Leander Paes and Martina Hingis win the Australian Open Mixed Doubles title 2015...(Val)

India's best schools of 2014 23/09/2014

India's best schools of 2014

India's best schools of 2014 Does your school feature in the list? Find out! | India's best schools of 2014

13/09/2014

Wishing the La Martiniere family a very Happy Founder's Day.

Hail, hail the name we own;
Hail to the giver!

Vive La Martiniere!

Oh, Brother! Here come Martinians 06/06/2014

Oh, Brother! Here come Martinians

Oh, Brother! Here come Martinians June 4: They don’t pack the punch of Rajiv Gandhi’s Doscos but the Martinians from Calcutta may soon hit the quorum needed to form a cosy little political club in Delhi.

Timeline Photos 03/06/2014

Timeline Photos

"What do you think is the one thing you’ll leave behind in La Martiniere once you’re gone?"
"I think I’ve spoken a lot about myself but I think my family has left a bit of a legacy behind in the sense that there were four children who were all Martinians. All four prefects. The two girls both prefect and vice captains, Lorraine and Lynnette. My son Lester was school captain and Leslie was school vice captain. Lester also got the Cambridge Blue Blazer. And also they were the two brothers who have won both the class ten as well as the class twelve - Best All Rounder Awards. Both won it both years. In a way its unique because these children were born and brought up here and they gave their best to the school and I think they took the best of the school with them and made use of it. I may leave but Lester and Leslie’s names are going to stay on The Role of Honours as long as La Martineire stands. So it’s really leaving the family name behind. It gives you an idea of what the school means to us. It’s not just been school but it’s been our home."
"Who were the teachers you looked up to when you joined school?"
"I was very young when I joined on campus. As a matter of fact, I was the youngest and I had about twenty five families living on campus with me and now I am the last of those families. We had a wonderful atmosphere in school. We had teachers who were masters of their subjects and wonderful human beings. Mr. R.N Mukherjee, Mr. M. Ali, Mr. 'Soccer' Sarkar, the great "buddy" Suares, who was the warden, athletics and boxing coach for thirty-three years! Mr. Allney, the principle. I had the greatest admiration for a teacher who died at the age of 43, Milford Hennesey. Milford Hennesey was one of the best English teachers I’ve ever seen or heard. One of the most talented human beings. He could play the guitar, he could play the Saxophone, he could sing, he acted. He was a blonde, tall and fair guy. He acted in Bengali movies. He was an excellent athlete and a national champion for hurdles. He was a swimmer who could complete the length of the pool in one dive and two strokes. I once saw him pull out a guy who got a cramp. We were sitting on the sides and the boy got a cramp and Milford got up, dived in and pulled him out with one hand. He was a brilliant gentlemen but sadly his illness got the better of him and he died on the 9th of March 1994. I admired him a lot."
“what is the toughest part about leaving school?”
“I’ll leave my heart behind. I love this school and I really have the greatest admiration for the students of La Martiniere. Somehow they are special. I found them special and I’ve taught different schools and I find the children here very talented. They were very talented. They still are but the numbers are decreasing. We have too many run of the mill kind of boys and parents. It sounds very blunt but the entire spirit of the school is slowly being lost.”
“How could we possibly get back that spirit?”
"It’s very difficult. A lot depends on the senior boys and a lot depends on the teachers. They both have to really believe that they belong to a great institution and once they have that feeling they will pass it on. The junior boys really look up to the big boys and they try and match standards, so the responsibility comes onto the senior boys to set those standards, especially the prefects. The prefects aren’t just monitors. They’re a vital links between the staff and the student body and now a days I see the prefects as mostly just monitors. A lot of traditions are dying. They need to start taking initiative.
Teaching can never be a nine to five job. There’s always something more. You share a mutual respect with the boys and then everything follows. I’ve learnt a lot. Experience is the best teacher. I was probably a good teacher when I started but now I can say that I’m a great teacher. One learns a lot. Teaching is a teaching-learning experience. The boys change. What are their interests now as compared to years back? And at the same time boys are boys. So as teachers you need to feel that sense of loyalty and also be open to learning new things. That’s what makes this profession great."

Mr. L. J. Gunnion,
Teacher.

Prize Distribution of 13th BRC Students Rowing C 2014 03/06/2014

Prize Distribution of 13th BRC Students Rowing C 2014

13/09/2013

As yet another eventful year comes to an end and we embark on another, wishing every Martinian a very happy Founders' Day!

04/08/2013

LMC tips

A Poster Put up in the school campus near the Belle Vue Gate.
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Vive La Martiniere!

timesofindia.indiatimes.com 11/05/2013

Respect women, school teaches its boys - The Times of India

It's not just knowledge, but also moral fiber that make up an education. More than often, it is the latter which turns out to be the most important. A brilliant initiative taken by our school in light of the recent happenings! Vive La Martiniere!

timesofindia.indiatimes.com Inspired by The Times of India campaign "Kolkata for Women", a city school has launched a gender sensitization programme that aims to teach students to be gentle and respectful towards women.

ilmunc-india.com 24/04/2013

ILMUNC India | Home

Present students might want to check this out; a great opportunity!

ilmunc-india.com Welcome to Ivy League Model United Nations Conference India

12/03/2013

ByPoonam

A Calcutta girl doing us proud in Paris! Check out Poonam's refreshing colourful style and her extremely interesting take on contemporary Indian art with her first collection, entitled 'Shiva'.

Poonam Malpani is a Paris based artist and color freak!

12/03/2013

ByPoonam

A Calcutta girl doing us proud in Paris! Check out Poonam's refreshing colourful style and her extremely interesting take on contemporary Indian art with her first collection, entitled 'Shiva'.

Poonam Malpani is a Paris based artist and color freak!

12/01/2013

This week was a great loss to the Martinian community with the passing of Mr. Noel Ritchie on January the 10th, 2013. The swagger, the baritone, his unwavering loyalty to old spice, and the impeccable delivery of Shakespeare in front of generations of Martinians will never be forgotten. Thank you, Sir Ritchie, a true gentleman and above all, the among the greatest Martinians ever. RIP.

175 years! 03/07/2012

175 years!

Celebrating 175 years of a glorious history, and embarking on the many more to come. Vive La Martiniere

31/05/2012

Hi, would someone living in Calcutta be kind enough to upload pictures of the new Martin and Chater Blocks?

01/09/2011

Any Martinians in Paris?

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