La Martiniere Calcutta

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La Martinière Calcutta
La Martiniere, Calcutta by Francis Frith.jpg
La Martiniere Calcutta in 1800 by Francis Frith
11, Loudon Street (Boys)
14, Rawdon Street (Girls)

Kolkata, West Bengal 700 017
Type Private
Motto Labore et Constantia
(By Labour and Constancy)
Religious affiliation(s) Christian (Protestant)
Denomination Church of North India
Established 1 March 1836 (1836-03-01)
Founder Major General Claude Martin
Sister school La Martiniere Lucknow
La Martiniere Lyon
School board ICSE (year 10)
ISC (year 12)
Session April to March
Chairman The Rt. Rev. Ashoke Biswas (Bishop of Calcutta)
Principal John F. Rafi (Boys)
Rupkatha Sarkar (Girls)
Chaplain Rev. Nigel Pope
Age 2+ to 18+
Language English
Campus type Urban
Houses Hastings (Red), Charnock (Green), Martin (Blue), Macaulay (Yellow)
School colour(s) Black and Amber (Boys)
Dark and Light Blue (Girls)
Song "Hail! Hail! The name we own" by Frederick James Rowe
Nickname Martinians
National ranking 4 (Boys)
1 (Girls)
Yearbook The Chronicle (Boys)
Affiliation Church of North India
Benefactor Paul Chater

La Martinière Calcutta (informally known as LMC) is an independent private day school located in Kolkata (Calcutta), West Bengal. It comprises two single-sex boys and girls school. It was established in 1836 in accordance with the will of the French soldier of fortune and philanthropist, Major General Claude Martin. They are both Christian schools, controlled by the Protestant Church of North India and independent from the Government, with English as the primary language of instruction.

The School[edit]

Charnock Hastings Macaulay Martin
Warren Hastings greyscale.jpg Macaulay.jpg Claudemartin-engraving.jpg
Founder of Calcutta Governor General British Politician School founder

La Martinière coat of arms[edit]

The La Martinière coat of arms was designed by the founder Claude Martin.[1] It is supported by seven flags, each bearing the design of a fish, the emblem of Oudh.[2] The devices on the escutcheon appear to epitomise Claude Martin's life. The ship recalls his voyage to India where he established his fortune. The lion with the pennant represents his career as an officer in the East India Company and with the Nawab of Oudh The setting sun behind the castellated building to the right of the shield has been said[1] to point to the sunset of his days and the large part which the building of "Constantia" played in his later years. The coat of arms and the accompanying motto Labore et Constantia are now shared by all the schools founded by Martin.

Notable alumni[edit]

Main article: List of Martinians


  1. ^ a b La Martiniere history at Tripod accessed 10 August 2007
  2. ^ Oudh fish coins at the British Museum accessed 10 August 2007

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