More broadly, and considering the multicultural
character of Marseille, the students of Provence learn quickly to listen to
each other, to accept the opinion of others, and also to respect their beliefs.
We have communal moments that we call “temps forts” (intense times) that bring
the school together around specific themes.
chosen to get involved in a project with the Collège Saint Mauront. Tell us
what led you to this decision and, above all, what the relationships are like between
the two institutions - including between the students.
to be head of a school in the northern part of Marseille, a district that does
not have a good reputation. I was moved by the desire these kids had to meet
other people, but I also sensed their fear of meeting people different from
them. The Jesuits urge us to go beyond borders, to try to make divisions
disappear by meeting together and sharing. So we have gradually been trying to organize
shared activities between our students and those of Saint Mauront. We have run
races together, visited ships together, performed drama together. Students from
here help the younger ones from Saint Mauront with their homework; they show
them around Marseille and, of course, they play football with them (a true
religion shared by all the people of Marseille).