St Mary’s girls play an important part in the life of the local community, giving to others as well as gaining a better understanding of how people live together and support one another.
Girls attend the parish church for services and concerts on a regular basis and the school sponsors the Calne Food Bank, which aims to provide emergency food to local families in need. We are working closely on a mentoring programme with Springfields, a local state school for pupils with emotional and behavioural difficulties.
Amongst many other events, we have hosted triathlons, including for the British Universities Triathlon Association, with competitors from UK Universities, and we make available our facilities to community groups, including the SSAFA. We have also hosted a Quiz Evening on behalf of the Breast Cancer Haven Trust.
The majority of eligible girls work for their Duke of Edinburgh Award, which includes community service, and the girls are very involved in charity work, raising money by designing Christmas cards, doing sponsored sports activities, selling cakes and preparing Christmas parcels. We run a cross-curricular Charity Week each year in the first half of the Spring Term. Helping the community of which we are a part and being involved in charitable initiatives is an integral part of school life. (Above - the girls planting flowers for Calne in Bloom).