St Mary’s In The Community
St Mary’s regularly plays a role in the life of our local school community and Slough.
We take every opportunity to work with churches and faith groups, schools, charities, businesses and organisations, resulting in exciting learning opportunities for our children and learning outside the classroom.
We also take part in many local, national and international events such as fundraising for global charities, competitions and campaigns, reflecting our school vision and Core Values.
These regularly include:
Locally: Churches and places of worship including: St Mary’s Church – Christmas crib service, the Easter Story represented in gardens, All Saints Day, Remembrance commemoration of Slough’s war graves, 100 year anniversary of the celebrated abstract windows, services including our Christmas concert, ‘Ashing’ and Ascension Day/ Pentecost, St Laurence’s Church – EYFS Christmas singing and the Herschel window; Slough Baptist Church for Christmas and Easter explored, St Andrew’s Methodist Church, The Salvation Army, Datchet Gospel Chapel, Eton College Chapel for an ‘Organworks’ project and links with students for singing and an outreach programme, and even once St Paul’s Cathedral where we exhibited at the ‘Thames Heritage Tapestry’, Maidenhead Mosque and Slough Mandir (Hindu Temple) and Guru Maneyo Granth Gurdwara Sikh temple.
Local charities: Aik Saath work with us annually on community cohesion and respect, Slough Foodbank are supported annually at Harvest, and Defibrillators in Public Places (DiPPs), The Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service and have all been supported
UK-wide: Charities: NSPCC; Children in Need; Comic and Sports Relief; Macmillan Cancer Support; UNICEF UK campaigns ~ ‘Outright!’, ‘School in a Box’, ‘Send my Friend (& ‘Sister’) to School’ and ‘SoccerAid’ are all annual focuses of our support as are…
Internationally: several UNICEF campaigns and Toybox, international street-children’s charity where we support a child in Central America
In addition, we respond to emergency appeals when we can e.g. Cyclone Idai and the hurricane disaster Fund, supporting Alwyn Allison Primary School, Anguilla following Hurricane Irma.
Other schools and establishments
We work with many local schools – primaries and secondaries – in Slough in, e.g. moderation of work and maths challenges, Gifted and Talented artists, PE leadership development, coding workshops, arts CPD and projects. The Royal School, Windsor and also Eton College Community Engagement volunteers have a long history of working with us every year and also share their facilities with us. We have enjoyed links with a French Local Authority schools and a Spanish school also.
Business partnerships – Through Slough Business Community Partnership we have benefitted from volunteer programmes for many years generously provided by, e.g. many Mars departments over several years, Reckitt Benckiser and Bidfood. We are in regular contact with local stores Sainsbury’s and Tesco’s community programmes and frequently make use of and promote The Curve and local Slough libraries, the train station and the cinema.
Other – We also have engaged with our MPs, previously Fiona Mactaggart and currently Tan Dhesi and have visited them in The Houses of Parliament and have visited Slough Mayors’ Office. Slough Youth Parliament have several representatives who were previous pupils and who have now enjoyed prestigious political experiences in secondary schools. Black History Month is elaborated with local representative and creative partners. Sustrans worked with us to support sustainable transport and we have taken part in farm projects and county estates’ programmes for increasing access to local food, and attended Countryside Food and Music festivals.
Contributions to our locality – we have been involved in several local initiatives in recent years, including the development of the Victorian gardens and wildlife areas of Herschel Park, which we continue to enjoy each year, Slough in Bloom, use of the Jubilee River and Eton Playing Fields and grounds, High Street developments and arts projects related to Slough Urban Renewal and our own school building project also. Music and art events locally and sporting events and venues are too frequent and too numerous to mention!