The staff and children at St Margaret’s are proactive in their contribution to the life of the local community. Each academic year the school chooses a local charity to support and in 2016/17 this will be Wiltshire Sight - an independent charity supporting people living with sight loss in the county.
Throughout 2015/16 we supported Julia’s House, a children's hospice charity dedicated to helping life-limited children and their families across Dorset and Wiltshire; we were thrilled to raise £6500 in support of this wonderful service for local families. Other recent fund raising activities have enabled the school to provide much needed funds for Hop, Skip and Jump, Wiltshire Air Ambulance and Swindon Young Carers, enabling young people to have a break from their caring responsibilities. Additionally we facilitated the purchase of equipment for a sensory room for children under 5 at the Barnardo’s Children’s Centre in Calne. We also regularly support both the Devizes and Calne Food Banks and the Calne Youth Centre, by raising money for food, facilities and equipment. School buildings and sports facilities are made available for local groups to use throughout the year.
Some of the Town Council projects that we have been involved in include ‘Calne in Bloom’ planting, and singing at various town events. A number of the staff and children have been actively involved in the CARP project (Castlefields Canal and River Park Association), which was formed to develop and protect an area of parkland and river in the Calne area.
Further afield, through various fund-raising initiatives, including sponsored walks, cake stalls and fun activities, the school has raised money and provided stationery and educational equipment for Mukuri School in Kenya. Additionally, we regularly support the ‘Once in a Lifetime’ charity in Sri Lanka with clothing for the local children, as well as helping to fund building projects which benefit the young and elderly of the villages. Both schools have provided a wide range of exceptional learning opportunities for our children.
As a school we are honoured to be able to play a small role in helping others to improve their lives, as well as gaining a better understanding of how people live and work together. Our ultimate aim is for our children to have the skills and understanding required to enable them to become contributing members of a caring society.