At St George’s, a strong emphasis is placed on helping others in the local community and around the world. Charities are chosen as a whole school during the first half of the Autumn Term and generally we choose an international, national and local charity to fundraise for each year. Our chosen charities for the school year 2018/2019 are Electric Eels Swimming Club, Battersea Cats and Dogs and International Mercy Ships.
Every year group fundraises for the designated charities with all funds raised split the three ways. Examples of year group fundraising events include cake sales, ‘teacher for a day’, sponsored runs, mufti days, Christmas fetes, the Summer Fair and film nights.
In addition to the charities chosen by the pupils every year, the school raises money for other well-known causes, joining in with ‘Jeans for Genes’ day, Macmillan Coffee Morning, Link to Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal and, at Harvest, bringing in groceries for a local foodbank.
St George’s has also recently formed education partnerships with three local primary schools, Whitegrove Primary School in Warfield, Windlesham Infant School and St. Michael’s Primary in Sunninghill. Members of the Lower Sixth visit these schools to help with literacy and in other ways. There is also an active volunteering club for the Third Year pupils, who have links with local care homes for the elderly and go in to provide social activities and entertainment.
Seventeen member of the Lower Sixth are visiting three of our partnership schools to help with literacy and numeracy, with Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children. The schools they are visiting are Whitegrove Primary School, Windlesham Infant School and St Michael’s CofE Primary School. We hosted the Ascot Youth Speaks Rotary Club event in the chapel this year.
The girls are encouraged to make positive relationships with staff and their peers, to support each other, to take part and get actively involved in the school community and above all to enjoy their school, have fun and grasp every opportunity given to them with enthusiasm.
The school has a strong Christian emphasis although it welcomes girls from a variety of faiths and backgrounds. All girls attend a weekly chapel service which offers an opportunity for the school community to come together with music often provided by our own Chapel Choir. We regularly invite speakers of other faiths and world views to talk to our pupils. Chapel services range from traditional Choral Communion to more informal Morning Worship. Each term also includes two Sunday evening services of readings, music and prayers, led by the Chapel Choir. The Chapel, located at the heart of the school, is always open for students to use at any time and occasionally features specific opportunities for prayer and reflection. The school Chaplain (part-time), the Reverend Sami Watts, has an open door policy for any girl who may wish to see her. The Chaplain is also keen to help those of other religious traditions who want to explore and develop their faith.
Preparation for Anglican Confirmation is available for girls from the Fourth Year upwards and each year the Bishop visits the school to celebrate confirmation with our community. The Chaplain runs preparation sessions for the confirmations, and also other after school clubs.