Community involvement and charitable giving are an important part of the Godstowe school ethos.
In keeping with our Christian tradition, Godstowe aims to impart the shared values of respect for others and our environment, personal responsibility, tolerance and understanding of right and wrong, so that our pupils may become valued members of the community in which they live. As part of their education and school life, Godstowe pupils become involved in charitable giving and contribute to their community in many different ways.
Over the past three years alone, Godstowe has raised over £40,000 to support more than 25 different charities, including the NSPCC, Save the Children, Children in Need, Great Ormond Street, Barnardos, the Children’s Meningitis Trust, the Malcolm Sergeant Cancer Fund for Children, Multiple Sclerosis Society, Lepra and Wycombe Women’s Aid. We raise funds through Mufti Days, sponsored ‘spellathons’, cake sales, art competitions, the donation of fresh produce as well as blankets, toys and other necessities to help alleviate disaster areas. We give charitably during Harvest Festival, we have donated ‘Love in a Shoebox’ (or a few hundred of them) in the lead up to Christmas and we join in the Poppy Appeal and the Marie Curie Cancer Daffodil Campaign.
Godstowe pupils perform at the South Bucks Hospice Memorial Services and their Christmas Carol Service each year; along with pupils from several other local primary schools, we performed ‘Noah’ at All Saints Church and helped to raise over £1,000 for the Wycombe Winter Night Shelter; Godstowe hosts the Chamber Music Competition in the Music School; Alexander Ardakov, the Russian Virtuoso Pianist, has given several recitals in the Recital Hall; we have hosted a Windband Music Workshop and Wind Quintet Concert.
The pool has been used by several local primary schools for their swimming lessons and we have hosted a local swimming club for children's lessons. A local nursery and primary school have used our lawns and marquee for their sports days.The High Wycombe Croquet Club use our facilities.
The local Neighbourhood Watch meet in our Recital Hall; a residents’ association uses the JK Hall for their annual barn dance; and we hold the Christmas Fair - an event is organised jointly by the Friends and the PE Department which raises funds for the school, as well as for the USA Lacrosse Tour. The Christmas Fair is always attended by former Godstowe girls who return to meet up with their friends and to stay in touch with the school.
Charitable activity and community involvement always feature highly on the Post CE Programme. Here are some of the things our Fourth Form (Year 8) girls have accomplished in recent years:
Many of these projects and initiatives have provided valuable opportunities for our pupils and staff to develop their skills and further themselves in ways which have been of benefit to both the wider community and our community at Godstowe.