Community Outreach is an integral part of life at Marlborough and pupils are involved in a wide range of activities throughout the year.
On Monday and Wednesday afternoon the school are involved in activities that are of some service to the community. The general idea is that the pupils are involved in something that is different from the usual school day experience and is of benefit to others rather than themselves. The motto is ‘Enriching Lives through Service’.
It is expected that each pupil will volunteer at least 90 minutes of their time to their chosen activity.
The aim of ‘Outreach’ is to ensure that the pupils’ education continues beyond the classroom and that they are prepared to take their place in the world by experiencing it in a way that demands generosity, principle, resolution, courage and kindness.
Outreach is designed to enable pupils to:
- foster a culture of volunteering and a willingness to give up time and effort to benefit others without expecting reward
- develop a sense of responsibility and compassion for those of different backgrounds and values
- appreciate their own strengths and weaknesses and, in so doing, develop their self esteem
- be considerate, tolerant and respectful of others as they strive to establish new relationships within and outside the College community
- develop their own pupil profile ready for personal statements
Many pupils work with young children either at primary schools, or with younger children in the homes of local families. Assistance is provided at a school for children with learning difficulties in Swindon and another group helps at a local “riding for the disabled group”.
Other activities include visits to local old peoples’ homes and day care centres where pupils have the opportunity to share experiences with the elderly and disabled.
A conservation group (Action for the River Kennet) are involved in projects such as the preservation of the natural habitat around the river Kennet.
In the Summer Term, an after-school club is organised for one hundred primary school pupils who are entertained with a wide range of outdoor games and activities.