St. Mary’s has an amazing link with our local parish primary school in Longwick. It is a Church of England school; our Rector, David, is a governor by virtue of his office, and St Mary’s Church Council nominates two other members of the governing board as Foundation Governors. Ryan Romano, our Children’s and Youth Worker, works closely with the teaching staff and is taking the lead on building up St Mary’s ministry to schools.
David and our curate, Dan, are regularly seen in the School, most often on Fridays, when Longwick invites St Mary’s to be involved in their whole-school Assembly and one of them or Ryan delivers a short message.
The children at the School are regular visitors to St Mary’s, which hosts Christmas, Easter and Harvest celebrations and other occasional performances.
Each Wednesday lunchtime in term time Ryan and a band of helpers run a voluntary club at Longwick School, called Splash, where children who attend look at Bible stories and make a craft relevant to the story. Splash is open to children in years 1 and 2. After Splash, Ryan helps as a volunteer in Key Stage 1 classes.
St Mary’s supports a Breakfast Club at PR Primary School, and during Risborough Festival Week we host lunchtime concerts from each of the local schools.
See Longwick C of E Combined School’s website here: http://www.longwick.bucks.sch.uk/