Weekends are busy and fun at St Mary’s. There are often sports fixtures or House competitions on Saturday, but the weekend programme extends well beyond that, and could include almost anything: in the past year, trips have gone out to theme parks such as Birdworld and Chessington, waterparks, trampoline parks, or to go climbing, sailing, or ice skating. The girls have even been snotubing, and driven miniature tanks. There have been outings to museums and galleries both locally and in London, and to cinemas and the theatre. In fine weather, girls might go out for walks in the local countryside, or just enjoy an outing with friends to the cafés and shops in Ascot, Windsor or elsewhere.
On site, there is always plenty to do. Quiet time is set aside for working, but the girls might then have a roller disco, an afternoon of giant inflatables, or circus skills training, and there are always craft activities such as making jewellery, designing T-shirts, or learning professional stage make-up. The Art Department studios are open all weekend, as are the Music Department practice rooms, and there are always quiet rooms available for Study. Food is always fun, with barbecues, pizza in the woods from our own wood-fired pizza oven, or cake and cookie baking. Girls often take a lead in organising, advertising and running weekend events, many of which raise money for charity. There are also regular exeats when the girls can go home to relax and see family, and they are allowed to take one additional ‘floater’ weekend per term.