Anne Everest - Head's Message 21-09
It was good to meet so many parents at the Welcome Evenings over the last few weeks, and I hope that all our students are now settling well into their new year groups. The number of parents who gave up their time to attend the Parent Teacher Forum Welcome Evening last week was very encouraging, and I look forward to working with new and continuing Parent Representatives during the course of this school session.
This year, through our charities work, we are particularly involved with the international charity, Mercy Corps, which is based in Edinburgh. We have already had two assemblies, led by the charity prefects and a representative of Mercy Corps (a former St George’s student), in which the girls were thanked for the generosity and humanity they showed in the wake of the Nepal emergency appeal. The girls’ conduct during such assemblies is always deeply impressive: they listen courteously and applaud generously; they wait in respectful silence for any visitors to leave the hall, while reflecting seriously on what they have heard. The girls’ response to such appeals and their views on what is going on in other parts of the world are a good reflection of their concern for others. I am firmly convinced that the emphasis we place on international education has a positive influence on our students’ development as global citizens.
The student voice is close to all our hearts, and we have many ways of making sure that “voice” is heard and understood. One forum for pupil discussion is Pow Wow. Last week at assembly members of the Student Leadership Team explained how Pow Wow works, and how students can work together through discussion in this arena to put forward and share their ideas and concerns. The first formal cross-year (P6 – S6) meeting of Pow Wow took place last Friday, when the girls considered how they could work with their teachers to make sure that we were Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC).
Listening to students and empowering them to take a lead in various areas of school life is important to us. It is also important that we make sure we are listening to every part of our school: students, staff, parents, members of Council and all who have some investment in the future of St George’s will have their own ideas about what is a priority for the school, as we continue to move forward.
Anne C Everest
Head, St George's School for Girls