Anne Everest - Head's Message 30-09
With the sunny autumn weather we are enjoying this week, we are obviously deep within that season of “mellow fruitfulness”, and harvest festivals and events emphasise this autumnal theme in school.
Last Tuesday we were delighted to welcome Rev. Keith Graham to the Junior School to lead our harvest festival in the Upper School Hall, and I am very grateful to the many parents who attended this special service and contributed so generously with gifts of food. Mr Graham reminded our younger pupils of the meaning of Harvest and the importance of sharing with others. His assembly was very exciting and required a great deal of audience participation!
In Upper School our charity prefects launched an appeal for non-perishable food, which will be collected for the City Mission in Edinburgh. Last week we welcomed a speaker from the Mission who explained the harrowing circumstances that some families and individuals have to face here in Edinburgh. The girls have responded with typical and energy and enthusiasm to this appeal, and a considerable weight of canned and dried food will be delivered to the Food Bank soon.
Lower School is taking a very practical approach to the harvest season: our Lower Four representatives have asked girls to bring in kitchen equipment, like whisks, wooden spoons and dish cloths, to make up “Starter Packs” for homeless people who are being introduced to new accommodation. This annual appeal under the auspices of Fresh Start is also a reminder to our students of the need to think of others.
The powerful theme of philanthropy runs through these approaches to harvest adopted by different parts of the school. Extending the hand of friendship to others is also an important part of Languages Week, which was launched at assembly on Monday by our senior students. On behalf of the beneficiaries of St George’s generosity, therefore, I thank you: merci; gracias; xie xie; grazie; danke; obrigado!
Anne C Everest
Head, St George's School for Girls