30 Oct 2015

Anne Everest - Head's Message 30-10

Anne Everest 250wThis week we welcomed back teaching staff and students after the half-term break.  A good deal of work on the school site was carried out during the holiday, and I hope that parents and students have noticed the wider footpath that has been laid between Houldsworth House and the Upper School site.  Lighting has also been introduced along this path, which now provides a much more pleasant and convenient route for pedestrians who access the site from Ravelston Park.  I would again ask parents to consider using this route into school: it is free to park in Ravelston Park before 8.30 am, and it is a relatively wide and uncongested street.  Anything we can do to reduce traffic and parking in the area of Garscube Terrace and Crarae Avenue is of enormous benefit to the girls, the school and, of course, our neighbours.

Many of our support staff were working throughout the holiday, and parents and visitors will have noticed how beautiful the grounds are looking, especially now that they are enhanced by autumn colours.  We hosted our Holiday Club for younger children over these two weeks and we also welcomed an extra computer discovery club for older children, which was very successful.

Upper School students were involved in two trips that went out just before the holiday started.  Teachers from the geography department led the trip to Iceland, and two of our art teachers accompanied students to New York.  Both trips went well and everyone returned safely.  I am grateful to all my colleagues who give up their time so generously to support these important experiences for our students.

This week the girls and boys of the Combined Cadet Force, which we share with Merchiston, experienced their biennial review by a military commander at Merchiston Castle School.  The students were most impressive; the girls were very smart indeed and their conduct and motivation were exemplary.  I congratulate the girls and the members of staff who support the CCF each week throughout the school year.

If anything, this next part of the term promises to be even busier than the first half.  Two joint productions with Merchiston Castle School are scheduled to take place in late November and early December, with Alan Ayckbourn’s “Season’s Greetings” taking the stage at St George’s; “A View from the Bridge” by Arthur Miller will be performed at Merchiston.  I can promise that there will be plenty of entertaining evenings to come for everyone involved. 

With dances and concerts on the horizon, as well as our main business of learning and teaching, I wish everyone a successful and happy time this term.
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Anne C Everest                                                                                 
Head, St George's School for Girls

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