Anne Everest - Head's Message 26-02
The season must surely be on the turn when it becomes a pleasure to stand outside and watch a hockey match rather than a test of endurance. Each Saturday until Easter St George’s fields many hockey teams – and they are supported by impressive numbers of parents, especially for home matches. While the dug-outs around the all-weather pitch provide a welcome respite from wind and rain, parents need to be fairly hardy when providing side-line advice for play on the grass pitches. It is a reflection of the resilience of students, staff – and parents – that they turn out in such numbers every week.
Although hockey is our main winter sport, it is one of many offered at the school. Cross-country running is popular here, and our under 11 and under 12 teams are doing particularly well. Our swimmers continue to do us proud, and we saw many of our dancers performing with great panache at the Dance Showcase earlier this month. While table tennis, fencing and judo are offered through external providers, our PE faculty staff offer their time and expertise in a range of sports. Only this week, our Lower 4 netballers won a very close match at Strathaven Academy (9-8), which took them through to their semi-final, our Upper 4 netball team also won through to the semi-final of the Scottish Cup, and our A and B ski teams both got through to the Scottish Schools Finals, having secured 11 medals between them. As the days get longer, we can also look forward to seeing the girls in tennis and athletics matches next term.
It seems to be true of all girls’ schools that their level of participation in sport and games is particularly high: girls like being active, and our staff do their best to provide everyone, whatever their talents or level of skill, with a variety of opportunities, both curricular and extra-curricular. We have impressive sportswomen among our student body and among our staff, and we have many who simply take part in games and sport because they enjoy these excellent educational activities. We particularly strive to engender a team spirit among the girls so that they may find their participation not only healthy and enjoyable but also a constructive preparation for the world of work that lies ahead of them
Like all our staff, our PE faculty is full of individuals who are prepared to go the extra mile – often at a personal best speed – in order that our girls may thrive. We are grateful to all of them.
Anne C Everest
Head. St George's School for Girls