Anne Everest - Head's Message 21-04
This summer term is always full of promise. For all sorts of reasons, and depending on their age, the girls – and staff – are looking ahead to the “next big thing”, even if that is only the summer holiday. Although it will not last, the beautiful weather we have been enjoying this week is also an optimistic prompt to think ahead.
The examination season is certainly upon us right now: Lower 5 are completing the assessments that serve as a dress rehearsal for what is to come next session. They are working hard and can be seen revising in small intense groups around the Upper School building. Our older girls have a week or so more before the “real” examinations begin. We wish them all well and hope that they will look after themselves throughout these next few weeks and stay well. We all know that there is more to life than examination results, but such reminders are not particularly helpful when you are a teenager striving to do her best.
There are more opportunities this term for outdoor sports and we can always be sure that the days will get longer, even when they do not become warmer. The tennis season is well under way, and we are looking forward to the visit of Judy Murray and her colleagues early next month, when our PE staff and some of our students will enjoy some focused coaching sessions. The whole community will eventually benefit from this training day, and all our younger students (from Upper 4 down) will get a chance to hear Judy speak.
The tennis courts are getting busier – and we have demolished the old sports pavilion, as many of you will have seen. The construction of the new pavilion building will begin next year, when the main building work can be accommodated within the holidays. In the meantime we are arranging for a temporary building to be installed in August.
All our little girls, from Nursery upwards, tend to see this term as a huge milestone in their journey to becoming bigger and older. Our Pre-school girls visit Junior School assemblies on a regular basis now, each Friday, and they will be entirely ready for Primary 1 by the end of this term. Each year group from Primary 1 then eagerly anticipates the next stage of school with great excitement. How wonderful to be willing on each birthday in this way!
Two very big birthdays also fall this week: Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday has certainly been marked in at least two assemblies, and William Shakespeare’s 452nd birthday will receive some suitably themed attention next week. I wish all our students a very happy summer term.
Anne C Everest
Head. St George's School for Girls