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20 May 2016

Anne Everest - Head's Message 20-05

Anne Everest 250wWhile our older students are currently closeted with their revision during this period of examination leave, for our younger students (Lower 5 and below) the Great Outdoors beckons, with many opportunities for building resilience and testing their skills while learning outside - with all the benefits of fresh air and the variety provided by Scottish summer weather.

Having just returned from the 60th anniversary celebration of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at Buckingham Palace, I am delighted that the majority of our Lower 5 year group are taking advantage of the chance to serve the community, develop a skill and find their way across the hills, through this Award.  Even at Bronze level, an outdoors expedition can present quite a challenge, as 66 of our girls will have discovered this last weekend.

Equally intrepid have been our Lower 4 girls, who also spent a night under canvas while on their Outdoor Education trip last week, and I look forward to reading more about their adventures in the next newsletter.  In this edition you can read about Upper 4 Outreach Week, which included exchange trips to North America and Germany, a language trip to Antibes, a water sports trip to Greece, day trips with various outdoor activities and, perhaps most challenging of all for our students, partnership ventures with The Royal Blind School and Oaklands School.  I congratulate our girls on all that they achieved during this special time.

Meanwhile, back in Edinburgh, Primary 6 girls enjoyed a long nature walk and our junior and nursery girls continue to make full use of outdoor learning on a daily basis, whether it involves a visit to the Bug Hotel or The Fantastical Forest.

None of these activities would be possible without the enthusiasm and commitment of our staff who give so much of their own time to support outdoor projects.  With Silver and Gold expeditions and the CCF camp still to come, I thank and congratulate the teachers and support staff who are dedicated to this crucial outdoor dimension of learning and teaching at St George’s.

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Anne C Everest
Head. St George's School for Girls

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