Anne Everest - Head's Message - 14-11
At last week’s community reception, we were able to thank the very many people who support the school. Our partnerships with parents and the wider community are very important to us and help to make the school the busy, dynamic and successful place of learning that it needs to be.
We have partnerships with local charities, schools and churches, and our relationship with our partners enhances our practice of learning and teaching, while often offering our students special experiences, particularly at festive times of the year. Our partnerships with schools around the world also bring huge mutual benefit.
Many people have offered us their professional expertise, providing career talks, interview practice and work experience placements for our students. Every five years Diversity Day has been a huge event in our calendar, and many people in our extended community and beyond have taken time out of their busy schedules to support that this year. We thank all those who have lent us their wisdom and experience to help make this school and its site a better place to work, study and play.
We are also grateful to our Old Girls and all they have done for the school. I have worked closely with three different presidents, all of whom have been enthusiastically supportive of St George’s. They have been most generous and in many ways, but the school is especially indebted to them for the refurbished Upper School lectern and chair, the dug-outs on the all-weather pitch and the purchase of our beautiful grand piano, which we bought in 2014.
Many of our parents, as well as supporting their own children, have shown deep commitment to the school by contributing to our various committees over the years. I would particularly like to thank those parents who have chaired the Parent Teacher Forum during my time here and have worked so closely with me and my senior colleagues; the Uniform Exchange is another area where our parents prove most energetic, and generous with their time, on the school’s behalf.
Many parents have donated not only time but financial support too to help the bursary fund or to provide extra amenities for the school. Together the Futures Group, the Friends and individual parents have helped us buy a new school minibus, the athletics all-weather pitch, a new language laboratory and many other pieces of equipment – for other children to enjoy.
All our students benefit from these and many more partnerships, and I know the school will continue to value the relationship it enjoys with so many sectors of the extended community of St George’s.
Anne C Everest
Head. St George's School for Girls