31 Mar 2017

Alex Hems: Head's Blog March 31, 2017

Alex Hems for websiteEnd of Spring Term Head’s Blog 

The final week of term has been as busy and varied as every other this term. Thank you to all girls, from Junior, Lower and Upper School who came to help at the Junior School Open Morning on Saturday. Our visitors thoroughly enjoyed exploring the site in the spring sunshine and were full of praise for the girls who gave them their tours and spoke to them with confidence and evident pleasure in describing their school experiences.

The Orchestral concert yesterday evening was a tremendous success. It is always moving to witness performances which represent the culmination of girls’ musical careers at school, and uplifting to see the huge enjoyment that they derive from making music together.  

The Houses also bring girls together from across the year groups and sections of the school. Yesterday, there were muddy knees and hands all round and plenty of smiling faces when the Junior girls, assisted by the House Captains from both the Upper and Lower Schools held their end of term event.

Success at Young Enterprise Awards 

Congratulations to the Young Enterprise companies who went to the Lothian Area Awards Evening on Tuesday. We were delighted that they received a number of well-deserved individual awards. This is an excellent programme, which offers the girls exposure to the realities of the business world and requires them to develop valuable creative and team-working skills. I am grateful too to the members of the teaching staff who support and encourage them over the course of the year.

Getting active with Outdoor Education

The Outdoor Education programme is a great strength of St George’s, and it has been very exciting to watch the construction work in the Fantastical Forest over recent weeks. The value of learning outdoors, of preserving a sense of wonder and curiosity about the natural environment, and encouraging children to learn to evaluate risk sensibly and to challenge themselves outside the classroom cannot be over-estimated. Last Friday, the Junior School enjoyed their Eco Day of Action and they were to be found all across the site exploring and learning. Thanks to the girls’ efforts in promoting Operation Clean Plate, we were able to reduce our food waste for the day to under 5kg.  Other highlights included the Battle of the Junk Bands, Changeworks workshops in Recycling, Composting and Paper Making and the Mini Beasts Safaris.

Construction begins on new Sports Pavilion

I am delighted that we are able to start work this holiday on the new sports pavilion, which we hope will be completed in time for the summer term 2018. The foundations will be laid over this coming holiday, and we will then take a break from construction during the examination period in the summer term, resuming work over the long holiday. Sport and Physical Education play a central role in the life of St George’s and this new building will greatly enhance facilities for teaching, changing and viewing. Images of the new building, as it is envisaged, can be seen in the St George’s Centre.

I wish you all a very happy and restful holiday with your daughters.

Alex Hems
Head, St George's School for Girls   

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