Anne Everest - Head's Message 16-01
This is the season of assessment mornings and visits from prospective parents and their daughters. These days, parents face a bewildering choice of schools and nurseries for their children, and it is important that they are given the opportunity to see schools in action and question staff on the school's values and objectives.
Over the last two Saturdays we have held our entrance assessments for prospective Lower 4 (S1) girls and a "Play Morning" for prospective P1 girls. Both were well attended, busy and enjoyable events for all concerned, and it was good to see so many families who were committed to St George's or intent on finding out more about what it means to be a student here.
As I said to parents on both mornings, we provide an education where learning progresses seamlessly from one year to the next within a progressive and coherent curriculum. As an all-through school, we offer a rich learning experience even for our youngest girls, who can enjoy all the facilities that a relatively big school can offer, but in the context of the smaller communities that our Junior School and Lower School provide. Being part of an all-through school gives us an extra dimension and allows us to introduce specialist teachers throughout the school in music, PE and modern languages.
Generally, we are aiming for a relaxed and happy classroom atmosphere with relatively small classes in which our girls can enjoy their learning and relish the challenges that we offer them. That emphasis on enjoyment is important: girls learn best and learn cooperatively when they are happy and enthused. Our focus on the individual allows for appropriate support or extension for each girl so that she may develop and grow with confidence.
We certainly enjoyed both assessment mornings and we look forward to meeting the girls and their families again soon.
Anne C Everest
Head, St George's School for Girls