30 Oct 2020

A letter from the Head, 30 October 2020

Alex Hems, Head of St George's School for GirlsDear Parents and Guardians

I hope that you were able to have some family time together over the half term break, and that your daughters have enjoyed the return to school this week.

It has been a busy and purposeful week across the school. Hearing choirs rehearsing outdoors is a truly uplifting and unexpected bonus to our current arrangements. We are so proud of the Primary 3s and 4s who walked up Corstorphine Hill yesterday, covering a total of 7.6km, what a great achievement; I loved seeing the photo of the zebra that they spotted at the top, and am delighted by the support that so many of you have given to the 'Walktober' appeal, thank you. Thank you too for the feedback following the on-line parents’ evenings that we have held in the last few weeks; I am glad that this new arrangement seems to be working so smoothly.

Procedures during COVID

You will be aware that, under the new Tier system that comes into place from Monday 2nd November, the central belt of Scotland will be in Tier 3. This has some implications for us at school of which I would like you to be aware.  

  • All staff and pupils should wear a face covering in classrooms during lessons in the senior phase, i.e. Upper 5, Lower 6 and Upper 6. 
  • Parents or guardians should discuss with their GP or clinician whether children with the highest clinical risk should still attend school. Please do let us know as soon as possible whether your child will be affected by this change in guidance.
  • Face coverings should also be worn by parents and other visitors to the school site (whether entering the building or otherwise), including parents at drop-off and pick-up.

In all other respects we continue to operate as much as possible as normal, within the framework that we outlined to you at the start of term: additional cleaning regimes, over fifty hand sanitisers around the site, one-way systems and minimising contact between year groups are all designed to keep the school as healthy and robust as possible. I am delighted that from Monday we will be able to resume normal hot lunch service for Lower 5 girls as well. The mental and physical wellbeing of the whole community are immensely important to us and we take every opportunity that we can to ensure that morale is high across the school, while being aware of the continued uncertainty that affects so many areas of our lives at the moment.

With my best wishes to you all,

Mrs Alex Hems MA Oxon
Head, St George's School for Girls, Edinburgh

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