19 Mar 2021

A Message from the Head, 19 March

Alex Hems, Head of St George's School for Girls

Dear Parents and Guardians

We have very much enjoyed having more girls back in school this week, and their excitement makes clear just how much it means to them to be here. Even in those year groups where we have had to limit the number of days in school, this has been such an important opportunity for us to spend time with them, to evaluate not only their academic position but also their wellbeing at a wider level. Thank you for your support in reminding them about our expectations of their behaviour, especially regarding safety and covid regulations. You have received a message today about the extension of the availability of lateral flow tests for use at home, which will be available to all girls from Lower 4 upwards from Easter. While this is not compulsory it is recommended, and I would encourage you please to discuss this with your daughters.

There was a rainbow of colour and a swish of cloaks across Junior and Lower School today as superheroes thronged our classrooms as part of Comic Relief celebrations and fund raising. It is wonderful to observe the energy and creativity that girls and staff alike have brought to supporting this immensely worthwhile cause. This afternoon the Junior School staff, adorned in their superhero outfits, put their trainers on for a red nose and spoon race, much to the girls’ amusement.

Today also sees the formal conclusion the #BeYou project which has been such a success over the past few weeks. I hope that the girls have valued the opportunity to reflect on the part that the activities they have logged play in their lives: for relaxation, for self-expression and personal development and of course for sheer fun. This initiative has formed a part of our wider focus on wellbeing, which we plan to extend over the course of next term and into next session. I know that a good number of you were able to join us for the webinar with Dr Aric Sigman a few weeks ago. We hope to work with him again next term, this time to look at body image, in presentations both for girls and for parents. We will be in touch with further details in due course.

I wish you all a very good weekend,

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

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