31 Mar 2021

A Message from the Head, 31 March

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

As we come to the end of another unusual term, I would like to thank you all for your ongoing support for the school and for the messages of encouragement that you have sent as we grapple with the changing guidelines and especially with the communications from examination authorities. We are proud of the girls for the approach that they have shown throughout this time, and recognise that, for some, return to school brings its own challenges. Our students’ wellbeing is always of the utmost importance to us, but we are giving additional attention to supporting their confidence and friendship skills at the moment. In addition, following the success of the webinar with Dr Aric Sigman that we hosted earlier this term, we have invited Dr Sigman to join us again for an event on Wednesday 28th April, 7-8pm (we will share with you a link to access the presentation nearer the time), on the topic of Body Image which will also be linked to presentations that he will run for girls from Primary 6 upwards.

We have had confirmation now from the Scottish Government, that when the Summer term starts on 19th April we will be fully open for all students. Girls in Lower 4 and above will need to continue to wear masks in school please, and we will have in place our one-way systems and additional hand hygiene stations. Voluntary Lateral Flow testing is in place for all girls from Lower 4 and above, and for all staff.

We will be able to provide school lunches for all girls from Nursery up to Lower 4 in the first instance. We would hope to increase this provision as the term goes on, but will start on the basis that girls in Upper School should bring in a packed lunch please. From the start of the Summer term, all students should be wearing full school uniform. Blazers should be worn, although they remain optional for Primary 1 and 2. Girls in Remove and Lower 4 upwards may wear PE kit on days when they have PE or Sport, to avoid the use of changing rooms, but they should only wear items of St George’s PE kit for school from now onwards please. We will be running a full school bus service after the holiday, and also plan to reintroduce the Haymarket shuttle bus, from Monday 19th April. In the first instance there will be two collections from the station in the morning, between 8 and 8.25am, and in the afternoon one bus will leave Lower School at 3.55pm and a second will leave from Upper School at 4.15pm. May I remind you that this service is for those girls who are going to Haymarket station to catch a train, and in the event of a bus being over-subscribed, girls may be required to show a train ticket in order to use the bus.

I know that Mrs Bryce, Mrs Hay and Miss Benson will be writing with more specific information about Sixth Form, Boarding, Junior School and Lower School respectively.

I hope that you are all able to enjoy some restful family time together over the Spring holiday. We look forward to welcoming everyone back to school in person on 19th April.

With my best wishes to you all,

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

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