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06 Mar 2015

Anne Everest - Head's Message 06-03

Last week we enjoyed the first hockey fixtures of the term, all earlier Saturday matches having been cancelled because of poor weather conditions. Each Saturday until Easter, St George's fields many hockey or lacrosse teams - and they are supported by impressive numbers of parents, especially for home matches.  While the dug-outs around the all-weather pitch provide a welcome respite from wind and rain, parents need to be fairly hardy when providing side-line advice for play on the grass pitches. It is a reflection of the resilience and enthusiasm of students, staff - and parents - that they turn out in such numbers every week.

Teamwork and the enjoyment that girls can derive from team sports formed the theme of Monday's assembly in Upper School this week.  We were delighted to welcome Mr Andy Nicoll to take our assembly, and he spoke powerfully about the pleasure and sense of achievement that anyone can get from team games, at whatever level, provided that all members of a team look out for one another and do their very best.  It was quite something to hear this message from the man whom we hear on the television commentating on the Six Nations and who was himself such an outstanding player for Scotland and the British Lions.

Thursday's assembly, by contrast, focused on International Women's Day, which will be celebrated on Sunday 8 March.  We heard from students whose families come from all over the world; they spoke about women they see as their role models, and we were encouraged to purchase a purple wristband (with the words, "Make it Happen") to show our support of equal opportunities for women in every country on earth.

The international flavour of the day was further developed by the visit of Danish teachers to St George's this Thursday and the return visit of our lead inspector who came back to the school with a colleague from Education Scotland.  All of them were interested in the international dimension we have introduced into the curriculum here, and we received positive feedback on our innovative practice in this area, which is a focus of development now throughout Scotland.

Another highlight of this week has been World Book Day.  It was a delight to see so many children and staff dressed up as characters from books and stories they enjoyed.  Nearly every door in Junior School was decorated as a book cover and the pleasure and excitement of our youngest children, led by Mrs Dennis as Denis the Menace, was almost tangible.  I saw Mary Poppins having her lunch, pirates and rabbits studying mathematics - and several cats in hats too!

In every area of the school teachers and support staff go the extra mile to build unforgettable learning experiences for our girls.  I am grateful to all of them.

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Anne C Everest                                                                                 
Head, St George's School for Girls  

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