Anne Everest - Head's Message 13-04
Next week's choral concert is another reminder of how important a role music plays in the life of St George's. The number of ensembles and choirs that perform throughout the school is astounding, and the number of students who enjoy learning a musical instrument continues to impress. Girls of every age are involved in making music and are encouraged by specialist music teachers and instructors.
Dancing has also proved to be a talent among our girls, and throughout the winter they have had a regular opportunity to enjoy the dance club run by Miss Vyse. The Dance Showcase gave everyone in the audience an insight into how exciting the girls found this activity: they just looked so happy to be dancing! The girls are always enthusiastic about embracing these extra activities.
In the last few weeks we have seen our students excel also in hockey, in netball, in lacrosse, and in debating at the Model United Nations conference held in Aberdeen. Our Primary 6 girls did us proud this week by coming first in the Edinburgh heat of the Euroquiz competition where they competed against 20 other schools, and our Remove girls have been awarded the journalism prize in the Mock Court Case competition. At each of these events dedicated teachers from St George's were there to support and encourage our students.
Our teachers and support staff work hard, not only to make sure that the quality of learning at St George's is second to none, but also to provide the students with this rich extra-curricular life. The staff give generously of their time to provide academic support sessions; they use their talents to help the girls develop their own interests; they persuade the girls to look further than their own immediate concerns, to the wider world beyond school (and particularly, recently, in the Change for Change appeal and in the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative).
Through all this work and play we are preparing our students to pursue fulfilling and, we hope, happy lives. It is our aim to help them to be the best they can be: to get it right for every girl, focusing on the individual. Only with inspired and gifted teachers can we hope to develop the potential of each of our students. And in the midst of this busy term, I would like to thank the girls and the staff for their commitment to one another.
Anne C Everest
Head, St George's School for Girls