Blogs and News - St George's School For Girls, Edinburgh

26 Jun 2017
Upper 6 Leavers’ Course


The first surprise for this group of Upper 6 leavers was to have two art teachers - Ms Knox leading and exchange teacher Debra Hoffman from Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia.

Our first stop was the exhibition NOW at The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art 1 championing the work of contemporary artists.  An installation of shopping lists by Brazilian artist Rivane Neuenschwander generated much discussion as students picked favourite shopping lists and observed the type of person behind each handwritten list. We saw the film ‘Tenant’ by the same artist and stood agog and chatted about the significance in Nathan Coley‘s installation of 286 hand-made sculptures of Edinburgh’s places of worship.

After essential coffee, we did a speed walk to Stockbridge and visited the Contemporary Art Practice exhibition at Patriothall Gallery. The biggest surprise in this diverse mixed media show was to see Ms Knox’s films Tide and Time; and to meet Leesa French from Leith School of Art and other artists based at Patriothall studios.

After picnicking in a sunny park, we headed to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and examined 170 year-old photographs by Hill and Adamson in the aptly named exhibition ‘A Perfect Chemistry’. This led to discussion about how far art has developed since the invention of photography. We had just watched The Slave’s Lament by contemporary artist Graham Fagen. This multi-media work takes Roberts Burns’ song lamenting the hurt of the displaced, the trafficked and the enslaved. Its beautiful lyrics were performed by reggae artist Ghetto Priest accompanied by the Scottish Ensemble. Although this song was written over two hundred years ago, it has a narrative that remains contemporary as we think of current tragedies unfolding on borders today.

Our last stop of the day was the Royal Scottish Academy where we visited SUMMAa dynamic group exhibition of the most recent RSA artist residencies across Scotland. Having met the artist Paul Furneaux earlier in the day we looked at his Japanese block printing materials and his intense sketches inspired by his time walking on the isle of Lewis. He explained that his abstract prints respond to his memories of that landscape. We ended the day watching ‘Emma’s Holograph writing’ a film by Rachel McBrinn inspired by the RSA archives of the potter Emma Gillies (who was the hidden sister of the more celebrated painter William Gillies). This evocative film was a fitting finish to a day packed-full of cultural surprises.

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Welcome to students from Havergal College

Hockey News

Netball News

Football News

Fencing News

Book Fair in Lower School Library

Rugby at Murrayfield - Scotland v England


Guide Dog Visit

RSPB Big Schools’ Birdwatch

Chinese Performance - Lasswade

Model United Nations Conference

Lower School Book of Excellence

Primary 6 Author Visit

Primary 5 Fringe Schools Poster Competition

Clothing Clear Out – Collection Extravaganza!

Remove History - Board Games

The Scottish Schools Pipe Band Championships

Boarders' Ceilidh

The Edinburgh Brain Bee Competition

Under 13 Scottish Schools Lacrosse

Under 14 Scottish Schools Lacrosse

Under 15 Scottish Schools Lacrosse

Primary 7 Hockey Tournament

S1 East District Hockey Tournament

S2 East District Hockey Tournament

S3 East District Hockey Tournament

S3 East Cup Final

The Lower School Badminton Championships

Lower School Dance Showcase

Clothing Clear Out – Nursery Collection Extravaganza!

World Book Day

Spanish Play

The Edinburgh Piano Festival Competitions

Play in a Day Articles

A Visit by Hayley Valentine from BBC Question Time

Primary 5 Visit The Scottish Parliament

British Science Week

Primary One Visit the Zoo

500 Word Story

Primary 6 Skype Call to India

Primary 6 Power Investigations

Lower 4 Merchiston Social

The Play That Goes Wrong

Parents Play and Stay at Nursery Outdoor Learning

Revving up the Revision

Autumn Term Upper School Production

Edinburgh Primary Badminton Squad

Lothian League

Sport Relief

Euro Quiz 2018

LUSH at Houldsworth House

Making Scones at Houldsworth

Poetry Match-Making

Lower School Book of Excellence

Young Enterprise Scotland Programme






Equality for Women with Judy Murray and Judy Dalton: A Breakfast Conversation

Take A Closer Look - Open Mornings

Linlithgow Drinks Reception - Tuesday 25 September, 6.30-8.00 pm

Community and Staff Choir Rehearsals

Netball Success



Lower School Form Captains

Milkshake Making

A sleepover at Houldsworth

Xtreme Karting

Head Girls’ Conference

Return to Houldsworth

Starting at Houldsworth

Chocolate Fondue Party

Edinburgh Bus Tour

Decorating Houldsworth

Our First Week back in Junior School

Our First Week at Nursery

Primary 1 Build a Bear

Primary 5 House Captains and Vice Captains

An Exciting Year Ahead

Lower School Welcomes New Students

6th Form Debate

U6 Development Programme

6th Form Development Programme

Girls at St George’s School Bring Spitfire Restoration Back to School in Honour of Former Pupil ‘Spitfire’ Annie

Nicola Morgan Speaker Event

Presentation to 6th Form

Lower Six Social

Baking and Decorating Cupcakes

Royal Yacht Britannia Trip

Successful Renewal of our Eco Green Flag Award

Tours for the 1988 Old Girls


Spa Evening

My Weekend at Houldsworth

The Buddy Break

The Primary 5 Girls visit The Royal Botanical Gardens

The Junior School Safety Officers

Roald Dahl Day

Primary 5 Trip to the Pentlands

Sing, Shine, Laugh and Sign

Big Owls’ Dance and Movement Class

The Royal Navy’s Visit

Choosing a University Course

Congratulations to Kary on Achieving Top Marks

International Committee

The Moyra Rushworth Trophy - Ski Race Competition

St George’s Nursery Receives Praise For Early Years Care