BEHIND THE STUDY DOOR
A total community
Over the past week we have seen the sheer excitement that Advent brings to everyone in the school. Despite the challenges of the term, and the disappointment that we haven't been able to share our array of events with you in person, it is great to see the contribution that the children have made as we reflect on the term that is rapidly coming to an end.
The staff have been writing reports over the last fortnight, which affords us the opportunity to reflect on the journey that each individual child has been on since September (which seems a long time ago!).
Every child has been on a journey this term which has been played out in 318 very different ways. At times it has been plain sailing for them, at each girl and boy has had to navigate through choppy waters. As we approach the final week of term they have all arrived at the same destination, in once piece and certainly stronger for the experiences and learning pathways of the last fifteen weeks.
Binding the children together are several core traits: good manners; confidence; adaptability and resourcefulness; good humour; kindness and thought towards others. The final two are particularly pertinent to consider during the time of Advent.
'It takes a village to raise a child' is a well used analogy that reflects the importance of the team around each girl and boy - a collective effort from school and home. We are fortunate in having a first rate team here at St George's, and a warm, generous and thoughtful parent body. Tea-towels and cook books will be handed out next week (you'll be blown away by the quality of the cook book), and our Parents Group will be taking in any shoe boxes with Christmas gifts for local children. This is just one example of the genuine desire from our parents and staff for St George's to be a special school, and we would be poorer without this 'total community'.
As we approach the end of term, I would like to thank our families and staff for all you do to go 'the extra mile' for the school and children.
Wishing all St George's families a happy weekend, wherever your adventures take you.
GOLDEN TREE AND CELEBRATION ASSEMBLY
Monty: Monty’s confidence at swimming has grown enormously. He can dress himself independently and has lots of fun making shapes in the water!
Henry takes pride in everything he does at school. This week he has enjoyed spending time creating beautiful Christmas artwork.
Dylan for growing in confidence and being an excellent “Bossy King” for the Christmas performance.
Faris for learning how to put on his jacket and doing so independently.
Alexander has shown excellent listening skills during our class French lessons and joins in the songs so well. Merci!
Jude has worked so hard at writing on his own, using his sounds. Keep up the super sentences!
Kai has been working so hard on his blending! He can now read three-letter words and will get a reading book. Keep it up Kai!
Harriet has been trying really hard to use her sounds to write words. She had a go at writing a sentence all by herself this week.
Effy has made great progress with her reading. She is recognising lots of words and only sounds out when she is stuck.
Saacha was an excellent cat in the school Nativity. She volunteered to say another child’s words as they were absent and did a super job. Well done!
Tommy has been working so hard at blending his sounds together. He now confidently blends them together to read words.
Rai for delivering his lines in the production with great volume and expression.
Elliott for delivering his lines in the production with great volume and expression.
Aidan for showing kindness to others.
Hugo for outstanding effort to speak in English.
Akushla for excellent effort in the classroom and for being a wonderful Mary in our Year 1 Nativity.
Arthur for excellent effort with his handwriting and for a lovely piece of non-fiction writing about the snow fox. Well done.
Annabelle for always doing her best in school and for being an outstanding narrator in our Year 1 Nativity production.
Dylan for working hard in Maths and enjoying the lessons.
Holly for beautiful writing about Advent and for making beautiful Christmas models at home.
Sebastian for listening brilliantly to class input and working confidently in Maths.
Preet for contributing more to class discussions and offering her ideas.
Esmé for showing great interest in her work and for staying focused on tasks.
Aarohi for listening carefully to instructions and following them through .
Daisy for good concentration and hard work in both English and Maths lessons.
Arthur for thoughtful contributions to class discussions.
Ben worked very hard during our ‘angle hunt’ and found lots of different angles in the classroom.
Daisy has had a great term. She has worked very hard, and has made especially good progress with her writing.
Head Master's Commendations
The whole of Year 4: for their wonderful Victorian inventions
Toby D: for his model of the Penny Farthing.
Thomas D: for his model of the Clifton Suspension Bridge.
Ben C: for his working model of a suspension bridge.
Zaki B: for his presentation skills on the theme of pasteurisation.
Wynnie B, Sarrinah MB, Sofia B and Oliver S: for their detailed History prep explaining who they thought was to blame for the sinking of the Titanic in 1912.
Max A, Charlie H and Isla M: for their Geography posters on tropical rainforests.
Jamie B: for his model of HMS Victory using Minecraft and uploading it as a video on YouTube.
Isaac S, Lara H and Ekam R: for creating a tantalising Italian menu with beautiful presentation.
Isabelle S and Siena L: for their efforts in LAMDA. Issey wrote a brilliant poem, with witty interpretation, about face masks (see further down the Newsletter for the poem), and Siena has learned all her pieces for LAMDA.
Sarrinah MB: for creating a flip book as her model of HMS Revenge.
Bikram H: for hard work throughout the term in IT.
Siena L: for brilliant Spreadsheet work all term.
Poppy J: for great Spreadsheet work all term.
Sam M, Nate M, Daniel P, Gabriel Reay-Arias and Leah H: for 100% in Spreadsheets assessment.
Max C: for finishing his amazing website on mountain sports.
Luca O, Nefeli M and Kobe L: for excellent Scratch animation work.
Mason S and Nathan M (Y8), Tomasz M and Benji S (Y7) James C and Liv D (Y6): for highly commendable efforts in Science this week.
Ben C: for excellent Fraction work in Maths.
Tom J: for consistent hard work in English.
George H: for creating a Minecraft video for his model of HMS Revenge.
Spirit of St George's Award
Lara B: for running 5K to raise funds for Battersea Dogs Home and raising £570.
Isabelle S: for the positivity she shows towards all aspects of school life.
Ben I'Anson: for giving the form a lovely start to the day by playing his bassoon in form time.
Sarah Z: for kindness to another pupil in her IT lesson.
Freya S: for being kind to others and helping teachers.
Sophie H: for her effort and respectful attitude in LAMDA.