Behind the Study Door
Even if you don't make it to the very top, remember life is about the journey, not the destination. Nurture the journey and enjoy every moment
In a very powerful Assembly to the children on Thursday morning, Rosemary Flint, one of our Kindergarten teachers, recounted her expedition to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro during the summer. Her message resonated with the school as she described her growing apprehension at doing something she didn't feel capable of doing, yet her final message "let your own inner voice tell you how amazing you are and give you strength" was a great lesson for us all.
Reading through an educational publication recently, I found an article featuring ten leaders in their field. To highlight a few examples, Julie Payette went into space, whilst Shanta Devarajan has inspired many from his work on poverty reduction at the World Bank. Dr Abiodun Williams was the first president of the Hague Institute for Global Justice and Divya Nag is an eminent scientist. Whilst they only represent a very small proportion of people who achieve amazing things, I was struck by what inspiring role models they are for our pupils. There is no doubt that the skills they developed from a very young age in problem solving, thinking outside the box, taking risks and learning to be compassionate and caring have all stood them in good stead and propelled them to where they are now.
Like Miss Flint's achievement, there is no doubt that they too had to overcome considerable challenges to achieve their goal.
Following her talk, I asked how many children had dreams of what they want to achieve later on in life, and almost everyone put their hands up enthusiastically. One thing I learned from the assembly was not to lose sight of ambitions and dreams for the future, and that overcoming challenges and obstacles form an essential part in getting there. Miss Flint quoted Winston Churchill as saying:
Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your ambition
We all have role models, and in an age where social media and societal expectations have such an influence on us, it has never been more important to seek inspiration from incredible people from all walks of life. Sometimes this can be found closer to home.
Miss Flint learned from her adventure that she is strong, capable and ambitious. Alongside our values of kindness, courage and honesty, these are commendable attributes to encourage our children to develop.
Head Master's Commendations
Congratulations to the following who were awarded commendations in last Monday's Celebration Assembly:
Teddy H – for creating and coding an App - conversion km to miles
Kobe L – for creating and coding an App – conversion
Sam N – for fantastic work in science, showing great knowledge of the different muscles in the body, helping other pupils and presenting this well in his book.
Toby C – for outstanding work in history, showing great knowledge on the Victorian and Edwardian periods, having undertaken independent research.
Spirit of St George's Award
The following pupils were awarded a Spirit of St George's Award for demonstrating the core values of the school:
Carl A – for kindness to a Year 4 Chorister
Carl A, Alexios S, Leo M – for giving up break time to show some Year 1s the Boarding House, showing great eagerness and keenness.
Mansa and Jeevan H – for showing great kindness towards two younger children at the Sports Tournament on Saturday.
MindUP Thought for the Week
The best way to capture a moment is to pay attention.
Year 5 Visit to Henley Literary Festival
"This morning we went to the Henley Literary Festival to listen M G Leonard, the author of the 'Beetle Boy' series. She told us how she was afraid of all bugs and creepy crawlies, but now she loves beetles!" (Alexander L)
"She spoke about all of her books that she has written in the series and spoke about the characters and beetles that she has created. She read a little bit from her book Beetle Queen, it was really good." (Evie C)
"We found out some amazing facts from M G Leonard. Did you know that if beetles didn’t exist, we as humans would only survive for 3 weeks? We also found out that the rhinoceros beetle can lift 800 times its own body weight." (Charlie H)
and while on the subject of books...
The School Librarian, Ms Pickering, strongly recommends a website called Love Reading 4 Kids. It’s free and gives book lists, Top 10 books of the month, debut titles, videos of some authors and much more. Visit www.lovereading4kids.co.uk to read about the best books for boys and girls of all ages.
News from the Music Department
We are delighted to welcome Jamie Cook, who joins us as our Resident and Music Assistant. Jamie was at Harrow International School, Shanghai, where his father was the Founding Head (before then, Wellington College Tianjin). Jamie is an accomplished musician and has plans to pursue this at university and beyond. Both his parents were teachers, so Jamie is very comfortable in this setting.
We are very proud of Joanna and Joel H who did so well at the Maidenhead Music Festival on Saturday. Joanna got 88 and won a gold medal again (highest score in her class). Joel got 87 and won a bronze medal.
Year 2 Windsor Walk
On Thursday Year 2 enjoyed walk around Windsor as part of their Geography lesson. They looked for seasonal changes of autumn. They also identified signs around the town as they have been learning about maps and symbols. Great fun!
On Friday we welcomed 29 families to the school for our Open Morning. Our visitors were ably shown around by senior pupils; afterwards many of them remarked on how impressed they had been by their guides. Mansa and Noah were outstanding in welcoming the visitors and speaking so well in front of them. They are a great credit to us, as indeed are all our pupils.
Vindictive House Meeting
Much fun was had during Tuesday's House Meetings when Vindictive undertook the spaghetti marshmallow challenge. The aim was to create the tallest or most complex structure using marshmallows and spaghetti in 15 minutes! Amazing teamwork!
U10 and U11 Swimming Gala v Langley Hall
The galas between St George's and Langley Hall are definitely swum in the correct spirit, with no scores or final results, but plenty of cheering, happy faces and celebrations when their school gains success. Well done to all swimmers who participated some of which this was their first inter-school gala.
On Wednesday the U11 teams travelled away to LVS. Both teams had very competitive matches with scores being very close throughout the afternoon. The U11A worked extremely hard as a team and moved the ball up the pitch well, they had many shooting opportunities and made some great defensive play. This was also the first time we have played short corners, and the girls picked up the new skill extremely well. Special mention to Carys C for some excellent goal scoring and for making sure she got back in position to defend when the ball was lost. The U11B won their match convincingly and there was some excellent communication between the players, their positive thinking throughout their match contributed to their success. Well done to Ella G who played some excellent hockey and demonstrated confidence and agility on the ball.
The U10s played their match against LVS at Eton Astro. Both teams demonstrated resilience and intensity in their match play. There were some well-constructed goals in the U10A match and all girls demonstrated improvements in the level of their skill and knowledge of the game. Special mention to Liv D and Isla M who both created many scoring opportunities. In the U10B match they were successful with a huge 8-1 win. Well done to Evie C, Poppy J and Reya M who worked fantastically as a team to score goals.
On Friday the U8s took on LVS at Windsor Leisure Centre. They moved the ball well up the pitch and created some good scoring opportunities, with great dribbling and goals from Ava S and Cicily W. There was some excellent teamwork all afternoon and the girls had a really exciting competitive spirit in their game play. Good defensive play from Mya J, Freya S and Daisy W resulted in a 6-2 win, and the loss of 3-2 in a really unlucky second match.
Unfortunately the U9 match was cancelled at the last minute by LVS so they took the opportunity to work on their netball skills in preparation for the next half term.
It was a game of two halves for the first XI on Wednesday afternoon against Twickenham Prep School. The team started rather slowly, allowing the opposition too much time on the ball, resulting in a number of soft goals being conceded. However, it was pleasing to see that a different team mentality took over after half time and steely determination was apparent all over the pitch. Tristian U I led the charge with some strong tackles, Tom G and Kieran E took two very well deserved goals, and a number of chances grazed the post or flashed across the goal line, a stud's width away from going in the back of the net. If the team play like they did in the second half for the remainder of the season they will enjoy much more success. Onwards and upwards boys!
The 2nd IX had a tough game against a skilful side. Leo C brought us back into the game in the first half by bringing the score back to 2-1, with a superbly well-taken goal. Miles M worked hard, Oli P hurtled some dangerous throw-ins towards the opposition keeper, and Syun P knitted the play well in midfield, but eventually a couple of mistakes allowed Twickenham to come away with a win.
The Colts A team hosted Twickenham Prep and both teams battled hard during a closely contested first half in which neither team capitalised on their chances and the defences were on top. Thankfully something in the half time water and team talk rejuvenated the boys, who performed brilliantly in the second period scoring five goals! Congratulations to Alex W who scored three goals two of which were strikes from outside the box.
The Colts B team enjoyed a tight contest against a very strong Twickenham Prep side, seeing opportunities at both ends. Adhrit P made a number of fantastic shot-stopping saves and kept the game tight up until the last few minutes. Well done all the team, it was a great group effort.
The Colts C and D teams made a good account of themselves. Colts D passed the ball around quite accurately, eventually scoring a goal. The final score was 1-1. Colts C dominated possession, and also found space to receive the ball. There final score was 3-0. There was terrific sportsmanship from both Twickenham Prep and St George’s boys.
The Colts Development team played well enjoying a fast paced game with opportunities at both ends. It was tiring work with a large pitch, creating opportunities for a fast paced counter attack. The boys now need to work on devolving teamwork to ensure every person in the team contributes equally to the performance.
On Friday the U9s hosted Twickenham Pep on Home Park Private. The Red Team worked hard throughout the game but found the transition from attack to defence difficult to handle at times. Charlie W made some fantastic saves including one from a penalty. The White Team had a great team performance in an entertaining game. They won 3-1 with goals from Paul R and two from Isaac S, including a top corner screamer. Mr Wilson was especially impressed with Ebbe K who fought tirelessly throughout. The Blue Team had a competitive game full of opportunities at both ends. They are finding it hard to make the key passes count and continue to work on positioning to help create space on the pitch.
The U8 teams travelled to Kempton Cricket Ground to play their matches. The Red Team came up against an organised team with good players who challenged our unbeaten boys. After a slow start we found ourselves two goals down, however, the team showed excellent team spirit and resilience to fight back with one goal before half time and another three after the break. A special mention to Arthur Jack E for three great goals. The U8 White Team worked together well, created many chances to score, forcing the opposition goalkeeper into a number of good saves, earning a well-deserved victory. James C and Kimon L caused problems for the defence with some good running; Thomas D and Zaki B were both solid at the back, thwarting many of the oppositions attack; Ezrah H and Barney H put in very energetic performances all over the field. A very successful afternoon - well done boys, your teamwork was outstanding. The U8 Blue Team worked hard, enjoying a game that ebbed and flowed, with opportunities for both sides. It was great game for the boys to work on both their passing and positional play. Well done to all involved.
IAPS Football Tournament
Congratulations to everyone involved in the Moulsford U13 7-a-side IAPS tournament on Saturday. Our boys made a tremendous effort but the format for the tournament was brutal and they lost both group games by only one goal (one being to the winning team for the whole tournament, Lambrook). These results saw us progress to the plate knockout stages. The team made it all the way through to the plate final where they met St John’s Beaumont and lost by only one goal in a closely contested game. The tournament provided a great opportunity for the team to develop for the rest of the season. A special thank you to Mr Elston for his efforts on the sideline. We now look forward to the St Neot's tournament on Thursday.
Another bumper week in the boarding house, during which we welcomed yet more new-comers. The wet weather failed to stop the boarders from enjoying some sporting activities – swims and dodgeball were on offer, as well as the Wednesday night Treasure Hunt: boarders were asked to take photos with an iPad of 20 images representing a different letter of the alphabet. Kudos to Felix F who managed to photograph “X” (a xylophone), while there was some excellent thinking from those who photographed Airbricks for “A” and Ultraviolet Light for “U”. The treasure was a reward for excellent photos and managing to do all 20 letters. To book or find out more about boarding at St George’s, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and follow us on Twitter @stgboarding.