REFLECTIONS OF RETURNING AS A YEAR 8
A new feature of our newsletter will be a shift from my usual blog, to a piece written by one of our pupils. This week, Harry in Year 8 has written about his return to school, and he was also good enough to have a short interview with me this afternoon:
I have just started back in Year 8. I have been at the school since Nursery so I am nearly at the end of the journey! I'm really enjoying life back at school as it's good to see my friends and teachers again. I am pleased to be doing regular sports again as this is an activity I enjoy. It was initially hard getting back into a routine and keeping to the new safety rules, but it's getting easier.
Being off school for so long really made me appreciate it so much more. I think I took it all for granted before. Not actually being in the classroom for lessons was strange, but I think I quickly adapted to the online learning and it made me more independent in my approach to work. We had some fun Google Meets and Mr Giani let us do quizzes in our form times. I really appreciate the work and effort all the teachers have put into bringing us safely back to school. Hopefully we will be back to normal soon!
By Harry Woodrow 8JE
BEHIND THE STUDY DOOR
It’s been a smashing week at St George’s and everyone has been in very high spirits as we hurtle through Week 2. There have been many highlights, but to name a few:
Pupils across the school have got back into their work with determination, and it has been good to see everyone working hard. Many lessons have taken place outside, and a particular highlight for me is seeing the Year 1s enjoying their story after lunch each day in the Tipi!
Our individual music lessons are now firmly underway, as have been our year group choirs. The sound of singing across the school once again is wonderful, not least at 4.00pm as the choristers rehearse in the Sports Hall – their voices resonating across the county! Year group ensembles begin next week, as do our LAMDA lessons.
The boarders are loving the warm, late summer evenings, and our fire pit got its second outing on Wednesday evening, when they all enjoyed Smores around the fire.
Wednesday afternoon was a particular highlight, as I cycled around the playing fields to watch our inter-year group hockey, netball and football matches. It was a very different Wednesday with no fixtures or match tea to look forward to, but a super atmosphere nonetheless.
The visiting speaker programme organised by Mr Wilson got off to a 'magical' start with a talk from an internationally famous magician, Richard Pinner. Winner of the Magic Circle Stage Magician of the Year in 2014, Richard demonstrated a couple of tricks and described how his career path has given him opportunities to travel all over the world. As well as performing, he lectures and has created on-stage illusions for some impressive stage productions.