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The Georgian Friday, 2 October 2020

Behind the Study Door

Oh how the weather has turned! I write this on a Friday afternoon and the marquee opposite my study has played host to a number of different year groups today sheltering from the wind and rain, including the Year 6s who spent break time in there, and a few enterprising individuals galvanized the entire group to pass the time by singing some great songs. It encapsulated our spirit and it was lovely to see (and hear) them all together!

It's been another great week and it is terrifying how quickly we are hurtling towards Half Term. This week has been 'National Poetry Week', and I thought it appropriate to share a poem that Emma Adriano puts in the Pre-Prep Handbook, and one that I hope you and your children - whatever their age - will enjoy:

When I am building in the block room,

Please don’t say I’m “Just Playing.”

For, you see, I’m learning as I play,

About balance and shapes.

Who knows, I may be an an architect someday.

When I am getting all dressed up,

Setting the table, caring for the babies,

Don’t get the idea I’m “Just Playing.”

For, you see, I’m learning as I play.

I’m expressing myself and being creative.

I may be an artist or an inventor someday.

When you see me sitting in a chair

“Reading” to an imaginary audience,

Please don’t laugh and think I’m “Just Playing.”

For, you see, I’m learning as I play.

I may be a teacher someday.

When you see me combing the bushes for bugs,

Or packing my pockets with choice things I find,

Don’t pass it off as “Just Play.”

For, you see, I’m learning as I play.

I may be a scientist someday.

When you see me engrossed in a puzzle or some

“plaything” at my school,

Please don’t feel that time is wasted in “Play.”

For, you see, I’m learning as I play.

I’m learning to solve problems and concentrate.

I may be in business some day.

When you see me cooking or tasting foods,

Please don’t think that because I enjoy it, it is “Just Play.”

For, you see, I’m learning as I play.

I’m learning to follow directions and see differences.

I may be a cook someday.

When you see me learning to skip, hop, run, and move my body,

Please don’t say I’m “Just Playing.”

For, you see, I’m learning as I play.

I’m learning how my body works.

I may be a doctor, nurse, or athlete someday.

When you ask me what I’ve done at school today,

And I say, I “Just played.”

Please don’t misunderstand me.

For, you see, I’m learning as I play.

I’m learning to enjoy and be successful at my work,

I’m preparing for tomorrow.

Today, I am a child and my work is play.

(Anita Wadley)

For parents of our older children, this poem caught my eye today:

A poem for someone who is juggling their life:

This is a poem for someone

who is juggling her life.

Be still sometimes.

Be still sometimes.

It needs repeating

over and over

to catch her attention

over and over,

as someone who is juggling her life

finds it difficult to hear.

Be still sometimes.

Be still sometimes.

Let it all fall sometimes.

(Rose Cook)

Next week is Dyslexia Awareness Week, and I shall post a series of videos and blogs to raise awareness of this.

Wishing all St George's families a happy weekend, wherever your adventures take you.

William Goldsmith

Golden Tree and Celebration Assembly

Kindergarten Bees

Luca S: for carefully making an amazing 'monster' out of playdough.

Yousuf T: for showing super enthusiasm when acting out the story of 'Room on the Broom'.

Kindergarten Ladybirds

Theo M: for showing great independence whilst getting ready for swimming. Well done!

Aarion K: for his big smile that makes his friends and teachers feel so happy!

Reception E

Cora A: for working really hard at everything she does and for joining in well with class conversations.

Alexander B: for being a very happy and polite class member and settling so well into his new school.

Reception P

Florence W-B: for using her sounds to blend and write words independently.

Saacha T: for being a kind member of class. She always plays nicely with her friends and demonstrates excellent sharing and turn taking.

1AG

Elliott B: for a great effort and always listening in Games lessons.

Millie C: for working hard in all lessons but particularly in Maths where she enjoys a challenge!

Maxi C: for always giving his very best in all lessons.

1JH

Jannah H: for always working hard and doing her best and for being so helpful in class.

Amaury A: for an amazing Windsor Castle fire picture in Art/History.

Summer D: for a big improvement in her reading and for doing her best in class.

2SS

Sanvir B: for super progress in Maths and working very well with a partner during practical lessons.

Judah H: for listening really well in lessons and making great progress with spellings in Read Write Inc.

Jonathan E: for showing a great interest in our History topic 'The Great Fire of London'.

2GA

Esmé M: for trying hard to work more independently in class.

Kourosh S: for brilliant work in Maths this week and for completing extension tasks.

Preet P: for trying hard with her work. She has been concentrating well in lessons.

3CH

Aarun D: for working hard in all subjects, especially in Maths, and wonderful manners.

Eloise A: for keen listening and good concentration, ensuring she completes all work set.

3ML

Harry L: for completing some outstanding Geography prep, researching the city of Athens.

Rosalie A: for focusing well in lessons and working very independently.

Special mention

Sebastian R: for making a fantastic video of himself making a fish trap for his homework.

HEAD MASTER'S COMMENDATIONS

Tomasz M: for writing a super 'point of view newspaper account on the Battle of Bosworth (a Ricardian point of view)

Joshan G, Ezrah H, Toby D, Kyan W: for teamwork when performing poetry aloud.

Aidan H and Thomas D: for brilliant, thought-provoking discussion on the class reader 'Street Child'.

Sarrinah S M B: for outstanding use of French and dedication to her homework.

Kimon L: for excellent effort and neatness in Maths.

Jonty O: for a mature and hardworking approach to all areas of his learning so far this term.

Sarrinah S M B: for helping to answer class questions on the Islamic religion so maturely during an RS lesson this week.

Toby C, Loïc C, George H, Tilly W and Leo M: for taking on roles in a class debate and presenting their arguments in a clear and articulate manner.

Seb H, Seb M and Inara H: for writing some excellent poetry this week.

Harry W, Max X and Mason S: for their fact-files on Charles Dickens.

Tomasz M: for showing consistent focus and effort in all tasks so far this term. He has made an excellent start to his time at St George's.

Savannah K, Harry W, Nefeli M, Owen H, Callum B and Isla M: for their positive contributions in Science lessons and excellent work.

Siena L: for listening well and always giving her best.

Baptiste A: for always having excellent manners.

Gracie M: for keeping positive and persevering extremely well to make excellent progress.

Poppy J: for planning and carrying out a quiz using emoji symbols to represent film titles which everybody had to work out.

Leo M: for thoughtful, wise and helpful contributions to class discussion in RS.

Celeste J-H, Harry M and Charlie W: for their driving games.

Nate M and Julian J: for their balloon pop games.

SPIRIT OF ST GEORGE'S AWARD

Sajan P an Oliver S: for showing great kindness and support towards their peers, always being polite and helpful to their teachers and demonstrating the excellent behaviour and manners expected of St George's pupils.

Thomas K: for always showing gratitude and good manners.

Eddie G: for kindness to others.

Kyan W: for politeness to staff and kindness to others.

Leo M and Max A: for really helping to get LAMDA off to such a great start this week.

Ben C: for getting fully immersed into boarding life and getting involved with everything on offer.

Tom V: for showing grit and determination in boarding.

VIEWS FROM THE SCHOOL THIS WEEK

This week the Kindergarten children have started swimming. They really enjoyed being in the pool with their friends. They all loved reading the story of 'Room on the Broom' by Julia Donaldson. They made up magic spells, wore witches hats and even helped to brew a magic potion!
Reception children enjoyed playing in the outside area earlier this week. They especially loved played with the autumn leaves!
Year 1 have been very busy again this week. They have been working hard in Maths and have done lots of practical work as well as written work in their Maths books. As a year group they are also thinking about being part of a team and looking after each other. Everyone in Year 1 is always smiling and their teachers are so proud of them.
Year 2 have had great fun role playing the events of The Great Fire of London in History and have enjoyed learning different stiches in Sewing.
In English 3CH thought about similes to fit in a poem and recorded lots of ideas on their whiteboards. During indoor playtime they could choose what they wanted to do. 3ML enjoyed painting sunsets, had a music lesson with Mr Wilkinson in the Victoria and played a Maths game based on mental strategies for addition. Both classes have been learning about human teeth and had fun examining their own!
It's been an amazing week for hockey for the girls in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6. The astro is great. If only there were some fixtures!
It'e been a really busy week in Year 4. In French they were asked to act out in pairs what you do in certain rooms at school and the partner had to guess the room. In English the re-enacted 'A Sea Creature Ate My Teacher' by Brian Moses. In Science they are learning about how the heart functions and Mr Wilson brought in a lamb's heart for them to see. After reading two chapters of 'Street Child', 4RW acted out how the story unfolded.
In French, Year 6 went outside to practise the use of the partitive article, 'du, de la, de l', des' with the food that they had learnt. There was an element of healthy competition between the teams and the pupils enjoyed the games and the pleasant weather. In English they took part in a proper debate about the characters in the class reader, 'Kensuke's Kingdom', speaking clearly and persuasively. In form time James C brought in his DJ equipment to entertain the Year 6 form groups during registration. The pupils doing Food Tech this week were incredibly pleased with the apple puffs they had made!
The Years 7 and 8 girls had their first go at 'spike ball' which uses the same concepts as volleyball. Year 8 pupils made Thai Green Curry in their Food Tech lesson and were able to taste-test it afterwards.

This Week in Boarding

The conker competition has been hotting up in Boarding, with a trio of wins for Theo. On Wednesday night the cry was, "I need more soap!" The fun you can have with soapy hands!

Virtual Music Concert

Congratulations to all those pupils who took part in our first virtual music concert this term - it was well worth all that practice! If you missed it you can see it on the website by going to the September Reopening page. (You will need to enter the usual password - castle1348 - to access the page.)

Two more concerts are planned for this term: 12/11/20 and 03/12/20.

Exciting Astronomy News from Mr Foran

As the evenings are now drawing in earlier and the skies are getting darker, you might wish to know that the planets are putting on a wonderful show for us in the morning and night sky. If you wait until it gets dark, say, 09.30pm onwards and look EAST, you cannot miss what looks like a bright red – pink star, that’s the planet Mars and it will reach its closest approach to the Earth on October 6 at which point it will be approx. 38 million miles away. Mars will not be this close to Earth for another 15 years!

But that’s not all, turn to look due SOUTH and you will see another very bright star; this is Jupiter and to the left of Jupiter is a fainter, but noticeable bright object – Saturn. If that was not enough, in the early morning sky (6.00 – 7.00 am), in the same place where you hopefully saw Mars, you can see the planet Venus (the Morning Star).

These planets will remain in the sky for several weeks to come and it is fascinating to watch how their positions, relative to one another, will change over time, and if it is not too late perhaps you might allow your children to get a glimpse of these beautiful celestial objects. I hope you and your family will enjoy.

Wishing the following pupils a very...

Elizabeth G, Eleanor B, Jonah P, Henry T, James J, George H and Ajai B.