Behind the study door
We watched this clip in Assembly on Monday morning. I asked the children how many people were involved in this pit stop operation and how long it took.
The important role that everyone plays in servicing an Formula 1 car during a race can be compared to the teamwork required every week at school. A significant proportion of the success of our children on a day-to-day basis stems from their ability - growing and developing constantly - to work as part of a team. Sometimes a very small cog, and sometimes a slightly more prominent cog, but every role and contribution of equal importance. Every single member of the hockey and football teams this week will have had to put their position as a team-player well ahead of their own personal skills and ability; our choirs and ensembles have rehearsed this week as teams, listening to others and understanding their responsibilities as a team; our choristers certainly put teamwork into practice yesterday in their joint concert with Eton and the Royal Philharmonic in St George's Chapel; and there will have been countless examples of teamwork in the classroom this week.
Commitment to teamwork drives creativity, compassion, a desire to get through challenges collectively, and ultimately achieve (together) the highest possible standards. Internationally renowned soloists, world class sprinters and athletes, international rugby players competing in Japan, and the Australian and English cricketers this summer, will all focus - above all else - on the support network of others: they are a mere cog in a team.
We ended our assembly by showing this humorous clip which demonstrates the power of teamwork perfectly:
Another significant benefit of teamwork is the growth of compassion. Children must be encouraged to 'look out and consider others' rather than develop an inflated view of themselves. To achieve something as a team, all those involved have to have the generosity of spirit to put others first. This is just as powerful in the playground and in day-to-day school life as it is in ensuring the success of large scale productions and tournaments.
The 21 strong team of F1 mechanics manage to change four tyres, an exhaust pipe, spark plugs, brake pads and fluid and a complete oil change in just shy of 2.5 seconds. This requires everyone to understand their place in the team, stick to their positions and respect the role of others.
Big hearts versus big heads.
Wishing all St George's families a happy weekend.
Head Master's Commendations
Many congratulations to the following pupils who were awarded Head Master's Commendations in Assembly on Monday morning:
Bikram H and Loic C for coding work in computing (Expresso) - creating a car game; James H, Alex L, Nefeli M, Bea A, Jennifer W, Yana V, Tom G, Millie W and Lucas T for excellent brain artwork as a result of the MindUP day; and Milton O'B (Joint for English and Food Technology) for showing great focus, contribution and helpfulness.
Spirit of St George's Award
The following were awarded the Spirit of St George's Award on Monday for showing the core values of the school:
Daniel W: for generosity and thoughtfulness towards another chorister
Zahra Y: for using her own initiative to raise money for the 'Young Leaders' community project, by arranging her own bake sale.
ABRSM Theory Exams
Congratulations to the following for success in their theory exams, taken just before the summer holidays:
Henry B, Thomas K (Grade 1), Callum B, Max C, Ben I'A, Barnaby W, Daniel W (Grade 2), James H, Julian J (Grade 3), Ben S (Grade 4).
All our LAMDA candidates are to be commended for their exceptionally high marks in the exams, taken during the summer term.
Entry level: Rapha K, Siena L, Alma S, Katie K, Freddie C, Isabelle S, Sofia B
Grade 1: George H, Tabitha P, Barney W, Alex L, Tilly W, Evie C
Grade 2: Jimmy N, Arnav K, Thomas K, James H
Grade 3: Milton O'B and Grade 4: Zinédine B
MindUp Thought for the Week:
The mind is just like a muscle - the more you exercise it, the stronger it gets and the more it can expand.” - Idowe Koyenikan
Prep School Assemblies
On Thursday we were visited by Ruth Norris from Christian Aid who gave a presentation called 'Hands Across the World'. She told the children about her travels in Ghana and Sierra Leone in West Africa, about the poverty she found there and how girls, in particular, had very little chance of gaining an education and achieving their dreams.
On Friday we were joined by Mr Fred Wilkinson who gave the children a very engaging presentation on emerging technologies and how these would impact their lives in the future. The children were obviously very interested and asked lots of good questions afterwards.
Inside the classroom:
This Week in Year 4
This week in Year 4 the children have been very busy! In maths we have been focusing on rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000, continuing on from their work from Year 3. It was great to see some of the children who found it tricky at the beginning recognising the pattern when rounding to 100.
In English we have been focusing on Kennings and the children are writing their own poems looking at how to choose a theme, mind-map key words and then connect nouns and verbs together.
In science we have focused on observational drawings of the human body and used black paper and chalk to draw the bones in the hand and labelled a detailed sketch of the skull.
In geography we have begun to investigate the journey of the river which will be continued.
These are photos taken from the science lesson. The drawings they made are very effective.
Well done to all those who took part in the Tennis Masterclass with Josh Goodall, Head of Tennis at Downe House. Josh was British No 2 behind Andy Murray with a world ranking of 196 from 13 August 2012 until 19 November 2012. A big thank you to Josh and to Chris who came with him, for a fantastic morning of tennis skills.
We wish the following a very Happy Birthday for the week ahead: George G, Leo M, Tommy H, Giles V-G, Radley H, Noah N-C, Ella W.