Quite rightly, music enjoys very high standing at St George’s, and the impact this has on our pupils must never be underestimated. Just to add a little well known research into the mix, music acts as a trigger for the brain, enabling us to remember emotions, events and information. Music aids our co-ordination, supports children with dyslexia, supports self-esteem, boosts their ability to learn, builds teamwork, brings children together, notably increases confidence, but is also great fun. Sadly, the relevance of music is underestimated in many schools as local authority budgets are cut, and this is cutting off a major artery of growing up: music is as vital as the nourishing food we give our children to eat; it needs to be consumed daily. The joy children will have in playing music or singing with others as they grow up will never cease, whether it be local ensembles and orchestras, choirs, musical theatre groups, their own bands, or just playing the guitar on the beach with friends. The ability to genuinely appreciate and have a love for music will stay with children for life. As St George’s continues to celebrate our strong musical identity, I urge parents to expose their children to a range of different musical genres; introduce them to classical music from a young age; if you see the interest, get your young children learning a musical instrument at the appropriate age and keep the motivation going. Once your child develops a passion for music, grasp it, cherish it and never let that go, it will be one the greatest gifts you can give them.
Back to the final weekend of the Six Nations, if Scotland do win tomorrow, I shall be wearing my kilt on Monday with great pride.
Wishing all St George’s families a happy weekend, wherever your adventures take you.
PS - We played this clip during our Commonwealth Day Assembly on Monday. It shows how the power of music can bring nations together.
Celebration Assembly Awards
Head Master's Commendations
Many congratulations to the following who were presented with awards on Monday:
James P: for creating a poster with a great deal of information in French, as part of voluntary extension work
Lucy K (2): for creating a post with a great deal of information in French, as part of voluntary extension work and for working with commitment and being fully engaged in science lessons
Zinédine B: for putting a great deal of effort into a poster in French to review a gadget
Max A: for work on 'scratch games' in IT
Sam P: for work on 'scratch games' in IT
Bikram H: for work on 'scratch games' in IT
Ben I'A: for work on 'scratch games' in IT
Toby C: for work on 'scratch games' in IT
Callum B: for work on 'scratch games' in IT
Matilda W: for work on 'scratch games' in IT
Leah H: for work on 'scratch games' in IT
Jennifer W: for work on 'expresso games' in IT
Amar S: for work on 'expresso games' in IT
Henry B: for work on 'expresso games' in IT
James H: for work on 'expresso games' in IT
William P: for working in a consistently positive manner in science, and displaying outstanding manners
Spirit of St George's Award
The following were awarded 'Spirit of St George's Awards' for encapsulating the core values of our school community:
Kyle M: for kindness to others and helpfulness around the school
Dylan M-H: for the positive encouragement given to other members of the Astronomy Club
Edith R: for showing great support and help to a teacher
Annabel P: for showing kindness and helpfulness around the school
Asees Dhanda: for showing kindness and helpfulness around the school
Sports Players of the Week: for displaying the core values of PE:
Years 3 and 4: Lara H for working consistently hard each to irmprove and make progress on the court
Years 5 and 6: George S for consistent hard work and effort
Years 7 and 8: Lifu Y for working hard to develop contact skills and showing a strong understanding of the game.
Trips and Events
Chamber Choir and Year 5 sing at The Royal Albert Hall
On Monday the Chamber Choir and Year 5 participated in a concert organised by Berkshire Maestros, taking place in none other than London’s Royal Albert Hall and performing alongside some of the country’s finest musicians and over 1,500 schoolchildren. Our Chamber Choir sang a rapturous rendition of Bob Chilcott’s A Little Jazz Mass alongside Berkshire’s very own Youth Choir, who had requested specifically for our singers to join them, while the Year 5 pupils banded together with a host of other primary schools to perform Nigel Hess’ musical RATS!, whose songs were all received with impassioned applause from the audience. Following a long day (and a first-hand look into the life of a performer..!), the children left with an experience that any musician would dream to have under their belt, and with the knowledge that they had played a major part in what was, for so many, a truly memorable night.
Year 8 Geography Trip to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
On Tuesday the Year 8 pupils enjoyed a spectacular Geography Field trip at the Velodrome in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. In the morning they undertook a sustainability study, looking at the material used in construction of the Velodrome and housing and employment in the local area. After lunch they enjoyed the wonderful opportunity of cycling around the velodrome track. Unfortunately the journey home took a little longer than planned but every one remained cheerful and there was in impromptu pizza stop which was appreciated by all.
Year 4 Trip to Windsor Castle
Both Year 4 classes went to Windsor Castle on Wednesday morning to learn about Roman defensive and attacking battle techniques. The children got to go up on the battlements and role-play being Roman soldiers using arrows, slingshots and crossbows. The children then learnt about some of the unusual ways that the Medieval people used to attack castles! The children thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Assembly Speaker - Emma York
On Friday Emma York came in to Assembly and talked about her theatrical career and what skills are needed to succeed in the acting profession. Emma gave an interactive presentation which involved dancing, music, games and acting. All the children enjoyed the Assembly and came out smiling! Our thanks to Emma for giving such an inspirational Assembly.
Mobile Farm Visits Kindergarten
We always know that spring is on its way when the mobile farm come to visit the children in Kindergarten. Dressed as farmers and appropriately in 'wellies', all the children had an opportunity to take a close look at the animals and some children even helped to feed them.
Pupils will need the following equipment for Hockey:
Years 4 to 8: Games kit, trainers, shin pads and mouth guard
Year 3: Games kit, trainers and shin pads (mouth guard optional as pupils will be playing unihoc)
STG World Book Day
On Tuesday evening it was the turn of the Year 6 boarders to spend some time with Mr & Mrs Goldsmith, flipping pancakes and playing games!
Wonderful Wednesdays continued this week. we were so lucky to be joined by Mrs Edwards who ran a fantastic Mindfulness workshop which was both informative and practical. The boarders were able to try out some mindful techniques, one of which involved savouring a Starburst!