BEHIND THE STUDY DOOR
As the wonderful children’s book The Crayon Box that Talked states: 'Each one of us is unique, but when we get together, the picture is complete' (Shane DeRolf). If we look at Howard Gardner’s Eight Aptitudes, there is no doubt that for all our pupils, many of these have been stimulated at some point this week.
Shane DeRolf's book is an excellent example that we are all different, not just in terms of looks, but also character and personality, as well as strengths and weaknesses. Individually, this is what makes us unique. It is what forms our own individual fingerprint on the world and on those around us, and means that each of us really do matter. Collectively, we come together with all our different aptitudes and temperaments and we create something wonderful.
We can all make a positive impact on other people’s lives. Kindness, modesty and selflessness are the key attributes in creating a happy, tolerant community that celebrates differences. This development of key emotional intelligence in our children is even more important as we see many traditional societal networks breaking down.
Padre Jonathan spoke about 'miscommunication' in his sermon in St George's Chapel on Sunday morning. With so much news and information being broadcast everyday via social media, we are exposed to a great deal of miscommunication. At the click of a button, our children have access to a wealth of information about a huge variety of different lifestyles and opinions, that don’t necessarily promote diversity of thought or acceptance of differences. The fact that young people have the ability to connect with these contemporary ideas is very exciting, but it is those key values that one learns when part of a community that are vital if we are to avoid our children being drawn into some of the narrow prejudices that we see around the world.
Our young people do matter, they are unique and they have the ability to make a huge difference to all that they interact with. Through this and through a shared desire to be proudly different from one another, we can ensure that like the box of crayons 'when we get together, the picture is complete'.
Congratulations to the following children who received these awards in our Celebration Assembly this morning:
Head Master's Commendations
Ekam R, Millie W, Tom G, Baptiste A, Gracie M, George H and Raphael K: for fantastic homework completed in the style of a newspaper, based on Emperor Claudius' invasion of Britain.
Lara H, Andreas L, Matilda U-I, Poppy J, Charlie H, Tabitha P and Leah H: for creating a poster on ice creams in French.
Adhrit P and James E: for showing leadership skills by organising the Class Assembly for World Book Day.
Spirit of St George's Awards
Keiran E: for showing great kindness to others.
Sports Players of the Week
Years 3 and 4: Mariella O'B for teamwork - being a great team player during the match on Friday
Years 5 and 6: James C for enjoyment - working tirelessly this season and as a result enjoying his rugby
Years 7 and 8: Harry W for pursuit of excellence - working consistently to improve his skills.
World Book Week
The annual celebration of authors, illustrators, books and reading is one of the school's favourite days and this year the occasion was extended to include activities taking place throughout the week in both the Prep and the Pre-Prep.
Classroom doors were imaginatively decorated in the theme of a book or author and during the week a variety of quizzes and craft activities took place in the Library. There were lots of opportunities for sharing books, paired reading, watching author masterclasses on the World Book Day website, making book marks and designing book covers.
On Tuesday author John Harris entertained Years 3 - 8 with some exciting and engrossing stories, taking each year group from laughter to gasps of surprise (and back again).
On Thursday Year 6 presented an interactive assembly on their favourite books with a quiz on the most popular authors.
World Book Week would not be quite complete without dressing up as a favourite book character and both Pre-Prep and Prep staff and children embraced the occasion with enthusiasm. Donations to Book Aid International raised over £500.
On Thursday Years 4 - 8 took their pencil cases to a workshop given by the celebrated book illustrator, Bill Greenhead, who showed them how to draw cartoon characters in a variety of styles. It was great fun!
To round off the week, on Friday various staff were positioned in classrooms around the school to read 'The Big Story' - a genre of story or passages from a favourite book. Years 5 - 8 were able to select where to go and which reading they would like to listen to.
On Tuesday a team from the NSPCC were in school delivering assemblies to Years 1-7 about staying safe, and what might make you unsafe and where to go for help. The team then held workshops for Year 5 and 6 which were engaging and got the children thinking and discussing different situations.
Year 5 Remembrance and WWI Workshop
Linking in beautifully with their history topic this term, Year 5 visited Eton Museum for a workshop on World War 1 and Remembrance. During their session they learnt about an old Etonian, Henry D, his time at Eton and his involvement in WW1 as an officer. They studied sources to find out more information and looked at relics from the war, including a Princess Mary Box. They learnt that Henry sadly passed away in September 1918 whilst retrieving a fellow soldier from no man’s land.
Senior Schools Fair
We welcomed over 30 schools to our Senior Schools Fair on Monday evening and hope that the event was useful for those parents who attended. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Head Master.