BEHIND THE STUDY DOOR
The Christmas Fair on Saturday was absolutely spectacular. Thank you so much to everyone who joined us for your contribution in making it such fun, and to all our Year-Group Reps, members of the Parents' Group and the many others who volunteered on the day. It really was a tremendous day.
As I think back to the fair, and the many events each week, I often pause and consider what has gone into each event to make it such a success. This is more so this week as we come together as a community to celebrate so many festive events. Of course, the boys and girls are the driving force behind all that we do as a school, and it is down to their commitment, enthusiasm and desire to get stuck in that we are able to enjoy a wide spectrum of events and activities; the staff provide all the inspiration behind what happens, so often going above and beyond the call of duty. They also have an enormous appetite to make our community continuously improve and develop; it is, however, in events like our fair, the support, commitment and hand-on engagement from the parents that allows us to achieve what we do as a school.
St. George's is a family school in the fullest sense, and this extends to the entire community. I know I speak for everyone here in recognising the enormous impact that our families have in contributing to the ethos of culture. As we think back at the Fair on Saturday and look ahead to the final two weeks of term, may I thank you all - parents and staff - for all you have done over the past thirteen weeks. This generosity of spirit from the whole school family creates a very special atmosphere.
A family ethos that stretches into school can be transformational, and stands alongside the academics, co-curricular provision and the fabric of any school; it is critical to a child's happiness. This is very evident at St. George's, and for this, I am extremely grateful.
Head Master's Commendations
Many congratulations to the following pupils, who were awarded a Head Master's Commendation during Assembly:
Toby C: for working hard on his descriptive writing skills in English
Charlie H: for mature and detailed descriptive writing
Reya M: for continued hard work in English lessons
Thomas G: for demonstrating great improvement in geography
Monty S, James E and Alex W: for excellent work in RS
Leah H, Jeevan H, Charlie H, Tabitha P, Ben I'A, Lukas O, and Jonah P: for outstanding homework in French, describing their ideal pet.
Noah N-C, Buddy P, and Harry E: for work in science, setting themselves over 50 questions in Educake online science assessment.
Spirit of St George's Awards
We thank the following pupils for making a difference to someone last week:
Cedric R: for being immensely kind and thoughtful to a fellow boarder
Poppy J, Leah H and Daniel P: for looking out for a pupil in the form, giving up lunchtimes to help
Benji S: for being a great ambassador to the School when out in town, showing great helpfulness to a member of the public.
Sports Players of the Week
Years 3 and 4: William F, Pursuit of Excellence. Having had a wonderful first season in sport at St George's, working hard to improve in all areas of the game and acting on feedback effectively.
Years 5 and 6: Nefeli M, Enjoyment. During the football masterclass Nefeli was committed to getting the most out of the session.
Years 7 and 8: Jay-Veer G: Teamwork. Has worked tirelessly this season for the 2nd IX as an invaluable and committed defender who his team could rely on.
Year 4 Victorian Experience at Reading Museum
On Thursday Year 4 were transported back to Victorian times and given an insight into the work that Victorian children may have experienced. These roles included laundry maid, fire builders, chimney sweep and even a chamber pot maid. The children were able to learn what the job would entail and enjoyed dressing up and becoming part of the child workforce. As times changed in Victorian Britain, children were then encouraged to go to school. With a strict teacher at the front of the class, the children experienced a Victorian classroom, writing in ink pens and on slate boards.
Kindergarten and Reception Christmas Productions
The St George's Christmas festivities were set off to a very good start with magical productions from the Kindergarten and Reception classes. The children had clearly been working very hard to learn their words and gave very confident performances. The Kindergarten production, called Our Christmas Story, was a straightforward telling of the nativity with some wonderful singing.
The Reception production, called The Innkeeper's Breakfast, was a Christmas nativity musical about a very busy innkeeper whose breakfast is more important to him than anything else.
Inter-House Swimming Gala
The annual Inter-House Swimming Gala took place at Eton College pool on Monday. This was a wonderful event in two parts, with every pupil in Years 3 and 4 competing in a number of different races including a range of individual races over 25m and a number of team relays. This was quickly followed by the Years 5 to 8 event, with House Captains laying down pompoms and donning swimming hats for their contribution to the team races. Congratulations to all medal winners, to Vindictive House, who ended up winners, and to all those pupils who overcame their own individual challenges. Our thanks to everyone in the school for their contribution, and to our PE and Games Department for overseeing the event.
The overall results were:
1st – Vindictive 216 points
2nd – Victory 179 points
3rd – Rodney 171 points
4th – Revenge 162 points
Prep School Assembly Speaker
A big thank you to Mr Dave Walia and Dr Walia for visiting our assembly on Friday. Mr Walia gave a very interesting talk about setting a world record by single-handedly preparing a meal for over 1,000 people in Portugal!