BEHIND THE STUDY DOOR
On 11 November 1919, people in villages, towns and cities gathered together, and for the first time, stopped in silence for two minutes. Over the past hundred years we have commemorated Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day with the same respect and reflection across communities big and small. This year will be different, but no less poignant and important.
On Wednesday morning, we will remember, albeit virtually (a video will be produced featuring our Years 7 and 8 pupils), the ex-pupils of St George's who have both given their lives and served on our behalf. Sixteen ex-pupils died in World War One, and a further sixteen gave their lives between 1939-1945. The school only educated choristers then, so this reflects a huge number from this community: what a tragic example of sadness and suffering that will have been felt by St George's, and replicated in schools and communities everywhere.
It is right to remember those who have lost their lives through conflict, but at this time, I believe we must look to our young people to focus on peace as a means to avoid future conflict at all cost. Much of the rhetoric that threatens global stability today involves greed, a desire to dominate and a misguided sense of pride. If we can instill a genuine desire for resolution through peaceful means, and for love and hope in our young people, these very ideologies will be threatened, and eventually overcome.
We will all have our own reflections when standing in silence to remember those who have gone before us. A strong reflection for me is the hope that our own school community will undertake a daily responsibility to treat others as they wish to be treated themselves; by living their lives to be a force for good for others.
As we continue to remember those caught up in conflict, the young people today that represent the leaders of tomorrow play an important role. I see 318 girls and boys at St George's who can lead their lives through truth and integrity, and by doing so pay the greatest respect to fallen lives by creating hope.
"They will not be forgotten, but will be held in grateful remembrance, and their memory will be a dear possession to those who come after them" The School Magazine of December 1918.
Golden Tree and Celebration Assembly
Bella: for being such a kind friend and always offering to help her friends.
Arian: for gaining independence with dressing and being super speedy getting ready for swimming.
Luca: for trying his best to independently put on his coat and for dressing himself for swimming
Siadon: for thinking of many interesting things beginning with the sound “m”
Jude worked so hard using his Fred Fingers for his speech bubble writing.
Henry has been very helpful this week, tidying the classroom. Thank you Henry!
Kai: for working very hard on his numbers and enjoying ordering his firework numbers.
Thomas: for being such a polite member of the class. He always remembers his manners and is helpful and kind.
Tayyab: for trying really hard with his reading. He is recognising lots of words without sounding them out.
Alex: for working hard on subtraction in our Maths lessons this week. Well done Alex!
Rai: for always listening during lessons and doing his best.
Henry: for working very hard on his Paddington Bear writing in our English lesson.
Jack: for working hard in Maths this week, learning how to subtract. Well done.
Charlotte: for always working hard in class and doing her best, and for her impeccable behaviour.
Essa: for writing an imaginative “Paddington at the Palace” story independently. Well done.
Zack: for an articulate explanation of his half term holiday adventures. Brilliant!
Ludo: for choosing effective descriptive words to write a lovely Bonfire Night poem.
Henry: for super maths work learning how to subtract using the column method.
Nina: for showing wonderful enthusiasm in class and for making great progress with her reading.
Luca: for working hard to join his handwriting and focusing well in lessons.
Gus: for showing motivation to read his book aloud really well.
Charlie: for super effort in Maths lessons this week. He has completed some great work on subtraction.
Xanthippe: for super effort and pleasing work in all subjects.
Ella: for working hard in all subjects and completing some pleasing work.
Eleanor has worked very hard on her writing this week. She has understood how to use paragraphs.
Humphrey: for approaching his work with great enthusiasm and always being keen to learn.
Head Master's Commendations
Jamila M and Siena L: for working extremely hard in their spellings during the first half of term.
Sajan P: for creating an absolutely stunning tourism brochure for Italy. It is beautifully presented, extremely factual and even includes a working QR code!
Matilda U-I: for excellent work on punctuating speech this week.
Lara B: For her kindness, and being such a great help to her friends.
Alma S: for resilience! She has adapted so well to working with only the use of her left arm, yet still managing to complete all her work.
Adhrit P, Luca O, Radley H, Sajan P and Thomas K: for completing their Maths Puzzles correctly for three weeks in a row.
George S, Henry B, James E, Kobe L, Luca O, Nefeli M, Radley H, Sajan P and Tom A: for completing their English puzzles correctly for weeks weeks in a row.
Barney H: for writing a fantastic diary entry in relation to our class reader ‘The Street Child’.
Eddie G: for working hard to improve his handwriting and spelling.
Karina K: for excellent effort and improvement in all areas.
Herbie W: for excellent English and History work this week.
Charlie W, Sam N, Celeste J-H and Tom G: for excellent work in ICT on spreadsheets.
Evie C, Lily D, Bikram H, Sarah Z, Daniel P, Ella M, Nate M and Julian J: for excellent work in ICT on spreadsheets.
Spirit of St George's Award
Lily D: for always showing kindness and for thinking of others.