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  • Lecture On Forensic Science

    Lecture On Forensic Science

    9 November, 2011

    A normal “end of the day” chemistry lesson was transformed into a special crime solving lesson.

    This summarises the presentation delivered by Dr Janis MacCallum, from Edinburgh Napier University.

    Forensics is all about solving crime using science. We were told about the different kinds of evidence you might come across in a crime and the kinds of test carried out on them to turn them into useful evidence. The trace or invisible evidence, like fingerprints, is usually the most useful types of evidence and also the easiest to destroy.

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  • Katie is Photo Finalist

    Katie is Photo Finalist

    7 November, 2011

    Katie is a finalist in The NME Music Photography Awards.

    St George's 6th Form pupil Katie has been listed as a finalist in the Under 18s section of the New Musical Express (NME) Music Photography Awards 2011.

    She took the finalist place with one of her promotional photographs for the group 'Hold The Suspect', taken in the Pentlands, near Edinburgh, earlier this year.

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  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream

    A Midsummer Night’s Dream

    7 November, 2011

    Rehearsals are well under way for the Upper School production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. St George's students are being joined by Merchiston Castle boys to present the classic tale with a somewhat darker twist than audiences might expect.

    Director, Miss Charlotte Massey, suggests that audiences shouldn't expect brightly coloured fairies and pretty colours, but instead, a production that explores the darker side of the Dream. She explains, "As well as conveying the delightfully comic, traditional love story ...

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  • Focus On Spelling

    Focus On Spelling

    7 November, 2011

    The English department’s focus on spelling provided an interesting challenge for L4 earlier this term. Our English class decided to play around with active learning methods to help our spelling. We know that some people find spelling easy and others find it challenging.

    We found and made up some memorable methods to help us remember tricky words. One group invented a silly pronouncing game to help recall words that are not easily spelt. Another group made up a great method of adding on another word to aid the spelling e.g. medecinema.

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  • Latest Newsletter Available

    Latest Newsletter Available

    4 November, 2011

    The latest edition of the school newsletter, @StGeorge's number 395 is now available, and can be downloaded from the secure Parent Area.

    This week's edition includes:

    • Junior Debating Team Progresses
    • Open Forum Evening
    • St George's Spitfire Girl
    • Open Morning
    • Measuring the Universe on Open Morning
    • British Council Workshop
    • Katie Mathews - Finalist - NME Music Photography
    & more ...

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  • Revisiting The Blind School

    Revisiting The Royal Blind School

    4 November, 2011

    Last year for outreach week a group of girls, including me, chose to go to the Royal Blind School to do an eco-project with the students there. At the end of the week long venture we had managed to create two eco murals. The murals were the combined effort of the St George’s and The Royal Blind school students. One mural was taken back to St George's to be displayed and the other was kept at the Royal Blind School and shown outside the assembly hall for all the passing pupils to feel and admire.

    Just last week (on Halloween) some people from St George’s who took part in The Royal Blind School eco-project were invited back to attend a special assembly and tea party.

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  • Open Forum Evening

    Open Forum Evening

    2 November, 2011

    Parents were invited to an Open Forum evening on Tuesday 1 November in the Robertson Music Centre. The event was very well attended and parents heard from the head and from Dr Andrew de Ville, deputy head (curriculum), whose presentation is available in the Parent Area of the website. The subject of the presentation was new fifth form (S3-4) qualifications and the school's proposals for the future.

    The evening was organised by St George's Parent Teacher Forum and introduced by Mrs Marina Evans, chair of the forum.

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  • Culture & Sustainability Trip

    Culture & Sustainability Trip

    1 November, 2011

    Sixth formers Ella and Tegan travelled to Helsingborg, an elegant coastal city famous for its restaurants and farm shops, to study food culture and sustainability. They visited Fredriksdal, a working museum visitor attraction and the pride of Southern Sweden. It specialises in rare breeds for the Nordic gene banks and provides a unique insight into food and farming.

    They also spent a day with Paul Seugling at his chef training restaurant Tranan ...

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  • Junior Debating Team Progresses

    Junior Debating Team Progresses

    31 October, 2011

    St George's junior debate team has progressed through to the second round of the English Speaking Union's junior competition. Hannah, Caroline, Charlotte and Amy of Upper Four opposed the motion that "This house would ban beauty pageants" at Merchiston Castle School on the evening of Thursday 27th October. Their success echoes that of the senior pupils who are already through to the second round of their competition.

    Pupils meet weekly for debate practice at lunchtimes and are currently organising a fun charity debate between pupils and staff for next term.

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  • The Nursery's Bug Hotel

    The Nursery's Bug Hotel

    31 October, 2011

    Our nursery children are concerned that their creepy crawlies are going to be homeless in the winter. Consequently they have decided to build and open "A Bug Hotel."

    Mrs Watson has provided us with a beautiful building, made from a recycled slate palette, but we need rooms and of course room service - although we can provide room service ourselves.

    We need bricks with holes, bits of pipe, canes and terracotta flowerpots. Sheep's wool and moss would be good too. Please bring donations round to the nursery ASAP as the Bugs are beginning to complain!

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  • British Council Workshop

    British Council Workshop

    27 October, 2011

    There will be a British Council Workshop on the 22 November, held at St George's in Edinburgh, and St George's and the British Council would like to invite schools interested in China, and/or with existing China links to attend this free after-school workshop event (from 4-6pm) looking at comparing themes in Dickens to contemporary Chinese writers.

    The workshop will be delivered by a Dickens specialist who will provide teachers with the opportunity to explore a new Education Pack outlining ideas and activities for use with students aged 7 - 16.

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  • Annie Penrose

    St George’s Spitfire Girl

    27 October, 2011

    Annie was at St George’s as a boarder from 1924, with her younger sister. She died on 2nd October, 2011.

    Her obituary in ‘The Telegraph’ described how Britain’s most famous fighter ‘plane, the Spitfire, was named after her. Her father was Sir Robert McLean, chairman of Vickers in the 1930s. He worked with the engineer R J Mitchell who was responsible for the aircraft’s design. When the time came to name it, McLean suggested ‘Spitfire’, his affectionate name for his daughter, Annie.

    Annie had been brought up in India before being sent here to school.

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  • Teach A Friend A Language

    Teach A Friend A Language

    26 October, 2011

    We have recently celebrated languages around the world. For this, a whole week was named "TAFAL week"! TAFAL stands for 'Teach A Friend A Language'. There were lots of people who could speak a different language - like, Irish, Urdu, Spanish, Arabic, Tamil, Japanese, Swedish, French and lots more. Everyone who was learning a language really enjoyed the week.

    It was a great experience. At the end of the week Madame Barbier judged our success and we all got a certificate to show that we had taken part.

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  • My Experience of MUNCH

    My Experience of MUNCH

    24 October, 2011

    On Friday afternoon, after a hectic lunchtime of resolution writing and outfit coordinating, a group of keen 6th formers, accompanied by Ms McColm and Mr Hall, made their way to Waverley Station to board the 4.15pm train to Manchester. We arrived at our accommodation in Cheadle Hulme at about 8.30 p.m.

    On Saturday morning we dragged ourselves out of bed at the early hour of 7am jumped in taxis to make our way to Cheadle Hulme School to take part in a Model United Nations conference.

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  • Netball Congratulations

    Netball Congratulations

    13 October, 2011

    Congratulations to Katie, Lorna, Annie and Katharine who were all successful in the Under 15 Edinburgh District Netball trials. The girls will now train hard to compete against other districts from across Scotland. Well done, girls!

    Further to this Lorna (U4) and Molly (L4) were identified by national selectors to go forward for East Pathway trials. This is a new set up which has been put in place to develop netball talents in different areas of Scotland with the ambition that some of these athletes will represent Scotland at national level.

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