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  • L4 lacrosse Team Win U13 Festival

    L4 lacrosse Team Win U13 Festival

    1 March, 2012

    A Lower 4 and a Remove team took part in the Under 13 Lacrosse festival on Thursday 23rd February hosted by St George's.

    This was the girls' first experience of games against other schools and they rose to the challenge - demonstrating skilful attacking and defensive play against teams from Loretto and St Leonard's.

    Well done to all the girls who took part, particularly the Lower 4 team, who won all their matches!

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  • Senior Debating Team Semi-Final

    Senior Debating Team Semi-Final

    28 February, 2012

    The senior debate team has received praise from the chief judge in the semi-final round of the ESU Debate Competition.

    Joanna, U6 and Emily of L6 argued that prisons should be privatised and were commended for their skills in preparing an argument and for their ability to think on their feet and enter into open debate. The semi-final was won by Heriot’s but in his summing up speech to the teams from Heriot’s, St George's, Mary Erskine's and Craigmount High, and audience of parents and teachers, the head judge from Edinburgh University said, "This was the best semi-final we have seen in Scotland ...

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  • Pupil To Carry Olympic Torch

    Pupil To Carry Olympic Torch

    27 February, 2012

    St George's 6th form student, Heather, was chosen from tens of thousands of applicants to take part in the high profile Olympic torch relay, which will be seen on television all around the world this summer. She was nominated by her grandmother, who wanted her to be recognised for her volunteering abroad and work raising awareness of schizophrenia.

    Heather, who was the youngest ever volunteer to work on an orphanage project last summer in Jamaica, will hold the torch on June 13, somewhere between St Andrews and Edinburgh, as the torch makes its way down the east of Scotland.

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  • Careers Interview Time

    Careers Interview Time

    27 February, 2012

    As part of their choices programme this term, U4s had the opportunity to interview a young doctor and lawyer on their career paths to date. Dr Catriona Finlayson - an Old Girl of school - combines motherhood with her medicine, and Mrs Katie Corrigan works with Tods Murray while also raising her daughter. Four members of U4 - Kathy, Katie, Carra and Georgie - had prepared excellent questions for the professionals.

    On Friday 17th February, we were also very lucky to have the input of Mr John Brewer from Standard Life, an HR Manager who gives of his time and expertise as part of their Community Education outreach programme.

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  • 500 Words Short Story Competition

    500 Words Short Story Competition

    27 February, 2012

    Primary 6s are taking part in the Radio Two 500 words story competition and the deadline for submission of stories is World Book Day, 1 March, 2012. The host of the 500 word story is Chris Evans.

    The stories could be comedy, tragedy, drama and loads more. Before we started the stories we went to the Radio Two 500 word story website to look at the tips on how to write short stories on their website. We got some tips from Jacqueline Wilson, Charlie Higson and many other enthusiastic and inspiring writers. The first prize is a stack of books the size of Chris Evans!

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  • Dance Showcase 2012

    Dance Showcase 2012

    24 February, 2012




    Tuesday 28 February

    RMC, 7.00pm

    Tickets £3 (Available from the PE Dept)

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  • Chemistry For Girls

    Chemistry For Girls

    24 February, 2012

    Two researchers from Memorial University, Newfoundland, are scouring the archives of girls’ schools in Britain to investigate the teaching of Chemistry in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Geoff and Marelene Rayner-Canham have found that, far from being the preserve of boys as is usually thought, Chemistry was flourishing as a subject for girls.

    Chemistry is conventionally portrayed as a male pursuit, but the Rayner-Canhams have discovered that women were making significant contributions to the subject from the 1880s onwards, despite all the obstacles.

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  • Rachael Becomes National Cross Country Champion!

    Rachael Becomes National Cross Country Champion!

    23 February, 2012

    On Saturday 18th February Rachael competed in the Scottish National Cross Country Championships in Falkirk. This was the U17 Women’s 4.8km race.

    Despite only just recovering from illness, Rachael made the decision to run and won the race by seven seconds. She was also the first counter for the winning U17 Women’s team. This was a fantastic achievement.

    Well done, Rachael!

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  • Environmental Careers

    Environmental Careers

    23 February, 2012

    A joint venture undertaken by the careers department and eco-schools is taking place Tuesday 8th March.

    Dr Alexander Lee, from the environmental consistency firm, WSP, will be coming in to discuss his career path and other opportunities for environmental careers. 2 drop in sessions will be held over lunch (12.10-12.30 and 12.35-12.55).

    Pupils, parents and friends of St George's are all welcome to attend.

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  • Fantastical Forest First Birthday Celebrations

    Fantastical Forest First Birthday Celebrations

    22 February, 2012

    Wellies were the order of the day when all the junior school classes visited the forest to help celebrate its first birthday. Each girl wrote a birthday wish onto a piece of ribbon and these were tied to a maypole tree. The ribbons flutter and dance in the wind with messages of peace, love and friendship being gently whispered through the branches of the trees.

    In celebration of Shrove Tuesday the P3 girls designed a fantastical forest pancake for a forest creature with ingredients from the forest tailored to its appetite ...

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  • St George’s Welcomes Toulouse Students

    Welcome To Toulouse Students

    21 February, 2012

    During the week before the mid-term break, students from St George's and Merchiston Castle School were able to welcome back the French students who hosted them on their visit to Toulouse last October.

    The Scottish students had fun planning a variety of activities to entertain their French visitors and they certainly seemed to enjoy their time in Edinburgh, visiting the Castle, the Royal Mile, the Edinburgh Dungeons, museums and galleries and - their choice - Glasgow.

    One of the highlights of the week was the ceilidh at St George's on the Wednesday evening where they were entertained by two pipers in kilts and were able to learn some Scottish dances.

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  • Music News - February 2012

    Music News - February 2012

    21 February, 2012

    After the half-term break, the Music Faculty moves into top gear for its’ spring season events. These are going to be a busy few weeks to the end of term for all our singers and players.

    Thursday 23rd February sees the St George’s Singers break new ground as they take to the stage of the Usher Hall representing St George’s at the Barnardo’s Young Supporters’ Concert alongside school choirs from all over Scotland. As well as performing their own programme of songs, they will sing a group of pieces with the boys of Merchiston for Schola Cantorum’s first visit to the venue ...

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  • Amnesty Group Reaches 1000

    Amnesty Group Reaches 1000

    21 February, 2012

    On Wednesday, the St George's Amnesty Urgent Action Group sent its thousandth letter this session.

    The group is a most enthusiastic one, and it is made up of students from L5 right up to U6. Covering the cost of our postage is always challenging, and we look forward to Own Clothes Day on Friday 24th February where all students will be invited to pay £1 for the privilege and the proceeds will go towards stamps.

    In this, Amnesty's 50th year, we are indeed proud of our group's continued efforts.

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  • Boarding Centenary

    Boarding Centenary

    18 February, 2012

    We will celebrate 100 years of boarding at St George's with a reunion for former boarders and boarding staff on 24 March. We look forward to showing you round and you will be able to hear from the current students about life in the boarding house in the 21st century. We would be delighted to see any of your own photographs, uniform items or artefacts as well as to hear your memories.

    • 11.00am - Coffee at Houldsworth
    • 11.30am - Tours
    • 12.15pm - Group photograph
    • 12.30pm - Lunch in St George's Centre

    The Invitation Flyer can be downloaded by following the link below ...

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  • Panda Pals Competition

    Panda Pals Competition

    17 February, 2012

    All P4 girls took part in a calligraphy workshop with Ms Knox, our junior school art specialist, and master calligrapher, Chi Zhang. They designed and drew simple posters to welcome the pandas, Tian Tian and Yang Guang, to Edinburgh, and to celebrate friendship between the UK and China. The P4 girls were encouraged to learn interesting facts about Chinese culture or language and demonstrate this learning in their design.

    Congratulations to Eilidh in P4X with her winning entry in this nationwide competition! Eilidh will go down to London next week to the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China to collect her prize.…

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