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  • Celebrating Chinese New Year

    Celebrating Chinese New Year

    8 February, 2012

    The Year of the Dragon has certainly begun in an energetic way for Edinburgh City schools, supported by the Confucius Hub for Edinburgh City, St George's School for Girls. The activities included a presentation by a primary 2 and 3 class at Preston Street School, of a play reflecting the story of the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac. The pupils have learnt simple Chinese phrases, numbers 1-10, and also about Chinese culture. They shared their learning with the school on Monday 23 January, the first day of the Chinese New Year, the year of the Water Dragon. The theme which the class has been considering has been: "Respecting the rights and customs of others".

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  • Remove X Art Trip

    Remove X Art Trip

    8 February, 2012

    Last week Remove X went on a wonderful trip to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art to see the work of a very famous painter, F. C. B. Cadell.

    We saw magnificent pieces of work by Cadell. In lots of areas you could easily see he had great skill, talent and technique. We learnt that from a very early age Cadell showed a lot of potential, as we could see from his drawings aged 4-5. The one painting that caught everybody’s eye was The Lady with the Black Hat in which he used the same intense dark colour to make the fabrics look like different textures, for example velvet, silk and fur.

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  • Stem Careers Event

    Stem Careers Event

    8 February, 2012

    Maths, Science, Engineering and Technology.

    St George's school is providing a chance for students to come along to listen, and to talk to, representatives from universities and employers about opportunities in maths, science and engineering. The Upper 5 will be attending the seminars during the morning, but there has been time allocated for all girls over the lunch hour in Upper 4 to Upper 6 to question the visitors or just collect information. This is an excellent opportunity for all students to widen their awareness of the huge range of courses and careers open to them.

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  • Science Bursaries for School & College Students

    Science Bursaries for School & College Students

    7 February, 2012

    Nuffield Foundation Science Bursaries offer up to 1000 bursaries a year, for students to work alongside professional scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians.

    Students in the first year of a post-16 science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) course are eligible to apply for a bursary of £80 per week to support them during their project. Placements are available across the UK, in universities, industry or research institutions.

    Several L6 girls from St George’s have done Nuffield projects in the past few years and found them inspirational ...

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  • Little Learners Have Fun With Pizza

    Little Learners Have Fun With Pizza

    7 February, 2012

    This week our ‘Little learners’ engaged in a wonderful pizza making morning. With their Mums in attendance the children made funny face pizzas, and the aroma from the nursery was yummy. Our Parent / Toddler group meets every Friday in the Nursery Yellow room from 9 to 10.30am.

    It is an opportunity for parents and carers to come together for a chat and coffee and help their children enjoy a fun activity. These activities have a sound educational structure, helping children develop their language skills as well as social, physical, and cognitive skills.

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  • New Traffic Arrangements

    New Traffic Arrangements

    6 February, 2012

    We continue to be concerned by the high volume of traffic we see at peak times for dropping off girls in Coltbridge Avenue and Crarae Avenue. Crarae Avenue is not a suitable place to wait or park and the Coltbridge Avenue / Garscube Terrace approach is heavily used. From Tuesday this week, therefore, we are deploying more staff in these areas in an attempt to encourage more parents to approach the school from Ravelston Park.

    A new door lock and code has been fitted to the side gate near Houldsworth House (15-17 Ravelston Park) ...

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  • Alice Wins First Senior Title

    Alice Wins First Senior Title

    6 February, 2012

    Congratulations to Alice, (U5P) on her success in the Scottish Open Indoor Championship held at Scotstoun in Glasgow last weekend. This is Alice's first senior title, and an outstanding achievement.

    15-year-old Alice won her first senior title beating junior champion Millie Stretton in a closely contested women's final. Alice led by a set and 5-2 before the Millie won 4 games in a row to lead 6-5. Alice however held serve to take the second set into a tie-break which she won convincingly by 7 points to 2.

    Very well done, Alice.

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  • Lower 4 Netball Scottish Cup

    Lower 4 Netball - Scottish Cup

    6 February, 2012

    The Lower 4 netball girls enjoyed a trip to Hamilton to play in the third round of the Scottish Cup on Wednesday.

    Not knowing what to expect the girls were nervous on the way and this showed at the start of the game with the score sitting at only 5-1 to St George’s after the first half. Fortunately the girls soon settled and got into their rhythm, beginning to play some excellent netball throughout the court. Charlotte scored some fantastic goals from near the edge of the circle which ensured a 16 – 3 win for St George’s!

    Sisi was nominated by her fellow team mates as player of the match, but all of the girls involved put in a tremendous effort!

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  • Aiming To Achieve in 2014

    Aiming To Achieve in 2014

    3 February, 2012

    Commonwealth Games Scotland and Glasgow 2014 have announced the names of 30 up and coming, talented athletes who are the potential Scottish sports stars of Glasgow 2014 in four years' time. One of these athletes is Connie Ramsay who coaches the St George's girls on Mondays and Tuesdays.

    Connie began Judo at age 4 and she started because her brother got to stay up longer than her as he didn't get back home until past bed time!

    Her recent results are ...

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  • Latest Newsletter Available

    Latest Newsletter Available - 400

    3 February, 2012

    The latest edition of the school newsletter, @StGeorge's number 400 is now available, and can be downloaded from the secure Parent Area. This week's edition includes:

    • P4's World War II Drama Workshop
    • Junior debater, Hannah Nairn
    • Upper 4 Exchange: Germantown Friends School
    • After School Care Thank You
    • Gapping With Kate Neville-Towle
    • Author Visits - Jason Donald
    • The Lower Four Spelling Bee

    & more ...

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  • The Sci-Fun Roadshow

    The Sci-Fun Roadshow

    3 February, 2012

    On Tuesday 24th January the Sci-Fun Roadshow came to school. We started with a talk about the senses and the brain. We were then allowed to go and try lots of different experiments. My favourite was the bicycle. You rode it like any other one but it recorded the energy and used it to see what the energy could be used to power. The quicker you cycled the more power you produced. I was able to power a home cinema system, for a few minutes.

    At the end we had another talk about energy and the negative effects some fuels we burn have on the environment. It was really fun and interesting!

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  • Friends Of St George’s Family Ceilidh

    Friends Of St George’s Family Ceilidh

    30 January, 2012

    Saturday 10th March
    7.00 to 9.30pm, Upper School Hall

    Light Buffet & Soft Drinks provided. BYOB.
    Tickets £10 Adult - £3 Children

    (Get your tickets early as sold out very early last year)

    Tickets Are Available From ...

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  • P4's WW II Drama Workshop

    P4's WW II Drama Workshop 2012

    24 January, 2012

    St George's Primary 4 have just taken part in a special drama workshop covering certain aspects of the history of World War II, from pre-war home life and radio broadcasts at the outbreak of the war, to rationing and the Anderson bomb shelter.

    In the first years of the Blitz, (Blitz was the German word for 'lightning'), Anderson shelters were provided by the government, and 150,000 of these were distributed to houses with gardens. They were constructed of corrugated iron, many quite poorly, and were usually cold and damp, but they did provide a little private shelter for those who had them ...

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  • Little Learners

    Little Learners

    24 January, 2012

    The Parent and Baby/Toddler group, known as St George's Little Learners, has started up again after a happy Christmas break. The group met last term in the library but we are happy to say that we can now accommodate them in the Nursery. This means they have wider opportunities to do all kinds of innovative activities. They started last Friday with some cupcake icing under the guidance of one of our parents, Cheryl Porphyre.

    Parents, babies and toddlers had an amazing time as the pictures illustrate. Parents enjoyed coffee and a chat too.

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  • Farmhouse Breakfast Week

    Farmhouse Breakfast Week

    23 January, 2012

    Farmhouse Breakfast Week returns for its 13th year between 22nd - 28th January 2012 - and St George's is joining in and supporting this appetising event!

    Farmhouse Breakfast Week is an annual campaign run by HGCA which has been running since the year 2000. The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of the benefits of eating a healthy breakfast and demonstrate the variety of breakfast foods available in the UK.

    The theme for the campaign is "Shake Up Your Wake Up" - make small changes to your morning routine to make sure you have time for breakfast every day!

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