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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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  • Panda Tourism!

    Panda Tourism!

    23 January, 2012

    The Higher Travel and Tourism class visited the Marketing Department of Edinburgh Zoo to discover how the Zoo plans and implements its marketing strategy. The visit was hosted in the Budongo Land conference room by Helen Arthurs, the Marketing Manager and there were also presentations from the Events and Digital Managers. The conference room has one glass wall and so the chimpanzees were watching us through the window!

    The current major marketing event is the arrival of two pandas from China and we were able to visit their enclosure. Unfortunately Yang Guang had colic (we decided that this is the panda equivalent of "man flu"!)

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  • Calling All Cereal Eaters!

    Calling All Cereal Eaters!

    23 January, 2012

    The libraries have been collecting the "Nestle Box Tops" cereal vouchers for the last 2 years - many of you will have seen the posters in the Junior School. The deadline for this year is fast approaching and so I am calling for all vouchers to be cut off and sent in to the JS, LS or US libraries as soon as possible.

    Please cut off the vouchers from your Nestle cereal boxes and hand them in to one of the librarians before Monday 20th February and we will organise getting the free books for the libraries.

    Many thanks for your help in collecting these!

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  • U4 Choices Programme

    U4 Choices Programme

    23 January, 2012

    Over the next few weeks in Personal & Social Education, the Upper 4 will be taking part in activities which will help them to make good subject choices for next year. Our first activity is a career aptitude test, so why not try it out as a family!

    Log onto:

    Click on the career zone and then take the 'Careerometer'.

    We hope by doing this that students will begin to explore possible future career options ...

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  • Unwanted Sylvanian Toys?

    Unwanted Sylvanian Toys?

    23 January, 2012

    This term, After School Care in the Junior School continues to be very busy with lots of fun. In the last week we have made bird food in feeders; baked chocolate scones which we all enjoyed; played indoor games such as musical statues and duck, duck goose; made 't-light' holders from clay and danced to the Nintendo Wii. We have especially enjoyed playing with our new Sylvanian Families.

    The After School Care girls are very excited with the arrival of the Sylvanian Families - do you have any unwanted Sylvanian toys that could join our families here in school. If so, please send them in to the Junior School for the attention of Mrs Rushworth.

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  • Scots Verse Competition 2012

    Scots Verse Competition 2012

    20 January, 2012

    Remove and L4 met at lunchtime on Friday 20th January to recite Scottish poems for the final of the Scots Verse competition. Every class had chosen two finalists so the audience watched 18 performances. The judge was Mr Richard Allison, the retired and former Head of Classics here at St George's. The poets ranged from JK Annand to Robert Burns.

    There were some solos and some double acts. Some of the acts had props and costumes to help bring their poems to life. Each performance was different from the last even if they were doing the same poem. The competition overall was amazing and brilliant to watch.

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  • Table Tennis Champions

    Table Tennis Champions

    20 January, 2012

    St George’s has dominated the recent Edinburgh Schools Table Tennis Championships. Congratulations to Anna (Remove) and Nina (Lower 4) who competed in the Edinburgh Schools Table Tennis Championships at the Royal High School last Sunday.

    Following Anna’s victory at the Scottish Primary Schools Championships, she went on to win the U12 event.

    Nina also made the final of the Under 14 event, and defeated her opponent to win the title.

    Another fantastic achievement, well done girls!

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  • Latest Newsletter Available

    Latest Newsletter Available

    19 January, 2012

    The latest edition of the school newsletter, @StGeorge's number 399 is now available, and can be downloaded from the secure Parent Area. This week's edition includes:

    • Debating Team Progresses
    • Helen Matthews (1966 - 2012)
    • U4 Choices Programme
    • St George's girls are top of the class
    • Table Tennis Championships
    • Junior Champion At Members Show 2011
    • Shake Up Your Wake Up - Breakfast Week!

    & more ...

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  • St George’s Girls Are Top Of The Class

    St George’s Girls - Top Of The Class

    19 January, 2012

    The Education Advisers yesterday (18 January) presented St George’s School for Girls with an award for the best Advanced Higher and A Level results of any independent school in Scotland.

    We are exceptionally proud of how well the girls performed in their exams but discovering we are top of the results table for independent schools in Scotland is very good news and a fitting tribute to all the hard work of the girls and the teachers.

    Les Webb, Managing Director, Education Advisers Ltd commented: “It is a pleasure to present this award to St George’s School for Girls after their excellent results in both Scottish and English examinations.”

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  • Helen Matthews (1966 – 2012)

    Helen Matthews (1966 – 2012)

    16 January, 2012

    All friends of St George’s will be very sad to hear that Miss Helen Matthews, resident houseparent in Houldsworth House, died suddenly on Friday 13 January, after a short illness.

    Helen had worked in the boarding house for 12 years. Not all our community knew her, but those who did will be deeply affected by news of her death. She was a wonderful, dedicated woman who derived great joy and fulfilment from her work with young people here at St George's and also in The Guide Association.

    She will be greatly missed.

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  • Debating Team Progresses

    Debating Team Progresses

    16 January, 2012

    The senior debate team of Noor and Emily of L6 are through to the second round of the Donald Dewar Memorial Competition. This competition is run by The Law Society of Scotland.

    The girls opposed the motion that "This House believes that personal privacy is more important than the freedom of the press." The first round of this national competition was held at Deans Community High School, Livingston. Emily and Noor received some excellent feedback from the judges that will stand them in good stead for the next round ...

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