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  • News from the Careers Base

    News from the Careers Base

    21 September, 2011

    Finding Out About Oxford
    On Wednesday, sixteen Sixth Form students joined fellow students from Merchiston to hear at first-hand about the admission procedures for Oxford University. An Admissions Tutor gave a clear and concise presentation followed by a lively Q and A session. Back at St George's, one of our former students, who is currently studying at Oxford, spoke along with several of her peers at the weekly Upper Sixth Development Programme session and shared lots of insights into coping with university life.

    Career of the Week ...

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  • U5 Biology Zoo Trip

    U5 Biology Zoo Trip

    20 September, 2011

    On Wednesday 14 September, students in U5 that take Biology, went on a day trip to Edinburgh Zoo. After 61 of these excited St George's girls commandeered a few Lothian Buses, we arrived at the zoo in perfect weather conditions, ready to look at our favourite animals.

    We were split into 4 groups and set off eagerly, almost skipping, to our first destination - the koalas. Forgetting to fill in our sheets, we rushed into the Koala enclosure, hoping to see koalas jumping and leaping, munching away on eucalyptus leaves. But alas, they were motionless, fast asleep and so we resorted to filling in our case study sheets. That was until one koala, named Yabbra, started scratching. This excited everyone as it was not common to see a koala awake as they sleep for 21 hours a day, so even the smallest of scratches or yawns lifted everyone's spirits.

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  • Uniform Matters

    Uniform Matters

    19 September, 2011

    Thank you to all students and parents for their efforts in ensuring that the new session has got off to a smart start in terms of uniform and dress. We are delighted to see so many students from P6 upwards wearing the new skirt and PE kit.

    "We think that we look more like professional sportswomen in our new PE kit as the fabric is more modern and attractive. All in all, we think it will give us the winning edge!" (Georgie, U5)

    Thank you to those parents, staff and students who contributed to the lengthy process which culminated in the design and production of this new kit. From the outset, the PE department recommended that for the time being the P1-P5 kit should not be changed as it remains fit for purpose.

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  • Head Girls’ Conference

    Head Girls’ Conference

    19 September, 2011

    The Head Girls' Conference in Scotland is a fantastic annual event for the student leaders of girls' schools around Scotland. This year, St George's was lucky enough to be able to host the event, with around three to four representatives from Craigholme, St Margaret's Aberdeen, Mary Erskine's, Kilgraston, and of course St George's.

    Throughout the day we talked about what leadership is and the role it plays in each of our schools, and it was great to learn about the similarities and differences between the schools.

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  • Our Form Prefects

    Our Form Prefects

    19 September, 2011

    In Lower School, there are 2 or 3 form prefects for each class. They come in every Wednesday morning and chat to us, play games, and bring us sweets! They are supportive and friendly, and make you feel like you can ask them questions and talk to them. We have asked our form prefects (Cecile, Hannah and Cecilia) a few questions about what it is like to be our form prefects and here are some of the things they said ...

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  • Latest Newsletter Available

    Latest Newsletter Available

    16 September, 2011

    The latest edition of the school newsletter, @StGeorge's number 392 is now available, and can be downloaded from the secure Parent Area.

    This week's edition includes:

    • International School Award 2011 - 2014
    • Uniform Matters
    • Family Update Form - Reminder
    • October 2011 Holiday Club
    • Holiday Club - Thursday 13 - Friday 21 October
    • Finding out about Oxford
    • Career of the Week
    • Lower School Head Girls
    • News from the Careers Base
    • Oxbridge Applicants
    • A New Girl's Perspective

    & more ...

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  • New Term In Houldsworth

    New Term In Houldsworth

    16 September, 2011

    We have had a very positive start to the school year in Houldsworth House where 18 new boarders have joined what is a truly international community with students and staff representing 15 nationalities. This session we celebrate the centenary of boarding at St George's. 15 Ravelston Park was bought in 1912 when the school was still based in Melville Street.

    Our celebrations have begun with considerable renovation work on number 15. Over the holiday this building was rewired, a new heating system and kitchen were installed and the dining room has been refurbished.

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  • World Schools Debating Championships

    World Schools Debating Championships

    16 September, 2011

    St George's sixth former Joanna has been invited to a selection workshop for the Scottish Debating Team. This September workshop involves Joanna meeting strict criteria and is the first stage in the process that will see the final selection of the team that will go forward to represent Scotland in the World Debating championships in South Africa in 2012.

    The World Schools Debating Championship will be held in Cape Town, South Africa, from the 17th to 27th January 2012. The Championships take place each year in a different country, hosted by a national debating body. Recent venues include Sydney, London, Johannesburg, Singapore, Lima and in 2011, Dundee, Scotland.

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  • Off To A Flying Start

    Off To A Flying Start

    16 September, 2011

    Once again the Nursery has begun a new term with a successful take off. Our classes have started their new programmes with great enthusiasm and excitement. We welcomed our new teacher, Mrs Annelie Strydom, to pre-school and already she is impressed by our happy, confident and enterprising children.

    We have been using the Fantastical Forest for dramatic activities such as Goldilocks and The Billy Goats Gruff. Ballet classes have resumed in a flurry of pink tutus and tiaras. Music with Mrs Coad is already preparing us for our Harvest Assembly on the 23rd of September. French lessons continue for our Pre-schoolers and our children in the Big nursery have started learning French at Circle time with their teachers.

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  • Sixth Form Mentoring Team

    Sixth Form Mentoring Team

    16 September, 2011

    On Wednesday and Thursday last week, the Sixth Form Mentoring team enjoyed training sessions which focussed on important life skills such as listening, communication and mediation. After several lively role-play activities, the girls enthusiastically engaged in discussion over how we can make our mentoring scheme even better, and various ways for enhancing peer support within Upper School will be trialled throughout the session.

    The training took place in the friendly and relaxed atmosphere of Houldsworth Common Room, with delicious refreshments kindly supplied by the facilities team.

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  • International School Award 2011 - 2014

    International School Award 2011 - 2014

    16 September, 2011

    In September we received the news that St George's School had achieved the International School Award for 2011 until 2014, following our submission and application at the end of last session.

    The British Council sent us the following message and congratulations:

    "Thank you for taking part in the International School Award. Please convey our very best wishes and many congratulations to all staff and students both in the UK and overseas who have taken part in the scheme. Please also contact your local media to inform them about your successful international work - this is a great achievement and one that deserves celebrating and sharing widely! I hope that the scope of your excellent international activities will continue to develop and benefit the school community; your support, commitment, creativity and innovative international work are greatly appreciated."

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  • October 2011 Holiday Club

    October 2011 Holiday Club

    14 September, 2011

    October Holiday Club - Thursday 13 - Friday 21 October 2011

    The October Holiday Club is available in the Lower School Campus. Sessions are 8am to 6pm (full day) or 8am to 1pm and 1pm to 6pm (half day) Please book using the form available from the link below, or pick up a booking form from Skye at the Junior School Office by FRIDAY 30 SEPTEMBER 2011.

    Bikeability sessions are available on Tuesday 18 (Level 1) and Wednesday 19 (Level 2) and will run from 10:30am - 4:30pm.

    For further information and to reserve your Bikeability place, contact Skye on 311 8005 ...

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  • A New Girl's Perspective

    A New Girl's Perspective

    12 September, 2011

    The first day when I came to St George’s I was nervous as ever thinking I would make no friends at all. We were allocated shadows to hang out with for the whole day and they were very helpful but sometimes I didn’t know what they were talking about! As I got to know people more though, I could include myself in their conversations and laugh with them.

    I have been here for a week and a few days and I can now see what people are like. All of the girls here are extremely helpful and nice. Some of them are really funny too and they make sure they’re caring to one another which I really like about this school. As I’ve only been here about one week I am still called one the new girls but I’m sure in 2 or 3 weeks I will have fitted in and properly be a part of this school.

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  • News From The Careers Base

    News From The Careers Base

    12 September, 2011

    Occupational Therapy:
    Tamsin Jones, an Occupational Therapist, visited the Careers Base on Thursday and was very happy to answer all the questions students from all age groups wanted to ask about her work. We all thoroughly enjoyed her talk and her enthusiasm was palpable (she is very keen and loves her work).

    Last week, our Career of the Week was Podiatry, and interested students are welcome to pick up information from the Careers Base.

    Oxbridge Applicants:
    On Wednesday 14th September, Sixth Form students are attending a talk given by one of the Oxford tutors about the interview process and we are grateful to Merchiston for inviting us to this invaluable session.

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  • Photography Competition News

    Photography Competition News

    12 September, 2011

    Many congratulations to our very own Mr John Hammell, who has won second prize in the prestigious Tall Ships Photography Competition run by Orkney Council!

    The beautiful photo was entered in the 'A life on the ocean wave' section and Mr Hammell won a signed copy of Charles Tait's Orkney Guide book and a gift voucher.

    Mr Hammell's photograph was taken from the Orkney Ferry 'Hamnavoe' as it entered Stromness harbour, while the Europa was leaving in full sail on the next leg of its Tall Ships journey. The Europa is a special purpose sail training ship which was built in 1911.

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