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eNews Issue 89, Friday 23 May 2014

Athletics Training with GB’s Cyle Carty

On Saturday 10 May, 16 of our best athletes had the extraordinary opportunity of training with Cyle Carty, a Team GB Athlete. The girls started the session with an intense warm-up. After this, they were introduced to using Speed Gates, which measure how fast you go over a specific distance. Sadly the weather prevented the session from moving outside, but nonetheless the girls enjoyed a fantastic session on the Hurdles which is one of Cyle's main disciplines. The next technique studied was High Jump and many girls made excellent progress in both technique and height, beating their personal best by a substantial amount. The final part of the session saw students practise their relay change-overs. Here the girls gained a better understanding of the 4 x 100m and the importance of acceleration zones and change techniques. It was an incredibly successful and productive session, which will no doubt help the girls achieve great things in track and field this summer.

GCSE Art & Textiles Exhibition 2014

A selection of photographs from the inspiring GCSE Art and Textiles Exhibition in the South Lawn Room this term. Congratulations to all the girls.

Dance & Jazz Evening

The Cormack Hall was the perfect venue on Thursday 8 May for the annual Dance & Jazz evening. Yet again, the Jazz Band set the tone for a fun and lively evening. The programme featured some exquisite ballet and pointe work, as well as modern dance choreographed by the girls themselves. It was an excellent showcase of the high standard of work that Georgians achieve in performing arts.


The AS Drama examined performances took place on Thursday 15 May. The girls performed to an external adjudicator starting with their 2 minute monologues, followed by an abridged version of 'Shakers' by John Godber and Jane Thornton a comedy set in a 1980s Cocktail bar.

Junior Concert Just a week after the Evening of Jazz and Dance, and the day after the Second Years attended a concert of music by Ravel, Debussy and Saint-Saens at the Royal Festival Hall, we held our Junior Concert in Chapel on Thursday 15 May. The evening provided an opportunity to see our youngest performers at work and a chance to witness their efforts and potential so far this year. Victoria Wyatt got the evening off to a good start with John Ireland’s song ’Spring Sorrow’ and then Sadvi Subramaniam played Einaudi’s ‘Le Onde’ with great conviction. Hannah Schick played and sang her own composition ‘I Wonder’ and other very enjoyable vocal numbers were performed by Camelia Joel-Davison and Alexandra Povarova. Neat finger work from Annabel Sheridan and Maria Gushchina playing lovely piano pieces and Louisa HughesPenny playing the flute contrasted with the first outing of The St George’s Songbirds with Miss May, who performed a section of ‘Matilda’. Finally, the First Year choir led by Mrs Watson sang ‘Can you Feel the Love Tonight’ and ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow'. A very enjoyable evening.

Chepstow Castle

On Wednesday 7 May the whole of First Year accompanied by Mr Lee, Miss Daws and Miss Jackson travelled to Wales to visit Chepstow Castle and Tintern Abbey. The journey wasn’t as long as expected and although the rain gave us a taste of real Welsh weather, it wasn’t a wash out. We went to Chepstow Castle first, which was the first stone built castle in Britain started in 1067 on the orders of William the Conqueror as he tried to conquer Wales. It was in use up until the Civil War when its mighty defences were finally defeated by canon. The castle is on the edge of the River Wye and you can still see the strong medieval defences and then the parts added later for comfort. It was easy to see the relationship between power and the castle and how the king used the feudal system to demand and keep loyalty. We also got to see the primitive loos that stick out over the river! We had lunch at a park, and got a bit wet, but as we drove the 10 minutes along the Wye Valley to Tintern Abbey, which appears out of nowhere as a great Gothic ruin, the sun came out. It is a stunning sight and you can see why the romantic poets of the Victorian times used it as inspiration.

& Tintern Abbey

We had plenty of time to explore the ruins and imagine the monks who lived and worked there for hundreds of years. We got a taste of the destructive power of Henry VIII in preparation for history lessons next year, and marvelled at how much remained nearly 500 years after the Dissolution. We had time in the shop and then an ice-cream in the now sunny afternoon, before returning home just in time for Prep.

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UK Maths Challenge Congratulations to the following girls who received medals in the Junior Mathematics Challenge this term:

The Queen’s Six Lay Clerks from Windsor Castle

Silver and Best in School: Tejasvi Muvvala 1X Silver Medal:

Louisa Hughes-Penney 1X Sadhvi Subramaniam 1X

Bronze and Best in Year:

Julia Baramo 2X

Bronze Medal:

Laura Beaumont 2X Lily Corkchi 1X Annabel Cunningham 1X Seojin Park 1X Hannah Schick 1X Elizabeth Shegurova 1Y Patcharakamol Suwannakit 2X Poppy Sweetenham 1Y

Why should the devil get the best tunes? Tuesday 24 June 2014 7.30pm in the Cormack Hall St George’s School, Ascot entry is free | there will be refreshments & a retiring collection

District Athletics

Ten girls took part in the District Athletics Competition held at Bracknell Sports Stadium on Wednesday 14 May. It was fantastic weather for athletics and all the girls put in their best performances in the following disciplines: •

Lolade Aluko : 100m / 200m / Relay

Olivia Aluko: 100m /200m / Relay

Ella Davis: Javelin

Rosie Fisher: 200m / 100m / Long Jump

Anna-Lily Kenworthy: Relay / Long Jump

Devon Mather: 300m / 200m / Long Jump

Jade Pusey: Relay / Discus

Elsa Robertson: 1500m

Zoe Scott: 1500m

Grace Wiszowaty: Discus

Qualifying for the County Championships, to be held on Saturday 14 June, are Devon Mather who came 2nd in the 300m and Rosie Fisher who came 4th in the 100m. They will go into the Bracknell County U17 Team. Qualifying for the U15 Bracknell County Team were the Aluko sisters, Olivia and Lolade who will both compete in the 100m. We would like to wish them all the best of luck and congratulate all ten girls who performed so well.


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Saturday 17th May

Parent Association Ball 2014 A huge thank you to the Parent Association Ball Committee who organised a superb event on Saturday 17 May 2014. The weather could not have been better for drinks overlooking the pitches at the Guards Polo Club and the meal that followed was wonderful. The final figures are still being counted but we stand to have raised substantial sums, not just for the benefit of our girls, but also for, a fantastic community Youth Project in West London and Dundlod School in India. Thank you to all the parents who attended and made it such a memorable event.

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Looking Forward... Sunday 1 June 2014 Boarders return by 8.30pm (Sixth Form 10.00pm) Monday 2 June 2014 School Resumes after Half Term Saturday 7 June 2014 Freshers' Morning All First Years to attend Race For Life Windsor Racecourse Sunday 8 June 2014 Choral Communion 7.15pm, Chapel Monday 9 June 2014 First & Second Year Disco 7.00pm, St John's Beaumont, Old Windsor Friday 13 June 2014 SPORTS DAY Exeat Starts at 2.30pm after Sports Day Prizes Monday 16 June 2014 Reserve Sports Day

Monday 23 June 2014 Second Year Drama Performance of 'Mobile Phone Show' 7.30pm, Sue Cormack Hall Tuesday 24 June 2014 Concert by 'The Queen's Six' 7.30pm, Sue Cormack Hall Thursday 26 June 2014 Second Year Social with St John's Beaumont 6.00pm, Sue Cormack Hall Friday 27 June 2014 Sport Awards Evening with Olympic Silver Medallist Gail Emms MBE 7.00pm, Sue Cormack Hall Saturday 28 June 2014 Mother Daughter Tennis Competition 10.00am, Tennis Courts Tuesday 1 July 2014 Music for a Summer Evening Drinks on the South Lawn at 6.00pm, Concert at 7.00pm, Sue Cormack Hall Thursday 3 July 2014 Prizegiving 11.15am, Sports Hall

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