Issue 105, Spring 2017
House of Lords Visit St George’s School hosted a talk from members of the House of Lords on Friday, 27 January 2017 to encourage pupils to become more engaged with the political and parliamentary process. Lord Borwick and Baroness Pidding met with girls from the Fourth Year to Upper Sixth for an hour to talk about the work and role of the House of Lords. This was followed by a question and answer session on various aspects of the parliamentary process and life at Westminster generally. Debbie Kratt – Head of History and Politics at St George’s said, “This was a fantastic opportunity for our pupils to interact with someone who knows the parliamentary system inside out, as it can sometimes seem far removed from their daily lives.” The visit was arranged through the Lord Speaker’s “Peers in Schools” programme, which has been running across the UK since 2007 and has so far involved around 75,000 young people. This continuing outreach programme sends members of the House of Lords into schools, academies and colleges across the country to give talks in support of the citizenship curriculum.
From the Headmistress Only a few weeks have passed since the short, wintry days of early January, yet a great deal has happened at St George's during this time. Girls facing public examinations later this year have completed mock exams, and for all girls there has been the usual diet of academic inspiration and challenge in lessons, punctuated by stimulating visits and trips. It is always a delight to see the girls achieving success outside the classroom too, be it on the sports pitches, on the stage or as part of their regular clubs, and you will see in this very full edition of eNews that we have a great deal to celebrate. One event that particularly stood out for me was the House Debating Competition – our girls certainly know how to argue! In experiencing my first House Parties, I have enjoyed spending time with the girls and their families, and over the last few weeks I have hosted all the Lower Sixth girls, in small groups, for supper at home with my family. This has been a lovely opportunity to get to know the girls in an informal setting, as
well as learning more about their exciting plans for life beyond St George's. I continue to see prospective families and Prep School Heads each week and without exception they are impressed with the School and the girls showing them around. We are holding our next Open Morning later this month (Friday 24 February) and we look forward to welcoming many more families who will experience St George's for the first time. With very best wishes for half term.
Mrs Liz Hewer Headmistress