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Volume 3 Issue 8 Friday 6 November
Visual Arts: Wearable Sculpures, Year 12
Principal's Message Dear parents, pupils and alumni, A very warm welcome to this week’s newsletter. I hope you all had a wonderful half term in spite of the restrictions and that you all managed to spend some quality time together as families. The past week has certainly been an eventful one, with three separate regional and government decrees in the past ten days and the fear of further possible restrictions hanging in the air. Throughout all of this uncertainty the pupils have been fantastic with the oldest pupils responding as well as they possibly can to the news that they would have to spend some more time following their lessons remotely. Our teachers have shown typical resilience in adapting to the new 100% live lessons model and with all in situ lessons now also being live streamed for any pupils who are unable to come to school - for whatever reason - the boundaries between physical and virtual lessons are becoming far more fluid. One of the positive side effects of the pandemic is the rapid advances that are being made in the technology that supports online learning, and the improvements in the software and platforms we are using since they were first introduced really are tangible. Against this backdrop, of course, has been the US Presidential Election, which has been closely followed by our pupil population. The mock election here delivered a landslide victory for one of the candidates, whilst, at the time of writing, the actual result appears to be too close to call with potential legal challenges questioning the very essence of democracy. Whilst the last months have undoubtedly been difficult for our pupils, many of the events they have lived through are likely to be era-defining and may well provide them with a lens with which to view their future successes and challenges. As Nietzche’s famous aphorism goes: ‘Out of life’s school of war - what does not kill me makes me stronger.’
David Tongue, Principal firstname.lastname@example.org
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CITY CENTRE JUNIOR SCHOOL
City Centre Junior School
Congratulations Overall House Winner Apollo!
What more fitting way to celebrate our â€˜Be Activeâ€™ day, part of Mental Health Week, than to all run round the football pitches with one of the most iconic buildings in the world, as our backdrop! Red and Green Dragons really made an impression dressed in their Halloween costumes! Spider-Man 1, 2 and 3 crossed the finishing line, followed by a multitude of other characters including a witch and one of the Ghostbusters! As the totals were continually added to the scoreboard, there was great anticipation to see who would be the winning House...congratulations to Apollo! Year 2 Dragons Year 1
CITY CENTRE JUNIOR SCHOOL Year 4 Year 5
City Centre to Celebrate Book Week The theme this year is ‘Curious Creatures, Wild Minds’. Throughout the week, pupils will be exploring different ideas and experiencing different activities all linked to this theme. St George's will be continuing with the tradition of ‘DEAR’ (Drop Everything And Read), so pupils are encouraged to bring in a book on a daily basis, that they would like to spend about 15 minutes reading - and they will need to listen out for the special signal throughout the day. Unfortunately, the school won’t be able to have the usual parent readers this year, but if you would like to join in with some of the activities you could share your pictures with your class teacher on Seesaw or Dojo to be displayed in school. On Friday, all pupils can dress up as their favourite character, their favourite author, their favourite book cover - or a curious creature from one of the books that they’ve been exploring in school. The Little Reader Bookshop will be coming to school on Friday 13 November. If you would like your child to purchase a book they should bring a named envelope to school, with at least 10 Euros. Unfortunately there will not be a sale for parents after school this year.
St George's is lucky enough to be working with two authors this year: Gail Clarke who writes 24 September fun books based around animals (above), and Tom Mclaughlin who is an illustrator. Virtual workshops with both authors will take place!
CITY CENTRE JUNIOR SCHOOL
Congratulations Overall House Winner Vulcan!
La Storta Junior School
The House Cross Country event was a huge success and a wonderful way to end Mental Health Week. Every single pupil at La Storta Junior School from Dragons to Year 6 completed the course and gained points for their House. What a great way to end the term and demonstrate the importance of being Active for our wellbeing... congratulations to Vulcan! Dragons Year 2 Year 1
STORTA JUNIOR SCHOOL Year 5LA Artists Create Abstract Backgrounds
As a part of their Space topic, Year 5 pupils created their abstract space background this week after being inspired by the work of artist Peter Thorpe.
Next Week is Book Week! During this coming week all pupils at La Storta will become immersed in their reading and enjoy everything to do with authors, illustrators and their books. We will be sharing a similar theme with the City Centre Junior School and many other activities too, such as our culturally diverse picture book story videos. These will be read by our parents in their own languages and should provide some very interesting listening for the children! We have invited two author/illustrators to talk to each year group about their work: Tom McLaughlin and Gail Clarke... virtually of course! You can see some of their books below. Friday is 'Dressing up as a Book Character Day', which will be a lovely way to end the week, along with a parade and a special Book Week assembly.
Parent Teacher Evening:
In celebration of Halloween, Gothic Character Descriptions were written in English lessons
Wriiten By Tamilla, Year 7
Dear Parents, BMAT, TSA, PAT: The world of education can appear in thrall to acronyms. This particular set refer to university admissions tests, which a number of Year 13 pupils have been grappling with this week. It is a reminder that, despite the recently announced restrictions, planning for the future remains as important as ever. We wish them all the very best with these important tests. Election fever gripped La Storta this week, as candidates representing the Republican and Democratic parties went head to head in search of support among the electorate. The landslide Democratic victory was in contrast to the real outcome, which as I write is still in the balance, but the keenly fought battle certainly caught the attention of the school community. “Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world”. The first part of Voltaire’s advice will be at the forefront of our minds in the coming week, when we celebrate the joy of reading and Book Week. Parents can help to support this initiative by ensuring every pupil in Lower School has their reading book with them each day, helping to transport them to new and exciting worlds. We will also be taking some time in the coming week to commemorate the 102nd Anniversary of the signing of the Armistice, which marked the end of the First World War. A reminder of the toll exacted by conflict and, despite the many challenges we currently face, a reminder to be grateful for all we have. Paul Ryan By Jade Head of Senior School
SCHOOL Showcase Year 7SENIOR Gothic Characters In English this week, Year 7 have been focusing on writing fantastic character descriptions in the gothic genre to tie in with Halloween. "Pupils worked so hard on this and really challenged themselves to come up with the most unusual ways to describe their characters. I'm so delighted with the results!" Ms Butterfield, Teacher of English
Read More Character Descriptions
Senior School Excited for Book Week! Book Week will include the opportunity for Key Stage 3 pupils to get creative by drawing their own book covers on postcards and decorating their Tutor room doors as a book cover. All pupils will be able to stand up during Tutor room time and assembly to read extracts of their favourite books, complete an online quiz and listen to two of our staff members who are published authors give talks on their writing process (bookable through SchoolsBuddy). Key stage 3 will also be having sessions throughout the week where we 'Drop Everything And Read', therefore, Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9 are encouraged to bring a book to school everyday. The week will conclude with a House Poetry Competition and pupils will also have the opportunity to 'Dress up as a Book character' on the last day of Book Week (Friday 13 November) with the opportunity to win prizes for the best character!
Please speak to the Librarian for any inspiration!
10 Year 10 Mathematicians on the NRICH Maths Website!
I am proud to announce that two of our Year 10 pupils, Sevinch and Zhifang, had their solutions to a challenging Maths problem officially recognised on the NRICH website. Sevinch and Zhifang submitted their solutions to this â€œlive problemâ€?, with the best entries then recognised by NRICH and shared with other pupils and teachers around the world as model answers to the problem. I enjoyed seeing how they approached the problem in different ways and both came to good solutions! This is a great achievement which is thoroughly deserved for their hard work, deep thinking and mathematical curiosity in exploring their subject outside of lessons. Well done! Mr Strang Second in charge of Mathematics
Sixth Form Up-coming Virtual University Events organised by various Colleges and Univerities around the world! 6 & 7 November Canadian College & University Fair (including UK Universities too) 8 November Virtually Orange Dutch University Fair (Bachelors/Undergraduate only) 13 & 14 November UCAS EXPO: Creative subjects
Junior Schools' Supporting ZOA During Book Week!
9-13 November 2020
Artwork by Heidi, Year 13
ZOA (the Zambian Orphans Appeal) needs to raise 11,000 euros this year to support children at the Serenje Orphans Children’s Home and several of their older former residents who are finishing courses at University. Book Week is a great opportunity to also give the gift of education and support to our international fellow pupils in Serenje, Zambia. Georgians Read Together...For ZOA! As part of Book Week, pupils are encouraged to read to their maximum and raise money for charity at the same time. Pupils should set themselves time targets for reading and given a sponsorship form to bring back at the end of the Read-a-thon with any money raised. Additionally, any time pupils spend reading as part of ‘Drop Everything and Read’ can be included in this total. Extreme reading photos can be added to the Padlet here. Swap-a-Book By the end of the week, we hope pupils will be feeling content, curious and driven to find a new read. Therefore, St George's will celebrate the end of Book Week with a ‘Swap-a-Book’ initiative.
12 Here’s how it works:
Your child brings in an unwanted book in good condition that they feel would interest others their age. They can bring more than one book if they wish to donate extra for other children to buy. Book Collection: These books will be collected by each campus (and sanitised!) with the closing date for the City Centre on Tuesday 10 November, for La Storta the closing date is Wednesday 11 November. Book Swap Day: On Thursday 12 November (City Centre campus) and on Friday 13 November (La Storta campus), pupils who have brought in a book to swap are invited to pick a new book and take it home, for 1 Euro. Any surplus books will be sold for 2 Euros. This will all take place within the usual Year Group ‘bubbles’. The ZOA Committee have also made some lovely, ZOA-inspired bookmarks which will also be available to buy for 1 Euro. Thank you in advance for your support in raising money for ZOA and we hope your child enjoys their reading! ZOA Inspired Bookmarks!
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