28th September 2018

As my email to parents highlighted during the week, we were short of a pianist on Monday morning due to Miss McRae’s enforced absence.  After a superb eighth Bang Goes The Borders festival, during which we welcomed over 1,000 visitors to the campus, Miss McRae had come a cropper unloading her car on Sunday.  However, this meant that I was in a position to remind pupils how much Miss McRae cares about their singing performances and that sometimes on Monday mornings, a less than choir like mumble can be heard from certain quarters amongst the assembled.  To practice what I was preaching, I then subjected the bleary eyed gathering to a solo of Paul McCartney’s ‘Let It Be’ (first verse and chorus only) and then invited the dumb struck audience to join me.  The complicated lot of a music teacher quickly became apparent, as our younger pupils more than rallied to the call but a more self-conscious senior school suddenly took great interest in their shoelaces!  However, I quickly repositioned myself amongst them and Miss McRae would have been absolutely thrilled to hear the brilliant sound that then emerged from her oldest charges.  I most certainly was not going to ‘Let It Be’, but neither did I need to!
During another hectic week, school has been visited by a dental nurse, by teams from Belhaven, Loretto, Cargilfield and Fettes to play either rugby or hockey, with some super fixtures unfolding, and by a number of visiting parents who attended Miss Renwick’s Macmillan coffee morning.  Thank you to all who aided Miss Renwick’s endeavours in supporting this wonderful charity. 
Returning to the theme of confidence, it was splendid to see Form 2 give such an informative assembly on the Great Fire of London this morning.  Each of the class spoke and sang and we all left the assembly hall wiser and more knowledgeable as a result of their efforts. Well done to Mrs Fresle and the class.
Ahead of Sunday’s Loretto’s rugby and hockey tournaments, I wish our U13 and U11 sides the very best of luck and thank them and the staff for representing the school.
A week today, we have the pleasure of welcoming Mrs Alex Hems who will be conducting assembly and meeting with parents of girls who might consider St. George’s beyond St. Mary’s.
Do enjoy your weekend.

Jules Birdsall, 28/09/2018

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