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Christmas Tree Festival – Winter Gardens

St George’s School artists have made their entry into the Winter Gardens Christmas Tree Festival.
Through the last few weeks the tree has been made together with the decorations. The festival is open this weekend (19th/20th Nov)
Our Head of Art Steph Ashton said ‘The girls have been working hard in Art Club and have made the tree and decorations out of re-cycled materials, the best bit was taking to the Winter Gardens and being able to see it there in all its glory!’
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Gideon Bible Presentation to Yr 7

Finally… in the last week before we broke up for half term, representatives from the Gideon Society came to St George’s and presented bibles to every year 7 pupil.

Terry Smith from the Gideons led the presentation in what is an annual event for the school. Terry was accompanied by long serving Gideon Mrs Luff and Mr & Mrs Cookson, who helped distribute the Bibles.

It was also a chance for our new Chair of Governors Mr Angus MacLeod to be introduced to the pupils, we look forward to him being involved in many more school activities where everyone can meet him.

Rev Helen closed proceedings with prayers. The picture shows our guests with Mr Gaitazis (Deputy Headteacher), Angus Macleod and some of our year 7’s

On behalf of the St George’s School we say ‘thank you’ to the Gideon Society to the work they do worldwide in the distribution of the Bibles in many different public places as well as schools.

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College Council Training

The College Council embarked on their annual training at the Pleasure Beach conference rooms.

Led by a very organised Council President Daniel Barber, the group completed team building activities to cement new Councillors to the group.  This included word games, the human knot, minefield and Chinese drawings.  All the activities needed excellent communication and team work. 

Following this the group split into their sub committees to discuss their vision and values, how they wanted the school to improve. They also came up with suggestions of how to implement their ideas.  Later in the afternoon they gained some well earned time out enjoying the rides on the Pleasure Beach!

The Council Leaders have not wasted anytime since then – they have already visited the Senior Leadership  Team Meeting and (impressively) put forward their views and ideas!

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Durham College Harvest Service

“You reap what you sow”

Durham College students celebrated the Harvest season a little differently this year courtesy of their guest speaker. 

Fiona Conway, the Christian Youth Worker from Balshaw’s Church of England High School in Leyland, challenged the 130 strong congregation to think about the seeds they were sowing in their lives and to consider the resulting crop.

Basing her talk on the famous biblical quote ‘As you sow so shall you reap’, Fiona encouraged her listeners to plant a good crop for the coming years.

Rev Helen, St George’s Chaplain, commented ‘Our Durham College service was enhanced by representatives of our pupil group contributing not only with readings from the bible but with song and dance, a cornet solo and a piano solo, in a lively action packed service’

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GCSE Results Summer 2016

IMG_9108 Students and staff at St George’s School are once again celebrating an excellent set of GCSE results.  Headteacher Mr Warnock who came into post in January has continued to lead the school to success with the 2016 5 A*-C grades including English and Maths breaking all previous records at the school and showing a 4% increase on results last year.

 

Mr Warnock said “The whole school community is delighted with this year’s results. Our students have shown great resilience over the past few years as the government continued to move goal-posts.  I am especially pleased with our English, Maths and Triple Sciences (Biology/Chemistry/Physics) results which continue to meet national averages. Results in many other subjects such as French, Spanish, Art & Design and Business Studies were also superb and represent the continued hard work and dedication by the staff in these subjects and in every other subject and facet of school life.  The results represent the collective efforts of everyone in Team SG.”

 

Two of our  top performers, Louise Topham  &  Jack Webster gained 13 A* between them. Many others exceeded expectations and gained more A’s & A* than ever before! Many happy faces made this a special day for the school community.

 

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STG Student competes @ British Solo Ice Dance Championships

Good luck Francesca – who is competing in the British Championships this week, Francesca skated very well in the Streatham competition last month, the final British qualifier, winning both the pattern dance and free dance competitions and scoring a personal best in her free dance to move her up in the UK Juvenile Ladies Solo Ice Dance rankings to 4th place, therefore comfortably qualifying for the British Championships. 

http://www.iceskating.org.uk/index.cfm/events/competitions/nisa-competitions/2016/british-solo-ice-dance-championships-22nd-26th-june-2016/

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Lancashire Book of The Year

10 pupils from Yrs 8,9 and 10, accompanied by Mrs Lopez and Mrs Hagan, attended the voting ceremony and ‘Meet the Authors’ event at County Hall, Preston.
6 of the shortlisted authors were there, 5 in person and one by video link, to talk about their books and answer questions from the students. Pupils then had the opportunity to meet the authors and have the copies of their books personally signed.
Mrs Hagan -“‘The pupils have thoroughly enjoyed reading the 11 shortlisted books and exploring genres that they may not have normally read. The group have a weekly ‘get together’ on Friday lunchtimes, these have resulted in some very heated but friendly discussions about the merits of each book”
As a collective the students voted for ‘One’ by Sarah Crossan.
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Performing Arts Visit to B&F College

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Year 10 Performing Arts pupils were delighted to be invited by Blackpool and Fylde College to watch their end of year production ” Little Shop of Horrors”. The pupils laughed and clapped their way through the musical. They were impressed to discover the female lead was none other than Team SG past pupil Shona Brown one of our 2014 leavers. Shona dazzled the audience with her acting and vocal skills.
We look forward to further collaborations with the College in the future as we continue to develop our strong links with their Performing Arts faculty.
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Young Carers @St George’s

St George’s School have supports the organisation ‘Young Carers’. We will be fundraising for the organisation next school term. We are often astounded at the stories that come our way as teachers of how young people have coped with looking after members of their families, often in secret, from a very young age. They have missed out on valuable childhood experiences with the responsibility they have taken on themselves.
 
Recently two former St George’s ‘Young Carers’ have jointly been awarded a prize as ‘Young Carers of the Year’. Tara (who is now 21) and (Liam who is 16) have gained apprenticeships with the ‘Young Carers’ themselves. They will now be able to gain a qualification and share their experiences with other young people in similar positions. Watch out for their awards being celebrated in the Evening Gazette soon, a long interview with reporter Jacqueline Morley has taken place and we look forward to reading about this celebration.
 
Here is what Liam would like to tell you:

Hello, my name is Liam and for four years I have been a young carer looking after my mother until she sadly passed away recently. I have just finished my GCSE’s.
A young carer is someone who is young as 5 and up to the age they are classed as an adult. The young carer does things like the household chores and even personal care such as washing the person they look after. These things are hard especially if they are looking after more than one person. Some things like going out with friends or [...]

Euro England Match!

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St George’s are looking forward to the next Euro England match!

They were allowed to come to school in their favourite team shirt and those who wished to could watch the match LIVE.

At the same time we are collecting old or unwanted football shirts to give to charity through ‘kits4causes’. This is York College’s charity collection.

More donations?  – please send into school by  Wed June 22nd and we will include them in our package!