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Prayer for the Week
Volume 3, Issue 10, 14 November 2014
'Prayer is not overcoming God's reluctance but laying hold of his willingness'
Martin Luther King
Rev Warner
Sunday 16th November, 6.30pm,
Catholic Mass, Non uniform
From the Headmaster
A big big thank you to the PSA and all those involved in organising the fantastic Christmas Fayre
on Saturday. The range of stalls and gifts was excellent and it was wonderful to see so many
people supporting the great event with the result that the PSA raised in excess of £3,000 which I
know they will put to good use supporting the school.
Congratulations to Watts House on winning Inter-House Improvised Drama last Friday. It was a
real treat to once again see so many wonderfully talented performers take to the stage.
On Sunday we had a very moving Remembrance Service in school with Mr Waters preaching on
the theme of ‘service beyond self’ and sharing examples of the wonderful contribution that
hundreds of our students have made as part of our project to commemorate 100 years since the
outbreak of World War One. Tuesday, Remembrance Day, was marked with two minutes silence,
reading of the great prayer and playing of the last post in three different locations around school.
Given that there are over 1300 students and hundreds of adults in school at this time it is quite
breath taking that the whole school is silent and still throughout as we congregate together to
remember those who have fallen and the sacrifice that was made. I was really proud of the
students on Tuesday for their exemplary attitude and behaviour.
Year 8 parents evening was once again very well attended and the feedback on the progress that
Year 8 is making is very positive indeed.
Mr McGovern, Headmaster
due to waterlogged pitches
Bah Humbug!
St. George’s School proudly presents
A little bit of Dickensian spirit
to get you in the mood for Christmas.
Performances are on Thursday 20th and Friday 21st November.
Doors open at 7.oo p.m. for mulled wine and mince pies
so pop the dates in your calendar!
Tickets are selling like hotcakes and available
to purchase via parent pay
Exam Certificates
Exam certificates from the summer are now available. Students still at the school should
have collected theirs this week. Those who have left should arrange to obtain them as soon
as possible. There are 3 options available:
1. Come into school to pick them up. Please sign in at Goddard Reception first.
2. Give a signed letter of authority to someone else who will pick them up for you.
3. Send in the cost of posting them by a tracked service - £8 for UK addresses and £12 for
Mr McGillivray, Exams Officer and Educational Visits Co-ordinator
Direct line: 01582 716242/716272
Direct fax: 01582 461825
Mobile: 07580 950031
E-mail: [email protected] or click here for exams information page
International Week
St George's International Hat Days!
Monday 24th - Thursday 27th November
The international committee is running an international week at the end
of the month. Each day is themed to a different area in the world
Monday/The Americas: Tuesday/Asia: Wednesday/Africa: Thursday/Europe
Activities will be running at lunchtime based around these regions.
St George's International Hat Day!
Everyone in the school is being encouraged to wear a hat from somewhere in the
world on the Thursday 27th. These can be homemade or bought. In an ideal world
the students will know which country their hat comes from and maybe something
about that country! Students who wish to wear full international traditional dress from
a country they have a link with on this day are also being allowed to do so, they will
have to register their name when a member of the international committee goes to
their tutor base. It would be great to see as many different hats and countries
represented as possible on this day so please encourage your child to come in
wearing a hat!
Mrs Howard, Head of Geography
Apprenticeships and Engineering Training programs
Advanced Apprenticeship
The National Grid Advanced Apprenticeship is an award winning programme which
mixes both college studies and on the job training. After successful completion of the
programme the Advanced Apprentices will hold an industry recognised qualification and
gain valuable experience to prepare them for their future career within National Grid.
Click to view more information
Engineer Training Programme
This programme is a great alternative to University as students will study towards a fully
funded Foundation degree at the same time as gaining valuable on the job training. Not
only will they avoid the cost of University, they will earn while they learn, various benefits
are also offered. Click to view more information
Further information about our programmers and how to apply online can be found using
the following link:
Thank you so much to those hundreds of St George's students who made a real effort to
show a commitment to the sacrifices of those who gave up so much for their country one
hundred years ago. I hope that our act of collective commemoration has helped our
students to reflect on not only what they already do, but also what else they can do to help
others in their community.
Here are a few of the many memorable acts of service that our students showed:
"I would like to thank Nathaniel for all his hard work at our recent children's event. He was
great with the children, encouraging them and joining in with everything." "Robert is a
member of the WGC Air Cadets and has been voluntarily selling poppies on Saturdays"
Robert Ariss "My Mum teaches English to Muslim ladies in St Albans who don't know any
English, at a toddler group. I went to help with the Arts and Crafts. I showed the ladies how
to make bookmarks and coasters" Alanah Tinnion "George came down to volunteer his time
to help in a tennis session for 8-9 year olds. He was enthusiastic and helped the boys who
attended. Thank you for your help." George Wren "Thank you, Hannah, for visiting Year 6
and delivering a presentation on the subject of life at secondary school - a fantastic idea as
the children are preparing for this transition." Hannah Hansom "My family and I ran a
MacMillan coffee morning and raised over £150 for charity" Joe Middleton "Aaron undertook
the selling of raffle tickets in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital. He went around the
neighbourhood to maximise sales for a great cause." Aaron Holloway "Roberta baked a
cake for the residents at Holly Lodge. It was enjoyed by all." Roberta McGuiness "Thank
you for giving up an afternoon to pick litter at Manland Primary School" Amy Molyneux
"Christopher spent a day at our school, the Abbey CE VA Primary, working and supporting
our youngest children. He was spectacular!" Chris Upton "James kindly swept up the leaves
on my drive which was a great help and much appreciated." James Cromack "Many thanks
for the Food Bank posters - looking forward to using them!" Georgina Harris "Thank you so
much for teaching an old lady how to use a computer. You spent many days with me and
were very patient!" Alex Cregan A collection of £37.81 for Cancer Research Joe and Dan
"My name is Alfons Wesolowski and I am a 99yr old WW2 veteran. My great nieces Jessica
and Ella McGuinnness have cooked me home made meals and cakes. This is a great help
as I cannot get to the shops now. I especially loved Jessica's cottage pie!." "I would like to
thank Laura for all her hard work creating posters and artwork for LAMP. We really
appreciate the time she has given up and her creativity." Click here to view facebook
David Waters, Head of History
On Tuesday and Wednesday Year 9 marked the end of this year’s remembrance event with a
pair of study days, one making sculptures of animals thanks to Darcy Turner’s creation which
allows students to turn rolled up newspaper into struts which they can assemble into
sculptures. The Grant Quad is currently filled with animals of all shapes and sizes
(though mostly quite large) which were assembled, Meccano-like over the course of the two
days. Students on their way to lunch currently share their journey with deer, a giraffe, at least
one elephant and various insects.
The other half of the year carried out a study day on World War 1 in which Andrew Spooner
delivered a detailed exposition of the life of a soldier on the Western Front, assisted by a range
of original artefacts which he has collected. Students now know the difference between one
end of a Lee-Enfield Short Magazine rifle and the other, and have picked up a range of
specialist knowledge to accompany that. Highlight for some was watching their friends trying to
handle a rifle, which to the uninitiated, is not as easy as it looks. They have also been given
the opportunity to explore these for themselves, discovering the horror and the heroism of the
Great War.
Great thanks are due to the various departments of the school who have given up their time or
rooms to enable this to happen, with particular thanks to the Drama and PE departments, and
to staff who have helped to supervise each activity. Click to view photos on our Facebook
Mr Muriss, Head of Grant House
LAX News
On Saturday we had 4 teams out playing against St Helen's School. Following an early
morning pitch inspection the girls arrived at school ready to pick up where they left off before
half term. Results were as follows 1sts - Won 12-8.
U15B - Lost 5-4 (playing at St Helen's A team)
U13A - Won 15-2
U12A - Won 11-3
Particular congratulations to the U12 team as this is their first win of
the year with Jaala Sutherland being picked as MVP and Millie Martin scoring 6 goals.
As well as the A team playing we also ran our own inter-school match between some of the
U12 players. Due to other schools not being able to field a C team at this level it has meant
that a few of our matches have been cancelled for the girls. The match on Saturday meant
that all 68 girls in Year 7 who have been attending training have now played in a match.
Congratulations to Georgia Wells and Ake Kibona on being selected as MVPs on Saturday
Miss Sayers, LAX Specialist
Invitation only - Diving Success
Henry Biggs Year 10 Grant House
A great opportunity for Henry, who was very lucky to be invited to a national diving
competition during the half term in Southampton. During the events he achieved a
silver medal on 1m and bronze on 3m. He also came 4th on platform.
Well done
Podium Place
Chloe Alvis Year 12 Goddard House
A fantastic performance Chloe gave last weekend whist representing
the national squad for the British Judo Council. Chloe was part of a
24 strong squad who competed in the Den Helder Open in Holland.
This is a very prestigious competition, attracting some of the best
judo players from across Europe. Chloe was placed second in the
senior ladies Dan grade
category. This achievement goes along side the two gold
medals from the previous weekend at the Southend International competition. This is
another high level
competition for Chloe who represented Redbridge Judo Club,
where she trains for the British Judo Association, for more information about St Albans
Judo Club please visit
Well done
PSA Christmas Dinner Dance
to be held on Saturday 29th November 2014
Click here to download ticket details.
Saturday 13th December 2014
SCHOOL ARCHIVES open between 2.30 and 4.45p.m.
LACROSSE Georgians vs School Team from 2.00p.m. approx.
CAROL SERVICE at 5.00 p.m.
followed by mulled wine & mince pies
We look forward to seeing you there
The latest edition of the PSA newsletter is now available to view and download from the
school website—please click here.
You can contact the PSA at [email protected]
To all parents of current Year 11’s.
Meningitis C vaccine that was offered during
Year 10, there will be another opportunity on March 10th 2015.
There is an explanatory letter & consent form on the website via this link
Please print and complete the consent from & return to the School House
as soon as possible.
Please ENSURE your MOBILE NUMBER is current
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Rugby v St Columba's 1st 2nd U14A and B (Home) U15A and B, U13 A and B,
U12 A and B (Away) Lax v Habs, 1sts, 2nds, 3rds, U15A and B, U14A and B,
U13A and B, U12 A,B,C, (Home) am
Junior praise service, 6.30pm, non-uniform
House Girls' Football all week
Year 7 RE trip to places of worship, half year group PSA Meeting, Go2, 8pm
Year 7 RE trip to places of worship half year
Year 11 study skills am; Indoor Lax Tournament, 1sts, 2nds, at SAHS 4.15pm
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