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Season's Greetings from our Head: Celebrating St George's Unique Environment This Holiday Season

A fantastic term featuring overseas trips, alumnae reunions, careers events, and our cherished Carol Service finale - nurturing stereotype-defying girls whilst facing independent school headwinds.

Dear Alumnae and friends of St George's,

It has been a superb start to the 2023-24 school session with an exceptionally busy calendar of trips and events. Students have been busy competing in fixtures, concerts, numerous external competitions, overseas exchanges and visits, as well as those closer to home. We have been delighted to host three different ‘Old Girl’ reunions this term and have been fortunate to welcome some of you to help with Careers lunches and our Biennial Careers Fair.

The best way to keep up to date with school events, if you would like to, is through one of our social channels: Alumnae Instagram, St George’s School Instagram or St George’s School Twitter. I realise this will not appeal to everyone, but we would be very happy to welcome you to follow one of these accounts. We have launched a new website, which I hope you will enjoy. You might particularly be interested in the page on the historical development of the school, written with much help from the legendary Margaret Imlah and the archive images she has uncovered: St George’s: a voice for change.

Despite the many headwinds for independent schools at the moment, the school remains in good health and we are currently in the middle of interviewing many lovely students for entry to the school next year. With the Council, we have been working on our strategy for the next few years Future Growth at St George’s - All Girls’ School Edinburgh and we have lots of exciting ideas in the pipeline. Last week, we spoke in the Scotsman (Standardised Test Scores and League Tables Fail to Tell the Whole Story ( about how girls’ schools are so important in defying gender stereotypes and I know many of you are great individual examples of this. We always love to hear from you!

Next week sees us finish the term with our traditional Carol Service at St Giles, which is such a special feature of the winter calendar. I wish you all a wonderful Christmas, for those that celebrate it, and a peaceful New Year. I hope you have many happy memories of singing Adeste Fideles in St Giles yourselves and I hope to see some of you in person in 2024.

All Best wishes,

Mrs Carol Chandler-Thompson

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