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End-of-year message from Ms Nuttall

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As another year draws to a close it is always lovely to reflect on all the achievements and events of 2023-24. And what a year! I have no idea how we fitted so much in.

This year has been an explosion of trips and visits with children from Nursery to Year 6 getting to know some of the fabulous opportunities that our small but mighty country has to offer. From museums to trips to forests, parks and more, the children have had great fun. It is also a pleasure to see our children learning about historic events and the many local festivals in our Luxembourgish lessons. Languages always have a strong feature at St George’s as our students have celebrated the Olympics with our French team, as well as attending theatre shows and events. We are always proud to see our national competition winners in French story writing – this is a great achievement. 

This year our Eco-Agents have been on fire! They have carried out so many projects from collaboration with the Secondary school, attending events at not one but two embassies, supporting a national symposium and much more. The practical steps taken to improve our carbon footprint are impressive – they make a conscious effort to educate us all. I was particularly impressed with their bike powering a battery and their fantastic presentation of work at the British Embassy.

The arts in St George’s always take centre stage – literally and metaphorically. Every visitor to our school comments on the incredible displays in classrooms and corridors. I can honestly say that they are the best I have seen in any school. Our annual art show is a highlight of the year, demonstrating the high-quality work that the children produce.

It has been a great year for competitions in the Primary – our children just can’t stop winning! But equally important has been taking part, and collaborating with other schools, be it far afield, such as the Verona Cup, or here in Luxembourg. We have been pleased to join students from local schools in friendly sports matches, getting to know each other better. Our annual Young Voices event is a true example of this, where our children join hundreds of other schools to sing together at the O2 in London. It is a spectacular evening that I am sure the children will remember for a long time to come. Music is a key part of our curriculum, be it in our performances at the hospice and in the city, or the range of musical instruments played in school. Our current venture into whole class violin lessons has been a huge success. We have some very talented children.

I have been really impressed with the student voice this year. Our School Council has made a huge effort to include the opinions of all their peers – the quality of feedback has been mature and thoughtful, reflecting the values and ethos of our student body.

A constant firm favourite of mine are the class assemblies and shows at St George’s. They never fail to brighten my day. Each assembly somehow reflects the character of the class and showcases the beautiful work they produce on a daily basis. I am both proud and lucky to work with such a committed, hard-working team, dedicated to making lessons interesting and enjoyable.

I would like to offer my thanks to every staff member for consistently going over and above the call of duty. I would particularly like to thank the staff who are moving on this year for all their contributions and to wish them the best of luck in their new ventures. In particular, I would like to thank two longstanding members of staff – Mrs Rhona Boyes, my PA and huge support to all in Primary – who leaves after 14 years at St George’s, and to Dr Barkei, the school’s first Principal. 

Wishing you all a wonderful summer holiday.

Keep safe,

Claire Nuttall