St George’s Day – 23rd April 2019

Dear parents and carers,

We are all looking forward to breaking up from school at 2pm today for the Easter Holidays and would like to take this opportunity to remind you all that we return to school, at normal time, on Tuesday 23rd April.


If your child belongs to one of the uniformed organisations (Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Rainbows, Brownies and Guides etc.) then on that first day back to school they may wear their scouting or guiding uniform to school in celebration of St. George’s Day on Tuesday 23rd April.

Robert Baden-Powell (the founder of the Scouting Movement) chose St. George as the Patron Saint of Scouting as the story of St. George shows him overcoming adversity. At Purley Oaks, we value RESILIENCE in our pupils and would like to recognise this by allowing our children to come to school in their other uniform on St George’s Day.

Best wishes,

Purley Oaks Primary School, Nursery and Children’s Centre

Baden-Powell chose St George as the Patron Saint of Scouting as the story of St George show him overcoming adversity. 

To quote Baden-Powell: “All Scouts should know his story. St.George was typical of what a Scout should be.

When he was faced by a difficulty or danger, however great it appeared, even in the shape of a dragon – he did not avoid it or fear it but went at it with all the power he could …

That is exactly the way a Scout should face a difficulty or danger no matter how great or how terrifying it may appear. He should go at it boldly and confidently, using every power that he can to try and overcome it, and the probability is that he will succeed.