5th July 2019
Awards’ Day on 5th July was the closing chapter of the 2018-2019 academic school year at King Edward’s. The ceremony took place in Charter Hall, filled with proud parents, pupils, and staff. Mrs Justine Voisin, The Treasurer, opened the proceedings with a welcome and big thank you to everybody for their hard work, commitment and determination to succeed in all areas of School life, for which this day was a celebration for all. Gulfara Bekbolatova, Head Girl, followed with a humourous and touching poem which encapsulated the characters and essence of the School. A hard act for John Attwater, Headmaster, to follow but he did, reiterating Mrs Voisin’ s thanks for all the efforts from all to make School life varied, challenging and rewarding. The presentation of the Awards spanned Academic, Co-curricular, recognition of effort in Year group prizes and of service to the School and community. Congratulations to Wakefield and Elizabeth Houses for winning the respective boys’ and girls’ Cock House cup. Each pupil came to the stage in an orderly manner to receive their prize from Mrs Voisin. Musical interludes, perfectly played by ‘Award’ winning musicians, showed off some of the amazing talent of our pupils.
Mrs Voisin made an unusual second appearance to speak on behalf of the Governors, pupils and staff to thank John Attwater for ten years of Headship and to wish him well on his next chapter at King’s Ely.
The ceremony was followed by smaller gatherings at the pupil’s respective Houses where a delicious picnic lunch was served by our Holyroyd catering team. Mini concerts at the Houses added a lovely touch to the end of the summer term, the end of School year and end to John Attwater’s era as Head. The day also said some said farewells to teachers moving on to pastures news. We wish them all happiness and success in their new adventures, as we do all pupils leaving us.
The day reflected the essence of King Edward’s – a special place of care and friendliness where pupils and their families come from all over the world to celebrate success and be part of the King Edward’s community.
With current COVID restrictions, our boarders have been unable to leave the School for activities they usually would do every week, for example going shopping in Guildord and to Sainsbury’s in Godalming. Without these shopping trips, boarders have been missing this fun bonding time with their friends and even the ‘normal’ experience of going to...