3rd October 2019
The vision of King Edward’s Founder, Bishop Nicholas Ridley, was to create, ‘a place to lodge Christ in’, and it was at his persuasion that King Edward VI granted Bridewell Palace for the spiritual education and teaching of a trade for disadvantaged children, such that they could go out into the world able to contribute through their trade, and make a difference. Today, Bishop Ridley’s vision lives on in the provision of a wonderful education to our bursary pupils, and his spiritual ethos continues to shape the humane and spiritual integrity of our community through holding dear to our Christian traditions and values, and understanding and learning how our faith, other religions and those of none can be influenced by the values communicated in Chapel and the small things we do.
One of those tokens of belonging and sharing of our values is the gift of a Bible to our new pupils. This morning Mrs Harris-Jones continued the long-standing tradition and spoke about the importance of the Bible for our Christian community. Sixth From pupils then gave a Bible to each new pupil in Queen Mary House, Years 7 and 8, shaking their hand and ‘welcoming them to King Edward’s’. All current Year 8 pupils were there to witness this embracing of their new peers. Miss Condy, Religious Studies teacher, ended the gathering with some food for thought with a fun competition – to find a verse in the Bible as quickly as possible. The winner would then read the script and the meaning discussed.
These Bibles will be used for Religious Studies during our pupils time in the School, but more importantly it is a book for life.