End of Term Letter

End of Half Term Newsletter Autumn 2022

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We have enjoyed a wonderful first half term of the year and it has been encouraging to see our new pupils and staff settling in so well and having such a terrific start to their King Edward’s experience.

We were delighted to welcome Her Royal Highness, Duchess of Gloucester to school on Friday 14th October where she officially opened our new Exhibition Hall, and alongside Alderman Sir Peter Estlin and the Treasurer, presided over our Admissions Day ceremony. This was a special moment for all our new pupils as they followed the tradition of so many before them, promising to strive for excellence and uphold the traditions of the school.

Alderman Sir Peter Estlin has also formally opened our Upper Sixth Form house and it has been a delight to see the pupils enjoying their new Jubilee House so well, now so poignantly named. The passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II touched our community deeply and was a time for us all to come together to support each other, to reflect on and to celebrate her outstanding service and example.

We have enjoyed a vast array of sporting, musical, academic and co-curricular activities, trips and events and it has been superb to see so many pupils taking advantage of the enriching opportunities and experiences on offer.

I wish you all a safe, restful and enjoyable half term break and look forward to welcoming pupils back refreshed and ready for next half term.

 

Mrs Joanna Wright

Head

 

 

 


Dear Parents and Guardians,

I do hope you are keeping well and looking forward to half term. What an eventful first half of term we have had. With the nation, the King Edward’s School community mourned. Words alone cannot adequately pay tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Her service, leadership, humanity, and faith inspired us all, and her legacy will be felt for generations. At our Service of Thanksgiving for her Majesty, we stood in Chapel together as one community at a moment of profound historical importance. It was right that we did so, and the pupils were, as one would expect, superb.

I also write to say a huge thank you for the generous donations that were collected for the Harvest Celebrations recently. Annie, from Godalming and Villages Food store, passed on an enormous ‘thank you’ to the whole school community. For more details about what our local Foodbank does please click here.

After the Harvest service a hard-working team of QMH volunteers, members of the Charity Committee and staff managed to pack a huge truck with all the donations. These were then taken to the warehouse of the Godalming and Villages Food store and will go to support the most vulnerable in our community. Thank you so much for being so generous.

Looking ahead, I will be starting confirmation sessions next term for anyone who might be interested or is keen to find out more about the Christian faith. These sessions will be informal in nature and held at times that are suitable for those interested. We plan to have the Confirmation service on 23rd April 2023. If your son/daughter might be interested, please do get in touch with me by emailing me at radcliffej@kesw.org as soon as you can.

Thank you all, once again, for your support. If there is anything I, or the King Edward’s Chaplaincy Team, can do to support you, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

With every best wish,

 

Reverend James Radcliffe

School Chaplain