Enterprising St Edmund’s pupils, James Futcher (Middle Fifth), Jude Lanstone (Lower Fifth) and Oliver Futcher (Form 8) have formed a small business enterprise, Project Ice, making and selling gourmet ice lollies which are all pure fruit with no artificial additives. The idea came to the boys during a Cathedral Choir Tour in America where they could see that this is one of the up and coming street foods following on the tradition of the Mexican paleta. The boys’ parents have invested in the commercial machinery from Brazil for small scale production and they are now in the early stages of creating their gourmet ice lollies as a cottage industry and testing their wares on consumers. In addition to the boys gaining business experience, there is also a social enterprise aspect to their project and they hope to benefit others, financially and practically, through the process. We were delighted that they were able to sell their lollies to our guests on the final night of the school’s Arts Festival and moved that the boys chose to donate the £200 that they made to the Grenfell Appeal. We wish these clever young men every success with their business and we congratulate them on gaining the approval of Holly Tucker, entrepreneur and founder of notonthehighstreet.com, who will offer them business support and be the first to stock their range in her creative shop in Richmond, London.
5 July 2017
To the stage at the National
Poppy Mansfield Jones, Middle Fifth St Edmund’s pupil and the youngest member of the Ensemble Youth Drama Group at The Marlowe Theatre, was part of a production which was one of the 120 productions across the country judged by members of the National Theatre. Out of the 120 entries, The Marlowe and Poppy’s ensemble were delighted to hear that they won the competition which is a remarkable achievement indeed. Poppy will now travel to The National in July to perform on a world famous stage. We congratulate her on all that she has achieved and wish her well for her next performance.
7 July 2017
Tom Emson – champion karter
Middle Fifth pupil, Tom Emson, a talented young karter, qualified for the Sodi World Series again this year, finishing 2nd in the UK and 11th in the world, giving him the opportunity to compete against the top junior drivers in the world which took place in Paris.
The heats went well with Tom achieving 7th, 5th and 3rd places, qualifying him to start the final 6th on the grid. By the end of the first lap he was up to 3rd position. The race was going well when, unfortunately, there was contact at the far end of the circuit as Tom was moving in to 2nd. Tom did the sporting thing and let the 2nd place driver take the position back. The incident cost him time but he still came an incredible 4th overall. It was one of the hardest races and best competitions Tom has ever faced but to finish fourth in the world out of tens of thousands of karters was a fabulous achievement.
6 July 2017
Junior School Music Festival
Jeremy Isaac and John Mills, internationally acclaimed violinists and members of the Tippett Quartet, skilfully encouraged and adjudicated a host of St Edmund’s Junior School musicians during this evening’s Junior School Music Festival, now part of the St Edmund’s Arts Festival. Young stars in the making were heard in voice, brass, woodwind and ensemble classes throughout the day and the winners’ concert in the evening showcased some spectacular talent among our musicians of the future. Smiling faces proud to perform were the order of the day and we congratulate all those who took up the challenge and opportunity to perform.
29 June 2017
Art & DT Exhibition
Our Art and Design Technology Exhibition moved us from the confines of the classroom this year to the capacious space of the Old Gym – a period piece of architecture with incredible light and space, our Art, DT and Music departments did us proud with a typically eclectic selection of pupil work, including, for the first time at St Edmund’s, a music installation by Lower Sixth pupil, Jacob Titterton. Ceramicists, photographers, artists, designers and their talented teachers were in attendance to talk to their appreciative guests about their work, and the pupils of our Leiths cookery school created a wonderfully convivial atmosphere by producing some incredible canapés which were greatly enjoyed by all.
29 June 2017
Ben Mills selected for the Bunburys
The wonderful news has reached us that Middle Fifth pupil, Ben Mills, has been selected for the London & South East region in the Bunbury National Cricket Festival to be held later this month. Ben will play against the three other regions of England and he does his school proud in so doing, We wish him well and hope that the matches are as successful for him as his performances for the school’s 1st XI have been throughout the season.
29 June 2017
Festival opening night
The inaugural St Edmund’s Festival, a week long celebration of the arts, was launched in the most incredible style this evening with the simply inspirational playing of world class pianist and former St Edmund’s pupil, Freddy Kempf. It is no exaggeration to say that Freddy astounded a full Hall with simply breath-taking performances of Beethoven’s Sonata no.2 in D minor (The Tempest), Prokofiev’s Sonata no.1 in F minor and Schumann’s Novelletten. He took his audience into a world which even seasoned concert-goers had simply not experienced before and it was very clear to all why he has become such a lauded musician across the globe. Our guests were delighted to be able to speak with Freddy after the concert and we remain eternally grateful to him for breaking a tour of Russia, flying in from St Petersburg and flying out to Omsk, to be with us on such a special evening.
28 June 2017
Alex’s athletic success
It has been a magnificent year of athletics for one of our St Edmund’s stars, Middle Fifth pupil, Alex Millard. Her successes really speak for themselves : Kent U17 Schools 1500m champion, Kent U17 3000m champion, Kent U15 Cross Country Champion, Kent U15 Schools Cross Country Champion, South East Inter-Counties U17 1500m Champion (Kent, Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire), Southern England 3000m Champion, 5th in the British Road Mile and selection for England Schools U17 1500m. And all of this at the age of 15 while juggling her Academic and Sports Scholar commitments. We wish Alex well for the rest of the season and hope that her training goes well over the winter, enabling her to push yet further ahead on the county and international athletics scene.
3 July 2017
Middle Fifth go to work…
Well done to our Middle Fifth year group on successfully completing a week of work experience. Our pupils visited 76 employers, including 18 in London and 8 further afield, as far as Denmark, Switzerland and New York. There were placements in a huge range of areas, including criminal law, engineering, medicine, advertising, conservation, archaeology, teaching and retail. There were challenges for everyone involved and it is very much to the credit of our pupils that the week went so well. Many thanks are due to the 35 members of staff who were involved in visits, helping with transport and providing support, and particular thanks goes to Mrs Burton and to Ms Florence who masterminded the exercise, were always available to help and who dedicated themselves to ensuring that our pupils were afforded the best possible opportunities and made the most of the experience.
26 June 2017
Powerful message for our Lower Sixth pupils
In 2015, a Gurkha team led by Major Andrew Todd MBE set off to conquer Mount Everest. Their attempt was stopped by the catastrophic Nepalese earthquake that tragically killed 9,000 people. Base camp was completely destroyed and, instead of climbing the mountain, the Gurkhas played a crucial role evacuating the injured. The disaster struck at the Gurkha heartlands and the regiment went on to provide vital leadership and support to international rescue teams.
Two years later, Major Todd led the same team back to Nepal and only four weeks ago successfully reached the summit of Everest. Today, he related to our Lower Sixth pupils his team’s incredible, uniquely inspirational story. In terms of leadership, teamwork and courage in the face of adversity, our pupils received a powerful message today.