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Dance champion

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Lower Fifth pupil, Maddie Marsh, performed brilliantly to win a place at the International Dance Organisation Great British Hip Hop Finals – a wonderful achievement by anyone’s standards.  That she went on to come 3rd overall and the 1st girl in the U16 category is absolutely exceptional. The good news continued for Maddie during the competition as her Dance Team took 1st prize.  We are all very proud of her and hope to see her perform for the school at the St Edmund’s Festival later this term.

25 May 2017

Sports Day

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Pupils, colleagues, pupils and friends of the school were involved in the highly successful and enjoyable Years 6-13 Sports Day on Saturday.  Mr Jones, Mrs Relf and their teams have much to be proud of.  It was, despite a couple of downpours, a terrific morning with an impressive 15 long standing school records broken.  Congratulations to Alex Millard and Douglas Noel on becoming Victrix and Victor Ludorum in Senior School, and to Jildou Chappell, Alex Bowles and Oliver Futcher on becoming Victrix and Victores Ludorum in Junior School.

25 May 2017

Tough Mudder

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Giulia Waddington has ended her Upper Sixth year with the ultimate challenge of participating in a Tough Mudder event, a 10 mile mud and obstacle course which tests physical strength, stamina and mental grit.  Giulia and her friends, some from St Ed’s and family members, were more than equal to the task and raised a terrific £3000 for Pilgrims Hospices.  A wonderful undertaking for a most worthy charity.  Giulia’s generosity of spirit and determination mark her out as an exceptional individual.

24 May 2017

Fencing star

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Will East (U6) competed in the most important fencing event of the year during his Easter break, the Senior British National Fencing Championships at the University of East London.  This is a high level senior event and our young star, some way out of the age range of the other competitors, came an incredible 3rd place.  Unsurprisingly, soon after the event, Will received the call-up from England to compete in the Home Countries School Games.  We congratulate Will on all that he is achieving.

26 April 2017

Composer, Will Inscoe

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The new term begins with the terrific news that Will Inscoe in the Middle Fifth has received an offer of a place as a first study composer at the Junior Royal Academy of Music in London from September 2017.  Will has already composed a number of works which have been performed by our Chapel Choir at St Edmund’s and we look forward being privy to his future commissions!

24 April 2017

A reunion

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It was such a privilege to have been involved in the London Lunch today, one of the most popular reunion events in our calendar year. The Lunch, held at The Prince Edward, saw over 50 former pupils return to enjoy much camaraderie and excellent food, with laughter and stories (most repeatable) of St Edmund’s of old abounding.  This event takes place each year courtesy of the sheer hard work, vision and determination of one of the school’s most loved characters and Old Boys, Tony Zinopoulos, who entertained us all with his ready and gentlemanly wit. The perfect example of how a reunion should be run.

21 April 2017

 

Yasar’s violin success

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Five year old St Edmund’s pupil, Yasar Zhao, has received the superb news that he has the offer of a place at the Guildhall to study the violin alongside pupils who are mainly 8-18 in age. Immediately after his performance at his audition with Alison Mears (Head of Junior Guildhall) and William Bruce (Head of Strings), Yasar was offered support in violin, piano, orchestra, chamber orchestra and choir. An incredible moment for this young and most talented musician.

31 March 2017

Revision Season

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Revision season is upon us and, to that end, the Upper Fifth were met by Mr Comfort and Mr O’Connor this morning with the message that, with new grading systems in some subjects and varying approaches to how universities view those grades, the importance of revision over the Easter break is paramount.  A four stage system of organisation, communication, planning and output was outlined followed by a foray into the influence of lifestyle and sleep.  And so with a parents’ drop in session on Tuesday morning and a formal presentation on Wednesday evening, the revision season has officially begun and we wish our exam candidates well as they pick up the baton.

23 March 2017

Junior School Concert

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The Junior School lifted their performance to a new level last night at their termly music concert which was a collaboration between the Music and Drama departments.  Some wonderful film clips and various raconteurs seamlessly segued us from one item to another.  From the wonderful Junior Band, to some stunning solo and group performances, to the finale of the East Kent Children’s Orchestra, our pupils and staff lifted the roof and gave their audience an evening to remember.

22 March 2017

 

Drama School auditions

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Past and present pupils have been busy learning classical and modern monologues for audition to the country’s most prestigious drama schools. Aimee Walker-Reid, Luke Jones and Max Macdonald have auditioned for RADA, LAMDA and Rose Buford, with Aimee earning recalls to RADA and Rose Buford, Luke to RADA and Max to LAMDA.  With over 90% of candidates rejected at the first audition, from thousands, this is already a huge achievement.  There will be further challenges at the ‘call backs’ where Aimee, Luke and Max will have to have their original monologues redirected, take part in all day workshops and perform scenes and monologues from the works of Russian playwright, Anton Chekhov.  There is a long road ahead and we wish these talented young people the very best as they attempt to realise their ambitions and dreams.

22 March 2017