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Debating matters


St Edmund’s Debating is seeing terrific success with our Senior School team achieving a close second place at the English Speaking Union’s South East qualifying final at the Canterbury Guildhall.  The St Edmund’s team of Poppy Mansfield Jones, James Futcher and Josh Cowham were awarded the Runner Up Cup and Poppy won the Best Speaker Award.  Their success was very quickly followed in Chapel this morning when the whole school witnessed Alice Mount and Cameron Molland narrowly defeating Alex Ashman and Aidan May in the final of the Inter-House Debating Competition.  Many thanks to our outstanding Chair, Chelsea Howard, to our esteemed and urbane Judges, Mrs Janet Mander and Mr Jon Dagley, and also to Dr Caiazza for her encouragement and tutoring of our talented and enthusiastic debaters.


A brilliant run for Alex

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Last weekend Upper Fifth pupil, Alex Millard, represented Invicta East Kent athletics club at the South of England Cross Country Championships at Stanmer Park in Brighton.  She had a brilliant run over 5K, finishing 10th in the U17 race which places her 6th in the South of England in her own age category.  A fantastic performance and we wish her well for the rest of the season.

European piano success


Congratulations to Timon Staehler (U5) who has successfully competed in the European Piano Teachers Association competition and been awarded an “Outstanding” by the adjudicator and acclaimed pianist, Nadia Lasserson. Timon’s playing of Beethoven’s Sonata 27, op. 90 has propelled him into the next round which is due to be held in London in March.  We wish him well as the competition progresses.

Lunchtime concert

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Our talented musicians ranging from the Lower Fifth to Upper Sixth entertained a packed recital hall with some outstanding playing and singing during a lunchtime .  Congratulations to Aidan May (saxophone), Stephen Brown (marimba), Alex Millard (voice), Poppy Mansfield Jones (voice), Christopher Ribbons (voice), Jacob Titterton (‘cello) and Maya Moh (violin) on some stunning performances, and many thanks to Dr Rowcroft for her organisation and Mr Payne for his accompaniment.

A successful week of sport


Chloe Allan, Captain of Netball, and Oscar Mansfield Jones, Captain of Hockey, delighted the school in this morning’s Head’s Line by announcing some fantastic match results from last week.  Congratulations to the U14 and U15 netball teams on resounding wins over Ashford School and also to our U14, U15, 1st and 2nd XI on winning their matches against King’s Rochester and St George’s, Weybridge.  Handshakes were awarded to Alastair Scott-Kilvert (5 goals), Emil Tivenan-Pedersen (3 goals), Aidan Chrascina (3 goals), Rob Gain (3 goals) and special mention went to Jude Lanstone on his outstanding performance as goalkeeper in the 1st round of the Independent Schools’ Cup.

Sixth Formers share their experiences

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Parents who attended our Senior School parents’ coffee morning were hosted this morning by Upper Sixth pupils, Chloe Allan, Charlie Bourne, Benedict Croft, Emily Jay and Mini Kane who were delighted to  talk about applying through UCAS for university and Art College places. Their first hand knowledge of the process was very well received and our Sixth Formers enjoyed sharing their experiences.

Visiting toddlers enjoy ‘Room on The Broom’

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The Pre-Prep’s ‘Bring a Book to Life’ session for visiting 0-3 year olds starred some of our Middle Fifth Drama pupils this morning who, much to the delight of their young audience, performed the greatly loved story ‘Room on a Broom’. A really lovely atmosphere with our actors performing brilliantly and the little ones enjoying every minute of it.


Young musicians’ successes


Lower Fifth pupil, Olivia Harris-Harding, has received some wonderful news in that she has been successful in securing a place in the newly formed New Sounds Ensemble, a music group led by Deal Festival combining internationally acclaimed professional musicians with outstanding young musicians.  She will perform as part of the Deal Festival this summer and we wish her every success.  And Maya Moh, also in the Lower Fifth, has been successful in securing a place in the National Children’s Orchestra for the fifth successive year – a terrific and most unusual achievement.

5 January 2018

New Year Honours award for Lisa Horder

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Many congratulations to Lisa Horder, mother of Ellie (Upper Fifth) and Alice (Form 8), on being recognised in the New Year Honours List and awarded a British Empire Medal for her services to the community.  Lisa established a military domestic abuse support service for the 9000 families connected with the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment while based in Germany with her husband, Stuart, who is a Major in the Army.  A richly deserved award for Lisa’s phenomenal and much needed work.

5 January 2018

Carol Service


This evening saw St Edmund’s Pre-Prep, Junior and Senior pupils, parents and friends gathered by candlelight in Canterbury Cathedral to mark the end of term with our annual Carol Service.  A simply stunning occasion for which I thank our choirs, musicians, readers, servers, the Chaplain and the Reverend Papadopulos.  A wonderful way to mark the St Edmund’s sense of community and to begin the Christmas period.

15 December 2017