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Ben Mills plays for Kent 2nd XI

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Many congratulations to Upper Fifth cricketing talent, Ben Mills, who at the age of 15 has debuted for Kent 2nd X1 v Glamorgan. Bowling his first five overs for just seven runs and another two overs at the end of the match, he had a terrific start to his senior cricketing career and we wish him well for the matches to come.

Connor is selected for England U15 squad

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Wonderful news for Lower Fifth touch rugby star, Connor Hughes, who has been selected to play for the England U15 squad in this year’s European Junior Touch Championships in Stirling.  Aged only 13, Connor is one of the youngest in the team.  Everyone at St Edmund’s is delighted for Connor whose natural sporting talent, perseverance, practice and patience have allowed him to reach the very highest echelon.

 

Winner of the Roche Reading prize

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Society was the theme of this years’ Roche Reading prize at St Edmund’s.  The supportive atmosphere allowed performers to feel at ease and deliver their poems with aplomb. Fatherly advice from Kipling’s ‘If’ was conveyed by Alex McGovern (M5) and Isobel Wanstall (M5) whilst Catherine Wanstall (M5) and Carl Le Hegarat (M5) tackled a more modern view on our world through their readings of ‘Societal Glasses’ by Kelly Kurt. A more cynical turn was taken as Anna Baker (L5) read Auden’s ‘The Unknown Citizen’ followed by Lily Pickles (M5) with Vernon Scannell’s entertaining ‘Frying Tonight’ and ending with with Ellie Rymill (M5) reading Maya Angelou’s ‘Still I Rise’. All participants were confident, erudite and had much fun as they gained valuable points for their Houses.  The overall prize was awarded to Watson House’s Catherine Wanstall.

Pupils awarded places to the National Youth Theatre

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A number of St Edmund’s pupils of Drama were involved in the competition to enter the National Youth Theatre this year and I am delighted to report that all impressed and were highly commended for their efforts.  There were two who won through in this incredibly competitive arena, Seb Coleman (Lower Sixth) and Timon Staehler (Upper Fifth), who deserve many congratulations on being awarded places to join the NYT this year.  This brings St Edmund’s total of NYT members to a most impressive 7.

An incredible fundraising 5K swimathon

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Congratulations to Lower Fifth pupil, Daniel Mridha, who has just fearlessly completed the Individual 5k Swimathon Challenge.  Swimming non-stop for 2 hours 7 minutes is an incredible feat by anyone’s standards and he received enthusiastic applause from the school in the Head’s Line on the announcement of this achievement.  Through this endeavour, he has raised £600 for Cancer Research UK and for Marie Curie.

Inspiring organ recital

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Charles Francis (Lower Sixth) gave an inspiring organ recital to a sizeable audience in the Chapel on Sunday afternoon.  He played at full throttle for around 50 minutes with a repertoire of Langlais, Howells, Elgar, Brahms, Bach and Vierne that would test the most professional of players and his hard work was most enthusiastically received.  It is much to his credit that he chose to donate the retiring collection to Team Malawi.

The Official Opening of the Academic Hub and Theatre

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A memorable and exciting day for St Edmund’s with our stunning new Academic Hub opened by Michael Terry, former pupil, former parent and former Chairman of Governors, followed by Michael Stewart, former pupil, doing the honours in cutting the ribbon to open the new Theatre.  Chris Nickols, former pupil and current Chairman of Governors, segued beautifully from the Chapel Choir’s singing of James Futcher’s (Upper Fifth) composition ‘Fungar Vice Cotis’ (the school’s motto) to launch the next phase of our ‘Soaring Beyond’ Campaign. Terrific for the whole school to see our development plans begin to be realised and the community looks forward to similar events in the next few years.

Alex Bradley’s fundraising canoe race

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Alex Bradley (Lower Sixth) and his father trained exceptionally hard with a view to taking part in the gruelling Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race over Easter and made a terrific start from the line on the opening Friday, beating their expected time for the day but constantly aware of the rain and the impact that that might have on the event.  All competitors were allowed to start on Saturday morning but by the time Alex and his father reached the Thames at Reading, the river was in full flood conditions and the Environment Agency banned all traffic.  Incredibly frustrating for our pair and for the other competitors but they made history as this was only the second time in 70 years that the race has been stopped as a result of treacherous weather conditions.  Alex ended his race clear that, had he been able to continue, he would have smashed his target time so he has much to feel proud of. Despite not being allowed to finish, Alex and his father still raised almost £2500 for their two charities, The Not Forgotten Association and the PWRR Benevolent Fund, and he and his older sister, Pip, have pledged to enter the non-stop Seniors’ Race in a couple of years’ time.  Mr Bradley is very much looking forward to being able taking his place in the support crew for once!

Evensong at the Cathedral

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The St Edmund’s Chamber Choir sang beautifully at Evensong in Canterbury Cathedral this afternoon, performing responses by Jackson, the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in B minor by Noble. The uplifting anthem was My Beloved Spake by Hadley plus a Psalm and Hymn for the day. It was a privilege to hear such stunning music in the splendid surroundings of this magnificent building. Thanks go to our talented singers, to Dr Rowcroft for conducting and preparing the programme, to Charles Francis and Adrian Bawtree who played the organ wonderfully, and to the Reverend Bennett, our Chaplain, for leading the responses.

Mr Millard runs the London Marathon

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Good luck to Assistant Head, Mr Millard, who is due to run the London Marathon on the 22nd April.  He received the wonderful news last year that he will line up for the elite runners’ race and his target time is to break the 3 hour barrier.  We will be willing him on and look forward to see his walking style when he returns to school on Monday morning.  Alongside the race being an immense physical and mental personal challenge, he is also fundraising for the St Edmund’s Kenya trip 2019 when our pupils will work with local Kenyan communities in need of aid.  If you would like to show your support, please click on the following link : https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/stedmundsafrica2019