As an association for former pupils of St Edmund’s School, the aim of our Society has remained unchanged for generations and that aim is a simple one: to ensure that our members are able to maintain close links with one another and also with St Edmund’s School itself.
Traditionally, the Society has achieved contact with its members and the school through organised events. As times change, new ways of keeping in touch have developed. Social media and smart devices allow today’s leavers to maintain close personal links far more easily, and we are embracing these developments to create opportunities for more day by day news. We also encourage smaller informal gatherings of St Edmund’s alumni and are very happy to hear of any such initiatives.
The Society is able to offer support to its members should they find themselves in any kind of difficulty, as well as having a ready-made network for careers advice. We are lucky to have representatives of most professions in the Society many of whom would be only too willing to offer their guidance and expertise.
Recently, we have been making an effort to take full advantage of our strong links with the school, to improve communication and allow for mutual growth and success. In order that the Society continues to thrive, we would ask that you consider keeping in touch, offering ideas and supporting your school and its many events.
Kris de Pledge, Chairman of St Edmund’s Society
Welcome from David Knight, Society President
2013 has been great first year as President. I was able to play a proper part in the St Edmund’s Society life and hope to build on these foundations in the next twelve months as well as enjoying my time with the choristers in Choir House.
Highlights for me have been the various year group gatherings – the 1965-74 reunion allowed me to meet again some of my first ever students – Neil Bell, Graham Lewis, et al; the Summer Gathering was well attended, but, as in too many recent years, marred by the English weather. The Annual Dinner attracted over 60 guests and was a great success, combining a visit to Choir House for aperitifs before an excellent meal in the Canterbury Cathedral Lodge.
Many thanks to the Society Committee for their hard work and organisational skills, and to ‘rank and file’ members who take on the London and Northern Gatherings; these are due to take place again this year, and help to bring together those who cannot get to other events.
Once again I would appeal to those Old Boys and Girls who have seemingly lost contact with the School to get in touch and join us at one of the 2014 events; you’ll all be very welcome. Debbie Bersey would be very happy to keep you all in touch with dates, times and places or even help reconnect you with old friends.
The main event of 2013 for me was the completion, and opening of the all-weather pitch. There is no doubt that this is a great asset for all current sportsmen and women at St Edmund’s School. I look forward to the first School v Old Boys hockey match on 27 March, under floodlights; a far cry from the old 1st XI grass pitch on the Alps!
With every good wish to you all for a truly memorable 2014.
St Edmund's School is proud of and grateful for the very positive and close relationship which it enjoys with the Society. From organising year group reunions to welcoming individual former pupils who have an interest in revisiting their alma mater, the school is keen to encourage and foster friendships between all those who have fond memories of their old school and its characters.
Our active and creative Foundation Office is always keen to hear from former pupils and to glean information about the St Edmund’s of old, while of course offering the opportunity for former pupils to be updated on recent and future developments. Please do not hesitate to be in contact with us if you would like to attend particular school events which might be of interest or if you would like to rekindle your acquaintance with the school in any way. We would be delighted to welcome you back as a friend and to share some of our enthusiasm for the school with you.