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
44 years ago, almost to the day, I made a first visit to Canterbury, and to the school that would occupy most of my life for the next half-century (Almost!) Little did I think that St Edmund's would provide me with so much as I underwent the first job interview of my life, quizzed, very gently by Francis Rawes, Nick Nickols, and John Trevis about what I might be able to offer in exchange for board and lodging, and a new teacher's salary - paid in advance!
Now here I am, reflecting on my time in and out of the classroom, and feeling somewhat shocked that an honour I enjoyed in 2013/14 should come my way, by constitutional default, once again. And this is an important time for the St Edmund’s Society, as it struggles to find a niche in an era when loyal supporters are ever ageing, and the younger generations no longer feel the attachment to their alma mater. Social media have replaced social gathering.
I am thrilled by the initiatives currently undertaken by the Foundation Office, and hope that they will attract our members – especially to the November dinner in London; I am encouraged by the enthusiasm of the Society Committee, all keen to take the organisation forward; I am hopeful that links between Society and School can be ever strengthened to the mutual benefit of both parties; I am grateful for the continuing support of the Head, Louise Moelwyn-Hughes, as we try to build into the 21st century.
Please keep in contact with us, and offer your thought on what the Society might do for you;
Please respond supportively to invitations to events, and by offering your services for Society sports’ teams; and please do come to the AGM, to be held this year on a Friday afternoon in June before the 20/20 cricket match against a School XI.
My main hope for this year of my Presidency is that the long cherished dream of a merger between School and Society can become a reality, and, that there is a successor keen to take on the mantle in 2017, and bring a fresh and vibrant perspective on the future of St Edmund’s and its Society.
Welcome from Louise Moelwyn-Hughes, Head of School
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 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.