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 Ed Vant, Society President
It is a great honour for me to become President of the Society for 2015 and I look forward to meeting many former pupils this year through the various events that the Society organises on an annual basis. My association with the school started on entry to Junior School in September 1974 and this year marks the thirtieth anniversary of the day I left, in July 1985. So much has happened in those thirty years but many of my very closest friends are former pupils from my year and other years in the school.
My association with the school continues in another vein as I now have three children at St Edmund’s and I am able to view the school from a parent’s view which is very illuminating, not least in getting perspective on the sacrifices my own parents made to send me there.
I would like to appeal to all former pupils to take the time to reconnect with the school and their former classmates so that we can strengthen the ties that bind us all. Like other alumnae societies, ours faces a challenge to remain relevant in our connected world, but in the last year or so I have met a number of people who had lost contact but have been delighted to renew old friendships and recount experiences of their days at St Ed’s.
I would most like to appeal to those of you who left Sixth Form with me, on Live Aid Day 1985, to attend the Annual Dinner on Saturday 21st November and see if we can create one of the strongest reunions the Society has ever seen.
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’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.