Dear Parents,

One of the principles behind the STEAMED initiative at St Edward’s is ‘Enterprise’. Preparing children for the world of work is a vital objective in an ever-changing economic climate.

Year 6 will have completed their Young Enterprise Award by the end of this term. They have written business plans, traded for 24-hours and (hopefully) made a profit from the £50 start-up loan they received. It’s interesting that they all chose catering, but then I suppose Heston Blumenthal and Gordon Ramsey haven’t done too badly out of it!

The path to success never did run smoothly, and it’s fair to say that the businesses haven’t always gone as planned, however the skills the boys have learnt on a small-scale and at a young-age will be lifelong.

We go to great lengths to make the boys’ learning as hands-on and practical as possible, I hope they (and you) enjoyed watching the topic of life-cycles literally come alive last week with our real-time ‘Chick-Cam’ footage. For me, there is always a sense of magic and new-birth at this time of year and it is never more evident than in something such as this.

Of course, all of the footage of the chicks hatching could be seen via a link on our Facebook page – there are so many wonderful things happening at St Edward’s that I would urge you to visit and ‘like’ the page if you haven’t already. If you have, thank you so much for supporting the school in this manner, our news is reaching a much wider audience as a result and we have had some fantastic comments.

My very best wishes for a relaxing break.

Stuart Morgan-Nash

Debating Trophy Winners!

Watch out Parliament, here come Nathan, Adam and Branson! This house would prefer to live in Britain than America – proposing the motion (with an American on the team), the boys’ did so well they won! This wrapped up a brilliant morning at The Oratory School, Let’s Debate competition for Prep Schools. They enjoyed a morning workshop honing their debating skills and after a delicious lunch prepared their arguments for the competition. It was a wonderful surprise to be announced the winners, but given their confident, articulate and clear arguments it was thoroughly deserved. Congratulations boys!

Head Boy, Nathan Green, cuts the cake!

St Ed's was all abuzz on Thursday 9th March when we welcomed Winnie the Witch illustrator, Korky Paul. He formally opened the new library and held workshops with each year group, using the boys' imaginations to produce pictures for them to keep. Read and see more here about the fun we had with Korky Paul.

Using ideas from the boys' imaginations, Korky created creatures for each class to keep.

World Book Day! St Edward’s boys and staff really got into the swing of things with a class full of Harry Potters, an array of super heroes, a fabulous selection of Roald Dahl and David Walliams characters and a special appearance from Mr Bump! Who else can you spot?

World Book Day fun!

Mrs Andrew's Great Big Easter Reading List

Year 5 enjoyed a fun and interactive morning taking part in various STEM workshops at Leighton Park school.

Year 5 at Leighton Park School

Friday saw the Wishford Enterprise trading window at St Edward’s. There were three stalls, one selling homemade curry, spring rolls and samosas, one selling cookies and one selling sweets. The stalls were very busy during the afternoon with parents ordering their curry in advance on the team’s website they had designed and set up!

Thanks to all who came to support the boys. We wait with baited breath to see how much money was made. Jordan Daykin​, the youngest-ever successful candidate on Dragon’s Den, will be presenting the winning team from across the Wishford Schools with £1,000 to be split between a local charity and reinvested in the business or school resources. We wish our boys good luck!

Putting their business plans into action, the boys got the selling underway!

In a special assembly this morning, Mrs Swift introduced Red Nose Day and told us about how the money we raise can make a real difference to people here in the UK and abroad. We learnt about Hassan’s story, a boy in Sierra Leone whose mother died from Ebola. It was difficult for us to understand what he is going through but we were thrilled to hear that we have raised £183 (so far!) to help him and many others like him.

In the week leading up to the assembly the House Captains have been excitedly selling raffle tickets to the boys. During the assembly the boys eagerly awaited as six winning tickets were drawn and the lucky boys called to the front of the school. They won the opportunity to gunge one of the three (less lucky but wonderfully game) teachers! Winning ticket or not every boy loved watching the teachers get covered in beans and custard. Excitement reaching a climax as the two winning tickets to gunge Mr Morgan-Nash were drawn. Alex and Branson, both from Year 6, particularly relished covering him in gunge.

The money we raised will help people living really tough lives in the UK and across Africa. For example, £2.50 could buy a mosquito net to protect a family in Africa. In the UK, £5 could pay for an isolated elderly person with dementia to have dinner at their local support group. On their behalf, thank you. We really appreciate your support for Red Nose Day.

Red Nose Day fun!

Coming together to perform The Tempest, the Year 5 and 6 boys entertained us with an incredible tale of magic, monsters and betrayal. Putting on two shows, they produced a spectacular performance of Shakespeare’s last play. Set to song, a story of revenge and forgiveness was powerfully told by the boys, who acted their parts with both understanding and mature insightfulness of each of the characters moulded by William Shakespeare. It was, indeed “such stuff as dreams are made on”.

Ready for the show!

Wishing you all a very Happy Easter! Enjoy the break and we look forward to welcoming everyone back in April for the Summer Term.

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