Letter from our Chairman – April 2020

Thank you for entrusting me with this critical role for the benefit of both King Edward VII School as well as King Edward VII Preparatory School.  I can assure each and every one of you of my utmost effort in maintaining and improving the working of the King Edward Educational Trust.

Having been elected at the Trustees February meeting, you can imagine that quite a lot has changed since then.  The world is a different place, I write this report to your from Lockdown.  Who would have ever thought?  But the more things change, the more they stay the same!  The Trust is the critical element in ensuring a bright and bold future for our two beloved schools. More and more external funding is required to keep facilities, education and staffing at the highest possible levels.

As we sit in isolation this is even more evident in data requirements for the learners, various forms of e learning and even in equipment like laptops, I Pads and the like for the staff and learners. Rest assured that King Edwards remains focused on delivering the best quality education to all its learners even under these circumstances. We salute the educators and all the staff for taking this to heart and continuing to develop new material for the boys to learn whilst isolated.

Another unfortunate element of the Lockdown is the cancellation of the annual King Edward VII Rugby and Hockey festivals.  This is a great money spinner for the Trust and a fabulous time for friendship and camaraderie amongst many old boys, parents, boys and staff as well as some old friends from the visiting schools.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those people who year after year put their hands up to help.  Whilst the event may not have happened this year, many long hours of hard work went into making it the premier Government School festival in South Africa.

I am excited, enthused and motivated by this opportunity.  I will not let you down.

Strenue

Jonathan Gerber

Bell Tower Upgrade

 

There is only one thing more precious than our time, and that is what we spend it on!

The generous Class of 77′ have clubbed together and raised funds for the upgrade of the prestigious Bell Tower. The Bell Tower is undoubtedly one of the Schools most symbolic icons and the Trust and Class of 77′ saw the need to ensure it is always maintained that way.

The new clock was manufactured in Switzerland and has landed on our shores for the team to erect it over the June holiday period.

Well done Class of 77′, you are true Sons of this Place!

Strenue!

School welcomes home Class of 1966, 1976, 1986, 1990, 1996 and 2006!

On Friday 6th May 2016, a special school assembly was held to welcome home, the Class of 1966, 1976, 198, 1990, 1996 and 2006!

KESCON2016 A SUCCESS!

The King Edward Educational Trust (KEET) hosted a one-day watershed conference on the 22 March 2016.

The conference highlighted the current status quo of public education in the South African landscape and honoured a number of King Edward old boys who achieved success in their respective fields.

KEET paid homage to King Edward VII School, with regards to its educational accomplishments and achievements which have been maintained for generations.

In conjunction with private and tertiary institutions, KEET made a meaningful impact on public education as a whole in South Africa.

With key note speakers and panellists such as; Dr Ali Bacher, Vice-Chancellor of Wits Adam Habib, HOD of Gauteng Education -Edward Mosuwe, Justice Kriegler, Dr Ali Bacher and Duncan Saville; the day was deemed a complete success!

The exclusive wine and cheese tasting affair hosted by Michael Fridjhon’s WineEx, was one of the many highlights of the day.

KEET continues to make a meaningful impact on public education, with events like KESCON.

Share the Vision Breakfast – A welcome to parents and friends

At the end of July, the King Edward Educational Trust (KEET) is hosting a breakfast in the award-winning School library. The first in what will be a series of Trust events, we will welcome Old Boys, parents and avid supporters of the School for an address by our chairperson, representatives of the Trust, and importantly, both KES and KEPS Headmasters.

As parents of boys at KEPS and KES, we deeply value your support and we cordially extend our invitation to any parent that would like to become more involved in securing the future of our Schools. If you would like more information about the breakfast, please let Ashley from the Trust Office know.

Trust Office:
Ashley Stergiopoulos
foundation@kesnet.co.za