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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