King Edward's School BATH

New old edwardians' activity award

New old edwardians' activity award

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10 July 2018

Many former pupils remember their involvement with the rich variety of clubs and societies offered by KES with great affection and gratitude. In recognition of this, and with over 100 clubs and societies now thriving at the Senior School, the Old Edwardians’ Association has set up a brand-new award to help support this key area of school life for current and future generations of pupils. The OE Activity Award was launched to Senior School pupils earlier this term with £500 pledged towards the 2018-2019 scheme. Pupils were invited to apply for a maximum award towards their club or society up to £250.

A wide variety of applications were received, with pupils submitting a written proposal as to how their club or activity would benefit from an OE Activity Award, along with details of how the award would be used. Following a close review, in liaison with Mr Tidball who manages the co-curricular programme at the Senior School, the OEs were delighted to confirm that the recipients of the inaugural OE Activity Awards (£250 each) would be the organisers of the Youth Climate Summit and the Aloud Gender Equality Society.

The Youth Climate Summit offers KES pupils opportunities to get involved in the running of a charity and helps to create strong links between all the schools in Bath as pupils meet to find out more about climate change issues and how these can be addressed. Their award will pay for a speaker to give talks and workshops at next year’s summit.

The Aloud Gender Equality Society, set up by outgoing pupils in Year 13, has recently been taken over by pupils from the Lower School, and this award will be spent on a pack for next year’s International Women’s Day, plus materials for Equality Week to help them to create events which will generate a greater awareness of gender equality amongst the pupil community.

OE committee member Tom Boyce (1997 leaver) who is also a governor at KES, visited KES for assembly on 26 June to congratulate the winning applicants and to wish them all success with both activities.

The OEs were most impressed with the vision and motivation of both the winning applications and very much look forward to hearing more about both initiatives as plans progress. For those pupils’ keen to apply for an award for their activity next year, the 2019-2020 scheme opens in January!

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