Pupils from St Edward’s Prep and St Edward’s Senior & Sixth Form joined together today to celebrate St Edward’s Day at the Senior School.

Children in Years 4-6 combined with the entire Senior School in the Main Hall for Mass, with our School Chaplain, Fr Pat O’Keeffe, leading the celebrations. Fr Pat spoke of the importance of St Edward the Confessor and also Blessed John Henry Newman, the namesake of one of our three Houses, who will be canonised this week to the status of a Saint.

He said “St Edward set an example as a King, seeing the plight of the poor in a very difficult time, easing taxes and making life better for the less fortunate. This weekend is special as John Henry Newman will become a Saint. Both of them were very human people who had weaknesses like everyone, but grew strength through faith and overcame their weaknesses to become extraordinary people”.

Following Mass, the students and staff headed outside for a photograph on the front lawn. It was wonderful to have the opportunity for the schools to join together to celebrate such an important event in the School calendar. It was particularly lovely that they were able to work together during Mass with readings and contributions from the youngest to the oldest pupils.

Back over at the Prep School pupils have been marking the day through the creation of a mosaic of the School crest. Each year group worked on different sections of the artwork which includes symbols of some of the subjects that they study. We look forward to seeing it in situ when it goes on display in the Manor House early next week.