Monday 29th October 2018
On Friday 12 October, we hosted an alumni event for former students who attended the (then) school, King Edward VI School Stourbridge, during the period 1959 – 1965. It was a very special event and left me feeling the power of what one alumnus called ‘The King Ed’s fraternity’.
The event was kept low key so that all the visiting alumni could enjoy the event with their fellow classmates and catch up on what they have been doing over the years, as for some, it was the first time they had met up since their school days.
During my conversations with them, I was delighted to hear the stories from their time studying here and it was touching to learn that they felt a fraternity had been formed here – a fraternity of people who care and support each other. It was the engagement with their fellow students and with one teacher in particular, Daisy Druller, who made their time at King Edward’s so very special.
The stories they shared prompted me to reflect on the King Ed’s community of today. I see how important many colleagues are to each other, how they support each other in myriad ways. I see the importance of the engagement between students and staff – small acts of kindness, the way interest is kindled and how horizons are broadened. Although much has changed since 1965, the feeling of ‘fraternity’ remains. This is a very special quality, so palpable here at King Ed’s. It is this ‘fraternity’, the collaboration and engagement of people within our community that makes this college so great, staff and students, together.