QE Update
JUNE 2020
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Tristan Fink and family enjoying their homecooked biryani
Letter from the Headmaster
Dear Parents and Boys

Thank you to all who joined us for our virtual Founder’s Day on Saturday and showed such wonderful support for The Friends of Queen Elizabeth’s and for the School.

Whilst it was, of course, sad not to be together physically, the day proved a huge success, with large numbers tuning in to our terrific YouTube broadcast and many having fun afterwards with our Cook-Along. If you missed any of it, it is not too late – click above to watch our Main Presentation, here for the Cook-Along and here for the special episode of the Roundness podcast from The Queen’s Library.

The total raised, including Gift Aid, has already topped £20,000, with other events such as the Year 7 QuizNite still to come, which might see it rise a little further. This is line with the sums raised in previous years – a quite remarkable achievement, given the situation.

I was touched by the many messages of thanks and appreciation – over 390, and counting! – that were left on the Founder’s Day JustGiving page. My thanks again go to Mrs Tricia Reid, Parent Governor and member of the Executive Committee of FQE, for her fundraising solo half-marathon.

We have now added to our Founder’s Day news report a gallery showing some of the photos that members of the Elizabethan community sent in of themselves enjoying the Cook-Along meal, together with some images taken from the main presentation and from the Cook-Along.

Founder’s Day was the grand climax to a great week. The return of Year 10 all went according to plan and it was super to see the boys’ happiness at being back in School and with their friends. I was also heartened by the pastoral checks I conducted with boys in Year 7 and 8, hearing directly from them how well their education and personal development are being catered for whilst they are working remotely. It was good to have it confirmed that they are very keen and excited to return to Queen’s Road as soon as possible, even if that means setting the alarm clock for an earlier hour!

As I said in my address on Saturday, I am sure that in the years to come it will be acknowledged how well the School has coped in these unprecedented circumstances. In this QE Update, you can read about the creativity our boys have shown during lockdown in our Art competition and you have a chance to lend your support to our high-flying engineering team.

I am confident that the forthcoming virtual events, such as the new intake induction and our Junior Awards, will be as successful in their way as Founder’s Day. We have begun welcoming our incoming Year 7s on to the site for their uniform fittings, which is an important step for our new families as they prepare to join us.

Set our below are our plans for the remainder of the term for the various year groups. All parents and boys should note that Friday 3rd July is a training day, so there are no lessons. Going back to our Six Ss for a Successful Summer (QE Updates passim), this will be a day to ‘switch off’, to ‘socialise’ safely and to enjoy the long weekend.

Our political leaders seem confident that schools will be open for all pupils to attend in person in September; we await the details of how social distancing guidelines are to be amended. In preparing for this, our priority will be to settle pupils into the routines of schooling and to ensure that they are safe and well – physically, mentally and emotionally.

My very best wishes

Enright Signature
Mr Neil Enright
Year 10 return

Plans for the final four weeks

Alongside remote learning on eQE, boys from Years 7-10 and Year 12 will be invited into School for selected days during the last four weeks of the academic year.

In a programme carefully planned to address the differing educational and social needs of these year groups, boys will be able to spend time with their teachers and their friends in a safe, socially distanced way.

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Quiz advert

Calling all Year 7 parents! Sign up today for Quiznite 

The Friends of Queen Elizabeth’s have one more major fundraising event for Virtual Founder’s Day 2020 – the Year 7 Quiznite on Saturday 4th July.

Year 7 families have frequently played a major role in Founder’s Day fundraising, and this online evening of fun promises to maintain that tradition. The Quiznite, which has its own £3,000 fundraising target, is for the families of current Year 7 pupils only (not the new Year 7 intake). The entry deadline is this Saturday, 27th June; a minimum donation of £10 per household is required, via the Founder’s Day 2020 JustGiving page.

Book your place here
Year 12 Engineering Team

An opportunity to back our boys

A QE Engineering Education Scheme team has been nominated for one major construction industry prize – and with parents’ help they could also be in line for another.

The Year 12 team have worked with office design specialists Morgan Lovell on a project to enhance the safety of band saws. They have now been put forward for the Innovation Award in the SECBE Constructing Excellence Awards, in which they are competing against entries from professional, industry-leading firms.

“With the support of the Elizabethan community, they also stand a good chance of clinching the People’s Choice Award,” says Head of Technology Michael Noonan. “We think they thoroughly deserve it, so please cast your vote now! Thank you.”

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Vote now (click button at foot of page)
Competition entries

Creativity in a time of crisis: School-wide art competition winners announced
in “these tough Covid-19 times"

QE’s Lockdown Art Competition attracted more than 100 entries from pupils of all ages, with Year 7 boy Joshua Wilkinson’s self-portrait taking first prize.

The entries came in a wide range of media, from oil paint to digitally manipulated images, and the boys’ artworks featured a similarly broad choice of subjects, from still lives to dreamscapes.”

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