QE Update
JULY 2020
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Queen Elizabeth's School, Barnet
Letter from the Headmaster
Dear Parents and Boys

Over the past four months since the start of lockdown, the country at large has faced huge trials and QE, in common with every other school, has had to deal with unprecedented challenges.

I am pleased to say that my colleagues have risen well to those challenges, diligently ensuring continuity for the boys throughout a whole term of remote learning. Through listening to their teachers and tutors, and by following our ‘six Ss’, the pupils of Queen Elizabeth’s School have overwhelmingly enjoyed a successful Summer Term.

I thank everyone who has sent such lovely messages of thanks and support in recent weeks and months: your encouragement is greatly appreciated.

My congratulations go to all the prize-winners in our Junior Awards Ceremony, which was held virtually this week, complete with musical interludes performed by our young musicians and a video address from the charismatic Jay Shetty (OE 1999–2006) that was truly inspirational in our current situation. The virtual ceremony has been made available to award-winners today.

I hope you will take a little time to savour the record of the term presented in the latest edition of The Elizabethan, which is now available on our website. It not only sets out the many achievements of the boys, but also explicates the approach we have taken to ensure educational excellence has been maintained during the pandemic.

I am excited to be able to say that construction of our new Music School will begin during the holidays, with builders moving on to the site in August. Next month, I also eagerly look forward to seeing our Year 13 leavers and Year 11 boys when they come in to pick up their A-level and GCSE results on our socially-distanced results days.

Planning for the Autumn Term is well advanced. We will be holding INSET professional development days on Thursday 17th, Friday 18th, Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd September, which are the dates for candidates sitting our entrance examinations. Please note that current pupils should not come into School on these four days: academic and pastoral activities for them to undertake at home will be provided. While it is not usual to have our annual allocation of INSET days on four consecutive days, nor for them to be so early in School year, we believe it necessary this year, given the exceptional circumstances.

We will be setting out amended routines and key reminders towards the end of the holidays, so that everyone can be ready for the new academic year.

As is traditional, I today revealed the winner of the House Cup in my end-of-term address to the boys – always a hotly anticipated announcement and a fitting climax to the year.

In concluding our final QE Update of the term, it now only remains for me to say this: School is out for summer!

Best wishes

Enright Signature
Mr Neil Enright
Michael Noonan

The Elizabethan – out now!

A special, extended Summer Term edition of The Elizabethan, Queen Elizabeth’s School’s written and pictorial record of the term’s events, is published today.

Included are: Headmaster Neil Enright’s reflections on an extraordinary term; news of boys’ individual and team successes in a large number of competitions; a detailed look at remote learning lessons, pastoral care and enrichment activities during lockdown; a celebration of Music during the term, and, from deep in the School’s 447-year history, an account of the colourful lives of three Governors in centuries past.

Read The Elizabethan
Headmaster, Neil Enright with the Eric Shearly House Cup

And the winner is… 

In his special video end-of-term assembly message for the boys, the Headmaster makes the eagerly awaited announcement of which of QE’s six Houses has won the Eric Shearly House Cup for 2019–2020. Click on the link below to find out who won and to watch the Headmaster’s message.

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QE Boys

“Only the boring allow themselves to be bored”

Crispin Bonham-Carter, Assistant Head (Pupil Involvement), has penned a special end-of-term message for the boys, pointing them towards some great ideas, activities and suggestions for the summer holidays.

He also introduces The Queen's Library's Lockdown Living Project – a special archival project collating reflections of those in the Elizabethan community during lockdown.

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Kam Taj

Time to reflect

After studying hard for their end-of-year examinations, Year 12 enjoyed a chance both to socialise and to take a little time out for reflection when they came into School this week for a special pastoral programme.

As well as group assemblies with Head of Year Helen Davies and individual meetings with form tutors, the day-long programme included workshops on the UCAS personal statement and sessions led by two Old Elizabethans – Bilal Harry Khan (2003–2010) on Reflecting on privilege & anti-oppression, and Kam Taj (2004–2011), on Intrinsic motivation.

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