The Society exists to maintain traditions and to promote the interests of the School, and to encourage mutual help between those who are and those who have been its members.
he Society consists of the Warden, present members of Common Room, past Wardens and past members of the CR and all former pupils.
Every member of the School is entitled to become a member of the Society, after payment of the life subscription (which is normally a part of the termly fees). The Rules of the Society can be seen here.
The current President of the St Edward’s Society is Michael Palau (Sing’s, 1959 — 1964):
“I have had the pleasure of being President of the Society since March of this year. Following our first female President, Georgina Dennis, it has been like taking over a well-run ship! I join with Georgina in encouraging OSE girls to get in touch ahead of their planned reunion in 2017, which will be a busy year with OSE Music Weekend in spring in addition to over 25 events across the country.
In addition to its support of the School, the Society provides a platform for OSE to share their experiences with each other and current pupils, advising on careers, further study and travelling. Many return to share accounts of their career paths with the Fifth Form, and university studies with the Lower Sixth. Industry focused events enable OSE to share their wisdom and gain insights into new careers and sectors. OSE continue to enjoy meeting up in their regions and in various corners of the globe, and the Martyrs fly the flag for alumni sports lead by Phil Blanchard, President, and Peter Swainson, Vice-President.
The School community benefits enormously from the recent work of our archivist and OSE Chris Nathan. Malcom Oxley’s splendid A New History of St Edward’s School, Oxford: 1863-2013 was certainly expedited by the newfound order in the Archives, and now we have a signature book from Chris Nathan on the contribution made by OSE in the Great War, Members of a Very Noble Friendship. Both the impact that OSE made in the Great War and this account of it are remarkable achievements. The School currently educates approximately 680 pupils, roughly the same number of OSE that fought in over 30 locations during the First World War.
As we look ahead to plans for a new hall, library and academic centre, and the continued success of pupils and OSE alike, I welcome anyone wishing to join me as Vice-President, sharing the exciting times that lie ahead for the School and its community. I look forward to seeing many of you at an OSE event very soon.”
The OSE Office, which is in the Lodge in the Quad, actively encourages OSE to stay in touch with one another, and to this purpose organizes events and publications for all OSE. You can read the latest OSE News here. There is also an active OSE community on social media — join us today using the links below.
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