On Friday 9th November, we welcomed back the Class of 2018 for Awards Evening, a celebration of the wonderful things they achieved here at KEHS. After a warm reception reuniting with their former teachers, the girls and their families were regaled with a hilarious and rousing keynote speech from Old Edwardian Natalie Haynes, Class of 1993. Natalie gave the girls her best piece of life advice: don’t be afraid. Don’t be afraid to reach for your goals or take a chance on what you want, but equally don’t be afraid to step back from things and take up new opportunities when the time is right. Her message was that success is what you make it. Natalie’s work as an author, comedian and broadcaster has brought her much success. After starting her early career as a comedian and selling out the Edinburgh Fringe Festival several times, Natalie moved into journalism and broadcasting. She has since appeared on pretty much every Radio Four show you can name, and has written extensively for major broadsheets and national magazines. In all of her work, Natalie’s education in Classics shines through. Her understanding of Greek storytelling also makes her an excellent film critic, and has secured her positions on the judging panels of the Man Booker Prize and Orange Prize. Natalie has also penned three major books herself; the most recent, The Children of Jocasta, has been celebrated on both sides of the Atlantic. Natalie has also followed in the footsteps of T S Eliot, becoming the President of the Virgil Society, delivering her presidential lecture on The Female Hero and the Aeneid. Thank you to Natalie and well done to the Class of 2018 for everything they have achieved.
It has been wonderful to see our International Exchange Programme resume this academic year, providing a handful of Upper Fourth students the incredible opportunity to