The English School welcomed the Earl of Wessex Edward

The visit took place as part of the events of the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II in the Commonwealth

Nicosia, 22 June 2022

Students and teachers of the English School warmly welcomed His Royal Highness Earl of Wessex Edward to the school premises on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, as part of the celebrations of Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee throughout the Commonwealth. The Earl was received by Director David Lambon and the School Board.

The English School was founded in 1900 and is the oldest school of its kind outside the United Kingdom. This particularity was evident during the visit of the Earl of Wessex, also reflecting the school’s long tradition of royal visits dating back to Princess Mary’s visit in 1936, as well as the school’s wider association with the United Kingdom.

Among the landmarks in the school’s glorious history was the visit of Prince Philip in 1993, who presented the world-renowned Duke of Edinburgh International Award to the students of that year. The English School has a long and distinguished history of the Duke of Edinburgh International Award, dating back to 1968. As the world’s leading youth success award, it aims to equip young people for their later lives and work. After all, the school is the oldest independent center in the world, which awards this award, while during this academic year more than 700 students participated.

Regarding the Count’s visit, Principal David Lambon underlined the school’s long-standing and multifaceted relationship with the United Kingdom, along with its excellent relations with the British High Commission in Cyprus. “We are pleased to welcome the Earl of Wessex Edward to our school, further enhancing our long-term relationship. Since our founding in 1900, we have maintained close ties with the United Kingdom, both through the Duke of Edinburgh International Award and through the many generations of students attending UK universities. “Today, the world is constantly changing, however, the Duke of Edinburgh International Award program remains a steady path for the development of our students and we are very happy for Count Wessex to go to school and meet this year’s recipients.”

Principal Lambon also had the opportunity to share the Students First initiative, through which the school takes the next step in the future of education and spiritual care by staying student-centered. The program includes improvements in all areas of the school and aims to strengthen its educational role, preparing students for admission to high quality university institutions but also empowering them to become democratic citizens of the world and play leading roles in their life.

During his visit, the Earl of Wessex also toured the institution and was given a commemorative photo album, filled with archival footage of the school’s rich 120-year history, including photographs from previous royal visits by Princess Mary (19). of Prince Philip (in 1993).

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