the weekly newsletter from Dr Ruth Weeks, Headmistress
EHS: Celebrating 139 Years of Excellence
30 January 2015
On Wednesday 28 January, Edgbaston High School celebrated its 139th birthday. In 1876, George Dixon, a leading businessman, former Lord Mayor of Birmingham and MP for Edgbaston, held a meeting in his home where he and several other prominent and similarly enlightened civic leaders decided to open the first school in the city specifically for the education of girls. This undertaking led to the foundation of Edgbaston High School for Girls, the first and oldest girls' school in Birmingham; a fact of which we are very proud.
We celebrated our birthday in true EHS style by holding a whole school assembly for all of our pupils; from the youngest aged 2 and a half to the oldest aged 18.
The theme of the assembly was education for all but in particular, for girls. The Head Girls and Deputies from Prep and Senior School led the assembly by interviewing Year 11 pupil Malala Yousafzai, who has recently been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her commitment to the cause of championing the right for all girls worldwide to experience quality education similar to that which the girls here at EHS have enjoyed throughout its 139 year history.
The Birthday Assembly finished, as always, with a rendition of 'Happy Birthday'. Photographs were then taken of the speakers around the EHS birthday cake, which was enjoyed by all at breaktime!
On these special 'birthday' occasions the school cherishes its past and looks forward to the future with confidence.