14 October 2006

Dear Old Edwardian


Many Old Edwardians  and  friends of the School will have been greatly saddened by the news of Chris Knowles’ untimely death last month which deprived us of a fine former colleague and a dear friend. Chris taught Chemistry at King Edward VII School from 1972 until his retirement in December 2004, a record of outstanding commitment to the students of the School. After discussion with Chris’s family we would like to establish a prize to commemorate and honour his name and I am therefore writing to invite you to contribute to the fund we wish to set up for this purpose.

Chris was a dedicated teacher of Science who inspired many of his pupils with a love of and fascination for Chemistry. It seems fitting that The Chris Knowles Prize should be an award for excellence in Chemistry and should go each year to a young man or woman who wishes to pursue the study of Chemistry in Higher Education and who is already demonstrating excellence. It would be our hope that we can build up sufficient capital from this appeal to fund a prize from the annual interest which the fund earns. We have already made a good start. The Royal Society of Chemistry and Sheffield NASUWT have both made generous donations.

Will Davey, who succeeded Chris as Head of Chemistry, has kindly agreed to co-ordinate the prize.

I am sure many Old Edwardians will wish to be associated with this appeal. Please can I urge you to use the OE grapevine to spread the news of this initiative far and wide. If you would like to contribute to the fund, please be so kind as to send a cheque  to either Will Davey or myself at the School. Cheques should be made payable to “King Edward VII School”.

May I thank you for your support.

Yours sincerely
Michael Lewis

(King Edward VII School, Glossop Road, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, UK S10 2PW; Phone 0114 266 2518; fax 0114 2687690.)