Frank Darvall Newham was born in Leicestershire, England on 6th March 1864. He gained a First Class degree in Theology at Cambridge University and later, at the age of 36, came for the first time to Cyprus. In 1901 he was appointed Inspector for Schools for the then Colonial Government and, six years later, he became Chief Inspector, an office whose title subsequently changed to Director of Education. During his first year on the island, in 1900, he founded a school for boys. Initially there were just 13 boys but that school developed into what is now The English School with 1109 boys and girls. He was Headmaster of the school for 36 years. In 1936 he handed the school over to the Colonial Government, on condition that its essential character should be maintained. He was a generous man who ensured that his school was open to pupils from all the communities and creeds of the island. It was Frank Newham who introduced football and hockey to Cyprus. He died in Kyrenia on his birthday in 1946 at the age of 82. His legacy, The English School, lives on.
The below events will take place to honour our founder:
Monday 6th November: Founder’s Day assembly for Year 2
Tuesday 7th November : Founder’s Day assembly for Year 1 and tree-planting
Thursday 9th November: Founder’s Day Award ceremonies:
Lower School- 17.30-18.45
Upper school- 19.30-21.00
Thursday 23rd November (provisional) periods 5&6: Founder’s Day Games
Sunday 26th November (provisional) : ES v ESOBGA Games
Please note that these games have been moved to later in the month, and are provisional, due to the renovation process still taking place in the Sports Centre.
More information will follow shortly.