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Bulletin 9 October 2020

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From the Headmaster

The amazing RGS drama teachers and talented students have, once again, moved the paradigm. In these tricky times, school must surely be cancelling their drama productions? Not at RGS, the last few months have seen a wonderful feature film produced called The Secret Diary and this week saw the world première as we hired out a (socially distanced) cinema for the screening.
 
I am delighted that the talented students, dedicated teachers, supportive governors and parents of the Reigatian community can have a bigger smile than usual this week as the Oscars of the Education World resulted in the School of the Year Award for 2020/21 going to Reigate Grammar School. No award is ever as important as the care and learning students benefit from every day here at school but it is nice to know how we are seen by respected judges and experts across and beyond the sector. Here are just a few of the lovely comments and messages I have received following the announcement. Surrey Life has also commented. 
 
As I write, students are involved in a wide range of team building and friend making activities including younger students enjoying activities at Go Ape, drama rehearsals and watching the new RGS film The Secret Diary; whilst others are taking part in a CCF Field Day, starting a DofE expedition or working on university applications. I am delighted that features of a great education beyond the formal curriculum are still central to the RGS experience.

There is a display in the Ballance Building to support the lessons and learning linked to Black History Month. This is an important initiative that we are pleased to support.
 
RGS’ 24th annual Model United Nations event took place virtually last Saturday 3 October working excellently and exceeding all expectations. I doubted that debating complex issues remotely could work as effectively as being physically present at a conference, however, the online buzz of students working together to decide the way forward in solving an international problem created a flywheel to generate super debate and produce amazing resolutions. I think nearly all the other MUN conferences have been cancelled owing to the pandemic and ReiMUN24 may well be the only one (or one of a very few) to have taken place this year. Well done to everyone who made sure this could take place. 

Earlier in the week:

  • Second Form junior debaters carried the motion Growing up today is better than it was for our grandparentsMichael M spoke For the motion whilst Harry H valiantly countered it, whilst the Floor raised lots of interesting points and examples from their own grandparents' childhoods, as well as their own.
  • In the final sessions of the Third and Fourth Form Electives rotation, students in the Enterprise Elective delivered their business pitches for investment after creating a business plan for a new coffee shop in Reigate. In the Third Form Annie G, Chloe B and Sasha H as ‘The Record Player’ vintage café with thrift shop won the investment, whilst in the Fourth Form, a café aimed at skateboarders called ‘Ramp it Up’ won the investment for Maddie B, Esme F and Ellie H. Other great pitches included ‘No Bucks’, a  sports café called ‘Strike Café’ and ‘Simply Bubbles’ which aimed to bring bubble tea to Reigate.

With my best wishes
Shaun Fenton
Headmaster

 

Student Successes

RGS students engage in a vast range of activities and I am always keen to learn about their achievements. Please email me with any news as I am sure that there is much to celebrate from the time the school was closed or from the summer holidays. 

The RGS website is full of stories of success - if you would like to submit something for inclusion, please do send it through to me via email remembering to include all the details along with a hi-res landscape photo you are willing to share and have published.
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Latest News

For all the latest news, please visit the RGS Website and for sport please visit RGS Sports. Please do continue to share any success stories (with a hi-res landscape image) as we would love to share and celebrate students' successes. Please email Mr Fenton direct with any news.

Digital Bulletin

From Mr Lobb

 

WhatsApp Security


WhatsApp is a commonly used app, which is particularly useful for messaging and communicating with groups of people. As the minimum age for using WhatsApp is 16, we do not recommend the use of this for communicating about school matters as it excludes the vast majority of the school. However, it is a very popular app, particular with senior members of the school. We have recently become aware of a potential security hack on WhatsApp which can leave users locked out of their hijacked accounts. Please refer to this Digital Bulletin for further information along with practical steps to avoid WhatsApp accounts becoming hijacked.

Notices

St Matthew's Foodbank: Call for Donations

Saturday 10 October 2020, 10.00-12.00pm
Tomorrow: donate if you can


Covid-19 continues to impact our local community in many ways, affecting many individuals and families. There has been a significant increase and continuing demand for food from our local foodbanks and, since July, St Mary's Church has arranged a monthly drive through drop-off where 100-250 bags of food have been collected at each drive-through and which has then been delivered to St Matthew's Foodbank in Redhill.
 
St Mary’s is organising its next drive through foodbank collection on Saturday 10 October 2020, from 10.00am-12.00pm at the Church Centre, Chart Lane, Reigate. Donations can be brought by car or on foot and volunteers will be on hand to give instructions to maintain social distancing. Priority food items needed by the foodbank can be found on this Shopping List.

For further information please contact Jo Silcock (07810 107009).

If you are able to bring a donation, please follow these guidelines:
  • Follow volunteer directions to ensure safe operation and social distancing;
  • No perishable, out of date food, alcohol or medicines; and 
  • Please use bags/boxes that do not need to be returned.

RGS Vacancy

Peripatetic Singing Teacher


We are currently advertising for a Peripatetic Singing Teacher (from January 2021) at RGS. If you know someone who may be interested in applying, please ask them to download the information from the Reigate Grammar School website or contact Dawn Holmes via 01737 229327 or via email.

PFA Nearly New Uniform & Ski Wear Sale

Saturday 7 November 2020, 10.00am

 

The next PFA Nearly New Sale will be held in the PMH on Saturday 7 November 2020 at 10.00am. The sale provides an opportunity to buy good quality nearly new games kit and school uniform at a fraction of the price of buying new. With SWOTS experiencing supply issues, the sale gives you the chance to pick up spares or items which your child may be missing.
 
We are very keen to boost our stock levels so if you have any items you would like to donate or sell, please visit the RGS PFA Nearly New website pages for a suggested price guide and full instructions of how to donate or consign items.
 
We look forward to seeing you at the sale, but please come early to bag a bargain as there is always a queue when we open and things sell quickly.
 

Covid-Safe Guidelines (subject to alteration, change and/or cancellation)


Buyers will be free to browse and will not be escorted around the sale but, as we will be unable to let the whole queue in when the doors open, please make your purchases as quickly as possible so that those in the queue don’t have to wait too long. 

Please note:
  • If you or a member of your household is experiencing any Covid-19 symptoms (high temperature, continuous cough, loss of taste or smell etc) please do not attend site.
  • Buyers are asked to wear a mask, hand sanitise on the way in and out of the PMH and leave their details for track and trace purposes. Hand sanitising points will be provided . 
  • Come dressed and prepared for the weather as you may have to wait outside.

Music News

From Miss Korzinek

 

Informal Concert


On Tuesday 13 October our first informal concert of the autumn term will be presented. It is an opportunity to watch a mix of our accomplished solo musicians from across the year groups. We cannot yet have a live audience but the students would love you to join them online at 6pm on Tuesday 13 October. Please look on Twitter @rgs_music and on the RGS Facebook pages for the links to view. 
 

RGS Sounds


RGS Sounds this week presents Isobel R playing Three Romances by Schumann. Please click here to take a look. 

Sports News

From Mr Woodward

 

Saturday 10 October 2020 (postponed from 3 October)


On Saturday 10 October we are fortunate to have two masterclasses running with high profile guest coaches. On the netball courts we welcome GB superstar Beth Cobden to share her expertise and experience of competing at the Commonwealth games and at the top of her sport with our netballers.
 
At Hartswood we welcome Paddy O'Grady who, after a successful career as a professional rugby player, is now the Academy Director at London Irish. It will be fantastic for staff and students to tap into the knowledge of a coach who is at the coalface of developing the stars of tomorrow in his sport.

From Mr Woodward

 

Saturday 10 October 2020 (postponed from 3 October)


On Saturday 10 October we are fortunate to have two masterclasses running with high profile guest coaches. On the netball courts we welcome GB superstar Beth Cobden to share her expertise and experience of competing at the Commonwealth games and at the top of her sport with our netballers.
 
At Hartswood we welcome Paddy O'Grady who, after a successful career as a professional rugby player, is now the Academy Director at London Irish. It will be fantastic for staff and students to tap into the knowledge of a coach who is at the coalface of developing the stars of tomorrow in his sport.

Half Term Hockey Camps at RGS Hartswood

Extra-Curricular Activities

From Mr Jones

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