Thursday 7 May 2020
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Headmaster's Roundup

The integration of IT into learning in Lower School.
Dear Parents

In my bulletin introduction last week I wrote about the importance of integrating computer technology into the curriculum and how the flexibility and adaptability of young people, especially in the use of information technology, is so important both now and in the coming years. Above, you will see a promotional video which has been created for our school website showing that we don’t just talk about this principle but deliver on it as well.  I am sure you’ll agree that it is particularly impressive as this is all about our Lower School IT and computing education, so it is all pre-7 years of age!
Just before we went into lockdown, work began on our lower Multi.  During the 13 year period since it was built it has seen a tremendous amount of use; from break time games and tournaments, to flash mobs and Christmas fair donkey rides. As a result, all of the markings had faded and the surface had become a little rough. We signed a contract to have it re-surfaced some months back and I’m pleased to say that the contractors have been in again this week.  It has now been repainted and resurfaced, in a bright and welcoming blue. The children will really enjoy using this flexible multi use space again when they return.
I hope that you will all enjoy the national celebrations tomorrow, remembering VE day, 75 years on from that incredibly poignant moment in European history. In the same way that so many put their lives at risk for our nation during that period of war, I am sure we will also be acknowledging our frontline workers in the NHS who risk their personal safety, on a daily basis, for the sake of others. We salute our forebears and our NHS workers as we mark this special occasion tomorrow.
One of the many things we are missing during lockdown is the wonderful singing from our Choristers.  As one of just two choir schools in the country not affiliated to a cathedral or chapel, we enjoy a standard of singing that is almost unique in a junior school.  One of my favourite anthems sung by our choir is John Rutter’s ‘The Lord Bless You and Keep You’.  This is based on a passage from the Old Testament and is therefore a blessing which has been said and sung for thousands of years. 

So when I heard it on YouTube, sung by dozens of worship leaders from churches all over the country, I thought I would share it with you.  Not only is it a powerful piece of music with a powerful message, it also shows the power of individuals united in a common cause. Numerous denominations are represented, from Catholics and Anglicans, to the Salvation Army and various free churches – all totally united in singing a blessing on our nation.  I hope you enjoy it and I wish you a well-deserved, relaxed and blessed long weekend. 

Marcus Culverwell
65 churches and movements have come together online to sing a beautiful version of John Rutter's 'The Lord Bless You and Keep You'. 
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Work Onsite
Look at the Multi!
The newly resurfaced multi has now been painted. It looks great!
Key Dates
Lower School Zoom Coffee Mornings (a zoom link will be sent to you by email)
  • Tuesday 12 May – Year 2
Lower School
We Miss you!
Lower School staff wanted to let the children know how much they are missing them.
Mr Austin
Mr Austin, takes the #RSMFridayFastFive challenge this week. It makes interesting reading! Read more..
Art and DT
Thank you to everyone who entered this year's art and DT competition. The results are in!


Winners - Lawrence Y and Annabella D’I W who both made amazing birdhouses. 


Winners - Clarabel M – rhododendeum photo, Thea P - Flower Lady, and Lizzie M - watercolour painting.
Runners Up: Charlotte P, Clarabel P and Lawrence Y
Prizes will be posted!
Next week we will be asking the children to think about their friends - what they miss about them and what they like best about them. They may like to make up a poem or write a thank you and there are templates to help with this if needed. The teachers would love to hear from them if they would like to share anything they write or draw.
We will be supporting Mental Health Awareness Week again this year. More details to follow.
Reflections from the Chaplain

One of my favourite films is the Shawshank Redemption (15 cert).  For those who don’t know, it is about a character called Andy who is locked up for a crime that he didn’t commit.  No spoilers, but the film tells the story of Andy’s life in prison over many years and how he holds on to hope in the bleakest of circumstances.  One of the great lines in the film is when Andy says this, ‘Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.’ 
It is so important in this time that we hold on to hope.  We need to encourage one another that life will not be like this forever.  Yes, the effects of this pandemic will have a huge impact on our world for many years to come, but we can still have hope.  Hope that it won’t always be like this.  Hope that we can and will support one another through this time and then build life again. 
The novelist Aaron Laritsen speaks about hope and comfort in his book ‘The Great American Road Trip’.  He says, “There is strange comfort in knowing that no matter what happens today, the sun will rise again tomorrow.”
Let’s hold on to hope.
Rev Jackson
Year 5
Year 5 have written fantastic evacuee letters. Well done to everyone!
Year 5

For English, Year 5 were asked to learn and perform a poem with rhyme. We love this one from Kieren!

Grade 3 by Zoom!
Well done to Annabella who took her grade 3 piano exam on Zoom! 
We'll Meet Again

Two lovely renditions of this nostalgic song.
Amelia L
Sophia H
The Great Florencia!
We were so impressed with this magic trick! Where did that coin go?
Bike It - Episode 1
Reigate and Banstead's Bike It officer is producing a series of videos with useful information and skills that can be practiced at home. The first in the series highlights the importance of wearing helmets and completing M checks on your bike.
Well Done Austin!
Austin did a fabulous job of learning to ride his bike without stabilisers this week. Well done Austin!
Friday 8 May
VE Day
Tomorrow is VE Day. If you would like to share any photographs of how your family/child celebrate the occasion then please send these to
The BBC have produced a handy bunting template which may be of use!
The Royal Albert Hall is hosting a special VE Day event tomorrow. Details can be found here.
BBC Podcast
A parent has recommended the BBC Sounds history podcast and it certainly looks excellent! Click here to find out more.
Characteristics of Effective Learning
Reception children have been doing excellent work at home! Emily expertly chopped up bananas for her sister's snack. A tricky job well executed!
Practical Life
This week, Kindergarten were challenged to carry out a variety of practical life activities in preparation for starting Reception in September. They were asked to "have a go" at carrying a tray with a plate of sandwiches (or similar) from the kitchen to the dining room, as they will have to carry their own lunch on a tray at school. Viren did this brilliantly!
Green Shoots
Mini Beasts
Green Shoots were challenged to find some mini beasts to examine and ask questions about. Milo took a close look at this enormous fly!
Outdoor Learning
Colours of the Rainbow
Lower School children were given an outdoor challenge this week to look for colours of the rainbow in nature. We were delighted with the colourful photographs sent in!
Last Year
In May 2019, the #RSMHotseat was buzzing with news of the Water Walk!
RSM Library Corner
The Library may be closed but there are plenty of branches still open for reading!

Recommended Reads

If your child likes Beast Quest or Rainbow Magic, they will love the books below! 
Book Releases
The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates
This is a super funny, heart-warming adventure of three boys, one summer holiday, and a few miracles along the way.
This time last year, the girls took to the #RSMHotSeat to tell everyone how awesome cricket is!
Our tennis elective coach, Russell, has put together some fun tennis videos with his own children. To have a look, click here.
Job Opportunities
  • Teacher of Mathematics (full time or part time) – Required from September 2020
  • Teacher of English/Second in English (full time or part time) – Required from September 2020
  • SENCO/or Teacher with SEN Experience (full time or part time) – Required from September 2020
If you know someone who may be interested in applying, please ask them to download the information from the RGS website or contact HR on  
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