Friday 15 May 2020
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Headmaster's Roundup

Remember this? The fabulous summer fair flash mob in May last year!
Dear Parents

Following the Prime Minister‘s announcement last Sunday evening, we are now preparing for the first stage of reopening the school, in a restricted and safe way, from June 1st.  Our planning will be thorough and we will need to ensure that we follow all of the recommended safety advice before the return of children in Green Shoots, Kindergarten, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6.
We would, of course, love to have everyone back in school but cannot do this until we have permission from the government. We would not be able to adhere to social distancing recommendations if everyone returned at the same time. So, we look forward to measures being relaxed in the coming weeks, if the government strategy is successful.

As our planning continues, I will keep you all informed as often as is appropriate.  As you can imagine the information we are receiving is changing and evolving on a daily basis. 

Before the announcement last Sunday, we had a bank holiday weekend celebrating VE Day.  Perhaps your family made some memories of your own, as well as enjoying the memories of those who were there as young people during the VE celebrations. I found it quite moving hearing these people sharing their experiences on the special BBC VE Day programme. We had some lovely photographs and videos sent in following the weekend, some of which we are delighted to be able to share with you below.
Congratulations to our staff who ran, cycled or walked 7.5 km as part of the 75th anniversary celebrations. Again, you will see the video below which I hope inspires your children to keep up their exercise regimes during lockdown.
At the beginning of term we talked about supporting our local food bank and we still intend to do this, but we will combine efforts with Reigate Grammar School so as not to overcomplicate the collection of donations and I will share more information with you about this in due course. In the meantime, Loveworks are planning for what they believe will be a huge increase in the need for the food bank in the coming months. This involves building up their warehouse capacity and managing their stock so they are ready and can meet demand. They are very grateful for cash donations and if you would like to contribute, there is a link to the website below.


This weekend, we would have been welcoming prospective parents to our summer term Early Years Fun Morning. We ran this event twice in 2019 and it was a huge success with families commenting on the school’s fantastic facilities and warm and caring staff. Although we cannot now have visitors onsite, our admissions office is still very much open and I am pleased to say that we have had a number of families signing up since the lockdown. 

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Mental Health Awareness Week 18 to 25 May 2020
Mental Health Awareness Week this year focuses on kindness. Small acts of kindness not only help others but are proven to boost the wellbeing of the person being kind too!
The children's wellbeing activity next week is to think of random acts of kindness and we would love to hear how they get on!
One Letter One Smile.
To brighten the days of older people, One letter, One Smile are looking for volunteer pen pals to write letters to older people who may be lonely. The letters can be handwritten or typed in a reasonably large font size. Further information is on their website. Your letter really could make a difference!
The Enlightened Man
The Enlightened Man - a powerful message about kindness (filmed before social distancing!)
Poems and Letters about Friends
Thank you so much for sharing some of the wellbeing activities with us.
Useful Links
NSPCC Resources for parents during Covid-19
Online Safety Home Activity Worksheets
NHS Charities
A Fundraising Challenge
Mrs White is embarking on a fundraising challenge in aid of NHS Charities Together as a positive way to mark the year anniversary of her emergency hospital stay. Mrs Walters and Mrs Nicholson will join her to raise money for this worthwhile cause. Her story is below:
In early June 2019, I was 31 weeks pregnant and rushed to hospital in an ambulance having lost over 2.5l of blood. I was given 3 units of blood and the amazing doctors and nurses managed to stabilize me, allowing Lillia to stay safe. I stayed in hospital for a further 4 weeks before Lillia was born and 10 days following her birth, when she was in special care. Throughout this time, we received superb treatment and care, both at ESH and Brighton Hospital. Lillia's middle name is Ellen, after the most amazing midwife who supported us through the scariest days. 
I feel incredibly lucky that the ending was a happy one and that almost a year on, I have the most adorable, happy daughter who is loved by her older brother and sister.  I wanted to mark this anniversary with a positive event, which is what led me to this challenge. It is also such an important time to celebrate our amazing NHS as they battle against Covid19. So it feels like there are double the reasons to do this!
JustGiving Link
VE Day
We hope you all enjoyed celebrating VE Day last Friday. #RGSWeCare produced a special VE Day newsletter with interesting stories about Reigatians in the war.
Our teachers took a 7.5 challenge to mark VE Day and to show how important it is to keep active.
Eco Committee
It has been amazing to see how our world has changed so quickly with families and industry in lockdown. Wild animals have returned to cities and streets, which for some people has been terrifying but for others it has been a joy. A mountain lion was spotted in the back garden in a house in Boulder, Colorado in the United States. Flamingos in Mumbai turned a lake pink and goats were seen wandering around the streets in Llandudno.
The air around the world is cleaner and more people have taken to their bikes or are walking. This is a really exciting time for environmentalists and our Eco Committee hope that we can learn from this lockdown and take many of the lessons forward.

More Eco news -  Bough Beech Reservoir, part of SSE Water, has recently launched a new website in conjunction with Water Saving Week. It has many interactive games, practical activities and experiments. Alongside this Bough Beech will be running a competition that we would encourage you to enter and help us to win a prize for our school as well as learn more about water and how precious it is. For more information, visit the site at:
Finally, if you have noticed more wildlife in your garden and on your walks, please take a photograph and send it into school for the attention of the Eco Committee as we would love to share the positive changes in our world.
Year 2 children have been looking at the string section of a symphony orchestra this week and had lots of fun making their own "double basses".
Lottie was awarded Star of the Week at her music school for doing so well in her first ever trumpet lesson. Well done Lottie!
Year 6 Maths
Rangoli Patterns
Year 6 made fantastic Spanish floors and rangoli patterns as part of a geometry lesson about rotation. Here is a lovely example of a rangoli from Katie.
Year 6 Maths
Play Your Cards Right, RSM style! The children had fun playing this with their parents.
Year 4
Year 4 have been learning about the Victorians and Elin made this beautiful picture comparing schooling then and now.
Deeper Messages
Philosophy is an important part of the curriculum at RSM. As part of this, Year 5 read The Day I Swapped My Father for a Goldfish by Neil Gaiman. Archie uncovered the underlying messages brilliantly.
Year 2
Oceans Topic
Year 2 are enjoying their new Oceans topic and have been creating their own aquariums, ocean fact files and even writing quizzes! 
Characteristics of Effective Learning
Kindergarten children have been practising their skills for becoming good learners, one of which is to "have their own ideas."   This week the children were asked "If you were King or Queen for the day, what rules would you make for your kingdom?"  George had some wonderful, and very kind, ideas to share and drew a lovely picture too!  He says...
"I would paint every house green - my favourite colour."
"I would give every little boy and every little girl a toy."
"I would give every little boy and every little girl a family, if they didn't have a mummy and daddy."
Outdoor Learning
Outdoor learning this week was all about identifying trees. Thea and Elena loved looking at leaves and bark.
Year 3
Year 3 were challenged to make a healthy bug shaped snack. The results were very inventive and looked absolutely brilliant! Here are just a few examples of the delicious creations. The rest can be viewed in the Year 3 summer term highlights section in Firefly resources.
Everyday Heroes
This term Reception are focusing on the topic 'Heroes and Heroines'. This week the theme was Everyday Heroes. The children had to find out about their chosen hero, draw a lovely picture and write a letter. They did this brilliantly. Well done Reception! 
Some Reception children wrote letters to Eversfield residents this week. James decided to record a video for them instead. Well done James, it certainly cheered us up and we loved the guest appearance from your sister!
Year 5
Anderson Shelters
Year 5 have made the most amazing Anderson Shelters at home. Callum, Robert and Charlotte give you a guided tour of their creations.
Year 5 thought about how they might have encouraged WW2 children to go into the shelters.
A really impressive gallery!
Fun Facebook Classes
Bonnie Herman, Mum to Noah in Year 1, has been running fantastic weekly cooking lessons for the Year 1 Facebook group for the past four weeks. They have proved extremely popular and the children either watch and participate in the live sessions or view the recorded sessions at a later time. For many children it is one of the highlights of their week. Parents may be hoping the kids will eventually (and successfully) take over the cooking duties! Mrs Herman’s day job is in the travel industry where she uses her love of food and wine to develop bespoke gourmet trips to Europe. With the travel industry slowdown, she is now devoting some of her time to cookery lessons from her kitchen at home in Reigate. 
Bonnie has received many requests from RSM parents to open up her lessons to other year groups and she is very happy to do so. If you are interested, please contact her directly at
Outdoor Learning
Inspiration from Nature
This term, Year 3 have embraced art in the great outdoors and ventured into their gardens to create their own natural paintbrushes. They used them effectively to carry out various mark making techniques, with paint. They have also explored the work of the artist Andy Goldsworthy, and have taken inspiration from his work for their own pieces of artwork, using natural materials. Very well done Year 3!
RSM Library Corner
It is the perfect time to read the first book in Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl series, before the movie comes out on Disney channel on 12 June. Twelve year old Artemis Fowl is descended from a long line of criminal masterminds and finds himself in a battle of strength and cunning against a powerful, hidden race of fairies who may be behind his father’s disappearance.  You can listen to an extract of the book, read by the author himself, on the story time YouTube channel.
Eoin Colfer reads an extract from Artemis Fowl.
Test your knowledge of the first Harry Potter book with this brilliant Harry Potter at Home quiz.
Bike It - Episode 2
Here is the second episode of the At Home Bike Skills series from Reigate and Banstead's Bike It officer. He has also included an exercise on using maps to identify cleaner air quality routes.
Map Skills
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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