This week...

Just before half term 31 RGS students went to John Warner School for its annual Model United Nations Conference.

Benedict S writes: “Students learnt to improve their ability to compromise, their public-speaking skills and their international-mindedness. A record 11 RGS team members won awards.”

George C and Lucia D-F both won best delegate against 45 other students in their committees; and Maximus S-P won best junior delegate. Charlie H, David H, Joanna W, Malvika S and Oliver H were also awarded prizes.

It is a sign of the strength the RGS MUN programme that Lower School students Azsvin M, Krishne T and Shannon F all won awards at their first conference, competing against Sixth Formers from schools such as Eton and Haileybury. Aaron G, Ben D-F, Benedict S and Jasmine H expertly chaired large committees, and to cap it off our Brazil delegation won a team prize with China also being chosen as the most skilfully represented delegation across the entire conference.

Student News & Congratulations

Congratulations to RGS swimmers who had a clean sweep at the District Competition winning all four categories. Well done to Eva M, Freya T, Abigail C, Sara M, Harry P-J, Ioan K, Elis K, Albert W, Myles H, Clara A, Jemima P, Ruby J, Daisy G, Machayla D, Lakith G, Toby S, Tomos K and Charlie J.

Niamh B won GOLD for England U20s in the International Association of Athletics Federations cross county event in Caceres, Spain during half term. This is a phenomenal achievement from a talented runner—well done, Niamh.

Congratulations to Hattie D and Sofia G who played in the final Nonsuch League matches for the U16s for Hillcrest over the weekend, winning both, resulting in them winning the league having played against nine other teams, including Crystal Palace. Megan C and Isabella C-B also contributed to the success playing in a number of the fixtures within the league this season.

Lily G won a bronze medal in the Surrey Indoor Championships for the 60m hurdles having only started hurdling last year.

Michael I travelled to Poland during half term to represent the England Chess Junior Squad. Michael played against an International Master named Daniel Sadzikowski in a simultaneous game against others. Michael was the only player from England to get a draw against him where all the others lost. Playing against a strong Polish school, Michael beat a highly rated player—the headmaster; came joint second with a score of 7/9 in his next game; and the following day achieved 4.5/7 in his competition. In the main competition Michael came second in his age group. Further information/photos are available here.

In the Surrey County Championships Toby S netted four golds (200m Back; 200m Fly; 100m Back; 100m Fly) and one bronze (1500m Free) with some impressive times. He is now ranked 9th in the UK for 200 Back and 200m Fly, 14th for 100m Back (with <1sec to 5th place!) and 39th fir 100m Fly (with <1sec to 22nd place). This is an exceptional achievement given that Toby is nearly a year out of age.

Anna W competed in The Armada Cup diving competition in Plymouth which is open to all elite and age group divers in the UK. Competing on 1m, 3m and platform boards, and having recently returned from injury, Anna score 7 on her inwards dive coming 21st. On the 3m she came 14th and scored well on her back dive gaining 7.5s. On the 1m she dived consistently well and made the final coming in 6th place. Congratulations Anna.

On Tuesday 28 February, the First XV is playing in the NatWest National Plate Semi-Final against Crossley Heath School at 2pm at RGS Hartswood. It would be super to see as many of you there as possible in support of this super RGS side. On Monday 27 February, the Law Careers Evening takes place at RGS and will include a panel of current law students, trainees, solicitors and barristers with a wealth of experience they are keen to share with you. Please email any questions you would like the panel to answer in advance to Mr Chevalier at stc@reigategrammar.org.

Please do email me direct at any time (headmaster@reigategrammar.org) if there is anything that I can help you with. I do also always enjoy hearing about students’ achievements out of school as well so do please email me.

Best Wishes,

Shaun Fenton,