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CLUBS & ACTIVITIES
RGS CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES Reigate Grammar School’s co-curricular programme is the heartbeat of the school and we hope that parents will join us in encouraging students to get involved in whichever club or activity appeals. It is never too late to try something new, and staff are always keen to hear from students themselves about starting up new clubs and ventures.
CLUBS AND SOCIETIES
We have a range of clubs and societies which run weekly, encouraging specific subject development alongside thinking outside of the curriculum. Our Enterprise programme encourages students to develop their business acumen, whilst other clubs focus on specific hobbies like Warhammer, chess, or being part of the team that creates our termly student magazine, The Castle. Clubs include: BBC Young Reporters - The Castle editing team Cookery Club Film Club Flight Simulator Club Muslim Prayer Group RGS Enterprise Challenges The Missing Maps Club Warhammer Club 5
CREATIVE ARTS The Creative Arts are central to life at RGS; indeed, every wall in the school is decorated with artwork from our students, creating one large art exhibition for us to all enjoy. Clubs include: Daily Art Clubs Art Textile Clubs The lunch time clubs in the Art department offer a range of options including; fine art, graphics and photography.
DEBATE AND DISCUSSION Learning to debate and discuss with others; representing, understanding and challenging a range of different viewpoints is central to a rounded education. From discussions around creative writing to language discussion groups, Model United Nations to Public Speaking, we have a range of different clubs for students to develop this important life skill. Clubs include: Junior and Senior Debating Clubs Junior and Senior Model United Nations French, Spanish and Mandarin Language Discussion Groups Anthropos (Social Sciences Club) National Theatre New Views Playwriting Junior and Senior Christian Union Classics Clubs Library and Book Discussion Clubs
DRAMA AND THEATRE ARTS Drama is an integral part of the life of an RGS student. Whether it is starring in a production, learning public speaking skills, developing teamwork, sewing a costume, wiring a light or livestreaming a show, the Drama department offers a chance for everyone to be involved. Clubs include: Glow Up: Make Up and Hair Magic Technical Theatre Club Musical Theatre Club Junior Theatre Sports Rehearsals for various productions Recent productions include: Les Misérables Macbeth Oliver! Monstrous Stories Hansel + Gretel 10
MUSIC We are proud to offer a variety of musical groups at Reigate Grammar School with new groups starting up on a regular basis. If there isn’t a group that suits your instrument and what you want to play, talk to the music staff about starting one up!
RGS Godfrey Searle Choir
Junior Boys’ Choir
Junior Girls’ Voices
Senior Boys’ Choir
We also have a full Music Technology suite and regular Music Aural and Theory Clubs.
Senior Girls’ Voices
Saxophone Ensemble Orchestras and bands include:
Instrumental Ensembles include: Brass Ensemble Clarinet Ensemble Flute Ensemble Guitar Ensemble 13
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES Outside of the CCF and DofE programmes, we offer a range of other outdoor pursuits, including: Archery Climbing Mountain Biking Sailing Students can engage with our weekly outdoor activity programme alongside various options for outdoor pursuits offered in the autumn term activities day, and activities week at the end of the academic year. Recently we have been able to offer local conservation work, paddleboarding and paintballing as a part of these events.
COMBINED CADET FORCE The Combined Cadet Force (CCF) The CCF is a Ministry of Defence sponsored organisation working through schools. The aim of training is to develop in cadets qualities of responsibility, self-reliance, resourcefulness, endurance, perseverance and a sense of service to the community. At Reigate Grammar School we have Royal Navy, Army and RAF sections which aim to give cadets knowledge of these sectors of the armed forces. The self-confidence, self-discipline and leadership skills required in service life are equally vital in civilian life. What do cadets do? Contingent Activities Cadets will learn drill, how to wear the correct uniform, weapon handling and safety, first aid and navigation. They will also learn independence, leadership and team skills and challenge themselves in so many rewarding and exciting ways. There is a large number of adventurous training activities on offer throughout the year including kayaking, canoeing, climbing, mountain biking, walking and parachuting. Section Activities Cadets follow a syllabus appropriate to their section.
Navy Section This includes learning about many aspects of seamanship, how to operate powerboats and how to sail. Army Section Cadets learn about survival in the field, tactics and develop weapon skills to a high level. RAF Section Cadets learn about aircraft, how they fly and air navigation in preparation for flying and gliding. Will my child be liable for military service? Cadets and former cadets retain the status of civilians in all respects but will leave the CCF at the end of their time at RGS with a better understanding and appreciation for what the armed forces do. They will have the chance to experience a number of life-changing opportunities not open to those outside the CCF and will be able to draw on these throughout life, whatever path they wish to take. Corps of Drums The Corps of Drums is a standalone activity that complements the CCF. It is a ceremonial, public face of the CCF and of the school. There are chances to progress musically and learn new instruments. As a drummer progresses, he or she may take on more responsibility and lead groups within the Corps. There are a number of events and functions at which the Corps of Drums performs throughout the year which promote the school and also help with the ceremonial side of the CCF. Students in the First to Sixth Forms may join the Corps of Drums. 17
DUKE OF EDINBURGH’S AWARD (DofE) Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) is a major part of life at Reigate Grammar School and the school is a dedicated DofE centre. Large numbers of students each year commit an enormous number of hours to expeditions, sports, helping the local community and learning new skills. In recent years, RGS has seen more candidates receive their Bronze, Silver and Gold certificates than any other school in Surrey. At each level, the award is made of four sections. Volunteering The aim is to give service to other people and to the local community. It gives participants the opportunity to increase their self-confidence, accept responsibility, understand strengths, appreciate other people and care for the environment. Expeditions Participants plan, prepare and undertake an adventurous journey usually on foot but sometimes on bicycles, horseback or in canoes, often in an unfamiliar and remote environment. Students become part of a self-reliant team working together to overcome challenges. The training syllabus includes safety and emergency procedures, first aid, navigation, route-finding, map and compass 18
skills, camp craft, country, highway and water sports codes and team building. Skills Developing personal interests and learning practical skills gives participants the chance to learn something new, get organised, meet new people, try something different and have fun. Physical Recreation Participants get involved in a sport or physical activity which gives pupils opportunities to improve fitness, meet new challenges, increase self-confidence and gain a sense of achievement.
STUDENT LED Whilst all of our clubs focus on developing leadership skills from our students, some are entirely set up, organised and run by our Sixth Form students. Clubs include: Anime and Drawing Club History and Politics Society Law Society Earthshot Student Council Social Science Club Wellbeing Drop-In Club
SPORT Sport has always formed a key piece of the fabric of school life at Reigate Grammar School. We believe in developing good people through sport, and offer a programme which is values-based for all pupils to engage with. Sport provides the opportunity to challenge students in ways other strands of school life do not and we believe it is a unique way of developing good people. Health, fitness and wellbeing are our first priority. Competitive sport is built upon this foundation.
Our broad programme includes: Aesthetic Sports Including Dance and Ballet Combat Sports Including Judo Invasion Games Including Rugby, Football Hockey and Netball Lifestyle Fitness Including Yoga and Strength and Conditioning Outdoor Pursuits Including Sailing and Climbing
Racquet Sports Including Tennis, Squash and Badminton Athletic Sports Including Swimming, Athletics and Triathlon Striking Sports Including Cricket and Rounders Target Sports Including Golf and Archery
STEM Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) are central to education in the 21st Century and RGS offers many opportunities to develop these essential skills. Whether this is designing and creating in Design Technology, getting qualifications in Robotics, understanding how electrics work or getting practice for Maths challenges, we have a range of clubs on offer to develop STEM thinking. Clubs include: Biology Book Club DT Clubs Electronics Club Science Clubs Medical Discussion Groups Maths Challenge Clubs Robotics Clubs
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