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Headmaster’s Roundup 29 September 2016

Last Thursday FOSMA held their Annual General Meeting and we are most grateful to Vicky Horrocks who continues as Chair, Susan Skelly who continues as Treasurer and Jo Marshall who continues the role of Secretary. We also thank Gillian Chaplin who takes up the role of Vice-Chair. As ever I am grateful to the whole of the FOSMA team who work so hard to raise money for the school and put on excellent school events.

Another fun and busy week at Reigate St Mary’s saw Kindergarten receive a letter from the Queen, the Eco Committee and Green Leaders pay a visit to the World Wildlife Fund Headquarters in Woking and Grandparents visit Early Years to read with their grandchildren and enjoy flapjacks which the children had made.

On Monday we celebrated the incredible number of runners who took part in the Run Reigate half marathon and also welcomed Mr Kelly who congratulated Gage Weber for being the winner of the ‘Design a Medal’ competition. Gage’s design is now on medals proudly worn by all 4500 participants.

On Wednesday 6B led our Assembly and shared everything they had learned so far about Tudor times and the life of Henry VIII. I have to say I was a little concerned when two members of the class had decided that he was a good King!

I am delighted to say that the Choristers’ new promotional video is now on our website. If anyone has wondered what they get up to, apart from just singing in the Matins services, you can find out a lot more about them there.

I am very proud of our U11’s who played and won four out of four football matches against The Hawthorns School on Wednesday. The Hawthorns has always been a strong rival and therefore four out of four wins was a tremendous achievement. Well done, not only to the boys but also to the Games staff. Congratulations also to our U11 seven-a-side football team who won their first round match in the Surrey Cup, defeating Rokeby School 6 – 3.

This coming week we have our Upper School and Lower School Harvest Services, both on Tuesday, 4 October. Anyone who would like to attend would be more than welcome. The Upper School Service is a traditional service at 8.40 am and the Lower School Service is a child friendly service at 10.30 am, both in St Mary’s Church opposite the school. May I take this opportunity to thank those of you who have contributed to the Harvest food collection for Welcare – supporting local families, Easter Project – our weekly community lunch at St Mary’s, Winter Night Shelter – now running annually at St Mary’s in the coldest months of the year, Women’s Refuge – providing safe refuge for women locally and Samara’s Aid – supporting refugees in Syria, Iraq & the Middle East.

Finally, you will all be aware that I believe that Education for Social Responsibility is a vital component in schools today and I was very proud to hear that Henry Russ had been helping to coach cricket to disabled adults during the summer holidays. Such generosity of time and spirit is highly commendable and Henry has included a few words on page 4 about his experience which I would encourage everyone to read and to share with their children. Well done Henry.

Marcus Culverwell

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