Reigate Grammar news March 2016

Pasta workshop by Mandy Kirsten-Foster

Pasta workshop by Mandy Kirsten-Foster - Credit: Archant

From charity rugby matches, to cooking classes and on-stage productions – it has been a busy month at Reigate Grammar School

Pasta workshop by Mandy Kirsten-Foster

Pasta workshop by Mandy Kirsten-Foster - Credit: Archant

Bella pasta!

GCSE Food Technology students at Reigate Grammar School were treated to a Pasta workshop by Mandy Kirsten-Foster. The students learnt to make pasta by hand, “The authentic way!” according to Mandy, whose enthusiasm and love of pasta was clear for all to see.

The students made Ricotta and Spinach Ravioli with a sage and butter sauce. They then made beetroot pasta the “modern way” in a food processor and created a range of shapes from tagliatelle to farfalle.

The students absolutely loved the workshop and they will be able to use their new practical skills for their controlled assessment work next year. Having a specialist visitor come into school to teach a skill in a completely different way was hugely inspiring for the students.

We would like to say thank you to Mandy for giving up her time and we look forward to her returning and helping with workshops in the future.

Reigate Charity 7s 2016

Reigate Charity 7s 2016 - Credit: Archant

Reigate Charity 7s 2016 is a huge success!

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Sunday 6 March saw over 40 schools descend upon the sports grounds of Reigate Grammar School (RGS Hartswood) for the 2016 Reigate Charity 7s sponsored by John Laing. Now established as one of the most prestigious and popular schools’ rugby tournaments for under 18’s in England, it attracts teams from across the country.

Over 2000+ visitors enjoyed an action-packed tournament with passion, teamwork and skill on display. In the Boys’ Cup Final, a young and talented Reigate Grammar School side lost 34-14 to a powerful Harrow School team that included Jacob Ford, the younger brother of George, the current England fly-half. These young schoolboys were lucky to have the services of Wayne Barnes, England’s premier international referee and only a week before he took charge of Scotland v France.

Meanwhile, in the Girls’ competition, SGS Filton produced a fantastic display of attacking rugby to overcome a valiant Christ’s Hospital side 49-5.

Shaun Fenton, Headmaster of Reigate Grammar School said, “The Reigate Charity 7s brings together so many of the best features of today’s young people and we celebrate their talent, team work and personal dedication. Whilst winning is important, I welcome the traditional sporting values attributed to this great game and these cultural ingredients that makes it so special. As all of the schools represented at the tournament know, so much is learned on the sports field that can help prepare a young person for later life.”

And Jonny Hylton of the RGS Foundation and the tournament’s Director said: “We are extremely grateful to all of our sponsors. Sport and charity have always had a close association with each other and today was no exception, highlighted by the overwhelming support of all our commercial partners.”

Reigate Grammar Schools most recent school production Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging

Reigate Grammar Schools most recent school production Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging - Credit: Archant

Drama tribute to a great author

The lights dimmed and the curtain rose to a spell bound audience, when Reigate Grammar School’s most recent school production Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging, opened this week. We welcomed back professional actress and ex RGS pupil Naomi Petersen who played Georgia in the original stage production of the Louise Rennison novel.

This was a very poignant night for all, as this week it was announced that Louise Rennison, the books author had sadly passed away. Wanting to do her work proud and to celebrate what an amazing influence she had on teenage readers around the world, students performed the play with passion and gusto.

‘I can’t emphasise enough how brilliant Drama at RGS was, and how much of an influence it has had in my life and career as an actor. It is thanks to the creative, supportive and joyful atmosphere of the Drama Department that I decided to pursue my dreams of acting for a living, and my fondest memories of Reigate Grammar School are of performing in the plays and musicals. Starring as Georgia in Angus Thongs and Even More Snogging was my very first job out of Drama School, a job I would probably never have got were it not for the skills, confidence and self-belief I developed thanks to Drama at RGS. It’s fantastic to come back and see the show five years later where it all began!’ said Naomi Petersen

Hockey competition

Hockey competition - Credit: Archant

Hockey competition

The U12s Surrey Hockey Competition took place this week and both A and B teams from Reigate Grammar School took part. The U12A came 4th in the Surrey Cup (after last week coming 3rd in the Surbiton Cup competition) while the U12B came first in the trophy after a nail biting sudden death penalty strokes competition. This means they are the BEST Hockey U12 B Team in Surrey.