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News & events from Reigate St Mary's Preparatory School
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We have a wonderful school community which thrives and grows as a result of:
SPORTS DAYS 2021
Just before the end of the summer term, students at Reigate St Mary's had fun competing for House points in their annual House Sports Day. Children in Green Shoots and Kindergarten shared a picnic and ice creams on the sports day field with their families after their sack races and obstacle courses. Lower School children had a fantastic time running, throwing, jumping and catching. The day ended with all of the children taking part in an immense relay race. Our final sports day saw the Upper School children enjoy a full day of track and field events. Sports Days 2021 were a big success with everyone supporting their team mates and the sound of cheering being heard far and wide.
THE ADVENTURES OF THE RSM HOUSE BEARS
The lovable and cuddly RSM House teddy bears arrived at RSM in the Autumn Term 2020. Since then they have been enjoying school life and making appearances in lots of unusual places.
They have been seen watching playtime and waving to the children from the Headmaster's office, helping out on the reception desk, eating lunch in the lunch hall and reading books in the school library. The have taken part in school events such as Christmas festivities, World Book Day and Red Nose Day. At Easter the bears wore bunny ears and they were cheering on the side-lines at Sports Day before the summer holidays.
In February Heads of House announced that it was time to name their House bears. The children heard about the inspiring people that they might like to chose. They learnt about why these people were famous, the contributions that they had made and the adversities that they had to overcome.
After the voting was complete, the bears were named as follows (all sports people – perhaps the forthcoming Olympics was an influencing factor!):
Hobson – Serena (Williams – Tennis player)
Malcomson – Mo (Farah – Athlete)
Osmond – Simone – (Biles – Gymnast)
Searle – Jesse (Owens – Athlete)
The House bears have become an important part of life at RSM and will continue to enjoy being part of the childrens' school life.
Marcus has been Head at Reigate St Mary’s for 17 years. He leads Education for Social Responsibility (ESR) within the UK independent prep school sector and believes that helping children to understand the issues of a finite planet from an early age is essential. Under his headship, Reigate St Mary’s has evolved and grown into a modern, forward thinking prep school with an emphasis on wellbeing, technology and creativity.
Who/what inspired you to become a teacher?
I always loved Physics and Design and Technology and ended up studying aeronautical and mechanical engineering at university. When I completed my course the country was in recession so I ended up teaching science in schools and realised that I loved the environment. Working with young people, giving them opportunities and igniting enthusiasm for different areas of life is immensely rewarding and I cannot imagine a more fulfilling career.
What achievement are you most proud of as Head?
I am proud that pupils at Reigate St Mary’s reach very high levels of academic attainment but not at the cost of being good, caring and warm hearted young citizens. We are a non-selective school but typically get 80% of our pupils into our selective and highly successful senior school but no-one would ever say we are a pushy or ‘hot house’ school; quite the opposite. The academic success is achieved within a warm, caring and well-rounded school environment.
We have a relentless focus on confidence, resilience and on our values of truthfulness, kindness, helpfulness, fairness and forgiveness. We never forget that we are molding young leaders who will bring about positive change in the years to come.
What does a successful school look like to you?
Placing the highest value on good relationships is at the heart of a thriving school. Whether it's peer-to-peer, pupil and staff or staff and parents, getting relationships right is so important because happy and emotionally secure children will become the best versions of themselves.
A school must genuinely care about individuals and understand the positive and negative interactions which lead to success or failure. I often talk about Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs explaining that if we are to reach our potential as human beings we need to feel safe, secure, loved and have our self-esteem built within our school or work environments. Truly understanding the psychology of children and helping them to thrive emotionally at school is essential
What is the most important quality you want every child to have when they leave your school? And why?
"Children need to know what it means to have a fantastic and fulfilled life on a safe planet, and this is much more important than getting good grades. When I'm asked what I hope for the children at my school when they leave, the most important thing to me is that they leave us as young citizens who will give back more to society than they take. I hope they will be people who care about others both in their local and their global community, as much as they care for themselves."
Please give 5 words to describe the ethos of your school.
Wellbeing, strong relationships, breadth of opportunity, creativity, forward looking.
This school is independently managed and its admission criteria may be selective. There is no set catchment area as pupils are admitted from a wide variety of postcodes and, in the case of boarding schools, from outside the UK. Contact the school directly or visit their website for more information on Admissions Policy and Procedures.
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