This week Reigate St Mary’s pupils joined other children across the UK in celebrating Safer Internet Day 2020. Safer Internet Day is a global campaign to promote the safe and responsible use of technology.
14th February 2020 — This week Reigate St Mary’s pupils joined other children across the UK in celebrating Safer Internet Day 2020. Safer Internet Day is a global campaign to promote the safe and responsible use of technology, which calls on young people, parents, carers, teachers and wider, to join together in helping to create a better internet.
Simon Williams, Director of Digital Strategy at RSM said of the activities, "Using the Internet safely and positively is a key message. At RSM celebrating Safer Internet Day was a great opportunity for us to re-emphasise the online safety messages we deliver throughout the year, to promote the positive use of technology, and to start discussions about the role that technology and online identity plays in children’s lives."
Younger children at RSM learnt about how to be careful not to give away their personal information whilst enjoying the Internet and that people online may not be who they say they are and that ‘friends’ made online are still strangers, whilst the older children discussed how they want everybody to ‘Treat other people as they would like to be treated' whilst using the internet as in real life. In addition, the IT Leaders at RSM gave an insightful assembly to their fellow pupils focusing on what makes up your online identity, with knowledgeable contributions from their audience!
We are delighted to announce that due to high demand RSM will be taking an additional Year 3 class in Sept 2020
31st January 2020 — We’re growing! Reigate St Mary's Prep School are delighted to announce that due to high demand the school will be taking an additional Year 3 class (7+ entry) in September 2020. For further information please contact our admissions secretary, Marie Goddard on 01737 244880 or MCG@Reigatestmarys.org or visit http://reigatestmarys.org
In December ‘Razor Sharp Minds’, a team of Year 6 pupils from Reigate St Mary's Preparatory and Choir School participated in the First Lego League Regional Tournament at Brighton College and won the Champions Award
10th January 2020 — In December ‘Razor Sharp Minds’, a team of Year 6 pupils from Reigate St Mary's Preparatory and Choir School participated in the First Lego League Regional Tournament at Brighton College.
The First Lego League challenges children in developing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) skills and asks children to think like scientists and engineers. The theme for the tournament was 'city shapers' and the RSM team built, tested and programmed an autonomous robot, named Frankie.
Throughout the competition the RSM pupils performed superbly, demonstrating their understanding, knowledge and hard work within each of the judged categories. Razor Sharp Minds were named overall winners and presented with the Champions Award. The children were euphoric as they proudly held aloft the trophy, made of Lego! Several of the teams participating were Secondary Schools, emphasising the achievement and the level of competition they faced.
Simon Williams, Director of Digital Strategy at RSM said of the success, “I am extremely proud of the RSM team and their achievement in this stage of the competition. Throughout the experience the team have worked enthusiastically and have represented the school so brilliantly. The judges were complementary about the team’s performance, enthusiasm and understanding. Razor Sharp Minds must now focus on the National Final in February, where they will compete against 55+ other regional tournament winners. Good luck RSM!”
Education for Social Responsibility (ESR) is an important part of school life at Reigate St Mary’s. Headmaster, Marcus Culverwell, has been instrumental in establishing a whole new scheme of work
4th December 2019 — Education for Social Responsibility (ESR) is an important part of school life at Reigate St Mary’s. Headmaster, Marcus Culverwell, has been instrumental in establishing a whole new scheme of work which has been embraced by IAPS schools across the country and includes education on: fulfilled lives, ethical trade, climate change, biodiversity, ecosystems, water security and finite resources. These topics are woven into the curriculum from Years 1 to 6 because RSM believe that young people need to understand the importance of sustainable living and they must become the creators of a sustainable and fairer economic system for the future.
In support of this important area of the curriculum, the school held an ESR Day in November focusing on ecosystem services which was a great success. Each year group carried out various activities around this topic. Kindergarten children were thinking about how we can look after our World and suggested "we can keep it clean and put rubbish in the bin, not on the floor” and “we can keep the World healthy by planting trees and giving them water”. Year 1 spent the ESR Day learning about pollination, pollinators and the important role this plays in our lives and for human survival.
Year 2 had been learning all about the environmental impact of where our food comes from and why it is important to buy local seasonal fruit and vegetables. They looked at food products and how far they had travelled to get to us. Curiously, Year 3 wormologists ventured into the great outdoors in search of wriggly worms! To their amazement, they discovered a vast number of these wondrous creatures hiding in the depths of the crumbly, soft soil. Whilst the children had great fun searching for them, they also learnt that worms play an important role in helping to maintain the health of the soil.
The school has active pupil Green Leaders who form an Eco Committee and debate ways to ensure the school operates in an eco-friendly way. They brainstorm ideas for sustainability and played a major role in planner the ESR Day.
Marcus Culverwell, Headmaster at RSM commented on the ESR Day “The ecosystem focus of our ESR Day at RSM has been very well received by all year groups today as the children have learnt how many of these services are currently being depleted or damaged faster than they can be replenished or repaired. The rising generations need to understand why this is a problem to help them become the leaders of a more sustainable future. So it has been a very worthwhile day.”
“Each child today made a £1 donation which will go towards planting a new tree through the charity ‘Just One Tree’. The planting of trees to help remove carbon from the atmosphere is a very positive action and one that I am delighted was suggested by one of our parents.”
This week Reigate St Mary’s Preparatory & Choir School have been focusing on their responsibility to share positivity and kindness as they reframed Anti-Bullying Week 2019 to ‘Happiness Starts With Us’ Week.
21st November 2019 — This week Reigate St Mary’s Preparatory & Choir School have been focusing on their responsibility to share positivity and kindness as they reframed Anti-Bullying Week 2019 to ‘Happiness Starts With Us’ Week.
The week kicked off with an assembly showing a heart-warming video made by pupils across the age range explaining that we need to "be the change we want to see", understanding that it is our responsibility to share positivity and happiness and never negativity or unkindness.
On Tuesday RSM continued their theme of ‘Happiness starts with us’ for Anti-Bullying Week with both children and staff enjoying wearing odd socks for Odd Socks Day which was a lot of fun, but also kept the school focused on the message of the week. Reception celebrated by creating silly odd socks and Year 3 enjoyed writing some multiplication odd socks problems.
The week continued with RSM celebrating World Kindness Day on Wednesday. Year 2 celebrated this by making a Good Friend Wreath. Year 4 made fortune tellers and thought of different areas around the school where they could demonstrate an act of kindness. Year 5 made some wonderful posters about being kind to others using the theme ‘It’s cool to be kind!’
Andrea Gower, Assistant Head at RSM said of the activities: “It has been wonderful to see so many children and staff alike getting behind our ‘Happiness Starts With Us’ take on Anti-Bullying Week over the last few days. I have seen so many different ideas and activities taking place across all classrooms and in the playground, where everyone has really demonstrated how they have supported this initiative that is so important to us all.”
Reigate St Mary's observe silence at their Garden of Remembrance
Reigate St Mary's had a moving Remembrance Day service at St Mary's Church followed by a procession to their Garden of Remembrance
11th November 2019 — The children celebrated their freedom and democracy at the school's annual Remembrance Day Service at St Mary's Church. They remembered those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom of our nation. A procession led by the school's choristers made its way to the Garden of Remembrance where the children observed a two minute silence to honour those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.