Reigate Grammar School hosts first Volunteering Fair in the Sixth Form

Last week Reigate Grammar School hosted a Volunteering Fair for all members of the Sixth Form. Organisations in attendance included The Alzheimer’s Society, The Children’s Trust and Reigate and Redhill Live at Home.

Reigate Grammar School Sixth Formers at last week's Volunteering Fair
Reigate Grammar School Sixth Formers at last week's Volunteering Fair

7th October 2019 — On Thursday 3 October, Reigate Grammar School hosted a Volunteering Fair for all members of the Sixth Form. 15 not-for-profit organisations including The Alzheimer’s Society, The Children’s Trust and Reigate and Redhill Live at Home gathered in the school's Harrison Centre to meet students and discuss the volunteering opportunities available to them.

Organised in conjunction with Voluntary Action Reigate & Banstead (VARB), the Volunteering Fair was the first of its kind at Reigate Grammar School, but judging by its success, it won't be the last.

Sixth Form students at Reigate Grammar School already give of their time as volunteers through Duke of Edinburgh and other charity/community fundraising commitments. With 5000 volunteer hours already given up last year, it just goes to show how outward looking RGS students are.

Furthermore, whichever career they are interested in, we hope the students may find a volunteering opportunity that develops those soft skills like leadership and teamwork that will stand them in good stead for university and the world of work.

Mr Rhodri James (Head of Sixth Form) commented: “As well as providing the opportunity to give something back to the local community, volunteering can contribute so much to a student’s personal development. From a wellbeing perspective, doing something for somebody else can be so good for a student’s mental health. We hope the volunteering fair was a further chance for students to step back from their everyday lives, and that it gave them ideas about how they could contribute in whatever way they can to those who perhaps aren’t as fortunate as they are.”

Upper Sixth Student Will G added: “I help out at a residential care home once a week, and I love hearing all the residents' stories. I always leave the home with a smile on my face and hope that I’ve had a real positive impact on those I come into contact with”.

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About Reigate Grammar School

Reigate Grammar School is a co-educational day school with 1000 pupils. Founded in 1675, it is academically selective, with a large Sixth Form. The school also enjoys a reputation for strong pastoral care and a very wide range of extra-curricular activities.

Awarded School of the Year 2019 by the TES for our pastoral care and ISP School of the Year.

"Priorities one, two and three for this selective school are pastoral care and this – coupled with fabulous teaching, students’ almost uniquely acute awareness of their own approach to learning and a heavy dose of extra-curricular – makes for happy kids and great results." Good Schools Guide



 

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