Service is very much at the heart of our values at the RGS and our charitable involvement enables us to make a difference not only in the local community but further afield too.
Every year, the boys vote to support an international charity, a national charity and a local charity. Each Tutor Group has a Charity Representative and they form the Charity Committees, both junior and senior, which plan the charity events for the year. Every other year these events are predominantly focused on Charity Day. In recent years, Charity Day has been packed with events such as traditional Upper Sixth Form assembly, a staff versus boys dodgeball match and a staff sumo wrestling competition. In addition, Tutor Groups organise stalls around the School such as a ‘ten-second talent show’ and ‘egg Russian Roulette’. In years when there is no Charity Day, the focus is on House charity events which have recently included a Santa’s Grotto, a House singing competition and a House Conkers Competition.
The Sixth Form usually run their own events and have organised a sleep-out at school to raise money for homeless people and a bike ride, traditionally from Guildford to Brighton. All these events raise significant amounts of money for charity and also give the boys an opportunity to lead.
In addition to giving money to charity, boys are also encouraged to give their time, too. There is an active Volunteering Society which organises an annual Volunteering Fair. At this event, local charities are invited to the School in order to raise awareness of how boys can get involved with volunteering opportunities. Through this society, volunteering events are organised which have a profound impact on the local community and environment.