Aubrey Scrase – a Celebration of a Great Reigatian
In 1955 a new teacher arrived at Reigate Grammar School to teach Latin and Classics. This young man was Mr Aubrey Scrase, later to be known as “Aubs”, and who would go on to represent the core ethos of RGS.
Aubs was truly dedicated to RGS and his loyalty and commitment to the school was undeterred throughout his 40 years of teaching. However, Aubs was not your average teacher. He had a unique style, instilled enthusiasm in those he taught and was loved and respected almost universally by pupils and teachers alike. He was involved in rugby, the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme, Scouts, led trips to the opera, theatre and ballet and also arranged school cruises. His devotion to RGS knew no bounds but most importantly, he was a mentor for many students. He instinctively looked out for all, particularly those who needed extra guidance or care and gave so much of his time ensuring children were given opportunities to make the most out of education and life. He listened.
In 1995 and after 40 years of teaching Aubs retired, but continued to have lunch at the school every day until his 90th birthday. He was a huge part of RGS life, many would say, he was ‘RGS’. Aubs sadly passed away shortly after turning 90. He inspired generations of students and many continue to have huge affection for him.
His greatest attribute was an ability to treat children as adults but to care for them and understand them as children at the same time. This is a very rare skill. It allowed children to trust him as someone who respected them, and they respected him in return.
After much discussion with his brother Leslie and the rest of his family, we will be holding an Aubs’ Day – a Celebration of a Great Reigatian on SATURDAY 5 MARCH 2016 at RGS.
More details to follow…