Welcome to the Foundation
Wednesday 24th January, saw the inaugural Reigatian Community Welcome reception for parents. An important event to introduce the Foundation to parents whose children are new to the school this academic year.
The Headmaster welcomed our guests and introduced the Foundation and its important work with the Reigatian Community. The Reigatian Community is an inclusive, connected group which includes parents (former and current), alumni, students and friends of the school, in fact anyone that has a close tie or connection to RGS.
We heard from a number of Speakers about the benefits of being actively involved in our Community. Mark Elsey (’78), Governor, Chairman of the Foundation and parent of alumni, spoke about his life-long connections with the school and continued involvement as a Governor, as well as his passion for ensuring the school contributes wholly to the wider community.
Hari Ghotra, parent of a second form student, spoke about her relationship with the Foundation for the past two years.
“I wanted to give my support to the RGS Foundation and help other kids experience the same joy as my daughter does being here.
As a chef, I cook and love to get other people cooking too, so the masterclass was a great opportunity to do something to help that uses my skills and also to raise some important charitable funds.”
As owner of harighotra.co.uk (the largest online portal for authentic Indian cuisine) Hari told parents the benefit the business has seen from the promotion it has received to the connected and engaged Reigatian Community. The partnership has been incredibly powerful with her auction prizes and masterclasses proving exceptionally popular and collectively raising over £4,000 for our Changing Lives Campaign.
Sean Davey, Head of Foundation and the team; Jonny Hylton, Emma Wootton and Caroline Donald, all spoke about the work of the RGS Foundation and in particular the opportunities available to parents and their children. These included:
• Network Reigatian
• RGS London Professionals
• Special events
• Staying in touch
An incredible spread of canapés was laid on and everyone enjoyed a fantastic tour around the new Harrison Centre. Many had not yet seen it, despite hearing so much about it from their children who are already benefitting from the new facilities. Those that came left armed with the details of how to get involved and thoughts bubbling on how the Foundation can be of value to them and vice versa.
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