Celebrate Founder’s Day
Founder’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate the legacy of our founder, Henry Smith, and the rich history of Reigate Grammar School.
View our Founder’s Day booklet online.
The great philanthropist, Henry Smith, left £1,000 in his Will to “educate the poor boys of Reigate”. This led to the founding of Reigate Grammar School in 1675.
Four years from now we will be celebrating the school’s 350th anniversary. In preparation for this approaching milestone, we have introduced Founder’s Day, which, this year, will take place on Thursday 5 May 2022 – around Henry Smith’s birthday.
“This day celebrates the heritage of our great school and its founder, Henry Smith. It is fitting that the school song is To be a Pilgrim as I believe that being a pilgrim means being on a special journey with a good purpose. Since 1675 (the same year that the founding stone at St Paul’s Cathedral was laid) Reigatians have followed in our founder’s footsteps, moving forward as Reigatian Pilgrims and making the world a better place. Join me in raising a glass to Henry Smith on Founder’s Day.”
Shaun Fenton Headmaster
The day acts as a reminder of the benefits of being a Reigatian: the sense of belonging and shared values; the journey that starts when you join RGS; the opportunities, friendships and connections that you enjoy as a result of your relationship with the school. Help us celebrate the life-long pride of being a Reigatian Pilgrim.
Join us on social media throughout May to share memories and photographs of your time at the school, see what classmates have been up to, reconnect with old friends and help us impress upon current students the far-reaching benefits that being a Reigatian delivers.
- Join the Reigatian Community group on Facebook
- Follow @FoundationRGS on Twitter
- Follow @RGSFoundation on Instagram
Get ready for Founder’s Day 2022
This year’s Founder’s Day is all about celebrating our amazing community, so we’re calling on you to share a photo of yourself with at least one other Reigatian. This could be an old school friend, a teacher, your parents… It could be a few of you in a pub in Reigate, you and a friend at the top of Snowdon… You have a few months to prepare!
On the day, we will be asking everyone to come together on the Reigate Grammar School community app, where you can post your photos, view other people’s posts, like, comment and connect. So, if you haven’t done so already, download the RGS app today! If you need any help with the app, please email email@example.com.
What does RGS mean to you?
Get in touch to let us know what your connection to RGS means to you. Our community is only as strong as the sum of its parts, so we thank you in anticipation of your support. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.