Month: October 2023

Bridgestone World Solar Challenge

20th October 2023

Anish Sathananthan, OG’20, is studying Engineering at Durham and is Team Principal for the University’s Solar Car Project, leading a team to the 2023 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in Australia in their new solar powered electric car, DUSC 2023. The race starts in Darwin on 22 October and finishes in Adelaide on 29 October covering…

A Voyage Round My Father

20th October 2023

OG Jack Bardoe is currently starring alongside BAFTA and Golden Globe nominee Rupert Everett in John Mortimer’s  celebrated autobiographical play A Voyage Round My Father which is touring regional theatres. Growing up in the shadow of a brilliant and eccentric barrister, a man whose tea-time conversation could take in music hall, adultery, evolution, Shakespeare and the…

Lower Sixth Geography Trip to Dorset

20th October 2023

The Lower Sixth ventured to Dorset for their Geography trip visiting Studland, Swanage, Furzy, Lulworth, Rinsgstead, Portland Bill and Chiswell – all sites with fascinating geology and geologic formations.

English Trip: The Empress

20th October 2023

Last Thursday, the English department took the Fifth Form to see The Empress, a new play by Tanika Gupta. Students are studying the play for their GCSE English Literature exam so the opportunity to see it live in performance was too good to miss. The play tells the story of Rani, a sixteen year old…

Art Trip to the Tate Modern

20th October 2023

Our Lower and Upper Sixth Form students enjoyed a visit to the Tate Modern, Southwark Cathedral and The White Cube Gallery to see both contemporary and 20th Century artworks. It was a great opportunity for the boys to collaborate and discuss the works on display. The same cohort of students ventured to Regents Park to…

Reflection: Reflection

17th October 2023

In the academic environment we find ourselves in, the word reflection often carriers a somewhat negative connotation.  The word frequently surfaces in the aftermath of disappointing tests, unsuccessful sports fixtures or if you find yourself sitting in S01.  It is far too often associated with what could have been better and our failures, rather than…

Languages Week

13th October 2023

Languages Week was full of vibrant and diverse celebrations, from culinary competitions and choir performances to Oktoberfest festivities and language-themed quizzes. On Tuesday, our Sixth Form Linguists went to St. Catherine’s for a cooking event, making Salmorejo, Quiche Lorraine, and Schokoladenkuchen in mixed teams, following recipes in their target language and competing to produce the…

Reflection: World Mental Health Day

9th October 2023

World Mental Health Day is tomorrow and I’m going to use the next few minutes to try to give an elevator pitch for the value of counselling and therapy. So, first, some stats.  According to the American Psychological Association, therapy has an average effectiveness of 75%.  Additionally, the International Institute of Mental Health showed that…

Chris Riddell OBE visits on National Poetry Day

6th October 2023

On National Poetry Day, and we were thrilled to welcome the multi-award winning former Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell OBE to school. The boys were captivated from the moment they entered the Auditorium to find Chris already drawing imagined creatures and himself as a small boy drawing on his father’s wall. He talked about his love…

Writing after Windrush

5th October 2023

On 3 October, A Level English Literature students from RGS Guildford and Tormead watched the live streaming of a lecture from Gresham College. “Writing after Windrush” was delivered by Dr Malachi McIntosh, Associate Professor of World Literatures in English at the University of Oxford and the Barbara Pym Tutorial Fellow in English at St. Hilda’s…