Gold Award Presentation St James’s Palace October 23

A large group of RGS students were presented with their Gold DofE Award from HRH The Duke of Edinburgh today at St James’s Palace.  Congratulations to the following students who have left RGS and are now pursuing undergraduate degree courses all over the country or planning exciting gap years.  Thank you very much for coming – many of you made considerable journeys to attend.  We are very proud of you all for being such great ambassadors for RGS DofE and hope you can keep in touch!

Gold Award holders: October 2012: Imogen Adshead, Rhys Appleyard, David Assender, Emma Bates, Elizabeth Boodhoo, Emily Bowden, Andrew Buchan, Katherine Carmody, Sophia Cartmell, Rachel Clarke, Joe Ellis, Alex Fraser, Catherine Goddard, Declan Hall, Calum Harris, Keshini Jayawardana, Eloise May, Jonathan Windridge; Louisa Mamalis and Daniel Thorpe also got their Gold but couldn’t attend.

RGS Gold DofE qualifying expedition Morocco 2011

Cold for Wales Gold expedition!

Early forecast for our Gold training expedition: high pressure is building to the north in the next week and bringing generally cool & drier conditions to much of the UK it looks like forecast models are suggesting the possibility of COLD and damp conditions for South Wales on the Gold training expedition late October/early November.  Damp conditions might drift in to southern coasts, a particular threat for the Brecon area.

Expect cold frosty nights and cold conditions high up; combine this with forecasts suggesting some damp weather and we could be in for some chilly temperatures on the hills!  Pack warm gear and plenty of layers.

On the plus side, westerly winds are WEAKENING and this means stormy weather is most unlikely.  Weather is more likely to be Polar than Maritime for our trip to Brecon.

See the Reigate Grammar School weather station website for more details.

October 2012 Activities Day expeditions

Over 160 students embarked on DofE activities.  Silver 5th form students enjoyed a multi-activity day at Tilgate Park, Crawley hosted by Dynamic Adventures.  They had a day of team building tasks including cycling, orienteering, raft building and kayaking.  90 Bronze students finished their Bronze expeditions and most groups were absolutely superb, performing well in their navigation but most importantly showing staff that they are ready for more independent expeditions at Silver and Gold level. They clearly demonstrated the skills and attitude required to take care of themselves and the people and environment around them.  Well done to these groups, staff find it a pleasure to work with you and help you pass your dofe and you are a credit to RGS and the DofE scheme.

Activities Day expeditions approaching!

4th year bronze expedition training Tuesday 4-5.30pm in Concert Hall.

5th Year Sign language Tuesday 4-5.30pm Room 12

5th Year Bridge course: Tuesday 4-5pm usual venue

L6 students Gold dofe meeting Thursday 1:15pm D1: KIT CHECK: bring in your waterproofs, boots and maps.  Menus and kit lists must be completed and handed in. Safety and emergencies: next week.  These final meetings are compulsory. Last chance to submit Gold enrolment forms.


  • The RGS DofE Award Ceremony is now happening on April 19 2013 and not its usual slot in January.
  • U6 Gold students who came on the August qualifying expedition should submit their completed EXPEDITION REPORTS.
  • L6 students who completed a Silver hike in July should submit their EXPEDITION REPORT.

Please note some DofE dates this term:

  • 12-13 October: Bronze (4th year) qualifying expedition
  • 12 October: Silver (5th year) activities day programme
  • 29 October – 1 November: Gold (L6) training expedition
  • 16 November: Gold (L6) night hike – for Award Leaders
  • 12 December: Bronze (4th year) conservation day