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Dear Old Wycombiensian 

Schools evolve just as quickly as the pupils we send through our doors. Our pupils and staff leave a fingerprint on the way we work as a community. You all left your mark on the school whilst you were here and we are eager to hear your news, wherever you are in the world. 

Keeping in contact with our alumni can be a challenge at the best of times. The rise of social networking means we can put RGS back in the picture – follow us on here or on social media to keep up to date with our news and so that we can keep up to date with yours. OWs have access to a number of events throughout the year so please don’t forget to check the OW news and events page too. 

I am very keen to welcome OWs back to RGS whether it be a concert, sporting event or whether you are willing to come to talk to our boys to inspire them about university, professions or life time achievements. Please do get in touch if you can help or would just like to come and have a look around the school. 

All the very best 

Philip Wayne 
Headmaster 

Ways to donate

The 1562 Society at the RGS High Wycombe

1562 is an important year in the history of RGS High Wycombe. It is the year in which Queen Elizabeth I granted the School a Royal Charter. Five centuries later, much of RGS has altered beyond recognition. But what remains unchanged is the School’s distinctive ethos and commitment to build on its rich heritage, and, in so doing, to further develop its reputation as one of the finest state selective schools in the UK.

The 1562 Society was established for individuals within the RGS community who share this dedication and commitment to the School. Individuals are recognised for demonstrating significant support for RGS through the giving of their time, resources or expertise.

For our financial supporters this means donating £15,620 or more in a given academic year or by remembering RGS through a legacy. With gift aid, a donation of £15,620 is worth a huge £19,525 to RGS (the actual cost to higher and additional rate taxpayers just £11,715 and £10,739 respectively)

As a member of the 1562 Society, you will receive:

 An invitation to our annual 1562 Society reception, hosted by the Headmaster.

 An annual 1562 Society e-newsletter, updating you on what’s happening at RGS and the difference your donations are making.

 Special acknowledgement on our website and in relevant RGS publications (unless preferring to remain anonymous).

 A 1562 tie.

Donations can be made to any of our fundraising programmes be that the RGS Annual Fund, one of our ‘Friends of’ groups or a standalone fundraising campaign for a specific project within the School. Membership of the 1562 Society is limited to 100 individuals per year. 

For the academic year 2019/20, all funds raised by the 1562 Society will be used to support the Sixth Form Centre fundraising campaign. 

Thank you!

A big thank you from RGSPA and Friends of …

Hockey

Friends of Hockey are looking forward to seeing you next year at the OW vs RGS Hockey match on 3 April 2020. Thank you to all of you who support our players.

Music

A big thank you also to Friends of Music, who tirelessly provide refreshments for all musical events, and generally enhance the musical environment in practical ways, and enable us to purchase instruments that give the boys more opportunities. 

This year that particularly included two new electric pianos, a number of brass instruments for class use, a batch of clarinets that are allowing us to start a clarinet project just as we have the brass project, and a top up of guitars and ukuleles. West Side Story was a great success …. Thank you for supporting us by attending our events and working tirelessly behind the scenes.

Rowing

Thank you for supporting the RGS Rowers. We are delighted to say that it has been announced that we are one of the AVIVA Community Award winners (up to £1000). Plus, our Crowdfunder campaign that ran in parallel attracted very generous pledges totalling just over £1000. We are hugely grateful for your generosity as we continue to fundraise for a new boat for the boys. More boats = more opportunities.

Rugby

Thank you to all of you for all your hard work and commitment through tthe rugby season. It would be an impossible job without your time and energy and we are ever grateful to have your support.

Cricket

Thank you to those who come back to play and inspire our future cricketers at the annual Duncan Moore Cricket Match.

RGS Benevolent Fund

It is an honour to be part of the community

The Benevolent Fund was established in December 1958 after the school raised over £20, which was divided between Dr Barnardo’s Homes and the Mayor’s Fund. As a result of this effort it was decided to start a regular Benevolent Fund with voluntary weekly collections. As was then, the prefects are responsible for the collection from each form.

The Benevolent Fund is our promise as a school community that we will always come together in support of those looking to make a difference in society. We hope that our fundraising goes a little way towards achieving those aims. 


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