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Date: 22/06/2017

What do a candle, a parchment and quill, a lily, a bottle of Worcestershire Sauce and an acorn have in common? The Headmaster explained at the annual Commemoration Service this week how each of these things represent a key part in over 1300 years of RGS history.

The parchment represented the first written record of the School. The candle stood for the dispute with St Nicholas’ Church rector in 1291. The Worcestershire Sauce represented our move to the Tything almost 150 years ago and Charles William Perrins’ support of the School. The lily related to the merger with The Alice Ottley School and the welcoming of Springfield into the RGS family in 2007. Finally, the acorn marked the opening of RGS The Grange 20 years ago in 1996.

The service was held in Worcester Cathedral, which was once the centre of a monastic community. RGS can lay claim to educating the relations of the monks since 685, making the Cathedral a fitting location for the current community to meet and commemorate our illustrious past.

Pupils from all three Schools read prayers reminding us of our past. Readings by Sixth Form students encouraged reflection on our current community values, such as selflessness in The Good Samaritan.

Spell-binding musical performances also reflected the past and the present. Chamber Choir sang Brewer’s Magnificat and Elbow’s One Day Like This. Departing Upper Sixth student, Carys Selvey, mesmerised the Cathedral audience with a solo performance of her own composition This Moment. As Carys leaves RGS to pursue a career in the music industry, her piece illustrated what bright futures our pupils can look forward to after their time at our School.

The Headmaster asked us all to reflect on the School’s motto ‘cherish the past, look to the future’ and all the elements of Tuesday’s service couldn’t have displayed this more poignantly, especially the venue where it all began.

Mr Tuki Rounds, Assistant Head (Co-Curricular)