Our eagerly anticipated annual festive message is here! As always the Royal Grammar School Newcastle radiates the warmth of our school community. This year's release, however, has an extra special dynamic...
RGS's mighty 'Kat's Chorus has spread its wings beyond the school gates in this unique Christmas collaboration. A partnership which has blossomed over a number of years between RGS and nine primary schools in the west of Newcastle (the Outer West Learning Trust), sparked the genesis of the 2023 Big Festive Sing.
Earlier this year RGS music teachers delivered workshops to 1,500 children in the west Newcastle partnership schools on the theme of the song, 'Best Day of My Life'. Interesting conversations around what the best day of their lives would be were explored and a common theme emerged: music and its power to uplift, football - and more specifically Newcastle United - and the sense of belonging in our great city. This led to there being only one location suitable to fulfil the brief - St James' Park!
RGS believes great things are possible when schools work together for the greater good of the region, through sharing moments of joy, inspiration and innovation. Our collective efforts were nationally recognised earlier this term as RGS won the national 'Independent School of the Year' in particular recognition for our outstanding educational partnerships. This accolade was a driving catalyst to produce this year's video as one which represents our integral, wider community; including our commercial partners who provide essential funds to support these important projects and programmes which benefits young people across the North East.
Junior School children inevitably seek an element of magic and on this occasion, Santa had heard about all the good happening across the region between teachers sharing best practice and students being inspired. Watch below to see what made this the Best Day of their Lives and who our special guest was...
In 2022-23, RGS Partnerships activities reached over 10,000 children from over 100 schools. If you would like to find out more about our Social Impact click here, or to get involved please get in touch at email@example.com.
Merry Christmas to all of our friends across the region!
Schools involved were Throckley Primary, Newburn Manor Primary, Westerhope Primary West Denton Primary, Simonside Primary, Lemington Riverside Primary, Milecastle Primary, Waverley Primary and RGS Newcastle
RGS Partners are British Engines, Reece Foundation, TSG, Stagecoach, HMCK Charity, Digital SchoolHouse and Classics for All.