RPC News

November 2019

Quiz Night

Please SAVE THE DATE for our annual Rokeby Parents’ Quiz Night on Friday 24th January 2020. It is always great fun, and a fantastic way to beat the January blues! More details to follow.

Fireworks

Huge thanks to you all for your amazing support for our Fireworks Display last Friday, and for helping us to raise significant funds for the School and our charities. We were thrilled to have so many people book tickets and to see all our children having such a good time together. Particular thanks to our generous sponsors, Coombe Residential, Kingston Orthodontics and Hoban Design. And heartfelt thanks, in particular, to all our wonderful reps, stall volunteers, and marshals, without whom the event simply couldn’t have happened. We firmly believe that Rokeby is a special place, and its parents like you, who come along, get stuck in and give their time, who help to make it so. We could not be more grateful to you all.

RPC Award

Many congratulations to Raafi M in Year 3, this week’s recipient of our RPC Award. Raafi had his 8th birthday recently and, on his party invitation generously requested that his friends make a donation to charity instead of giving him birthday money or presents.

Please send any further nominations via your son’s form tutor.

RPC Award

This week’s award goes to Daud P in Year 1. During half term, Daud (with some help from his mum and a friend) prepared care bags containing food items, water, socks and gloves, bandages and rucksacks for homeless people in the area. He took the care bags to Kingston Churches Action who are going to distribute them to those in need.

Many congratulations Daud for giving your time to such a worthwhile venture and helping people less fortunate than you.

Please send any nominations for further RPC awards to your son’s form tutor.

October 2019

Summer Ball – new date, Friday 5th June 2020

As you may be aware, it has recently been announced that there’s going to be an additional bank holiday next year to commemorate VE Day.  As our ball date had already been booked prior to this announcement, we have made the decision to move the date to one which we hope will work better for most people.

This year’s ball is being held at the wonderful Hurlingham Club, which we are all really excited about.  Fortunately they have another date available, so please put Friday 5th June, 2020 in your diaries and prepare for a really fabulous evening!

It’ll be a fantastic way for us all to round off another great year at Rokeby, and we really hope that for Year 8 parents especially, you will see this as a great opportunity to celebrate the end of Common Entrance and your boys’ time at Rokeby.

RPC Award 

We are thrilled to announce another worthy winner of our new RPC Award which is presented on an ad hoc basis to any boy or boys who have demonstrated an appreciation of the RPC’s values of charity, giving your time and/fostering community spirit.  Many congratulations to Ruben T in Year 1 who showed great charitable and community spirit by donating a selection of his toys to Epsom Hospital for Children.  If your boys have recently taken part in anything charitable or community-minded, please let their form tutor know.

The Rokeby Parents Circle (RPC) is the social and fundraising arm of the school.

It is made up of a Chairman and Vice-Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary (the “Committee”), together with two representatives from each year group throughout the whole school. The Committee meets regularly to discuss and plan events throughout the year and the class reps then report back to their respective year groups.

There are a number of smaller committees formed to run each event throughout the year for example, the Fireworks Night, Quiz Night, biennial Summer Ball, and Summer Fair. If you would like more information about the RPC and how to get involved or join an event committee, please email us on rokebyrpc@gmail.com.

Fireworks – ticket booking now open!

Tickets are now on sale for the Rokeby Fireworks Display on Friday 8th November from 6.30pm to 8.00pm at Rokeby Sports Ground. Please come along and join in the fun! For more information click here and to book tickets, click here.

RPC Award

Many congratulations to Benny R in Year 3 on being the first ever recipient of our brand new RPC Award.  Benny recently took part in a 5km “Tough Mudder” challenge and raised over £400 for Cancer Research UK. A fantastic achievement!

The RPC Award will be presented, on an ad hoc basis, to any boy (or group of boys) who have demonstrated an appreciation of the RPC’s values of charity, giving your time and/fostering community spirit. So, if your boys have recently taken part in anything charitable or community-minded, please let their form tutor know.

RPC Spending

We are thrilled to announce that we have recently agreed to a number of new purchases for the School, using funds raised through RPC events. For example:

  • A new oven and hob for the Lower School, to use in their baking activities
  • New books for the French Department
  • Classroom games for Year 5
  • A literacy intervention subscription for Learning Support
  • Several exciting speaker visits  – watch this space!

September 2019

 Our fundraising

As you know, Rokeby has a long and proud tradition of supporting wonderful charities through various fundraising events organised by the RPC throughout the year (e.g. fireworks, quiz night, the summer ball and summer fair). Over the past year, the RPC has raised significant funds for the Prader Willi Trust and Eikon.

Traditionally we have had two School charities at any one time (each charity having a tenure of 2 years on a rotational basis, with one new charity being chosen each summer term by incoming reps). In addition, there have been charities chosen by each of the four Rokeby houses, as well as various ad hoc cake sales for different charities held throughout the year.

Following a review of this process and feedback from the parents, a decision has been taken to simplify the way in which the funds raised are divided between the School and other charitable causes. The intention is to make it easier for the boys to understand the School’s role in supporting its chosen charity, and to focus on initiatives which assist vulnerable and less fortunate people in the local area.

Therefore, going forward, the RPC and School will jointly select, from a short list of charities proposed by the boys and/or parents, one School charity every two years. Funds raised from RPC events will be divided equally between:

The School (for purchasing equipment, etc. e.g. RPC funds recently paid for new play tables for the Lower School)

  1. The chosen RPC Charity, which for 2019/2020 remains Eikon (an award-winning charity that has been working in local Surrey communities for over two decades to provide long-term support to some of the country’s most vulnerable young people); and
  2. A fund which will be used to benefit a variety of local charitable causes such as assisting our partnership state-maintained school where government funds have restricted their development.

In addition, each school year the boys will vote on one charity to support across all four Rokeby Houses. Enterprising boys will also continue to be able to organise their own events for charities of their choice.

We hope that this will simplify the process for everyone and result in a better understanding of how the money raised by the RPC is used to support the School and our wider local community. Thank you for your continued support, and we hope to see as many of you as possible at our fund raising events this year.

Michele, Liza, Monika and Chiara – The RPC

July 2019

We wanted to say a final HUGE thank you for all your support over the last year – we hope you and your sons have enjoyed the fireworks, quiz, fun run, summer fair and the mufti days.  With your help, we have raised over £26,000 for our two charities, PWSA and Eikon and the school – a fantastic achievement.

We presented them each with a cheque for £8,700 at the charity assembly last Tuesday as we recapped with the boys on the fun events held during the year that helped make this possible.  We say goodbye to PWSA as their second year comes to an end – they have asked us to pass on their immense gratitude at the £40,000 raised during their two years with Rokeby.  This money will help fund research to identify drugs that can help curb the insatiable hunger that Prader-Willi syndrome sufferers face every day.  Eikon end their first year and are extremely grateful for the monies raised, which will enable a vital counselling service at a local Surrey School to continue as the school is no longer able to afford to provide it.

A full recap of the year will appear in the annual School magazine and can also be found here.  A picture gallery of all the items we have bought for the boys during the year is available to view here.

A huge thank you to all the staff, reps and parents that have helped us during the year – without you, the events simply could not happen.  We would like to welcome Michele, Monika, Liza and Chiara to take over the RPC from September and wish them all the best for the coming year.

We have really enjoyed our time on the RPC and wish you all a relaxing summer break.

Trelawny, Caroline, Penny and Nicky – RPC Committee

June 2019

RPC Summer Fair  – a huge success

This year’s Summer Fair proved to be a huge success.  We had a greater turnout than last year, the weather was kind to us and when combined with the takings from SHUS the week before we raised a staggering £9,000 to be shared between our two charities and the school.

Rokeby’s Got Talent proved a popular new addition to the event and Laser Tag had a constant queue outside it. The annual Year 8 Tug of War was fiercely contested and the ice-cream man did a roaring trade.

Thank you to all of those that came and supported the school and particularly those who set up, manned and helped clear up the stalls at the end of the day.  We could not have done it without you.

Photos from the day are available to view here.

RPC Mufti Day – Tuesday 2nd July

Just to remind you that the RPC Mufti Day will take place on Tuesday 2nd July.

Fair Sponsors – The RPC would like to say a very big thank you to our main sponsors of this year’s Summer Fair.  They are Coombe Residential and Wimbledon Orthodontic Practice.  Their continued support is highly appreciated.

Fair Donations – We will be receiving donations for stalls at drop off from Monday 10th June (or leave in porch in relevant boxes at other times). There will be named boxes for each category.  Please do not leave bags of mixed donations.

We are looking for:-

  • Soft cuddly toys – new or nearly new (please do not bring in dirty soft toys or anything you would not want to receive yourself!!)
  • Used children’s books – please make sure that books are either new or in very good condition
  • Bottles for the bottle tombola – this includes anything from wine, perfume, oil, bath products, cordial.
  • New boxed toys for the toy tombola

Raffle Tickets – will be in your son’s book bags later this week – please check you have received an envelope containing the raffle books. Each ticket costs £1 or a book of 5 for £5.  Please be aware that any raffle ticket stubs and money can be left in the RPC box in reception.

Please complete each ticket stub even if buying the book as tickets are entered individually.  If you have more than one son at the school then either son’s name and year group are sufficient.  If you are bringing friends or family, a name and email address will be fine. First prize is 12 bottles of Veuve Clicquot!

Rokeby’s Got Talent – Open Mic – This year we will be running “Rokeby’s Got Talent” open mic.  If your son/daughter wants to sing, dance, play the spoons or do stand-up comedy – now is their chance!  The stage will be open from 1-2.30 pm for solos or groups – anything goes!

If music is required please ensure it is available on an iPod / iPhone on the day. There will also be performances from Year 2 & 3 during the afternoon.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

May 2019

RPC Summer Fair – Sunday 23rd June – A Family Day Out

Please put the date in your diary.  This is a wonderful event including a variety of both school run and external sellers stalls, food, drink and entertainment for everyone. Please bring friends and family.

Donations of items for the day – Please give generously!

We are looking for:-

  • Soft cuddly toys – new or nearly new (please do not bring in dirty soft toys or anything you would not want to receive yourself!!)
  • Used children’s books – please make sure that books are either new or in very good condition
  • Bottles for the bottle tombola – this includes anything from wine, perfume, oil, bath products, cordial.
  • New boxed toys for the toy tombola

The collection of items will take place Monday 10th – Friday 21st June. Please leave items on the table outside the school gate or the porch in reception.

Cakes & Manning the Stalls

Your reps will be asking for volunteer bakers to make 30 cakes per year group (individual cakes, biscuits, brownies, ideally not whole please) to be brought to RSG on the day.  Ideally, bring a tray of individual cupcakes so these can be handed round.

Your reps will also be asking for help to man the stalls – please help them fill these short time slots.

Many thanks in advance for your help in supporting this event.

SHUS (second-hand uniform sale)

SHUS will not open on Thursday 6th June but there will be 2 opportunities to purchase uniform before the end of term:

  • Friday 14th June 8:30-10: 30 am at the SHUS shed
  • Sunday 23rd June at the Summer Fair at RSG

Donations: Please put any SHUS donations into the box on the Rokeby car park.  Please only give uniform that is in excellent condition and that you yourself would be happy to purchase.  Please do NOT donate white shirts, shorts or trousers as we do not stock them.

New RPC Announcement

We have all very much enjoyed our time on the RPC which comes to an end this year. We have been very fortunate to have four parents who have agreed to take over in September 2019. A big thank to Michele Costain (Chair), Monika Hicks, Lisa Long and Chiara Affley (Treasurer).  We know they will do a great job and wish them all the best.

Rokeby Summer Fair

Please save the date for the Rokeby Summer Fair – a really fun day for all the family.  We will have a variety of stalls, food and entertainment for the children (and parents!) so please join us 12-3pm Sunday 23rd June at RSG.  Please save the date in your diary.

As usual, we rely on your generosity to help this event run successfully so we will be sending out further details before Half Term of how you can help.  We would really appreciate any help you can give.

Brochure Advertisements

We are currently in the process of compiling the Summer Fair brochure.  We are selling advertisement space to local businesses.  The brochure is sent out to approximately 400 families in the school community.  In the past, a hugely broad spectrum of businesses has advertised including wine merchants, photography studios, property companies, babysitting agencies, clothes stores, dentists and doctors.

If you have a business that you would like to advertise or know of any business that might be interested in advertising please contact Belinda Boon (b.pilcher@hotmail.co.uk). The deadline for placing an advertisement is Friday 17th May.


April 2019

Fabulous Fun Run & Egg Hunt – £4,000 Raised

Thank you to all of those that came along to the Easter Fun Run and Egg Hunt.  For those who sadly couldn’t make it this year you really missed out!  It turned out to be a glorious sunny day – rather too hot for those running in full body fancy dress.

We hid over 1,300 eggs for the boys and siblings to find and not a stone was left unturned.  Suzie Roberts our resident Gladiator got everyone warmed up for the races which were fiercely contested. After expending lots of energy competitors tucked into the delicious hot snacks, biscuits and thirst quenching orange and watermelon provided by our catering department.

A staggering £4,000 was raised by the event and we thank all those who took part and helped make it such a success.

A photo gallery is available to view here.


March 2019

Save the date – Easter Egg Hunt and Fun Run

Start training now for the school Easter egg hunt and fun run which will be held on Saturday 30th March from 10 am to 12 noon at RSG.  More details to follow next week.


February 2019

RPC Cake Sale

A big thank you from the RPC team to all parents for their contribution to the cake sale.  It was a great success!

Quiz Night

Thank you to all those who attended the Quiz Night on Friday, it really was a fantastic night. Jules did a wonderful job as Quiz Mistress and an impressive £2,900 was raised, to be divided equally between PWSA, Eikon and the school.  We are most grateful for the support of the staff who put together a team and for the generous sponsorship of the World Gold Council.


January 2019

Welcome back to the Spring Term!

We have 4 main RPC events this term so please put them in your diary.

  • Friday 25th January – Quiz Night held in the Hall at Rokeby and traditionally a relaxed and fun evening with prizes for the winners – sign up! For full details click here.

  • Thursday 7th February – we are holding an RPC information and recruitment event, more details to follow.

  • Thursday 14th February – Mufti/cake sale for all and disco for the younger boys.

  • Saturday 30th March – Easter Fun Run at RSG – what better way to kick start the New Year. Start your training programme now!

Thank you for supporting our events.