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Welcome to the New Year edition of the Gidge.
Upcoming Events

Friday 29 January - Professional Networking Event

Following two successful events at HW Fisher and Google in London, we will be hosting another Professional Networking Event at the Royal Naval Club and Royal Albert Yacht Club, 17 Pembroke Road, Portsmouth,
PO1 2NT on Friday 29 January from 18:00 until 21:00.

This is a perfect opportunity for members of the RHS community in the area to meet and network. If you would like to attend, please contact Fiona Craib, providing your current job title, company and industry/sector by email

Saturday 30 January - Joint Concert of the Band of the
Royal Hospital School and the Royal Marines School of
Music Training Band

The Royal Hospital School Band has been invited to Portsmouth to perform on Saturday 30 January at a joint concert with the Royal Marines School of Music Training Band at St Mary's Church, Fratton Road, Portsmouth, PO1 5PA.

The concert begins at 19:30 and we would like to invite all members of the RHS community to a pre-concert drinks reception in the church from 18:30.

Tickets are £5 and can be purchased by contacting James Pinney
t: 02392 726181 or email:
: RHS. Please note that tickets are not available from School.

Saturday 30 April - Army vs Navy Rugby Match, Twickenham

We have secured our usual block booking of 150 tickets for the annual Army vs Navy rugby match at Twickenham on Saturday 30 April. Seats are located in L9 of the Lower West Stand. Tickets cost £26 Adult and £11 Concessions/U16s.

We will once again be hosting drinks from the minibus which will be located in the North Car Park before and after the match.

For tickets please contact Fiona Craib e:
Deadline is Friday 5 February. We regret that pupils are not permitted to attend due to Saturday being a normal school day.
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Graham Napier Cricket Academy

grahamWe are delighted to announce that current Essex CCC cricketer, Graham Napier, will be joining RHS when he retires from the professional game at the end of the season. In September 2016 he will launch the 'Graham Naper Cricket Academy,' with the aim of establishing a high profile centre of cricketing excellence, which develops young cricketers to fulfil their potential, promoting participation at all levels and ages including girls' cricket and enhancing the reputation of cricket at RHS.

Graham has played first-class cricket for his home county of Essex since the outset of his senior career in 1997. Between 1997 and 1999 he played in four Youth Test matches for England against Zimbabwe, South Africa (twice) and Australia's respective U19 teams. He was also a member of the 1998 U19 Cricket World Cup-winning squad. Graham will be working closely with the school in the run up to the launch of the Academy.

In the meantime, we welcome Paul Cohen as our temporary (full-time) Head of Cricket for the Lent and Summer Term. Paul was previously Head of Boys' PE at St Paul's Catholic College, Sunbury (2013-15).
Royal Hospital School Association

Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 June
2016 - Reunion Weekend
reunionWe are delighted to announce that this year's Reunion Weekend will take place on 25/26 June.

The format will include lunch in the newly refurbished dining hall, House tours, Sports Day and an Old Boys cricket match.

On Saturday night there will also be a formal dinner in the Jellicoe Room (priced at £35pp) and BBQ in the 'Shed' (priced at £12.50pp).

Bookings will open in March. A provisional schedule is available on the RHS Community website.

RHSA Rugby Shirts
This is a last opportunity to purchase Royal Hospital School Association rugby shirts for delivery in time for the Army vs Navy rugby match at the end of April.

A Game Sports, the new supplier has a proven track record of producing quality garments.

The deadline for orders is 13 January. Shirts should be despatched within 4-5 weeks of the deadline. Click rugbyshirt to order.
Upcoming Music Events

Saturday 30 January 19:30
Joint Concert with the Royal Marines School of Music Training Band and the Band of the Royal Hospital School

St Mary's Church, Fratton Road,
Portsmouth, PO1 5PA.
Tickets £5. Contact James Pinney REF: RHS
email: or telephone: 02392 726181
Pre-concert drinks from 18:30

Friday 5 February 19:00
Music Scholars' Concert
This concert is a celebration of musical talent and an opportunity to hear some extraordinarily gifted pupils perform.
Burns Recital Hall
Tickets: Free
Pre-concert drinks from 18:30

Saturday 6 February 19:00

The Music of Great Swing Bands
The internationally renowned BBC Big Band present an evening of world-class big-band music inspired by the finest swing bands and composers of the 20th Century.
Assembly Hall
Adults £15, Concessions £10, Students free

Friday 26 February 19:00

(Note change of date from 29 January)
Robbie Gladwell's Blind Panic
with supporting bands from the Royal Hospital School

Founded in 2011, Robbie Gladwell's Blind Panic are based out of Sudbury and play classic rock covers spanning the 60s to modern day.
Burns Recital Hall
Adults £10, Concessions £7, Students Free

School Rugby Tour

Saturday 16 April - Saracens vs Harlequins, Wembley

This summer the School will be taking a senior squad of 25 boys from Years 10, 11 and 12 to South Africa on the first long haul tour since 2004. The tour will visit Johannesburg, Cape Town and surrounding areas.

The squad will be playing five fixtures at some of the top schools in the country, as well as some of the most deprived townships. The tour will provide a once in a lifetime opportunity for all participants, no doubt creating life-long friendships.

As part of the preparations, the squad have been asked to find ways to raise funds towards the Tour. One of the pupils contacted premiership rugby club Saracens, and has secured a £5 contribution for every ticket sold for the thirteenth annual Saracens vs Harlequins match at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 16 April,
using the code 'RHS'.


Tickets purchased before 26 March will also be seated together and located either in Tier 1 or Tier 3. Adults £20 and U16/Concessions £7.50.

IMPORTANT BOOKING INFORMATION: Please make sure you click Buy Tickets located within the 'Clubs and Schools' paragraph on the Saracens homepage
or click here to go directly to Ticketmaster page.
RHS Parents' Association

The Association (or RHSPA) exists to provide the following opportunities for parents and guardians:
  • To meet socially and create new friendships
  • To support the School Annual Fund through fundraising
  • To act as a channel for two-way communication between parents and school management on whole school issues.
The Committee is keen to hear from parents and guardians about events that they would like to attend or if you have any new ideas for fundraising.

The Committee is always looking for volunteers to help and there are many ways you can support the RHSPA as a volunteer. Coordinating or helping with one of the fundraising events, writing copy for the website, providing articles for publication, acting as an RHSPA House social representative or by serving refreshments before Divisions.

If you are interested in helping in any way, or would simply like to provide feedback, please email us:

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