Dear Families, Students and Old Scholars

It’s Standalone Week again!

This morning I waved off over 200 Ramsey Grammar School students departing on trips around the UK and Europe as Standalone Week comes around once again in the school’s calendar. Off island trips include Brussels, as well as the oversubscribed Valkenburg trip which has returned by popular demand. Our students will also be visiting London, Liverpool and Yorkshire, as well as mountain biking in Wales. This year we again have a fantastic range of on-island activities, ranging from sports camp, “Murder, Mystery and Mayhem”, ceramic painting, bowling and Lazerblast to well-being classes and Exit Strategy!

Massive thanks in particular for organising this year’s on island activities to Bev Butler-Smith who has worked tirelessly in spite of not feeling 100% well. We look forward to hearing tales of the adventures of our students and staff when they return to school next week.

We are delighted to announce that Ramsey Grammar School has received the Best Secondary School Farm Award. The award was presented at the School Farms Network Education Alliance Conference held at the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester at the end of June. The award was a fitting tribute to the hard work and dedication of Rural Science Teacher, Marion Cottier and her team of staff and student volunteers. The awards were presented by “Countryfile” presenter, Adam Henson, who visited the school in 2015. Attended by 100 students, teachers and education practitioners from across the UK, the Schools Farm Network Education Alliance Conference was a golden opportunity for those passionate about school based farm learning and developing pathways to higher education to come together and share knowledge and expertise. We are delighted to have emerged at the top of the tree!

Congratulations also to Mera Royle, who last week received the North American Manx Award for her contribution to music. She played her harp beautifully at the presentation in the Tynwald building.

Head Boy and Girl, Jake Moore and Niamh Macken and their deputies have had a busy week attending Manx National Week events and supporting school on Tynwald Day at the head of the Tynwald Day parade and at Ramsey Rotary Club Sunday Funday. They are doing an excellent job of showing what is best about Ramsey Grammar School, which they did with particular flamboyance and distinction on Sunday in their Peter Pan themed outfits!

On this theme, Peter Pan was screened in our National Theatre Experience venue this weekend and we look forward to an exciting new programme of live performances by the Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Opera House and the National Theatre Live. We are hopeful of staging a number of musicals, the first of which will be “Follies” on 16th November.

The next screening will be an Encore performance of Angels in America Part 1 on 14th September, with Part 2 on 21st September (Perestroika). Angels in America is a unique two-night event, broadcast in two parts, each one week apart. The two parts are two halves of the same story, so audiences need to see both parts to fully experience the show and see the whole story. Tickets are available online at rgstheatre.ticketsolve.com/shows or by contacting the Villa Gaiety Box Office. NTL describe this as the “theatrical event of 2017” so don’t miss out!

Finally, I take this opportunity to bid a fond farewell to a number of staff who are leaving Ramsey Grammar School for pastures new this summer. We wish Rachel Smith, Nikki Arthur, Katherine Brown, Caitlin Hotham, Julie Rahman and Sarah Robinson all the very best for the future. In particular, we wish a very long and happy retirement to Rosie Allison who leaves RGS this year after 15 years’ service to the school. The best of luck to you all.

I would like to wish all staff, students and members of the RGS community, family and friends a long and happy summer holiday filled with laughter and sunshine. I look forward to seeing some of you in August as you return to school to receive your much anticipated examination results.

A Level results – Thursday 17th August

GCSE results – Thursday 24th August

Mrs A Baker

Headteacher

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