Dear Families, Students and Old Scholars

The annual RGSA Community Quiz was a triumph as usual! Thank you to the RGSA Committee members, in particular Sharon Henery and Deborah Stafford, for organising this brilliant event and to my colleagues who provided the questions to confound you all. The eventual winners were “Tequila Mockingbird” who walked off with the much coveted Community Quiz trophy having amassed a creditable score of 132 points.

Congratulations also to Amelie Shimmin and Georgia Dobbie who were part of the winning act at last week’s “Next Big Thing” competition. This confirms what we already know - that our school is brimming with all kinds of creative talent.

You will have received a letter from me highlighting road safety danger in relation to to students getting off the bus outside the west building and the increasing tendency for parents to drop their children off. Could I please ask you to heed the warning in the letter in relation to the safety of our students who access the west building and are clearly being put at risk by the continuing issues we are seeing outside the west building in particular.

On the issue of health and safety, can I ask you to please support us in ensuring that students do not come to school with varnished nails or with nail extensions. Nails must be cut back and only clear varnish is allowed to be worn. We have noticed a few lapses in adhering to our uniform policy and to the reminders I issued by letter last term. I restate in particular, that lycra skirts and leggings are not to be worn for school. A copy of December’s uniform letter and my recent letter about the road safety issues is enclosed in this month’s RGS Mail.

Finally, you will no doubt be aware that, as a result of an industrial dispute with the Department of Education, Sport and Culture, teachers in the Association of School Leaders (ASCL), National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) and the National Association of Schoolmasters/Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) are either currently engaged in or are preparing for taking part in industrial action short of strike. As I said in a recent radio interview this action is directed against the Department of Education, Sport and Culture. Every effort will be made to minimise the impact on students and parents. Should there be any disruption to normal arrangements we will inform you in writing with as much notice as possible.

School closes for half term on Friday 14th February, I wish you all a pleasant break.

Mrs A G Baker