Dear Families, Students and Old Scholars

I am looking forward to seeing the parents/carers and of course the students who have won awards, certificates and prizes this year at our forthcoming prizegiving event on Thursday 15th October. I do hope that parents/carers can come along to support our students. We are delighted that His Excellency, Lieutenant Governor Sir Richard Gozney and the Minister for Education, Dr Allinson will be amongst the invited guests. As you know this will be my last Prizegiving address as Headteacher of Ramsey Grammar School.

The process to select my successor is now underway and, as I have previously stated, will be concluded by the end of the first week back after half term. I can honestly say that the successful candidate will be taking over a fantastic school with genuinely friendly and hardworking students and a talented and committed group of teachers and support staff.

On a different note entirely, we have had a few queries about our food provision at lunchtime and this has brought to all of our attention the need to promote healthy eating. I have been paying more than usual attention to student choice of food in the canteen whilst on lunchtime duty, and am frequently horrified by the poor choice that some students make. To that end I am devoting this edition of RGS mail to the topic of healthy eating, taking the opportunity to publish sample menus from our canteen to encourage a dialogue around this between yourselves and your children at home. The NHS “Live Well Eat Well” website has some excellent advice which tells us all how to have a healthy balanced diet. According to the website people should try to:

• eat at least 5 portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables every day (see 5 A Day)

• base meals on higher fibre starchy foods like potatoes, bread, rice or pasta

• have some dairy or dairy alternatives (such as soya drinks)

• eat some beans, pulses, fish, eggs, meat and other protein

• choose unsaturated oils and spreads, and eat them in small amounts

• drink plenty of fluids (at least 6 to 8 glasses a day)

You will find more information about all of this by clicking on this link NHS Live Well Eat Well, some information from the website is included in this edition.

Just a reminder as per the letter sent out to Key Stage 4 parents, we have changed the rota in the west dining room (see below menus) to allow older students the chance to have first choice of what is available in the dining room at lunchtime. Please encourage your child/children to read the information on the website so that they can make the right choices.

Mrs A G Baker