Dear Families, Students and Old Scholars

I cannot believe how quickly this year has flown by – already Standalone Week is upon us and students and staff are looking forward to a fantastic week filled with extra-curricular trips and learning opportunities. This year there are trips to Brussels and Paris, together with on-island activities such as the legendary “Laxey Taxi” and Snaefell descent and all kinds of interesting and exciting things to do.

Year 10 students of course, are already on work experience and next week will be in the second week of their engagement in the world of work. Mrs Butler-Smith has done a fantastic job of coordinating standalone activities, as has Mr Lillie on the work experience front. We look forward to hearing accounts of this week’s “Standalone” from all concerned in the last week of term.

As we look forward to the summer holiday, spare a thought for our exam students who will be eagerly awaiting their results. A Level results are available on Thursday 18th August and GCSEs on Thursday 25th August. Parents of these students should already have received information with details of arrangements for the days, but please do check on the Wiki if you need a reminder.

There have been a number of successes to celebrate in the final part of the year, including the North American Manx Award gained by Maian Salmon in the Manx Language category and by Liam Miller for Contribution to the Community. Ramsey Grammar School was proudly represented by our students at the wreath laying memorial for the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme and the Schools’ Parade at Tynwald on 5th July.

Year 9 students were highly commended for their work with “old scholars” and members of the Probus Club who visited school recently and took part in the “Tell Me” project to commemorate 70 years of RGS as the first comprehensive school in the British Isles.

Our sportsmen and women displayed remarkable resilience on a rather wet sports day this week but we were all hugely impressed with the achievements of everyone who took part. Mr Ideson and Mrs Mooney will be providing a full account at the Sports Award Evening early in the new academic year.

Year 6 students who will be joining us in September are currently in school for the intake days and are looking forward to the inter-house fun day. Fingers crossed for good weather also for the remainder of this term and the summer holidays!

I wish you all a very pleasant break, full of sunshine and laughter and look forward to seeing you all again at the start of the 2016/17 term.

Mrs A G Baker


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