Dear Families, Students and Old Scholars

Last month saw the opening of the exhibition at Ramsey Heritage Centre to celebrate 70 years of comprehensive education at Ramsey Grammar School. The exhibition was opened by Mrs Anne Craine, “Old Scholar” and former Minister of Education, who gave a colourful account of the history of the school as well as positive endorsements of its position at the vanguard of comprehensive education. Lieutenant Governor, Sir Richard Gozney, gave a vote of thanks.

We were delighted that a number of prominent people were able to support this event; in attendance were former Chief Minister, Allan Bell, former Treasury Minister, Eddie Teare (who donated his school scarf to the exhibition!) and President of Tynwald, Steve Rodan and his predecessor, Clare Christian. The opening of the exhibition was also an opportunity for us to launch the celebratory First Day Cover, (available for £5 from the West Office, and Ramsey Heritage Centre). Produced by Mike Southall and Ramsey Philatelic Services, the First Day Cover features a photograph of the outside of the East building, taken by our very own “Artist in Residence”, Peter Enright, who is working with his colleagues Fergus Coulter and Megan Walker in school on work placement this term. Mrs Owen led the English department’s contribution to the celebrations in a joint initiative with IOM Post, which saw all KS3 students write a letter to a person of their choice to tell them about our school. Each letter had a specially printed return postcard included with it to encourage people to write back. Students have started to receive replies from the recipients of their letters – one student was stunned to receive a personal reply from Mary Berry! We are very grateful to Maxine Cannon at IOM Post Office for her support with this first class initiative and look forward to seeing the display of replies which is being prepared at the moment.

Our Sixth Form students put prospective candidates for the recent election through their paces at our own RGS version of Question Time, chaired by Mr Davies. The standard of questions asked was excellent, with many candidates commenting afterwards that their quality surpassed that of the questions posed at local meetings in the run-up to the election. We take this opportunity to congratulate Alex Allinson, Lawrie Hooper, Alf Cannan, Tim Baker, Martyn Perkins and Daphne Caine on their election. We look forward to working closely with them for the benefit of the school and the northern community over the next 5 years

Students and staff are busily focusing on priorities for the new academic year and we all look forward to celebrating the achievements of last year in the forthcoming Prizegiving Ceremony on 20th October. I look forward to seeing the prize winners and their families on the evening and to once again celebrating “excellence for all” at Ramsey Grammar School.

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