Dear Families, Students and Old Scholars
Last half term ended with a wonderful evening celebrating the success of our students at the annual prize giving event. We were privileged to have Richard Radcliffe, former Chairman of Ramsey Town Commissioners, as guest speaker. The assembled audience enjoyed his account of his past school days and of the formative influences of his life and, in particular, his interest in sport. Mr Radcliffe was greatly impressed by the achievements of the students and of the school which, this year, achieved its best ever results. As I said in my address, exam results are not the only expression of an ethos of excellence, and the evening provided the assembled audience with countless examples of how RGS students and staff have excelled over the last academic year.
Our quest for excellence continues in this busy term with students and staff working hard to prepare for the next round of academic challenges in the shape of examinations and assessments.
In preparing for these challenges and following a very successful training input, delivered by educationalist Martin Griffin, we are encouraging students to adopt a Mindset which will enable them to transform commitment, motivation and productivity into successful outcomes. We are asking students to remember the acronym VESPA, which represents a practical guide to enabling students to tackle the challenges in their work. An explanation of this acronym and the questions which prompt a deeper consideration of each impact are provided below.
Vision: How well do you know what you want to achieve?
Effort: How many hours of independent work do you do?
Systems: How do you organise your learning and organise your time?
Practice: What kind of work do you do to practice your skills?
Attitude: How do you respond to setbacks?
Staff will be working with students to develop each of these areas to enable them to reach their full potential. This model provides a practical programme to support students in their work and in their approach to school life in general. If any parents or members of families supporting learning are interested in finding out more about our approach to developing Mindset, please do not hesitate to contact me. We will be incorporating further explanation of VESPA into scheduled presentations over the coming year.
At the end of this month, on the 26th November, the cast of Our House will be performing, along with others, at the Rotary Top Talent Show at the Gaiety Theatre in aid of the Pahar Trust, Nepal and Rebecca House, kindly sponsored by Lazenby Knox. Everyone is welcome to attend the show and tickets are available from the Villa Gaiety Box Office or the Welcome Centre, priced £12.50 each for adults and £8 for children under 16 (who must be
accompanied by an adult).
We look forward to seeing you there!
On the same evening in school, the Northern Explorer Belt Team will be delivering their presentation about their 2016 expedition to Slovakia. We are very proud of the members of the team Flynn Allinson, Sam Bentham, Oliver Brew and Kyle Stevenson who rose to the challenges of this fantastic opportunity.
Mrs A G Baker