Dear Families, Students and Old Scholars

Undeterred by the snowy start to March, Mrs Owen and the English team have been running an outstandingly successful Readathon in our school library today (02/03/18). Starting at 7 am and reading continually for 16 hours until 11 pm, staff, students and friends of the school have been reading from their favourite books using a relay system. Readers and students were treated to a vast variety of literature spoken in a wide range of languages including English, Irish, Manx, Afrikaans, Greek and Ndebele!

Students have been encouraged to collect sponsorship so that a donation could be made to “Read for Good”, an organisation which helps buy books for children on hospital wards. The Readathon has been a fantastic initiative which has encouraged us all to read as well as raising funds for an excellent cause. I would like to thank Mrs Owen and her colleagues in the English Department and everyone who has taken part in this excellent event. You can see some pictures in RGS Mail.

There are so many things in our school like this which are a source of great pride to us all, not least the work of Mrs Cottier and Mr Spencer who work so hard all year round, but particularly in the lambing season in addition to their day jobs, Mrs Cottier and Mr Spencer have maintained a round the clock vigil to ensure the safe delivery of the offspring of our RGS sheep. They took turns to stay on-site overnight for a period in excess of 6 weeks to be on hand to ensure that all was well with the sheep. I would like to thank both of them officially for capturing the true spirit of several values in the RGS “Way of Being” in the work that they have done. “Fairness” is the featured “way of being” value for this half term and students have been reminded of the contribution made by the island’s Sophie Goulden to the cause of women’s rights. The film “Suffragette” will be shown to Year 9 students this week to celebrate the achievement of Sophia Goulden’s daughter, Emmeline Pankhurst, whose story reminds us of the sacrifices made in the cause of promoting “Fairness”.

“Wonder Woman”, details of which are also enclosed in this month’s edition.As I told the students in assembly, it is sadly still necessary to champion equal rights for women even today, especially since the results of the “Drawing the Future” survey completed by students in our partner primary schools indicate that gender stereotyping is still an issue.

I would be delighted if you would support these events and also our live screening events in the Northern Theatre Experience in order to enjoy quality entertainment and to open up new avenues to learning.

Talking of learning, Year 11 students will soon be encouraged to sign up for Easter revision sessions to help them with their exam preparation during the holidays.I take the opportunity to remind you that the Easter holidays commence on Friday 30th March and students return to school on Monday 16th April.Let’s hope that March which has “come in like a lion”, goes “out like a lamb”!

Annette Baker


RGS Mail March 2018