Welcome back.

We hope that everyone enjoyed the Easter break and that the students have returned reinvigorated and ready to face the many and varied challenges ahead and to embrace the opportunities of the summer term. Many of our KS4 and KS5 students will have spent the Easter holidays revising, and we are grateful to the staff who volunteered to provide revision classes for exam students during the break. As we approach the exam season, we are encouraging the students the take every available opportunity to obtain the advice and support that they need to get the best results possible.

I would like to pay tribute in this month’s edition of RGS Mail to the superb efforts of our Sixth Form students who have truly covered themselves in glory over recent weeks particularly through the school’s Sixth Form Enrichment programme. You will see from the blog that ‘Jumpstart,’ one of our Sixth Form Junior Achievement companies, won the overall competition and will consequently be representing the Isle of Man at the European Finals of the Junior Achievement Company Programme in Belgrade, Serbia in July. We did “the double” in Sixth Form competition terms by winning the Sixth Form Charity Challenge also. The winning team was made up of members of our Year 12 Global Perspectives group. Supported by teacher, Mr Shimmin, the group represented the school and their chosen charity, the Pahar Trust, Nepal, with distinction. Their efforts resulted in the award of a £3500 prize donation which will go towards the work of the Pahar Trust in building schools in Nepal. We were particularly delighted to be able to support this charity in view of our established link with Gumlek School in Nepal.

In addition to these wonderful achievements, a number of Sixth Form students completed training to help elderly people in their community through the Northern Live at Home Scheme. This is a charity that supports the island’s older generation by relieving social isolation and loneliness. We are delighted that so many of our students signed up for this scheme, giving up some of their free time to make a significantly positive difference in the lives of elderly members of the community.

The enrichment programme also offers students the chance to further academic studies, examples of which are the Italian and German lessons run once a week by the Language team at RGS. These lessons allow students to learn a new language not otherwise studied at the school, giving them a chance to achieve a speaking qualification and furthering opportunities for students to showcase their language skills in the Linguistics Olympiad. The Olympiad is a multiple-round challenge in which participants attempt to solve language-based problems focusing on languages from remote towns in Africa or Pacific Islands such as Palau. Three out of four RGS students were the highest achievers and, as a result, George Boles and Alice Lowden from Sixth Form, together with Emily Gray from Year 11 will compete at the International Linguistics Olympiad in Prague this summer! We wish them well.

In addition, Erin Millar was presented with the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award at Government House during the Easter holidays. To cap it all, Mera Royle won the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Musician of the Year award in Belfast during the holidays. As we all know at Ramsey Grammar School, Mera is an outstandingly talented harpist and this accolade will, we are sure, serve to showcase her talents to a much wider audience. We are extremely proud of Mera and of everyone who has helped her to develop her musical talent to such an extent.

We hope that our Year 11 students will be inspired by the success of this year’s Sixth Form students and that they will work hard to gain the grades necessary to progress into our Sixth Form here at RGS. Those who attended the recent Sixth Form Open Evening had the opportunity to see at first-hand the superb range of courses and enrichment opportunities which we are now proud to be able to offer to students. Please remind yourselves of all of these by clicking on the links to the information presented on the evening on our website.

Next month we are celebrating a year of Live Screening at RGS. Details of our celebration will be published in next month’s RGS Mail. In the meantime, take yourself along to the rescheduled screening of ‘A Winter’s Tale’ on 25th April. We hope this will become a work of fiction after the cold winter from which we have just emerged!

RGS Mail April 2018