Dear Families, Students and Old Scolars

In the second half of this busy half term we are preparing for a number of major events in the school’s calendar including the annual prizegiving ceremony which will take place in the West Hall on Thursday 11th October. This year, we are delighted to have the Chief Minister, Hon Howard Quayle, MHK and the President of Tynwald, Hon Steve Rodan, with us to celebrate the outstanding achievements of students in the school.

The prizegiving evening provides me with a fitting platform to pay tribute to Genevieve Vidal-Bentham, the former RGS Head of MFL who sadly died this summer. Mrs Vidal-Bentham led the languages department with distinction and will always be remembered by the staff and especially by the students of RGS.

We are building up to another major event with the annual school show which this year features a soundtrack familiar to many of you in the production of We Will Rock You. “The cast and crew” are working hard to prepare for the performances on Wednesday 24th, Thursday 25th and Friday 26th October. Tickets are now on sale; we urge you to get yours quickly to avoid disappointment. This year we are grateful for the assistance of Justin McMullen of ELS, who is helping us with the lighting and sound technical side of the performance allowing our talented staff to concentrate on honing the performance skills of our wonderful students. Please look out for the brilliant photo montage for the show soon to be displayed on the Lezayre Road Bridge. This showcases the talents of our resident photography expert, Stuart Curran, who has reproduced the famous Queen sleeve cover for Bohemian Rhapsody! I am sure it will be a fantastic show. I would like to thank my hardworking staff in advance for the hours and days they have put into the preparations for this show, as ever this is very much appreciated by us all.

This week we look forward to possibly our best audience for a live screening event in school for the encore performance of “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie” on Thursday 4th October. This performance will feature our legendary themed “drinks and nibbles” during the interval, which this week reflect the setting of the show in a school. This edition of RGS Mail again features our full programme of live screened events which we are delighted to see are increasing in popularity. Please book in advance via the school website link www.ramseygrammarschool.im, or via the Welcome Centre. It looks like musicals are very popular with our audience in the north – please note that the King & I features on our programme at the end of November and already tickets are selling well.

Next week an election will take place of our school council already populated by Head Girl and Head Boy, Caitlin Allinson and Oliver Cowan. Caitlin and Oliver have hit the ground running in their new roles and in addition to their involvement with the school council are about roll out a mentoring scheme which will see sixth form students supporting students in Year 7/8, initially in tutor groups and in class.

The visit of Jane Poole-Wilson, MLC, last week with the Suffragette flag (see the school blog) reminds us of all the importance of exercising our democratic right to vote, also of the sacrifice made by many people to enshrine this right in law. We urge our students therefore to take part in the election to choose the people they would like to represent their views in school.

Finally, just a reminder that the half term holiday is approaching fast – school will close from Monday 27th October – Friday 2nd November.

Mrs A G Baker