Dear Families, Students and Old Scholars

Well done to the staff and students involved in any way with the fantastic production of We Will Rock You, which was performed to a full-house every night in the run up to half term. We have received many messages of congratulation, including a letter from His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor who commented “The production of We Will Rock You was fantastic. Thank you for including me on the opening night, we thoroughly enjoyed it.” Marlene Hendy, MLC commented “I can honestly say I cannot remember when I smiled so much and for so long.” Mrs Anne Craine said “What a wonderful performance of We Will Rock You that was! Please pass on our thanks and congratulations to all involved. I think it will be a long time until we see anything so well put together”. We are all extremely proud of staff and students and delighted with the extremely positive feedback we have received about the production and the school.

We return to school this week to a series of activities and events led and devised by Andrew Wilkinson to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War 1. We will be welcoming His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor back to RGS this Friday to a ceremony of commemoration which will take place in the west on the last school day before Armistice Sunday. Among those present will be members of the House of Keys and members of the community whose families have close connections and associations with soldiers who fought in World War 1. One of our talented students will be playing the Last Post as His Excellency lays a wreath at the feet of one of the “silhouette soldiers” placed in the quad as a tribute to the fallen. Each student has been given a red ribbon to tie to the tennis court fence to create a memorial to each of the 1065 Manx soldiers who died in WW1. There are a number of respectful and moving displays around the school to commemorate this significant anniversary. We will be showing excerpts of the digitally reworked footage of WW1 in the film “They Shall Not Grow Old” which we highly recommend to parents/carers. If you wish to watch the film yourself, you can sign up to a free account with the TES by clicking on this link https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/first-world-war/ and following instructions to create an account. Through all of these events we are endeavouring to educate this generation of school children about WW1 and about the ultimate sacrifice made by so many. We hope, as always, that Education will open the door to a wider understanding which will enable us all to solve our differences peacefully in the future, thereby avoiding the horrors of war.

Lest We Forget.

Mrs A G Baker