Dear Families, Students and Old Scholars

We were delighted to receive the Manx Gas Award for Workplace Wellbeing at the recent IOM Newspapers Awards for Excellence at the Villa Marina. All staff at Ramsey Grammar School, supported and encouraged by the Director of Pastoral Care and Wellbeing, Josie Corrin, have contributed towards the achievement of this award by engaging in the now wide ranging programme of activities which the school puts on to support its staff.

Although it is a wonderful vocation, teaching can be a demanding and occasionally stressful job and it is our belief at Ramsey Grammar School that we need to be proactive in looking after our most precious and expensive resource – our staff. Winning this award again connects RGS with the word Excellence and enables us to celebrate our positive Way of Being. We hope that our explicit commitment to staff wellbeing will encourage future job applicants to apply to work in our school.

Following a moving ceremony recently held in school to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One, the Lieutenant Governor, Sir Richard Gozney, will again be visiting school this week to talk about his life as a Diplomat with the sixth form students. We know that this will help to further embed global perspectives into our Way of Being in Ramsey. Our sixth form students are very much looking forward to learning from someone as well travelled and accomplished as Sir Richard. We thank him once again for going out of his way to support the various endeavours of our students and staff.

I must give a big shout-out to our Parents Association, RGSA, who have had a bid to become the chosen cause of the Ramsey Co-op Local Causes Campaign accepted. This means that anyone who signs up and chooses RGS as its chosen cause will automatically donate 1% of what they spend to creating and refurbishing the café in the centre of our Student Services and Support area. This will provide a real life vocational setting which will benefit students whose learning style is founded on more practical activities and will also provide a base for what we hope will also be an increasing number of community activities and gatherings. Please see the instructions in this month’s RGS Mail as to how to sign up.

Finally, I cannot believe that we are already approaching the end of 2018! We are looking forward to our Carol Concert on Wednesday 19th December at St Paul’s Church, which marks for many the official start of Christmas. I take this opportunity to wish you and your family a Healthy and Happy Christmas and look forward to seeing many of you at the forthcoming RGS Community Quiz on Friday 25th January 2019! Please click on the link below for the full RGS Mail.

Mrs A G Baker