Dear Families, Students and Old Scholars

We have had a great deal of positive feedback about the school, its students and staff, about Year 6 Open Evening, when we welcomed students in Year 6 to Ramsey Grammar School. We know that this is a wonderful school but it is always good when people new to the school acknowledge this, in particular when they too recognise how hard staff work and how polite, courteous and friendly the students at RGS are. I talked to new students and their families about our Way of Being and we are delighted to promote our values of Respect, Responsibility, Trustworthiness, Fairness, Community and above all, Kindness. I take this opportunity to thank all of the students who helped at the event, including those who supported subject staff in classrooms, as well as Sixth Form students who did a wonderful job as guides for our visitors.

The work of this busy term continues as exam classes in Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 prepare for the challenges ahead in the not too distant future. We thank parents and carers for the support you provide to our students and look forward to continuing to work with you all to ensure the best outcomes for them in their forthcoming examinations. After half term we will be inviting exam students to sign up for Easter revision classes. As usual we will be offering classes to provide extra support to students to help them keep their knowledge topped up during this year’s late Easter holidays, after which the exam season is very much upon us all.

To support students, parents and carers with concerns relating not just to exams, but to many other aspects of modern life which can impact on health and wellbeing, Director of Health and Wellbeing, Josie Corrin has organised a Health and Wellbeing Information Evening on Wednesday 27th February. All parents and carers from RGS and from our new Year 6 are invited to attend what promises to be a hugely informative and supportive evening. Please indicate your attendance by completing the reply slip on the letter sent out recently or contact Mrs Corrin for more information. A copy of the letter is also available on the school website. Please remember that all are welcome from the families and extended families of our students, present and future.

Congratulations are in order to Harry Dunne from Year 12 who has just been awarded the NASA Space scholarship to America this summer, a particularly appropriate time given that this year is the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing by the crew of Apollo 11 in July 1969. We know that Harry will benefit enormously from this fantastic opportunity.

Congratulations also to ‘Chindle’s Chicks’, the winners of the recent RGSA annual community quiz. They won a closely contested competition organised by our wonderful Parents’ Association. We are always looking for new members to join RGSA. If you are interested in finding out what this involves please contact Angela Haslett via the school office for more information. Thank you also to everyone who sponsored raffle prizes and in particular to the Coop for their continued support to the school. Please do not forget to nominate us as your chosen cause if you are a member of the Coop. If you aren’t, it is very easy to sign up via www.coop.co.uk/membership.

Finally, I would like to thank Parent Governor, Andrea Needham, for all of her work to support the school as she stands down from the role of Parent Governor due to work commitments. Andrea is a fantastic friend of the school and we are lucky to still have her working directly with us as a member of RGSA. We are now beginning the process of recruiting a new Parent Governor. You will find a letter inviting prospective candidates to come forward in this edition of RGS Mail.

We are nearly at the end of a short but very busy half term. I would like to wish you all a very pleasant break and look forward to continuing to work closely with you all afterwards.

Mrs A G Baker


February 2019