Dear Families, Students and Old Scholars

By the time you read this we will be in full swing with regards to public examinations for our Year 11 and Year 13 students. Both year groups formally leave school this half term with the leaving date for Year 13 on Friday 17th May and Year 11 Record of Achievement Day on Thursday 23rd May. Once again we wish all students the best of luck as they face the exam challenges ahead.

We are delighted to confirm that Isle of Man legend, Hector Duff, has accepted our invitation to open our new Sixth Form extension on Wednesday 26th June. A number of invited guests will be in attendance including His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor, Sir Richard Gosney. We will provide full details of the event in next month’s RGS Mail and will include details of the exhibition of A Level artwork which will take place on the same day in the new extension. We are very proud of the high standard of artwork produced by students in the school and are pleased to be able to showcase this to invited guests on the day as well as to parents of the students concerned.

The prize money won by Olivia Valerga for the school from the Sovereign Arts Foundation has funded the wonderful mosaic art installation which will be unveiled by Hector Duff on the 26th June.

On Friday 3rd May, students presented a petition to the Chief Minister asking for the help of government in enforcing the curtailment of the sale of single-use plastic bottled water in school. I am extremely proud of the way the school council conducted themselves throughout this campaign and of the way they presented themselves to the Chief Minister. With such earnest, caring and responsible students in the school and in the world, I am hopeful of a positive outcome to their quest to save it. The school council students are the very epitome of our school’s Way of Being, taking responsibility to put a strong case in a respectful way to the “powers that be”, showing themselves to be trustworthy in carrying out the wishes of the student body with kindness and compassion, and above all with a strong sense of fairness in tackling the world’s problems. All moves in the direction of reducing single-use plastic is entirely in keeping with the government’s Single-Use Plastic Reduction Plan. At RGS, we are not going to ‘bottle it’!

Finally, parents and carers are reminded that school will be closed for the TT break on Friday 24th May and will reopen on Monday 10th June.

Mrs A G Baker