Dear Families, Students and Old Scholars

Congratulations are first of all in order to a number of students who have won prestigious awards; Lucy Gilmore, Year 10, who won the North American Manx Association for Manx Culture, Lucas Fitzpatrick, Year 7, Finalist in this year’s Design an Ad Competition, and Ella Crowe, Ella Malone, Dacre Swann, Ben Corkhill, Fern Breward, Ben Johnson and James Margrave who were winners in the Victorian Society competition.Well done to all of these students!Well done also to our Key Stage 4 and 5 exam students who have been soldiering on through public exams before and throughout the TT period, for whom however the end of exams is at last in sight.Year 11 and Year 13 students can now look forward to a long summer preceded by their much anticipated end of school proms.We look forward to seeing them all in their finery!

On the 26th of this month, the legend that is Hector Duff will be officially opening our new Sixth Form Centre extension, which has been named in his honour. Invited guests including the Lieutenant Governor, HE Richard Gosney, will be attending the ceremony, when Hector will also be unveiling the wonderful mosaic created by our Year 7 students and artist, Elaine Edge. All of our guests will be invited to view the students’ A Level art and photography exhibition taking place on the same day.We are sure that they will be impressed by the high standard of work produced by our outstanding students.

In a busy week, the following day members of Conister Bank will visit the school to officially hand over the water flasks that they have kindly donated to all students and staff members.These, along with the water fountains promised by the Chief Minister following the student petition submitted by our School Council in May, will make it possible for Ramsey Grammar School to make a significant contribution on behalf of the Isle of Man, to the reduction in use of single use plastics, by no longer selling plastic bottled water in the canteen.We are very much at the start of our journey in trying to address the worrying problems facing our environment but we thank Conister Bank and IOM Government for supporting us in our efforts so far.

At the end of the month we will welcome our friends and colleagues from the MGW Grammar School in Bayreuth to the island for the return leg of our senior students’ work experience exchange. A full report will be given on their trip in next month’s RGS Mail, which I cannot believe will be the final bulletin of the academic year 2018/19!

Mrs A G Baker