Dear Families, Students and Old Scholars

We were honoured to have Hector Duff come into school last week to formally open our Sixth Form extension now known as the “Hector Duff Study Centre”.This was a wonderful event attended by

HE Lieutenant Governor, Sir Richard Gozney, President of Tynwald, Hon Steve Rodan, Director of Education, Geoff Moorcroft and many other invited guests and Sixth Form and Year 7 students.The event was also used to showcase the Sixth Form art and photography exam work for this year and to formally unveil the wonderful mosaic “Our Enchanted Isle”, created by our Year 7 students with artist Elaine Edge.We received much positive feedback from the event, including the following from Geoff Moorcroft, Director of Education

“The strong sense of community was evident as were the high expectations and broad curriculum. Well done for a lovely event!”

The following day we celebrated the partnership between public and private sectors in starting our “We are not going to Bottle It” campaign, when Lawrie Hooper MHK, Andy Bass and Kerry Waddington from Conister Bank met with RGS School Council.I was able to confirm that, thanks to the help of Conister Bank in providing all students and staff with refillable plastic flasks and the Government in committing to the installation of appropriate water filling stations, we will no longer be selling single use plastic bottled water in the school canteen from September.The school’s efforts to address environmental issues have been recognised by the School Farms Network, who gave us an award as finalists in the category of environmental impact, at their recent conference and awards presentation ceremony.We received the following message of congratulation from the Chief Minister, Hon Howard Quayle

I am delighted to hear the news that the school has been recognised with an award for Environmental Impact by the School Farms Network. It’s always great to hear that one of our schools has excelled in competition with schools across the UK.

I am also glad to hear that the school has committed to ending the sale of plastic water bottles in the canteen and am pleased that we were able to assist with the installation of new water bottle refill stations.

The real praise, of course, once again goes to the students who had the initiative and determination to campaign for this. I was pleased to meet them in May and am pleased that they have now succeeded in their objective. I have no doubt that they will go far if they maintain this approach in life.”

I am extremely proud of everything the students of the school are achieving and have already accomplished by living the values of our Way of Being.Our new Year 6 students attend school this week in preparation for joining us in September.We hope that they will be inspired to do everything they can to make a positive difference in this world.

Thank you all for your ongoing support for the efforts of all of us on behalf of the students of RGS this year.I wish you all a pleasant and happy summer break and look forward to the new challenges of 2019/20 and to working with you all again in the new academic year.

Mrs A G Baker