Dear Families, Students and Old Scholars

This month’s RGS Mail is unashamedly dedicated to the staff and students who performed so magnificently in our recent production of Made In Dagenham.This is the full text of the press release which I have prepared and sent to local press.

Ramsey Grammar School’s recent school show “Made in Dagenham” has received rave reviews from those attending, including the Lieutenant Governor, Sir Richard Gozney and Lady Gozney, President of Tynwald, Steve Rodan, former President of Tynwald, Clare Christian and many other invited guests, family members as well as students in the school who made up the audience in this sell-out production.

The story is based on the hit movie about friendship, love and the importance of fighting for what is right and how the women of Ford Dagenham went out on strike for equal pay.The show is set against the backdrop of Harold Wilson’s England in 1968 when the labour government was battling with the trade unions. With its theme of equality for women never more timely as we approach January 2020 when the Equality Act comes into full force on the Isle of Man, the show reminded us how far we have come with equal rights for women but also that the journey is still not over.

The production encompassed a large cast including members across the year groups in the school.This fully inclusive production was very much a team effort led by Mr Quinn, Mrs Will-Jones, Mr Owen, Mrs Corrin, Ms Dunne and Mr Pinnington.One of the tributes received from an invited guest said “The students and their support crew in stage and music were terrific.They clearly enjoyed the whole experience and put the message across with passion.”Lieutenant Governor Sir Richard Gozney sent his congratulations on a great production.Annette Baker, Headteacher of Ramsey Grammar School said “This was a wonderful production with an inspiring message calling on us to stand up and challenge things that we perceive to be unfair and unjust.Its message was very much in keeping with our Ramsey Grammar School Way of Being values.I could not be prouder of the students and staff who have worked so hard to put on this fantastic show.”

Please make sure that you flick through the pages of this month’s RGS Mail edition to see some wonderful pictures taken by Head of Sixth Form and teacher of Photography, Stuart Curran which captured the atmosphere of the show perfectly. As the Lieutenant Governor, Sir Richard Gozney, said in his note of thanks: “All the actors and actresses were brilliant.”

I look forward to seeing many of you at our forthcoming Prizegiving event on Thursday 14th November, when we will be celebrating all of the many and varied achievements of our students and staff over the last academic year, and hopefully at some of our Live Screening shows details of which are in this month’s RGS Mail.

Mrs A G Baker