Royal Grammar School

Newcastle

Worth celebrating

Worth celebrating

About a week ago I told people I didn’t seem to be doing anything to do with what’s going on at present because there’s always so much to do at this time of year in order to be ready for the new school year in September!

I’ve made up for it in the last couple of days. In the last 48 hours I’ve had a meeting of the Bursaries Campaign Committee from which I went at a run to play hockey against the Junior School parents, the staff winning narrowly by 4-3 (no thanks to me); from there I went at a run to the Year 7 Singing Competition and then went home and wrote some reports.

That was Wednesday. Yesterday was spent finishing my speech for RGS Day; then a technical rehearsal for the Year 8 play-in-a-week production of The Thwarting of Baron Bolligrew, followed by the dress rehearsal and a few more reports signed.

Today I went with two colleagues and two members of the CCF Naval Section to HMS Mersey, moored in North Shields, to witness the presentation of the Arctic Star for service on the WW2Arctic convoys to ON Jimmy Newlands on his 90th birthday. His sons and great-nephew are also ONs, and his great-great-nephew is a current member of the school. What a marvellous thing to support, impeccably managed by the Royal Navy.

I was back in time to put my hard hat on for a look round our new sports building - on time, on budget and already looking fantastic. Now I’m spending the rest of the day making final arrangements for RGS Day – and tonight will be the first performance of Bolligrew.

I’m not making out that I’m some kind of martyr. Quite the opposite: being involved in all these things is the best part of the job, because everything reminds me of what the school is about and therefore what my job essentially means: students of the past connected with great achievements of the past; boys and girls doing wonderful things in a host of different activities; mixing with parents, part of the RGS family; and looking forward to the future.

It also reminds me of the whole breadth of experience, opportunity and activity that a school like the RGS is, and of what a privilege it is to be at the heart of it. That’s not too bad, is it?

Tomorrow we’ll celebrate all of that and more on RGS Day: that’s what the day’s for, truly a day of celebration of everything that is great about the school past, present and future. Let’s hope for a good one.

Bernard Trafford

Headmaster