Memorial Walk - 25 June 2019

Every two years since 1991 we have done a charity walk involving the whole school. We walk to Port Soderick via the Marine Drive, have lunch there, and return inland by road and footpath. The walk ends opposite the NSC swimming pool car park, and students may be collected or walk home from there.

If you wish your child to be escorted back to school and / or supervised until 3.20, please note this in the planner; otherwise they will be dismissed from Groves Road.

The first students (Year 7) finish between 2 .00 and 2.30. The final groups usually finish by 3.00. Those students wishing to return to school to catch a bus will be escorted.

The walk commemorates those connected with the school who have lost their lives, both students and staff, and we usually raise very large sums for Manx charities: this year we are supporting the children’s hospice, Rebecca House. Each child has been given a card to collect contributions, online at or as cash. All money should be brought to school and handed in at reception as it is collected. There will be special Hospice IoM buckets for this purpose.

Permission to walk stickers are in planners and should be signed by parents as soon as possible, otherwise we will have to contact you by telephone.

We will postpone the walk to June 26th if the weather is bad, but will go if the forecast is for an isolated shower. Students should wear suitable clothing, including a waterproof coat if it looks like rain. It is very important that they wear comfortable shoes, such as trainers. Snacks, crisps and drinks will be on sale at Port Soderick (cash only – no smartcards) or students may choose to bring their own food. Packed lunches will be provided for those who have free school meals.

Some children who have injuries or on-going medical conditions may not be able to complete the whole walk. We can arrange for them to do part of it, or assist in the organisation in some way: their names should be given to their Head of Year as soon as possible.

Thank you in anticipation of your support.


Year 11 Prom Arrangements

We are very pleased to give you further information regarding the 2019 leavers’ prom for Ballakermeen’s Y11 students on the 1st July at the Villa Marina.

For all students who’ve purchased a ticket, wristbands are now available for collection from the foyer (Some limited tickets are still available at £30 each but must be organised before Wed 26th June).

Students will start arriving at the Villa Marina gardens from 18:00. (The Villa events staff will open the back gate allowing vehicles to operate a one way system exiting onto the Back Marina Road behind the Gaiety Theatre).

Those students, wearing the correct wristbands, will start entering the building from 19:00

The event will finish at 10pm and supervision will end as the last student leaves the Villa Marina.

Free School Meals

Reminder: all parents in receipt of free school meals need to reapply now ready for September.

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