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7th April 2017

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Welcome to the final Stockport Grammar School Email Newsletter of the Spring Term. We hope that you enjoy reading it and find it a useful roundup of news and information.
Pupils, staff, governors and Old Stopfordians gathered at St George’s Church to celebrate the 530 years which have passed since the foundation of the school by Sir Edmond Shaa in 1487. Sir Edmond Shaa was Court Jeweller to three kings of England, Prime Warden of The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths and Lord Mayor of London and the school was pleased to welcome Sir David Reddaway, the Clerk of the Goldsmiths’ Company, to the service.

The Preacher Rev. Nigel Genders, Chief Education Officer for the Church of England, focussed his Founder's Day address on the question ‘what is education for?’, saying: “As human beings we were made to live in relationship with others, and one of the core purposes of education is to equip us to grow and learn to relate to others in a meaningful way.” Rev Genders’ address is available in full on the website here.
French Exchange
Fourth Year French pupils have had fun hosting their exchange partners from our Parisian link school, Collège Sévigné. During the week-long stay, the party were able to see many of the North West’s top sites, including Lyme Park, the Imperial War Museum, the Etihad Stadium and Old Trafford, as well as spending a day in school. On the return leg (1st – 8th June 2017), SGS pupils will have the chance to experience French life and culture at first hand and to practise their own French speaking skills.
Netball
Congratulations to our U13 netballers who won the Stockport Schools Netball Tournament. The girls were undefeated throughout the competition and beat Cheadle Hulme School 4-2 in the final.

The U12 netballers have won the South Manchester Netball League after gaining the most points from fixtures played over the year. 
Hockey
Our 1st XI won the Greater Manchester Schools Hockey tournament with victories against Withington Girls and Altrincham Grammar just two days after they competed at the National Finals for the fourth consecutive year.
The 1st XI were also crowned champions at the Cheadle Sevens competition, conceding just one goal throughout the whole tournament.

Praise is also due for our U13 Hockey girls who won the Stockport Schools Tournament. They beat Marple Hall School, Bramhall High School and Cheadle Hulme School to win the title.  Coach Mrs Angie Jones said: "Winning the tournament was just reward for all of the hard work the girls have put into training this season.  They played some great hockey and it was a proud moment when they lifted the trophy."

Congratulations to Upper Sixth pupil and 1st XI Hockey team member Lily Wolstenholme who has been selected to receive a £1000 SportsAid Award from MyLotto24. Lily was nominated for the award by England Hockey, for whom she plays in the U18 squad, and the money will help support her travel costs to practices and games when she starts university in September. She will receive her award at a special event at Loughborough University next month.

Upper Sixth pupil Lauren Hunt has been selected for England Hockey U21s and will be part of the team that takes on USA U21s at Bisham Abbey next Wednesday.
Rugby
Well done to the U18s who won the Cheshire Sevens and then got to the Bowl Final at the National Schools Sevens at Rosslyn Park, topping their group after playing and winning 10 games in two days.

The U15s got to the final of the U15 AKS, Lytham Sevens. The U14s were finalists at the Cheshire Sevens and semi-finalists at the Wirral GS Sevens.

The U13s won their group at the Cheshire U13 Sevens and also topped their group at the National Schools Sevens at Rosslyn Park.

The U12s won the Brian Bason U12 Sevens held at Audenshaw School and finished runner up at the Wirral GS Sevens.

Overall, an outstanding Sevens season and one of the most successful to date.
Timetables and regulations
Personalised timetables and exam regulations have been issued to Fifth and Sixth Form pupils in school.  You may be interested to know that you can also see your child’s exam timetable on the parent portal under the Pupil Profile heading, and refer to the rules in the documents section.

Speaking tests
French and German IGCSE speaking tests take place in the two weeks immediately after the Easter holiday.  Pupils should have already carefully noted their time and given their teacher a neat, final copy of their presentation / discussion.  If anyone is unsure, time slots can be checked on SGS online.  Pupils must attend at the time they have been allocated.

A2 speaking tests in all languages take place from 8th May and pupils must attend at the time they have been given by their teacher.  Times can be checked on the notice board outside the Languages office.

Mobile phones must not be taken to a speaking test – please encourage your child to store their phone safely in the lockers provided rather than risk being disqualified.

Further guidance about the conduct of the speaking tests is on the Parent Portal and also SGS online.  It is also attached to pupils’ timetables.  Please read it carefully as it includes advice on what to do if your child is ill.

Examinations for First-Fourth Years
Fourth Year examinations take place in school from Tuesday 16th May to Tuesday 23rd May inclusive. Examinations for First, Second and Third Year pupils take place from Thursday 18th May to Tuesday 23rd May inclusive.

Any pupils who are keen to organise their revision and plan ahead for the May examinations can find relevant information on SGS Online. We reviewed our revision arrangements with pupils last summer and having revision information ready by Easter was a clear suggestion, so we do hope the information is helpful. 
 
Fourth Year
Pupils have had an assembly on exam preparation and have been given a copy of their timetable. Timetables are also on the parent portal and SGS Online. Mrs Lawson has also led a session on study skills and note-taking.

Fifth Year
Pupils have had an assembly on preparation for their GCSE exams with Mrs Smith and have also had an exam briefing from the Assistant Examinations Officer, Mr Moore, to remind them of the regulations.  Five pupils have been rewarded in the Easter raffle by Mr Clarke.

Reports were published on the parent portal last week for both year groups.
Please note, as from Tuesday 2nd May and for the duration of study leave, the Library is to be used for silent revision only during lesson times. The Library will be closed: Friday 12th May, Wednesday 24th May and Monday 12th June (9.10 – 12.30).

The Read 2017
A group of pupils who had participated actively in The Read 2017 attended the award ceremony at Bramhall High School on Wednesday 29th March. Whilst the top choice at our school had been Jessica’s Ghost by Andrew Norriss, the overall winner of The Big 5 category, chosen by the 7 schools, was The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell. Pupils were thrilled to meet Chris Bradford, author and black belt martial artist, winner of the Quick Reads category and MG Harris who was fronting the event. Richard Kurti, one of the shortlisted authors, will be running a creative writing workshop at the end of April for our enthusiastic readers.

The Wellcome Book Prize
Currently a team of Sixth Formers are reading books from The Wellcome Bookprize shortlist. Our book champions will be presenting the books and we will vote for the book that we think would make a worthy winner on Wednesday 26th April, two days after the official announcement. We are thrilled that Chair of The Wellcome Bookprize judges, Val McDermid, will be joining us to find out what impact the books have had on our readers and to tell us a little about the prize.

It’s time to sharpen your pencils again and get ready for the 2017 SPA Annual Fun Quiz. 

Teams of up to six people can enter, at a cost of £6 per head, which includes the ever-popular cheese platter. Why not get a group of friends together and come and enjoy this year’s challenges set by our resident quizmaster, Junior School Headmaster, Tim Wheeler.

If you would like to enter a team for this popular event, please complete the attached form and return in a sealed envelope with payment to either the Senior or Junior School Office before Wednesday 26th April.  Please mark the envelope for the attention of the ‘SPA Quiz Night’.  Once your entry has been received, the SPA will confirm your place via email.

If anyone can help on the night, the SPA would appreciate assistance behind the bar and serving the cheese.  If you are interested, please get in touch by emailing spa@stockportgrammar.co.uk.  The evening is great fun whichever side of the bar you’re on!

The entry form can be downloaded here.

Junior School and Nursery Open Morning
The Junior School and Nursery will be open on Saturday 6th May 10am-12pm for prospective parents and children to visit the school, talk with staff and see the pupils' work on a relaxed and informal day. Refreshments are provided and there is no need to book in advance.

Movie Night
Tickets are available on the door for this evening’s Movie Night with The Marple Band. The event takes place at school and starts at 7.30pm. The band will play music from the movies including ‘Sister Act’, ‘Mary Poppins’, ‘Brassed Off’ and ‘Saving Private Ryan’. There will also be a movie themed quiz and a raffle. The event is raising money for EducAid, one of the school’s nominated charities. Admission, which includes refreshments, is £8 for adults, £6 for concessions or £20 for a family ticket (two adults and two children).

Year 5 Taster Days
Bookings are now being taken for our popular Senior School taster days in the Summer Term for Year 5 children.  If you have a younger child at a local primary school you can download the booking form here.  Please note the days are always oversubscribed so early booking is recommended.  Year 5 pupils at Stockport Grammar Junior School will automatically spend a day in the Senior School as part of their Summer Term programme of activities.

Summer Activity Weeks
The school’s Summer Activity Weeks will take place from the 31st July – 4th August and 7th – 11th August.  Further details and an application form are available on the school’s website, click here or from the Bursar’s Secretary on 0161 419 2401.  The Activity Weeks are open to boys and girls aged between 7 and 11 years from any school.
Climbing
For the past five months a number of our boys and girls have been competing in the Winter Bouldering League at the Climbing Hanger in Liverpool. Heading into the grand-final, a UV Night, our pupils were in with a strong chance of picking up a medal or two across a range of categories. In the male under 16 category Sam Lavender performed excellently to be crowned the champion and he was closely followed by Mohammed Umar in second. Nicola Cutts was also celebrating taking top spot as she came first in the female fun category.

Masterchef
The school's 2017 MasterChef competition got well and truly underway as pupils took part in a food identification session. At the session they had to look at and taste different foods and ingredients and write down what they thought they were. Their answers, along with the two course meal ideas that they submitted, determined who made it through to the semi-final which will take place on Wednesday 3rd May.

The semi-finalists are: First Year: Bella Platt; Second Year: Minnie Hall, Katie Hewetson, Fatimah-Zahra Hassan, Harry Brown, Rafe Howgate, Charlotte Jackson and Nayan Higgins; Third Year: Rosie White, Ben Finlay-McDougall, Isabel Darbyshire, Jessica Ward, Thomas Brocklebank, Sam Hall, Kate Langton, Matthew Byle and Bella Elms.

Summer Concert – Wednesday 26th April
7.30pm, Dining Hall

Leavers’ Concert – Wednesday 3rd May
7.30pm, Dining Hall

Tickets are now available for these concerts by emailing Mrs Johnson at johnsonsj@stockportgrammar.co.uk Tickets are free of charge and are initially limited to 3 per family. For a full list of those performing please see here.

The school closes for Easter today and re-opens to pupils on Monday 24th April.  We would like to wish pupils and parents a restful and enjoyable break.
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