17th February 2017

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Welcome to the fourth 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.
Tickets are now available for the Spring Concert on Thursday 9th March. Tickets are £5 each or £3 for children.  The concert will take place at St George’s Church, Heaviley, Stockport at 7.30pm.  Music will be performed by the Chamber Choir, Junior Chamber Choir, Chorus and String Orchestra.  The programme will include Vivaldi’s Gloria, Vaughan Williams’ Oboe Concerto (mov. I) and a selection of sacred and secular choral music.  Tickets are not limited and can be either purchased on the door or by contacting Mrs Johnson (
Founder’s Day Service – Friday 17th March

Our annual service to commemorate the Founder of the School will be held in St George’s Church at 10am on Friday 17th March.  Attendance is compulsory and pupils will be registered in church between 9.30 and 9.45am.  Unless your child is in the choir, they should not arrive early at the church.  Parents who have indicated that they wish for their child to be excused from attending Founder’s Day should have received a letter detailing the alternative arrangements that have been made for those pupils.
Parents who are bringing their children by car may wish to avoid congestion at St George’s by bringing their child to school from where they can make their own way to church.  Breakfast will be available between 8am and 9am in the Dining Room.  There will be no pupil access to school after 9am.  The service is likely to end about 11am and pupils have the rest of the day free.  The Senior School is closed to pupils in the afternoon.  Please note that there will be no lunch available for Senior School pupils that day.  There are no bag storage facilities at the church but if necessary, pupils may deposit bags under the archway at school before going to the church. 

If you wish to pick up your child after the Founder’s Day Service we suggest you arrange to do so at the school car park about 11.15am.  It is almost impossible to park at or within range of St George’s Church.  Arrangements for the school bus services are as follows:

Jones Coaches
SG1, SG2, SG3 & 62A will run as normal a.m.

SG1 and SG2
• combined route departing SGS 11.45am and 4.00pm

• departing SGS 11.45am and 4.00pm

BNG Coaches
• Service will run as normal a.m.
• There will be no service at 11.45am or 4.00pm

Bullocks Coaches
• Service to run as normal a.m.
• Service departing SGS at 11.45am
• There will be no service at 4.00pm

• Service to run as normal a.m.
• Service departing SGS at 11.45am
• There will be no service at 4.00pm

• Service to run as normal a.m.
• Service departing SGS at 11.45am.
• There will be no service at 4.00pm

Sale/Hale service - Metro Minibus 
• Service to run as normal a.m.
• Service departing SGS at 11.30am
• There will be no service at 4.00pm

The Junior School will be open as usual, Junior School families who are affected by this disruption to services will be contacted separately.
Pupils’ personalised GCSE and AS/A level timetables are now available via the pupil profile area of the parent portal.  Please be aware that there may be minor updates or corrections still to make as final checks will not have been completed with pupils in school until the early part of next half term.  Paper copies of their final timetables will be distributed via Form Tutors before the Easter holidays.

Fifth Year – the exam briefing will take place on Friday 6th April and the last day of teaching is Friday 28th April.

Lower Sixth – the exam briefing will take place on Monday 8th May and the last day of teaching is Thursday 11th May.  Interim exams will take place for linear subjects on 5th – 9th June and pupils will return to school on Monday 12th June.

Upper Sixth – the exam briefing will take place on Tuesday 9th May and the last day of teaching is Thursday 11th May with leavers’ morning on Friday 12th May.
Cross Country
Congratulations to Tom Manton who finished first in the Minor Boys’ Race at the Greater Manchester Cross Country Championships held at Heaton Park on Saturday 4th February.  Daisy Keigher finished 8th in the Junior Girls’ Race and Juliet Downs was placed 6th in the Senior Girls’ Race.  Many SGS pupils were part of the Stockport squad who beat all other regions of Greater Manchester at the championships.

Alex Brooks was selected to represent Cheshire U17 v Lancashire U17 on Sunday 12th February at Fylde RUFC.

Well done to Jenna Kenyon and Charlotte Wells, who came 3rd and 4th in their gymnastics regional grades competition last weekend. As a result they have earned a place on the Greater Manchester team competing at the North West Grades finals next month.

The U15s are through to the semi-final of the ISNC Plate competition.  They beat Wakefield Girls’ School 43-9 in the quarter-final and face a home match against North London Collegiate in the semi-final after half term.
Safer Internet Day was on Tuesday 7th February and pupils were reminded during assemblies how to keep themselves safe online and also of their responsibility to report behaviour that would put other pupils at risk or make them unhappy.  There is a link from the Top Links section on the homepage of our website, to an Online Safety Centre, the h2bsafer hub.  This Online Safety Centre is designed to provide you and your children with information and advice that is easy to access, simple to understand and constantly updated. 

We would like to remind parents of the school rules regarding uniform, a copy is attached.  We would like to draw particular attention to the following sections and would be grateful if parents could discuss these with their sons and daughters.

Boys' Uniform
All pupils must wear the school uniform in accordance with the published list.  Hair styles should be conventional and of a reasonable length.  Boys should be clean shaven.  A neat appearance is expected at all times.  Watches - with the exception of Smart watches, which are prohibited - and official school badges may be worn but all other forms of jewellery and badges are prohibited.

Girls’ Uniform
All pupils must wear the school uniform in accordance with the published list.  Hair styles should be conventional and of a reasonable length.  A neat appearance is expected at all times.  Watches - with the exception of Smart watches, which are prohibited - and official school badges may be worn but all other forms of jewellery and badges are prohibited.  Girls may wear one stud in each earlobe.  Other piercings are not permitted.  Pupils should not wear make-up.  Nail varnish is not permitted.

Upper Sixth
Pupils have had an assembly on Student Finance and should be looking out for the email prompt from UCAS to ensure they apply in time.  Finance applications should be submitted as soon as possible and can be made before pupils make their final CF & CI university choices.  Personal Finance has also been the focus during form time over the last couple of weeks. 

In order to ensure fair access to the limited car parking available on site for those who passed their driving test later in the year, all pupils have been invited to apply/reapply for car park passes.  A list of those who will have access to onsite parking in the second half of the academic year will be published in the Sixth Form Common Room today. The criteria for issuing passes is based upon distance travelled, accessibility to bus network, number of sibling/pupil passengers and involvement in the extracurricular programme.

Lower Sixth
All pupils have been issued with a copy of the School’s UCAS preparation booklet, which will support the ongoing guidance given in form time and assemblies.  You should have received a letter about the UCAS Convention on the morning of 7th March in Manchester.  Mr Swann and Mr Wilson will introduce the pupils to the Extended Project Qualification and the Enrichment Programme in assembly today.

Fifth Year
Pupils have been given a paper copy of a revision timetable to help them organise their time between now and Easter. They have also had this e-mailed to their school accounts and have sent this home via e-mail.  Pupils are advised to stick to their homework timetable and either revise or do homework for the subjects set each day. They can then top up with some additional revision (no more than 2 hours).  A summary of the revision support available in school is in all form rooms and has also been sent home.

Fourth Year
Effort grades were posted on the parent portal on Monday; pupils will review in form time their progress and targets set.  Pupils who have made the most progress will be rewarded next half term; as well as following up with those who need additional support to fulfil their academic potential.  Pupils have also had an assembly on the role of the media in justice and democracy and discussed this topic in form time.

Fourth Year pupils Lauren Suddards and Sonu Thomas were picked as the star bakers in the annual House Baking competition.  Baking expert Tony Paton returned to the school to judge all of the cakes on display.
Each of the four houses were represented by contestants who had one hour to put the finishing touches on their bakes, and then present their showstoppers.
Tony chose Lauren and Sonu, representing Arden, as the overall winners with their spectacular chocolate ‘tree stump’ cake.  Tony was impressed with the high standard of the competition, noting that “there’s so much talent”.
SGS pupils from Third Year to Upper Sixth represented India, Tunisia and Mexico at a recent two day MUN Conference and did well to compete against some very experienced delegates from schools all across England.  Topics debated included the ‘Rights of Women in Afghanistan’ and the ‘Issue of Drones in Conflict’.

Finlay Nolan was Highly Commended for representing India in the Environment Committee; Murray Jallands was Highly Commended for representing India in the Disarmament Committee; James Pickup was Commended for representing Mexico on the Media and CyberScience Committee and Karim Challah was Commended for representing Mexico on the Economic and Social Committee.

All the pupils enjoyed the weekend and it has enthused them for our conference that will be held at SGS on the 1st and 2nd of April.  If pupils wish to be involved either as a delegate or to help run the event, they should speak to Mr Browne or Mr Breffit for more details.
Our Young Enterprise team, InStock Technologies, visited the intu Trafford Centre to take part in their Young Enterprise Trade Fair.  It was a good experience for the team and a rewarding one too, as they received the award for ‘Best Product/Service Stand’.
A uniform sale will be held on Wednesday 8th March, 3-6pm, in the Dining Hall.
Please take all goods, clearly labelled with your child’s name and form, to the trolley behind the gatekeepers’ hut.
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 13 years from any school.

Lenten Talks
St George’s Church are holding a series of Lent Talks marking the centenary of the Great War.  For further details click here.

Music from the Movies
An evening of Music from the Movies, featuring Marple Brass Band, takes place at SGS on Friday 7th April at 7.30pm.  Ticket information is available here.
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