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6th January 2017 - Welcome back and Happy New Year

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Welcome to the first 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.
British Museum and Harry Potter Tour
Fifty First Year pupils had a fun-filled and educational time on a two day cross-curricular Classics and English trip. The travelling party first headed to The British Museum, which is dedicated to human history, art and culture.  The following day saw the boys and girls visit the Warner Bros. Studios, where they completed Hogwarts passports on the studio tour, saw famous sets and costumes from the films and got to show off their knowledge of the young wizard and his friends in a Harry Potter quiz.  The full story will appear on the website early next week.

Aachen
Over forty Second Year pupils travelled to the German city of Aachen before the end of the Autumn Term, to visit the famous Christmas markets and practise their language skills.  The pupils spent a weekend experiencing the unique festive atmosphere at the city’s brightly lit Christmas market, which is set around the cathedral and town hall.  For further details click here.
Emergency Contact
Parents are reminded of the procedures for contacting school in an emergency.
During school hours : please contact the main office on 0161 456 9000.
Out of school hours :  in the evenings or at the weekend, the emergency contact number for the on-call member of the Senior Management Team is 07860 430754.  This number is available on the Parent Portal.  THIS NUMBER SHOULD ONLY BE USED IN THE EVENT OF A DEFINITE EMERGENCY.
During off-site trips : for routine enquiries during an off-site trip you will be provided with a contact number for the trip leader in the trip paperwork.  For overnight trips you will be provided with a contact number for a member of the Senior Management Team.

The overview of our co-curricular programme is available on sgsonline and the Parent Portal.
Entrance Examination Day
As published in the Term Dates leaflet, Senior School is closed to pupils on Wednesday 11th January due to the Entrance Exam, except for those pupils who have been asked to assist during the day.  The Nursery and the Junior School will be open as usual.
 
There will also be some changes to the bus services: 
 
Jones Coaches
The SG1, SG2 and 62A buses will run as normal.  There will be no late bus service.
Bullocks Coaches
The B23 and 367 buses will run as normal.  There will be no B1 service.
Metro Taxis
There will be no Sale/Hale minibus service.
BNG Coaches
The SG3 will run as normal in the morning.  There will be no SG3 service at 4pm.
1919 Taxis
There will be no late bus running to Heatons/Didsbury.
The Monday Afternoon Recital Series will continue this term with concerts at 4pm on 23rd January, 13th February and 13th March. Any students wishing to perform in these informal concerts should see Mr Kennedy in the Music department.
Four Lower Sixth pupils went up against each other in this year’s ARTiculation Prize competition.

Beth Garnett, Lili Jones, Finlay Nolan and Richard Seed each presented a critical analysis on a work of art they had chosen.  Subject matter was varied and it came from both the classical and contemporary genres.  The winner was Lili Jones, whose talk examined the role and relevance of conceptual art, and she will go forward to the regional final at The Whitworth Art Gallery early this year.
Germany
Pupils going on the History department trip to Germany at Easter should have already provided Mrs Moss, Arts Secretary, with a photocopy of their passport.

NEW - Third Year French Trip
The Languages department will soon be launching a new trip to France for Third Year pupils.  This will be a 4 day/3 night trip to Normandy from Saturday 1st – Tuesday 4th July and is open to any pupils in Third Year, but would be most suitable for those who have opted for IGCSE French next year.  Letters will be given out in French lessons next week and the deadline for replies will be Friday 20th January. The cost of the trip will be £410.  Pupils will visit Mont St Michel, the Bayeux Tapestry, WWII landing beaches and a local bakery where they will be able to see French bread and croissants being made, and try them!

Any queries should be directed to Miss Gibson at gibsons@stockportgrammar.co.uk

New late-bus service
There will be a trial of a 16 seater late service running from SGS to Marple/Marple Bridge/Compstall/Romiley.  The service will operate Monday to Thursday, starting on Monday 16th January until Thursday 6th April 2017; the viability of the service will be reviewed during this time.  Seats will be available on a first come, first served basis. The cost will be £3 per journey, cash payable to the driver when boarding the minibus. Please note that as this is a new service, the timings may need to be adjusted slightly to accurately reflect the arrival times at the drop off points.

5.15pm         Depart SGS
5.35pm         Rose Hill train station
5.40pm         Marple village centre (Stockport Road/Navigation – Stop B)
5.45pm         Marple Bridge – bus stop near junction of Brabyns Brow and Lower Fold
5.50pm         Etherow Country Park, Compstall
5.55pm         Romiley train station
Fourth Year
Fourth Year pupils will be reviewing their progress using their reports and target setting using pages 20-21 of their planners.  They will also be studying plagiarism and how they can avoid it.  They will be discussing current affairs next week.

Fifth Year
Fifth Year pupils are on Study Leave from Wednesday 4th – Friday 13th January, during their Trial Examinations.

Sixth Form
This week and next, pupils in the Lower and Upper Sixth Form are sitting their Preliminary and Trial examinations respectively. Results will be released via the Parent Portal on Monday 23rd January.  Parents’ Evening for the Lower Sixth form will take place on Tuesday 31st January.

On Thursday 26th January, the Self Esteem Team will be visiting the School to run two sessions with our Sixth Form pupils looking at managing examination stress and developing healthy ways to handle difficult feelings.  Led by Natasha Devon MBE, a pioneering advisor to David Cameron’s government on mental health issues, their visit will be the third of this year’s Shaa Sixth Form lectures.
Rugby
It has been a strong start to 2017 for our rugby players.  Thomas Travis and Alex Jones have been selected for England Rugby North U18s; Thomas has been included in the 23 man squad, whilst Alex has been named as a non-travelling reserve.

Three of our U15 players were busy in county action earlier this week when Cheshire took on Lancashire.  Sebastian Walker lined up for Cheshire ‘A’ where he faced fellow Fourth Year pupil Zak Sebouai who captained the Lancashire ‘A’ side.  Oscar Elvin also donned the Lancashire shirt when he came on for Lancashire ‘B’ in their game against Cheshire ‘B’.

Netball
The U15 team beat Bury Grammar School 47-40 in a hard fought match and are now in the quarter finals of the School Sports’ Magazine Cup. 
Well done to Second Year pupil Channell Brown who has been selected for the Manchester Thunder Netball academy.
Pupils Sam Lavender and Mohammed Umar achieved podium finishes at the latest meeting of The Climbing Hangar Liverpool Winter Bouldering League.  Fifth Year Mohammed came second whilst Third Year Sam took top spot.

Third Year pupil Sophia Fanigliulo Vlassis was delighted to be chosen for one of just two acting roles for children in The Dancehouse Theatre’s pantomime Robin Hood and The Babes in the Wood.
Second Year pupil Neave Burns appeared as a dancer in Buxton Opera House’s pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.  It is a fantastic experience for Neave and it follows on from her attendance at the IDTA Classical and Sequence National Finals at the Winter Gardens Blackpool where she came second in the country.
Uniform Sale
The next Uniform Sale will be held on Thursday 12th January from 3–6pm in the Dining Hall.  Please take all goods clearly labelled with your child’s name and form to the trolley, behind the gatekeeper’s hut.
The Library recently launched ‘The Read 2017’, a reading initiative for lower school pupils organised by librarians from several Stockport Secondary Schools. Pupils who sign up are challenged to read the five novels on the shortlist and vote for their favourite by the end of February. The overall winner, selected by readers from all the participating schools, will be announced at an award ceremony at Bramhall High School on Wednesday 29th March, hosted by the author M G Harris. Hopefully, like last year, the winning author will be present to receive his/her prize.  Anyone wishing to take part should see a librarian.
After school procedures
We would like to remind parents about our after school procedures which can be found in the Start of Year documents folder on the Parent Portal.

First to Fifth Years
Unless supervised by a teacher (for example in an extra-curricular activity), pupils must either leave the premises by 4.15pm or work in the Library which is open until 5.30pm. Once the library is closed pupils can work in the Sixth Form Work Room until 6pm.  All pupils must leave the school site by 6pm.  Pupils staying at school after the end of the day are expected to remain on the school site until they leave for home.

Sixth Form
Unless supervised by a teacher (for example in an extra-curricular activity), pupils must either leave the premises by 4.15pm or work in the Library which is open until 5.30pm, or their Sixth Form Common Room, Sixth Form Work Room or Sixth Form Quad until 6.00pm.  All pupils must leave the school site by 6.00pm.  Pupils staying at school after the end of the day are expected to remain on the school site until they leave for home.
The newsletter is emailed out fortnightly in term time to Senior School parents. We would welcome your comments and suggestions at externalrelations@stockportgrammar.co.uk.
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