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20th January 2017

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Welcome to the second 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.
This year’s Engineering Education Scheme team of Lower Sixth pupils - Emma Winder, Jess Dullehan, Will Kay and Alex Bielinski - are mid-way through a six month real world challenge set by Network Rail, which involves them trying to find a solution to reduce the number of serious incidents that take place at user operated rail crossings.  A three day residential workshop, based in Liverpool University’s Electrical Engineering and Electronics building, saw the team successfully develop a breadboard model of the electronics and write and refine the coding required to run it.  They will complete an industry standard report in support of their findings which will be presented in April to a panel of engineers drawn from several disciplines.  Awards are presented by the Engineering Education Trust and the British Science Association.
SGS have entered 3 teams representing India, Mexico and Tunisia for the MUN Conference on the 28th – 29th January.  MUN Club are also arranging to take a group of pupils to a conference in Chester on 25th - 26th March; interested pupils need to collect a letter from Mr Browne as soon as possible. 

These sessions will be a good ‘warm up’ for our pupils who are currently busy organising the Model United Nations Conference which is being held at SGS on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd April.

SGSMUN is a fantastic opportunity for pupils from all year groups to get involved in MUN debate in the comfort of their own school.  Model United Nations is a simulation of the United Nations and provides pupils with the opportunity to debate world issues from another country’s perspective.  The conference promises to be a stimulating, challenging and enjoyable weekend.  Interested pupils should see Mr Browne or Mr Breffit for more details.
Thank you to Andrew Oliver of Profile Search & Selection, Peter Barlow of Nurture Nursery & Pre-school and Neil Wolstenholme of Kloodle, for their offers to sponsor the Girls’ First XI Hockey Team, as they seek to once again lift the National title at the National Schools Finals at the Lee Valley Stadium in London on the 1st and 2nd March.  Further opportunities are available to sponsor items of kit which the girls will wear at the competition and for the rest of the season.  If you would like to find out more please contact Miss Withington at withingtons@stockportgrammar.co.uk.
United Kingdom Maths Trust
Well done to Upper Sixth pupils Joanna Brown and Daniel Jones and Lower Sixth pupils Sam Howard and Nathan Kingsley, who have qualified for the National Final of The United Kingdom Maths Trust competition in London on the 7th February.  A sample question: “If all the numbers from 1 to 1 million are written down then how many times does the digit 0 appear?”

Swimming
Fourth year pupil Katelyn Bergin demonstrated her talent in the pool when she won eight medals at the Amateur Swimming Association Nationals held in Sheffield just before Christmas. 
She was awarded the title of National Junior Champion in the 50m backstroke, the 100m backstroke and the 100m fly after finishing first and also gained silver medals in the 100m and 200m individual medleys and the 50m fly. Finally, competing alongside fellow Stockport Metro swimmers, she achieved a bronze medal in the 4x100m women’s medley relay and a bronze in her closing event of the 400m individual medley.

National Cipher Challenge
Our code breakers did very well to finish 13th out of over 350 teams in the National Cipher Challenge.  SGS even got an honourable mention in the final article!  Click here to see why.

Fourth Year
Fourth Year pupils have reviewed their reports from last term and set targets using pages 20-21 of their planners.  They have also discussed current affairs and the importance of a growth mindset in Form Time.  If you are interested in finding out more, click here.  Pupils are looking at the issues surrounding drug use in Life Studies this term.

Fifth Year
Fifth Year pupils have completed their Trial examinations; results are published on the Parent Portal on Monday 23rd January and can be discussed with teachers at Parents’ Evening on Wednesday 8th February.  Pupils will review their current A Level choices in light of their results and discussion with staff; a second A Level choice form will be issued on Friday 3rd February to be submitted on Tuesday 14th February.  Pupils need to gain the signature of a relevant member of staff for each subject option.  All Fifth Year pupils will have an interview with a member of staff as part of their transition to Sixth Form and have been preparing for this in form time this week.

National Citizen Service
Representatives from the National Citizen Service (NCS) will give a presentation to Fifth Year and Lower Sixth Form pupils on 27th January.

Pupils will be invited to apply for the scheme, which offers a government subsidised programme for 15 – 17 year olds.  The aim is to help build skills for work and life, while taking on new challenges and meeting new people.  It includes two residentials in the summer holidays: Adventurous activities e.g. climbing, canoeing, and professional industry coaching and then social action projects to benefit the community.  Please click here for further details.

Online Safety Centre
There is a link from the Top Links section on the homepage of our website, to an Online Safety Centre, the h2bsafer (how to be safer) 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.  The Safety Centre is provided by the Ineqe Group whose Chief Executive is Jim Gamble, the former Chief Executive of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) and recognised globally as an expert on child protection.  The Safety Centre is compiled and kept up to date by h2bsafer advisers, who work closely with the safety teams of popular social media platforms.

We would be grateful if you would look at the Safety Centre and talk to your children about it.  We hope that you will use it to ensure that you and your children have the most up to date online safety information.

Christian Summer Activity Camps
Any parent who would like information about teenage Christian Summer Camps, please contact Rev Leaver at leaverl@stockportgrammar.co.uk for further details.

Start the year as you mean to go on … we hope many pupils will have started the year with a good book!  Pupils who signed up for ‘The Read 2017’ are enjoying making their way through the five shortlisted books.  Click here for further details.
Third Year pupils have been tasked with identifying some riveting reads for teenagers. Between now and World Book Day in March, every Third Year pupil gets to choose a book from a selection of nine and provide feedback and a rating.  We will also be celebrating our annual SGS Lit Fest; visiting authors include Matt Dickinson, Sufiya Ahmed and the poet Owen Sheers.

Fourth Years will be encouraged to find a good match with our Book Speed Dating and cult fiction challenge.  As well as discovering something new during Lit Fest, pupils will also have the opportunity to celebrate a much loved book character on Thursday 2nd February – when the world celebrates Harry Potter Book Night!
Raspberry Pi Pioneers
Next week a team of digital makers will begin their first challenge using the raspberry pi computer. More details are available at https://www.raspberrypi.org/pioneers/.  The challenge is open to pupils aged 12 - 15 and will be completed by 22nd March.  Pupils interested in joining the team should contact Rev Leaver at leaverl@stockportgrammar.co.uk as soon as possible.
Answer to The United Kingdom Maths Trust question : 488,895
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