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10th March 2017

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Welcome to the fifth 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 selling fast for the Senior School drama production, the musical Annie, which runs from Wednesday 22nd to Saturday 25th March. 

The shows on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday start at 7.30pm with Saturday’s show commencing at the earlier time of 6pm.  All the shows take place in the Main Hall.  Tickets are £10 for adults and £5 for children.

In addition to acting out the roles many other pupils have got involved with the organisation of the production by designing the sets, creating the outfits and working on the sound and lighting.

To book tickets for the shows please call 0161 456 9000 or email johnsonsj@stockportgrammar.co.uk.

Founder’s Day Service – Friday 17th March
The 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 the service should have received a letter detailing the alternative arrangements that have been made.
 
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 & 62A will run as normal am

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

62A
• departing SGS 11.45am and 4.00pm

BNG Coaches
SG3
• Service will run as normal am
• There will be no service at 11.45am or 4.00pm

Bullocks Coaches
367
• Service to run as normal am
• Service departing SGS at 11.45am
• There will be no service at 4.00pm

B1
• Service to run as normal am
• Service departing SGS at 11.45am
• There will be no service at 4.00pm

B23
• Service to run as normal am
• Service departing SGS at 11.45am
• There will be no service at 4.00pm

Sale/Hale service - Metro Minibus
• Service to run as normal am
• 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.
German Reading Competition
In German lessons, Second Year pupils have been working on their pronunciation skills by reading an extract aloud from Hansel and Gretel, the Grimm fairy tale. Two winners from each form were chosen to compete in the final before half term.   Judged by the German language assistant, Herr Hensen, Harry Brown was the worthy winner and received a £15 I-tunes voucher.  Well done to everyone who took part.
British Biology Olympiad
The British Biology Olympiad is an annual competition run by the Royal Society of Biology open to all post-16 pupils in the UK.  Over 7500 pupils across the country participated in the competition and we had our best results in recent years with 9 out of the 12 Stockport Grammar pupils entered receiving medals.  Two of our pupils, Peter Withers and Paul Wong, were among the top 6% in the country and were awarded Gold medals.  Natasha Brickstock, Jessie Brook, Natalie Ho and Sairah Naseer were awarded Silver; Francesca Bailey, Hannah Hughes and Rosalind Walkley achieved Bronze. 

Art
Emilia Heywood-Leigh and Libby Colbert were very proud to see their work exhibited at the prestigious Lowry Centre in the Living Edge Competition.  Their work is featured in the current issue of Living Edge magazine.
Upper Sixth
Pupils will be asked to complete the University Admissions Form before 31st March.  This important document is used here at school on examination results day to ensure we are able to best support each pupil in finalising their next steps.  Although the pupils have until the 4th May to confirm final CF/CI choices, we anticipate the majority of pupils will be in a position to complete this document in the next couple of weeks.

The application process for Student Finance has been open for a couple of weeks and pupils have been reminded of the need to submit these applications as early as possible to ensure any financial support for fees and/or maintenance is in place for the start of their course.  Personal Finance has been the focus of the Form Period Programme in recent weeks.

Lower Sixth
Pupils are in the process of completing Self Appraisals ahead of 27th March.  We will visit the UCAS Convention in Manchester on Tuesday 14th March and interested pupils have the opportunity to attend the Oxbridge Convention at Aintree Racecourse on Monday 20th March.  On Friday 24th March, Mrs Tadman our Careers Co-ordinator will give an assembly to the pupils on alternatives to university.  Today’s assembly on the roles and positions of responsibility available to Sixth Form pupils marks the start of the selection process for the many roles available.

Fourth Year
Pupils have had an assembly led by Miss Hindley celebrating cultural differences. They will be discussing current affairs in Form Time this week.

Fifth Year
Pupils have had an assembly with Mrs Ashton on how to become involved in Voluntary Service in Sixth Form. This week they are reviewing the effectiveness of their revision strategy and the progress being made.  This half term, senior staff will be interviewing every Fifth Year pupil as part of their transition to Sixth Form.  Pupils will be informed of the day and time they should meet their interviewer directly.
Rugby
Congratulations to the U18s, who won the Cheshire Schools Sevens earlier this week.  Beating King’s Macclesfield, Wilmslow High School and Birkenhead School in the group stages, they went on to beat St Ambrose College in the semi-final.  They then defeated Altrincham Grammar School 27-17 in a very hard fought final.

Tom Travis continued his rich vein of form topping the try scoring charts with 10.
Tom has been named on the stand-by list for the England U18 counties two match tour of Ireland in April.

Netball
The U15s squad are through to the plate final of the National Independent Schools Netball Cup competition. They will face The Red Maids' School from Bristol, away, on Thursday 16th March.
We are holding our own Model United Nations conference over the weekend of 1st and 2nd of April, with a number of other schools attending.

Pupils have been working hard to get everything in place for the event, including creating a number of interesting topics for debate.  Any pupil in school is welcome to attend the conference, giving them the ideal opportunity to see what MUN is about.

Getting involved in MUN is a unique way to participate in a debating situation and allows pupils to understand how international politics operates; MUN also encourages pupils to develop a variety of skills from public speaking to researching issues, all skills that are essential beyond school in a pupil’s future life.

If any pupil is interested in being a delegate at our conference they should collect a letter from the Woodsmoor Office, or speak to Mr Browne or Mr Breffit if they want more details.  Pupils would be expected to take on the role of a delegate from a country in order to represent their views in a number of different committees.  Knowledge of the country they are allocated or current affairs is not necessary in order to get involved, but a willingness to engage in a debate would be ideal.
Languages pupils spent an exciting week in Bad Segeberg as they made the return trip to visit their German exchange partners.  Lower Sixth Form pupil Christopher Corcoran said: “My host family were lovely and welcoming. I had one of the best school trips ever.”  Fifth Year pupil Cornelia Kolusi added: “I feel brave to have been able to come out of my comfort zone and come away with such an amazing experience.”
Last night the Music department took the short journey up the A6 to St George’s church to perform in the annual Spring Concert.  The programme featured a traditional range of choral and instrumental repertoire suitable for the grandeur of the church.  Junior Chamber Choir opened the programme with performances of Day by Day, Now the Green Blade Rises and Wayfaring Stranger.  This was followed by Upper Sixth pupil Jo Brown performing the beautiful first movement of the Vaughan Williams Oboe Concerto with String Orchestra.  Chamber Choir sounded wonderful performing perennial favourite Panis Angelicus, along with a selection of a cappella works. The second half featured Chorus performing the ever popular Vivaldi Gloria, with Georgia Curwen, Caitlin Cutts, Niamh Johnson, Elsa Shah and Zoe Shah performing the solo movements.
Music from the Movies
A fabulous evening of Music from the Movies will take place at SGS on Friday 7th April at 7.30pm. Featuring Marple Band, the concert will raise funds for school charity EducAid.  Ticket information is available here.

Bursary Golf Day
Can you support the Stockport Grammar School Bursary Golf Day?  We will be holding our annual Bursary Golf Day in association with Vernon Building Society on Thursday 15th June 2017 at Stockport Golf Club, one of Cheshire’s premier golf venues. This is an excellent opportunity for relaxed and informal networking with friends and contacts and to raise your company’s profile with the school community.

The profit we raise on the day goes directly to the Stockport Grammar School Bursary Fund. It is our goal to offer as many local children as possible the opportunity to come to the school regardless of their ability to pay by supporting their education with a means-tested bursary. 

Not a golfer?
You can still support the day;
• Donate team or individual prizes
• Promote your business with an advert in the programme
• All donations and sponsorship will also be recognised on our website and social media  
• Join us for dinner in the evening

Full details of how you can support us are available here.

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.
Well done to First Year pupils Fin and Dom Rode who competed in the Irish Open Taekwondo Championship recently.  Fin made it to the quarter finals and Dom achieved third place overall.
Charlie Clark has been selected to play tennis for Cheshire in the annual 12 Counties tournament in the U12s section at Corby this weekend.  Cheshire U12s are in the top division and Charlie will play singles against his counterparts from Lancashire, Leicestershire and Essex to try and win the national title for Cheshire.
Book-loving Senior School pupils have been treated to a number of talks and fun activities during this year’s Literary Festival. 

Award winning novelist and film-maker Matt Dickinson returned to the school to deliver a talk and take part in a number of classes.  Author Sufiya Ahmed also visited the school where she spoke to Second and Fourth Year pupils about her book ‘Secrets of the Henna Girl’.   The pupils enjoyed hearing about her passion for writing and how she got into the industry.

For details of other activities during the Literary Festival, click here.
Boys Dance
Boys in both the Junior and Senior School were put through their paces as they took part in dance workshops thanks to STRIDE, a Greater Manchester dance project for young men aged between 10-20 years old.

Senior School pupils in the First, Second and Third Year were given a number of exercises that tested their flexibility, energy and mental agility.  Dance teacher Mrs Abi Downing said: “It was great to welcome STRIDE into the school, giving our boys the opportunity to see a professional male dancer at work. The pupils really immersed themselves in the experience and I am looking forward to providing some more opportunities for boys to dance in school.
Shaa Lecture
Tim Emmett visited the school on Tuesday 7th March for the final Shaa Sixth Form lecture of the academic year.  Be it climbing mountains, rock faces, icefalls or base jumping from some of the world’s highest peaks, as an extreme athlete, world champion climber and adventurer, Tim was well placed to share with the pupils his experiences of tackling the challenges and opportunities that life presents.  He highlighted the importance of having an open mind, putting in effort and developing perseverance in order to maximise opportunity and realise potential. His mixture of anecdotal experiences and sound advice was well received by pupils and staff, who responded with some interesting questions.
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