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3rd February 2017

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Welcome to the third 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.
The Self-Esteem Team, an organisation committed to tackling issues surrounding mental health, body image and exam stress in teenagers, visited the school for a recent Shaa lecture.

Head of Sixth Form Mr David Stone said of the visit: “It was great to have Grace Barrett come in and deliver funny and thought-provoking talks to boys and girls in upper and lower sixth.  Maintaining positive mental health and developing resilience are big challenges for young people today and as we enter an important time for the pupils approaching the exam period, it was the perfect opportunity for Grace to share her expertise and experiences with them about self-esteem and how to manage stress.”  For more details click here.
Onatti Productions performed their brand new play “Auf Dem Campingplatz” (English translation: “On the Campsite”) to pupils in the Third Year.  The comedic production, which features two friends with very different interpretations of a camping trip, was delivered entirely in German and gave the boys and girls a great chance to utilise their language skills.
Our two teams put in a strong performance at the regional final of the Schools Challenge.  Well done to Samuel Howard, Emily Howling, Sameer Javid and Alan McCartney who defeated Merchant Taylors' Boys 680–580 in the final of the Plate Competition.
Photo credit ARTiculation 2017 and The Roche Court Educational Trust.

Lower Sixth pupil Lili Jones finished second in the North West Final of ARTiculation, a national competition organised by The Roche Court Educational Trust, which was held at The Whitworth Art Gallery recently.  Lili chose a controversial piece and delivered it with wit and humour, her presentation was well researched and passionate. The adjudicators, Rory Brooks and Alison Wilding, thought that Lili’s description of conceptual art was very clear and was complemented well with the images chosen.
SGS Lit Fest is now underway!  The Library are looking forward to welcoming two authors next week: Sufiya Ahmed and Matt Dickinson.  Sufiya Ahmed will be speaking to Second and Fourth Year pupils on Tuesday 7th February.  Her book Secrets of the Henna Girl can be purchased on the day for £5.  Matt Dickinson will be talking to all First Years about his Everest endeavours and his books The Everest Files, North Face and Lie Kill Walk Away are available now in the Library for £5.  All pupils are welcome to attend the book signing at 1.15pm on Thursday 9th February.  He will also be running a Geography and a creative writing session for older pupils in the afternoon.

Book club members and other pupils participating in The Read 2017 will have a skype chat with shortlisted author Richard Kurti at lunch time on Wednesday 8th February; pupils who have already read the book can sign up in the Library to take part.

The Library is also hoping keen writers will submit entries to the BBC 500 Words competition and/or The Portico Sadie Massey Writers and Readers Prizes. More information about these competitions and the other activities taking place this month are available in the Library.
Young Enterprise
Four members of our Young Enterprise team, InStock Technologies, visited PwC LLP UK in Manchester to take part in a Dragon’s Den pitch.  They explained how their Virtual Reality headsets worked and spoke about the successes of the business so far.  The team received some very valuable feedback which will help them prepare for the regional competition in March.

Snowboarding
Our snowboarders are continuing their training at Chill Factore each Wednesday after school and now look very comfortable on the snow!

Climbing
It was a successful evening for our climbers in Round Three of the Climbing Hangar Liverpool’s Winter Bouldering League.  Katie Collier came first in the female fun category with Eve Cox close behind her in second.  In the boys’ U16s event Mohammed Umar secured top spot with Sam Lavender taking the runners-up position.
Rugby
Fourth Year pupils Zak Sebouai and Seb Walker have been included in the U15s Sale Sharks Player Development Group for their games in April and May.  Their selection follows on from their strong performances for Lancashire ‘A’ and Cheshire ‘A’ in recent games.

Cross Country
Many of our pupils ran in the Stockport Schools’ Cross Country Championships last week and despite the cold temperatures performed brilliantly.  Runners who were placed in the top 10 have been invited to represent Stockport in the Greater Manchester Championships at Heaton Park on Saturday 4th February; it is fantastic to see so many SGS pupils making up the Stockport Team.  Particular mention to Tom Manton and Daisy Keigher, who won their event and the Year 7 & 8 Girls and Year 7 Boys who won the Cross Country Championship in their age group.

Hockey
Thank you to Peter Xia of Salzmann Ltd; Mr Hall from Swagelok; and SilverFX Ltd, for their sponsorship of the Girls’ First XI Hockey Team, as they seek to once again lift the National title when they take part in the National Schools Finals at the Lee Valley Stadium in London on the 1st and 2nd March.

Years 5 and 6 Netball
There are still places available at the Netball Camp for girls in Years Five and Six from any school.  The camp is being held at SGS over the half-term break.  The sessions on the 22nd, 23rd and 24th February will be delivered by Paul Harper, Head Coach at Tameside Netball Club, and run from 9.30am – 3.30pm.  The deadline for booking a place is 10th February.  Download the booking form here.
Fifth Year GCSE Art pupils spent a day visiting The Walker Art Gallery, World Museum and Tate Liverpool where they were able to gather valuable primary source information that will be used to help inform their ideas for their Art Externally Set Task. They completed sketches and made notes on live artwork considering scale, technique, colour, subject matter and context. 
Fourth Year
Fourth Year pupils had a Rewards Assembly to celebrate those pupils who have made the most academic progress or achieved 100% attendance.  In Form Time they have discussed what makes a good friend and been reminded of the pastoral support available both in and out of school.

Fifth Year
A reminder that it is Parents’ Evening on Wednesday 8th February.  Pupils are asked to review their current A Level choices in light of their results and discussion with staff; a second A Level choice form will be issued today 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.  Pupils will be discussing the importance of a growth mindset.  If you are interested in finding out more about growth mindsets, click here.
Pupils have been helping others by raising nearly £5,000 for charity so far this school year and they have an exciting host of further activities organised to boost this total during the Spring and Summer Terms.  For details click here.

Speaking about their efforts, Charity Co-ordinator Mrs Crowley said: “I was delighted to see pupils acting so generously and with such thought for others last term and I know that the next two terms promise to be just as busy and exciting.”
With the cold weather setting in, the Winter Concert provided the perfect tonic for the younger and less experienced musicians at the school.  A large audience packed into the room and the evening soon heated up as well over a hundred performers took part in proceedings.  For further details click here.
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