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30th September 2016

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Welcome to the second Stockport Grammar School Email Newsletter of the Autumn Term. We hope that you enjoy reading it and find it a useful roundup of news and information.
All First Year pupils enjoyed fun-filled days on their induction residential in Derbyshire, helping them to make new friends during their first few weeks of school. 

Staying at National Trust property Ilam Hall Youth Hostel, the pupils
spent a day exploring Chatsworth’s beautiful gardens and examined the sculptures in the Sotheby’s Beyond Limits exhibition.  Activities also included a visit to Poole’s Cavern in Buxton, a picnic lunch and a five mile hike through Dovedale.

They all had great fun playing together before returning home exhausted but with new friends and great memories.
School Charities
The Sixth Form Charity Captains have been busy researching and selecting the charities which the school will support this year.  They have decided to help a local charity, a national charity and an international charity.  After much debate the pupils have decided to support Shuktara as the international charity which aims to help street children in India who struggle with severe disabilities.  The local charity is Stockport-based Signpost which provides support and assistance for carers in the area.  The three options which were short-listed as the national charity have been put to a vote by the entire pupil-body.  An assembly has been delivered about the three short-listed charities; The National Autistic Society, Cancer Research UK, and Teenage Cancer Trust.  Pupils will get to cast their vote on which charity they would like to support during form periods over the next week.  Once selected, there will be a range of exciting fundraising opportunities for pupils to take part in which will all promise to make a real difference to the lives of people locally, nationally and globally!

EducAid
Fifth Year pupil Lucy Howling has raised over £11,000 for charity after being named Mellor’s Rose Queen for 2015/2016.  Lucy, who attends St Thomas’ Mellor church, held a number of fundraising events as she amassed an amazing £11,533 for EducAid.  To read more about Lucy’s fundraising activities click here.

Harvest Donations for Wellspring
Pupils have been asked to bring in items to support the work of The Wellspring,
a charity that provides a hot meal, showers, medical help and support for those who are homeless and is based in Stockport town centre.

Donations of tins of meat & fish, rice pudding, pasta, coffee, tea, sugar, biscuits, roll-on deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, or warm clothing and shoes are gratefully received.  Pupils can either drop donations into Convent House, or take into their form room, from where they will be collected.

Fourth Year pupils will deliver our harvest collection to The Wellspring on Thursday 6th October.
Sixth Form Open Evening : 11th October
Fifth Year pupils and parents are warmly invited to attend the Sixth Form Open Event on Tuesday 11th October 2016, starting at 7pm with a talk in the Main Hall.  

The Open Event provides the opportunity to meet staff from academic departments in the school to discuss particular courses and options and to see displays of activities currently available in the Sixth Form. A number of existing Sixth Form pupils will be on hand to answer any questions regarding life in the Sixth Form. 

Open Morning : 12th November
Thank you to all pupils who volunteered their time to tour guide at the last Open Morning, we had some lovely feedback from visitors who greatly appreciated their experience.  Thank you also to those parents who have returned the form indicating that their child(ren) can help at the November Open Morning, however assistance from more pupils is needed.  A copy of the permission form is available here. 

If you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact the External Relations office on 0161 419 2408.
Hockey
Upper Sixth Form pupils Lily Wolstenholme and Lauren Hunt were part of the England U18 Hockey team that secured third place at the European Youth Championships.  The girls, who started every game of the tournament, faced Germany, Russia and host nation Ireland in the group stages with Lily scoring in the victories over the latter two countries.  For further details click here.
Dance
Third Year pupil Cam Wylie is dancing with joy after being accepted onto The Lowry Centre for Advanced Training Scheme.  Cam, who has taken part in school dance shows and plays, wowed judges in the audition process with his agility and performance.  Further details are available here.

Music
A quintet of talented pupils have been accepted to become members of Manchester’s most prestigious Youth Choir and Orchestra.

Violinists Elsa and Zoe Shah successfully passed auditions to join the Hallé Youth Orchestra and singers Olivia White, Georgia Curwen and Joshua Furtado-Mendes secured places in the Hallé Youth Choir.  The pupils are members of several of the school’s choirs, orchestras and ensembles and they are now looking forward to embracing their new challenge.
Lower School
All Lower School clubs and activities are well underway now, with First, Second and Third Years enjoying learning new skills and hobbies in a wide range of interests, from archery to animation, fencing to philosophy and reading to rugby.  Pupils can join clubs and societies at any time; a full list of the opportunities on offer can be found on the SGS website.  The Lower School Debating Society begins this week; the debates are open to all Lower School pupils and take place every Friday in the Main Hall, starting at 12.30pm.  The first debate of the season is: This House believes that the internet does more harm than good.  Pupils who wish to suggest a topic for future debates should see Mrs Lawson.

Middle School
Fourth Year pupils have reviewed their involvement in co-curricular activities this cycle. Fifth Year pupils have had an assembly from Mr Moore (Assistant Examinations Officer) and Mrs Boardman (SENCO) on the rules governing Controlled Assessment / coursework and Examination Access Arrangements. They have been thinking ahead to Sixth Form in Form Time and we hope pupils found the Careers Convention on Thursday 22nd September helpful. All Middle School forms have elected their School Council Representatives.
Over the last few years a small SPA team have planned and run many wonderful events for our family communities across both the Junior and Senior Schools.  Unfortunately, they have reached a difficult crossroads and are in danger of having to fold unless more volunteers step forward to help with the running of their events.  If you can spare a small amount of your time to help the work of the SPA, please go along to the SPA meeting on 10th October at 7pm (not 7.30pm as stated in previous newsletter) in the Governors’ Room. 
Castlefield
The Lower Sixth pupils who have chosen to follow the Art and Design A level course spent a day in Manchester’s Castlefield Basin and the Northern Quarter at the start of term.   While there they completed a series of long and short sketches that will subsequently inform the development of their coursework portfolio.  The opportunity to work on site is invaluable in learning how to cope with space and scale and offers a very different challenge to that faced from the relative comfort of the art room.  The initial studies, and the outcomes that they prompt, will be seen later in the year at the exhibition in May.
Chatsworth
As part of the Ilam residential that the First Year have recently enjoyed, the boys and girls visited Chatsworth House where they took part in a workshop organised by the Art department.  Using the sculpture on display as well as the permanent collection, the boys and girls were encouraged to explore far and wide to try and find examples of work that they liked.  They then spent time sketching and making notes about the work that will be used in lessons when they return to school.  The Art department has also organised a photographic competition with the title, ‘An Unusual View’ and pupils had until today to submit up to three images in response to the title.
This year the Music department are running a Monday Afternoon Recital Series (MARS).  These short concerts will feature pupils from across all years and will provide further opportunities for solo and small group performances.  The first concert will be on Monday 3rd October at 4pm in the Hallam Hall and further dates will be published on the school website.  Any pupil who wishes to take part in these concerts should speak to Mr Kennedy.
Shane Hegarty, author of the Darkmouth series, will be in school on Tuesday 11th October.  His books have been touted as the next Percy Jacksons (packed with myths, legends, fantasy and humour); book one was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2016.  He will deliver a talk to all First Year pupils in the morning and this will be followed by an open session in the Library at lunchtime.  Pupils who would like to attend the lunch session should sign up in the Library. If pupils would like to get signed and dedicated copies of his books they will be on sale for £6.99 (£15 for three, cheques payable to ‘Silverwood Book Events’). Copies are also available for loan in the Library. They will make a great read for the half-term break!
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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