24th March 2017

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Welcome to the sixth 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.
Audiences have been wowed by the first two performances of the Senior School Musical Annie with the excitement set to continue this evening and Saturday. With First Year Annabelle Stockton in the title role and featuring pupils from every year of the school through to Upper Sixth, the production brings together drama, dance and music to tell the well-known story along with its catchy songs. A full review will feature on the website next week.
Congratulations to the U15 squad, who won the ISNC plate final v Redmaids 42-34 last week.

Well done to the U18 team who reached the final of the Rosslyn Park Sevens Bowl yesterday. 

1st XV player George Chatterton has been involved in Sale Sharks Rugby first team training; and Alexander Brooks has been called up to the Sale Sharks Academy.
Young Enterprise
InStock Technologies, our Young Enterprise team for 2016/17 were delighted to receive the prestigious award of 'Overall Winner' in the Stockport, Tameside and Rochdale regional finals earlier this week.  They will now compete in the Greater Manchester Finals on 10th May.  They were commended for their professional image, outreach programme and quality of the trade stand.  Their financial status is one of the best Young Enterprise have ever seen and they were described as being “very good from the start”. 

Our climbers are celebrating success after being crowned overall team winners at the Manchester Schools Climbing Competition.  Nineteen pupils from First Year to Lower Sixth took part in the competition and they notched up an impressive number of podium finishes.

In the KS4 boys category Mohammed Umar, Leon Evans and Nicholas Dow achieved a clean sweep picking up first, second and third places respectively. 
In the KS4 girls category Eve Cox did really well to finish third, whilst in the KS3 boys category Sam Lavender swept aside the competition to take top spot.
In light of our forthcoming Awards Assembly on 7th April, click here for a summary of our award system, aimed to ensure consistency across co-curricular areas and provide clarity on the criteria for the awards.
Second Year pupils have been studying weather and climate this term and some classes were set a homework to design and create an instrument to measure the weather.

They had approximately three weeks to create these and then present them back to the class, explaining how they made their instrument, the decision making process about the materials they used and an explanation of how their instrument would work to measure the weather.  Congratulations to the winners: Charles Clark (2S), Maria Marcheva (2P) and Isabel Marshall (2U).
Art pupils relished the opportunity to bring their classroom studies to life when they explored the stunning galleries and museums of the French capital.

Pupils also enjoyed exploring the artists' quarter around Montmartre as well as visiting Sacré Coeur, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and Tuileries gardens where they were able to see the line that runs between the Palais du Louvre and the Arc de Triomphe.  For further details click here.
A Level Chemistry pupils were treated to a range of excellent talks from eminent scientists at a Science Live event at The University of Manchester recently.

Professor Andrea Sella delivered a talk on rare earth elements, Dr Peter Wothers discussed spectroscopy and Dr Sujata Kundu spoke about changing her mind about carbon.  Dr Jamie Gallagher brought up the issue of the human battery whilst Dr Philip Ball’s talk gave his opinions on why water is weird!

Sixth Form scientists had an informative and educational time at a Medical Physics Open Evening at The Christie.  The pupils listened to a keynote speech from Marcel van Herk, one of the world's leading experts in radiotherapy, and had the opportunity to put their body through a PET scanner.

It was great for the boys and girls to get an insight in the working lives of professionals at Europe’s largest single site cancer centre.
A Level Psychology pupils recently attended a revision conference led by authors Cara Flanagan and Mike Cardwell and former chief examiner Karen Duffy.

Over the course of the day the girls and boys learnt techniques on how to target their revision, allowing them to effectively utilise their existing knowledge.
The pupils welcomed the opportunity to speak to the authors of their textbooks as they acquired some extra facts from them and were given tips on coherent ways to approach the more challenging questions.

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
Thirty two Lower Sixth Form pupils enjoyed their weekend in the Yorkshire Dales as they took part in D of E Gold training.  The boys and girls were able to hone a number of skills, including map reading, as they explored the picturesque area of the Pennines.
Fourth Year
Pupils are thinking ahead to their examinations that take place from the 16th - 23rd May.  They will be looking at how to plan and revise effectively.  Resources will be sent home via e-mail.

Fifth Year
Pupils will be discussing the new “Time to Change” campaign that encourages friends to support each other. For more information please click here.

It’s time to sharpen your pencils again and get ready for the 2017 SPA Annual Fun Quiz. 

Teams of up to 6 people can enter, at a cost of £6 per head, which includes the ever-popular cheese platter. Why not get a group of friends together and come and enjoy this year’s challenges set by our resident quizmaster, Junior School Headmaster, Tim Wheeler.

If you would like to enter a team for this popular event, please complete the attached form and return in a sealed envelope with payment to either the Senior or Junior School Office before Wednesday 26th April.  Please mark the envelope for the attention of the ‘SPA Quiz Night’.  Once your entry has been received the SPA will confirm your place via email.

If anyone can help on the night, the SPA would appreciate assistance behind the bar and serving the cheese.  If you are interested, please get in touch by emailing  The evening is great fun whichever side of the bar you’re on!

Year 5 Taster Days
Bookings are now being taken for our popular Senior School taster days in the Summer Term for Year 5 children.  If you have a younger child at a local primary school you can download the booking form here.  Please note the days are always oversubscribed so early booking is recommended.  Year 5 pupils at Stockport Grammar Junior School will automatically spend a day in the Senior School as part of their Summer Term programme of activities.

The school’s best young cooks will have the chance to impress the Head Chef from The Grill on the Alley in Manchester, as part of our school Masterchef contest.  Details of this year’s competition are available here.

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.

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 11 years from any school.
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