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14th October 2016

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Welcome to the third 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.
After winning the Second Year Division 2 LTA Team Tennis for Schools in the Summer Term, the girls played in the North Regional Finals at the John Charles Sports Centre in Leeds on Thursday 6th October, where they beat Queen Mary’s School 10-2 and then went onto to beat AKS Lytham 12-0 in the final.  The Fourth Year boys, who also won Division 2 in the summer, followed in the girls’ footsteps on Friday 7th October and beat Baines School after an exciting tie break, then beat Ripon Grammar School 8-4 in the final.  Both teams were crowned Division 2 North Region Winners 2016.
Girls’ team; Natasha Witts, Eleanor Merrifield, Emily Edwards, Katie Hewetson
Boys’ team; Liam Campbell, Toby Jones, Harry Hallisey, Fraser Curran.

Christmas Fair: Saturday 3rd December, 11am to 3pm
Christmas may seem a long way off, but each year the SPA run a raffle which is drawn at the Christmas Fair.  They would be very grateful for any prize donations you are able to make, either as individuals or on behalf of a business.  Past donations have included electronic goods, retail gift vouchers, sports and music tuition, beauty treatments, alcoholic beverages and hampers, all of which have generated a fantastic response.

The annual raffle remains one of the SPA’s most effective fund-raising activities. Donations can be anonymous or in consideration of your kind donation they would be delighted to offer you a half-page advertisement in the online Christmas Fair Programme for free. The online brochure is distributed to all parents of all 1450 children in both the Senior and Junior schools prior to the Fair.  If you've been looking for a way to let Stockport Grammar parents know about your business this would be a cost effective marketing tool.  If you would like to donate a prize and are interested in taking an advertisement in the online Programme, please contact the SPA as soon as possible at: spa@stockportgrammar.co.uk
 
Christmas Puddings
By popular demand the SPA are again selling Christmas Puddings.
The puddings are made by The Ultimate Plum Pudding Company Ltd. using the finest ingredients and have won Gold awards at ‘The Great Taste Awards’, as well as being endorsed by the BBC Good Food Magazine.  To download an order form click here.

Uniform Sale
The next Uniform Sale will be held on Thursday 10th November from 3–6pm.  Good quality uniform, as well as cricket and hockey equipment e.g. bats, pads, sticks etc. are accepted.  Due to the wide range of quality and cost of sports equipment, please price these items yourself. As a guide it is suggested you ask between a third to a half of the original purchase price, click here for further information.  Please take all goods clearly labelled with your child’s name and form to the trolley, behind the gatekeeper’s hut on Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th November. 

Open Morning
Our next Open Event will take place on Saturday 12th November 10am – 12pm. These events are busy and popular occasions, attended by many families and for some it is their first contact with Stockport Grammar School.  Thank you to those parents who have returned the form indicating that their child(ren) can help on the morning, however assistance from more pupils is needed; letters are available in the External Relations Office or by clicking here.  Pupils who have volunteered to guide should sign in, in the Main Hall, by 9.30am, please ensure uniform is smart and that they bring a coat and a watch.  We receive visitors between 10am and 12pm so tours may not return until after this time. If you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact the External Relations Office on 0161 419 2408.

Jodi Picoult Visit
We are delighted to announce that bestselling novelist Jodi Picoult will be speaking at school on the evening of Tuesday 22nd November.  Eleven of Jodi Picoult’s titles have been number one bestsellers in the UK and her last eight novels have debuted at number one on the New York Times bestseller list.  The evening is a public event organised by her publishers who expect high demand for tickets which must be purchased in advance at http://www.eventbrite.com/o/silverwood-events-8390734856
Hockey
The 1st XI, captained by Georgina Dare, won the Greater Manchester round of the National Schools’ U18 Tournament yesterday in convincing style.  They beat Altrincham Grammar 6-1; Cheadle Hulme School 2-1, Withington Girls 8-0 and Loreto 5-1.  They will now go on to represent Greater Manchester in the North West Final.
Forty five pupils in Second Year recently spent a day learning about sharks as part of Shark Day.  Head of Classics Mr Alastair Thorley invited Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown from Frogfish Photography into the school so that pupils could find out about the conservation, behaviour and anatomy of sharks.  The pupils looked at the biological make-up of five different species and at how the animals have been portrayed in the movie industry.

A number of departments got involved in the day with English and Music helping pupils devise scripts and musical pieces for presentations on each of the species and Psychology looking at why people are scared of sharks.  For further details click here.

Middle School
Fourth and Fifth Year pupils have voted for their School Council Year Representatives. Those pupils who stood up in front of their peers and made a presentation have been congratulated for their courage.  Middle School pupils have reviewed their effort grades and set targets for next half term. These can be seen on pages 18 and 19 of their planners.

The Fifth Year Trial Examinations are during the first two weeks of the Spring Term (Wednesday 4th – Friday 13th January).  Pupils will be juggling homework, Controlled Assessment, coursework and exam preparation. To make this a more manageable task, Fifth Year pupils are advised to ensure they are up to date and that their files are in order before returning to school on Tuesday 1st November.  Pupils are reminded that they should be completing 10 hours of independent study outside of lesson time each week.  If they do not have 10 hours of homework, they can start to revise the material covered.  Further advice on exam preparation will be given to pupils in the month before the exams. If pupils are struggling with time management, they should see their Form Tutor in the first instance.

Sixth Form
As we approach half term, pupils in the Upper Sixth have been working closely with their UCAS Adviser on their university applications. Those making Medicine, Veterinary Science, Dentistry and Oxbridge applications have been working towards a deadline of 15th October.  Those who have applied to Cambridge will need to ensure they complete the Supplementary Application Questionnaire (SAQ), with as much detail as possible. The deadline for this to be completed is 6pm on 22nd October.

For the majority of the cohort, they are strongly advised to submit university applications as soon as they are ready to go. Offers will be made by many universities almost immediately.  Any parents with questions about how their son/daughter’s university application is progressing should contact their UCAS Adviser or Head of Sixth Form, Mr David Stone at stonedj@stockportgrammar.co.uk

The first Shaa Lecture, given by former policeman and safeguarding adviser to the FA and other bodies, Mr Simon Snell, addressed the theme of Online Safety; this was followed up in form periods by a review of the School’s Online Safety Centre.  Further lectures and follow-up sessions are planned later in the year as part of the extension of the Pastoral Curriculum to the Sixth Form.

Pupils have been setting and reviewing targets with subject teachers.  Mr Stone will be writing to all parents of the Lower Sixth Form shortly to provide more information about our use of ALIS in A level target setting.  Upper Sixth Form Parents’ Evening is on Thursday 3rd November and we look forward to welcoming you into school for this event from 5.30pm.

Over forty Second Year pupils visited Pierre Le Bistrot in Sheffield last week. Pupils spoke French to the staff and ordered food and drink.  The menu is in French and they had dishes like poulet aux lentilles, tarte flambée and steak-frites.  Most had the fondant au chocolat for dessert, although some had crème caramel and one even had the plateau de fromages!  They had Orangina to drink, to carry on the authentic flavour of the evening.  Pupils had been studying the topic of food and restaurants in lessons and it was a perfect opportunity to put what they had learnt into practice.
A group of Fifth Year and Lower Sixth pupils welcomed their exchange partners to SGS this week. The German pupils enjoyed visits to The Etihad Stadium, Lyme Hall and the Imperial War Museum, as well as a shopping trip to Affleck’s Palace. They have also engaged in a variety of activities with their partners.  In February our pupils will have the chance to experience German life and culture at first hand and practise their own German speaking skills. The exchange between SGS and the Städtisches Gymnasium is now in its 25th year and many friendships have been formed during this time. This is an annual trip for pupils in Fifth Year and above who are studying German and have a sense of adventure.
Please would parents of pupils involved in extra-curricular Music ensembles make a note of the dates on the attached Music Schedule.  If your child is performing in these concerts, please take careful note of the Concert Uniform at the bottom of the schedule.

If you are thinking of buying or selling an instrument, did you know that the SPA organise Musical instrument sales?  Please click here for further details.
Pupils demonstrated their charitable side as they filled a minivan full of goodies that they then delivered to The Wellspring and raised money for a number of charities. 

Cake sales were held as part of the Macmillan Coffee Morning with pupils and staff alike satisfying their sweet tooth with plentiful donations.  First Year forms then held a charity cake sale competition earlier this week.  Cakes flew off the table during break and lunch time and 1W emerged victorious after amassing a staggering £159.  The competition itself raised over £600 for the school’s chosen charities.

Mrs Hayley Crowley, the school’s Charities Co-ordinator, said: “Charitable giving has been approached with great enthusiasm and generosity this first half term!  It has been a pleasure to see so many pupils thinking of others and making a real difference to lives locally, nationally and globally.”
Albert Johnston Travel Award
Pupils in the Sixth Form are invited to apply for the Albert Johnston Travel Award worth £1000.  Pupils should submit a project for independent travel to Miss Barton by 7th November 2016.  Interviews will be held before Christmas.  More details are available on the Parent Portal.
B23 Service
Pupils who use the B23 service in the morning from Mottram via Romiley and Marple should have received a letter from the bus company advising them of changes to the timetable that will come into effect after half term. This is as a result of the increasing traffic congestion on the route during the winter months.  An updated timetable for the service is available on the school website.
CASHLESS PAYMENT SYSTEM
In order to reduce the need for pupils to bring money into school a new cashless payment system for pupils in the Senior School to use in the Breakfast Service, Bookshop and Sixth Form tuckshop will be introduced after half term.

To make use of this facility, parents will need to create an online account and deposit funds in order for their children to be able to make purchases in these areas.  To make a purchase pupils will use a biometric finger scan to debit their account, subject to there being sufficient funds available. Full details of the new arrangements, including details of how to register and set up an account, will be sent by post in the next few days.
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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