11th November 2016

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Welcome to the fourth 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.
Congratulations to the U15s who won the Stockport Schools Tournament last week.  They went through the competition undefeated and beat the hosts Bramhall High School 9-4 in the final.
The 1st and 2nd XV Rugby teams had a successful and action packed time on their tour of Italy during half term.  Mr Hugo Corbett, Head of Rugby at the school, said: “The Italian tour was a great experience for the boys and they were a credit both on and off the pitch. The welcome we received from all of the host teams was great, the hospitability was fantastic and we were made to feel really welcome wherever we went.”  A full report will be available on the website shortly.
Our next Open Event will take place tomorrow, 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.  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.
Drama Production
This term’s drama production, Still Life, takes place in the Main Hall on Thursday 17th and Friday 18th November at 7.30pm. Half of the play takes place in 1916 in the trenches at the Battle of the Somme; this is balanced with scenes set in a Care Home in 2016, where a group of feisty senior citizens resist decline.  Further information and ticket details are available here.

Dance Show
Following the success of last year's Dance Show, pupils in Middle School and Sixth Form have been working to put together a smaller scale dance performance - Through the Seasons - featuring pieces they have created and rehearsed themselves, as well as some larger group pieces produced in school, from cool contemporary to hot Brazilian beats.  We hope you will join us at 7pm on Tuesday 29th November for refreshments followed by the performance at 7.30pm.  Ticket information is available here.

Clarins Evening
A group of Sixth Form pupils are hosting a Clarins Evening on 25th November from 7pm, to raise funds for their expedition to Borneo next year, where they will be helping local communities.  Tickets cost £7, which includes a Clarins goody bag.  For further details click here.

Christmas Fair: Saturday 3rd December, 11am to 3pm
The SPA have a fantastic day planned with some exciting external stall holders coming along for early Christmas shopping opportunities, as well as a wonderful selection of food and drinks available throughout the day.  There will also be a “rodeo reindeer” to join the great variety of games our parent volunteers have planned.  And of course, the Big Man himself will be joining us in person in our grotto!

The volunteers are working hard to plan and run the stalls but they desperately need your help.  If you can spare an hour or two during the day of the fair to assist on one of the stalls, please get in touch with  Without your help and support they can’t run these large events, so we hope that you will be able to help!

They are also asking for your support with donations for the fair. 

  • Bottles - any bottle, not just alcohol
  • Wrapped Chocolate
  • Second hand toys, books and games
  • Toiletries and items for the “good as new” stall
  • Washed soft toys for the teddy tombola

They will also be selling cakes on the day and would ask that you bring your donations on the 2nd December. 

It’s also not too late to donate a prize for the grand raffle!  You will shortly be receiving your raffle tickets to sell in advance.  Please sell as many as you can and return unused raffle tickets and money to the school offices.  For more information about the raffle please contact

Donations should be taken to the Senior School office.

Lower School
Pupils have been focusing on two significant events this week.  On Tuesday, the day of the U.S. Presidential election, Third Year pupils listened to an assembly by the Head of Lower School Mrs Lawson on how the bitter American campaign has thrown into relief the need for us to be aware of the fundamental British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and respect for all people, whatever their race, religion or beliefs.  In form time this week, all pupils have discussed today's Remembrance Day commemorations and why the poppy has become the lasting symbol of remembrance in our country.

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 the SPA organise Musical instrument sales.  Please click here for further details.

Autumn Concert
The Autumn Concert takes place on Wednesday 23rd November and will feature several of the school’s musical ensembles.  It promises to be an enjoyable evening for all.

The following groups will be performing: Chorus, Junior Band, First Orchestra, String Orchestra, Brass Ensemble and Jazz Band.  In the first instance we are only able to offer two tickets per family. If you require further tickets you will be added to a waiting list, which will open on Monday 21st November, should tickets still be available.  Tickets can be requested by emailing Mrs Johnson at

MARS Concerts
The Monday Afternoon Recital Series continued this week with performances from First Year pupils Louis Beer, Olivia Dow and Talia Zelhof, Fourth Year pupil Thomas Cope, and Sixth Formers Jess Lloyd and Joanna Brown.  The appreciative audience enjoyed the concert and the wide range of styles and instruments on display. The next concert will be on Monday 21st November and will feature students from the Third Year, including whole class performances of Reggae songs.  Pupils wishing to perform in future concerts should see Mr Kennedy in the Music department.

GCSE Recital
On Wednesday 9th November all of the Fifth Year GCSE Music students took part in the annual recital.  This was an excellent opportunity for pupils to show off their instrumental skill and complete part of their course. There were some fantastic, committed and musical performances from all pupils and it was pleasing to see the pupils supporting each other so enthusiastically.

Music in Assemblies
This term pupils have been performing in both First Year gatherings and the weekly Lower School Assembly and all performances have been enjoyed by the large audiences.  Pupils who wish to perform in future assemblies should see Mr Kennedy in the Music department.

Grade 5 Theory Classes
Grade 5 Theory Classes will begin again on Wednesday 16th November at 1.00pm in the Music department.  Pupils wishing to attend should sign up in the Music department and collect a lunch pass from the Music Office.

As part of the Ilam residential recently enjoyed by First Year pupils, the Art department organised a photographic competition with the title, ‘An Unusual View’.  There were numerous great entries which were whittled down to a top three.  The winner was Oscar Davies who made great use of one of the sculptures that was on show. Well done everyone!
Congratulations to Bradley Boyd, Freddie Rimmer, Henry Davies and Max Crompton who have been selected for Sale Sharks’ Cheshire East U14s Developing Player Pathway, and to Harry Brown, Harry Reeder and Ewan Curran who have been selected for Sale Sharks’ Cheshire East U13s Developing Player Pathway.
A MUN conference, held at Cheadle Hulme School, took place over the weekend of the 8th/ 9th October.  SGS took a group of 12 pupils, representing Brazil and Saudi Arabia.  Most of the pupils were experienced at MUN and were well prepared to tackle the range of topics that we were given.  Arvin Sadeghzadeh-Aragi was Highly Commended, and Oliver Sheard, Jacob Lockett and Finley Nolan were Commended.

MUN continues to meet for a debate after school on Mondays in the Woodsmoor Building and is open for pupils in the Fourth Year, Fifth Year and Sixth Form.
Man Booker
On Monday 14th November, the Library will once again be holding a ‘Man Booker Literary Lunch’, where Sixth Form book champions will be presenting their view on the books shortlisted for this year’s Man Booker prize.  Sixth Form pupils are invited to attend to hear about the ‘finest in fiction’ and vote for a winning title.

Café Sci
On Tuesday lunchtimes the Library has hosted Café Sci.  Old Stopfordian Elspeth Wallace gave a presentation about her work as a palaeontologist, entitled Dinosaurs: Death, discovery and display and Dr Sarah-Jane Clelland from the Manchester University School of Materials came in to talk about X-Ray imaging. In the coming weeks we look forward to welcoming Tim Mitchell who will give a talk about the wide variety of careers in Engineering; William Goundry from AstraZeneca who will talk about the science behind advanced drug delivery and, just before Christmas, Katie Steckles from Think Maths will be in to talk about fractals (to coincide with the display of our fractal Christmas tree).
Carol Service
This year’s school Carol Service will be held in St. George’s Church on Wednesday 14th December, beginning at 7pm.  Whilst attendance for pupils not performing is voluntary, we sincerely hope that you will join us for congregational carols, readings and to listen to our choirs in a magical candlelit service.  It is not necessary to obtain tickets for the Carol Service and parking will be available in the school car parks.  The Carol Service is a popular festive tradition and we would particularly encourage all First Year pupils to experience the evening, as it is one of the highlights of the School’s Autumn Term calendar.
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