10th January 2014

Welcome to the first 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 newsletter is emailed out fortnightly in term time to Senior School parents and is also available on the school website.

Entrance Examination Day

With the exception of those pupils who have been asked to assist during the day or those involved in Godspell rehearsals, Senior School is closed to pupils on Wednesday 15th January due to the Entrance Exam. There will also be some changes to the bus services:

Bullocks Coaches

B1 & 367 services will not be running.

B2 and the B3 running as usual a.m. and p.m.

Holly Coaches

62A Glossop and 2nd 62A running as usual a.m. and p.m.

Jones Coaches

Services SG1, SG2 & SG3 running as usual a.m. and p.m.

SG4 (Late Bus) will be running as usual.

Metro Taxis

Sale/Hale service will not be running.

Classics Play

This year the Classics department is continuing its successful run of productions of Greek tragedies with HisTroy. The play is a reworking of Ajax and Philoctetes, both of which were written in Athens by Sophocles in the 5th century BC. The play will be accompanied by an exhibition of pupils’ work based on the theme of “War”. HisTroy will be performed in the Hallam Hall on Wednesday 5th, Thursday 6th and Friday 7th February, beginning at 7.30pm (please note that this is different from the 7pm start stated on the school calendar). The exhibition will be open from 7pm. If you would like tickets, which are priced at £3 for students and £5 for adults, then please return the form, via your child’s form tutor or to Mr Thorley in Classics, together with cash or a cheque made payable to Stockport Grammar School. Further details and a ticket request form are available here.

Fifth Year Trial Exams

The safest place for a mobile phone to be during the trial exams is at home but if your son or daughter needs to bring their phone to school then they should use the valuables lockers provided. Padlocks can be brought from home or are available to purchase from the book shop for £4.

French and German speaking tests are taking place during the trial exams and due to the large number of pupils involved, missed slots cannot be rearranged and therefore pupils should check their time carefully on the notice board outside the languages office.

Trial Exam results will be issued on Monday 27th January. Pupils and parents will have an opportunity to discuss their results and progress at Parents’ Evening on Thursday 30th January. A second AS Choices form will be issued at this time to enable pupils to discuss their options with staff in light of their results.

Lord of the Flies at the Lowry

A few tickets are still available for Matthew Bourne’s production of Lord of the Flies at the Lowry on Thursday 3rd April. Cost £20 including transport. Please contact mossj@stockportgrammar.co.uk by Tuesday 14th January if your child would like to apply.

Albert Johnston Travel Award

Applications for this year’s award should be submitted to Mrs Muscutt by Monday 13th January. The Albert Johnston Travel Award is a bursary offered to individuals or teams from the Sixth Form who would like to travel to further their experience and knowledge of a passion or subject.

Model United Nations

The Model United Nations Conference is fast approaching and pupils from Second Year and above are encouraged to sign up to be secretaries on the day. This is a great chance to experience MUN for the first time without the pressure of standing up and debating. SGSMUN takes place on Sunday 25th January and secretaries would be required from 9.30am until 4pm. See Miss Spence or Mr Browne in Woodsmoor for more details.

Poetry by Heart

Congratulations to the school winner, Will Spence, and runner up, Leah Allcock. The competition, held in the last week of the Autumn Term, was a huge success and the scores were very close. Will’s victory means that he will be competing in the county round in February.

Strictly Come Dancing

Our Lower Sixth Form pupils’ dazzling Strictly Come Dancing shows raised over £1500 for Cardiac Risk in the Young. The two sell-out performances produced two different winning pairs, with Meghan Myers and Harry Griffin chosen as Wednesday’s triumphant dancers, and Tom O’Mahony and Ciara Berragan as Thursday’s champions. For more details and pictures click here.

Off-Games Policy

The PE department would like to remind parents and pupils about the school’s Off-Games Policy which appears in the Pupil Planner. All pupils (including those who are excused for illness or injury) should bring appropriate kit to the lesson. Excused pupils will therefore be able to have meaningful involvement in the lesson. If parents have any queries they should contact Mr Chris Wright in the PE department at wrightcj@stockportgrammar.co.uk

Aachen Christmas Markets

A weekend in Aachen let our Second Year pupils practise their German and celebrate the festive period at the town’s world-famous Christmas markets. For further details and pictures click here.

SPA

The SPA would like to thank all the parents, pupils and staff who helped at the Christmas fair, and to everybody who came along and joined in the fun. An early estimate suggests that our parents’ association raised over £7,000 for charity and school funds on the day. For pictures from the fair click here.

Date for your Diary

The SPA Quiz Night will be held on Friday 7th March at 7.30pm. Further details will follow shortly.

Sport

Rugby

Good luck to the U15s who play Altrincham Grammar School for Boys in Round 6 of the Natwest Vase on Tuesday 14th January, at home with a 2.30pm kick off. A victory will mean the team are into the last sixteen of this competition.

Results

For details of all sports results, click here.

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