14th March 2014

Godspell

Only five days to go until the Senior School’s production of the hit Broadway musical Godspell! There are just a few tickets left for the Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances, with more tickets available for Wednesday night. Please download a ticket request form here and return to Mrs Johnson in the Music department with your payment. Due to numbered seating, doors will not be open until 7.15pm each night.

Godspell art exhibition 19th to 22nd March

Parents and visitors attending Godspell are invited to enjoy the opportunity of a preview of artwork by Dr Thekla Kampelmann prior to its exhibition in Germany. Dr Kampelmann’s exhibition, entitled God’s Spell in the Coats of streaming Time, follows a parallel theme to that of the musical, matching certain texts from the production to the relevant paintings. The exhibition will be open prior to each performance and at the interval; it will close at 9.30pm each evening. Please click here to see a selection of images.

Music

Music tour 2015

Details are now available for the 2015 music tour to Lake Garda in Italy. The information and forms can be accessed on the website by clicking here and scrolling down to the trip or from the Music department.

Concert schedule

Please click here for details of forthcoming concerts and the required dress code.

Keeping our children safe online

John Carr, who is one of the leading international experts on child internet safety, will be visiting the school on Thursday 27th March to give a presentation on how best to ensure the safety of children in online activities. Mr Carr’s experience as an advisor to the UK government, the European Union and the United Nations, and as a member of the Virtual Global Task Force and a founder member of Ceops, means that he is exceptionally well placed to inform parents on the day to day strategies they can adopt to advise and protect their children. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session.

The talk will take place at 7pm and the event should be finished by approximately 8.30pm. Senior School parents wishing to attend should email Mrs Vivienne Arrowsmith on arrowsmithv@stockportgrammar.co.uk by Friday 21st March to reserve a place.

The focus and content of the talk mean that it will not be appropriate for boys and girls to accompany their parents on the evening.

Online child protection

Concerns have been raised by the child protection officer from an independent girls’ school in Manchester regarding an unwelcome contact on social media. An individual calling himself “David Barnard” is pretending to be a student at Manchester Grammar School, however he is not and has never attended the school. Please ensure that you and your family always take steps to check the credentials of anyone you “friend” on social media.

Maths

Congratulations to Second Year pupils Murray Jallands and Jake Wyatt-Thomas, and Third Year pupils Sam Howard and Elsa Shah, who won the regional final of the Team Maths Challenge last week. They will now take part in the national final to be held in London on 23rd June.

In the annual Sixth Form Pop Maths Quiz held at Liverpool John Moores University, Jessica Black and Lewis Higgins finished third – despite only getting one question wrong!

Chemistry

In February keen Upper Sixth Form pupils took the two hour Chemistry Olympiad challenge – a very difficult examination set by the Royal Society of Chemistry. Eight of our pupils achieved a silver award, which places them in the top 25% of pupils who took the examination. They are: Hannah Gardiner, Matthew Hughes, Georgina Plant, Hassan Rafiq, Tasmin Ray, Benjamin Richmond, Charlie Saunders and David Withers. Four further pupils achieved the bronze award: Daniel Blears, Ray McCulloch, Jennifer Warwick and Laura Wynne. Congratulations to all who took part, an excellent achievement.

Last week our Upper Sixth chemists were treated to sessions run by Manchester University and the Royal Society of Chemistry, where they prepared samples of paracetamol and then used spectroscopic techniques not available in schools to analyse the purity of their samples. As well as learning about pharmacology and the chemical aspects of medicine, pupils were able to talk to the visiting researchers about university life and study. For pictures click here.

Classics reading competition

Congratulations to Cornelia Kolusi-Dehghanpuor and Sophia Boar who secured first prize in the beginners’ section of the Classics reading competition, against 34 contestants from 10 schools, held in Hallam Hall on Wednesday.

French work experience

There is a meeting on Thursday 27th March at 5pm in the Sixth Form study room for pupils who are going on the French work experience trip to Armentières; parents are also welcome to attend.

Fifth Year French/German IGCSE speaking tests

French and German IGCSE speaking tests take place in the two weeks immediately after the Easter holiday. Times will be published next week and will be available to pupils via their class teacher and displayed on the notice board outside the Languages office. Pupils must note their appointment and attend at the correct time. No swapping is allowed.

Teachers are available for guidance and help before the orals, but it is each pupil’s responsibility to ensure that they have everything they need for their speaking test and that they have given their teacher a neat, final copy of their presentation/discussion.

Library

Spring is in the air! Pupils are invited to let the library staff know their reading recommendations and watch the reading tree burst into leaf as the spring progresses.

Café sci

The next café sci talk will be held on Monday 24th March at 1pm. Dr Rebecca Elliott from the neuroscience and psychiatry unit of the University of Manchester will talk to pupils from the Fourth Year and above. Pupils should sign up in the library if they would like to attend. Early lunch passes can be collected from a librarian.

Masterchef

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

Physics

On Thursday 20th March, school governor Professor John Dainton from Liverpool University will be giving a talk to the Fifth and Sixth Form, in Hallam Hall at 4pm about all things Physics. Topics are likely to include “is time travel possible?” “What goes on at Cern?” and “How does Physics help people?”

German exchange

During half term 38 Fifth Year and Upper Sixth Form pupils spent ten days in Bad Segeberg for the return leg of the exchange with the Städtisches Gymnasium Bad Segeberg. For details of the trip and pictures click here.

Oxbridge dinner

We are pleased to invite parents to the Stockport Grammar School Oxbridge dinner which will be held on Friday 2nd May 2014 at Hertford College, Oxford. Tickets are £55 each (£35 for full-time students), the ticket price includes meal and drinks. Dress is black tie for gentlemen and cocktail dresses for ladies.

To book your tickets please download the request form here and return it with your cheque to External Relations. Please make cheques payable to Stockport Grammar School.

Middle School

Fourth Year effort grades will be issued on Monday 31st March and parents’ evening is on Tuesday 1st April.

Fifth Year reports will be posted out on Friday 4th April.

Congratulations

First Year hockey players Sophie Douglas and Pippa Brown have both retained their places with the Greater Manchester squad for this season; and Brogan Tennant and Fourth Year pupil Anna Hanson have been selected to play for East Cheshire. Lily Wolstenholme has been called up for the national U15 girls training camp at Lilleshall in May. Well done girls!

Golf day

We will be holding our annual golf day in association with the Vernon Building Society on Thursday 12th June 2014 at Stockport Golf Club, one of Cheshire’s premier golf venues. We would like to extend an invitation to join us on the course and hope that you will be able to support us. The profit we raise on the day goes directly to the Stockport Grammar School Bursary Fund. It is our goal to offer as many local children as possible the opportunity to come to the school regardless of means.

To book your team’s place or pledge your sponsorship support, please download the booking form here and return it to Rebecca Taberner in External Relations. If you would like to join in but don’t have enough players to put together a team of four, we are happy to put groups together, subject to numbers.

Sport

School sports colours

With the award of summer sports colours fast approaching, parents and pupils may find it useful to understand the system we use to decide on recipients. School sports colours (half and full) are awarded to individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to their respective sport. Colours are awarded in three age bands:

Junior (half and full) – a reflection of Years 1 and 2
Intermediate (half  and full) – a reflection of Years 3 and 4
Senior (half and full) – a reflection of Years 5 and 6

Members of staff who run teams will use a number of criteria when deciding on colours winners. Key areas used in consideration are: reliability, organisation, willingness, commitment, integrity, enthusiasm, performance, team work and ability.

Hockey

The 1st XI, captained by Sophie Hall, were the winners of the Cheadle 7s U18s tournament scoring 20 goals and conceding none.

Results

For details of all sports results, click here.

Please check the news pages on our website for regular updates. We would welcome your comments and suggestions, or if you would like to opt out of receiving the email newsletter, please contact the External Relations Office at externalrelations@stockportgrammar.co.uk.

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