22nd November 2013

Carol service

This year’s school carol service will be held in St George’s Church on Tuesday 17th December, beginning at 7pm. The candlelit service will involve pupils from a wide age range with an increased focus on traditional choral music, performed by chorus, chamber choir and junior singers, as well as congregational carols. Whilst attendance for pupils not performing is voluntary, we hope that many families will wish to attend what has become a very popular event for all sections of the school community. It is not necessary to obtain tickets for the carol service and parking will be available in the school car parks. Seasonal refreshments will be served after the service, which should finish by 8.30pm. We hope that you will be able to join us.

Drugs and alcohol information evening

All parents of pupils from Third Year to Upper Sixth Form are warmly invited to the drugs and alcohol information evening on Monday 25th November 7.30pm in the Hallam Hall. The event will be led by Babs O’ Brien, a team leader at MOSAIC, Stockport’s young people’s drug and alcohol service. Light refreshments will be available on arrival.

MFL debate

SGS took part in the seventh Northern Schools Modern Foreign Languages Debating Competition fielding teams in French, German and Spanish. All our teams gave outstanding performances, debating convincingly in their respective languages. The German team, consisting of Ryan Jude and Jed Holloway successfully won their group and semi-final to go through to the final and won against Manchester High debating “It’s better to go on holiday in your home country”. All the participants should be very proud of themselves. For further details click here.

AS Options

AS Options Forms will be given to Fifth Year pupils on Friday 29th November and should be returned to form tutors by Thursday 12th December.

Autumn concert

The reserve list is now open. If you have requested further tickets please send your child to see Mrs Johnson in the Music department.

Katie’s Ball

Katie Thorburn and Mrs Jeanette Warburton, whose daughter Leina is in the Fifth Year with Katie, are planning a charity ball in aid of Clic Sargent. The ball is to be held on Saturday 26th April 2014 at the Mercure Hotel in Manchester city centre. Katie is receiving cancer care at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and has raised funds for cancer charities and for the hospital since her diagnosis in September 2012. Please see http://katiesballforclicsargent.weebly.com/ for ticket and sponsorship information. To raise funds for the ball, Maclure Barbers Didsbury are offering free haircuts, subject to a donation, in their shop and in the Fletcher Moss pub on Sunday 1st December.


This November is Michael Morpurgo Month and publisher Harper Collins are running a book review competition to win a school visit from this much-loved author. Pupils can help SGS win by reviewing, in any format (written, audio, video…) one or more of the 30 selected books. In exchange for three book reviews pupils will receive a Morpurgo book to keep.

Through real and fictitious conflicts, the Library is inviting pupils to reflect upon the nature of war by taking part in the Peace and Conflict book and film challenge, which will run until February. There will be small rewards as pupils pass through the nine checkpoints and a prize to be claimed when they have reviewed their tenth item. More information, book recommendations and record sheets are available in the Library.

Model United Nations

It has been an exciting fortnight for MUN. On Tuesday three trips were launched: a residential conference in Edinburgh for Fifth Year and above; a one day conference to Withington Girls’ School for inexperienced debaters; and our own one day conference in January. Pupils should see Miss Spence in the Woodsmoor office for more details.

Christmas concert

The Christmas concert will be held on Wednesday 4th December at 7.30pm in the dining hall. Tickets are initially limited to two per family. Please contact Mrs Johnson on johnsonsj@stockportgrammar.co.uk as soon as possible to request tickets. If you require more than two tickets please state the number you require and you will be added to our waiting list. Additional tickets will be allocated the week prior to the concert.

Poetry by heart

This is an exciting competition which gives pupils in the Fourth Year and above the chance to compete for a national title which will be judged by Andrew Motion at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Pupils have to learn two poems from a selection and recite them to a panel of judges in our school Poetry by Heart competition which takes place in the penultimate week of term. In order to entice students, some of the English department recited a poem of their choice last Friday during break. See Miss Spence for more details or to hear her recite her poem.

Old Stops’ evening in London

We are pleased to announce an Old Stops’ Evening in London on Wednesday 22nd January – a perfect opportunity to enjoy an exclusive Q&A with special guest Marianne Elliott (OS 1985), award winning director of War Horse and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. The evening will commence with drinks at 6.30pm, central London venue will be confirmed in the next few days. Parents and Old Stops are warmly invited to attend and to bring a guest. Tickets will be allocated on a first come first served basis – to reserve your place contact Maili Lavin at lavinm@stockportgrammar.co.uk . There is no charge to attend.


Artists from the Sixth Form spent a day exploring London’s top galleries as they looked to some of the world’s most well-renowned works for inspiration. Pupils whizzed from Tate Britain and Tate Modern to the National Gallery and Victoria and Albert Museum, where they sketched and studied the vast variety of art on display. For further details click here.


Christmas Fair – Saturday 7th December, 11am to 3pm

With only two weeks to go until the SPA’s biggest fundraising event of the year, donations of chocolate, bottles, second hand toys, books, games and good as new items are needed. All items should be handed in at either the Junior or Senior School office.


Upper Sixth Former Matthew Hughes has been selected to play for the Lancashire Cricket Academy. Matthew, who began playing cricket at the age of seven at SGJS, credits the school with introducing him to the sport. Matthew said “I would definitely like to make a career out of cricket – hopefully this will be my stepping stone to becoming professional.”

Fourth Year pupil Natasha Hurst entered Art in the Window, an art competition in Glossop during the summer and her picture was selected as the winner from the scores of entrants

Fourth Year pupil Mona Amet finished third in the north-west final of Red Tractor’s Make it With Mince competition after cooking some delicious lamb koftas for TV chef James Martin. For further details click here.

Kenshikan Karate World Championships

Shivalika Takiar in the First Year and her sister Niyati in the Lower Sixth Form, together with Fourth Year pupil Lilia Sebouai and Upper Sixth Former Tom Allport travelled to Osaka in Japan during the half term holiday, to take part in the Kenshikan Karate World Championships. Niyati, who won two bronze medals in the last England World Championships got through to the quarter-finals in Osaka and said “it was an amazing experience.”


Mr Frankland and Dr Hamilton took two teams to the team chess challenge at Bolton School on Thursday 7th November, which was the regional final of a national chess tournament for secondary schools. Of the 14 teams that took part, we finished 6th and 10th, which was outstanding considering this was the first time that the school had entered. The pupils enjoyed their day and are looking forward to taking part in the next tournament.



Holly Hunt, Lauren Hunt and Emily Spencer have been called to the England assessment camp following their successes at the Futures Cup where they represented the Pennine Pumas. Lauren played and scored for the U16s who won the tournament. Holly and Emily played for the bronze medal winning U18s along with Sophie Hall and Meghan Myers. Maya Gordon, Megan Smith and Lily Wolstenholme have attended training camps for the Pennine Pumas.


The 1st XV beat King’s Macclesfield 27-7 in the fourth round of the NatWest Schools Cup, while the U15s are through to the next stage of the NatWest Vase after winning 43-19 at Audenshaw. Congratulations to Louis Jones who has been invited to attend an assessment weekend with the North of England squad.


For details of all sports results, click here.

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