7th February 2014

Founder’s Day Service – Friday 14th March

Our annual service to commemorate the Founder of the School will be held in St George’s Church at 10am on Friday, 14th March. Attendance is compulsory and all pupils should go directly to the church where they will be registered between 9.30 and 9.45am. The service is likely to end about 11am and pupils have the rest of the day free. Please note that there will be no lunch available for Senior School pupils that day. There are no bag storage facilities at the church but if necessary, pupils may deposit bags under the archway at school before going to the church. Morning bus services will operate as normal and pupils can wait at school before making their way to church.

Afternoon bus services are as follows:

Jones Coaches

  • Bus services will run as usual in the morning
  • There will be an additional bus service (combining SG1 & SG2 routes) departing from SGS at approx. 11.30/12 noon and following the ‘late bus’ route
  • There will be no SG3 service at lunchtime
  • Normal bus service after school for the Junior School

Bullocks Coaches

  • To be advised

Holly Coaches

  • Bus services will run as usual in the morning
  • Additional bus running, departing SGS 11.15am for Senior School pupils
  • Smaller bus running, departing at 3.45pm for Junior School pupils

Metro Taxis

  • Service will run as usual in the morning
  • Minibus will collect pupils from SGS at 11.30am
  • There is no service running at 4pm

If you wish to pick up your child after the Founder’s Day Service we suggest you arrange this at the school car park for about 11.15am as it will be almost impossible to park at or near St George’s Church.

University Offers

Congratulations to the Upper Sixth as they celebrate offers from prestigious institutions across the country, including seven places at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge. For full details click here. With the university application process still ongoing pupils are continuing their preparations for higher education. For information on the support and guidance available to pupils click here.

Sport

Rugby

The U12 Rugby XV have completed their season with a 100% record, having won all of their games this year. The team’s record has also cemented their place at the top of both the SchoolsSports.com U12 UK performance and England country leagues, which rank the nation’s school rugby sides by number of wins and win ratios respectively. For further details click here.

Hockey

Our U13s are through to the north-west final of the National Schools Mini hockey championships after they finished second in the competition’s Greater Manchester round.

Girls’ Cricket

Our girls’ U15 cricket team are through to the county stage of the Lady Taverners indoor cricket competition after winning the Stockport round of the tournament. Captained by Georgina Dare, the team – Lily Wolstenholme, Morgan Hanson, Beth Garnett, Hannah Hartas-Pearson, Jenny Bailey, Lauren Jones, Nicole Tunney and Millie Johnson – beat Cheadle Hulme High, Stockport School and Harrytown on their way to winning the round.

Cross Country

Congratulations to Ellen Downs, Juliet Downs and Patrick Magner who have been selected to represent Greater Manchester at the English Schools’ Cross Country Championships on Saturday 15th March 2014 at Donnington Park, Leicestershire.

Results

For details of all sports results, click here.

Poetry by Heart

Good luck to Leah Allcock and Will Spence, who will each be performing 3 poems as they compete in the Manchester Round of the National Poetry by Heart competition tomorrow at 10.30am in the Portico Library, 57 Mosley Street, M2 3HY.

The Lower School version of the Poetry by Heart competition was launched in assembly this week. Pupils in First to Third Year are encouraged to learn a poem from the anthology and recite it from memory to Manchester Performance Poet Tony Walsh on Wednesday 19th February in the Library. Pupils should see Miss Spence for more details.

German Exchange

If you have not already done so, could you please send a copy of your son/daughter’s passport and EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) to Mrs Christmann by Monday 10th February. If you would prefer you can send in the originals and they can be photocopied at school.

Pupils will meet on Wednesday 19th February in Terminal 1, Manchester Airport at the Lufthansa check-in desk no later than 6.15am.

Godspell

Running from the 19th – 22nd March and involving over 70 pupils, the Senior School’s production of the hit Broadway musical Godspell promises the usual SGS high standard of drama, music and visual spectacle. Please download a ticket request form here and return to Mrs Johnson in the Music department with your payment. Tickets will be allocated on a first come first served basis and cannot be reserved without payment.

Valentines Charity Week

Nicholson House are holding a Valentines themed charity week, beginning on Monday 10th February. There will be lots happening all week, including chocolate treats and a chance to win a special Valentines lunch. Friday 14th February is a non-uniform day, for a minimum donation of £1 (wear something pink or red!).

Fifth Year Revision Schedule

The Fifth Year revision schedule in available on the school website under Senior School – In the classroom or by clicking here.

Congratulations

Meghan Myers has won the Proud of Stockport, Sports Champion 2014 award. Described by her nominator as “determined and committed to succeed ….. She has all the attributes to flourish into a top level sportswoman”. More details regarding the Proud of Stockport award will be available on the website early next week.

Meghan, together with Maya Gordon, has been selected onto England Hockey’s advanced apprenticeship in sport excellence programme, which aims to ensure that potential international players of the future are supported, motivated and inspired to maximise their talent and development.

Footballer Alice Coombes has been picked for the first ever Independent Schools Football Association (ISFA) North U18s representative squad. Fifth Year pupil Alice and the team will represent the north in the ISFA U18 regional representative tournament on Sunday 16th March at Harrow. The tournament forms a large part of the selection process for the ISFA England squad.

First Year pupil Olivia Dykes obtained first place ranking in the country for her age group for swimming in the 100m Individual Medley. In the last twelve months Olivia has also obtained second place for 200m Breaststroke and fourth for 100m Breaststroke.

Art

Pupils taking their GCSE exam later this term, recently spent a day at Liverpool’s Walker Art Gallery to gather contextual evidence in support of their ideas. The annual trip to Liverpool gives pupils the opportunity to see “live” work. There was also a chance for pupils to visit the natural history collection at the World Museum. For pictures and further details click here.

Head of Art Mr Richard Davies and teacher Miss Becci Upton both have pieces displayed in the forthcoming Waterside Open 2014 exhibition at Sale’s Waterside Arts Centre. The exhibition runs from Saturday 8th February to Saturday 24th May 2014.

Away Sports Fixtures

Parents are requested to ensure prompt collection of their children following the return of coaches from away sports fixtures. Clear timings are given to pupils and in the event of any delay, the pupils are encouraged to contact parents with revised arrangements. Members of the PE department cannot be expected to wait with pupils until the late arrival of their parents.

Golf Day

We will be holding our annual Golf Day in association with 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.

Planetarium Visit

Our GCSE Astronomy pupils and A2 physicists visited a planetarium earlier this week and enjoyed a presentation about the constellations, stellar evolution and the history of astronomy.

Oxbridge Talk

On Monday 10th February, Kathryn Thompson, Deputy Academic Registrar at St Catherine’s College, Oxford will talk to the Lower Sixth Form during Period 5 about the university application process in general, what the most highly selective universities are looking for and encouraging pupils to aim high.

SPA

Stopfordian Parents’ Association meetings take place throughout the year and the next SPA meeting takes place on Monday 10th February at 7.30pm in the Sixth Form common room. The main topic for discussion will be the Quiz Night and also ideas for SPA funding of school projects. All parents of pupils at the school are automatically members of the SPA and are warmly invited to the meetings. The SPA Quiz Night will be held on Friday 7th March at 7.30pm. For further details click here.

Model United Nations

On Sunday 26th January over 200 students from local schools descended on Stockport Grammar School to debate in the SGSMUN Conference. Issues were wide ranging and the level of debate was high. The day ended with a General Assembly Crisis about the dispute over newly formed, mineral-rich islands in the South Pacific. Well done to all of the students who were involved in running and organising the day!

Good luck to all pupils who are off to debate at Withington Girls’ School on Sunday 9th February. MUN debates run on a Tuesday lunchtime in W3 and new debaters are always welcome.

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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