9th May 2014

Public Examinations

GCSE and AS exams commenced this week, with A2 exams starting shortly. If your son or daughter is involved please make sure they have checked their timetable carefully as these exams cannot be rearranged if they are missed.

Mobile phones are not allowed in the exam rooms under any circumstances. Therefore, if possible, please encourage your child to leave their phone at home on exam days. If this is not feasible then we have dedicated personal effects lockers that should be used. Pupils have been given more information in their exam briefing and can look at their yellow rules sheet for more information. Last year 814 pupils nationwide lost marks or were disqualified because of a mobile phone. Don’t let your son or daughter become one of this year’s statistics!

Chemistry

Alexa Holland, Will Jones and Jacob Murray in the Lower Sixth entered the Royal Society of Chemistry’s annual Young Analyst competition recently. Analysing the composition of a paint from an oil painting, to try and work out whether the painting was a genuine 18th century work of art or a more modern forgery, they achieved an excellent second place in the region, and were awarded certificates and Amazon vouchers.

Masterchef

Christopher Corcoran has been named our overall 2014 Masterchef champion by judges from top Cheshire restaurant The Grill on the Edge. The Lower School winner was Felix Roland. For further details and photos click here.

Languages Day 2014

The MFL and Classics departments are running a Languages Day for all Second Year pupils on Monday 30th June. They are planning to have some language taster sessions including, among others, Polish, Chinese, Urdu and Russian and several pupils have come forward to volunteer their services. Any native-speaker pupils who have not yet volunteered to lead a session, but who would be interested in teaching some basic phrases of their own language, should see Miss Gibson in the MFL office.

Intermediate Maths Challenge

The following pupils took part in the second round of the Intermediate Maths Challenge: Fifth Year pupils, Ben Adshead, Callum Anderson, Amy Bradley, Charles Longson and Amy Suddards; Fourth Year pupils, Emily Howling and Dan Jones; and Third Year pupils, Sam Howard and Tony Wang.

Sam Howard received a distinction and a prize, which places him in the top 100 mathematicians for this age group (U16) in the country. Amy Bradley, Charles Longson, Dan Jones and Amy Suddards received merits. Amy Bradley has also been invited to a summer school at Balliol College, Oxford in August.

First to Fourth Year Examinations

The summer examinations for pupils in First to Fourth Year commence next week. All pupils have been given an exam timetable and instructions on appropriate conduct. These can be viewed here. First Year timetable. Second Year timetable. Third Year timetable. Fourth Year timetable. Exam briefing

Pupils will register in their form rooms as usual, but must be in the allocated examination room for a prompt start to period 1. To ensure pupils finish exams before 3.50pm, afternoon registration will take place at 1.30pm from Wednesday 14th – Wednesday 21st May inclusive.

Pupils have been instructed to bring a see-through pencil case (or clear plastic bag) containing all the necessary equipment. Black ink should be used and Tippex is not allowed. Calculators (Second to Fourth Year) should not contain any programmed material. Mobile phones should be turned off and left on the desk at the front of the room. School bags should also be left at the front of the room, and any notes used for revision MUST be closed and put under their chair or back in their bag.

We wish all pupils good luck in their exams. Please contact Mrs Lawson or Mrs Smith if you have any concerns.

German Exchange 2014/15

All Fourth Year pupils doing IGCSE German have the opportunity to participate in the German Exchange Programme 2014/15. The German exchange offers pupils the opportunity to immerse themselves totally in the language, both in the family home and at school. It is an excellent opportunity for pupils to practise their German prior to their oral exam next year. The first half of the exchange takes place from Thursday 2nd October until Thursday 9th October, when the German pupils will visit Stockport. SGS pupils will make the return journey from 12th February to 19th February 2015. For further details please see Mrs Morgan in the MFL department.

Library

The Library is running a Malorie Blackman competition. Pupils are invited to read and review three Malorie Blackman books and answer a few tie-breaking questions by 6th June. Five lucky winners will get the opportunity to attend a talk given by the award winning author and Children’s Laureate at Stockport Plaza on the afternoon of Thursday 19th June, as well as winning a signed book. Information sheets can be collected from the Library or from the English department.

Golf Day

Our annual Golf Day in association with the Vernon Building Society is being held on Thursday 12th June 2014 at Stockport Golf Club, one of Cheshire’s premier golf venues. We would like to extend an invitation for you 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.

Stockport Parents’ Association

You are warmly invited to the next SPA meeting, which will take place on Monday 12th May at 7.30pm in the Sixth Form common room. The main topics for discussion will be future SPA events and funding requests. Refreshments will be provided.

Piano Masterclass

The Wellspring are hosting a Piano Masterclass and Recital in the Hallam Hall on Saturday 14th June. Mr Patrick Hemmerlé, a French concert pianist who tutors at Cambridge University and is an Associate of Clare College, will be holding the Masterclass 2–5pm followed by the Recital at 7.30pm. Tickets to view the Masterclass are £4 or £10 for the Masterclass & Recital (£8 for students). For further information please click here.

Summer Activity Weeks

The school’s Summer Activity Weeks will take place from the 4th – 8th August and 11th -15th August. Further details and an application form are available on the school’s website, click here or from the Bursar’s Secretary on 0161 419 2401. The Activity Weeks are open to boys and girls aged between 7 and 13 years from any school.

Congratulations

Second Year pupil Joel Shaw has been selected to attend the Independent Schools Football Association England Squad camp in the summer, following his appearance for the North West squad at a recent tournament.

Holly Hunt recently played hockey for England U21s and Lauren Hunt for England U16s.

Ironman Wales

Mr Wilson is taking part in Ironman Wales on 14th September. Mr Wilson will be raising money to support Clic Sargent: www.justgiving.com/James-Wilson42. More information about the event can be found at http://eu.ironman.com/triathlon/events/emea/ironman/wales.aspx#axzz30RlDa67r

In 2011, Mr Wilson managed to raise almost £800 for school charity Genesis UK and the British Heart Foundation and hopes to raise more this year.

Squash Club

Squash Club have now started a squash ladder. Pupils of all abilities are welcome to join and should email Ed Robinson in Sixth Form on robinsone08@stockportgrammar.co.uk to express an interest. Alternatively they can speak to Mrs Johnson in the English department.

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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