11th October 2013

Sixth Form open evening

Pupils in Fifth Year and their parents are invited to the Sixth Form open evening on Thursday 17th October 7pm to 9pm. A copy of the Sixth Form information book will be given to all Fifth Year pupils early next week.

Effort grades

Parents are reminded that significant changes have been made to effort grades. The new descriptors are in pupils’ planners and were sent home in September. They can also be found here.

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 7.30 to 9pm 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.

Hartington Hall

First Year pupils enjoyed three days in Derbyshire last week as part of their induction programme. The boys and girls stayed in the atmospheric Hartington Hall youth hostel, a Jacobean hall in the middle of the Derbyshire dales. Head of Lower School Helen Lawson said: “The boys and girls were excellent – energetic, considerate and great company. It made my day to receive an email from a gentleman who had been staying in Hartington Hall at the same time as our pupils, who complimented them on their courtesy and good behaviour. They promise to be an excellent year group.” Pictures are available by clicking here.

Five Ways bus stop

An additional stop at the Five Ways on Macclesfield Road has been added to the SG1 bus service. Pupils do not need to pre-book for this stop and can just turn up and board the bus at 8.15am in the morning, or outside school at 4pm to arrive at Five Ways at 4.10pm. In the morning the bus stops in the lay-by outside the Five Ways pub, and in the evening it stops on the opposite side by the Tesco petrol station. The fare is £2 for a single journey. The SG1 service is operated by Jones Coaches who can be contacted with any queries on 01625 431946. More information on travel routes is available on the school website here.

UK-German youth ambassador

Fifth Year pupil Natasha Lodhi has been selected as a UK-German youth ambassador for 2013-14. The number and standard of applications this year was extremely high and it is a real achievement to have been selected. Natasha will be part of a network of young people in the UK and Germany who are passionate about the other country and keen to help promote UK-German activities. Youth ambassadors meet twice a year, in London and Berlin, to develop projects and presentations based on authentic cultural input.

Model United Nations

This weekend, 27 SGS pupils will be debating at an MUN conference at Cheadle Hulme. They will represent Brazil, Sudan and China on issues ranging from human rights abuses to global environmental concerns.

The in-house debates are very popular, with a huge turnout of over 60 pupils at a recent debate on torture. For further details click here. The next debate is on Tuesday 15th October in the Hallam Hall starting at 1pm. Pupils should see Miss Spence or Mr Browne for a briefing paper and to sign up for a country.

National Poetry Day

The English department have been busy celebrating National Poetry Day. While the day itself was October 3rd, activities have spread out across the following weeks. Poems chosen by Chemistry, Biology, History, Geography, Languages and Classics have been hidden in these departments and pupils have been challenged to hunt for them. For full details click here.

Theatre trip

Three sets of Fourth Year pupils are heading out next week to see All My Sons at the Royal Exchange. This is one of their set GCSE texts. The rest of the Fourth Year, who are studying An Inspector Calls, will also have the opportunity to experience their text live later in the spring term.


Ellen and Juliet Downs represented SGS in the English schools fell running championships recently, competing against over 500 runners from 100 schools. Juliet came 4th in the year 10/11 race and Ellen won the senior girls’ race, her first national title.

Second Year pupil Maya Bagshaw achieved an A* in her GCSE Japanese exam this summer.


The golf team has continued to build on their success from last year, winning their first match against North Cestrian GS in the national Independent Schools Golf Association area plate. The team made up of Elliot Galloway, Tom Allport and Matthew Hughes will play the next round at Bramhall Golf Club. For further details click here.

The golf society held their first event of the year last Sunday, at Marple Golf Club. There were 30 participants which included parents, pupils, staff and Old Stops. The day was organised by Mr Alex Ehegartner and David Myers from David Myers Golf Academy. First Year pupil Lewis Welch won the 45+ 12 hole competition; Tom Allport won nearest the pin on six and Theo Whitley (Old Stop) won the best junior. The overall winner on the day was Mr David Withington (Old Stop/Governor).

Music Concert Schedule

Please click here to view the concert schedule up to Easter 2014. This gives dates of concerts/services, which groups are performing and dress codes.



Our footballers marked the school’s first-ever appearance in the ISFA Cup with an emphatic 5-1 win at Box Hill (Surrey) to send the first XI into the competition’s second round against Bedford Modern. For full match details click here.

Stop press: SGS won this match 4-3.


The rugby teams have got off to a flying start this season with the first XV (sponsored by Beeley & Co Solicitors) remaining unbeaten so far, including this week’s emphatic 57-3 victory over Cheadle Hulme, with England internationals Tom Morton and James Gilboy leading the way. The U12 team are also unbeaten, with the highlight so far being a comprehensive 33-5 win over St. Ambrose College. In the Natwest Cup Competition, the U15s are hoping to follow up their 44-14 win against West Hill, when they meet King’s Macclesfield in the next round and the U18s will play Wilmslow High School.

First XV captain and head boy Tom Morton made his Sale Jets debut in their game against Worcester Cavaliers in the Premiership A League, playing alongside Old Stop and former first XV captain James Flynn.


Alice Payne and Olivia Ronnie have been selected for the Cheshire U19 squad. They will represent Cheshire in the Cheshire elite league as well as in inter-county fixtures during the 2013-14 season. Earlier in the year, they were selected for the Cheshire netball tour to Barbados and returned home undefeated.


For details of all sports results, click here.

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