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SGS community celebrate Founder’s Day 2023

The impressive St George's Church hosted our Founder's Day 2023 service

On Friday 17th March, the SGS community came together to mark Founder’s Day.

St George’s Church Service

Senior School pupils and staff were joined by governors and Old Stopfordians at St George’s Church for the annual service giving thanks for the foundation of the school in 1487 by Sir Edmond Shaa. Sir Edmond was born in Stockport and rose to national prominence as the Court Jeweller to three Kings of England, Lord Mayor of London and Prime Warden of the Goldsmiths’ Company.

We are grateful to the Bishop of Stockport Samuel Corley for his Founder’s Day address and to the school’s choirs for their beautiful renditions of Vivaldi’s ‘Gloria and Domine Fili Unigenite’ and Wood’s ‘Magnificat in D’.

Sixth Former Ella Moran astounded the congregation with her solo performance of Handel’s ‘Lascia ch-io Pianga’.

Imam Talk

Imam Irfan Chishti visited SGS to provide an alternate service for our Muslim students.

As well as speaking about the history of the school, he spoke about being a good Muslim and answered any questions the pupils raised.

The students enjoyed listening to the speaker and hearing his life story.

Shaa Society Lunch

Following the Founder’s Day service at St George’s Church, legators and donors gathered in the Hallam Hall for the Shaa Society Lunch. The Head of Senior School Dr Paul Owen spoke of the importance of the school’s means-tested bursary scheme and thanked those attending for their support.

Stockport has some of the highest levels of poverty in the country, highlighting why our focus on providing as many transformational 100% bursaries as we can is essential.

If you would like to make a gift to the Bursary Fund and help us do more to help local children who will excel at Stockport Grammar School, please click here or contact Head of Development Aria Johnston, to find out more.

First Year Church Visit

During Founder’s Day, First Year pupils made the short journey to Stockport town centre where they visited St Mary’s Church, the home of the school for the first 121 years.

Upon arrival, the rector Rev Chris Blunt introduced himself, spoke about the church and informed the pupils about the school’s link to the venue. The children were then sent to different parts of the church to complete a worksheet that enabled them to find out more about the building and the Christian faith.