6th December 2013

Christmas Fair 7th December

Come along and support the SPA Christmas Fair tomorrow, from 11am to 3pm. The fair will be officially opened by BBC Food and Drink programme presenter Kate Goodman. There will be an opportunity to visit Father Christmas in his grotto, hear the wonderful Salvation Army festive band, and do some Christmas shopping at the wide range of stalls. There are some fabulous prizes on offer for this year’s raffle, including an ipad Mini, digital camera and Trafford Centre voucher. Tickets will be available to buy on the day. If you can help before, during or after the fair please email the SPA (spa@stockportgrammar.co.uk). Any helpers on the day please report to the raffle ticket stall that will be located near the entrance of the dining hall where a member of the SPA will be stationed.

Sporting Triumphs


Congratulations to Head boy and school rugby 1st XV captain Tom Morton who scored three penalties on a superb debut for England U18s in an impressive 23-3 win against Australia on Wednesday. Playing in front of a big crowd at Harrow, thousands online and pupils watching on a big screen back here at Stockport Grammar, fly-half Tom’s three expertly-executed penalties put England in control at half-time before two late tries finished Australia off.

For further details click here.


The First XI Hockey squad have qualified for the national finals of the Schools Championships for Girls after a magnificent performance saw them win the North of England title in Leeds. The girls’ win means that – for the first time in over a decade – Stockport Grammar will represent the north in February’s national finals, where they will face the winners of the other regional qualifiers for the title of Champions of England. For a full tournament report click here.


For details of all sports results, click here.

Carol Service

This year’s school Carol Service will be held in St. George’s Church on Tuesday 17th December, beginning at 7pm. The candle lit 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.


Members of Chorus, Chamber Choir and Junior Singers are reminded that they are singing in the Carol Service in St. George’s Church on Tuesday 17th December at 7pm. The dress code for the choirs is school uniform (blazers, no jumpers).

Fifth Year Trial Exams

The Trial Exams start on Tuesday 7th January and end on Friday 17th. All parents should have received a letter including an examination timetable, if not, please contact Mrs Sarah Gulson, Pastoral Secretary. The school started taking fingerprints to use for electronic registration during the examination periods on Wednesday 4th December; if you have not yet returned the reply slip giving or declining consent for your child to be part of the process, please return to their form tutor as soon as possible. All Fifth Year pupils received an AS Options form last week, these should be completed and returned to form tutors by Thursday 12th December. Reports will be issued on Monday 9th December.

Examinations Information

Did you know that you can find useful information about GCSE, IGCSE and A level examinations on the website?

For middle school follow this link: https://www.stockportgrammar.co.uk/senior-school/exams

For sixth form follow this link: https://www.stockportgrammar.co.uk/sixth-form/exams

Engineering Education Scheme

Lower Sixth pupils Animit Kulkarni, Jessica Black, Nikesh Patel and Will Jones have begun the task of helping Senior BWT Aerospace to solve a design issue relating to sealing ducting in aircraft, which they will complete as part of the Engineering Development Trust’s scheme aimed at improving pupils’ understanding of engineering.

Bill Bryson Science Prize

The Chemistry department are encouraging pupils to enter the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Bill Bryson Science Prize 2014. The competition is for students aged 5-18 and the theme this year is Science and Art. Competition entries can be submitted in any format, from posters to puzzles to podcasts, as long as the entry fits in with the theme. Individual and group entries are accepted. Entries may be submitted online from January 2014 and the closing date is 31st March 2014. More information can be found at http://rsc.li/bill-bryson

Key 103 Cash for Kids: Mission Christmas

150,000 children in Manchester in poverty are not expecting a visit from Santa this year. Key 103 Cash for Kids have launched Mission Christmas, an appeal to raise £1million worth of toys, and pupils in Lower School and Sixth Form are being asked to help. Pupils can support the appeal by bringing in a new, unwrapped gift suitable for babies, toddlers, children and teenagers aged 0 to 18 years. Gifts should be handed in at the Security cabin. Please note that the last day to bring in gifts is Thursday 12th December. Further information is available here http://www.key103.co.uk/mission-christmas/

Maths Challenge

80 pupils took part in the Senior Maths Challenge earlier this term. Gold awards have been gained by Meredith Ellis in Upper Sixth, Will Jones in Lower Sixth, Amy Bradley in Fifth Year and Sam Howard in Third Year. Sam scored the highest mark in school and both he and Amy have qualified for the next round.

The Senior Team Challenge took place at Manchester University on Friday 22nd November, where our team of Sixth Form pupils – Jess Black, Meredith Ellis, Will Jones and Ryan Jude – came 8th out of the thirty teams taking part.

Poetry by Heart

On Thursday 12th December the first round of the national Poetry by Heart competition takes place at lunchtime in the Main Hall. This is a poetry recitation competition in which pupils must recite 2 poems from memory. The winner will proceed to the county round and then, if successful, to the national round at the National Portrait Gallery in London; the final will be judged by Andrew Motion, former Poet Laureate. Our competition will be judged by the Headmaster and Governors. Students are encouraged to attend to support the contestants.

Mock Interviews

A big ‘Thank You’ to those parents, governors and supporters of the school who have helped out with mock interviews. The Sixth Form pupils who have benefited found the experience highly informative and are very grateful for the time and effort spent. Departments have organised a number of interviews, but we would particularly like to thank Paul Milner for running an interview preparation session; Sarah Taylor, Nicholas Pickstock, Fiona Rose, Stuart Murray and Louise Clarke for Medicine interviews; Harvey Locke for Veterinary Medicine; Charlotte Kestner for Maths; Tim Wright and Dave Dollon from Senior Aerospace BWT for Engineering; and Charles Crawford from Calm Dental Care in Urmston for Dentistry.

War Horse at The Lowry

150 Lower School pupils are going to see a matinee production of War Horse on Wednesday 11th December. The children will have an early lunch, before boarding the coach to take them to The Lowry. Schoolbags will be left in school to be collected on their return, at approximately 5.45pm.

Strictly Come Dancing

This year sees the return of the hugely popular Lower Sixth Strictly Come Dancing charity event. Taking place on Wednesday 18th December at 7.30pm, with dances such as the Jive, the Cha-cha, the Waltz and the Quick Step performed by members of the Lower Sixth and maybe a mystery celebrity couple! There will be live music performed by Sixth Form musicians and festive beverages during the interval. Tickets go on sale on Monday 9th December (on a first come, first served basis) priced at £5 and available from Mrs Johnson in the Music department. All proceeds will go towards the charity for Cardiac Arrest in the Young (CRY).

Canoe Club

Top British Canoe Union coach Darren Cresser joined our canoe club to take a session and forge stronger links with the school’s top paddlers, including Third Year pupil and England Super Regional Squad member David Paterson. For more information click here.

Lord of the Flies – Theatre Trip

A theatre trip to see Lord of the Flies at The Lowry is planned for Thursday 3rd April 2014. The closing date for applications is Friday 13th December. Click here for the trip letter.

Latin Scrabble

SGS recently hosted the termly Latin Scrabble tournament. Teams from Withington, Manchester Grammar and Stockport took part in a friendly competition. Ali Drabu and Ben Adshead won their match, with their best word coming from adding the interrogative suffix “-ne” to the word “velamen” which means “a covering or cloth” to reach the triple word score. The next tournament will be at Withington in the Spring Term. Mr Thorley runs Scrabble Club on a Friday lunch time in W16. Pupils interested in either Latin or English scrabble should see him for an early lunch pass.

Sir Rhys Davies Mock Trial Competition

Sixth Form pupils were given the chance to try a case in front of professional judges at Manchester Crown Court last weekend. This year the team achieved two positive verdicts but did not quite manage to impress the judges enough to progress to the final. For the full story click here.

Science and Pseudoscience

A group of Upper and Lower Sixth Psychology pupils attended a Science and Pseudoscience day at Old Trafford Cricket ground recently. Everyone really enjoyed Dr Peter Lovatt (Doctor Dance) who explained, with some audience participation, what different styles of dance suggest. Click here for more information.

Educaid – Sierra Leone

Chemistry teacher Mr Heyes visited Sierra Leone during the half term break. The main purpose of his visit was to support their science staff and in particular, to improve the delivery of the chemistry syllabus. More details will be on the website next week.


Band and Curry Night

The Band and Curry night was held on Friday 22nd November in the dining hall and it was a fabulous night and a great success. The food and service supplied by the Nawaab Restaurant was superb and the SPA would like to thank all the willing helpers, Mrs Gosling and the caretakers for their valued assistance in helping the night run so smoothly.

Kiteboarding Talk

Kiteboarder, filmmaker and Old Stopfordian James Boulding (OS 2003) returned to school to speak to pupils about his exhilarating lifestyle during a careers talk with a difference. James, who was a regular on outdoor pursuits trips whilst at school, talked about his unusual career path, which started by flying a kite in Lyme Park. To view one of James’s videos click here.

Hayfield Minibus

The Hayfield Community Minibus is providing transport for SGS pupils between Hayfield bus station and New Mills Newtown train station, during term time at the following times:
Mornings: leaving Hayfield bus station at 7.25am to catch the 7.47am train; and 7.50am to catch the 8.09am train.
Afternoons: meeting the train at 4.25pm and at 5.23pm at New Mills Newtown for return to Hayfield. If the afternoon trains are late the minibus will wait. The cost per passenger is £1 each way, pupils will need to buy a £10 punchcard from the driver. The minibus is managed by Hayfield Sustainable Transport Ltd (HSTL). For further information please contact Roland Strube at roland.strube@gmail.com

From everyone at Stockport Grammar School, we would like to wish you a happy and peaceful Christmas, with all good fortune in the New Year.

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