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01/12/2017
Headmistress's Message
Dear Parents, 

At the beginning of the week we were delighted to welcome Year 8 parents to our Options Evening.  We hope that parents found the presentations to be interesting and informative and left feeling that we really do want the very best for your daughters. A full programme of support will now take place before your daughters need to make their final options choices by February half term.

On Tuesday we hosted our first coeducational Sixth Form experience day. Year 11 students came in Sixth Form attire and participated in high quality Sixth Form taster lessons to give them a flavour of daily life in our Sixth Form centre. They were also able to relax and enjoy the amazing facilities including Common Rooms and the Sixth Form Café. We very much hope the students found it to be a useful experience and will help them to make wise choices concerning their A Level choices.

We are very much looking forward to the school production of Little Shop of Horrors which takes place from Wednesday 6 October to Saturday 9 October at 7pm in the Boys' School Hall.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Mrs J Anderson
 
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Mission Christmas Key 103 Appeal

Bury Grammar Schools are pleased to be supporting Mission Christmas Toy Appeal at Key 103. Manchester has the highest levels of child poverty in the UK and Mission Christmas is helping to raise 150,000 toys to ensure that every child in Manchester wakes up with a Christmas present this year.

Should you wish to help us please drop any new unwrapped present into the main school office.
 

Little Shop of Horrors
Tickets are still on-sale for our eagerly-anticipated school production of Little Shop of Horrors in the Boys’ School Hall next week.

Performance dates: Wednesday 6, Thursday 7, Friday 8 and Saturday 9 December at 7pm.

See full details on our website
 

Winter Wonderland
We are quickly approaching our festive Winter Wonderland event on Thursday 7 December. We are excited to welcome toddlers, nursery and pre-school children into our School and we want to welcome as many guests as possible.

Your child should have received a postcard today and we would be extremely grateful if you could please share the information about the event with friends and family who may be interested in coming to our exciting event. 
 

Carols by Candlelight -  Thursday 14 December - 7pm - Bury Parish Church

Get into the mood for Christmas with our traditional Carol Service with nine lessons and popular carols led by a candlelit procession at Bury Parish Church. We really hope that you will be able to be with us for this very special occasion and join in with our festive spectacular.

After the service there will be complimentary mince pies and mulled wine served in the Blackburn Hall and maybe even snow and Santa to get us all in the mood for the Christmas Season! Everyone is welcome – pupils, friends and family for an evening of carols and Christmas cheer!

A retiring collection will be held in aid of the Bursary Fund.
 

BGS Joint Senior Christmas Concert – Tuesday 19 December - 7pm - Boys' School Hall

Begin your seasonal celebrations with an Orchestral concert of Christmas classics including our BGS Symphony Orchestra, String Ensemble, Concert Band, Lads Vocal, Brass Ensemble and BGS Beatz.

Please come along and support all of our musicians.

Tickets are complimentary and may be reserved by emailing events@burygrammar.com.

The Junior Boys' Christmas Concert will take place on Monday 18 December at 7pm.

The Cygnets Christmas Concert will take place on Tuesday 19 December at 2pm.

The Reception Christmas Concert will take place on Tuesday 19 December at 10am.

The Year 1/Year 2 Christmas Concert will take place on Friday 15 December at 2pm.
 

Oxbridge Interviews

We would like to wish all six of our Sixth Form students who have secured interviews at Oxford and Cambridge universities all the very best as they venture south for their interviews this week. They are all very well prepared and are looking forward to meeting experts in their chosen area of study. Fingers crossed!
 

Trial Examinations

A reminder that the trial examinations are timetabled for January. Dates are listed below and examination timetables will be distributed to students next week. Further details about study leave arrangements will follow at the end of term.

• Year 11             Monday 8 January – Tuesday 16 January

• Year 12/13        Monday 8 January – Friday 12 January 
 

Assessment week – Years 7 – 10

There will be a week of mid-year assessments in BGSG in January. Teachers will set assessments which will be taken by the pupils in their lessons during the w/c 22 January 2018. The assessments will be no more than 50 minutes long and will be held in lessons. Results will be reported home with the end of term interim assessments.
 

Revision and Study Workshops

Please find a link below to the workshops and revision classes being offered by subject departments in school. GCSE and A Level students are encouraged to attend relevant workshops in order to tackle areas of subject matter they are finding challenging and to perfect that all important examination technique. We will publish an updated version after the trial examinations, as these workshops are subject to change.

Revision and Study Workshops
 

School Photograph

If you would like a copy of the recent School photograph for Christmas, you will need to order as soon as possible. 

If you have lost their child’s details, please contact Gillman & Soame directly by emailing enquiries@gillmanandsoame.co.uk or call 01869 328 200 quoting the security password burygrammar296zp and they can assist. 

If you give them the security password then they will be able to retrieve your login details for you.

The whole school photograph is available to order at www.gillmanandsoame.co.uk using the Login: 345837 and Password: 732474
 

Parents' Association Valentine's Ball

The BGS Parents' Association is holding a grand Valentine's Ball on Saturday 10 February 2018 at The Village Hotel in Bury from 7.30pm. The event is a black tie event.

Please see the Valentine's Ball flyer for further information.
 
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