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Debating Duo

Tom Galligan and Paras Jarwalla took part in The English Speaking Union’s competition.on the evening of Tuesday 18th Novemeber, which was hosted in our Conference Room,. They proposed the motion: “This house would make fines for criminal and civil offences proportionate to the wealth of the offender”, pitting their wits against a team from William Hulme.

Teams from Withington Girls’ School and Bolton School Boys’ Division also competed on the evening, and it was judged that the most convincing debaters had come from Urmston Grammar and Withington Girls’. Both these teams will now proceed to the next round…

That leaves just two more rounds to negotiate before the Final!




 Mission Christmas 

Urmston Grammar School will be a gift drop off point for the Key 103 Mission Christmas, so please get into the spirit and help raise cash for kids this Christmas. The last date from drop offs will be Monday 15th December. Thank you and happy holidays!




Poetry by Heart

Congratulations to Heather Rydings who has won this year’s Urmston Grammar Poetry By Heart competition. Heather’s flawless renditions of Keats’ Ode to a Nightingale and Out, Out by Robert Frost saw off stiff competition from her poetry-performing peers. Bethany Molyneux was her worthy runner-up while Ella Kenny took the prize for the best recital from a lower school pupil.

Thanks go to Mr Parker and Miss Blane, our home judges, and to to guest judges: Jonathan Ainscough - who has been a regular feature now of all three of our in-house competitions - and Chanje Kunda. Chanje is a performance poet, and she treated the audience and participants to a demonstration of her own work - a celebration of her hair, the poem presenting a metaphorical journey to self-discovery and self-acceptance.

And the audience was granted a further treat, just before the judges’ decision was announced. I.T and Business Studies teacher, Mr. Slater, subjected himself to the same ordeal as the participants by delivering by heart the comic narrative poem The Battle of Hastings by Marriott Edgar. A rare treat indeed!

Special thanks go to Mrs. Sandys for arranging the evening of poetry recital, and for preparing the participants so well.

Heather will now go on to represent the school in the county Poetry By Heart competition.

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Urmston Grammar is a Selective Grammar, an Independent State Academy, a National Centre of Excellence for Science and a "University Teaching Academy" in partnership with The University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University.

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