In The Community
Our School and pupils play a full role in working with and supporting the local community. This section provides a flavour of the School’s public benefit activities, including the Sixth Form Volunteers.
Citizenship Day at Withington is a day devoted annually to focusing on what it means to be a good citizen, locally, nationally and internationally – and shows the School at its very best!
Held in the Summer Term, activities included Third Form pupils and Lower Sixth helpers staging an afternoon concert for 200 senior citizens at the School. Entitled ‘From Withington with Love x’, the lunchtime concert treated the audience to some great singalongs and music performed by WGS Choirs, Orchestras and soloists. There were cakes baked and served by the girls, as well as some beautifully arranged table decorations.
Third Form girls also organised a sports day held in the Sports Hall, for around 100 children from neighbouring Old Moat Primary School, whilst 20 more went over to Old Moat to work in the wildlife garden and to help with reading in the Nursery, Reception and Infant departments.
The Withington Maths Tournament
For the last three years, talented mathematicians from nine schools across Greater Manchester and Cheshire have put their problem-solving abilities to the test at the Withington Maths Tournament. This inter-school competition for Year 12 students aims to introduce Sixth Formers in the region to the types of curriculum-stretching challenges they may find in their applications process for top universities. The Withington vision is to collaborate with other local schools – both independent and state sector – to provide opportunities for able young mathematicians to get together to stretch their comfort zones in preparation for study beyond A Level.
This year, nine schools pitted their abilities against each other across a number of maths-related topics. In attendance were teams from Audenshaw School, Parrs Wood High School, Manchester High School for Girls, The Manchester Grammar School, King’s Macclesfield, William Hulme’s Grammar School, Cheadle Hulme School, Altrincham Grammar School for Girls and, of course, Withington.
We are very proud of the impact of our SHINE Saturday Morning Science classes on raising the aspirations of local Junior School children.
Sports Lettings and Summer Activities
Our sporting facilities are used extensively by local groups during the weekday evenings and there are a range of children’s activities during the summer holidays.
Local Primary School Links
The Head of Classics oversees the teaching of the Minimus Latin programme to Year 5 and Year 6 pupils at a local inner-city primary school. The author of that programme delivered a training day at Withington for parents, home tutors and teachers from State and Independent schools.
Christmas Party and Concert for Local Senior Citizens
The School hosts a Christmas concert and ‘picnic’ for local elderly people. Pupils at the school are actively involved in the organisation of the transport, the provision of the food and the entertainment. One of the highlights of the festive season, more than 100 residents from the local community enjoyed a party tea followed by a Carol Concert in the Arts Centre with performances by the Senior Choir and Orchestra.
There was plenty of audience participation and the Headmistress, as in previous years, led a Golden Oldies sing-along with renditions of old favourites including Que Sera Sera, Moon River, What a Wonderful World, We’re a Couple of Swells and White Christmas.
The Four Schools Project
The School actively engages with schools in the state sector and our partnerships demonstrate a real commitment to sharing our facilities and working together for the mutual benefit of all concerned. The ‘Four Schools Project’ has taken WGS and MGS pupils on joint trips to Oxford or Cambridge University together with pupils from Manchester Academy and William Hulme’s Grammar School.
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