Liverpool College News

Remembrance Service and Parade

Thank you to Major Ridley (CCF Contingent Commander), our Chaplain, Mr Hammersley and all the CCF staff and cadets for Sunday’s Remembrance Parade and Service. The day was truly outstanding and a fitting tribute from the cadets. There cannot be many other schools that run such an inclusive and impressive Remembrance Sunday service.

In addition to the parades and service, there was also an art installation in chapel, a reading of the role of honour by cadets, a spine-tingling performance of ‘The Last Post’ and ‘Reveille’ from Gabby M (Brook’s) on the trumpet, a Chavasse display, pupil artwork, and a bake sale that raised over £650. With the addition of the money raised through selling poppies, we will be able to make a donation of almost £800 to the Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal. 

It was an incredibly positive experience for everyone involved and for the parents, members of Liverpool College Foundation, governors and other guests who attended. It was also a great opportunity to show and remind parents and guests what the CCF does and why we do it.

 

1st Team Hockey Success

Charlotte L B-B (Selwyn's) reports on the 1st Team’s successful visit to Birkenhead School:

On Wednesday, the senior girls hockey team travelled to Birkenhead Independent school for the first match of the New Year. With little preparation especially after the Christmas holidays we weren't expecting much.

In the first half of the game it quickly became apparent that we had the upper hand with our quick pace, great interceptions and tackles. By the end of the first half we were winning 2-0 with two amazing goals scored by Libby H. Even though we were winning there were still pointers to discuss at half time such as the organisation of our short corners and not messing around in the D and just going for a straight strike.

In the second half, despite a little slip in defence allowing Birkenhead to score a goal we took on what was said at half time and scored a further 3 goals. Two of these goals were scored by Gabriella E and seemed to be done with ease just going straight into the left hand corner each time. The other goal was scored by Libby H giving her a well-deserved hat trick and us a well-deserved 5-1 win.

Well done girls!

Opportunities for pupils to participate in competitive sports matches is an important part of the Games and Competition strand of our LCA+ curriculum and helps pupils develop their resilience, teamwork skills and good sportsmanship.

120 Pupils Involved in Saturday Sport

On Saturday, over 120 secondary phase pupils were involved in sport at Liverpool College.

Firstly over thirty girls were involved in a rugby training session with ALLcoaching. As the girls were finishing both the U13 and U15 boys rugby teams put Scarisbrick Hall to the sword with two convincing wins. Then it was over to the girls hockey and despite the U12-U14-U15 teams losing out to Westholme, the U13 produced a brilliant performance to win 2-0. Finally, the senior rugby team saw a busy sporting Saturday come to an end with an entertaining 26-22 win over visitors from the Isle of Man - King William's College.

Purpose, Passion and Challenge, all in glorious sunshine!

1st XV advance in the NatWest Vase

The first team travelled to local rivals St Edwards for the first round of the NatWest Vase Competition on Wednesday afternoon. St Edwards took an early 3-0 lead (penalty) against the run of play but Liverpool replied in forceful fashion, driving over a maul from a well-executed line out play. Vice-captain Rhys H (Howson’s) was on hand at the back of the maul to place the ball down over the line. Liverpool dominated the first half and very rarely did St Edwards venture into Liverpool’s half. A second try soon came about, when attacking wide play ended up with Chris F (School) being tackled high, just before he would have touched down for a try, resulting in the referee awarding a penalty try.

Half Time 3-12

It was a similar start with the 2nd half, Liverpool dominating especially at the set piece. Another try soon came about after good handling skills, Pieter B (Brook’s) finishing off in the corner. Credit to St Edwards as they showed lots of determination and started to play some good rugby. Against the run of play, Captain Adam M (Howson’s) found a small gap and capitalised to go over for another try. Tiredness and a change in personnel (due to injury) gave St Edwards confidence to play attacking rugby and they scored two tries in quick succession. Penalties and silly tactical errors from Liverpool, enabled St Edwards the opportunity to camp in Liverpool’s half and another drive over the line put St Edwards within one try, with two minutes to play. Liverpool held out to secure in the end, a narrow 26-32 victory. A very pleasing first half but plenty room for improvement for the boys (including fitness) in the next few weeks.

Man of the match – Michael C (Selwyn’s)

178th Founders’ Day

Pupils, parents, staff, OLs, governors, foundation members, joined the High Sheriff of Merseyside and the Deputy Lord Mayor to celebrate and commemorate the 178th Founders' Day in Liverpool Cathedral. The preacher was the Rev Dr Leyden who urged us to take inspiration from our Founders in using our talents and resources to serve others and the greater good. To be like Zacchaeus, after he met Jesus.

An orchestra and combined choir of 230 pupils provided stirring music, and the College community across the five schools was represented in the procession of the houses.

A big thank you to all our pupils who make the day worthy of our Founders and Benefactors.

A Level Product Design in Action Conference

Our A Level Design Technology students recently attended a Product Design in Action Conference at Warwick University as part of their broad A Level curriculum but it also gave students access to expert and up to date information and advice as they consider careers in the design industry and various related fields. Year 13 pupil Daniel L (Howson's) describes the experience:

We began the conference with a talk by the award winning industrial designer Sebastian Bergne. He stressed to the 800 strong audience of Britain's future innovators, artists and architects that good design should aim to make even the most mundane of everyday objects special. He highlighted the importance of being willing to be flexible and to be able to think outside the box to thrive in such a competitive industry. Once, when approached by a client to design a soap dish that would prevent the soap bar from disintegrating he designed a ring shaped block of soap that would dry by itself when hung from a hook on the wall and therefore would not disintegrate. This kind of thinking, he told us, comes from experience and cannot just be learned in a classroom.

In an era of romanticism, fuelled by the Instagram generation’s eye for the aesthetic, Icelandic product designer Theodóra Alfreðsdóttir reminded us that design is far more than meets the eye, it should tell a story and have a purpose beyond its appearance. Amongst other things we heard from a car designer from Jaguar Land Rover, threw paper aeroplanes at a bucket from across the auditorium and watched a small army of orange robotic arms eerily take over Hull’s old town in the name of “culture”.

Overall it would be safe to say that the lecturers were informative and gave us as students a useful insight into the world of design and its future as an industry.