Mrs Latham (Head of Boarding) and Mr Cook (Director of Sport) organised an evening of socially distanced Handball for boarding students within their bubble. The active evening enabled the students to show off their individual sporting talents and when needed play as a team by supporting one another and scoring lots of goals where every team player was involved. This will be the first of many weekend team building sporting opportunities for the boarders.
On Tuesday, Liverpool College was involved in an event out of this world when our Prep pupils were invited to attend a live workshop led by Industrial Light Magic. ILM is the special effects company formed by George Lucas in 1975 to make the most successful movie series of all time – STAR WARS. The special effects company has since gone on to create over 300 blockbusters, such as Indiana Jones, Pirates of the Caribbean, Ghostbusters, Jurassic Park, Back to the Future, Spiderman, the Avengers films and the Transformers movies (to name just a few)!
The broadcast included a practical demonstration by actual artists, 3D modellers and special visual directors. They taught pupils the process of drawing Star Wars space vehicles from concept thumbnail sketches to 2D drawing from different perspectives followed by how to convert these drawings into a 3D models that can be brought to life on screen. Liverpool College pupils were then given an opportunity to present questions to some of the greatest special effects experts in the world. Thank you to Edward, Bailie, Leilani, Hannah and Emily for their wonderful questions, STEAM schools for coordinating the event and of course ILM for their superb workshop.
Year 6 pupils were extraordinarily lucky on Monday when they were able to meet Alex Wheatle, who earned an MBE in 2008 for his service to Literature. Alex is an award winning author winning the 2016 Guardian Children’s fiction Award for Crongton Knights. His latest novel, Cane Warriors, is the story of the emancipation of enslaved people from Jamaican plantations in 1760. Copies of this novel were kindly gifted to the school by BookTrust. Organised by Mrs Doran, pupils in Year 6 were offered the opportunity to ask this incredibly accomplished author questions about his journey into becoming a writer and he gave them the benefit of his experience as to how they can also fulfil their life’s potential. Alex shared with the pupils how he had grown up in the notorious Shirley Oaks children’s home in Croydon and how that shaped his early experiences. He discussed how his custodial sentence for his role in the Brixton riots became a crucial turning point in his life – allowing him time to reengage with reading and writing. Locally, Alex became know as the BrixtonBard. Alex was a truly inspirational speaker, impressing on the students the importance of education in transforming and modelling successful lives. Our sincere thanks to Alex for giving up his time so generously. We have invited him back to work with Key Stage 3 next term.
Y11 pupils Charlie H and Sam B have been fundraising to raise awareness of October's Mental Health Awareness Week.
Both pupils ran 15 laps each of the 200 metres track on a sunny Saturday morning on the Upper School fields. The dedicated charity is Young Minds and so far, a total of £240 has been raised. Well done to both pupils.
Mr J Cook (Director of Sport)
Mrs Latham (Head of Boarding) and Mr Cook (Director of Sport), recently organised a Boarders' House Run on the school grounds on a sunny evening. The run was very competitive from the start with lots of friendly rivalry amongst the students. Eventually, two students pulled away from the pack to finish strongly. Well done to Nikita L (Selwyn's) - 1st place and Silvana D (Brook's) - 2nd place.
There have been a few changes to Saturday Sport since the start of the new academic year.
Staggered start times and socially distanced training sessions have been popular with many of our keen pupils eager to return to Sporting fixtures and House Competitions. These changes have enabled more pupils to become involved participating in Saturday Sport. Whilst the whole of Y7 and Y8 engage in Ready4Rugby, Hockey and Girls Football training the Y9 and Y10 Rugby teams have been put to the test with several grilling drills from the Rugby coaches at Liverpool College.
Mr Cook (Director of Sport)
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