Mrs Wyn Clarke RIP

It is with great sadness that we must inform you of the passing of Wyn Clarke, wife of Walter Clarke, long time member of staff and Contingent Commander of the CCF at Liverpool College.

Wyn was always hugely interested in, supportive of, and engaged with everything that pertained to Liverpool College. She and Walter formed a couple whose presence graced all our festive and noteworthy occasions, even when Walter retired after many decades of service to the College. Her elegance, friendliness and warmth will be missed by all. Our thoughts are with her devoted and bereaved husband and all her friends and family at this sad time.


Opening of The Rushworth Centre for Music

On Thursday 14 November, Mr Jonathan Rushworth officially opened The Rushworth Centre for Music. As the red ribbon was cut and guests entered the newly refurbished Godwyn House, the College Orchestra played Vaughan Williams' 'Flourish for Wind Band'. The Principal introduced Mr Rushworth who then addressed the assembled pupils and guests. Following a vote of thanks from Mr Bishop and presentation of a gift from Leo B (7 Selwyn's), the guests enjoyed two further musical performances from Madeleine E (9 Selwyn's) and Evelyn I (9 Butler's) who sang the vocal duet 'Shallow', and Alex M (10 Howard's) who performed 'Smack Talk' on electric guitar. Following further thanks from the Principal, guests were given guided tours of the new music centre, hosted by pupils demonstrating their learning so far.

We are extremely grateful to the Rushworth family for their generous gift to the College.


Visit to Auschwitz

Two of our Y13 students recently visited Auschwitz with the Holocaust Educational Trust. Eve W reports on their visit:

On the 12 of November, we had the opportunity to travel to Poland in order to visit Auschwitz as part of the Lessons from Auschwitz programme. Prior to our visit, we attended a seminar in Manchester, where we discussed Jewish life prior to the Holocaust, and had the privilege to listen to the testimony of a Holocaust survivor. Hearing her words prompted us to begin to consider the individual lives that were affected by the Holocaust, rather than the just the statistics of it. This was a concept that the organisation were keen we kept in mind during our visit to Poland.

We arrived at the airport at 4:30 am, and met with the Lessons From Auschwitz
coordinators before flying to Krakow. We firstly visited the town of Oświęcim, which during the war was Germanised to ‘Auschwitz’, for the purpose of furthering our knowledge of pre war Jewish life. We visited a museum that contained documents and artefacts relating to Jewish culture and heritage, and saw the town’s only Synagogue to survive the war. The huge extent to which the town had been changed was apparent, as we learnt that Jewish people once referred to Oświęcim as Oshpitzin, meaning ‘guests’ in Yiddish; this had once been a place that welcomed persecuted Jews. From here we travelled to Auschwitz I. As soon as we arrived, the atmosphere of our group changed. Seeing the infamous ‘Arbeit macht frei’ on the entrance after seeing pictures of it so many times was surreal. Our guide led us into various blocks, including one that was named ‘material proof of crimes’, containing thousands of suitcases, shoes, pairs of glasses, brushes. One of the most harrowing sights was a room full of human hair, which was sold by the Nazis and used to make products. One of the last things we saw here was the Book of Names, which listed the 4.2 million known people who died in the Holocaust (1.3 million deaths are still unidentified). This exhibit was especially distinctive, as it represented both the huge scale of the Holocaust whilst also considering individual lives that were affected.

After seeing Auschwitz I, we then travelled to Auschwitz II-Birkenau. This was a very different experience, one reason being that this camp was nine times larger than Auschwitz I. In addition, while Auschwitz I held exhibits and had the feel of a museum in parts, Auschwitz II gave more of an insight into the living conditions of the camp, and had largely been unchanged. We walked through the camp along the train track that runs through its middle, before reaching the building in which the prisoners were given their uniforms and had their heads shaved. Here, the Rabbi who had accompanied us on the trip delivered an amazingly heartfelt speech, highlighting the issues of antisemitism in our society. We then lit candles at the memorial at the end of the train track, and walked back to the entrance. Even at the end of the kilometre long walk, the amount of candles we had lit meant that they still stood out clearly in the darkness. We cannot describe the day sufficiently with words, and so we strongly urge anyone in the years below to take this opportunity when it arises.

We would like to extend our thanks to the LFA team and the Holocaust Educational Trust for providing such an experience to young people.


CCF Remembrance Events

This year the CCF extended its role in the national Act of Remembrance, taking part in three events across the city. On Saturday, they played a key part in the Anglican Cathedral's performance of Jenkins' 'The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace'. The director of music, Stephen Manning, was full of praise for their efforts reporting, "We have received countless messages of congratulations which make particular reference to the role the cadets played. The general consensus has been around remarking on how well turned out they were, how smartly and accurately they went about proceedings, and how this greatly contributed to the theme of the overall evening." The recently reformed Corps of Drums once again stole the show as they filled the Anglican with the sounds of their beating.

On Sunday, hundreds of our cadets marched, sang, spoke, drummed, and stood in respectful silence as they took part in a parade and service of remembrance. Once again, they were universally praised for their appearance, hard work, and degree of respect they demonstrated through their words and deeds. Finally, Monday saw a small banner party accompany the Principal to the old Collegiate building on Shaw street where they continued a long running tradition of joining members if the Collegiate Old Boys Association in an Act of Remembrance there.

It was moving to hear the comments from members of the armed forces and wider public who encountered our cadets over the weekend, and indeed those who saw them training for their events.

Major D Ridley (Contingent Commander)


David Welch RIP

We have been saddened to receive the news that David Welch, a former teacher at Liverpool College passed away on Saturday.

David served the College with total dedication and distinction for more than 30 years including as head of physics and as master of the scout troop. Many of his former pupils admired and respected him and still attest to the ways he made their school days a time of wonder, fun, care, and endless activity.

The funeral will take place at Landican Crematorium, Arrowe Park CH49 5LW at 12 noon on Friday 6th December. Following the funeral, the wake will be held at  the Grove House Hotel, Grove Road, Wallsey CH44 4BT.


The College Chronicle is Published

The first Sixth Form Newsletter of the academic year has just been published. The College Chronicle which contains articles on a diverse and original range of topics can be downloaded here

You can also read the latest edition of the Middle School newspaper, The College Column, by clicking here.


Brook’s Charity Report

Brook's House Action this year is Intellectual, so the team decided on the charity KIND as its House charity as it helps local children from disadvantaged backgrounds receive the same opportunities so they can progress in education. KIND is a local Liverpool based charity that has been running since 1975.

In September, Stephen Yip, the Founder and CEO of KIND came to speak to Brook’s House. From the assembly, groups of pupils then worked together in their own time to raise money for the charity doing various events such as bake sales, sponsored read-a-thons and sponsored silences across the school.

On Monday 14 October, over 30 members from Brook's House, from Year 7-13, took part in a 1K fun run around Sefton Park to continue to raise money for KIND. There was great competition shown throughout the age ranges to try and beat one another, the top 3 fastest athletes were:

  • Mouad G (Y12) - 4min 30seconds
  • Lewis R (Y11) - 4min 45seconds
  • Christina W (Y8) - 4min 46seconds

A few year groups are continuing to raise money over the half term before it is the turn of the next House to fundraise but as it currently stands the running total is a fantastic £1420.78! Particular congratulations to:

  • 7 Brook’s- £700 raised with more being done over the half term
  • 8 Brook’s- £365 raised with more being done over the half term
  • 9 Brook’s- £182.16 raised
  • 13 Brook’s- £173.62 raised

After the half term, the Pre Prep and Prep will also be passing on the money that Brook’s pupils in the primary phase have raised for KIND which will be added onto the total.

Stephen Yip will be coming back into the College in the first week back after half term to collect the money and pass on his thanks.

Miss McCone (Assistant Head of Brook’s House)