Alice

Lost in a mad wonderland, unfamiliar to the book, Alice has to find her way home meeting many wild creatures including a table of crazy video game characters. Will she find her way home in time before the queen catches her? (Hannah T, Ruby K)

What a week the Prep and Middle Schools have had preparing for their performance of ‘ALICE’. This years’ show didn’t disappoint with this energetic, colourful and quirky take on the traditional story. From the Hatter and the Hare, to misfits, rapping Dum and Dees and a yoga mad Caterpillar the show was everything it promised to be!

It was great to see our Year 8’s end their run in these shows on such a high and welcome in so much new and promising talent for the future!

We are extremely proud of all the pupils for their hard work in putting this production together. The collaborative work of our Prep School and Middle School pupils really does embed our LC+ Curriculum and demonstrates working with exceptional Purpose, Passion and Challenge.

Enjoy a well-deserved rest and here’s to the next one!

Miss Clark

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Liverpool College win the Unilever Bright Future Competition 2019

Since our visit to the Unilever Factory in Port Sunlight in November, two selected teams of the Year 9 Wilton Scholars have been working on a project set by the multi-national corporation Unilever as part of their ‘Bright Futures’ programme. We could choose to do one (or more of three tasks) to help Unilever design a new product. The tasks were: Design a product that lowers water usage and the energy used to heat water; to make a plastic free product or to make a sustainable product to support the local community. To get some inspiration, we visited the Unilever factory in November. In the factory, we looked at packaging, processing, consumer technical insight, digital R&D and formulation. This led us to creating our product.

On Thursday 21 March, we were invited back to present our projects to judges from the Unilever Factory, alongside around 30 other teams, all with their own original and innovative ideas. The main objective of this experience was to inspire the younger generation to get involved in the STEM subjects. There were two groups; Hygienegg (Emily T., Lucy C. and Ethan F.) and Glow Up (Amelia Y., Amelia R., Emily C., Seif Y. and Agsith R.). Hygienegg attempted to make a plastic free product that minimised water usage and Glow Up attempted to make a plastic free, sustainable product.

Glow Up planned and thought about a skin/hair product that was one hundred percent plastic free and we decided on cork. Cork is naturally hydrophobic, mould resistant and lightweight, making it perfect for a bathroom product. We also decided on an all-natural body scrub for our starting product, naming it, 'Glow up,' as after you have scrubbed yourself with it, it will leave you with a radiant glow. Lucy C, Emily T and Ethan F created our product called  Hygienegg. It consisted of a box of six ‘eggs’ which theoretically contained your whole body and hair wash for when you shower. In the products the shampoo, conditioner and body wash was all in one little capsule. The inner ‘yolk’ contained the conditioning shampoo and the outer white was the body wash. We think our product was creative and exciting and would capture people attention.

Each group presented to six separate pairs of adjudicators- each specialising in their own areas of expertise. We focused on the issues of: plastic in the modern world, our packaging, formulation, finance and future developments. It brought our entrepreneurial sides out!

After lunch, we had the awards ceremony. They started with the five category awards for: innovation, communication, technical, sustainability and finally the consumer award. They then moved on to the ranked awards, with Archbishop Blanche in 3rd place, Woodchurch team 1 in 2nd place and Glow Up (Liverpool College team 2) in 1st place. It was such an amazing feeling to know that our product was recognised and now we are looking forward to the amount of opportunities we will have with Unilever developing our product and further STEM national competitions.

We would like to thank The Wilton Trust for funding us to go on these brilliant trips and providing us with these great opportunities, particularly to Mr Cartwright for mentoring us between November and March and to Mrs Doran for organising our visit to Unilever and entries to the competition. We cannot wait for what will come next! We all really enjoyed the day, and look forward to more events with Glow Up and Hygienegg!

The Year 9 Wilton Scholars Team

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Art on Tour with Leonardo da Vinci

Last Thursday, 23 Year 8 pupils went to visit the Leonardo da Vinci exhibition in the Walker Art Gallery in their activities session: Art on Tour. They viewed approximately 30 of his sketches and learnt about his life. Pupils then completed art work based on the exhibition.

Art work by Chloe P and Ephraim C.

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Y12 Academic Conference

On Friday 15 March, Y12 More Able students participated in their first Academic Conference. Through a series of intellectual yet highly engaging academic lectures, the event encourages bright, ambitious students to readily manipulate abstract ideas and make connections across school subject areas. This day, organised by Mrs Doran, was designed to specifically target the development of the capabilities of higher attaining students by adding depth, complexity and richness to their learning. Experienced, gifted educators stretched and challenged the students’ thinking using a multi-media and inter-disciplinary approach. Highly able students were also able to spend the day with like-minded youngsters all keen to reach the ceiling of their ability and share ideas. The students listened to four academic lectures, presented by lecturers from top universities, including Oxford University.

The Lectures:

‘What Dreams May Come?’ – Julie Arliss examining claims about the afterlife. What is the ultimate nature of reality? Is there anything more to life than this?

'Holocaust, Hitler and Historiography: How the Writing of History affects the World Today’ – Professor Tom Greggs. This lecture looked at the role of history writing today. Looking at examples from the second world war onwards, this interactive session encouraged students to examine what it means to say, ‘Who controls the past controls the future and who controls the present controls the past.’

‘The Psychology of Outstanding Achievement’ – Dr. Christopher O’Neill. This session examined the hard evidence of what really produces a life of outstanding achievement. A fascinating interactive examination of what really makes a difference.

‘Rock in 11 Dimensions: Where Physics and Guitars Collide’ – Dr. Mark Lewney. This mind-expanding and ear-stimulating lecture addressed some of the biggest ideas in contemporary science: Big Bang; and how the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) – the biggest experiment ever built – let us peek into extra dimensions.

Students also participated in a live debate, with students contributing to the BIG Debate and practising their public speaking, persuasive language skills and demonstrating their ability to think on their feet. The debate was: “This house believes that the monarchy should be abolished”.

Mrs Doran

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Sri Lankan Careers Visit

We were very proud to welcome visitors from the Sri Lankan National Education Commission and the British Council to the College this week. The visitors came to find out about our careers provision and they were most impressed with our pupils who spoke very eloquently about their experiences. One guest commented that our young people and programme was truly inspiring!

The delegates were in the UK to work on a project based around appraisal of National Policy Proposals for School Based Career Guidance.

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Cultural Trip to Valencia

Last weekend, a group of sixth formers from Spanish and Art went to Valencia to experience the culture and art in Valencia:

As soon as we arrived we came across a demonstration for International Women’s Day through the streets of the city. Men and women were wearing purple-shirts with 8-M printed on them. We noticed some signs saying “quien ama, no mata ni humilla ni maltrata” which translates as “somebody who loves does not kill, humiliate or mistreat women”. In the afternoon we did a tour of the Old Town and had a lovely dinner that consisted in Spanish delicacies, such as “paella”, “patatas bravas” and the delicious “buñuelos con chocolate”.

The next day we had breakfast in the market and took the bus to the Science Museum, the Aquarium and the cinema. In the Aquarium the highlight was the dolphin show, the walruses, the flamingos, the penguins and the jelly fish. We also voted for the best “ninot” to be saved from the fire during the famous Fallas Festival this week. On Saturday night we saw the midnight “mascletá” where a combination of fireworks and rockets were displayed in the skies of the city.

On Sunday we went for a bike ride and watched Levante play against Villarreal in the afternoon. We returned very early in the morning the next day, exhausted but exhilarated following the action-packed weekend in sunny Valencia. Thanks to Mrs Gimeno and Ms McWatt for an unforgettable school trip!

By Beth G, Rhys H, Dan W and Delfina M

On an early Friday morning, we departed Manchester Airport for our combined Spanish and Art trip to Valencia. We arrived around mid-day and sat down for post-flight paella. After relaxing for a bit we unpacked at the hostel, which was located near the city centre. The first day consisted of Mrs Gimeno taking all nineteen of us on a tour of the old town as well as the Cathedral. Some of us opted to walk up the 287 step cathedral tower, which most of us ended up crawling up instead. After the jaunt we attempted to have a good night’s sleep, however, locals celebrating the amazing Fallas Festival had other ideas as they were chanting through the city centre all night.

The second day included taking public transport to the “Ciudad de las Artes y Ciencias” (which is the Arts and Science Museums of Valencia) as well as the aquarium (L’Oceanogràfic) where we saw a range of sea creatures, from penguins to dolphins. The “ninot” (puppet) showcase in the museum was amazing, showcasing some of Valencia’s finest artwork in the form of puppets which were voted on to see which were burned or saved during the festival.

On a penultimate day, we started off with a bike ride around the riverbank and the city centre, which was eventful… This was preceded by spectating la Mascletà that was a spectacle to watch.

The final day was a good time to reflect and reminisce about the amazing events which had happened on the trip. The city of Valencia helped make the group bond together through countless dishes of patatas bravas and breath-taking architecture throughout the trip. Overall, the excursion was a memorable one where we embraced Spanish culture, art and cuisine and we would all like to thank Mrs Gimeno and Ms McWatt for this fantastic trip.

By Alex W

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Sports Science Workshop

On Wednesday, all Year 11 pupils interested in possible careers in Science were given a superb opportunity to visit the state of the art facilities at Liverpool Hope University in Health and Sports Science. The pupils were able to participate in four highly engaging, hands-on workshops during their visit including:

  • The Physiological testing of athletes workshop which provided an insight into how athletes are tracked during training sessions using the latest equipment, such as live heart rate monitoring and jump measurement.
  • Introduction to biomechanics workshop where students participated in a series of interactive demonstrations giving an insight into how human movement and function is analysed in sport, including: 3D motion capture, muscle activity and impact forces.
  • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation workshop(TMS)workshop: This is a relatively new technique of using electromagnetic induction to transfer electricity in the brain to affect neuronal processing and stimulate the homunculus to increase sporting performance.
  • Echocardiography workshop: the session explored cardiac structure and function at rest and the acute responses to exercise. This involved using an ultrasound machine to scan and measure the heart and how this changes following exercise both in the short and long term.

The pupils were fascinated by the degree of scientific examinations and expertise required in the Sports Science field. Liverpool Hope have invited the pupils to return in the near future to continue their exploration of this intriguing scientific field of research.

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