Engineering Careers Talk

On Thursday 14 March, Dr Ian Sandall came into Liverpool College to deliver a highly engaging talk to pupils in Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 who are interested in Engineering.

Dr Sandall is a lecturer at the University of Liverpool, specialising in Electrical Engineering and Electronics. Dr Sandall started the talk by defining what was meant by Engineering. This was best depicted by quoting the Duke of Edinburgh: “Everything not put on Earth by God was made by an engineer.” He then revealed examples of how engineering impacts upon our everyday lives, ranging from light emitting diodes in children’s shoes, the use of thermal imaging to monitor babies temperature in incubators and chips within formula one cars and mobiles phones. Dr Sandall very effectively used the visual aid of bags of sugar to demonstrate the ever reducing side of transistor chips within modern technology and how this is impacting upon the size of devices and performance of modern technologies.

The impact of electrical engineering on a range of fields was also discussed, such as using plasma in antimicrobial resistance, adaptive optics to improve photography, autonomous cars, drone technology, virtual reality, robotics and the impact of grapheme in transistor design in increasing computational power, and how this impacts upon quantum mechanics.

Finally, Dr Sandall shared his own research using increasing the efficiency of optical based bio-sensing and diagnostic techniques to enhance the speed of blood work analysis in the medical field.

Our thanks to Dr Sandall for his incredibly interesting talk – it undoubtedly opened pupils’ eyes to the fascinating world of possibilities if they were to pursue a career in Engineering.

Mrs Doran

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Y8 Magistrates Court Law Project

Pupils in Year 8 interested in law were given the superb opportunity to participate in a National Law competition called Magistrates Court. This ‘Mock Trial Competition’ is part of the Young Citizens citizenship experiences and helps to improve young people’s life skills, their understanding of the justice system and the legal system, and helps them to understand that the law touches every aspect of their lives. Pupils are asked to take on the various roles in a trial and try a case against another school.

In order to assist the students with preparation for this trail, which will take place on Saturday March 30, Mr Richard Baker, a practising solicitor, came into the school on Tuesday to work directly with our school’s magistrates, legal advisers, court staff, witnesses, prosecutors and defence lawyers. Mr Baker clarified legal definitions relevant to the case they will be trying such as ‘dishonestly’, ‘appropriation’, ‘Standard of Proof’ and ‘jurisdiction’. He also explained the ‘Turnball Guidelines’ which lie at the heart of the case they will be trying. Our sincere thanks to Mr Baker for his time and incredibly valuable advice.

Mrs Doran

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U12 Hockey Team, Plate Runners-Up at AKS Lytham

Last Saturday, the U12 Hockey team took the long journey to AKS Lytham to participate in the Jean Torrance Memorial Hockey Tournament.

Liverpool College were put into a difficult group versus special guests Ashford School, Kent, Chase High School, Malvern and Ripley St Thomas. Could the College battle their way out of the group and into the knockout stages or would it be a quick journey home? Thankfully, it was the knockout stages with the College producing three amazing performances to progress. Could the College progress any further, the answer was yes, as the College won their semi-final and eventually finished as runners up, losing in the final 2-1.

What an amazing experience for the pupils, who played against North West club players of a very high standard. Special thanks must go to acting coach Mrs Walsh, who supervised the pupils brilliantly and was full of praise for the team.

Mr Cook

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Prep School Saturday Rugby

Liverpool College Y5-Y6 Prep School pupils participated in their first Saturday Sporting match of the academic year in a Rugby 7s Tournament at Terra Nova, Crewe. The pupils were supervised by the Principal and 1st team Rugby Coach Mr Heeley.

We entered two teams into the tournament and the pupils were split with an equal amount of Y5-Y6’s in each group. The day turned out to be thoroughly enjoyable with many  College parents travelling down to watch the tournament and support the pupils. Saturday turned out to be a great experience for the pupils in preparation for regular Saturday sport in the secondary phase.

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Prep House Pancake Battle!

Well done to all those who took part in the Prep pancake race today – some excellent pancake flipping!

The winner for Year 3 and 4 is Brook’s House and Year 5 and 6 is Butler’s.

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Clean sweep for Liverpool College Football Teams at Westholme

Last Saturday, Liverpool College football teams produced three fantastic performances to beat Westholme on the own ground.

Firstly, the U12 team produced their best performance of the academic year by coming from behind to win 6-2. The College’s passing and movement was a joy to watch as they eventually tired down their opponents by switching the ball from left to right and producing that inch perfect cross for the attacking player to score.

The U13s match was a much closer affair with the College being one goal down for much of the game. Spurred on at the back by centre half Jude C, the College gathered momentum and that dominance eventually paid dividends with five minutes to go when sticker Jacob B bundled the ball home. There was still time for a winner, with the College full of confidence it was Jacob B who scored again to the delight of acting coach on the day Mr Fox.

Whilst the U13’s match was a close call, the U14s ran away with proceedings in the first half, and they never looked back producing their best performance of the academic year to win 4-0.

Whilst the boys shook hands and walked back into the changing rooms, the day did not finish there, as all the boys and staff got together to have lunch at Westholme and talk about three wonderful wins.

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Mr Harry Alty

It is with much sadness that we advise of the death recently of Mr Harry Alty.

Mr Alty was a former Chairman of the Governors of Liverpool College, a parent and a great supporter of the College, the Foundation and the OL Society.

Mr Alty had a distinguished career in Dentistry and as Chairman of the Broadgreen Hospital Trust.

The funeral service will be at St Peter's Church, Woolton L25 5JF at 11.00am on Friday 22 March.

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