Cambridge Union Debating Finals

After successfully qualifying in the regional rounds of the International Competition for Youth Debaters, last weekend, Mrs Diamond and myself got the opportunity to take Lehtu and Jan to compete in the finals at the Cambridge Union.

The competition we faced was of the highest I have witnessed at any age range and our team really had to raise their game. Over the course of the day we moved from strength to strength, beating the Netherlands’ national team and teams from Oundle School, Dundee High School and Birkhamsted School along the way. It was an invigorating day and a steep learning curve.

Jan and Lehtu are now in a fabulous position to lead the charge in debating at Liverpool College next year.

Mr Barnicoat

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Forest School

Our PTA funded the training of Ms Shackell to become a fully certified forest school teacher. Now, thanks to her amazing efforts, and the support of pupils, colleagues and parents, our forest school facility is nearing completion. This amazing grove, affectionately known as “The Dell”, will be the location of the delivery of our unique outdoor education programme and also of the forest school. Thanks to all our volunteers and the generosity of the PTA.

 

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National Representative Honours in Handball

Congratulations to Sam D (Y11 School) who has been chosen to represent Great Britain in Handball at U18 level and will travel to Sweden to compete in the European Open Championships in July. 

Sam has been in the North West Handball Academy for the past 18 months. In January he was selected to be on the pathway to the England U16s Team. Within a month of being on the pathway, he was selected to attend trials but he has now bypassed the U16s to become the youngest member of the U18 team. Well done Sam.

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Secret Garden

Thanks to the support of one of our parents and the work of pupils, teachers and the estates team, a remarkable transformation is almost complete.

The Gardening Club, led by Miss Miller and Miss Shaw, launched an ambitious plan at the start of the year to transform the area behind the biology labs into a secret garden. They envisioned the area becoming a multi-use space that sixth form students could use to revise in, teachers can lead practical investigations in and also an area for relaxation.

Following an appeal in the Principal’s newsletter, a parent generously donated the topsoil we needed for the project and also offered the services of his company to help us finish clearing and preparing the site. Many tonnes of earth, brick, stone and vegetation have now been removed and replaced with an equal tonnage of good fresh top soil. During the Easter holidays, the area was levelled and turf was laid. All that now remains to complete the garden is for pupils to plant some shrubs plus a suitable work of art on the brick wall.

We look forward to seeing the final result!

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Pre Prep House Poetry Competition

Pre Prep pupils have been taking part in a House Poetry Competition with over 70 pupils submitting poems on the theme of “Friendship”. The competition was then judged by the poet Deryn Rees-Jones. She was very impressed by the standard of the poems produced: ‘I liked the ones where the writer allowed me to see the world or feel a feeling a little bit differently. Reading the poem meant that something had somehow changed in me.’ Dr Rees-Jones congratulated all children who entered and also the many who decorated their poems so beautifully.

The house winners were:

  • Fox- Iris R3
  • Owl- Joel 2Q
  • Rabbit- Heidi 1P
  • Badger- Emmie 1Q
  • Hedgehog- Rowan 1Q
  • Squirrel- Alice 1P

The year group winners were:

  • Reception- Mariella R2
  • Year 1- Keira-Lilly 1R
  • Year 2- Noah 2Q

Well done to all the pupils!

Mrs Gannon

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Rugby Awards Evening

We celebrated the end of a successful rugby season on Thursday with an awards evening in the MV Hall, organised by Mr Hewitt (Director of Rugby). The evening recognised and celebrated the success and commitment of our pupils and all those involved in the rugby programme at the school.

Each team coach presented an overview of the year and awards were then presented for each team as follows:

Year 7 (Coach - Mr Hewitt)
Most improved player: Jacob W
Player’s player of the year: Marcus F
Player of the year: Oliver H

Year 8 (Coach - Mr Hammersley)
Most improved player: Lucas M
Player’s player of the year: Jan M
Player of the year: Jude R

Year 9 (Coach - Mr Hall)
Most improved player: Mitchell C
Player’s player of the year: Ethan F
Player of the year: Rafi B

Year 10 (Coach - Mr Muscatelli)
Most improved player: Mahbubar R
Player’s player of the year: Ross F
Player of the year: Ciaran R

2nd XV (Coach - Mr Brady)

Most improved player: Tom P
Player’s player of the year: Ryan H

1st XV (Coach - Mr Heeley)
Most improved player: Max E
Player’s player of the year: Sebastian C
Player of the year: Adam M

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Liverpool College Wins Law Competition

Liverpool College triumphed on Saturday when they became winners of the Magistrates Court Mock Trial Law Competition in Merseyside. The Magistrates’ mock trials are a national competition in which schools across the country analyse a court case and compete against each other. It aims to give Year 8 and Year 9 students an insight into the judicial system, the laws and how the courts function.

The event took place in Wirral Crown Court, in real court rooms, which were presided over by real Magistrates. The team, comprising of Year 8 Wilton Scholars, have been preparing for this event for several months and were incredibly fortunate to benefit from the support of Mrs Doran, Mrs Gill Ashworth (Senior Crown Court Prosecutor) and Judge, Mr Richard Baker, in preparing for the event. The team comprised of numerous individual roles including Magistrates, Legal Adviser, Prosecution Lawyer, Prosecution Witness, Defence Lawyer, Usher, Defence witness, Defendant and Court Reporter. During the competition, each role is scored individually meaning every pupil’s performance was vital. The event required weeks of preparation, both in school an at home, which culminated in an in school mock trial last week. Witnesses were expected to memorise their statements in order to answer the lawyer’s questions, and use their drama skills to convey their character. Lawyers were expected to come up with questions to bring forward their evidence from the witness, opening and closing speeches. Magistrates had to practise note taking skills while observing the trial, in order to make a decision as to whether the defendant was guilty or not. The legal advisor has to become familiar with the nuances of the law including the Turnball guidelines and Standard of Proof. Each part, regardless of its significance was integral to our success as a team.

After participating in a full day of trials against other schools on Saturday, the students were thrilled when announced overall winners of Merseyside – a truly incredible achievement.

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