Making a Difference to the School Environment

The Communication Group, run by Mrs Hall during the Tuesday activity period, has made a big impact already through their campaign to tackle litter on campus. Members of the group share their experiences so far:

When I signed up to Communication Group, I didn’t really know what to expect. When we first started out, just Felix, Owen and I, we discussed the importance of litter and how to prevent it from appearing in our campus. We created a questionnaire – which all Year 7 have completed – about the importance of litter and recorded the results in Excel, which we will now examine and see what everyone thinks is the most effective way which our colleagues think we should deal with it. We then ran and advertised a poster competition for which we had many entries. I can’t yet confirm the winners but they will both each receive a £10 Amazon voucher and lots of PPC points. The whole idea with the activity is that we drive it forward, with the help of Mrs Hall and Ms Odita-Sani. We are currently writing a play script which will be performed by some Sixth Form drama students. We are open to anyone who wants to join in any year – just come to the Upper Library on Tuesday 3:15-4:15pm and we can speak to Mr Cartwright about the activity change. Omar K (Y7 Howard’s)

I have helped the communication group by marking the posters that people handed in. I joined this group because I feel passionate about the environment so it felt right to be part of it. I have discussed the pupils’ entries towards the competition and through that I have learnt even more about looking after our environment and keeping our school free from litter.

I have made friends through joining this group and joined a fight against litterbugs. The poster competition has come to an end with 2 joint winners and we have compiled the 2 posters together and we will celebrate their success this coming Friday during Whole School Assembly. Hugh T (Y7 Brook’s)

I, Owen, am the only Year 8 in communications group. I joined to become part of the wider school community. I wanted to help with problems. I find the activity fun and interesting. The attitude of the group was very positive and we were eager to solve the litter crisis. I have had good times and hope to carry on helping in this activity. Owen W (Y8 Howson’s)

I got involved in communication at the start of the year. The main reason I joined was because it is my first year at Liverpool College and I really wanted to address an issue to improve in our school community. The first thing we did in this activity is we announced a litter poster competition. This was the original Communication group with me (Felix), Owen and Omar. The litter competition deadline came around and the quality of the posters were astounding! Whilst the entries were getting judged, we made a litter questionnaire .I think the questionnaire really helped towards pupils’ attitudes because we got two new recruits! Hugh and Solomon. Our latest action has been storyboarding a film script to persuade people to see the litter crisis in our everyday life. We just need to convince the 6th form to perform it. Felix H (7 Howard’s)

When Omar first told me about communications group I didn’t real know what it was about but I have really enjoyed it. In the time I have been in the group we have done some fun stuff to do with helping the environment like we set up a litter poster competition. I loved judging the competition and seeing the amazing future graphic designers we have in our schools, such outstanding work!

The poster competition has now come to an end and a poster has been made from the two winners’ entries.

Well done to the winners (announced at assembly on Friday) for their amazing posters - they will be receive a ten pound amazon gift card each and see their work around school. Solomon W (Y7 School)

Competition Winners

Congratulations to Paige M (Y7 Howard's) and Alisha I (Y7 School) for their winning poster designs. 


Netball Training

Since the start of the academic year, Ms Achilleos has held weekly after school training sessions to develop the skills of the lower years’ Netball teams. The training sessions consist of a disciplined schedule under the guidance of Ms Achilleos alongside Mrs Lines and Miss Roddy and the pupils have been challenged on a number of technical areas of improvement.

This hard work by the pupils has paid off as recent weeks have seen positive results for the teams versus Archbishop Blanch, Belvedere and Scarisbrick Hall School. With a busy Netball schedule ahead this is going to be an action packed term for the Netball teams.


Boarders' Skate and Bowl Weekend

Last weekend, our boarders had the chance to ice skate and bowl at the Widnes Hive Complex and it seems that many of them are pretty expert when it comes to ice skating. Perhaps all that cold weather in Eastern Europe has them donning ice skating boots and skis from when they are tiny tots; whatever it is, Milan U and Gabriela K were almost professional, dashing around the rink as though it wasn't slippery and they weren't on 10mm wide blades!


Amazing Prep Science Day!

Prep School pupils enjoyed a Science Day on Friday thanks to the efforts of Mr Ainscough who brought Ernest Shackleton to life.

The school was transformed into an Arctic adventure. All the pupils took part in some fantastic science experiments and competed in a sledge race. The day began with an interactive assembly based on Ernest and his explorers.


Boys Hockey returns to Liverpool College

During the last couple of weeks, the Friday afternoon games period has seen twelve boys join the hockey group to form a boys team. They are learning the basics of hockey under the guidance of Miss Arnold and Miss McLindon. The aim is for there to be regular hockey practices and matches for this new team ready for the start of the new term. There have already been a number of positive comments from parents and carers of the participating pupils and it will be interesting to see how the boys progress.


All Aboard!

There was a great turn out for the inaugural journey of the Reception “Walking Bus” this morning. Keen pupils and parents assembled at 7.55am at Sefton Park, with their £1 donation for Children in Need and were joined by the Principal, Mr Broekman.

This initiative has been organised by our Reception parents as part of walk to school week but also in an attempt to help reduce traffic around the school entrance. They hope that other Reception pupils and parents will join the bus and we can build on this great initiative.

Thank you to the Bobby Colleran Trust, which campaigns for safer roads outside schools, for donating the high vis jackets for the pupils to use free of charge.


Pupils in Action in the House of Lords

Mr Barnicoat reports from the visit of some of our Y10 pupils to the House of Lords:

As a result of increasing strength in debating over recent years, Liverpool College was one of only nine UK schools to be selected by the English Speaking Union to debate in the annual House of Lords Chamber Event this year.

It is one thing to be selected, it is quite another to grasp the opportunity with the confidence, enthusiasm, and eloquence displayed by Liverpool College pupils on the day. Our group of Year 10s so impressed the trainers in advance of the debate that we were awarded three coveted pre-prepared Responsive Speaker slots. Esther M, Hajra K and Mercedes K-B commanded the House, and, with no visible sign of nerves, all delivered faultless and insightful speeches.

As the debate progressed, all eighteen Liverpool College pupils were fully engaged in the proceedings and furiously making notes. Every time calls went out for impromptu speeches from the floor, it was Liverpool College hands that went up first and with most purpose. As a result, we were called on four additional times and contributed more voices to the debate than any other school. Sama I, Molly M, Simone S, and Jan M all managed to create forceful, charismatic, and apposite speeches on the spot.

It is testament to the scouse spirit and the confidence of Liverpool College pupils that it was impossible to effectively round the group up at the end of lunch: every one of our pupils was engaged in discussion with a Lord or other dignitary.

Our pupils entered one of the most ancient and intimidating debating chambers in the world and they stood up with effortless conviction, wit, and intelligence. In addition, they charmed everybody they met.