Mood Boosting Books

In September, we will be launching our Student Well-being Library. Inspired by the 'Books on Prescription' scheme running in local libraries around the country, we have successfully bid for a community grant from Tesco to create our own Well-being Libraries in school for staff and students. The libraries house books around mental health and well-being in order to guide and inform, in addition to works of fiction identified as 'mood lifting books'.

We hope that by creating a library for both staff and students we can foster a culture of openness and therefore help to reduce the stigma around mental health. Books will be available to all secondary phase pupils in the school library from September.

Mrs N Styles (Inclusion Mentor)


Imagineering Ideas into Successful Solutions

This has been momentous and successful term under the Imagineering roof.

Two Year 9 teams entered the Unilever Bright Futures Competition and their brief was to design and develop a product which focuses on reducing single use plastics. Over the last few weeks this has been particularly poignant as Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has investigated the use and disposal of plastic in a BBC series entitled ‘War on Plastic’.

The ‘Glow-up’ team developed a plastic free hair care product and the ‘Hygienegg’ team developed an all-in-one body wash and hair product with no plastic packaging. Having won the competition, ‘Glow-up’ were invited by Unilever to spend two days with their experts, developing their products with their formulation and packaging experts.

As a result of their products, both teams were entered into the Big Bang North West regional final in the Liverpool Exhibition Centre this week. Success again! This time ‘Hygienegg’ who had listened to the advice from Unilever, and modified their design and packaging and came back with real grit and resilience were selected as 1 of 10 teams who will represent the North West in the national Big Bang Scientists and Engineering Fair in March.

Huge congratulations to both teams whose hard work and effort over 6 months paid off to enable them to win the two competitions.

The Arkwright National Engineering Scholarship is a prestigious award given to a limited number of GCSE students who have demonstrated their intellectual ability and problem solving skills through an application, an examination, group tests and interviews with academics and industrialists. Congratulations to Ruari W who has been awarded an Arkwright Scholarship for 2019. He will be sponsored by a company which will enable him to gain invaluable work experience in the field, attend courses across the country and spend his prize money!
This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the successes of our budding engineers as they have worked with the Design Technology Department and supported by the Wilton Scholars Trust.

Glow-up team: Agsith R, Amelia Y, Amelia R, Emily C and Seif Y.
Hygieneggg team: Emily T, Lucy C and Ethan F.

Mr P Cartwright


Secret Garden Mural

The final touches to the Secret Garden project were completed this week, with the installation of the art work for the wall of the garden by Year 11 pupil Sean W:

Having just completed a 60ft mural opposite Edge Lane shopping centre (as featured in the Liverpool Echo on Wednesday), I came into school to work on a mural behind the Biology building in the Secret Garden. I used 15 different colours to piece together a pair of butterfly wings that everyone can enjoy and take their pictures by. I incorporated links to school subjects such as a football, paint palette, globe etc, and finished it off with a couple of illustrated characters. It was a really fun project to work on!

Sean W (Y11)


Chaplaincy News

In September, a new meeting and prayer space will be made available for the work of our Chaplaincy. The Tinling Room will serve as a place for prayer and quiet reflection for pupils and staff.

Mr Hammersley (Chaplain) will also be introducing The Maynard Society which will give interested pupils an opportunity to pray for others, talk about the Christian Faith and to ask deep questions about God and the Christian Good news.

The Tinling Room and Maynard Society are named after two Old Lerpoolians (OLs) who quite without knowing it were instrumental in beginning a Student Christian organisation which spread around the world and has impacted many thousands, if not millions of people.

In his first year at school in the 1850s, Alfred Martin Maynard made a close friend in James Tinling. They both shared a sincere and deeply held Christian faith.

One day, JS Howson, the Principal at the time, found the two boys in a shady corner of the school Hall. He demanded to know what they were doing. They explained that they had met to pray for their friends. Howson’s response was ‘go there as often as you will for that purpose’. One of their friends appreciated their efforts in prayer, and recalled years later, ‘how much we owed in the way of good example to these two’.

Both Alfred and James went up to Cambridge University, where they sought permission for a daily prayer meeting to which any member of the university would be welcome. On 24 November 1862 Alfred Maynard led the first daily prayer meeting at the university and the practice was continued by successive generations of Cambridge students. In 1876 the group became the Cambridge Inter-Collegiate Christian Union. Over the following decades this model was replicated in Universities across the country (UCCF – Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship), and eventually the world becoming the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES) in 1947. Both these organisations are still active today and many Christians, under God, owe their conversion and maturation of their faith to the work of these fellowships.

Both Tinling and Maynard went on to ordination as ministers in the church. Alfred Maynard became vicar of Wembley, and later vicar of Totland Bay in the Isle of Wight. He retired to the Isle of White where in 1918 he died. James Tinling was ordained into the congregational ministry in 1875; he worked in Finchley and then the City Road until his retirement in 1898, when he moved to Ealing. There he lived until 1933 when he died at the age of 91.

Mr P Hammersley


Y6 Book Illustration Arts Workshop

Our Arts ambassadors were active again, sharing their knowledge, skills and enthusiasm with our younger pupils.

Sean W (Y11), having recently completed his GCSEs, returned to school to conduct an art and illustration workshop with our Year 6 pupils. He gave a presentation on his own practice; including work from recent commissions, his series of illustrated published books and private commissions. His art company is quite an impressive achievement and this provided both inspiration and aspiration. His love and passion for Art was evident throughout the morning.

Pupils began by exploring the work of illustrators they may recognise, from the popular Gruffalo and numerous characters brought to life by Axel Scheffler for Julia Donaldson through to the expressive drawings of Quentin Blake for Roald Dahl. Pupils discussed how illustrators could literally bring books to life through their magical expressive powers. Pupils then set to work on a group illustration inspired by the jungle animal theme of Scheffler and the logo sloth design produced by Sean for his illustration company. This culminated in a lively jungle composition entitled ‘The Jungle Sloth’ which will be exhibited in school from next week.

Mrs S Hardisty


Gladstone Scholars Induction at the Gladstone Library

On Thursday, 40 Year 12s, who had the deserved honour of being selected as Gladstone Scholars (the school´s prefects), ventured to the private library of William Ewart Gladstone, a founding father of the College and arguably Britain’s most important and influential prime minister. Gladstone´s library is a fantastic example of late-Victorian architecture, with the library itself housing around 100,000 rare and one of a kind books of which 44,000 belonged to Gladstone’s private collection. The beautiful white washed chapel with views across the garden and the rolling expanses of the Flintshire countryside, provided the location for the first of several team building and leadership tasks we would carry out that day. We began with a course led by Mr Leeder where we learnt the attributes of a leader, the ideal leaders and culminating in a test which ranked what type of leader we were. This was then followed by a series of situational tests whereby we were given hypothetical situations that we would face as scholars and had to solve the predicaments in groups. We took a small break and enjoyed a delicious two course lunch in the elegantly wood panelled dining room.

The afternoon session commenced with the practical element course which involved a series of problem-solving activities. For example, we had to guide a blindfolded partner across a field littered with cones which they could not step on, therefore they were reliant upon the commands of their partners, it meant we had to utilise key leadership, communication and commanding skills to complete the task.
Throughout the day some of us were lucky enough to go on a tour of Gladstone´s private collections of books on the humanity subjects, where there were books ranging from the subject of the French revolution to cabinet dispatches.

The day culminated in the awarding of the prefect badges under the fanfare of applause we were entrusted with the power, responsibility and authority of a Gladstone Scholar. Thank you to Mr Brady, Mr Leeder, Dr McNamara and Miss Miller for organising a very enjoyable and informative trip. We would also like to express our gratitude to the Liverpool College Foundation who sponsored and financed the trip.

Brendan R


U12 Girls Football Team win at Cheadle Hulme

Last Saturday, the U12 girls football team travelled on a sunny morning to Cheadle Hulme School. The team had already convincingly beaten Cheadle Hulme at the start of the term, but this time they faced much stronger opposition in a combined U12-U13 team.

The College played much of the first half at a slower than normal pace with many passes going astray in the midfield. The forward line of Anna R and the ever running Mischa O'C playing in the Bobby Firmino role were starved of any real service, and it was only towards the end of the first half that the College showed anything like their normal passing game.

After a much needed half time team talk, the College came bursting out of the blocks at the start of the second half, and produced some superb passing with the ball. The opening goal was nothing like a pass and move situation as this time the College went direct and a goal kick from Lily N played in Anna R who made no mistake blasting the ball past the Cheadle Hulme goalkeeper and into the net. The second came soon after involving Liverpool College's very own front three similar to Liverpool FC's Salah, Mane and Firmino. This time it was Mischa O'C and Anna R who combined for Giselle R to bundle the ball into the net.

The latter stages saw the College drop their energy levels and nearly pay the price apart from a stunning double save from goalkeeper Lily N which was similar to the Banks versus Pele save all those years ago. The final whistle blew and the College team raised their hands in the air to celebrate a triumphant morning of Football.

Well done to all the team!

Mr Cook