Maths Ambassador Mastery Event

The Maths Ambassador Mastery Event took place on Thursday morning with our Year 7 pupils.

The Year 12 Maths Ambassadors were trained in how to deliver Mastery activities and then created their own mini maths lesson to teach groups of Year 7 pupils.

It was a huge success and all the Year 7s thoroughly enjoyed being taught by the Sixth Form pupils.

Miss Stone

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Durham Schools Debating Competition

We took two teams to the Durham Schools Debating competition, the largest residential debate in the world with 150 teams from nearly forty schools competing. We were one of only four non-fee paying or non-selective schools participating. This was a steep learning curve for our new debater Hajra K who, guided by the experienced hands of her team mate Cate D, improved rapidly across the two days.

Jan and Lehtu had a remarkable competition comfortably making the novice semi-finals. Along the way they beat more experienced senior teams from Westminster College, St Pauls Girls’ School and George Heriot’s School among many others. Both teams debated on six motions ranging from abolishing the minimum wage, removing patents from pharmaceutics, considering the rise of ‘cultural cancelling’, and examining the merits of introducing a ‘negative vote’.

In the end it was only their age which stopped them progressing even further. The sixth formers they were up against simply had more knowledge.

Ahead of the ICYD finals at the end of this month we will be doing some serious cramming of economic principles, free market policies and electoral systems.

Mr Barnicoat

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Opening of the Peach Centre for Business and Economics

Mr Roger Peach OL opened the eponymous Peach Centre for Business and Economics in our new Sixth Form Centre. Mr Peach was inspired to make a substantial donation to his old school by the memory of his old economics teacher Mr Chris McNally. After a career in banking, Mr Peach set up his own business. He is a great supporter of the OL Society and a Foundation Member. Pupils, teachers and friends of the College were on hand to tour the facility and thank Mr Peach for his generosity.

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U12 Football Team win the Battle of Merseyside in six goal thriller

On Monday afternoon, the U12 Football team played their seventeenth match of the term versus All Saint Kirkby. The College opposition came with a big football reputation and this academic year have beaten some of the top football schools in Merseyside. The sun was shining on a late Monday afternoon and the stage was set. The College quickly got into stride and produced some good passes, but it was All Saints who scored the first goal with a beautifully taken first time shot which whistled into the corner of the net. The College have been behind in a few previous matches and this was nothing new to them, and within minutes a push inside the All Saints penalty area earned the College a penalty, and Sam R scored from the rebound. The scores were finally balanced at half time, and the second half saw the College quickly out of their traps, as Sam R saw the All Saints goalkeeper off his line to beautifully lob into the top corner.

The defining moment came midway through the second half when All Saints were awarded a penalty for a push and College goalkeeper Manu B at full stretch managed to push the ball around the post. What a moment this turned out to be as the College scored their third within minutes with a bullet header from a corner from Oliver H. The forth came a short while later when left sided midfielder Harry H burst forward and rounded the keeper before finding the smallest of angles of the goal to spark jubilant scenes on the pitch and touchline. All Saints scored a consolation penalty at the end but this did not stop the College pupils from celebrating alongside watching families at the end.

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CICERO Competition

Liverpool College hosted the NW CICEROcompetition last Saturday. This international competition for sixth formers in all matters classical challenges students to demonstrate their mastery over the Latin language and classical civilization. The College is one of 4 national centres for the competition. Our teams won both classical civilization competitions. In addition, all contestants enjoyed a very interesting talk form Professor Alison Sharrock about the mythical beasts in Ovid’s Metamorphoses.

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Success in the British Physics Olympiad AS Challenge

Congratulations to our Y12 physics students who have achieved some tremendous results in the British Physics Olympiad AS Challenge organised by the University of Oxford. The students had to sit a challenging exam designed to identify the best AS level physicists in the country - the results were:

Commendation – Zoe C, Laila W, Billy-Ray S, Ben J, Matthew D, Nathan D, Sumaiya H
Highly commended – Shaun O’H, Ceara G, Lucas O’R, Samuel A, Linda P, Michael R, Ayesha K, Yanni D, Matthew H, Nikita A, Mairaj A
Bronze Level 2 – Chinedum A, Feyon J, Milan U and George S
Bronze Level 1 – Gabriel Eladi
Silver – Liam McN and Arel A

To put Liam and Arel’s outstanding achievement into perspective, to receive a Silver award their scores were in the top 8.5% of entries across the country!

Well done to all the students who took part and their teachers Mr Gunawardena, Mrs Diamond and Mrs Ormrod.

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Deborah Butler Gallery Visit

On Friday 22 March, a number of art students had the unique opportunity to take part in a gallery visit and lecture with Deborah Butler, an internationally acclaimed artist based at her gallery here in Liverpool.

Students were given the opportunity to visit her gallery and have a tour in her studio, providing a unique visit for the students as well as an essential part of their enrichment and careers guidance. Students enjoyed the opportunity to tour her gallery and studio and interview her about her working practice and gallery business. This was a rare opportunity to talk and work first hand with an artist at their gallery.

Deborah’s paintings explore coastal and urban landscape and she works on range of scales. Her current exhibition is based on coastlines from her visits to Wales, many of our students have visited and made similar journeys to those featured in her paintings, a real opportunity to see how travel can inspire and create Art. Many of our students have selected to join our Arts and Ambassadors Programme and experiences like this not only offer new opportunities for those on the visit but will also prove beneficial to all our pupils as they share experiences from today’s visit with their peers.

Students will be creating their own art work inspired by our visit.

Arts Critique on our visit from our students:

‘I found the visit to be wholly useful and beneficial to me and my aspirations in the Arts industry as a career. Her gallery was a beautiful, cohesive display and I found myself being drawn to the numerous paintings, intrigued by the intricate details and layering.’ Lucy M

‘I really enjoyed the trip to Deborah Butler’s Gallery as it gave an insight into life as an artist and how to run a gallery. I loved how colourful her paintings were, they were unique and unlike anything I’d seen before’ Katy R.

‘The trip to Deborah Butler Gallery was interesting, inspiring and very useful to us as young artists. We are very grateful to Deborah for taking the time to talk to us about her journey as an artist and what has shaped her art. Thank you, Deborah and Mrs Hardisty for organizing this. ‘Amelia S.

‘The gallery was an eye opening experience, which allowed us to explore the reality of life as an artist. I enjoyed the abstract art in the gallery and found it colourful and innovative.’ Gabby M

‘We visited Deborah Butler Gallery and got to talk to the artist herself about her work and experiences, we learnt so much from how to run a gallery business to her inspiration and painting methods- it was a great experience.’ Sean W

‘I found Deborah’s work breathtaking with the textures and colour and how she captures the landscape, keeping the mood of the location intact. I have always wondered how you go about selling your own work as your main income and setting up a business; she answered many of my questions.’ Heather C

You can view this exhibition at her gallery: Deborah Butler Gallery, Greenbank Road, Liverpool, L18 1HN

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