A Week of OL Football Matches

This week saw the return of many former pupils to the College, participating in two thrilling football matches versus the current Y12. The first match which took place on a sunny Tuesday evening involving former OL's Anthony Lyons, Matt Jackson, Michael Lawless, Danny Smith, Nathan Pickering, Dylan Luck, Adam Stringer, and many more ending a see-saw match with Anthony Lyons firing home a last-minute penalty to give the OLs a 4-3 win. On the Wednesday, saw the return of Steven Rawlings, Luc Haralambous and taking time off from his scholarship at Blackpool, Jak Wood. This match also provided many goals and this time it was the current Y12s who ended up the victors 6-5. It was a fantastic double event of sport with many asking for similar matches to be played on a more regular basis after such an enjoyable double evening. 

Mr Cook (Director of Sport)

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Boarders at Liverpool Watersports Centre

Early May bank holiday weekend, a few of our boarding students attended Liverpool Watersports Centre to try their hand at kayaking and paddleboarding. This session allowed them to experience the Liverpool docks like they have never seen them before. They learnt the fundamentals with one of the instructors who guided them through the basic techniques – showing them how to launch, paddle forwards, turning, stopping and how to get in and out without capsizing!

Mrs Latham (Head of Boarding)

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Shiverpool Adventure for Boarders

On Saturday, our boarding students took part in the Hope Street Shivers Ghost tour. The tour experience takes in both of the city’s striking Cathedrals, the crooked smile of Rodney Street and the mysterious story of Will McKenzie’s blackened pyramid tomb, bears witness to the faded grandeur of the old Wellington Rooms and the shadowy opulence of the City’s Georgian Old Town. Concluding beneath the Gothic majesty of Liverpool Anglican Cathedral in St James’ cemetery, the City’s former necropolis resting place for nearly 58,000 souls. It was nice to enjoy the beautiful views of our city in a different light, whilst having a giggle and a scare at the same time. They also remembered the very important lesson when crossing the road at the traffic lights of summoning the ‘green demon’!! 

Mrs Latham (Head of Boarding)

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Y7 School House in devasting form in Friday night House Football

After months at the top of the House Sports Leader board, the news that Selwyn’s had taken a 7-point lead meant the School House Friday evening Y7 football match versus Howson’s had taken on even greater significance. A 6.30pm kick off meant 20 Y7 pupils coming back into school and onto the sports fields for this interesting and exciting match up.

Having previously been beaten, Howson’s were keen to take 10 House Sports points off their fellow House competitors. The match started at a blistering pace with both teams eager to impress and it was Howson’s who dominated possession in the early stages. With 10 minutes remaining before half time, Harry Q from School House broke away on the counterattack and powered past the opposition keeper and into the net. Back came Howson’s and only a brilliant save denied Cian T from levelling up and whilst Howson’s held their head in their hands Harry Q capitalised, once again on the counterattack to make the half time score Howson’s 0 School  2. The second half saw Harry Q score his hat-trick in a matter of minutes to make it 3-0. What's been a key feature in many recent House Football matches is the comeback of the opposition and this was no different as an own goal and Flynn C made it Howson’s 2 School 3. There is no denying Y7 School House have fantastic footballing resilience, and this was once again evident as despite conceding two goals, they powered in another 2 goals through Harry Q and Layton N to make the final score Howson’s 2 - School 5. A brilliant match and a great advert for the relaunch of House Sports Competitions this academic year.

Mr Cook (Director of Sport)

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Y7 Intra-House Saturday Hockey

On Saturday, there was huge excitement amongst the pupils and staff as the start of Y7 house hockey matches took place on a glorious sunny morning. The pupils spent the first part going through several drills under the watchful eye of the hockey coaches. The pupils were briefed, and the stage was then set for three incredibly competitive matches - sticks were brushed along the astro turf, the ball flew across the surface and into the net to the joy of many boys and girls.

Y7 Hockey Results
Butlers 5 Howsons 2
Howards 0 School House 2
Selwyns 7 Brooks 7

Mr Cook (Director of Sport)

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Paintballing

On Saturday, ‘the boarders’ enjoyed a group activity: paintballing. This was the first group activity that we have been able to participate in outside of the boarding house in 2021!

It was a chance for our boarding students to take a break from revising and their studies and spend some quality time with their friends. They worked as a team to devise and implement a strategy that lead the way to (some) victory. They quickly learnt that success comes by working together, communicating and being on the same page.

Paintball is an active sport, it provides an excellent chance to get exercise and get your heart rate up – which is great for both physical and mental health. It was also a chance to feel the sun and wind and to enjoy some quality time outdoors enjoying the natural beauty.

It was lovely to hear the stories, laughter and see big smiles on everyone’s faces when they returned home.

They were back studying that evening ready for their Mock 2’s that start on Monday morning. We wish them all, good luck for all of their exams!

Mrs Latham (Head of Boarding)

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D of E With A Difference

Over the weekend, around 70 Y10 pupils completed their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh expedition. As with a great deal of the “new normal”, this expedition was unlike those of years gone by, as camping was not allowed and the routes had to be in the Liverpool region. Despite this, the pupils embraced the challenge with gusto and unquestionably embodied the spirit of the College and the Award as they slogged through some of Liverpool’s 2,500 acres of parks and open spaces.

While overnight camping is still not allowed outside of households, the participants were still expected to demonstrate their campcraft skills, so tents were pitched in the Prep playing fields and their dinners were dutifully cooked and eaten (with some looking more appetising that others!). Once they had satisfied their assessors that they had met the requirements for the day, they were debriefed and sent home.

On returning bright and early the next morning, participants again cooked and ate a hot meal before commencing their second day of the expedition under Liverpool’s blue suburban skies. Along the way they were quizzed by their supervisors on their navigation and knowledge, with a bit of coaching given as they went. As groups demonstrated their competence and responsibility, their assessors and supervisors drifted further and further behind, allowing them their independence and an opportunity to demonstrate that they had fulfilled the conditions of the Duke of Edinburgh Award. And they were never far from watchful eyes, as members of the public were always keen to tell staff their impressions, which were overwhelmingly positive. While making a pickup I was told by complete strangers that our pupils were “incredible” and they had picked up every bit of litter to take away with them. You should be very proud of how they have represented the College, the CCF, the DofE, and their generation.

Having been involved in the award for over a decade, it never ceases to amaze me how our pupils rise to a challenge. This cohort have certainly not disappointed, but have instead shown incredible resilience and positivity; universally seizing the opportunity and creating adventure despite the limitations placed on them by COVID. While they have all achieved above and beyond what we might have hoped and expected, I love that some went beyond even this and slept in tents in their gardens, truly making the most of it. I am proud of their accomplishment and very much look forward to continuing their adventure with Silver and Gold in the coming years.

Staff involved: D Ridley, H Rigby, R Newton, N Diamond, A Robbin, R McCartney, D Wynne, J Rigby, I Blackwood, N Kelly, J Burcombe, E Cartwright (OL), J Jones (OL), D Craig (OL), A Pye (OL).

Major D Ridley
CCF Contingent Commander

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