Halloween

Our boarders are getting in the Halloween spirit early this year. On Saturday 16 October, we 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. 

When it comes to Halloween activities, there's nothing like making time for pumpkin carving. It is a fun activity to get into the Halloween spirit and a great way to express your creativity, regardless of your age. The day boarders did really well making their pumpkins. We displayed some at the front of the boarding house.

Mrs Latham (Head of Boarding)

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Cross Country Success for Secondary Phase Pupils

On Wednesday, 30 pupils made the trip to Camp Hill, Woolton to participate in the Merseyside Schools Cross Country event. The event is deemed to be the most difficult, running uphill in blustery cold conditions. The continued early afternoon downpour didn't help the runners. Many of our pupils finished in the top 20 in all age groups and everyone ran to the best of their ability. 
 
Mr Cook (Director of Sport)

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An Unbeaten Start for the Chapter 8 Football Team

It has been an excellent start to sporting fixtures for Chapter 8. Having made an unbeaten start to the rugby season, the football team have done likewise by winning 4 and drawing 1, putting on some excellent team performances versus tough opposition along the way. The team have played fixtures at home and have travelled locally to nearby schools. There have been many standout performers with Kingston AG putting excellent balance onto the team and Charlie P producing countless important challenges.
 
Mr Cook (Director of Sport)

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An Unbeaten Half Term of Rugby for our Chapter 7 and 8 teams

The Chapter 7 and 8 rugby teams have enjoyed a triumphant introduction to rugby fixtures as both year groups remain unbeaten. There have been some great team performances at home and at opposition venues with trips and wins to North Wales, Bolton, Whitchurch, and Crosby. The Y8s have enjoyed to titanic battles versus the auld enemy St Edwards College, drawing the first one at home before winning last weekend's battle away from home. Although there have been many great team performances, special mention to Ethan B (Ch7) and Erdis R (Ch8) for contributing numerous important tries.

Mr Cook (Director of Sport)

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New Parent Governors

Following the election last week we are pleased to announce that our two new Parent Governors are Carol Barlow and Yvonne Shepherd. We are very grateful to the seven parents who stood for election for this important role. 

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Liverpool University's Literary Festival webinar

On Monday 14 October, a number of Sixth Form students interested in a career in medicine attended a webinar broadcast of the Scouse Scientist podcast. Amelia Y has written this review of the event.

As part of Liverpool University’s Liverpool Literary Festival, a special episode of Scouse Science, a scientific podcast hosted by Professor Tom Solomon was produced, discussing the most recent books of palliative care consultant Dr Rachel Clarke and GP Dr Gavin Francis. 

Dr Clark’es book was a way for her to battle her stress-induced insomnia during the pandemic, and expresses her annoyance at the handling of the pandemic and gives a view into her experiences of speaking to the most vulnerable hospice patients about COVID. The name of the book ‘Breathtaking’ comes from three factors: the breathtaking nature of the disease, and the way her breath was taken away by seeing both the best in people and the worst in people.

Dr Francis’ book, Intensive Care, was written to help him cope with the stress of the pandemic as a GP. He discussed how shadow pandemics are affecting GP’s; doctors who aren’t necessarily fighting COVID but having to deal with the consequences, sharing startling statistics about how his work which was around 1/3 mental health issues before the pandemic has now risen to 2/3.

The podcast was very intriguing as it went into much detail other than what is found within the books and gave a wider understanding into the way that the pandemic has not only affected the general population, but medical professionals too. It shone a light on the lesser-discussed parts of medicine and how our views on tackling COVID have changed since the start of the pandemic. 

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DofE Training Walk

A group of Sixth Form students took part in a training walk on Friday 8th October in preparation for their Gold Award DofE practice expedition at half-term. The students enjoyed fine weather as they completed a circuit of Helsby Hill and Woodhouse Hillfort and all improved their confidence at navigating using an Ordnance Survey map.

Mr Griffith (Head of Sixth Form)

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