It’s as simple as ABC
What an exciting and successful term this has been! Although the pupils have been very busy learning and finding their feet, they have still managed to make excellent progress and make new friends. The school’s core values of Achievement, Belonging and Compassion are certainly thriving in Pre-Prep.
Achievement: The staff are really pleased with the progress of the children especially in respect of their communication with their teachers and peers. Learning how to dress themselves is no easy task but the children have tried so hard to gain this vital skill.
Belonging: It has been a pleasure to see how well the Pre-Prep pupils have integrated into the school with many children making friends with children from other classes and year groups.
Compassion: It has been lovely to witness the concern showed by the children during Anti-Bully Week. Our Remembrance Service was also very special, and the children took part in the whole school two minutes’ silence. ‘Odd Sock Day’ proved to be a huge hit and really brought home to the children that although people may be different, we should and must respect them.
Year 1 – Celebrating Differences
Pre-Prep Science and Nature
Year 1 – Roving Scientists
Looking for Signs of Life
Christmas in Pre-Prep
Pre-Prep enjoyed the run up to Christmas especially making reindeer cakes, Christmas cards and Christmas hats. The Nativity rehearsals certainly paid off as the parents who watched the performance had a wonderful time. All this culminated in a special visit from Santa Claus and as all the children had made the ‘good list’, each one received a present.
Pre-Prep would like to wish everybody a very merry Christmas a healthy and happy new year.
Miss R Deane
MISS OXLEY – MY EARLY DAYS AT TOWER
The photographs show Mill Lane as it was in my childhood looking across over ‘Stonecross Park’. It seems so long ago now and it’s hard to imagine just how quiet it was in the area surrounding school. Then came the building of Ashton Avenue, Jackson Close and Mill Hey and the many homes built into older properties’ gardens. At that time, there were no streetlights and very few pavements on the lane and the dog walkers’ area across from school was the old quarry. The M62 would not be built until many years later in 1975.
The traffic of the time was much less than nowadays, and the vehicles would seem vintage to modern pupils, as evidenced by the first school ‘minibus’ which took the form of an old charabanc.
Briars Hey, our neighbouring premises, housed a Heart Hospital run by nuns (having previously been the home of the Crossley Family). It was built not long after the Baxter family had taken residence in the ‘The Tower’.
It is hard to visualize now, but although there have been many changes to our environment and village, the school still embodies the same values as it did when it was founded.
Miss R J Oxley
LOWER SCHOOL NEWS
Year 3 went visited Liverpool World Museum to further learning about the Stone Age. They enjoyed handling real artefacts in the workshop and discovered how stones were shaped for different purposes. They had great fun trying on animal skins and Bronze Age helmets. In the afternoon, the class had their first taste of The Egyptians when they visited the exhibition and encountered real mummies. The experience has whet their appetite ready for their new topic starting in the New Year.
Year 4 enjoyed their first experience of the ISA Football competition. We were drawn against the biggest Primary school in Manchester and the National Champions for the past 2 years. The boys were a pleasure to take and thoroughly enjoyed their experience. Unfortunately, the result did not go Tower College’s way but all of the opposition players including their teacher said how polite, well-mannered and respectful we were. Players were, Aiden, Charlie, Tejas, Jacob, Ademide, Thom, Ethan, William, Oren.
Year 4 created a Remembrance display to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War. They wrote ‘thank-you’ poppies and painted silhouette pictures. Thom, Isabelle and Aiden talked about their relatives who had fought in the war and Katie created a special project.
This year, we have introduced a new Global Programme called Eco-School
Eco-Schools develop pupils’ skills and raises environmental awareness. The programme is pupil-led, involving hands-on learning and allows the whole school and the wider community to become involved in exciting environmental projects. It provides a unique opportunity that empowers pupils to lead change within their school. We will be completing activities over the next year to be able to apply for awards. We now have pupils called Eco-Warriors that will be our front runners for the programme.
Remembrance Day Commemorations
MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS
As part of Anti-bullying week, Year 6, 7 and 8 Drama club members have produced some thought provoking freeze frames. Our two groups have each produced three frames to powerfully demonstrate the impact of verbal, physical and online bullying.
Year 6 trip to Salford Museum and Art Gallery
Our Year 6 class recently visited Salford Museum and Art Gallery to support their Art and History studies. We took part in an artefacts session using real objects from Victorian times, looked at the paintings in the gallery and did some art work of our own, and explored a recreation of a Victorian street. Our pupils were extremely well behaved and really enjoyed their day. Mollie Priest said, “It was a really realistic street. There were chemists, sweetshops, breweries, cottages and toy shops. It felt like you were actually in a Victorian street at the same time as the Victorians.”
Year 7 Titanic Museum trip
This term Year 7 visited the Merseyside Maritime Museum to support their studies of the Titanic disaster in History lessons. We looked at sections on the building of the Titanic and its connection to Liverpool, the events of the sinking, some of the personalities who were aboard, and the aftermath of the tragedy. Our pupils also took part in a question and answer session with a fictional Titanic survivor, participating very keenly and asking many intelligent questions.
Everton FC Academy players
On Friday 30th November to Sunday 2nd December, Eko , Ishé , Cameron , Harrison , Joshua and George represented Everton Football Club on their Annual tour to Poland. The boys won every game conceding only 2 goals and scoring 14 goals along the way to winning the final 3 – 1, beating Paris St. Germain. They are now holders of the ‘Number One Cup’. The boys have been rewarded for their commitment and dedication. We are immensely proud of them.
To help our Year 7 and 8 with their study skills, we invited an external company (Elevate) to come and run a workshop. Our children gave very positive feedback and found the session helpful in improving their time management skills.
Sophie in 6B has passed her ice-skating exam and is now on bronze.
Trip to Salford Museum and Art Gallery
Everton FC Academy players
MIDDLE SCHOOL ISA NATIONALS
Great achievements at this years ISA Swimming competitions. With many children attending and having a great experience, with some coming away with a bronze or silver placing at regional’s. Harriet in Year 11 winning Gold in the 50m Butterfly to see her selected for the National team to represent the North in the London Olympic Pool, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Saturday 1st December 2018.
Harriet formed part of the Y11/13 Woman’s medley team competing in the butterfly leg. Diving into the pool in second position and finished her 50 meters in first place giving the North team a great lead to go on and win GOLD. A wonderful accomplishment to achieve Gold in an Olympic pool, well done Harriet and all children who put themselves forward to represent Tower College for Swimming this term. Thank you to staff who attended and gave up weekends to support the children too.
11th October Senior ISA Swimming, Huddersfield
BEATRICE – Silver Year 7 Breaststroke 41.63sec
HARRIET – Gold Year 11/13 50mButterfly 35.46
17th November Junior ISA Swimming, Macclesfield
MOLLIE – Bronze (Junior ISA have not released the times yet!)
1st December National ISA Swimming, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
HARRIET – Year 11/13 Women’s 200m Medley Team – Butterfly – Gold
UPPER SCHOOL NEWS
LIVERPOOL YOUTH ASSEMBLY
On Monday 12th November, a group of Upper School pupils represented Tower College at this year’s Liverpool’s Youth Assembly. This event brought together nearly 200 pupils from across the Liverpool City Region, including St Helens. The event was also attended by academics, council workers and politicians, including Metro Mayor Steven Rotheram.
The event gave our pupils a platform to express their views on key issues including: Reducing the voting age to 16; mental health; the rise of poverty; transport in the region and housing. Pupils engaged in discussion with other young people, in addition to having the opportunity to put their questions and concerns directly to the Metro Mayor. Our pupils explored each topic with maturity and demonstrated an inspiring eagerness to improve the lives of young people. Youth Focus NW have collated the views expressed on the day and will be submitting them to local councils for further discussion.
U16 Football Team who took part in an ISA tournament at Abbey Gate School in Chester on 8th November. They came a very creditable 6th out of 12 teams.
Zara from Year 10 who has recently been selected to play netball at County level for Cheshire.
Harry from Year 9 who has recently been selected to train with the U15 Wales Exiles in Rugby Union after attending a selection process in Colwyn Bay in North Wales. Harry was one of only twenty-three out of 250
Archard from Year 9 who has recently been selected by Cheshire Cricket Board to join their Player Pathway to Excellence Programme. This is an elite coaching programme that can only be attended through club or professional nomination. Archard has played cricket for over five years now and is currently a member of Widnes Cricket Club’s under 15’s team, and Birchfield Park Cricket Club’s adult team. He was nominated to attend the Cheshire programme by his coaches, and also the Zimbabwean international cricketer, Jonathan Campbell, who had been playing in the UK over the summer and had coached Archard on several occasions.
Archard was also recently awarded ‘Bowler of the year 2018’ by Widnes Cricket Club, and collected a medal and trophy for his achievements at their end of season awards evening.
RADIO 2 CHORISTER OF THE YEAR
In November’s newsletter we mentioned how Alexander from Year 9 was a finalist in the BBC Radio 2 Chorister of the Year Competition 2018. Alexander was not selected as the winner but sang really well and enjoyed a great day in Salford at Media City.
ISA WHITBREAD PRIZE.
We are very proud that former pupils Jasmine and Pratyush were nominated for ISA Whitbread Prize. The Whitbread Prize recognises pupils for their involvement in – and service to – wider aspects of school and community life; in conjunction with achieving academic excellence in their GCSE results. Neither Jasmine or Pratuysh won the overall prize but they have been placed on this years Roll of Honour. They were presented with their certificate at Speech Day. Being nominated is a great achievement in itself, as nominees come from c.5,000 pupils who sat GCSEs in 2018 at ISA’s 506 Members’ Schools.