Medical Mavericks

Year 10 and Year 11 pupils were wowed this week when a real doctor delivered a fascinating talk about careers in medicine. What was particularly unusual was Tom’s use of real medical equipment, which he demonstrated live.

Tom demonstrated a pulse Doppler that would be used by a vascular scientist to listen to the cardiovascular system and health of an artery – including triphasic, diphasic and monophasic pulses.

He used an ultrasound on himself to view carotid artery and to compare the size of arteries and veins. He demonstrated live an ECG, used by a cardiac physiologist, to explain how the health of a heart beat can be measured by observing the wave patterns. What was particularly fascinating was that Tom was diagnosed with Covid three weeks ago and was still suffering from symptoms. This was picked up in his ECG with unusual heart beats detected. The spirometer test he conducted live also showed his lungs were working at only 60% - which just shows what an impact covid can have on the health of a young and otherwise very healthy individual. The fact these tests were conducted live was so intriguing and relevant to the pupils. The infrared blood scanners were also fascinating. Designed by medical engineers, the infrared blood scanner projects a real-time video of a person’s veins projected onto their skin – vital for looking for veins to allow patients to give blood.

To end the live presentation, Tom played a video of him using an ultrasound to find out what happens to your bladder when you go to the toilet and a video of his bronchoscope. Students were able to see how his voice box works and his tracia all the way to his lungs.

The talk, organised by Mrs Doran and financed by the Wilton Trust, was open to all pupils in Year 10 and Year 11. A truly fascinating and unique experience to demonstrate the wonders of the medical field.

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Huge Participation in After School Sport

There has been a huge drive this week on the number of pupils participating in after school sports. This has involved pupils participating in Rugby, Hockey, Football and Handball. This has enabled pupils to improve their skills within a sporting discipline and help improve the body and mind whilst the country is on lockdown. Coaches have been very impressed with the attitude of all pupils whether working as an individual to improve their skills or as a team.

Mr Cook (Director of Sport) 

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Careers Update – Amazing New Opportunities!

Following a zoom meeting last week with Laura-Jane Rawlings, the CEO and Founder of Youth Employment UK (an independent, not for profit social enterprise founded in 2012 to tackle youth unemployment), we are delighted to announce that our pupils will have the opportunity to participate in the Young Professional Training which is aimed at 14-24 years olds to boost their life and work skills. This free training on the 5 life skills they have identified will be completed during the NSI programme and pupils will get a certificate to state they have completed the training. This will not only boost their C.Vs  but will also identify and enhance their interpersonal skills. All pupils will then have access to a range of online careers support and events. They will get a weekly support newsletter and as a school, we will receive resources and support for our Careers programme. Laura-Jane is extremely keen to work with our school and as such, we will become a Young Professional Institute. We will be the first Liverpool school to do this.

We have also secured a partnership with InvestIN who are a London-based organisation led by a group of experienced professionals from some of the world's most competitive careers. They provide students aged 15-18 with an immersive experience of their dream career before they start university, so they can get a head-start over their competition. Now their work experience is all online but is still run by working professionals, with interactive activities in over 20 industries including dentistry, journalism and film making. We will get 9 free bursary places on the work experience offered; 3 each term. We will become a partner school which not only means we can access work experience, but we can also access support for our Careers Fairs, support with our Careers programme and access to a range of working professionals to support our pupils. 

Ms Drew (Assistant Careers Leader)

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Year 6 Videography History Day

Using green screen technology, Year 6 pupils were able to bring history to life this week when they created a video about ‘Life through the Blitz in World War 2’. Starting with Chamberlain’s address to the nation in 1939 announcing the start of the war, pupils assumed the roles of reporters interviewing people ‘of the time’.

The WW2 reporters asked about their reaction to the start of the war and of their life through the blitz. The video then explored Anderson shelters and interviewed children, parents and volunteers involved in the evacuation of children to the countryside.
Working with a professional videographer, pupils wrote and practised each scene, focusing on how characters of the time would have felt and ensuring historical accuracy. The videography taught pupils some of the tricks of the trade of using green screen to enhance the quality of their videos. The final video will be showcased to pupils next week.

Mrs Doran

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Importance of Leadership Talk

Police Commander Steve Howard delivered an insightful talk about the meaning of leadership to Year 10 and Year 11 pupils this week. Having worked for the police force for over 30 years, Steve has enjoyed a long and distinguished career. In the 1990s, Steve was a spotter at football matches identifying potential football hooligans. His role as a football liaison officer took Steve around the world, including flying first class with the England football team! Now Superintendent for Bolton Police, Steve was perfectly suited to talk to students about leadership. Mr Howard impressed upon the pupils that every individual possesses leadership qualities and challenged the pupils to be self-aware about their own personality traits and how that impacts upon their leadership style. Three styles of leadership were discussed: authoritative, transactional and transformational. Pupils were asked to complete a personality quiz to identify their dominant leadership style so that they might learn to embrace and develop themselves as future leaders.

Mrs Doran

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Y13 Talk – Women in Leadership; Prison Life

Y13 students were treated to a Liverpool College first on Monday when they were given the opportunity to hear a talk from prison governor Jacqueline Gourley. Giving the students the benefit of her 28 years’ experience in the prison service, Jackie gave the students a ‘warts and all’ picture of life in a modern Jail. Describing the prison as a ‘small town’, Jackie explained the different classifications of prisoners and how the prisoner facilities and infrastructure has changed over the years. She also described the impact of Covid on prison life and the steps she, as the Prisoner Governor, has taken to address the issues of extended periods within cells during this national pandemic, including the introduction of encrypted technological devices to extend communication opportunities between prisoners and their families. It was quite eye opening for the students to hear a frank portrayal of prison life and to recognise the role of a woman in such a powerful leadership role in such a traditionally, male dominated environment.

Mrs Doran

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Year 7 Law Talk

Year 7 pupils from Brook’s and Butler’s enjoyed a valuable talk about Law this week. Beth Wheatley, a lawyer for Bentley Motors, defined the principal job roles of a lawyer and addressed the misconceptions derived about the profession. She explained the multiple types of law practitioner, both established and up-and-coming (following the rise of the digital age). Beth went on to explain to the pupils her specific role as a lawyer in commercial litigation and the essential skills and attributes required to be successful in the profession such as attention to detail, resilience, the ability to articulate yourself clearly, determination and problem solving. This group of Y7 pupils will be invited to participate in a Law event next term where they will be able to develop their public speaking skills by taking the roles of judges, lawyers and witnesses as they try real cases in a ‘mock’ trial. Details to follow!

Mrs Doran

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