Visit to Auschwitz

Two of our Y13 students recently visited Auschwitz with the Holocaust Educational Trust. Eve W reports on their visit:

On the 12 of November, we had the opportunity to travel to Poland in order to visit Auschwitz as part of the Lessons from Auschwitz programme. Prior to our visit, we attended a seminar in Manchester, where we discussed Jewish life prior to the Holocaust, and had the privilege to listen to the testimony of a Holocaust survivor. Hearing her words prompted us to begin to consider the individual lives that were affected by the Holocaust, rather than the just the statistics of it. This was a concept that the organisation were keen we kept in mind during our visit to Poland.

We arrived at the airport at 4:30 am, and met with the Lessons From Auschwitz
coordinators before flying to Krakow. We firstly visited the town of Oświęcim, which during the war was Germanised to ‘Auschwitz’, for the purpose of furthering our knowledge of pre war Jewish life. We visited a museum that contained documents and artefacts relating to Jewish culture and heritage, and saw the town’s only Synagogue to survive the war. The huge extent to which the town had been changed was apparent, as we learnt that Jewish people once referred to Oświęcim as Oshpitzin, meaning ‘guests’ in Yiddish; this had once been a place that welcomed persecuted Jews. From here we travelled to Auschwitz I. As soon as we arrived, the atmosphere of our group changed. Seeing the infamous ‘Arbeit macht frei’ on the entrance after seeing pictures of it so many times was surreal. Our guide led us into various blocks, including one that was named ‘material proof of crimes’, containing thousands of suitcases, shoes, pairs of glasses, brushes. One of the most harrowing sights was a room full of human hair, which was sold by the Nazis and used to make products. One of the last things we saw here was the Book of Names, which listed the 4.2 million known people who died in the Holocaust (1.3 million deaths are still unidentified). This exhibit was especially distinctive, as it represented both the huge scale of the Holocaust whilst also considering individual lives that were affected.

After seeing Auschwitz I, we then travelled to Auschwitz II-Birkenau. This was a very different experience, one reason being that this camp was nine times larger than Auschwitz I. In addition, while Auschwitz I held exhibits and had the feel of a museum in parts, Auschwitz II gave more of an insight into the living conditions of the camp, and had largely been unchanged. We walked through the camp along the train track that runs through its middle, before reaching the building in which the prisoners were given their uniforms and had their heads shaved. Here, the Rabbi who had accompanied us on the trip delivered an amazingly heartfelt speech, highlighting the issues of antisemitism in our society. We then lit candles at the memorial at the end of the train track, and walked back to the entrance. Even at the end of the kilometre long walk, the amount of candles we had lit meant that they still stood out clearly in the darkness. We cannot describe the day sufficiently with words, and so we strongly urge anyone in the years below to take this opportunity when it arises.

We would like to extend our thanks to the LFA team and the Holocaust Educational Trust for providing such an experience to young people.


CCF Remembrance Events

This year the CCF extended its role in the national Act of Remembrance, taking part in three events across the city. On Saturday, they played a key part in the Anglican Cathedral's performance of Jenkins' 'The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace'. The director of music, Stephen Manning, was full of praise for their efforts reporting, "We have received countless messages of congratulations which make particular reference to the role the cadets played. The general consensus has been around remarking on how well turned out they were, how smartly and accurately they went about proceedings, and how this greatly contributed to the theme of the overall evening." The recently reformed Corps of Drums once again stole the show as they filled the Anglican with the sounds of their beating.

On Sunday, hundreds of our cadets marched, sang, spoke, drummed, and stood in respectful silence as they took part in a parade and service of remembrance. Once again, they were universally praised for their appearance, hard work, and degree of respect they demonstrated through their words and deeds. Finally, Monday saw a small banner party accompany the Principal to the old Collegiate building on Shaw street where they continued a long running tradition of joining members if the Collegiate Old Boys Association in an Act of Remembrance there.

It was moving to hear the comments from members of the armed forces and wider public who encountered our cadets over the weekend, and indeed those who saw them training for their events.

Major D Ridley (Contingent Commander)


David Welch RIP

We have been saddened to receive the news that David Welch, a former teacher at Liverpool College passed away on Saturday.

David served the College with total dedication and distinction for more than 30 years including as head of physics and as master of the scout troop. Many of his former pupils admired and respected him and still attest to the ways he made their school days a time of wonder, fun, care, and endless activity.

The funeral will take place at Landican Crematorium, Arrowe Park CH49 5LW at 12 noon on Friday 6th December. Following the funeral, the wake will be held at  the Grove House Hotel, Grove Road, Wallsey CH44 4BT.


The College Chronicle is Published

The first Sixth Form Newsletter of the academic year has just been published. The College Chronicle which contains articles on a diverse and original range of topics can be downloaded here

You can also read the latest edition of the Middle School newspaper, The College Column, by clicking here.


Brook’s Charity Report

Brook's House Action this year is Intellectual, so the team decided on the charity KIND as its House charity as it helps local children from disadvantaged backgrounds receive the same opportunities so they can progress in education. KIND is a local Liverpool based charity that has been running since 1975.

In September, Stephen Yip, the Founder and CEO of KIND came to speak to Brook’s House. From the assembly, groups of pupils then worked together in their own time to raise money for the charity doing various events such as bake sales, sponsored read-a-thons and sponsored silences across the school.

On Monday 14 October, over 30 members from Brook's House, from Year 7-13, took part in a 1K fun run around Sefton Park to continue to raise money for KIND. There was great competition shown throughout the age ranges to try and beat one another, the top 3 fastest athletes were:

  • Mouad G (Y12) - 4min 30seconds
  • Lewis R (Y11) - 4min 45seconds
  • Christina W (Y8) - 4min 46seconds

A few year groups are continuing to raise money over the half term before it is the turn of the next House to fundraise but as it currently stands the running total is a fantastic £1420.78! Particular congratulations to:

  • 7 Brook’s- £700 raised with more being done over the half term
  • 8 Brook’s- £365 raised with more being done over the half term
  • 9 Brook’s- £182.16 raised
  • 13 Brook’s- £173.62 raised

After the half term, the Pre Prep and Prep will also be passing on the money that Brook’s pupils in the primary phase have raised for KIND which will be added onto the total.

Stephen Yip will be coming back into the College in the first week back after half term to collect the money and pass on his thanks.

Miss McCone (Assistant Head of Brook’s House)


1st XV Rugby v St Edwards

The biggest rugby fixture in the calendar came around on Saturday, as the 1st XV made the short trip over to rivals St Edwards. On a heavy damp pitch, both sides made lots of errors early on, showing signs of nervousness and pressure. It was clear to see that the game would be a close one and decided by fine margins. The task was made more difficult when injured Nye T, had to leave the pitch just 10 minutes into the game. This gave St Edwards a boost and they went on to take control of the first half and with 10 minutes left, they directed play to the blindside and scored the first points of the game but it crucially was not converted.

Half Time: St Edward 5-0 Liverpool College

Liverpool College came out the second half pumped up and played a much tighter and physical type of rugby. They had much more possession than the home team but struggled to capitalise on chances, close to the opposition try line. A yellow card for Michael C reduced Liverpool down to 14 players but the players stood up and defended a mini onslaught defiantly. Michael returned to the pitch and gave Liverpool College a boost of energy and the pick and drive style of rugby paid off with 10 minutes to go, as lots of repeated phases resulted in Michael C smashing through the defensive line and scoring a try. This was crucially then converted by Luke R, to give Liverpool College a 2 point lead. Liverpool College stayed strong and defended like warriors as they saw the final minutes of the game out, to the delight of the parents, coach and Principal. A brilliant team effort demonstrating fantastic passion, commitment and composure in a game neither team deserved to lose.

Mr S Heeley (1st XV Coach)


7 Selwyn’s Staff Cake Treats

Selwyn’s House is focusing on Challenge this year as its House Action. Their House Charity is the Whitechapel Centre which supports the homeless.

Y7 Selwyn’s form came up with an idea to treat all the staff at Liverpool College to some homemade baked cakes whilst raising money for the Whitechapel Centre.

Staff from the Pre Prep, Prep and secondary phase along with the non-teaching staff and catering staff over the whole College were treated to a wonderful variety of edible delights. We have some truly talented bakers who should feel very proud of themselves.

The staff raised £100 from the cake sale which will go directly to 10 Selwyn’s who are purchasing food parcels for the homeless.