NSA Lifts off Learning with Liverpool College Rocket Launch

What better way to launch higher-level scientific investigations than a practical masterclass about Space Travel.

Chapter 9 Wilton Scholars participated in a superb workshop this week called Artemis, exploring the science behind the Moon Artemis mission. Pupils explored the physics behind rocket launches and explored the chemical process of exploding rocket fuel – including creating their own explosions within the classroom. Pupils were then asked to apply the skills taught to create their own rocket to be tested. The pinnacle of the event involved a crowd-pleasing vertical rocket launch competition – with the winning rocket reaching heights above that of the school building. The day ended with pupils learning about the physics behind space suit design – with lucky pupils able to try on a real space suit. It was an out of this world experience that boosted the students’ interest and understanding of the scientific concepts behind space travel.

Mrs Doran



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Wednesday 11th September 2024 - 3.30pm – 5.30pm


Wednesday 2nd October 2024 – 5.00pm – 7.00pm

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Ch10 get Spaced Out for Science exams

Understanding how scientific principles relate to the world around us is essential in deepening pupils' understanding of theoretical physics. What better way to achieve this than inviting experts in the world of cutting-edge Science exploration to work with students, and explain how scientific principles apply to their fields of expertise. This week we invited the National Association of space into the school to deliver a superb workshop exploring how we use space technology to learn more about our own planet. The pupils were taught how satellites use infrared technology and UV light to trace heat signatures, allowing us to keep a multi-spectral eye on our planet; this is now used to trace the effects of global warming on the sea. The event was filled with WOW moments, including creating their own telescopes using lenses to apply the concept of refraction, and making gravity wells, demonstrated with marbles, to simulate the pull of gravity that a large body in space exerts. Our thanks to the NSA for their innovative and high energy experiments that helped the students revise key scientific principles to help them prepare for their up-coming GSCE Science exams.

Mrs Doran


Liverpool College pupils achieve Engineering Excellence – Award Ceremony Success!

If you were an Engineer, what would you do? This was the question posed to 700 pupils ranging from Year 2 to Year 10 as part of a national Engineering competition this year, a project designed to find the next promising UK inventor. Beating over 70,000 students nationwide, Liverpool College students celebrated massive success on Wednesday, culminating in an award ceremony at Liverpool Edge Hill University.

The designs of winning young engineers, and those highly commended, were displayed in a wonderful gallery on campus, followed by a superb award ceremony at the University. Budding STEM stars were presented with trophies, badges and certificates by industry experts in Engineering fields. As part of the award ceremony, every students’ work was also individually displayed, discussed and celebrated on the big screen – watched on by invited family and friends.  

This year Liverpool College had ten year-group category winners and a further ten runner-up highly commended entries - the highest number from any one school in the entire North West!

The Winning Young Engineers were: Alexander D (Ch3), Julia V D H and Sienna S (Ch7), Orla D and Tanvir H (Ch8), Aiden H and Bailie H (Ch9) and Jeffrey L and Orla C (Ch10)

Receiving Runner Up ‘Highly Commended’ awards were: Jack G (Ch2), Noah M (Ch4), Mia F and Noah J (Ch7), Dareen M and Arad E (Ch8), Lois H and Amy G (Ch9) and Jack T and Charlie P (Ch10).

To participate in the competition, pupils had to identify a problem they had observed in real life, invent a solution to that problem, illustrate and annotate their creation, promote their product through a descriptive ‘Pitch Letter’ and meet a real engineer. We had over 750 students participating in this incredible creative thinking design engineering competition, co-ordinated across the whole school by Mrs Doran. Well done to all who entered this year - the standard from Liverpool College was described as absolutely phenomenal by the judges!


Ch7 Perfect Poetry Workshop with Debra Bertulis

Where do writers get their inspiration from? How do you write poems to engage and entertain? How can you write to make people laugh, imagine – and think? These were just some of the questions answered by professional poet Debra Bertulis this week, who visited Ch7 to deliver a fabulous poetry writing workshop. Debra shared with students her inspiring story, including her early struggles with dyslexia that significantly affected her confidence and love of writing. Sharing her poetry tool box, she inspired the pupils to think creatively to create reactions in their readers and to free pupils from the writing rules that might be constraining them. If you would like to read Debra’s poems, her debut poetry collection "Where Do Wishes Go?" is published by Otter-Barry Books and two of her poems also feature on the LAMDA syllabus. Our thanks to Mrs Doran for organising the event.


Liverpool College wins North West STEM competition

Congratulations to Heidi B and Riley A in Chapter 9 who are the new MSC North West Science and Technology champions of 2024! Travelling to Liverpool Hope University, the participating students worked in pairs alongside other schools and took part in a full day of challenging workshops, each targeting a different aspect of STEM. The most challenging was perhaps involved programming Mindstorms robots to navigate a predetermined course. The winners will now go forward to the National STEM Championships next term! A massive well done to all involved.

Mrs Doran


Ch9 Medics Workshop

Understanding what vital signs of healthy individuals look like is the first step in diagnosing unhealthy patients. Using a wide variety of real medical equipment (pulse oximeters to measure pulse rate and oxygen saturation levels, thermometers to measure temperature, stethoscopes to listen to breathing, peak flows to measure lung capacity and sphygmomanometers to measure blood pressure) pupils  were able to compare the vital signs of a range of clinical case scenarios and offer possible medical diagnoses. Further evidence was then presented to test pupils' theories, including xrays, lung sounds and patient telemedicine interviews. A wonderful workshop to inspire future medics!

Mrs Doran