"If we aim high and fall short, we still achieve more than by aiming low and falling short."
A Taste of Student Life
Every year, the University of Liverpool opens its doors to Year 10 students. The aim is for them to have a real taste of university life, during a three day residential experience. This year, thirteen of our HAPs have been involved!
Our Year 10s experienced lectures; interactive workshops; informative talks on the more serious side of university life and not forgetting the final night social event...the disco!
On return to school, equipped with their university goodie bags, the students were so enthusiastic about their time at uni! They have all made friends with students from other schools - if other years are anything to go by, I'm sure they will be keeping in touch! Most importantly, many of our students now feel more determined than ever to reach this destination: ambition that will surely help them to focus throughout their GCSEs and beyond.
We thank The University of Liverpool's Widening Participation unit for giving our students this opportunity and look forward to next year (our Year 9 HAPs are already asking about it!).
Our First HAPs 'Lecture'!
10th March 2017
With over four years of HAPs Challenge classes, after school today, we had our first 'lecture'. Approximately sixty students from Years 7-11 gathered in the school hall to participate in an interactive English lecture! The focus was on verb placement and its role in controlling the pace and structure of a narrative. Equipped with a short explanation, a couple of examples and an extract from 'The Kite Runner', the challenge began!
It was a proud moment to see the pupils working together and engaged in the topic. I look forward to part two, this Friday.
StreetLaw Hits HAPs Challenge
10th February 2017
A group of undergraduates from The University of Liverpool's StreetLaw programme delivered an interactive session to our HAPs, after school today. The focus was on medical law, a growing area of the sector.
Our Year 10 and 11 students learnt about and then debated the law surrounding organ transplantation. Pupils found it engaging and extremely informative, particularly learning that England has an 'opt-in' policy on organ transplantation whilst Wales has an 'opt-out'.
All pupils agreed that our country needs to do more to educate and provide information about organ donation and how to register. They thought of some impressive ideas for progression in this area and then discussed how the legal system would impact the viability of them.
Again, we were really privileged to learn about this topic and thank the undergraduates for taking time out of their busy schedules. This week we look forward to the Year 7-9 StreetLaw session on capital punishment.
'Save A Life': HAPs Challenge
3rd February 2017
Our HAPs students had the amazing opportunity of learning some first aid essentials, thanks to LINKS from The University of Liverpool.
Working through the 'DR.ABC' routine, the pupils were able to discover how they could help in an emergency. They also had the chance to learn how to put a patient in the recovery position and administer CPR - and actually practise these skills!
Overall, this was not only an extremely beneficial HAPs Challenge session but also a thoroughly enjoyable one! Thank you to the undergraduates (also volunteers for Saint John's Ambulance) for taking time out of their studies to visit school - we hope to see you again soon.
14th December 2016
Our Year 13 EPQ students showcased their work this afternoon. Although nerve-racking, the pupils thoroughly enjoyed presenting their work, to staff and peers, in a 'market style' presentation.
Students were required to prepare a portfolio of work including: a 5000 word dissertation, details of time management and evidence of research. The standard of work, for the second year running, is outstanding and we predict some amazing results.
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