February 2018 Review Dear Parents and Carers, February is the shortest month of the year but in 2018 it certainly packed a punch. The attendance to both Year 8 Options Evening and Parents’ Evening was excellent and it was really encouraging to see so many families engaging with school to ensure that the GCSE options path for their children is the right one. Unfortunately, our Year 9 boys football team lost their cup tie against Sandbach but hopefully it was an excellent experience to take into next seasons competition. Our school ski trip (see below) was a huge success and I was fortunate enough to see many of our students really enjoying learning a new sport, which I hope they will take with them into life after Litherland High. The end of the month saw OFSTED visit us for two days with four inspectors on each day undertaking a thorough examination of school. I will share the results with you when they are published. Needless to say, the students were a credit to themselves and to you. As we approach the end of the spring term and the summer term is just around the corner, I hope we have seen the back of the bugs, coughs and colds. These winter ailments have had a negative impact on school attendance so I am looking forward to seeing an improvement in attendance so that students can really push on with their studies. Regards, Rob Rogers, Principal Ski Trip 2018: Alpe D’Huez, France Our now established school ski trip to France was as successful as ever. Forty three of our students signed up and had a fantastic time learning how to ski, ice skate and even some ‘bum-boarding’! Students started off with lessons on the smaller slopes and then worked their way up onto the steeper ones. The group also enjoyed the evening discos and even fitted in making some ‘Snow Angels’. Everyone had a fantastic time and it was great to see the students come on with their skiing skills in leaps and bounds, which I’m sure you saw on our twitter feed. After a tiring week it was good for the students and staff to get back home and have a restful half term. Music visit to University of Liverpool Mrs Barker recently took Matty, Jack and Paul to her “other job” at the University of Liverpool. They had a look round the Acoustics Research Unit (ARU), which is where she is working, then had a tour of the department of Engineering. In between they managed to fit in a couple of rehearsals on her project equipment, which is a set of electro-static shakers which provide vibrotactile feedback to musicians enabling them to “feel” music. It is designed to help deaf people perform and rehearse collaboratively. They all got to go in flight simulators in aeronautics. Jack flew a fast jet at Mach 1.4. Paul took a plane off from Liverpool airport and attempted to fly under the Runcorn bridge. Matty flew a Piper Tomahawk. The photos show the students in the anechoic chamber in the ARU.