A pupil who has never had a day off
from the day he started primary school to the day he finished his GCSEs was among
those being presented with a special award for exceptional attendance at
Liverpool Town Hall.
16 year old Shea McCarthy, who attended Cardinal Heenan Sports College and was
previously at St Margaret Mary's Infants and Junior in Knowsley, attended every
single lesson from reception through to year 11. That's around 2,300 days in School, totalling more than 13,000 hours. He is now at the City of Liverpool
College, on a joinery training course.
He was 1 of 32 pupils from 20 schools across Liverpool attending the Attendance
Awards, that on Wednesday, 2 November 2016. The remainder of those being presented with a
prize by the Lord Mayor have all completed either Primary or Secondary School
without a day off.
Organised by the Liverpool Families Programme, Liverpool Learning Partnership
and School Improvement Liverpool, the aim is to celebrate their dedication and
Councillor Nick Small, Assistant Mayor and Cabinet member for education, said:-
"All the evidence that we have is that the better attendance that a pupil has,
the better their chances of getting good exam results and going on to have a
We've been working hard with our schools to get the message across to parents
that every lesson counts for their children and we want to make sure we reward
those with exceptional levels of attendance.
We recognise that there will always be legitimate reasons for pupils to have
time off school, such as illness or Hospital appointments. However the students
and families we are highlighting have clearly gone above and beyond to make sure
they are in for every lesson.
Over the last year, we have seen an improvement in attendance across the City
thanks not just to the hard work of pupils, parents and teachers, but also
organisations such as Liverpool Learning Partnership and School Improvement
Liverpool in sharing best practice and working hard to spread the message about
the importance of being in School."
The schools involved in the Attendance Awards are:-
Cardinal Heenan, Calderstones, Archbishop Blanch, Gateacre,
Holly Lodge, Broadgreen, Alsop, Archbishop Beck, Notre Dame, Childwall,
Belvedere, SFX, Bellerive and St John Bosco.
Emmaus, Pinehurst, Stockton Wood, Beacon, Northcote and St
Advice on surviving winter
FREE help and advice about keeping warm
and staying healthy during the winter will be available at a community event at
St George's Hall, Liverpool. The Winter Survival Regional Event takes
place, on Wednesday, 9 November 2016, from 10am to 2.30pm, beings together partners from
across the Liverpool City Region.
The event, which is part of the Winter Warmth campaign aimed at reducing excess
deaths during the winter months, is being coordinated by Liverpool City
Council's healthy homes team and who will be providing information about how to
keep warm and safe during the winter months.
VIRIDIS, a group of social landlords and local authorities in the city region
who work together to reduce fuel poverty and help people to save energy are
sponsoring the event.
Around 60 exhibitors will be attending. They include energy companies,
charities, council services and community groups. They will provide information
and advice on a number of issues including:-
► Fuel Poverty
► Energy efficiency
► Financial assistance
► Healthy living
► Keeping Active
► Social inclusion
There will be entertainment and demonstrations throughout the day including free
bingo sessions and live music from The Grand National Choir. The Pagoda
Centre will give a Tai Chi demonstration, the CHATS (Community Health
Ambassador) team will offer free health checks and manicures. Those attending
can learn how to stay healthy from the comfort of their chairs as the
Clubbercise team lead some chair based exercise and there will be Zumba for the
A free prize draw will offer some great prizes and a hot drink will be handed
out on arrival. Free bags of vegetables to make soup will also be given out
while stocks last.
The event brings together a wide range of agencies and organisations to offer
assistance to those who need it most.
The event will be opened by the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Roz Gladden.
She said:- "The winter survival event is 1 of the most important of the
year as it shows people the best ways to cope in cold weather. We have been
successful in cutting the number of excess deaths in recent years; but last
year, in what was a comparatively mild winter, we still had more than 150 in the
city. So it is important that as many people as possible attend this event
so they can get advice and support on staying warm and healthy. Last year we had
record numbers and we are hoping to top that this year."
John Bowker, Liverpool Mutual Homes' Director of Property Services and Chairman
of VIRIDIS said:- "VIRIDIS is pleased to support this event which forms
part of our 2016 Winter Warmth Campaign. Getting through the winter months can
be a struggle for many people and this event is not just a fun day out but is
also a one stop shop on how to save money and reduce energy costs for residents
from across the City Region and across Merseyside."