PUPILS TO PARTY FOR POOL’S 800TH
schoolchildren will be making Liverpool the UK’s party capital this
week to celebrate the city’s 800th birthday. Almost 25,000
pupils aged between 4 to 11 years old are dressing up in historical
costumes and staging huge parties – with some using the birthday
occasion to raise money for charity. The final week of school
term will be one of extra special festive spirit right across the
city beginning on Monday, 16 July 2007.
To kick-start the celebrations, all 145 primary schools have
received special party packs form the Liverpool Culture Company,
including hats, bunting, balloons, hand waving flags, button badges
and 30 x 4 metre bunting. Here’s a selected 15 schools parties
from Monday to Friday, 16 July to 20 July 2007:-
Monday, July 16
9.30am:- St Sebastian’s Junior & Infants, Holly Road, Kensington,
All children dressed in WW2 outfits and doing songs and performance.
And old fashioned PE lesson and lunch in afternoon with cake and jam
11.45am - 2.15pm:- Bishop Martin, Church Road, Woolton, L24
Writing a Liverpool song for the city. Burying the school’s time
capsule then fancy dress parade.
Starting 12noon:- Our Lady of the Assumption Primary School, Hedgefield Road, L25
Party followed by a pageant, with each year group dressing up to
represent a time from Liverpool's past i.e. Foundation Stage - Lords
and ladies & King John; KS1 - Victorians and their buildings. Yr3 -
Sailors & ships; Yr4 - Vikings; Yr5 - The 1960s; Yr6 - Evacuees from
Wartime. Talent show to follow.
1.15pm to 3pm:- Lister Junior School, Green Lane, Old Swan, L13
Children will be dressed in red, white and blue to celebrate
patriotism and school’s French connections
1.30pm-3pm: St. Cuthbert’s Primary & Nursery School, Aviemore
To celebrate city’s multicultural heritage children and staff are to
wear as many different colours as possible.
2pm onwards:- Blackmoor Park Junior School, Leyfield Road, West
Blackmoor are celebrating with a garden party and fancy dress parade
- of famous Liverpudlians and clothes from the last 800 years.
Tuesday, July 17
From 9.30am - All Day:- St. Hugh’s Primary Earle Road, Edge Hill,
All children in the school are producing art for a gallery
celebrating the 800th birthday. Themes include the Slave trade,
Liverpool’s sky line, rivers, the sea, and fish
From 9.30am - All Day:- Stockton Wood School, Stockton Wood Road, Speke, L24
All day events ranging from drama, art exhibitions exploring
heritage ending with party.
12.30 to 3pm:- Pleasant Street Primary, Liverpool City Centre, L3
Dual party as school is also 200 years old in 2007. Staff and pupils
will be in period costume from 1807-2007. Children also re-enacting
key events from Liverpool's history
Wednesday, July 18
9.15 to 11.45:- Ellergreen Early Years Centre, Ellergreen Road,
Norris Green, L11
As Liverpool had the first Lending Library in Europe in 1757 and the
school has a Lending Library for children, children will dress up as
their favourite character from a book.
2pm onwards:- Heygreen School, Taunton Street, Wavertree, L15
Birthday hat parade - Year 5 children have created a Liverpool rap
in which they sing about the different places in Liverpool.
Thursday, July 19
1.10pm onwards:- Anfield Juniors, Anfield Road, Anfield, L5
Fancy dress parade with steel band to perform Liverpool songs,
1.30pm:- St. Matthew's Primary, Queen’s Drive, Walton, L4
Party and live band playing in the playground.
Friday, July 20
2pm: Gwladys Street Primary, Walton Lane, Walton, L4
School street party
To mark Liverpool’s 800th birthday, which is on Tuesday, August 28,
all 74,000 pupils at Liverpool’s primary and secondary schools will
also receive a birthday present - the official 2007 commemorative
coin - courtesy of the Liverpool Culture Company.
Councillor Warren Bradley, Leader of Liverpool City Council and
Deputy Chairman of Liverpool Culture Company, said:-
''Liverpool's 800th is a chance for everyone to celebrate the
history and achievements of this city. Schools are at the heart of
our communities and it is vital pupils are at the heart of the
Councillor Mike Storey, who is overseeing the city's 800th
celebrations, said:- ‘’I'm delighted to see that schools and
pupils are investing a huge amount of energy into these parties –
their passion and creativity bodes well for next year’s European
Capital of Culture celebrations.’’
FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS STRUGGLING IN THE NORTH OF ENGLAND
relationships appear to be under threat as parents across the North
of England struggle with the demands of work, raising concerns over
how much time they can spend with their children, a new poll
commissioned by The Children's Society highlights.
From this survey of UK adults, in the North of England, 61% said
that parents nowadays don't get enough time to spend with their
children while about 45% of those questioned said that parents had
to put their career first even if this affected their family life.
These results reflect the growing dilemmas over childcare parents
from the North can feel when trying to juggle the many demands of
modern life in a country that already puts in some of the longest
working hours in Western Europe. When adults were asked if a
pre-school child was likely to suffer if his or her mother worked,
about half of all participants from the North (49%) disagreed,
although 39% of those questioned were in favour of this position.
71% of respondents said they didn't believe that parents should stay
together when they didn't get along, even when there are children in
Children contributing to The Good Childhood Inquiry however, saw a
happy home life as one in which they spent time together as a
family. Although several submissions from children spoke of parents
being too busy to spend time with them, saying:- "When your parents are always arguing or have full time jobs
they don't spend any time with you. You feel lonely with nobody to
talk to and all you can do is play on the computer or watch TV."
Overwhelmingly, both the GfK NOP survey and the submissions to the
inquiry at a national level identified love as the most important
component for a happy childhood (67% of adults polled and 70% of
children's submissions respectively).
Bob Reitemeier, chief executive of The Children's Society said:-
'Family is hugely important in the lives of all children yet
modern society appears to be pulling them apart. Only by taking a
closer look at how a child's need for family can be met in the
context of the 21st century, can we ensure a good childhood for all
children. Without this fresh perspective and a better understanding
of how to support families, we risk damaging the successful growth
and development of future generations.'
The topic of family is the 2nd of 6 key themes to be considered by
The Children's Society's Good Childhood Inquiry. A summary of the
evidence about family submitted to the inquiry by the public, adults
and professionals can be downloaded from
Kathleen Kiernan, inquiry panel member and professor of social
policy and demography, University of York said:- ''Family life
is changing with rising rates of parental separation, more working
parents and different parenting styles. We know these factors affect
children's lives and that when children feel loved and secure they
build up resilience to life's challenges. This gives us a context to
debate the difficult experiences that some children face and learn
from research about the impact of these changes on children and how
they can they be moderated.'
Over the next 12 months the inquiry will hold meetings on the
remaining themes of health, learning, lifestyle and values before
publishing its final report in late 2008.
Tour of Britain announces route through England’s Northwest
Northwest will this year once again play host to the prestigious
Tour of Britain Cycle Race, and the route is set to take in some of
the region’s most stunning scenery and spectacular views.
Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) has been instrumental
in securing the region’s position on the Tour of Britain map since
its successful re-launch in 2004, and this year the penultimate
stage of the tour will pass through the Northwest on 14 September.
Kicking off in Liverpool’s historic Sefton Park at 10:15am, the
riders will then make their way up to Southport before skirting
Preston through Leyland and Bamber Bridge. Crossing the stunning
Ribble Valley the cyclists then head for a tough but scenic climb at
Grizedale, in the beautiful Forest of Bowland.
After lunch you
could catch a brief glimpse of the sprint at Hornby before the last
section of the route heads into the picturesque South Lakes via
With several climbs in quick succession, this will
be by far the most gruelling part of the race, before the finish
line at Beast Banks in Kendal.
Riders can expect a gruelling 165km route up the west coast. The
stage should take the riders just over 4 hours to complete and they
can be expected to ride at an average of over 25 miles an hour, not
bad for their 6th consecutive day of racing.
Last year the
Northwest stage of The Tour, from Blackpool to Liverpool, attracted
Peter Mearns, Director of Marketing and Communications at the
Northwest Regional Development Agency said:- “England’s
Northwest has an enviable record for hosting major sporting and
cultural events. The Tour of Britain has proved an overwhelming
success over the past three years, and this year will be no
exception. This exhilarating race generates great economic benefits
for the region and never fails to attract visitors to enjoy the
spectacular scenery of the Northwest.”
Free drama workshops for young people in north Liverpool
new youth theatre has been set up for north Liverpool 14 to 19 year
olds. Organised by award-winning company, Collective Encounters, the
project gives young people the chance to work with professional
artists, make their own shows, and perform in local and national
Sarah Thornton, Collective Encounters’ artistic director, said:-
“This will give young people the chance to have their say about
things that really matter to them. It will be challenging, fun and
just a little bit different.”
Weekly workshops are being held on Wednesday evenings 6.30 to 8.30
pm, at the Cornerstone Theatre, Everton and are free of charge. All
courses are accredited, so participants will achieve recognised
qualifications while also doing what they enjoy.
If you’d like to find
out more call Fiona on 0151 722 4581 or text 07758569108.