Summer Holidays don’t have to spell Unhealthy Habits

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The school summer holidays are a chance to relax, sleep in, and enjoy a break from homework, but it’s best to maintain some routines to stay healthy and avoid a ‘shock to the system’ come September.

Debbie Fagan, chief nurse at NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “Routines such as regular bedtimes and mealtimes are important for keeping your children on the right learning path.

“Studies show that memory, learning, attention, mood, behaviour and physical health are all improved through sleep.”

Here are some top tips for healthy eating and drinking during the summer holidays:

There’s room for occasional treats during the holidays but it can get expensive to keep buying a round of ice creams for the whole family – try to plan ahead and take some healthier snacks with you on a day out.

Change 4 Life have some great ideas for healthier lunchbox and picnic swaps that are easy to prepare and fun for the whole family: www.nhs.uk/change4life/recipes/healthier-lunchboxes.

It can be difficult to keep food cool on hot days, so follow this advice from NHS Choices on how to prepare and cook food safely, including on barbeques: www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/how-to-prepare-and-cook-food-safely.

Try to limit your intake of sugary drinks – even fruit juices contain sugar. Water is the healthiest option and the best for rehydration on a hot day. You can make the drinks more appealing to kids by adding novelty ice cubes or chopped fruit and cucumber.

Debbie added: “Eating healthily, regular exercise and good sleep all go hand-in-hand and will make the summer holidays more enjoyable and stress-free for the whole family.”

Volunteering & Fundraising Toolkit for Schools & Young People NOW AVAILABLE

Volunteer Centre Sefton and Sefton 4 Good have teamed up to produce a brand new Volunteering & Fundraising Toolkit for Schools & Young People – packed with information about local volunteer opportunities and creative ideas for fundraising events and activities!  

Former pupil pays Merchant Taylors’ School a flying visit

A former pupil decided to drop in at his old school in Crosby to say hello – and arrived by helicopter!

Royal Navy Air Squadron, Lieutenant Commander AJ Thompson paid a visit to Merchant Taylors’ School on Friday, April 27th and arrived by a Royal Navy Wildcat helicopter, much to the delight of current pupils and staff!

It turned out to be a family affair as AJ’s brother, William, attends the school and was part of a CCF Guard of Honour when he landed.

The brothers were then met at the school by their dad, Andrew.

The day was attended by 38 senior North West military professionals from the RAF, Army and the Royal Navy and consisted of a formal inspection of the Schools’ Guard of Honour, followed by a review of its cadet’s activities and performances.

Merchant Taylors’ Combined Cadet’s Force was founded in 1915, and is one of the largest contingents in the country.

Lt Cdr Thompson said “It’s been 20 years since I left Merchant Taylors’, so it was a real privilege to bring an aircraft back to the school, as I spent so many years being part of its Combined Cadet Force.

“I was especially proud to be able to share this moment with my younger brother, Will, and see him in the Guard of Honour. The connections to school are so important and I hope we can continue these links in the years to come.”

After its arrival, there was a host of activities for the cadets, including an assault course, section attacks and the chance to view the state of the art Wildcat helicopter.

This was followed by lunch at the Boys’ School and a review of the Schools’ CCF Guard of Honour, by Inspecting Officer, Group Captain John Lawlor, Chief of Staff for the RAF Air Cadets.

The £115,000 Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority and Veolia Community Fund for 2018/19 has launched! Deadline 28th February 2018

The funding has been made available for Merseyside and Halton community and voluntary groups, schools, faith groups and not-for-profit organisations, who can reduce household waste, encourage recycling and resource re-use and prevent carbon emissions.

The projects will also have to demonstrate wider positive impacts on the environment, health and education.

Successful applicants can be awarded up to £25,000 for schemes which operate across all six districts in Merseyside and Halton, and £8,000 for projects which work solely at one local authority level.

What are we looking for?

Previous Community Fund projects have included:

– creating a sensory learning garden from re-used materials in St Helens
– the development of a shop in Wirral to sell used clothes
– the repair and re-use of unused furniture for redistribution to the local community in Halton
– cookery skills clubs to help reduce food waste across Merseyside and Halton
– sewing classes in Knowsley
– timber waste re-use at a local community farm in Liverpool
– improving online retail skills for a charity shop in Sefton

This year bids must tackle one or more of the four priority household waste materials which have been identified by MRWA as key, namely Food, Plastics, Textiles and Furniture. An analysis of waste in Merseyside and Halton in 2016 highlighted that a greater amount of these materials could be re-used or recycled. Projects can also include other household waste materials, for example paper, card, metals.

What should I do next?

Interested groups should complete and submit an Expression of Interest with MRWA.

If applicants are shortlisted then they will be asked to fill in a more detailed Community Fund entry.

Projects will have ten months to deliver their schemes and will be expected to get started by June 2018.

Organisations interested in this year’s Community Fund can:

– Download the Stage 1 Expression of Interest Form (pdf)
– Download the Stage 1 Expression of Interest Form (Word)
– Download the Guidance (pdf)
– Download the Terms and Conditions (pdf)

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF EXPRESSION OF INTEREST: 28th February 2018

Contact the Authority by:

Email: communityfund2018-19@merseysidewda.gov.uk
Telephone: 0151 255 1444

Calling all Sefton schools! The Educate Awards launches for 2018

The Educate Awards is thrilled to announce entries are now open for 2018’s ceremony, in association with Copyrite Systems and Ricoh as title sponsors.

Many Sefton schools were celebrated at last years ceremony including Netherton Moss Primary School, Formby High, St Michael’s CofE High School and Bedford Primary.

The awards, founded by Kim O’Brien in 2012, is the largest education awards in the North West and celebrates every aspect of the school’s curriculum, teaching and staff.

From inspiring teachers, superb support staff to innovative projects across the curriculum, the awards recognise the work of schools and colleges which are delivering outstanding education and helping students achieve their full potential.

The awards are free to enter and open to all government funded and independent private educational establishments, including primary, secondary, further education providers and special needs schools in the Liverpool City Region, Cheshire and Lancashire.

Kim O’Brien says:

“The Educate Awards is an important platform to celebrate education and give those working in schools who transform learning, the credit they deserve.

“We would love to hear about the teachers, support staff and exciting projects happening in schools right across the Liverpool city region!

“We are delighted to launch the call for entries for 2018 and are looking forward to celebrating another year of outstanding education in the North West.”

Associate sponsors include Winstanley College, All About STEM, Liverpool John Moores University, CER, Progress Schools, Liverpool Learning Partnership, School Improvement Liverpool, The Foundry Agency, LSSP, The Bishop of Liverpool, The Rt. Revd. Paul Bayes, DMR David M Robinson Jewellery & Watches and BMD Law.

The deadline for entries is midnight on Sunday 24 June 2018. The shortlist will be announced prior to the awards ceremony and the winners will be revealed on 16 November at Liverpool Cathedral.

For further information including full details of how to enter, please visit www.educateawards.co.uk

 Award categories

  • The Communication Award
  • Eco School Project of the Year
  • Spirit of Enterprise Award
  • SEND Provision Award
  • Innovative and Creative Literacy Award
  • STEM Project of the Year
  • Outstanding Arts in a Primary School
  • Outstanding Arts in a Secondary School
  • Career Aspiration Award
  • Outstanding Commitment to Sport in a Primary School
  • Outstanding Commitment to Sport in a Secondary School
  • Community Partnership Award
  • Outstanding Teaching of Life Skills
  • Innovation in Education Award
  • School Support Star of the Year
  • Teacher of the Year
  • Leadership Team of the Year
  • Most Inspirational 16-18 Education Provider
  • Most Inspirational Secondary School
  • Most Inspirational Primary School
  • Wow Recognition Award

Pupils rewarded for Anti-Scrambler Bike Project

On Tuesday, 9 February, Merseyside Police will host a prize-giving event which rewards Sefton schoolchildren who have been involved in an anti-scrambler bike education project during the Autumn term in 2017.

The project was set up by Constable Alan Thompson from Bootle Neighbourhood team, Sefton Council, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, and aims to highlight the impact off-road bikes have on local communities in Sefton.

The five schools involved are:

  • Hatton Hill Primary School, Alwyn Avenue, Bootle
  • Lander Primary School, Pennington Road, Litherland
  • All Saints Primary School, Chestnut Grove, Bootle
  • The Grange Primary School, Waterside, Bootle
  • English Martyrs Primary School, School Lane, Litherland (will not be at the event)

Early in 2017, Year 5 pupils at the schools received education on the dangers of off-road bikes and impact they cause in their communities. Assemblies have been given to each of the primary schools from Merseyside Police, Sefton Council Anti-Social Behaviour Unit and Alder Hey Hospital. Once the pupils returned to school to begin their Year 6 studies, they each designed and filmed a 90-second video. They have also taken part in a trip to Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre and an awareness day in the Yorkshire Dales, where demonstrations were given on how to use bikes appropriately at designated locations.

The 15 winners of the video competition will be presented their certificates by Andy Grant, former Royal Marine, motivational speaker, athlete and star of ITV show Paragon and Pete Price, DJ from Radio City, before the grand unveiling of the top-secret children’s prize, a ski trip to Scotland. Their videos will also be used in a publicity campaign in the Sefton area.

Merseyside Police Chief Constable Andy Cooke said: “We know that these bikes can cause significant nuisance, stress and danger to members of our communities across Merseyside, and we will continue to stand alongside our partners and communities in our commitment to eradicating the problem. We strongly believe that education and engagement is vital, so that parents, guardians and future generations understand the impact and harm that we see on a regular basis. Together, we can all make a difference to make our streets safer.

“We hope that by getting involved in this exciting project, these young people have learned some valuable lessons to share far and wide, and that they enjoy tonight’s event and their reward.”

Merseyside Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Emily Spurrell said: “I’m delighted to see this great local initiative running for a second year.

“Nuisance bikes are a blight on the whole community. That is why it is so important we engage with young people from an early age to make them aware of the potential dangers and help steer them away from getting involved with the anti-social and illegal use of bikes. It is clear from the videos which have been produced that, once again, the pupils involved have shown real enthusiasm and energy for this project. Their work will be used to send out a strong message about the harm these bikes can cause.”

“I congratulate the winners and all the young people who have taken part, as well as the officers and staff who have worked on this fantastic campaign.”

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “It is really pleasing to see so many Sefton school pupils being recognised like this through such an important project.

“Our local communities have told us how scrambler bikes are a problem for them and through this initiative important messages about the risks and dangers of using them have been learnt.

“It is also another great example of partnership working and engaging with our communities to make Sefton a safer place for everyone.”

Capital Schools Mental Health

More than half of primary school teachers say they do not feel adequately trained in supporting pupils with mental health problems, research suggests.  Just one in 10 “strongly agreed” with the statement that they felt they had the necessary training to feel confident about what action to take when a child was experiencing a mental health problem, compared with 54% who disagreed.

Mental Resilience in Schools

Mental Resilience is not something that people either have or do not – resilience is learnable and teachable and as we learn we increase the range of strategies available to us when things get difficult.  Sefton Council is working with the charity YoungMinds to improve mental resilience in schools.  28 schools have joined a training session to support schools to improve the mental resilience of pupils, staff and parents.

Active Sefton launches ‘Spooktacular’ half term line-up!

Active Sefton has released its exciting line up of activities taking place over the October half term (October 23-28).

The ‘Spooky Spectacular’ timetable includes lots of fun activities available for 2-16 year olds to keep them entertained during the school break.

Sessions include themed workshops, Everton Soccer School, archery, Born to Move music classes and the ever popular ‘Spooky Spectacular’ days are set to make a grand return.

School exclusion: statutory guidance

The Department for Education (DfE) has published statutory guidance setting out the legal responsibilities for those who exclude students from educational settings in England.

Source: DfE

Further information: Exclusion from maintained schools, academies and pupil referral units in England: a guide for those with legal responsibilities in relation to exclusion (PDF)

Website to support school and college staff to keep children and young people safe

The Centre for Research on Children and Families at the University of East Anglia (UEA), has launched a website to support school and college staff in understanding abuse and neglect from the child or young person’s point of view. The iCAN website includes free training materials and resources for schools and colleges, and a framework to help teachers and other school and college staff to be alert to children and young people who may be experiencing abuse or neglect, and to better understand: to what extent children and young people recognise maltreatment and how they decide whether to tell someone about it; how they may show their distress, even when they can’t talk about it; and what children and young people think about the help they receive.

Source: UEA 

Further information: iCAN

School Exclusion

The Department for Education (DfE) has published statistics showing the levels of permanent and fixed-period exclusions by school type in England. The figures show that disruptive behaviour was the most common reason for both permanent and fixed period exclusions; pupils with identified special educational needs (SEN) accounted for almost half of all permanent exclusions and fixed period exclusions. The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has released interim findings from research which indicates that one in two pupils permanently excluded from schools have a mental health issue.

Source: DfE 

Further information: Permanent and Fixed Period Exclusions in England: 2015 to 2016 (PDF)

‘Is it worth it?’ – anti-scrambler project

Merseyside Police and Police Commissioner are delighted to be working with Amelix Youth Projects in their Merseyside school tour ‘Is It Worth It?’, which will aim to raise awareness about the dangers of off-road motorbikes.

The tour is visiting schools across Merseyside in the lead-up to the summer holiday period, during which incidents of anti-social behaviour involving scrambler and other motorbikes are known to increase.

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said:

“I hear repeatedly from people across Merseyside about the heightened anxiety and fear that the illegal use of scrambler and off-road bikes causes in our communities.

“Such bikes are noisy and dangerous, as recent incidents have shown. They are a nuisance to decent, hard-working people, they endanger the safety of innocent road users and pedestrians and they are being used to carry out serious crime.

“That is why it is so important we engage with young people and make them aware of the consequences of getting involved with the anti-social use of bikes. This production is portraying this important message to hundreds of teenagers across Merseyside at a critical time, before they leave school for the summer holidays. I hope it will prompt any young person thinking of using a scrambler bike to ask ‘Is it worth it?’”

Chief Inspector Gary O’Rourke leads Merseyside Police’s Operation Brookdale campaign, which tackles the illegal and nuisance use of off-road motorbikes:

We know that off-road bikes can cause significant nuisance, stress and danger to members of our communities and we are committing to taking all possible measures to eradicate the problem, short and long term. We need to work together to discourage young people from reckless behaviour on our roads, which endangers other road users, pedestrians and the riders themselves.

“A key part of this is education and engagement, working closely with schools and our other partners. Projects like ‘Is It Worth It?’ are about helping to steer young people away from getting involved in such dangerous behaviour, as we see the massive harm that this behaviour can cause, from nuisance through to serious injuries and deaths on the roads.

“The school tours are designed to be fun, interactive and memorable for the pupils so that the messages about the consequences for them and the community they are part of really stick. Peer pressure can work both ways – we want them to avoid the temptation to get onto that scrambler bike but also persuade their friends not to as well.”

“I am sure the hundreds of young people who see this show on Merseyside will learn a great deal, and share this learning within their families, friends and the wider community.”

Cllr Trish Hardy, Cabinet Member for Communities, said:

“We’re really pleased to see this fantastic Merseyside-wide initiative being launched in Sefton, as we know that our local communities tell us that this is a problem for them.

“The idea of using innovative and interactive school workshops will bring the issue to life ensuring that the important messages, about the risks and dangers of using scrambler bikes, is easily understood and remembered by the young people.”

Bootle Schools Come Together to Celebrate Local History

A digital map of Bootle’s captivating history has been developed by pupils of Bootle schools.

Each of the schools focused on a specific aspect of local history and found out about the history of their schools and their connections with famous people; they discovered about mysterious buildings on the Leeds Liverpool Canal, as well as Johnson’s dye-works.

The pupils did their own research and investigations into their chosen area, taking part in ‘History Days’, outdoor visits and engaging with re-enactors who brought aspects of the history to life in the classroom and provided artefacts for the children to handle.  For many it was the first time that they had been able to visit The Atkinson.

The Atkinson has supported this project as part of the programme of activities linked to the museum development, which has been funded by the Heritage Lottery.  This has enabled the schools to work with leading web designers Fuzzy Duck in creating the Bootle History Website – which means the schools are able to digitalise the map and add new important discoveries  all the time.

The Strand Partnership is a collaborative of 24 schools in South Sefton, who work together to improve the training and development of staff, programmes for pupils and to develop collaborative working across the sites.

Every year the Strand Partnership schools come together to work on a project and this year we are delighted that it was with The Atkinson, who were able to help them develop this incredible  map of historical events and places for their local area. This new digital resource will be added to for years to come and act as an educational resource to teach local heritage in schools whilst helping to instil a real sense of pride of place in their home town.

David Atkin – Strand Facilitator said:

Everyone agreed that the project was a great success, but we also agreed that it was just a start!  There was plenty of work left to do, much more research to undertake, many more things to be discovered!

The Strand Schools Council History Project, ‘Our Bootle History’ has engaged pupils and staff across South Sefton and created a very modern new resource which will benefit our schools forever.”


Emma Anderson, Director, The Atkinson said:

“This has been a fabulous project for us to be involved in. The schools have worked incredibly hard and have developed something very special and that they can be proud of and develop further. Bootle has such an interesting and varied history that it is important that local pupils learn about it and can feel proud of where they come from.”

The Bootle History Map is being launched on 6 July at a special event at Bootle Cricket Club for everyone who has worked and been involved in the project.

To see what the pupils discovered check out the digital map at ourbootlehistory.co.uk.

Donation from Jamie Carragher’s 23 Foundation to help boost Rice Lane Primary School’s facilities

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher was on hand to deliver a donation to a local primary school to help them transform a waste land into an outdoor learning facility.

The former Reds star, from Bootle, delivered a £798 cheque to Rice Lane Primary School, in Walton, after his official charity, the 23 Foundation, agreed to lend their support.

Staff at the school want to carry out a wide-scale refurbishment of an piece of land within the school grounds which has been used as a “dumping ground” and turn it into a space for children.

A spokesperson for the school said: “At our school, we have an outdoor quad area that is currently going to waste. It is used as a dumping ground and we felt that this could be a valuable space for reading, mindfulness and some outdoor learning opportunities.

“We set up an Enterprise Team to start raising money to go towards revamping this area. We put on some movie nights and charged children after school, made a few competitions in school and we put on a staff race night.

“We have recently put on an Enterprise Extravaganza. Each class had £10 start up money and had to make a profit. The children designed their advertising and stall and came up with their own money making idea.

“I heard about the 23 Foundation and got in touch. After numerous discussions, the foundation offered some match funding and to reach out to companies and businesses they have links with to try to further support us.

“We would like to thank Jamie, Les Wright and everybody else at the 23 Foundation for their huge support and ideas so far and hope that this is a lasting relationship for us.

“It isn’t always easy to raise money as we have so much going on in our school, so the support is valued and we know that revamping this area would not have been possible without their generosity.”

As well as the donation, the 23 Foundation also offered the class who raised the most money a trip to Jamie Carragher’s Soccer Schools for some football training.”

Hillside Community Primary School earns top marks!

Staff and pupils at Hillside Community Primary School are celebrating after being rated ‘outstanding’ in all areas in a report by government inspectors

The Ofsted report on the school in Egerton, Tanhouse follows its inspection earlier this year.

Inspectors declared the school’s motto of ‘Together we can shine’ “could not be more appropriate” and they said leaders, staff and pupils all shined in this “outstanding” school.

The headteacher and senior leadership team were praised for providing “exceptional leadership.”

The inspectors also said that teaching is “highly effective” and added, “staff know the pupils very well and ensure that the work that they set provides each pupil with the right degree of challenge.”

Hillside’s learning environment was also noted as “exceptional.”

Headteacher, Angela Aspinwall-Livesey, said: “The report is a delight to read and praises the hard work, commitment and excellence of all our staff – teaching and non-teaching – our governing body and the absolute brilliance of our wonderful children.

“I find it hard to highlight individual sentences and paragraphs as everything is so marvellous – absolutely stunning, in fact. I don’t think it could have been any better if I had written it myself!

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank our fantastic staff for all they do for the children in their care.

“I would also like to thank parents for the support that they have given to the school on a day-to-day basis. It is very much appreciated.”

Working parents in Sefton to receive further free childcare

Sefton Council is encouraging working parents in the borough to find out if they are eligible for extra free childcare before it is made available in September.

All parents in the UK are already entitled to 15 hours per week free childcare and learning for their 3 and 4 year olds, but those families where both parents are working or a sole parent is in work, can access a further 15 hours per week support, taking them up to 30 hours.

To be eligible, each parent must earn the equivalent of 16 hours per week at the national or living wage, and less than £100,000 per year.

Councillor John Joseph Kelly, Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Safeguarding at Sefton Council, said:

“The provision of extra free childcare will pose significant challenges for some settings in Sefton, while representing an opportunity for others.

What is clear, the offer of extra free support to lessen the costly burden of childcare will be welcomed by many parents, and as a local authority we will do all that we can to signpost them to the right information, so they can make informed decisions.

It is also worth bearing in mind that you may also be eligible if you are on maternity, paternity or adoption leave, or cannot work due to disability”

Mike McSorley, Head of Schools and Families at Sefton Council, said:

“While the new support for working parents is not available until September, they can check their eligibility now. I advise anyone who thinks they will be eligible to take the initiative and obtain an eligibility code, which they can present at the settings they choose.

“Parents can find local providers using the Sefton Directory. They can choose to place their child or children in more than one setting, whether in nurseries, children’s centres, playgroups, pre-schools or with childminders.”

Working parents can find out if they are eligible and research providers in the Childcare pages of the Sefton Directory: seftondirectory.com/childcare

You can also find out more about the 30 hours support by contacting Sefton Council’s Family Information Service on 0345 140 0845 or by email fis@sefton.gov.uk

CROWDFUNDING APPEAL: Let’s Help Feed Sefton’s Children Over The Summer Holidays

 

Many families are telling us that they find the school holidays particularly difficult because they rely on the Free Meals they are able to get during term time.

Sefton CVS is coordinating a network of community venues and local organisations that will be able to offer Children and Young People between the ages of 5 to 18 free meals during the Summer Holidays.

This service is open access and is available to all regardless of income throughout the school holidays.

CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS OF SOUTH SEFTON SERVICES

CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS OF SOUTHPORT SERVICES

Please note: Information is subject to change, and please call 0151 920 0726 for more information. 

CROWDFUNDING

Sefton 4 Good have launched a dedicated BT MyDonate page which we hope to use to crowdfund to support this initiative. Click here to donate

Individuals can also donate by phone by texting SEFT44 followed by the ammount (e.g. £5, £10, £20) to 70070. 

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Funds raised will help our local groups to provide food & drink supplies

Sefton CVS and Sefton 4 Good are encouraging local individuals, businesses and organisation to give what they can.

If any local business or individuals would like to donate food supplies, equipment  to support this initiative, please contact Sefton CVS on 0151 920 0726 or email communications@seftoncvs.org.uk.  

Volunteers Needed!

To support the initiative, Sefton CVS and the Volunteer Centre Sefton are appealing for volunteers to help our network of local organisations in providing free meals to Sefton’s schoolchildren.

Volunteers are needed to help cook and prepare meals and assist with activities at the various centres across the borough. The Volunteer Centre Sefton can also offer any training or support to volunteers as required.

If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the short Expression of Interest form below, and please included contact details to receive more information. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Waterloo school pay tribute to ‘best lollipop man in the world’

Popular character Neville Hymus, who recently died as he was about to attend a Buckingham Palace garden party, was called the ‘best lollipop man in the world’ by the headteacher of Stanfield School, Crosby in a letter she wrote to parents paying tribute to him.

The 67-year-old was well known in the community and for years used to help youngsters from Merchant Taylor’s Junior School (better known as Stanfield School) and Sacred Heart Catholic College cross the busy Liverpool Road.

He died outside Buckingham Palace on Tuesday, May 23 where he had been about to attend a ceremony in recognition of his services to the community. He had been diagnosed with a brain tumour last year.

Stanfield School headteacher Julie Yardley wrote in her later to parents: “It is with great sadness that I inform you that Neville, the ‘best lollipop man in the world’ died, following a short fight against cancer.

“Neville was on his way to a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace, an invitation presented to him, in recognition of his years of dedicated service to our local community, including his extensive charity work.

“Neville was nominated for an award by Mr Coyne, of Coyne Learmonth Solicitors, opposite our school.

“Neville was very excited to receive the invitation, eagerly anticipating the day, and whilst it is a shame that he did not get to the Garden Party, he had laughed and enjoyed his train journey to London, before dying peacefully in a London taxi; “Neville was always one to do things his own way.

“Neville brought joy to our lives.

“A highly intelligent and sensitive gentleman, he touched all of our lives by his generosity, his warmth and his enthusiasm for a life, well lived.

“His final journey to meet the Royal Family was a fitting end to an extraordinary life, lived by a very special human being.

“Thank you Neville for everything, ‘Rest in Peace’, and love from us all.”

Litherland Primary School to mark 20 year anniversary with community event (Friday 30th June)

Teachers and pupils from a school in Litherland are set to mark the 20th anniversary since their classrooms were first opened.

English Martyrs Catholic Primary School first started inviting children through the door in September 1997 after it was officially opened by Bishop Vincent Malone.

To help celebrate the occasion, the school will host a community event on Friday, June 30 for current and past pupils, staff and local residents.

They will also showcase a time capsule which was first buried at the school grounds in 1996.

Headteacher Lewis Dinsdale said: “We are celebrating this milestone with various events including a public open afternoon on Friday, June 30.

“We welcome any past pupils, staff and local community to this event which will be held from 2 – 5pm in the main school hall.

“Refreshments will be served and visitors will have an opportunity to view our exhibition which will include various photos, memorabilia and artefacts from the past. It will also include the time capsule that was buried back in 1996!

“During the run up to the event, we are inviting members of the public to contribute to the exhibition, with any memorabilia or memories they have of our school.

“If you have anything that you would like to share please email to tisdalla@englishmartyrs.co.uk. We look forward to hearing from you!”

Become a school governor in 2016!

Are you passionate about the education of children and young people?

As a school governor you can play a vital role in your school community and the outcomes for pupils.

Sefton Council’s Governor Services provide a wide range of training and learning opportunities to support you in your role as school governor.

If you think this vital role could be for you, visit the Governor Services webpages, complete the online application form or email Governor Services.