General Events

Merseyside Chess Association – Junior Chess Championship at MTGS

The Merseyside Chess Junior Championships were held at Merchant Taylors’ Senior Girls’ School in Crosby on Saturday 14th October with new Merseyside Junior Champions being crowned for 2017.

Over 11 section winner, Luke Maher was crowned champion but he didn’t have it easy with 3 Liverpool Chess Club colleagues Frank Hudson (2nd), Bashar Rovezi (3rd) Alex Griffith (4th) also finishing on level points with him but Luke won on score-back having played the tougher players on route.

Under 11 section winner, Marek Korsinskij of Liverpool Chess Club, is Champion with 5 wins from 5 games. In second place is Southport’s Oliver Skidmore and 3rd Liverpool’s Edmund Erhardt.

Under 9 section winner and new champion Kelly Zheng from Southport Chess Club with Liverpool’s Alexandr Korsinskij and Lawrance Li in 3rd place.

The Player of the Tournament trophy was awarded to Laura Connolly for playing really well with great enthusiasm and attitude on the day.

The Merseyside Chess Association gave a “huge thank you to Merchant Taylors’ Senior Girls’ School for a fabulous venue and warm welcome. A special thank you to the catering staff for keeping everyone refreshed throughout the day.”

Well done to all the chess players taking part on the day. You all deserved your certificates and badges for playing brilliant chess with good professional attitude towards the game.

Mental Toughness Week

Over the next few weeks leading up to half term the Schools have dedicated two weeks to assemblies, activities, lunchtime meetings and visitor presentations for pupils, staff and parents that address issues relating to Mental Toughness. For example, yesterday’s assembly at MTGS focused on pupils who achieve to a high standard in an activity. They were all asked to meet an even bigger challenge with being interviewed by the Headmistress in front of their peers to share ‘the secret of their success’ along with the highs and lows of their chosen disciplines – how mental toughness has helped them succeed.

Pictured top row left to right: Rachel Burnett (talented Musician); Abby Jones (National standard Swimmer); Mia Carragher (Dancer/actor); Emily Woodier (Regional standard Hockey Player); Angelina Dorlin-Barlow (talented Musician and Singer); Headmistress Mrs Louise Robinson.
Bottom row left to right: Pippa Bailey (National standard Sailing); Elizabeth Wake (National Biathlon); Sophie Gilbanks (National standard Rowing); Eira Murphy (Foyle Young Poet); Rebecca Southwart (National standard British Dressage); Saule Luneviciute (International Ice Dancer); Maisie Lavelle (National standard Tennis Player).


This Thursday, we are also very pleased to welcome Steve Oakes, Director of Education at AQR International, where he leads the work on mental toughness in education. He will be delivering a Mental Toughness Awareness presentation to the students and a training session to staff, as the school moves to embedding the “7 C’s” of Care, Courtesy, Consideration, Commitment, Challenge, Control and Confidence. Alongside this, we are welcoming parents between 7-8pm to hear Steve talk about how (as parents) you can help your children to develop the resilience, optimism and determination necessary to enable them to make great progress.

Merchant Taylors’ Boys’ School shows support for Sri Lankan Charity

It is thanks to a Merchant Taylors’ Old Boy, Mark Edwards, that rural school cricket in Sri Lanka is getting a boost of much needed equipment.

Tragically Mark recently lost his life following a short illness and, in his honour, Merchant Taylors’ School and its pupils is putting its full support and energy behind collecting as much cricket kit as possible to send to Sri Lanka and its rural schools. Mark’s old firm, Allport Cargo Services, is also supporting Mark’s initiative and will be transporting the cargo at no cost.

Mark, who attended Merchant Taylors’ Boys’ School between from 1984 to 1991, was passionate about school cricket and, after a successful career in the 1st XI team and Junior County squad, carried on playing as an adult for the Northern Cricket Club.

When Mark and his family moved to Hong Kong, he became an active member of the Hong Kong Cricket Club. “At the centre of his life at the Club was his cricket and the venues he visited and played in would have made any international cricketer proud. He represented the Hong Kong Cricket Club at the MCG in Melbourne and, during one of his proudest moments, played the MCC at Lords” remembered a friend.

It was on a work trip to Sri Lanka that Mark saw for himself how school children had to exchange kit in the middle of the ground to enable the next player to go in to bat. That particular school, about 3 hours from Colombo, had 2 bats, 2 sets of pads and 1 helmet to share between all of its players.

It was at that point that Mark decided to do something about it and, with the help of his colleague and good friend, Sujan Malawana, linked up with the charity “Foundation of Goodness”. Their purpose – to transport unwanted kit from the UK to school children in this cricket loving nation.

Mark Edwards

Mark’s wife, Anna, is delighted that both the school and Allport are supporting Mark’s work. “Mark was passionate about cricket, and that passion started at school. He wants as many school children as possible to have the chance to play the game.”

2017 has been the most successful cricket season in the history of the Merchant Taylors’, where the game has been played competitively since 1890. The 1st XI won 14 matches and finished the season unbeaten in the North West Merit League, and also defeated the MCC, whilst the Under 15 XI had an even better season, becoming the joint National T20 champions, runners-up in the National ESCA 40 over cup, and County and North of England champions in both formats of the game.

Simon Sutcliffe, Head of Cricket at the school, commented that “these achievements have raised the standard of cricket here to unprecedented levels, and next on the horizon for these boys is the opportunity to test themselves in a different country and climate as they embark on a 12 day tour to Sri Lanka at half term. This will also give them the opportunity to see the important work this charity and Mark’s project is doing”.

If you have any cricket items – clothes or equipment – that you would like to donate, please contact between now and Friday 27th October to organise the handover. Please support this extremely worthwhile cause – and have a clear out at the same time!

Merchant Taylors’ U15 Cricket    

Merchant Taylors’ U15 cricket team rounded off a spectacularly successful season last Sunday by becoming joint national T20 champions. Having won through to Finals Day by beating Cheadle Hulme and Sedbergh in the North of England finals in June they joined Oakham, Whitgift and Wellington College at the famous Arundel Castle ground to play off for the prestigious national trophy.

In the semi-final game against Oakham Merchants batted first and after a good opening partnership between Robert Rankin and Jackson Darkes-Sutcliffe Harvey Rankin joined his brother to put together a match winning stand. Robert’s 51 and Harvey’s undefeated 46, together with 30 from George Politis, enabled Merchants to score 149 for 3. The Oakham innings started well but good bowling from all the Merchants boys ensured that the run rate remained just too high for their opponents to overcome. With Jackson Darkes-Sutcliffe, Sam Regan, Josh Carberry and Robert Rankin all taking important wickets and George Hopwood bowling a tight spell, Oakham fell 6 runs short on 143 for 6.

Steady rain throughout the second semi-final made conditions very difficult, and although the final against Whitgift was started another heavy downpour meant that no further play was possible and the trophy was shared. This was a particularly impressive performance considering that Merchants were missing Oliver Green through injury and both Alex barker and Jay Singh due to other holiday commitments.

Earlier this season Merchants Under 15’s also got through to the final of the ESCA national 40 over cup, losing eventually to Bede’s School from Sussex. Nevertheless, Merchant Taylors’ was the only school in England and Wales to get through to the finals of both formats of the game. This is a testament to the ability and commitment of the boys themselves and the efforts of their coaches at the school, Will Miles and Head of Cricket Simon Sutcliffe, who commented – “This group of boys have become county and regional champions in both T20 and 40 over cricket, and national finalists in both, sharing the national T20 trophy with Whitgift. They have played some exciting and aggressive cricket throughout the season and thoroughly deserve all the accolades which have come their way.”

Next on the horizon for the Merchants players is a major tour to Sri Lanka in October where the boys will face the challenge of playing in a different environment entirely. If they can maintain their recent form they should acquit themselves very well.


“E Safety for Parents” Deana Puccio and Allison Havey: Tuesday 12th September 2017

Come and join us for our E Safety for Parents talk on the 12th September. Deana and Allison co-founded the Raising Awareness and Prevention (RAP) Project to raise awareness to pre-teens, teenagers, young adults, teachers and parents about personal safety issues on and off line. This E-Safety presentation helps parents to understand what their kids are doing online. It will focus on the dangers of careless use of the internet, sexting, cyber bullying, grooming, indiscretion, and how one’s reputation on the internet cannot be ‘deleted’. Most importantly, Deana and Allison work on how to try and control what your child is exposed to and how to influence what they choose to expose themselves to.

Allison and Deana will be signing copies of their new book after their presentation which will be available to buy for £10 (rrp £12.99). This book acknowledges that it is simply not possible to monitor every aspect of a teenager’s online world, and insight into what they might be looking at, advice on how to talk to teens about social media to help keep them safe and the warning signs to look out for.

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Carnegie Lunch 2017

The Carnegie Lunch 2017 – Library MTBS

Over 50 pupils from Holy Family Catholic High School, St Mary’s College, Merchant Taylors’ Girls’ School, and Merchant Taylors’ Boys’ School, gathered in the library for the annual Carnegie lunch, to hear the announcement of the winner of the Carnegie Medal. 2017 is a special year for this award, named after the famous American philanthropist, whose wealth founded many libraries on both sides of the Atlantic. It is 80 years since the first winner, Arthur Ransome was awarded the medal for Pigeon Post. The parents, grandparents and even great grandparents of today’s readers, could have read the winners from earlier years.

Today, modern technology makes possible the Carnegie shadowing scheme, enabling pupils to post reviews of the shortlisted books on a dedicated website, for other children, and even the authors to read. We were able to watch the announcement, live from London, that Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys, was the latest winner. In her acceptance speech the author said that history always records the names of the villains, but never the names of the victims. She wanted to redress this in her moving and vivid novel based on the 1945 sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff, the largest maritime disaster in history, with the loss of over 9,000 lives. It is a disaster that was kept secret at the time and for many years after the war, in spite of the huge loss of life. The winner here in the library was voted Railhead by Philip Reeve, a work of science fiction set in a parallel universe. However the second favourite was Salt to the Sea.

The winner of the raffle was Caleb Pleavin, from Holy Family, and the winner of the best review was Oliver Bigley, from MTBS.


Charity Concert in aid of Cancer Research

Year 11 pupil Chloë Ellen Jones is organising a charity concert on Friday 23rd September at the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral in memory of her Gran. The event will raise money for Cancer Research UK, The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation and Live Music Now charities. Chloë will be performing with 4 other musicians from the Junior Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester  – one of the performers is also an MTGS student – Angelina Dorlin-Barlow.

Chloë and Angelina have been working hard and welcome support from anyone interested. Tickets are available on the door or to book please follow the link below