Primary School News

Year 4 Aztec Day – reports by Lucy Edey and Coco Millar

Year 4 Aztec Day!  by Lucy Edey

On Thursday 15th June the Year 4 girls at Stanfield had an Aztec Day at Calmecac Aztec School.  We had to wear a sheet tied over our shoulder with a belt and a t-shirt.

When we got into school we had to write our names backwards on a sticky label so Mrs Richardson would call us our Aztec name.  Mrs Richardson’s name was Arabrab and mine was Ycul.  When we had done that we designed headbands with felt pen.  After we finished Arabrab made it fit on our heads and added a feather.

When everybody had finished, Arabrab prepared some tortillas, peppers, avocado and tomato.  I only got a tortilla and some pepper.  Afterwards, Arabrab poured us a cup of Aztec chocolate milk and we also had Aztec chocolate, I really like it.

Just before break time, Tony the school photographer came in and took some photos.  He did a really cool one and he asked us to slowly move forwards.  He took a lot of pictures very quickly and I think it’s going to look amazing!

After morning break time we had to make a menu for Montezuma.  Montezuma was expecting at least 30 courses but Arabrab said she wanted about 15 courses!  I found out that the Aztecs ate doe, rabbit, frogs and even turtle!  I DEFINITELY will not eat any of them.  We wrote the menu in our GWB.  We also learnt the good manners.  They sound very strict.

Then we had lunch.  After lunch we did some Aztec art.  We made Gods Eyes.  It was quite hard at first but then I got the hang of it.  Arabrab cut us some coloured wool for us to make it with.  We got some twigs and put them in a cross.  We tied the twigs together with a piece of wool.  Different colours of wool mean different things, like blue wool means rain and green wool means the crops growing.

After break time we went straight to the hall to do an Aztec dance.  The other year 4 teacher Haras taught us the dance.  It was really fun.  We had to do a sequence of moves to an Aztec piece of music.

At the end of the day one person from each class got sacrificed.  The person from Haras’s class was Enraef.  Because the Aztecs weren’t very fait we made it fair.  Arabrab cut up some pieces of paper and put a cross on one, whoever got ht epiece of paper with the cross on got sacrificed.

My favourite part of the day was making gods Eyes because it was fun.  I really enjoyed that and I will never forget it.


Aztec Day by Coco Millar

On Thursday 15th June year 4 had Aztec day. We came in authentic costumes and attended Calmacac school. To start off we decorated paper and made hats. A little later we tasted Aztec food. We tried avocado, tortillas, peppers, tomato, a chocolate drink and dark chocolate. Then, we wrote the rules of Calmcac school. Eiddam had been naught and was hung over the chilli fire. We learned more about what the Aztecs lived like and ate. Then we prepared a sixteen course meal for a God. After Lunch, we went to do some dancing in the hall it was great fun! We were split up into four different groups and we made different dances. To finish off the day Eiddam and Enraef were sacrificed by me and Alleb. My favourite part of Aztec day was the food tasting because I got to try new things! Everybody said they really enjoyed the experience and thought it was fun to step back I time.

AJIS Athletics Success

Congratulations to the Year 5 and 6 Girls’ who competed in the AJIS Athletics last week. 11 girls took part in what is always a very tough competition. Many of the girls made the finals in their events meaning they were the quickest 8 in the North West. As well as this, we came away with silverware in an AJIS event, silver in the long jump, bronze in the high jump and gold in the Year 6 relay.

The girls involved were S. Holt, O. Davidson, A. Kahramaner, F. Kelly, I. Kirby, A. Gregson, R. Curzon, E. Wake, H. Neave, E. Clark.

Well done girls!

Service of Thanksgiving for Louis Simpson

The whole school, alongside his family, joined together on Friday 16th June for a Service of Thanksgiving to remember and give thanks for the life of Louis Simpson, a pupil at the school from 2013 to 2017.

The service was held in St Faith’s Church, Crosby and was planned and prepared with great love by Louis’s friends in Year 9  – they had reflected on their friend who had such an impact on them and with whom they shared laughter, joy, fun and also difficult times.   Through it all, and through facing the death of so lovely a friend, they honoured Louis in their prayers, readings, music and thanksgiving.   The service was very beautiful and all of us who were privileged to be there, while very sad, were also uplifted by the actions of Year 9 pupils and deeply proud of them.  The Middle Girls’ School Chamber Choir’s rendition of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’, one of Louis’s favourite Liverpool anthems, was particularly poignant.

After the service, a tree was planted in Louis’s memory on the Boys’ School site in the presence of his family and friends.

This service will undoubtedly remind the pupils of the friend they have lost and their personal sadness so the following advice from bereavement experts may be helpful as you talk with your son or daughter:  

  • Tell the truth. Talk about death vs. “going to sleep.”
  • Allow for your son to talk about feelings. If this is the first loss your son has experienced, he may not know how to respond and will be looking for your guidance.
  • Affirm all expressions.  It is okay to express feelings honestly. Tolerate the expressions rather than dismissing them or discouraging the expression of feelings.
  • Encourage for written expressions such notes, letters
  • Reaffirm that your child is safe and that your child is loved.
  • Affirm that your son’s reaction is normal and you understand the way he feels.
  • Help your son to return to as normal routine as possible.

Delighted Pupils from Little Crosby Primary School Win Cricket Festival

Merchant Taylors’ Boys’ School was delighted to welcome 80 Year 5 and 6 primary school pupils to take part in its annual Kwik Cricket Festival in Crosby.

Kwik cricket is a high-speed version of cricket aimed at encouraging children to take part in the main sport.   Many of the rules are adapted from cricket and can be altered so that virtually any number of children can play in the time available.  For this festival each school brought 10 players – with 8 per team on the pitch at one time and each team played 4 games and had a great day of cricket.

The festival winners were St Mary’s Roman Catholic Primary School, Little Crosby.  Rachael Webb, who brought the victorious team, commented that “the pupils were absolutely thrilled to win.   For some of them, it was the first thing they have ever won with school”.     Thomas from Year 5 said “it was amazing!    We’ve never done a cricket tournament before, or even really played cricket, so it was really great to win!   It’s one of my favourite memories ever from school.”  It was the first time the pupils from Little Crosby had visited Merchant Taylors’ which made the victory even more special for them.

David Cook, Headmaster at Merchant Taylors’, was delighted to welcome so many enthusiastic cricketers to school.  “Currently we have 8 boys from various year groups who have been selected for Lancashire cricket teams.  One of our pupils, George Lavelle, captained the England Under 16 team in 2016 and has been selected to play for the full Lancashire 2nd XI in several games already this season.   Another of our 1st team players, Tom Hartley represented MCC Schools at Lords last year and we are celebrating our Under 15 team recently becoming North of England champions in the ESCA Cup.   It is excellent to see so many boys and girls taking part in today’s festival and that the future of the sport looks to be in safe hands”.



Silver for Sophia at the North West Junior Fencing Series

Well done to Sophia Neophytou of Y6 who won silver in the first event of the 2017 North West Junior Fencing Series which was held at Liverpool College on Saturday 20th May. Sophia competed in the under 13 girls epee and started well, fighting against older competitors in the mixed poules. In the direct eliminations she excelled, having to win against seed in the girl’s semi-final against Stephanie Currie to progress to the final which she lost despite putting on a good performance against a Y7 girl. It is worth noting Sophia finished above girls ranked higher than her in the national rankings.


Outstanding Result for Charity Appeal

Merchant Taylors’ Schools recently contributed to the efforts of many participants to promote the charity Vision Aid Overseas. The initial aim was to collect in 500 pairs of glasses in the “Every Pair Counts Appeal” during Lent. The appeal was extremely well supported by so many pupils and a staggering 3,510 pairs of glasses were donated.
A number of parishes, including SS Peter and Paul, Crosby, St Edmund and St Thomas of Canterbury, Our Lady of Victories, along with Bishop Eton and St Mary’s Woolton, joined forces to collect the unwanted spectacles.
Helping in the project were many children from primary schools as well as pupils from several secondary schools, including  Archbishop Beck in Aintree and St Mary’s College Preparatory School, Crosby. Amongst a good number of other donors who contributed to the scheme were Sainsburys, Morecroft Solicitors, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and the Walton Centre NHS Trust.
Vision Aid Overseas works in Africa to transform access to eye care services and is part of the Vision 2020 initiative to eliminate avoidable blindness by 2020. The old or unwanted specs are recycled by Vision Aid Overseas, a charity which specializes in providing eye care for those in poverty-stricken countries around the world. The money made from recycling the glasses is then used to fund the charity’s work. Since its inception in 1987, the UK-based charity has helped more than one million people in the developing world.
Mr Chris McLoughlin, manager of Specsavers in Crosby, kindly sponsored the forwarding of the numerous boxes of glasses to Vision Aid headquarters.
Thank you to all those who helped make this appeal so successful and to all that contributed to this worthy cause.

Mr Daniel Magill, Mrs Helen Sugden, Mr Jonathan Webster with pupils from local schools.

Stanfield Celebrates UK Geography Day

On Monday 24th April, we held our first ’UK Geography Day’. This linked in with a St. George’s Day themed celebration lunch! Pupils throughout the school spent the day learning about various aspects of the United Kingdom, including capital cities, flags, counties, lakes, rivers, famous landmarks and much more! At home, each child completed a UK quiz too. All classes enjoyed the day very much and learned a lot from it.