Easter Monday saw 18 Year 11 girls set off on their Silver Duke of Edinburgh Practice Expedition to North Wales. Spring may have sprung but they endured all four seasons in three days. Day One was a long slog through the rain through Llandegla Forest, over the Horseshoe Pass and down the valley to Llangollen. Skies cleared just in time to pitch tents beneath the ruins of Castell Dinas Bran. Day Two was a scorcher by comparison, rouging many cheeks. Teams bestrode Thomas Telford’s mighty Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, 120 feet above the River Dee, forging onward by way of Chirk Castle. Clear skies meant near-zero overnight temperatures, yet battle was cheerfully resumed on Day Three for the final gallop along Offa’s Dyke to Oswestry. All manner of privations were endured: trench foot, Trangia cooking and even the attentions of an over-familiar ram, yet as always the spirit of BEFL prevailed. Well done, girls – you were an absolute credit to yourselves. Bring on the Eden Valley in July!
The Governors of Merchant Taylors’ Schools are delighted to announce the appointment of Deiniol Williams as Acting Head of the Senior Boys’ School from September 2017.
Deiniol Williams joined Merchant Taylors’ Boys’ School in September 2014 as Deputy Headmaster (Pastoral) and a Teacher of Biology. He spent the first nineteen years of his career working in boys’ schools until he took on the role as Head of Sixth Form at Wisbech Grammar School, a co-ed environment. He has a BSc(Hons) in Marine Biology and he currently plays the cornet and trumpet as well as being a nationally qualified Sub Aqua Instructor.
Beverley Bell, Chair of Governors commented that “we are delighted to have someone with Deiniol’s warmth, energy and ability to lead the Boys’ Senior School from September. The Board of Governors would like to take this opportunity to thank David Cook for all he has done for the school during his 12 years as Headmaster and wish him the best of luck when he takes on his new role”.
Deiniol Williams commented “I am extremely honoured to have been given the opportunity to lead Merchant Taylors’ Boys’ School from September 2017. I look forward to working with Governors, Staff and Boys to build on David Cook’s legacy in order to develop the School’s impressive reputation and standing on both a local and national level”.
Staff and pupils have been showing their support for Brain Tumour Research. Brain tumours kills more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer…yet just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease. Last year, Tilly O’Brien, one of our Sixth Form students received treatment for a brain tumour. As part in support of #wearahatday, Staff and pupils wore a hat and MUFTI to raise funds for Brain Tumour Research .
This year’s annual Liverpool City Drinks took place at the historic Racquet Club Hotel in Chapel Street. Over 60 former pupils (of all ages), former staff, parents as well as current school staff attended throughout the evening. The event was organised by the Schools’ Alumni Relations department and sponsored by the Old Girls’ Association. It was great opportunity for those working in the Liverpool area to network with people from the Merchants’ community and to catch up with old friends.
10th November 2016
On a crisp autumn evening, over 120 people called in at this year’s London City Drinks event held at The Merchant Taylors’ Company Hall. For some, it has become a regular, informal meeting point with school friends, for others it was a first visit and a chance to not only appreciate the beautiful venue but also reconnect with the Merchants’ family. Alumni, staff, parents and the recently appointed Chair of Governors, Beverley Bell, mingled to catch up on careers, school news and views.
If you live in the London area or visit the capital through your work, look out for the date of next year’s event and consider joining us.
Two weeks ago a squad of Merchants’ Girls’ competed in the district cross country race where girls competed to represent the district (Sefton). Six girls from Merchants were then selected to run for Sefton against all the other districts in Merseyside in a race which was held on Saturday at Arrowe Park on the Wirral.
All girls performed superbly with Bethea Billington finishing 12th overall (3rd in Sefton) and Gabby Morris 16th overall (4th in Sefton). We are hopeful that some of our girls may go on to represent the County! Congratulations to the girls who competed; Bethea Billington, Emily Jones, Emily Raw, Gabby Morris, Jessica Furlong and Isabelle Billington.
Children in Years 3 & 4 from around the area arrived for a thrilling Harry Potter themed night last week. MTGS was transformed into Hogwarts for the evening with classes in Herbology, Divination, Astronomy, Potions, Quiddich and much more! Thanks to all those involved, we hope everyone enjoyed the night!
Pupils at Merchant Taylors’ continue to thrive both inside and out of the classroom, with many achieving great success in their sporting endeavours alongside their academics. For the girls’ cross country teams last week, this was no different, with both the year 7 and senior teams being crowned County Champions at the Merseyside Cross Country Championships that took place on Saturday 14th January at Arrowe Park on the Wirral.
What makes MTGS a leading school in Cross Country is the commitment and hard work seen by the vast number of runners that compete in each race. In the last 20 years, MTGS have always had a group of senior runners competing consistently for the school. These girls are fantastic role models for our younger runners, namely this year Morag Molyneux (Cross Country Captain), Ellen Murgatroyd (Vice Cross Country Captain), Emily Woodier, Rebecca Southwart, Faye Carr and Emily Storch. These girls have been supported in the open age group with a group of committed girls in Year 10.
We are absolutely delighted to see this senior squad become County Champions in the final league race and in addition to this, our B Team in the senior age group attained a bronze medal. The highly committed runners in our Inter age group are also enjoying a great deal of success. The success of the exceptional Year 7 runners this year must also be commended and we congratulate them on their County Champions 2016/17 title.
At MTGS the Cross Country team is chosen from a very successful running club held on a Friday night. This is well attended by girls of all abilities who help to create a positive ethos towards running for fitness, competitions and enjoyment. This develops and enables the girls who then go on to compete in the cross country races throughout the year.
Mrs Moore (Head of PE) states, “We have some star runners in school but what brings us success at County level is our squad approach to running and being part of a team. The spread of talent and commitment continues to inspire us all to continue to strive for success in the coming seasons.”
The Junior runners also compete in a series of league races within the Sefton district on a Wednesday. These are ongoing and we wish the girls the best of luck in the coming races.