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                        Nuntius        G R A M M A R
     A Foundation Business & Enterprise School for Boys
                                                                                   S C H O O L

C r o s s L a n e , B e b i n g t o n , W i r r a l , C H 6 3 3 A Q | Te l : 0 1 5 1 6 4 4          0908                       July 2009

  Ofsted 2009                                                                                       A Level Art Exhibition
  “This is the kind of school I would choose for my son.”
  ... a passing remark it may have been, but coming from an inspector, at the end of the            A beautiful summer
  inspection process, it admirably reflects the positive nature of the report itself.               evening provided
                                                                                                    the backdrop for the
  “Forward looking”, “innovative and visionary”, “transformational”,                                opening of Wirral
  “cutting edge” are some of the accolades that stand out in the report.                            Grammar School’s
                                                                                                    Annual A-level Art
  The report begins:    “Wirral Grammar School for Boys is a forward looking                        exhibition. The Private
  school that provides an outstanding education for its pupils.” Extra-                             View took place on
  curricular activities are described in the report as “the jewel in the school’s                   Tuesday 16th June
  crown”. Students’ personal development is described as being “outstanding” and                    and was attended
  particular praise is given to students who themselves have taken on the responsibility of         by Governors, PA
  stamping out intimidating behaviour; the report comments “for this they reaped                    members, parents, pupils and Art Teachers
  rich rewards; the school climate is one of harmony and fellowship.”                               from local schools. The Art work was
                                         “excellent” and the curriculum
  Classroom relationships are described as being                                                    displayed in the new school Atrium and
  “outstanding”.                                                                                    environs, and again featured work of high
                                                                                                    quality and variety.
  The range of additional activities, trips etc is also described as “outstanding” and
                                                                                                    Pupils in the lower and upper sixth curated the
  the report adds: “the high level of participation is a testimony to the
                                                                                                    exhibition themselves; deciding on work selection,
  commitment of pupils and teachers alike. Over a third of students play                            framing and positioning, with all pupils including an
  a musical instrument and an unusually high proportion represent the                               ‘Artist Statement’ regarding the context of the artwork.
  school at sport.”                                                                                 ‘It was great to see our work displayed so
                                                                                                    professionally’ Callum Peters (L6 1)
  The impact of our focus as a specialist school for Business and Enterprise is described as
                                                                                                    ‘The exhibition was a dramatic showcase for our
  being “at the cutting edge and has raised the profile of the school both
                                                                                                    artwork’ Matthew Wheeldon ( L6 1)
  regionally and nationally.”                                                                       ‘The variety of work was a real strength’ Robert Hughes
                                                                                                    (L6 4)
  A copy of the full report can be viewed at the Ofsted website: www.ofsted.gov.uk
                                                                                                    ‘The artwork on display is a credit to both the pupils
  While an overall judgement of “outstanding” is very welcome and places us in the top              and the school’ OCR Art Moderator
  15% of schools nationally, there are always improvements to make. Developments in our
  Sixth Form provision ; new facilities for independent learning; an area for the teaching of       The evening itself was a great success, but the
  food and nutrition; new facilities for Art and Design are all part of our plans for the future.   exhibition will remain on display until the end of the
                                                                                                    summer term
                                                                                                    so that all
                                                                                                    pupils have the
  WIRRAL GRAMMAR                              OPEN EVENINGS 2009                                    opportunity to
                                                                                                    view the work.
  SCHOOL PARENTS’                             Parents of boys who will be in Year 6 at
                                              their primary school in September are                 The Art
  ASSOCIATION                                 invited to attend one of our Open Evenings            Department
                                              on Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th                   hopes to
  Our Annual General Meeting                  September 2009.                                       continue the
  takes place on Wednesday 9th                                                                      schedule of
  September 2009 at 7.00 pm.                                                                        exhibitions with
                                              These start at 7.00 pm with two talks taking
                                                                                                    a retrospective
                                              place during the evening by Mr David
  Following the AGM there                                                                           exhibition of
                                              Hazeldine, Headteacher.
  will be a Committee Meeting                                                                       GCSE work
  at which the office will be                                                                       early in the
                                              The whole school will be open for parents to          autumn term.
                                              view the work and activities of all Departments.      Keya Johnson
  All parents are very welcome                                                                      (Head of Art)
                                              Practice 11+ test papers will be on sale and
  to attend and extra support is
                                              parents and boys will be able to talk to current
  always welcome.
                                              pupils about life at Wirral Grammar School.

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           W I R R A L                   G R A M M A R                    S C H O O L                                            July 2009
           A Foundation Business & Enterprise School for Boys

Welcome                                                                                                         Head Boy Team
                                                          Parents’ Association –
Dear All                                                                                                        Appointments
The 2008/2009 academic year has, without
                                                          Fund Raising Focus!
                                                                                                                Following the process of staff and student
doubt, been one to remember.                              During the last twelve months significant funds       nominations and candidate interviews, the
                                                          have been directed towards enhanced facilities.       following students who are currently in Year 12
Our year began with superb examination results            Playground picnic tables, seating and tables          have been appointed as follows:
and still further improvements on the previous            for the new quad , additional digital projects
year, 50% of all GCSE results being at grades             for classrooms, landscaping and new display           Harry Bush           Head Boy
A*/A. In September we started our first year of           cabinets and trophies have been some of the items
a new timetable and, for many lessons, in brand           purchased. The focus for our fundraising efforts      Lee Evans            Deputy Head Boy
new or refurbished teaching accommodation.                next year will include:                               Tom Keningley        Deputy Head Boy
As you will read in this issue of Nuntius, capital
improvements are continuing with our ‘Phase               •	 Resources	for	our	Learning	Resource	Centre	        Michael Cearns Senior Prefect and
3’ programme and we will shortly have a new                  (extra laptops, books etc)                                        Captain of Barber House
Learning Resource Centre and improved study               •	 The	creation	of	a	Sixth	Form	Quad	in	the	open	
facilities for Sixth Form students.                                                                             Tom Outram           Senior Prefect and
                                                             space between the existing library and main
                                                                                                                                     Captain of Dodds House
The Summer Term has again been characterised              •	 The	refurbishment	of	the	School	Hall.              Sam Edgar            Senior Prefect and
by a wide variety of extra-curricular                                                                                                Captain of Hodgson House
opportunities with residential visits to Anglesey         Please help by supporting our events next year –
for Year 9, a History visit to Berlin, a Year 7 visit     every penny goes to the benefit of our children.      Jack Oxton           Senior Prefect and
to Normandy and Lower Sixth visits to Oxford                                                                                         Captain of Lever House
and Cambridge. The Duke of Edinburgh Silver

                                                          ‘Phase 3’ Building Programme Begins
Award expedition is currently under way in mid-
Wales, and in the last week of term, the Music
Department Concert Tour to France departs.
We were very pleased that Ofsted inspectors               ‘Phases 1 and 2’ involved the creation of our new teaching block and the refurbishment of some
noted the uniqueness of our extra-curricular              of our classrooms. ‘Phase 3’ begins with the creation of a new Learning Resource Centre and
activities, describing them as “the jewel in the          a new Study Area for Sixth Form students. The Learning Resource Centre will house traditional
school’s crown”. Inspectors were also full of             library resources and will include a range of multi-media resources. The LRC will have an
praise for the conduct and attitude of all pupils         enhanced wireless provision and laptops / net books will be available for pupils to borrow and
and in particular they recognised the lead roles          use in the Centre. Wall mounted plasma screen monitors will allow pupils to observe, discuss
that pupils play in the life of the school.               and work collaboratively on multimedia resources ranging from Powerpoint presentations to
                                                          movie editing and CD viewing. The LRC is set to open by the end of September. The new Sixth
Significant progress has been made with charity           Form Study Area will occupy the space where our library is currently situated. This area is to
fundraising and our current total stands at               be completely refurbished and extended and, as with the LRC, an enhanced wireless network
over £6,000. This is in support of The Cystic             provision will be installed.
Fibrosis Trust.

This issue of Nuntius reflects the breadth of
pupils’ achievements whether they be on
                                                                                                              Atrium Entrance Mural
the sports field, through artistic and musical
performances, or in the area of enterprise.                                                                   A working party of 10 pupils from
                                                                                                              Brackenwood Junior School have been
At the end of the term we say our farewells to                                                                working alongside the art department to create
Miss Suzanne Faulkner who has the exciting                                                                    a mural for their main entrance hall. The
prospect of working in the Caymen Islands and                                                                 design, based on school colours, individual
to Miss Emmalene Brunes who has supported                                                                     achievements and pupil drawings, has now
the Languages Department in a temporary                                                                       been finalised. With willing volunteers from
capacity over the course of this year. We                                                                     our new U6th we hope to have completed the
also say farewell to Mr Darragh Staunton who                                                                  mural before the end of this term.
has provided invaluable learning support to
individual pupils. We wish them all every                                                                     Miss K Spearing
success and happiness for the future.

I would like to thank all parents for their support
over the year, working in partnership with us to
support their son’s achievement. In particular,
                                                          BBC SCHOOL REPORT LATEST NEWS
I wish to thank those parents who give support            Following Year 8’s participation in the BBC News School Report project this year, I am pleased
to our Parents’ Association. Our PA produces              to say that all their hard work has been recognised. Our school has made it to the final of the
much needed resources for our school and to               W4TB School Reporter of the year awards, a new government funded organisation. Judging will
the benefit of all pupils.                                be held in the summer
                                                          holidays and the list of
Finally, I wish everyone an enjoyable summer              winners announced in
period. Let us hope that the sun shines for us!           September.
                                                          You can see the
Our new academic year commences on                        team’s qualifying news
Thursday 3rd September 2009.                              video on the English
                                                          department website at
Yours sincerely                                           www.roomsix.info/
                                                          news/news. Well
                                                          done everybody!
                                                          Dr Warren (English
David Hazeldine

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Head Boy Team – 2008 / 2009                                                                                                       The British Ski Academy
Seven years. September 2002 – June 2009. Where do we begin? Mr Cooper, Mr McCoombe, Dr Gopsill, Mrs Adlard, Mr                    I have just finished training and competing in my first Alpine
Maunder, Mr Briers. It all seems now, like a lifetime away. 7B, 7D, 7H, 7L & 7W are turning into distant memories. The            race season with the British Ski Academy based in Les
vending machines, the mobile classrooms and the old technology block – well, we can’t really remember them. Time has              Houches in France. It has been a rapid rise from learning
gone, particularly recently, extremely quickly...                                                                                 to ski just three years ago to racing against the best skiers in
                                                                                                                                  Great Britain.
Twelve months. June 2008 – June 2009. It’s hard to believe that we’ve crammed so much into a relatively small space
of time. But where do we start? Open Evenings, Hulme Hall, Y7 & Y8 Discos, Charity Quizzes, Staff Karaoke, Non-                   I joined the race club at the Chill Factor in Manchester
Uniform Days, the Charity Balloon Race, Children in Need, Battle of the Bands, Dr Favager’s ‘Air Guitar Championship’,            where we train on Tuesday nights and Sunday mornings.
the Christmas Fair, St. Andrew’s Carol Services, Ofsted, the Yearbook, the first ever Prefect Dinner and finally the Leavers’     This year we have competed in France and Austria in
Ball held at St. George’s Hall, Liverpool. It’s been an eventful, busy, at times stressful, but above all – enjoyable twelve      the Anglo-Scottish,Inter schools, Scottish Land and British
months.                                                                                                                           Championships. My rankings improved so quickly I was
                                                                                                                                  invited to take trials for the 2009-10 England Team.
A year ago, we were entering into daunting times. We were just beginning to find our feet as a team and we had big
shoes to fill following on from Robert Woodward – the man who re-defined the term, “Head Boy Team”. However, we                   I am currently involved in the British and European Indoor
got off to an enjoyable start with our trek up Mt. Snowdon in July, soon to be followed by us being right in at the deep          Championship which will take me to venues all over the
end – the Summer Awards Ceremony, Year 5 Information Evening, school tours to organise, calendar dates to prepare –               country.
it was clear we had a busy year ahead.

A lot of the things listed above wouldn’t have been possible without the Head Girl team. We’ve enjoyed a fun year
working together fundraising for the Leavers’ Ball and producing the Yearbook, and together, we have learnt so many
life skills – how to manage finances, how to haggle (both successfully and unsuccessfully) and above all, how to make
money (again, both successfully and unsuccessfully!). Our thanks go to Jennifer Chamberlain, Emma Hall, Mrs Elaine
Cogan, Mrs Rebecca Mahoney and Mr Michael Loveland for help in making our year one to remember.

We would like to wish the new Head Boy Team – Harry Bush, Lee (D.) Evans, Thomas Keningley and their Senior
Prefects – Jack Oxton, Sam Edgar, Thomas Outram and Michael Cearns all the very best for the future and we hope
that they have an enjoyable time working with next years’ Head Girl Team – Sophie Bowen-Jones and Sophie Atherton.
Without a doubt, they’ll do a fantastic job.

In addition to the staff body as a whole, there are a few people we would like to say an extra special thank you to for
all of their invaluable support over the past twelve months. Without their friendliness and helpfulness this past year, we
would have had a very difficult time. They are: Mr David Hazeldine, Mr Kevin Taws, Mr Eddie Riley, Mrs Oonagh Kahn, Mr
Jeremy Woodham, all of the main, finance & reprographics office staff, Dr Lindsay Bromley, Mrs Sharon Walker and Mrs
Debbie Roberts – we couldn’t have done it without you.                                                                                                                      Daniel Smith 10 MH

We are totally indebted to Wirral Grammar School for Boys, its staff and everything it stands for. Our school motto is
Sapientia Ianua Vitae - ‘Wisdom is the Gateway to Life’. It should be ‘Wirral is the gateway to Life’. Ofsted said that
Wirral Grammar School for Boys is outstanding. It truly is.                                                                     Hack Green Nuclear Bunker – Year 9 History Trip
Richard Crompton                                Max Gopfert                     Michael Ashton                                  In March 2009, a group of year 9 students took part in a history
Head Boy                                        Deputy Head Boy                 Deputy Head Boy                                 trip to the Hack Green Nuclear Bunker. Accompanied by Dr
                                                                                                                                Favager, Mr McKibbon and Ms Ahern, this trip was a great
                                                                                                                                success, with everybody enjoying the day.
                                                                                                                                The Nuclear Bunker itself was very well organised with a trail that

Earth                                                                                                                           you could follow, starting at 1 and ending somewhere in the 30’s.
                                                                                                                                There were many different rooms, all packed full of information about

                                                                                                                                how it would protect people during the war in case of any nuclear
                                                                                                                                attack. Also it explained the allied forces, the enemy forces, and
                                                                                                                                what each army used in offensive and defensive situations.
Are you ready to change
the world? This was the                                                                                                         One room was specially made into a theatre type room. It had
question given to Year 8                                                                                                        a television and a few rows of chairs, with a special war time
pupils during an exciting                                                                                                       video being played. It lasted for about 30 minutes and it was
“Earth Day” in June.                                                                                                            very informative. Also, there was another room which was like a
                                                                                                                                simulator. It acted as if a nuclear attack was occurring, and the room
Boys were first divided into                                                                                                    shook and a siren wailed. Another interesting room was the Morse
teams and given a mission                                                                                                       code room. It had a poster explaining what the alphabet was and
to develop sustainable                                                                                                          even a Morse code device which we could have a go at!
island communities. Each                                                                                                        All in all it was a very good day out, with everybody getting
team then had to choose an                                                                                                      something out of it. I had a great time learning about all the new
island from one of four different locations around the world and create their own                                               things I didn’t know, like the Hiroshima attack. Also, thanks to all the
name. These ranged across Atlantis, Paradise, Buffalo, Tropicana Bay, and Destiny.                                              teachers who organised the trip and made the day a success!
Using the existing resources on their chosen islands they then had to build shelter,
                                                                                                                                Jordan Cossins & James McIver – 9HS
and identify food sources, transportation, industry, and entertainment. Teams then
bartered with other islands to obtain scarce resources. For example, one island was
able to obtain fresh water in exchange for herbal soap.
                                                                                                                                 Maths Challenge (taken from UKJMC 2009)
Finally, each team created a tourist attraction on their island and worked
enthusiastically to develop their own national anthem. Biffa Island from Form 8RR                                                In Matt’s pocket there are 8 watermelon jellybeans, 4
developed a recycling theme that included the unforgettable anthem lyric “Let me                                                 vanilla jellybeans and 4 butter popcorn jellybeans. What
in - I live in a bin”.                                                                                                           is the smallest number of jellybeans he must take to be
Paradise Island from Form 8KC were the eventual winners – delivering an excellent                                                certain that he takes at least one of each flavour?
presentation and utilising the resources on their island to maximum, including
producing an exciting and diverse menu from the food grown on there.                                                                    A 3           B4         C 8         D 9         E 13
                                                                          Miss Strand.
                                                                                                                                 Solution: on back page

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         W I R R A L                   G R A M M A R                    S C H O O L                                               July 2009
         A Foundation Business & Enterprise School for Boys

 Next year’s Drama Production
 is Sweeney Todd. Auditions                                              Farewell to a former colleague
 for Years 10 and above will                                             It is with great sadness that we report the recent death of Mr. M. J. Hams. Mr Hams
 take place in September. No                                             joined the school in 1966, shortly after taking the position of Head of Music and
 experience of pie making or                                             in that capacity contributed an immense amount to the cultural life of the school,
                                                                         single-handedly organising the various ensembles in the days before the invaluable
 hairdressing required!
                                                                         support of the peripatetic staff was available and working with his old friend Ernie
                                                                         Marsh to produce their Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. However, Mike was far
 Audition pieces are available at the main office or from                more to the school than just a musician; he served as Common Room secretary
 Mr Hinde.                                 G Hinde, Director             and helped to represent the views of the staff at a difficult time and was above all
                                                                         a highly regarded and esteemed colleague. When he was reluctantly persuaded
                                                                         by Mr. Treacy to take early retirement in 1994 it was probably the best decision
                                                                         he could have made. Despite some serious health problems he was able to enjoy

Prospective Cambridge Students visit                                     part time work at Upton and in Ellesmere Port and more recently returned to Wirral
                                                                         Grammar School as an exam invigilator. Sadly his cancer returned and he died
                                                                         rather suddenly in June. We send our condolences to his wife Gill and to all of his
City                                                                     family.

In the last two
days of half-term,
twelve prospective
                                                                         France 2009
applicants went                                                          On 11th June 2009 83 boys from year
down to Cambridge                                                        7 made the annual trip to Normandy,
University. The visit                                                    France. This year we continued with the
was intended to                                                          cross curricular theme with the history
give everybody an                                                        of the Norman Conquest by visiting the
understanding of                                                         Bayeux Tapestry and by taking art packs
the university – its                                                     with us to sketch and paint any interesting
structure, its ethos and its application process – and a feel for the    scenery. Many thanks to all the staff that
city of Cambridge itself.                                                attended the trip.
Having arrived in school at 6.45am for an early start, we set off        James Hughes Head of French
for Cambridge on the minibus with its very disappointing speed
limitation! Despite this, we arrived in Cambridge in plenty of time      Diary of James Evans
and spent some free time around the city, the inevitable highlights      After getting off the ferry at
of which were looking around the grounds of the colleges and a           4 o’clock we arrived at the biggest
visit to the most fantastic fudge shop in Cambridge.                     commonwealth war cemetery outside
                                                                         Bayeux. Near where the coaches
We then set about our afternoon tour of Trinity Hall. Accompanied        stopped there were a number of
by the Admissions Tutor around the grounds of the college, we            tanks which were a Sherman and a
were treated to the incredible features of the college, including        Churchill. There also was an M10
an outside view of their famous Elizabethan library, only unlocked       tank destroyer there. [The M10 looks
once every decade. We even got to meet a lady studying Natural           like a tank but it actually isn’t!] After
Sciences at the college – however I am sure her tales of “Afternoon      we had seen those sights and drawn them in our art books we went to see the cemetery
tea and reading Winnie the Pooh in silly voices” didn’t put too          itself. It was massive! Patrick and I looked in horror at the ages of those poor men
many of us off applying!                                                 [mostly teenagers] who were so young and had given their own lives to give freedom
                                                                         to the people in Western Europe. It was so scary as Patrick has two brothers who are
Continuing our tour around the many colleges of Cambridge, we            around the same age as the teenagers that fell in France in 1944. Later on we went to
visited St. John’s and briefly stopped by King’s College before          see the Bayeux tapestry. I can tell you now it is looking great despite its age! When we
heading back to our home for the night, Selwyn College. Selwyn           went to see it we were given a thing that talked you through the scenes. It was quite
is one of the more traditional colleges and offers an insight into       interesting. Afterwards we travelled to the chateau. That evening we did a treasure hunt,
accommodation at Cambridge – the good and the bad! After                 in which we had to work out a sentence with a number of letters and clues.
briefly putting all of our things away and discovering the many
mysterious objects left behind by the room’s usual occupants, we         On the second day we were awakened by the dreadful singing of Mr Hughes! After
got ready for dinner and a night out at the cinema.                      we had absorbed the permanent scarring left by this event we travelled to a small
The next morning, we left the college early and went back into the       market [whose name I cannot recall] where we practised our French and haggling
city centre to look around the faculties and colleges of our choice.     skills to buy things. I got some sunglasses; other people bought watches and bongo
Some went to medicine, others to foreign languages and maths             drums. Afterwards we went to a massive shopping mall. We were meant to go to the
whilst Charlie and I went to history. This was a great opportunity       hypermarket but there was a farmers’ strike going on and from what I gathered we
to look around the faculties and get an idea of what they are like       couldn’t get through. In the afternoon we went to Vitre Castle. It had a massive well and
to work in. Furthermore, it was a great chance to claim University       an extremely large tower. The instructor told us about murder- holes and dungeons. It
freebies!                                                                was very interesting. That evening we had French Night; honestly the teachers had the
                                                                         best costumes!
Finally, we met back in the centre of town before heading home.
The final highlight in what was a very enjoyable two days was the        Day 3 - As usual we got up at the crack of dawn! After breakfast we visited Mont St
demonstration of strength from Wirral Grammar School for Boys            Michael. It is miles bigger than you think! We climbed to the top of the hill and then we
with the motorway service station boxing machine. I’m sure it was        were allowed to go off in pairs to look at the shops. In the afternoon we did activities
broken when it calculated my score...                                    - I did archery, swimming and aeroball. I enjoyed archery the most and the instructor
                                                                         said I had perfect stance. [I don’t know what he meant by that but it’s the thought that
And that was it – our two days in Cambridge were over. I think           counts!] We had snails and frogs’ legs today. Yuck - they were awful! Later on we had
I would speak for everybody when I say that we had a fantastic           the talent show and the disco. I am not a dancer but it was quite fun!
time and came back with a great understanding of Cambridge, its          Finale - Before we departed upon a 9 hour coach journey we went to the town of
colleges and its way of life.                                            Arromanche where ‘Mulbery B’ was set up on D-Day. That was one of the many
                                                    Lee D. Evans         highlights of my trip. I like things to do with World War 2 and I found it fascinating.

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Music Department                                                                             United Kingdom Intermediate
Wednesday 13 May saw another outstanding collection of solo performances in the              Mathematical Challenge (Ukimc) 2009
summer Chamber Concert. All 25 boys performed admirably and were well received
by an appreciative audience. A particular mention should go to the 12 boys who               There were 186 000 entries nationally for this years competition
performed for the first time – never an easy thing to do – including the following boys in   and 46 entries from Wirral Boys, including students from years
year 7:                                                                                      11 down to 8. The mean national score of 36 was exceeded
                                                                                             by 40 out of the 46 entries with 14 gaining GOLD certificates,
Sam Hartharn-Evans    7AD        Louis McGilloway      7LEM                                  14 SILVER and 12 BRONZE.
Tom Menzies           7BC        Ben Albuquerque       7KM
Sam Bilton            7DW        Robert Rogers         7KM                                   This year’s cut off marks are;
                                                                                             GOLD > 65 SILVER > 50 Bronze >38
Christopher Elliot    7DW        Udit Shankar          7KM
James Barnes          7LEM                                                                   The top school performers were;
                                                                                             Year 11, Stephen Crangle (score 103) and best in school
The next Chamber Concert will be in October next term – get practising if you want to        Year 10, Sean Cavanagh (82)
be involved!                                                                                 Year 9, Ben Sanders (91)
                                                                                             Year 8, Ellison Andrew (71)
Continuing the Department’s visits to primary schools during the summer term, we had
an unprecedented 36 requests for visits from different schools this year. We were able       Other GOLD certificates went to;
to visit a total of 11 schools over 2 very hectic days in June, involving the Junior Brass   Michael Hinchliffe, Max Eastwood, Jamie McCann, Edward
Group, Samba Band, Treble Choir, Woodwind Group, String Group and Folk Group,                Kenny, Adam Shorrock and Keith Hill in Y11
                                                                                             David Field and Elliot Jones in Y10 and
as well as a number of soloists. Over 70 boys in total were involved, and all the
                                                                                             Matthew Dobson and James Whitehouse in Y9.
concerts were well received. Neston Primary School was possibly the most memorable,
both for the outdoor amphitheatre staging we performed on, as well as the drinks and         It was reported that BODMAS or BIDMAS was at last being
biscuits provided after the performance. 47 schools have now received performances in        recognised by the majority of students, although 44% interpreted
the last 9 years, and this is now one of the Department’s most important annual events.      1+ 23+4x5 wrongly as (1+23+4) x 5. The importance of
                                                                                             BIDMAS should be clear to all mathematicians!
All of these groups and more performed to the usual high standard at the Summer              This is a record number of qualifiers and a proud achievement
Concert on Thursday 9 July, whilst the Music Society Dinner proved to be its normal          for the school, so well done to all and good luck in the next
gastronomic success on Friday 10 July. Many thanks to Mr Tony Cooper, former                 round on the 19th March.
headmaster and strong supporter of music in the school, for a most inspiring speech,
along with the other members of the forum reporting on their ensembles.                      Finally, thanks to all the boys who took part in the challenge this
A number of boys took music examinations this term, but with the results not yet with us,                                                       Mr J D Hough
congratulations will have to wait for Autumn’s Nuntius. However, the results from both
February’s Associated Board results, as well as various guitar exams, did not make the
Spring edition of Nuntius. Congratulations therefore to the following list of successful
candidates:                                                                                   United Kingdom Mathematical
Louis          McGilloway          7LEM                Tenor Horn       1     Merit           Challenge 2009
Ryan           Smith               8AJM                Guitar           1     Merit
Jonathon       Fitch               8AJM                Clarinet         2     Merit           Out of a total national entry of about one quarter of a million
                                                                                              students around the U.K., 50 students from years seven and
Thomas         Wood                8GWG                Clarinet         1     Pass
                                                                                              eight entered this years’ competition and once again produced
Erik           Lo                  8KC                 Guitar           2     Merit           outstanding results. The certificate boundaries (for all school
Jamie          Shorrock            8KC                 Saxophone        2     Distinction     years) were
Sam            Wicks               8KC                 Clarinet         2     Pass            GOLD > 71           SILVER > 56 BRONZE > 44
Kieran         Evans               8KC                 Clarinet         3     Pass
Jack           Oliver              8KLJ                Guitar           1     Distinction     Results for Wirral Grammar School
Matthew        Dobson              9HS                 Clarinet         3     Pass            Number of entries marked: 50
John           Kemp                9JHH                Clarinet         4     Merit           Certificates awarded
William        Cotcher-Riley       9SMC                Guitar           2     Merit           Best in school             1
Thomas         Lymn                10AB                Guitar           3     Merit           Gold                       16
                                                                                              Silver                     18
James          Lewis               10PLC               Guitar           3     Merit
                                                                                              Bronze                     11
Aarondeep      Bhullar             10SF                Saxophone        1     Pass
Kieran         Mckenzie            10SF                Trombone         3     Pass            The top scorers in year 8 were Ellison Andrew ( score 107 ),
Thomas         Hughes              10WS                Guitar           3     Merit           George Anderson ( 99 ) and Henry Noble (95) and in year 7
William        Fenna               10WS                Saxophone        4     Pass            were Robin Leach (105), Joseph Lawson (93) and Rhys Cullen
Adam           Shorrock            11PC                Clarinet         6     Distinction     Lloyd (85). These were exceptional results, but congratulations
Philip         Arathoon            L62                 Piano            8     Pass            to all the boys who entered and did the school proud.
Richard        Dowds               L62                 Saxophone        4     Merit           JUNIOR MATHEMATICAL OLYMPIAD
Tom            Keningley           L64                 Violin           6     Merit           This year’s Junior Olympiad was held on June 16th for those
David          Bayley              L68                 Guitar           6     Pass            candidates scoring over 100 in the UKJMC competition and
Tom            Smith               U61                 Guitar           6     Pass            we await further results at this time.
Craig          Bentley             U62                 Guitar           5     Pass
Tim            Denton              U63                 Saxophone        4     Pass            UKMT MATHS CHALLENGES 2009/10
Nathan         Macdonald           U65                 Guitar           5     Pass            The dates for next year’s challenges will be
Kenny          Wiles               U65                 Piano            8     Pass            Senior Challenge – Thursday 5 November 2009
                                                                                              Intermediate Challenge – Thursday 4 February 2010
                                                                                              Junior Challenge - Thursday 29 April 2010
As you are reading this, 53 boys and 7 staff will be on their way to France for               Information on all aspects of the challenges, including past
performances in Provence and Disneyland Paris. I’m sure that this trip will be as             papers and solutions can be found at www. ukmt.org.uk .
enjoyable and memorable as the 6 other foreign tours the Department has undertaken in
the last 12 years. Watch out for comments, reactions and pictures in the Autumn term!         Final Note: Can I thank all boys who have participated in
                                                                                              such an excellent manner this year and I look forward to more
And finally, as the long summer months get under way with a vengeance, remember that          successes next year.
7 weeks without music lessons does not mean 7 weeks without practice!                                                                           Mr J D Hough

Mr P Thomas

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History Trip to Berlin May 2009                                           “Impossible?” Motivate Maths Video
This year, the History Department decided to organise another             Conference
visit to Berlin after the trip there in 2007, and after the visit to
Moscow last year. Mr McKibbin organised the trip with Mr                  On Wednesday the 12th of April, Wirral Grammar School for Boys took part in a
Atkinson, Mr Hughes, Mr Thomason, Mr Shaw and Mr Metcalf                  live video conference with four other schools from around the country. The video
also joining the group of 61 Y9 and Y10s.                                 conference was run by Cambridge University and was hosted by a University
                                                                          Professor and two post-graduate students. Our school was represented by six or
In my opinion, Saturday 23rd May was the best day of the                  seven boys from each of years seven, eight and nine – 20 boys in total. The event
trip but it was also the day with the most activities in, so it was       began with each school introducing itself to the others and after that everyone was
a rush fitting everything in. The first place we went to was              given a series of maths problems to deal with. After an agreed period of time, each
Sachsenhausen, a former concentration camp on the outskirts               school reported back to the others on their findings.
of Berlin. This was obviously the most moving place we went               The next item on the menu was philosophy. After a brief speculation about what
to, where at least 30,000 people, including groups defined as             philosophy actually means (a question that, it seems, can never be satisfactorily
racially inferior and political opponents were brutally murdered          answered) we split into our three year-groups and speculated over a philosophical
by the Nazis. To end the day, we ate at a restaurant called               question. Some of the questions that featured were “What happens after death?” and
Spreeblick and then visited the 1207 foot tall TV tower, which            “What’s the point of religion?”. Again, we presented our findings to the other groups
was a brilliant experience because we were able to see most of            and each other. This was followed by a series of optical illusions and more maths
the city at night. We turned in just before midnight, ready for the       problems as well.
next part of our visit.
                                                                          For those who love maths, it was a great day. Even if maths isn’t your thing, it was
                                                                          still a lot of fun. More of these video conferences are being planned, so watch this
The Sunday of our trip consisted of a visit to Seelow Heights,
                                                                          space - it’s highly recommended. Many thanks go to Mr Harrison and the Specialist
which was a battle in World War 2 between the German and
                                                                          Schools team for funding the conference and also to Mr Griffiths and Mrs Brinkman
Soviet troops. The Soviets lost more men but still advanced
                                                                          for organising and running the day.
further into Germany. We all found this a particularly special
place because our main guide was German and his friend and                                                        Haydn Lloyd (9JHH) and Adam Mossman (9JHH)
his wife took turns in translating what he was saying during our
tour. I thought that was a nice touch to the visit. On the way
to the restaurant that we were going to eat at, The Hard Rock
Café, Mr McKibbin showed us the place where Hitler’s bunker            Charity Fundraising Update – Summer 2009
was in World War Two. So that it does not become a shrine
to modern Nazis, it was in an ordinary car park underneath a           As this school year draws to a close, I am pleased to
grassy area.                                                           report that, at the time of writing, the school has already
                                                                       raised in excess of £6,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
On Monday we went to the Museum of the Allies, which talked            Since my last update in the Easter edition of Nuntius, we
about the Western powers’ presence in Berlin from 1945                 have continued to be busy on the charity fundraising front.
to 1994. Its exhibition included the world-famous original
guardhouse from Checkpoint Charlie and many objects related            Firstly, on the morning of Thursday 2nd April, a team of
to that time. Our group of 61 was split into two manageable            very keen and enthusiastic sixth formers gathered in the
groups of 30 and 31. One group went to another mini-cinema             girls’ school PE department to begin what was to prove
just like one of the museums before with a half an hour clip of        an eventful morning all in the name of charity – at 1pm, approximately 400 red and white
Berlin in the period of The Cold War. The other group had a            balloons were let loose into the skies of Bebington in aid of the ‘Cystic Fibrosis Trust’ and ‘Save
tour of their exhibition. In another building was our guide talking    the Children’. We were lucky enough to have a dry but quite windy day, and whilst a handful
about the events which occurred during The Cold War in Berlin          of balloons only made it as far as the music rooms, the majority set out destined for further
in more depth than the film clip. Then we had a brilliant round-       afield. At the time of writing, our furthest recognition so far has come from the Isle of Wight!
trip cruise on the River Spree, seeing many other sites situated
on the river. After the cruise, we walked to an outdoor museum         Just a day later, on the afternoon of Friday 3rd April, all of Year 9 were invited into the school
called the Topography of Terror in Berlin. The museum was set          hall to participate in a charity quiz. Organised by Mrs Walker and the Year 9 Peer Support
on the site where the headquarters of the Gestapo and SS, the          Group team, the event proved a huge success and £150 was raised. Congratulations to
main instruments of terror, were situated between 1933 and             Jamie Berry, Adam Coe, Jack Farthing, Adam Knott and David Lee who formed the winning
1945. We were all exhausted due to the sweltering heat, and            team – ‘The Coe Men’ of 9SMC. Each of the boys received a gift voucher for ‘Game’.
so made our way quickly to the massive Sony Centre for our last
meal in Berlin.                                                        In addition to our annual summer term Non-Uniform Day which raised in the region of £900,
                                                                       individual tutor groups have also been busy. 7LEM have recently organised a Sponsored
On behalf of everybody that went, I would like to thank Mr             Silence which raised £200 alongside 7AD who arranged a Penalty Shoot-Out which brought
McKibbin and all the other teachers that gave up some of their         in just over £100. Well done and thank you to all who participated and supported these
half term to come with us and also a thank you to Mr McKibbin          events. Also, most recently, Mrs Walker and the Peer Support Group team took part in the
for organising the trip. I am sure we all had a good break             ‘Wirral Coastal Walk’.
during the trip to Berlin, staff and pupils alike, and I don’t see
any reason why a trip like this could not happen again for future      Another highlight of our fundraising calendar this term has definitely been the Wirral staff
students interested in history. I would definitely recommend it!       versus Calday staff football match, held at West Kirby Football Club on Friday 1st May.
                                                                       This was the first event of its type and although Calday pipped us to the post with a score of
Daniel Salisbury 10WS                                                  2-1,everybody who participated and attended had a thoroughly enjoyable evening. In total,
                                                                       £1082 was raised for the Sam Bencheikh Memorial Fund – a charity which provides children
                                                                       with disabilities the chance to play football. Man of the match for the Wirral Side was Mr Ian
                                                                       Thomason, with other noteable performances coming from Mr Michael O’Gorman and Mr
                                                                       Steve Adamson (although in Mr Adamson’s case, noteable for the wrong reasons!).

                                                                       By the time this reaches you, there will have also been many other additions to our fundraising
                                                                       total. Year 7 have recently finished taking part in the now annual ‘£1 Challenge’ – an
                                                                       enterprise scheme whereby every student is given £1 and told to invest it wisely and
                                                                       return with the most profit. Last year, three students joined forces and with their initial £3,
                                                                       made a profit of over £250. Can this Year 7 cohort beat that? Watch this space for more

                                                                       As my year draws to a close, my thanks must go to Mrs Lorna Ahern for all of her help over the
                                                                       past twelve months in addition to all those students, staff and parents who have supported our
                                                                       fundraising efforts. Your support is invaluable. My best wishes to Harry Bush and his team for
                                                                       2009 / 2010.
                                                                                                                   Richard Crompton, Head Boy & Charity Coordinator

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                                                                Community Development

                                      ‘Six of the Best in 2008/2009’
          AS the end of the summer term approaches, let’s look back at six of the best community activities that have taken place this year.

               ALSO this year….                                                                                               ALSO this year….
      All Year 2 pupils from Brackenwood                                                                             Representatives from local partner
   Infants School visited the Art Department                                                                      businesses played the part of Traders at
           and made Christmas Cards!                                                                              this year’s Tomorrow’s Managers Today
                                                                     Woodchurch Rd Primary School                                  event!

                                                        Primary Enterprise Challenge
IN November, 8 Wirral primary schools, featuring in excess of 200 pupils, competed in our first ever Primary Enterprise Challenge, where teams were asked
to generate as much profit as possible with only a £10 investment and a 5 day schedule! The competition was fierce and our worthy winners were Thornton
Hough Primary School, Woodchurch Road Primary School and Higher Bebington Junior School…..congratulations to all those taking part!

                                                      After School Science & ICT Clubs
THREE more science clubs have taken place this year which have benefitted over 90 primary school pupils from Brackenwood Junior School, Higher
Bebington Junior School, Poulton Lancelyn Primary School, Stanton Road Primary School and Thornton Hough Primary School. The children have built
spaghetti towers, made model lungs, explored our solar system and observed woodlice in their natural habitat! Also this year a group of 8 Year 5 and Year 6
children from Brackenwood Junior School (see picture above) have started to develop a website designed by kids for kids! The project will continue next year.

                  Art Mural                                       Extended Services                                           NEEC Event
STAFF from WGSB and Brackenwood Junior School have been working with a number of children, helping them to design and create a mural which will
take pride of place in the reception area of the school. The mural should be complete by the end of the term and its theme is ‘Every Child Matters’. Our
school has also played an integral part in helping to develop Extended Services provision in the Bebington and Clatterbridge area. Boys from the school
have consulted with members of the local community to try and assess their needs. A full list of extended services will be available in September. Finally,
five sixth form boys spent a day at Chester Racecourse greeting guests at this years NEEC conference. As a thank you, the boys were presented with a
certificate by Gordon Burns at an event held at Thornton Hall. Our picture above features new Deputy Head Boy Lee Evans receiving his certificate.

Y8 Computer Programming
COMPUTER programming at Year 8; yes that’s right! Scratch, a new graphical programming language, has been
introduced, giving the boys opportunities to learn computational concepts such as iteration, variables, events and
processes to make their ideas come to life on screen.
It is visually appealing and allows the boys to express their own creativity whilst learning key programming concepts.
The software has been welcomed by the boys and they have shown great enthusiasm in using it, creating excellent
‘I have loved using Scratch because it is fun and easy to use.’ Nathan Thompson
‘Scratch is a program which lets you take a simple character (sprite) and animate it with some simple and complex
instructions to make your character dance, glide, chase other characters and do a whole range of things! Scratch is a
very fun program.’ Lewis Wilkinson
‘It helps you learn computer programming by making games, and music videos. It’s interactive and fun.’ Dan Thompson
‘It makes the lesson more interesting as it’s fun and you learn at the same time.’ Jake Phillips
‘It is something different instead of using Office programs, and you can use it at home for free.’ Syd Roberts                                     K Moore

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      A Foundation Business & Enterprise School for Boys

Where there’s muck….there’s brass
We are actively seeking boys keen to get muddy over
the next 12 months as we try to get enterprising with plants.
The school gardening club is looking to challenge boys to see who can raise the most
money using cheap seeds and sunlight!

We’re also looking for artists to design ideas for the future garden as well as D&T projects for making
wildlife havens. Alternatively come and compete for the best scarecrow design! Come along to find out
more…. We meet every week B Wednesday in the green house (back of Biology 3).

Meanwhile, Miss Heymans is having to admit defeat over the fact that Jamie Shorrock’s tomatoes are taller
that hers and already bearing fruit! (see picture). What’s his secret? Does anyone else fancy challenging

J Heymans

                                P.S. Congratulations to the WGS gardeners!
                                Miss Heymans has enrolled the school with the Royal
                                Horticultural Society’s national ‘Campaign for School
                                Gardening’. The activities so far have launched us on
                                to the first step for this initial certificate. (See the RHS
                                website for more details).

                                After pursuing the presenters around the Birmingham
                                NEC last week, Miss Heymans has even managed to get the blessing of the BBC Gardener’s
                                World presenters, Joe Swift and Toby Buckland, to encourage us with this exciting project!

Charles Darwin                                                                                 Masterclass from comic-book
Being 150 years since Charles Darwin wrote ‘The Origin                                         author Dave Bulmer
of Species’, the groundbreaking book containing his notions
of a theory of evolution, four pupils were asked to take part                                  Recently, Dave Bulmer, author of ‘The Demon Tomato’,
in a series of events about evolution. Some of the things that                                 came to our school to show us some comic design
we got to take part in were the sculpting, out of clay, of                                     techniques. After he had shown us the techniques
skulls both of Homo sapiens and Homo erectus (An ancestor                                      he handed the pens over and we tried our hand at
of Homo Sapiens). We learnt about some of the muscles                                          designing a comic.
that make up the face, the general structure of the face and
how difficult it is to make a pair of ears out of clay that don’t                              It was a very interesting English lesson and we are
                                                                                               currently working on our very own comics. You can
look freakishly inhuman.
                                                                                               check out Dave’s website at www.demontomato.
                                                                                               com. The class’s own comics will be published on our
Next we were given a camera and the challenge of making                                        English department website at www.roomsix.info .
a short film about Evolution. The filming, done mainly at the                                  Drew Stewart Taylor 8GWG
Learning Lighthouse in Wallasey, taught us about filming techniques, along with more
previously unknown information about the life and research of Charles Darwin. The film
turned out to be a success, in the case it actually got to be made. James managed to
even fit in some Green Screen into the film. Needless to say that was a good day.

                                                 Finally, finishing at Prenton High, we
                                                 had a day of learning about teaching
                                                 methods in the morning and planning
                                                 a lesson that could be used about
                                                 evolution. We were involved in a debate
                                                 regarding evolution, something which
                                                 made us think. The afternoon was spent
                                                 using Photoshop to create posters,
                                                 something that all of us enjoyed.

                                                 Overall, the three days we spent
                                                 sculpting, filming and learning were
                                                 all fun, interesting days. A thanks to
                                                 the science department, especially Mrs
                                                 Hayman, for organising our participation
                                                 in these events.
                                                                          Dan Galvin 10PLC

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  The winning team                                                                      Salters Chemistry
  – Ted Hall, Josh Edgar, Haydn Gately and Sam Singleton.
  Commiserations to George Anderson, Oliver Wedgwood, Liam Nye and
                                                                                        Competition Report
  Kieron Evans - who demonstrated some masterful chemistry and showed                   At Liverpool John Moores University we had a talk in the
  excellent team skills. A good time was had by all
                                                                                        lower lecture theatre by the Salter’s representative about
                                                                                        what we would be doing over the course of the day,
                                                                                        which was to include a forensics experiment and an egg
                                                                                        race (more on that part later). We were told that a victim
                                                                                        had been murdered and that a white powder (a salt) had
                                                                                        been found on the body and the five suspects each had
                                                                                        a white powder on them. It would be our job to match
                                                                                        the powders and deduce who committed the crime.

                                                                                        First we separated the two salts found on the body
                                                                                        (because two people committed the crime) using distilled
                                                                                        water, filter paper and a Bunsen burner. Then to identify
                                                                                        the metal part of the salts we found out which metals
                                                                                        burn different colours (e.g. copper sulphate burns blue)
                                                                                        and cross referenced the powders held by the suspects
                                                                                        and those on the victims to give the metal parts of the

Year 10 Work Experience 2009                                                            killers. Likewise we then found out the non-metal part
                                                                                        by adding different chemicals, like silver nitric acid to
Work Experience week for all of year 10 finished with                                   see if it was a carbonate, sulphate or chloride. Again
lots of positive feedback from the boys, visiting teachers                              we cross-referenced those found on the body to those
and from the businesses who provided the placements.                                    that were being held by the suspects. Putting the metal
Below are just a selection of comments made by the                                      and non-metal parts to the chemical compound together
placement providers about our students.                                                 and looking at the police reports we worked out who
                                                                                        had done it, the gardener and the road gritter. Problem
Ryan Fellows 10AB - “Ryan has been a very good
                                                                                        solved, go to jail, do not collect £200 when you pass
ambassador for his school and a credit to his parents/
guardians” Cheshire West & Chester Council                                              go!

James Broom 10SF - “James is watching all the surgical procedures at the vets           After a one hour long lunch break where we were eating,
and is in charge of a sick tortoise” Birch Veterinary Centre                            drinking and discussing the morning and the credit
                                                                                        crunch, we headed back to begin the egg race. The egg
Aaron Smith 10SF - “Aaron is excellent; he uses his initiative and is confident and
                                                                                        race was to make a certain reaction take place within a
articulate” Wirral Globe
                                                                                        certain amount of time. We had some Iodine (chemical
Andrew Arathoon 10WS - “Andrew has developed good social skills with pupils             A) and an un-named chemical B and thirty seconds to
and staff. He is reliable and can be trusted to take his own group. A very successful   make a black/blue liquid, when they were both added
placement.” Whitby Heath Primary School
                                                                                        together. With my groups results ranging from 13
                                                                                        seconds at the beginning and somehow 76 seconds in
Overall, a successful and enjoyable week for our students
                                                                                        the middle we did achieve two 30 second results at the
                                                                          Ms Kennah
                                                                                        end by diluting the chemicals with water, but alas when
                                                                                        performing the reaction in front of the judges a reading of

                                       Volcanoes                                        only 27 seconds was achieved.

                                                                                        Overall, we achieved a second place result in the
                                       Having spent a term studying the Tectonics       forensics challenge, just being pipped at the post by
                                       topic, Year 9 boys enjoyed a series of very      Ormskirk High School. Unfortunately we didn’t achieve a
                                       practical based lessons in Geography.            top three ranking for the egg race with thirty-one, twenty-
                                       With WGSB being an Enterprise School the         nine and thirty second results winning. Commiserations to
                                       boys were tested on both their innovation,       the team from the Isle of Man, who were up at 4 o’clock,
                                       initiative and presentation skills.              flying into Liverpool for the competition over 170km from
                                                                                        the island! We received certificates for taking part along
                                       The aim was to design and construct either a     with a light up yo-yo and a bookmark with a miniature
   volcano or an earthquake scenario, complete with interactive information zones.      radio each for coming second.
   The boys produced some outstanding models over a three week period with a            It was a great day which was different and exciting,
   vast array of originality on display. The boys then got the opportunity to peer      brimming with learning and experiments as well as
   assess the work, which accounts for 25% of their assessment in Year 9. For the       teamwork and co-operation. I would like to thank Dr.
   boys who had constructed volcanoes they then had the opportunity to ‘explode’        Bromley for organising the trip as well as the chemistry
   their models (under strict supervision!!!!).                                         club fund for the money towards transport and ice
   The activity definitely produced some very interesting models, many of which         creams!
   are still on display in the Geography teaching rooms. Well done to all the Year
   9 boys who fully embraced the activity.                                                                                George Anderson 8AJM
                                                    Miss Strand, Head of Geography

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           A Foundation Business & Enterprise School for Boys

Wirral Club update                                                Basketball                                          Rowing Success
The Wirral Club, based at Clatterbridge, continues
to provide sporting opportunities and a social life for           This year, our Year 10 and Year                     In May, Liam Hunt (9SMC) took part in the
its members. Many past and present Wirralians play                9 Basketball teams competed in                      National Schools Regatta, staged at the
for the rugby and cricket teams. The rugby section                the Wirral Schools’ Basketball                      National Watersport Centre in Nottingham.
has had a successful season. The Junior teams start               leagues held at a central venue,                    It is the highlight of the junior rowing calendar
at Under 7s and reach the senior Colts level at 19.               Woodchurch Leisure Centre.                          and brings together the best both of school
Many of the teams reached the Cheshire Cup finals                 Our Year 10 team did reasonably                     and club crews from across the country.
this season with the Under 13s coming closest in                  well, winning 4, drawing 1 and                      Over 4,000 people competed in over 900
losing to Calday by 14 points to 7. Pre season                    losing 3 of their 8 fixtures to finish              crews. The J14 doubles crew from the Royal
training will start in late August and there will be              4th in their League.                                Chester Club brought home a bronze medal in
a registration day in early September. For further                                                                    the final, narrowly missing out on the silver by
details look at the website or contact the club on                Our Year 9 team were unbeaten,                      2 seconds.
334-1309.                                                         winning all 8 of their league fixtures
                                                                  convincingly and then beat St                       The next event that Liam will be rowing in is
Wirral Cricket Club runs junior teams from Under 9s               Anselm’s College convincingly in                    the National Championships in July where
upwards to Under 17s and play their matches on                    the ‘play-off’ final to deservedly                  he is looking to bring back the gold!!
Sunday mornings. The link with the school is a strong             bring home the silverware. A                        Congratulations Liam and good luck with
one and many go on to play for the club’s three                   superb unbeaten season!                             your rowing.
senior teams. The website will give further information
or again, call at the Club for further details.                   Mr P Crowley                                                                           Mr A Metcalf
                                                                  Head of Physical Education                                            Physical Education Department
               Mr McKibbin, Secretary Wirral Club.

   Ben Wins The 76Th Hull Open!                                                             Athletics
   On 19th April, Ben Dolman won the 76th Hull open                                         The Athletics season has seen a large number of boys represent
   men’s singles badminton tournament, adding his name                                      the school in different competitions.
   to an impressive list of previous winners, including some
   of the world’s best players. This remarkable achievement                                 We began the season with the Wirral Schools’ Relays Event, and as ever,
   is a tribute to the dedication that Ben has to the sport of                              we resumed our rivalry with St Anselm’s College, finishing close runners up.
   badminton and is a result of Ben’s ambition to be England No.1.                          In the 1st round of the Track and Field Cup, the junior (years 7/8) and inter
                                                                                            (years 9/10) teams performed very impressively. Matthew Carroll - 27.25
   Ben’s quest began when he was first introduced to the sport by Mr Briars in              m – Javelin, 63.5 secs – 400m, Joshua Crombleholme – 4.60m – Long
   year 7. Since then Ben has had numerous successes and honours, including                 Jump, 27.9 secs – 200m were outstanding for the juniors. In the inters, Rob
   captaining the U17 county team and, this season, reaching an English                     Kophamel – 13.1secs – Hurdles, 12.34m – Triple Jump, Ryan Higginson
   national ranking of No.2 at under 19 and No.25 at senior level.                          39.66m – Javelin, Elliott Speed - 28.98 – Discus and Chris Burrows -
                                                                                            57.5secs – 400m were the pick of the bunch.
   Ben needs to train 6 days a week to realise his dream and appreciates
   the time and commitment that many people have given to support him.                      The junior team qualified for the North West ‘A ‘Final in Blackpool but
   Consequently he has put his skills to good use to benefit the local community            because of logistical difficulties went to the ‘B’ final at Victoria Park,
   by running voluntary coaching sessions, including a 6-week course for                    Warrington where our inter team had qualified. Here, both teams
   primary school children at Neston High School and other coaching sessions                improved on their 1st round performances and acquitted themselves
   for both able and disabled young people in Ellesmere Port.                               admirably amongst some quality opposition. Outstanding performances
                                                                                            on the day; Nathan Thompson 27.0 – Junior 200m, Ben Brooks 63.8 –
   Ben is looking forward to studying Chemical Engineering at the University                Junior 400m, Matthew Carroll 61.7 – Junior 400m, Josh Crombleholme
   of Manchester next year whilst continuing to train at the Regional Centre of             4.98m– Junior Long Jump, Oliver Wedgewood 4.81m - Junior Long Jump,
   Excellence and aims to attain a top 10 senior ranking in 2010.                           Isaac Barnes 24.67 – Junior Discus, Jamie Lee 25.8sec - Inter 200m, James
                                                                                            Carey 25.7 secs – Inter 200m and 1.62m – High Jump, Ryan Higginson
                                                                                            44.88 - Inter Javelin, Chris Burrows 57.3 – Inter 400m, Mark Griffiths 58.7
                                                                                            – Inter 400m, Joe Oxton 2.15.1 – Inter 800m and Rob Kophamel 12.0 –
                                                                                            Inter Hurdles and 12.41 –Triple Jump.

   Schools’ Athletics Championships                                                         At the Wirral Schools Championships/Trials the following boys represented
                                                                                            the Wirral at the Merseyside Championships: Aaron Drury, James Evans,
   Sid Srinivas has qualified for the English Schools’ Athletics                            Liam Kearns, Ben Brooks, Ben McGilloway, Jack Portbury, Simon Flavell,
   Championships on 10/11 July at the Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield.                      Josh Greenlees, Chris Burrows, Thomas Sweeney, Ryan Higginson and Rob
   Sid has qualified in the Senior (U20) 400m hurdles with a qualifying                     Kophamel.
   time of 56.3 seconds, which was achieved at the Merseyside Schools’
                                                                                            The Wirral Schools’ Year 7 and Year 8 Championships took place at
   Athletic Championships on Saturday 13 June.
                                                                                            the Oval on a baking hot day in June and again our athletes acquitted
                                                                                            themselves very well. At the time of writing, the results have not been
   This follows up his outstanding performance last year when he qualified
                                                                                            published but notable performances were achieved by Aaron Drury, James
   for the English Schools’ when
                                                                                            Evans. Liam Cairns, Jack Kelly, Jonathan Adeniran, Taylor Craven and
   competing as an Inter boy
                                                                                            Cory Blaylock in Year 7. In Year 8, there were good performances from
   achieving a personal best
                                                                                            Nathan Thompson, Joshua Crombleholme, Matthew Carroll, Ben Brooks,
   of 55.97 on his way to the
                                                                                            Syd Roberts, Jake Phillips, Isaac Barnes, Oliver Wedgewood and Andy
   400m hurdles final.
   We wish him every success
                                                                                            Well done to all those athletes who have participated and
   this year and look forward to
                                                                                            represented the school this year!
   hearing how he performs.
                                                                                            Mr P Crowley                       Mr A Metcalf
   Mr A Metcalf
                                                                                            Head of Physical Education         Physical Education Department
   Physical Education Department

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                                                                                                                                  Annual Rugby
    Year 7 Cricket
    At the start of the 2009 cricket season were was a large
                                                                                                                                  Club Dinner
    number of boys showing interest and enthusiasm. We                                                                            In May, nearly 200 boys, parents and
    had 40 boys who attended the five sports hall sessions                                                                        staff attended the 42nd Annual School
    after Easter in preparation for the season ahead. It was                                                                      Rugby Dinner in the School Hall. The
    apparent that the boys had not played much cricket and                                                                        Guest Speaker this year was Matt Cairns
    so they were all making progress from every session.                                                                          of Premiership Club Saracens and
    We began the season against St Anselm’s, who had many                                                                         England, and Wirral GS 1st XV Captain
    club cricketers; this was an eye opener for a lot of our boys in both the A and B team fixtures. That day                     1996-1997.
    saw a solid batting performance from Andrew Oake and a good bowling performance from James Howe
    but St Anselm’s won by 8 wickets. The next fixture was the Cheshire Cup game against a strong Calday                          Team Captains gave their annual reports
    side; we batted fairly well, scoring 83 from the 20 overs, with Ben Eastwood top scoring with 32. But                         which were very well delivered, Colours
    some expensive bowling cost us dearly as we were beaten again by 8 wickets, thus ending our run in the                        were awarded and individual trophies were
    competition.                                                                                                                  presented as below:
    The return fixture against St Anselm’s and a game against Merchant Taylors have see the B team play two                       Individual Trophy Winners
    very good games, led by David Stringer. The victory against St Anselm was the highlight of the season with
    great performances by Stringer and McGee.                                                                                     G Noonan Novices Cup - Aaron Drury
    Overall there is some promise there and if the boys can attend a cricket club in the local area this would                    E Langton Junior Bantams Trophy - Josh Edgar
    certainly help their game and enhance their learning. Well done to all of those boys who have played A and
    B team cricket this season. They should be congratulated on their efforts so far. I would finally like to thank               E G Hodgkinson Bantams Cup - Luke Harris
    Mr Atkinson and Mr Holmes for their help and efforts with the year 7 side this season.
                                                                                                                                  The Colts Cup - Elliott Speed
                                                                                                                Mr A Metcalf
                                                                                                                                  Wirral RUFC Under 16 Cup - Jan Greenshaw

Year 8 House
                                                                                                                                  2nd XV Player of the Year - David Tarr

                                                               Year 8 Rugby Cowbridge Tour                                        West Trophy - Alistair Dodd

Cricket                                                        In the early morning on the 20th of March, seventeen
                                                                                                                                  J P Howarth 1st XV Cup - Danny Beamish
                                                                                                                                  Thompson Cup - Tom Williams
The first round of house matches was played                    players of the year 8 rugby team set out on a four hour
by late June. All matches were completed and                   journey to Cowbridge, where they would be touring for              Kent Trophy - Craig Dolan
there was some good cricket played.                            the next few days. This was the ninth consecutive year
                                                               that the tour had taken place and it started with a friendly
                                                                                                                                                                   P Crowley
Results:                                                       fixture against a local side Ysgol Bro Morganwg. The
                                                                                                                                                   Head of Physical Education
                                                               team got off to a brilliant start with a few tries scored early
Round one: Barber beat Dodds by 76 runs;                       within the first half. As the first half came to a close, Wirral
Barber 108 for 5 (Kendrick-Hall 46), Dodds 32 all              were ahead with a convincing lead. Wirral forwards
out (Brooks 3-6, Parry 3 for 2). Barber won this easily
thanks to Kendrick-Hall and very good bowling and
                                                               dominated in the second half, working well with the
                                                               backs, to add to the brilliant lead. Wirral ended the game
                                                                                                                                     8th Annual Primary Schools’
fielding.                                                      with a convincing 48-5 win.                                           Tag Rugby Competition
Lever beat Hodgson by 61 runs; Lever 119 for 4
                                                               After the game the boys went back to Cowbridge where                  In April we hosted 24 local primary
(Phillips 35) Hodgson 58 all out (Savage 2 for 5).
                                                               they were hosted by families for the next 2 nights. The               schools in our Annual Primary
Lever’s win was due to some solid batting and, later,
                                                               lads agreed that the hospitality by the hosts was first class.        Schools’ Tag Rugby Competition.
accurate bowling.
                                                               On the Saturday morning of the tour we met early as the               We were blessed with a beautiful
Round two: Barber beat Hodgson by 86 runs;                     kick off approached for the big game against Cowbridge                sunny day and perfect playing
Barber 120 for 8 (Kendrick-Hall 50); Hodgson 34                School. This is when the hosts became our rivals. The                 conditions. As usual, the event
all out (Kendrick-Hall 5 for 9) Barber’s hero of the day       game was played at high speed and with a lot of skill                 went very smoothly with all schools
was Coby Kendrick-Hall who dominated the match!                displayed by both sides. Our game started well with                   enjoying a very pleasant afternoon.
                                                               Wirral gaining lots of possession and territory. This paid
Lever beat Dodds by 9 wickets; Dodds 17 all out                off as we scored two tries in the first half through Oli              The semi finals were tightly fought
(Stewart 5 for 1, Heath 3 for 1); Lever 18 for 1. A            Wedgwood and John Downes. The Cowbridge side                          affairs with St Peter and Paul’s
shambolic Dodds batting display coming up against              came out well in the second half, running the ball at                 Primary School narrowly defeating
good Lever bowling saw this match end early.                   every opportunity. Wirral held on, defending excellently,             Higher Bebington Junior School 6
Round three: Barber and Lever MATCH TIED!                      to keep the Cowbridge side out. Neither team scored in                – 5 and St Peter’s C of E edging out
Barber 86 all out (Draper 42, Roberts 4 for 12) Lever          the second half, which meant that we were the second                  Redcourt 5 – 4.
86 for 6 (Luke Keiron 30, Kieran Ivers 30) This was a          Wirral team in the last ten years to beat Cowbridge. That
remarkable match with Lever coasting to victory only           afternoon we went bowling in Cardiff and visited the local            In the final, St Peter and Paul’s were
to be pegged back by some good Barber bowling.                 area.                                                                 worthy winners with a 6 – 3 victory
Needing only 5 off the last over Barber managed                                                                                      over St Peter’s C of E.
to restrict Lever to just 4 and the last ball saw Draper       We made our way back to Cowbridge Rugby Club that
trap Scott LBW to earn a tie!                                  afternoon to watch the much anticipated six nations game              Many thanks to all the sixth
                                                               between Wales and Ireland. The atmosphere was brilliant               formers who refereed the games so
Hodgson beat Dodds by 8 wickets. Dodds 70 all                  in the clubhouse area, but that was soon spoiled as the               efficiently, the staff for preparing
out (Dixon 46) Hodgson 73 for 2 (Crumblehome                   close game came to an end with Ireland victorious.                    their team so well and most of all to
28). Hodgson earned their first win thanks to good             With that night being our last with our hosts, we thanked             the boys and girls who took part in
all round bowling and some suicidal Dodds running              them and the whole squad thanked the Cowbridge                        the competition and entertained us
between the wickets!                                           parents for their superb hospitality. I would like to take the        all afternoon.
                                                               opportunity on behalf of the squad to thank Mr Mckibbin
At that stage, Barber and Lever were on 5 points as            and Mr McKinney for organising a brilliant tour.
joint leaders. More matches are planned for the rest                                                                                                        Mr P Crowley
                                                                                                        Written by Tom Parry                   Head of Physical Education
of the term with a Barber v Lever re-match on the

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 U13 (Year 8)                                         again used his sidesteps and skills to beat the
                                                      St.Ambrose defence to score another try, with
                                                                                                          to go before the whistle, Matthew Stewart
                                                                                                          thundered up the right wing, fixed the fullback
                                                      Ben converting.                                     and delivered the pass to the winger that was
 Cheshire Cup final                                   We then had to endure the inevitable St
                                                                                                          destined to make the game ours. Unfortunately
                                                                                                          the pass was more Dan Marino than Dan
 – Wirral GS v St Ambrose at Stockport                Ambrose comeback and could not keep out             Cipriani and even Mr. McKibbin realized it had
 Rugby Club, Wednesday 29th April                     the opposition from a line out close to the         gone forward. The final whistle blasted out with
 2009. Result: Wirral 21 St Amborse                   Wirral line. St Ambrose were now waking up          Brooksy desperate to do a penalty kickoff.
 21. Joint Winners of the cup!                        it seemed! But with a quick ball from Tom Parry     The only way to decide the final would be
                                                      whipped to Olly Wedgwood out on the wing,           a kick-off, but both teams felt that would be
 The lads have had a tough, but successful            he beat his man and scored a third try! Ben         inappropriate and therefore we decided to
 season. All we had left to work for was the          converted, leaving us 21-7 up. Right next to half   share the trophy.
 Cheshire Cup! Expectations were high for the         time, St.Ambrose forwards were working hard
 team this year from our many wins throughout         and making steady progress up the pitch from        Personally, the final was one of the best games
 the season!                                          quick rucks. Despite our strong defence, the        of rugby we had ever played as a team, and
 Having beaten the favourites Bridgewater in our      opposition scored a try from a ruck underneath      no player was ‘better’ than another, because
 semi final, we felt we had more than a good          the posts just before the half time whistle!        each player played their position to a very high
 chance of winning the cup. Our coach Mr.                                                                 standard, and that is why we won the Cheshire
 McKibbin, trained us to the point of exhaustion.     St. Ambrose scored another try using their          Cup!!!
                                                      enormous forward to shield us from getting
 In early stages, backs were running the ball         the ball, leaving it an even scoreboard. The        But a shared trophy is better than a lost trophy.
 well and, from a scrum, Matty Caroll spotted         whole team were really tired and in fairness,       Maybe next year.
 a gap and took advantage giving us an early          our possession in that half was very little, and
 try! Ben Brooks did the usual and converted          the strong Ambrose side could have quite easily            Report from Joshua Edgar 8 GWG, vice
 to leave us 7-0 up in the first few minutes!!        added to the score, but the solid brave defence       captain of the team and Oliver Wedgwood 8
 Almost immediately after his first try, Matty once   of the Wirral side was too great. With seconds                                             AJM.

 Head Boy & Head Girl Team Prefect Dinner
 On the evening of Thursday 21st May, Wirral Grammar School for Girls hosted the first ever
 Wirral Grammar School Prefects Dinner.

 The event was held in the girls’ school atrium – a perfect venue and one that we must thank Mrs Cogan for facilitating. Everybody who attended
 had an extremely enjoyable time and it was a lovely way to spend our last official night as “Wirralians”. Excellent musical performances by
 Jennifer Cearns, Michael Cearns and Matthew Mellor helped to
 create a delightful atmosphere.

 The evening started off with a reception drink and a chance to
 mingle and was soon followed by a delicious meal. However,
 it was the speeches that made the evening (for some anyway!).
 We would like to say thank you to Mr Hazeldine, Mr Askew,
 Mrs Cogan & Mr Wood for not only their words of wisdom,
 but for their entertainment! Indeed, after the event, everybody
 commented on how their words really “hit home” and made the
 evening very special.

                                                                                                                                                              Design & Production by Marketing for Education 01282 612222 (ref 0229 - 07/09). Produced on site in the UK.
 The event is sure to become a regular fixture in the school

 Richard Crompton Jennifer Chamberlain
 Max Gopfert      Emma Hall
 Michael Ashton

 Maths Challenge - Solution: E
 If Matt takes 12 jellybeans then he will have taken at least one of each flavour, unless he takes all
 8 watermelon jelly beans and either all 4 vanilla jellybeans or all 4 butter popcorn jellybeans. In
 this case, the 4 remaining jellybeans will all be of the flavour he has yet to take, so taking one more
 jellybean ensures that he has taken at least one of each flavour.

Admissions Enquiries: Enquiries relating to admissions
 should be directed to Mrs Debbie Roberts in school                              www.wirralgrammarboys.com
on 0151 644 0908 or by visiting the school website:
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