Nathan Collett from Ellesmere Port Catholic High School had a day to remember on Sunday 9th March when he stood on the famous pitch at Twickenham before the RBS 6 Nations England v Wales match, proudly wearing their school's new rugby shirt as they sang the National Anthem.
Nathan was one of a group of students standing proud as they joined England Rugby's official anthem singer, soprano Laura Wright, in front of a sell-out crowd of 82,000 fans to reveal the unique rugby shirts they'd designed at a Canterbury Kit Design workshop last year.
The workshops were part of All Schools, England Rugby's programme to get more secondary state schools playing rugby, and of which Canterbury – the official kit supplier to England Rugby – is Official Partner.
9th March was the official reveal of the schools' shirts. The students were presented with their kits in the morning before taking part in a rehearsal with choreographer Simon Lole to prepare them for their big day on the pitch.
Just before kick-off they gathered on the pitch wearing their shirt designs behind Laura Wright, also sporting her own bespoke shirt she created at one of the workshops in her role as an ambassador for All Schools. After accompanying Laura with the national anthem, the pupils left the pitch and headed to their seats to sit back and enjoy the game, watching a victorious England beat Wales 29-18.
100 pupils in total represented their respective schools on the day, each wearing a shirt they'd helped create at one of the Canterbury Kit Design workshops held across the UK in September and October last year.
During the workshops the pupils got to learn about the core values of the game and the importance of the rugby shirt before putting their thoughts and designs to paper. The final designs were signed off by the school before Canterbury took them away to prepare the students' artwork for production, leading to the official reveal at Twickenham on Sunday 9th March 2014
We are also delighted that The Diocese of Shrewsbury is holding it's third Diocesan Symposium here.
Today we welcomed the mayor of Reutlingen, Robert Hahn, and members of the Ellesmere Port/Reutlingen Friendship Group to school to meet with students and staff. Year 12 students will be working in conjunction with their German counterparts to produce a report on the value of twinning arrangements in the coming months so it was a good opportunity to get to know others involved. After a whistle-stop tour of the school and an exchange of gifts, the mayor moved on to his next engagement and students started practicing their German!
Mrs. Cooper was excited to host this year's World Book Night event and used the library to display the school's books, along with Mrs. Cooper's favourites and some which have inspired reluctant readers. The event opened with a quiz of first lines - how many famous first lines do you know? This was followed by a talk about the reasons for World Book Night and contributions from sixth formers Caitlin McCafferty, Conal Dowler, Maria Hughes and Cameron Locket about their reading experiences. Mrs. Cooper ended the evening by giving a talk on her own favourite genre, Science-Fiction and Fantasy, and by exploring the links between books and films - especially as one of the book choices, The Martian, is about to made into a film. It would be great to see some more faces at next year's event.