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Winter Term Newsletter

Winter Newsletter

Welcome to our winter newsletter. It's been a busy term - we've had our first years' gig, a piece by our Technical Theatre & Design called Fragments and a performance by our dancers at a large scale dance convention. We've also had a number of students resitting their Maths and English GCSEs - results are due in January, so we hope they've achieved the grades they want.

It's been great to meet so many of you at our events for parents and carers this term - thanks again for your support. I hope you enjoy reading about some of the things that have happened in college this term.

With best wishes for the Christmas period,


First year music gig

Our first year musicians and sound techs took to the stage in November for Soundcheck Sessions Extra, performing live for the first time with their bands. All bands performed brilliantly considering they had only been together for a matter of weeks, and both gigs sold out. Performers really impressed their fellow students and their tutors, too. 

Yasmin performs on BBC One

In December, music student Yasmin appeared on BBC One's Michael McIntyre's Big Show as the Unexpected Star of the Show. She performed Girl on Fire by Alicia Keys in front of over 2,000 people and got a well-deserved standing ovation. The programme is on BBC iPlayer for anyone who missed it (episode 5).

Breakout Liverpool

GCSE Maths and English students gained a unique experience at the start of term by taking part in an escape room puzzle. Working together to solve clues to help them escape, the students practised their logical, reasoning and resilience skills - skills which would be useful as they prepared to resit their GCSE exams. Fortunately, all students managed to escape within 60 minutes!  

Gary Barlow masterclass

Music students had the opportunity to attend a masterclass with musician Gary Barlow in December. Among the topics covered in the Q&A session were how to get the best response from an audience by taking them on a journey. Gary said that the lessons he learned as a young performer still hold true today when he's performing with Take That.

Can You Dance? convention

LIPA Sixth Form College dance students had a great time at the Can You Dance? convention, which was held at the Echo Arena in Liverpool in September. In addition to having a stand at the event, students also had the opportunity to perform a piece choreographed by tutors Jenny Rees and Karl Newsam. The video of their performance is on the LIPA Sixth Form College Facebook page, for anyone who wants to see it.


Our Technical Theatre & Design students staged their first piece of the year in November, a look at key moments in Liverpool's history called Fragments. The production - which also included first year actors - marked the first time the Willy Russell Studio Theatre has hosted a promenade production, in which the audience moves between installations to watch the performance.

Parents' forum event

We will be running a parents/carers' forum meeting on Tuesday 22 January at 5.30pm. This forum is open to all Year 2 parents/carers and will be an opportunity for parents to give feedback on communication, and to look at the UCAS application process and how it went for both students and parents. We'll also have tips for each stage to come of the application process.

For more information about any of our activities, please don't hesitate to contact us on 0151 330 3232

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