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Bonfire and Halloween schools letter – Pdf 

  • Letter to parents and guardians from Merseyside Police re. Halloween and Bonfire Night

    We are writing to all parents and guardians to ask for your help over the upcoming Halloween and Bonfire Night period.We want everyone to have fun and we’ll be working hard to keep you safe, but we need your help:

    Know where your children are
    • Encourage kids to go to local events that are being organised, or try a spooky film together
    • If your children are going out (particularly on the 30th and 31st of October), make sure you know where they’re going. If possible, drop them off and pick them up
    • Don’t let your children hang around the street
    • If they’re going somewhere local – walk there with them
    • Have an agreed time when they need to be home
    • Don’t buy fireworks or eggs and flour for them, and don’t let them take it out of the house

    Know the risks

    • Throwing things at cars, buses, shops and houses can hurt people – drivers might swerve if they get distracted and cause a crash, or someone might get hurt by broken glass (and scratched paintwork can be very expensive to fix)
    • Getting into trouble with the police can lead to a criminal record, which means not being able to go on holiday to countries like the USA, and not being able to do certain jobs
    • Messing around with fireworks is dangerous – some burn as hot as 1,200 degrees – hot enough to melt glass and cause serious or fatal injuries

    Know the law
    If a young person under the age of 16 commits any of the offences below, the parent/guardian will have to pay the fine.
    • A person under the age of 16 can be arrested and fined if found with an unlit firework
    • A person under the age of 16 can also be arrested and fined if they throw or light a firework or make a bonfire
    • A person under the age of 16 can be arrested and fined for throwing things like eggs, flour, paint or other objects at people, vehicles or property

    Thank you for your help and support. By working together, we can keep your children safe this Halloween and Bonfire Night.

    Merseyside Police

Cowley International College will be hosting an Attendance Conference and Coffee Morning for parents/carers on Thursday 12th October, from 11:30am-1:00pm.

The Attendance Conference will bring together key school staff, representatives and parents/carers to look at attendance from all angles, namely addressing: what is working, what isn’t, what are the issues, what can be better and proposed solutions.

This is an opportunity to be heard – tell us what works for you/any issues you’re facing. Only by having key people around the table can we look at attendance from all sides and to plan the way forward. This event is for all parents, even if your children has great attendance.

To register to attend, may we kindly ask you to complete the short from below.

*Text from the NHS Measles / MMR Back to School Communications Toolkit*

Over 102,000 children starting primary school in England are at risk of catching measles.

With millions of children across the country going back to school this week, NHS England is urging parents to check that their children are up to date with their MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) vaccinations in the wake of measles cases rising across the country.

Childhood vaccination rates have fallen over the past ten years and this week statistics show that over 102,000 children aged four and five years old starting in reception are not protected against catching measles, mumps and rubella.

Measles is highly infectious and if left unvaccinated nine out of ten children in a classroom can catch the disease if just one child is infectious.

If you are unsure if you or your child are up to date, check your child’s red book or GP records and make an appointment to catch up any missed doses.

For more information on the NHS vaccination schedule, visit

NHS vaccinations and when to have them – NHS (

The Year 7 Forum event will take place on Thursday, 28th September 2023, 3.30pm – 4.00 p.m.  The event is designed to give parents and carers of our new intake the opportunity to come into college, meet their daughter/son’s form tutor and discuss any issues or concerns which might have arisen since the start of term.

The afternoon will begin at 3.30 p.m. with a brief welcome from senior staff on the Atrium steps, followed by a more informal meeting and a chance to chat with your daughter/son’s team tutor.

To confirm your attendance, please complete and return the tear off slip from the bottom of the letter that has been sent home.

If you wish to discuss any matter on an individual basis, please complete the relevant section on the slip and return it to your daughter/son’s team tutor no later than Monday, 25th September.

Cowley Sixth Form College had the honour of hosting the live broadcast of BBC Radio 4’s ‘Any Questions’ on Friday, 15th September.

The panel on the night was made up of Chair of the Public Accounts Committee, Dame Meg Hillier MP, the TV producer and screenwriter, Sir Phil Redmond, Food and Farming Minister, Mark Spencer MP and the CEO of the Society of Chemical Industry, Sharon Todd.

Under the guidance of presenter, James Cook, the panel delved into a wide range of topics in response to questions posed by the audience.

Some of the topics discussed included the ban on American XL Bully Dogs, China’s relationship with the UK, the Pension triple lock and road traffic speed limits.

Cowley Sixth Form College students played an active role in ensuring the smooth running of the event by directing guests on where to park, as well as to help sign in visitors.

Prior to the broadcast, the Head Boy and Head Girl met the panelists in the Green Room, and spoke about their future aspirations, which was met with insightful and valuable advice.

The long-running current affairs debate, is broadcast live on Friday evenings. Members of the public can attend the broadcast and have the opportunity to ask the panel of politicians, journalists and commentators a topical question.

St Helens Council Music Service are delighted to share their range of ensemble for 23/24 that they continue to provide for FREE for all students who live in the Borough.

Any students that learn an musical instrument, from the real beginners right through to the more advanced musicians are welcome. The Vocal Group on Tuesday is open to any student who enjoys or would like to explore singing.

Please see below a letter from Mr Cormack regarding the return to college.

Y7-11 Letter Aug 2023

There is also a video to watch, where Mr Cormack speaks about what’s been going on during the summer and some advice for students ahead of the return to College in September. Please watch.

Cowley Sixth Form College to host BBC Any Questions?

Cowley Sixth Form College is delighted to be hosting the BBC Radio 4 programme, Any Questions? The programme is a long-running current affairs debate, broadcast live on Friday evenings. Members of the public can attend the broadcast and have the opportunity to ask the panel of politicians, journalists and commentators a topical question.

The broadcast will take place on Friday 15th September. If you would like to attend, you can follow the link below to reserve tickets.

“We are delighted to welcome BBC Any Questions to Cowley and to St Helens and look forward to hear the community challenge the panel with their questions,” said Principal, Russell Cormack.

The link to reserve tickets is now live here.


If you need help with attendance, or if you want to know more about our attendance procedures, visit this page: Attendance