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On Wednesday 19th June Alastair Machray began his working day meeting students at Alsop High School. He told students to “be proud and carry on the amazing work” of the school which has served north Liverpool for 100 years.
Mr Machray met representatives of the Student Council for breakfast and then gave an inspirational talk, to a packed hall, about his career in journalism. He outlined the highlights of his career and his 14 years as Editor-in-Chief of the Liverpool Echo. Students were able to ask questions and Alastair spoke honestly and movingly about his life as a newspaper editor.
During his visit, Mr Machray watched the new promotional film, which depicts life at Alsop. The film, “More Than A School” was produced by Media And Digital, who worked with the school council. The film highlights Alsop is a school which reaches out and has community at its core.
Mr Machray commented that:
“Alsop is not just a school in the community but a school leading a community.”
Mr Machray referred to the number of students that had used Alsop as a launch pad into university and successful careers. He spoke about former Alsopian, Sam Carroll, Liverpool Echo Digital Live Sports Reporter.
Sam was loved his time at Alsop. He comments:
‘I loved school. Really loved it. If you wanted to learn, Alsop was a brilliant school.’
Mr Machray comments:
“Congratulations to Alsop High School upon reaching your centenary year. Visiting Alsop always inspires me...and it's hard to inspire a gnarled and grizzled old newspaper editor. You are a rock for your community in an often tempestuous sea. Be proud and carry on the amazing work.”
The visit of Mr Machray is one of a programme of events to commemorate the centenary of the school. The school are hosting the “Alsop Grand Reunion” of former students and staff on Friday 12 th July 2019. On Saturday 13th July 2019, Alsop will hold “The Alsop Great Get Together” for current students, parents and community members.
Former students and staff are encouraged to visit the school website www.alsophigh.org.uk for further information about the #Alsop100 Centenary.
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