Every year in May a large group of young people, staff and volunteers from Shrewsbury House ('The Shewsy'), a youth and community centre in Liverpool, spend a weekend at the school. This follows on from the visits that Lower Sixth pupils made earlier in the year to Liverpool as part of their Social Studies, working with the young people and learning about life in the inner city, social care, crime and Liverpool's great maritime tradition.
Shrewsbury House is unique in being the only institution of its kind in the UK, and Shrewsbury School is also unique in offering social studies courses in its own youth and community centre.
The group of 28 from The Shewsy arrived last Saturday. The 13 boys and 8 girls were all aged between 11 and 18, and they were accompanied by 7 members of staff. After lunch in the Ashton Theatre, they all took part in an activity - either horseriding , mountain biking or doing archery - followed by a swim in our pool.
In the evening the whole group travelled out and walked over the Stiperstones in the most glorious weather. Everyone took part in very good spirits and ended up at The Stiperstones Inn for supper.
On Sunday morning, the group all came into chapel, where the chaplain of Shrewsbury House church, Henry Corbett, and the Youth Leader Dave Brereton, spoke to everyone about the Shewsy. Following brunch they all went on tours of the boarding houses, being hosted by our pupils who had been to the Shewsy earlier this year on social studies courses. Cricket in the cricket school with Ross Stephen, our Australian Cricket Professional and Coach, was then followed by a gripping football match: Shewsy v Shrewsbury School. At full time, the score was 5-5, but The Shewsy scored the wininng Golden Goal. This was quite an achievement, as they had been subbing players of all ages snd standards, and were up against our team of mainly Sixth Form boys.
After some more swimming and supper in KH, The Shewsy then left, tired and happy after a very enjoyable and successful weekend. We were delighted to hear from Dave Brereton afterwards that the feedback from The Shewsy was that it was the 'best visit ever'.
We are delighted that 9 male youngsters from The Shewsy are working towards the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Awards - the first time that anyone from The Shewsy has taken part in this scheme. They will be visiting Shrewsbury School this weekend, doing some outdoor DofE expedition work around the site on Saturday morning, and then joining our Third Form DofE groups at the Long Mynd campsite for the walking phase of the training.