Friday, 30 June 2017

30 June 2017

Pupils' contributions to the community were celebrated at the annual Year 12 student volunteering awards night. There was extra cause to celebrate this year, with the School having recently received the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS). Over the course of the evening, some students shared their volunteering experiences and everyone received certificates from The High Sheriff of Greater Manchester, Mr Kui Man Gerry Yeung.


The whole of Year 9 in the Girls' Division has been involved with the Send my Friend to School project as part of their Geography lessons. Pupils created a jigsaw puzzle piece which illustrates the aspects of education that they feel are the most important. They sent these to local MP David Crausby, asking him to take their messages to Parliament during the Send my Friend campaign week.

Year 10 pupils in the Boys' Division set aside their technology for 24 hours to raise money for the We Love Manchester campaign. The boys managed without their phones, iPads, computers and all other forms of technology both in school and at home for a whole day to raise as much money as possible for this worthy cause.


Four Girls' Division pupils in Year 9 recently attended the Salters' Festival of Chemistry at the University of Manchester. They thoroughly enjoyed the two practical challenges that were set on the day, and did so well in the 'University Challenge' that they came in first place!


A group of Girls' Division pupils attended the University of Bolton's STEM Challenge. Split into mixed groups with students from schools around Bolton, they participated in a series of tasks which tested their practical science, technology, engineering and maths skills. The Girls' Division pupils' teams did well, and Summer Kay and Kaitlyn Paton were both in the overall winning group! They will go on to the Regional Final.

The School's annual Community Music Concert Series has begun. So far, the Junior Concert Band and Boys' Division Brass Ensemble have given performances at local primary schools. These events help to introduce younger pupils to a range of fantastic music and also give those primary school children a chance to get involved and try out a samba routine with the Bolton School pupils.

The Year 3 Outdoor Learning Day was once again a huge success! The Junior Girls had fun taking part in a range of outdoor learning sessions in the School grounds. They were very excited to try out archery, orienteering, bushcraft, and a range of team-building activities.


A trio of Year 7 pupils from the Boys' Division helped the Bolton Futsal U12s team to victory in the National Youth Futsal Finals last weekend. Joel Burgess, Luca Latona and Ben McCarthy all play for the town team, and were excited to represent the North West in the national round of the competition, playing teams from across the UK for the title.

In the Girls' Divison, two pupils have recently been offered contracts with professional football academies. Anna Phillips in Year 9 has been offered a place with Manchester City, and Lizzie Harkness in Year 8 with Everton. Both girls' parents are delighted with their achievements, which are the result of their dedication to training and hard work.

The Year 5 and 6 swimming team qualified for the ESSA National Championships for Primary Schools earlier this year, and travelled to Ponds Forge for the competition in June. It was a wonderful achievement to have made it to this stage of the competition.


Year 7 pupil Hollie Asquith has had a busy month competing in two separate British Championship roller skating disciplines. She achieved fifth and third place overall: an excellent achievement in both cases.

The Junior Girls' annual Photography Competition has now been judged! Old Boy Mark Power, who is now a freelance photographer, set the theme before half term and returned to judge the entries. All the girls are now eagerly awaiting the results, which will be announced at the end of term.

This week's Inspiring Mind profile features Deanne Cunningham, who attended the Girls' Division from 1994 to 2001 and was Head Girl in her final year. Deanne went on to study law at Magdalen College, Oxford, and spent two years as a trainee solicitor in London and Tokyo before deciding to pursue a more creative career. She is now a freelance script editor and producer and has worked on TV dramas for Channel 4, Sky and ITV.

Friday, 23 June 2017

23 June 2017

For this academic year, RoughHouse Theatre has been the Boys' Division Theatre Company in Residence. RoughHouse has collaborated with boys in Years 7 to 9 to devise drama based on topics drawn from the wider pastoral curriculum: law, justice, race and democracy. The theatre company has also been commissioned to create a new, original piece of theatre based on the boys' work, which will be performed at the Lower School Drama Festival in July.


A 100-word short story written by Anna Clark in Year 10 has won joint first prize in the Year 7-11 category of the inaugural Oxford University Spanish Flash Fiction Competition. Judges were particularly impressed by Anna's specific focus in the story, while also giving glimpses of the wider context.


Pupils at Beech House Infant School were delighted to meet animals from Bowland Farm. They were able to stroke and feed the animals, and some children were lucky enough to hold the chicks or ducks or lead the alpacas around the playground!


Two swimmers in the Girls' Division achieved highly at the North West Regional Summer Swimming Championships. Lucy Dixon won two silver and two bronze medals and earned a place on the England Talent Regional Development Programme, while Elly Fraser won one silver and two bronze medals and also achieved British National Qualifying Times for these events!

The final of the Girls' Division Parents' Association Future Entrepreneurs competition took place with teams of Year 9 girls pitching their personal safety item concepts to a panel of judges. The external judges arranged by the PA were very impressed by all of the pupils' ideas, but most of all with the concept put forward by SoCAE. The Mayor of Bolton presented the winning team with prizes.


Two Girls' Division pupils have recently been offered contracts with professional football academies. Lizzy Harkness and Anna Phillips have been offered contracts with Everton and Manchester City academies respectively.

The recent Joint Parents' Associations' Gin Tasting Evening was a huge success. An audience of potential gin connoisseurs enjoyed a presentation from Chris Coombs of Turton Wines on the history of gin before sampling gin at the speed tasting tables and moving on to the Gin Bar. The event was so popular the the PAs are now planning further events.


Teja Reece in Year 7 recently received no less than five trophies for her football performance! She was awarded these accolades based on both the players' and managers' assessment of her performance over the course of the season.

The Boys' Division Parents' Association hosted the latest Teenage Journey talk, which was about Choices Beyond School. Bernard Strutt, Head of Undergraduate Admissions at the University of Manchester, gave the evening's presentation which offered helpful advice to parents about the job market, what employers look for and how to help pupils to make the right decisions.

Girls in Year 7 recently invited their former Year 6 teachers and headteachers into School for a special lunch, which they had made themselves. The girls served sandwiches, pastries and cakes along with hot or cold drinks while chatting to their former teachers about life as a Bolton School pupil.


Friday, 16 June 2017

16 June 2017

Bolton School has received the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service. This prestigious national honour is the highest accolade given to volunteer groups, and is equivalent to an MBE. The awards has been given to the whole School, from Nursery to Sixth Form, for the wide range of community activities that pupils are involved in and the committment to establishing a habit of volunteering.


Congratulations to Year 12 pupil Adam Hall, whose artwork 'Bolton School: A Modern Tradition' is one of twenty shortlisted for The Saatchi Gallery Art Prize for Schools! The finalists were whittled down from over 24,000 entries from 66 countries around the world, so this is a marvellous achievement for Adam.


Click here to view 'Bolton School: A Modern Tradition' in 360 degree Virtual Reality.

This year Well-Good, the charity set up by two Girls' Division maths teachers to fund safe drinking water around the world, has raised £5,200! The money has been used to pay for wells in Malawi, India, Indonesia, Pakistan and Niger through Penny Appeal's Thirst Relief programme.


Children at the Nursery spent a week learning all about the role of the Emergency Services. They were visited by representatives from the ambulance service, police force and fire and rescue service, and found out how these different groups all help people in different ways. They also received some tips on how to stay safe. Some lucky older children were able to hold the fire engine hose and shoot water across the Nursery car park!


Boys' Division pupils have raised £1,000 for AFC Masters, a local development disability football club based in Horwich. The money was raised through a non-uniform day and will go towards providing more fun, football and friendships to young people and adults with disabilities.

Pupils in Year 2 went on an exciting outdoor learning adventure at the nearby Anderton Centre! They went canoeing, had a go at archery, and enjoyed sitting around the campfire.


The Careers Department arranged an evening talk from Martin Birchall, Managing Director of High Fliers Research, who talked to students and parents about the current graduate job market. This insightful presentation offered lots of information as well as good advice about building a full CV and choosing the right employer. The evening will no doubt have been very helpful to those currently considering A Level and degree choices.


Swim England visited the School's pool the film a set of instructional videos designed to help teachers who want to teach water polo. The School's squad members were filmed as they ran through different skills and moves for the videos, which will complement the organisation's new water polo curriculum.

Old Boy Michael Lodmore returned to School to talk to Year 9 Boys' Division pupils about a career in the media. He currently works for Dock10, based at MediaCity in Salford, where he manages daily operations including cameras, lighting and sound equipment. He talked to the boys about his career progression from Bolton School to date as well as his current job and some of the programmes he has worked on recently.

Congratulations to Year 4 pupil Dinburgh, who has won her first national medal for rhythmic gymnastics: a Bronze at the National Development Plan Grades Final.


There are two recent Inspiring Minds profiles to catch up on:

Sarah Ann Murray is an Old Girl who left Bolton School in 2001 to study Law at Birmingham University. After graduating, she knew she did not want a career in law and has since gone on to become an independent menswear stylist. She is now hired by magazines, brands, production companies and publicists to style a model, celebrity or product for photo shoots.

Nicola Rigby left Bolton School in 2000 and, after studying Geography at the University of Newcastle, she joined international property consultancy GVA on work experience. In 2014 she became Director of GVA. She has been recognised in the North West Business Insider's 'women of influence' list, a prestigious business list highlighting influential businesswomen in the North West region.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

26 May 2017

Friday 26 May was the final day of a very busy last week of a very busy term!  Acclaimed author Sophia Bennett spent the day in the Girls’ Division, telling Year 6 girls how to become a writer, lunching with the Dymond Society before informing Year 8 pupils “How to Win Like A Girl” in her inspiring presentation.



After a week of tests, Junior Boys burnt off some energy in their annual charity fancy dress fun run. Working in pairs, they lapped the Senior School sports field raising thousands of pounds for four charities chosen by the pupils - Derian House, Cash4Kids Manchester, Dementia UK and Parkinson’s UK. An on-the-day bucket collection raised a further £500 for the families affected by the Manchester atrocity.



Year 9 girls spent the week “off-timetable” with half the cohort completing the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh practice expedition walk in and around Rivington whilst the other half engaged in activities in school including a mental health day and a future entrepreneurs’ event organised by the Parents’ Association. Half way through the week, the two groups flipped activities.


Year 6 girls and boys were given a privileged insight into a number of high-flying careers by former pupils. The Junior Careers Carousel saw alumni talk about their journey from Bolton School pupils to careers in medicine, film production, politics and town planning.  Year 8 girls also enjoyed an informative day absorbed in learning about future career options through six engaging and interactive presentations as well as through workshops with Careers staff in the School.



Boys’ Division Organ Scholars - Ben Chowdhury, Oliver Shaw and William Miles - gave an excellent public lunchtime performance in Bolton Parish Church of music by Cesar Franck, Samuel Wesley and Philip Moore.


The Girls’ Division also showed itself in an innovative private-state school partnership, working with Prestolee Primary School and Prestolee School Centre for Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) to improve the quality of teaching and learning in science through an integrated approach incorporating Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths (STEAM). The focus was to develop trainee teachers’ confidence and subject knowledge when delivering scientific enquiry alongside the arts in order to develop children’s enthusiasm and interest in the subject. 



The Boys’ Division was delighted to welcome ten pupils from Thomasson Memorial School, a local primary school for hearing impaired children, to its Science department for a morning of hands-on lessons. 

Old Boy Sam Hilton was in the news, having been handed his first international rugby union cap for Saudi Arabia, who will shortly play Jordan. He joins the ranks of Old Boy rugby internationals such as Phil Hassan, Jack Forster and Anthony Mellalieu.



And at the end of the preceding week, Year 13 girls had fun on their very last day, dressing up as characters from the 1990s. Sixth Form boys, in their valedictory assembly, learnt about the new Alumni Network and from Old Boy David Seddon about a network set up by former pupils to mentor young leavers in presenting themselves for interview and pursuing their career.




The week’s Inspiring Mind was Chris Eatough, six times world champion in 24 hour solo mountain bike racing.


Friday, 19 May 2017

19 May 2017

Bolton School's U13 water polo players have successfully defended their title, and in doing so have claimed the 'triple triple': the School has won the ESSA National Championships in all three age groups for an unprecedented third year running! The U15 and 18 teams won their age group competitions in March, and the U13s overcame the favourites in the final to maintain the School's winning streak.


The Year 13 students enjoyed their final days as Bolton School pupils this week before departing on Study Leave before their A Level exams.

In the Boys' Division, the whole of Year 13 enjoyed a valedictory assembly which offered them advice and guidance for the future. They also learned more about becoming Old Boys and heard from former School Captain David Seddon about the mentoring opportunities available through the generosity of alumni.


Year 11 pupil Emily Graham has been awarded first place in the Portico Library's Sadie Massey Award for Young Writers! Her piece 'Bolton' will now be published, alongside work from children's authors and the other winning entries, in a collection titled Time Travellers and the Crystal Dome.


The Friends of Bolton School Choir performed The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace at Bolton Parish Church. They were supported by the two Junior School choirs, which performed musical pieces on a similar theme of peace. The concert was a moving and thought-provoking evening for all who attended.



Children in Year 1 at Beech House, Bolton School's Infant School, had a fun day at the HIVE at Moss Bank Park. They enjoyed investigating plants and learning lots of interesting information in a hands-on environment.


Old Boy John Craven gave his time to speak to Sixth Form boys from his London office via a live internet link. He talked to them about his career in investment banking and was able to give a great insight into educational options and the world of banking and finance.

This year's series of Lunchtime Concerts was brought to a close with a fantastic performance from Junior RNCM musicians. Members of the public and Bolton School pupils alike enjoyed listening to the music at this final concert of the year. The series has once again been a great success.

Tenacity of Bolton, the ketch built by Boys' Division staff and pupils, is celebrating the tenth anniversary of its completion! The 15m ketch was finished in May 2007, having been built over nine years as a Millennium Project at the suggestion of former Head of Technology Mr Mike Whitmarsh. The boat is now operated by the Tall Ships Youth Trust, with Bolton School pupils regularly making use of it for expeditions.


A fun series of tennis workshops for pupils in Years 1 and 2 at Beech House allowed the children to increase their skills and have a go at the sport. The sessions were run by a Bolton Arena Tennis Centre coach.

Children and parents at the Nursery recently enjoyed a Saturday-morning drop-in session which included an exciting 'dough disco'!


Finally, the Old Boltonians AFC 1st XI have claimed the Lancashire FA Bluefin Sports Insurance Amateur Cup for the second time in four seasons! Four Old Boys were instrumental in achieving the win for the team, and it is a great achievement for the Old Bolts club.


This week's Inspiring Mind is The Lady Smith of Leigh DL TCert. B.Sc (Hons) (Lond), High Sheriff of Greater Manchester 2016-17. She attended Bolton School from the age of 8, leaving in 1963. She recalls fond memories and inspirational members of staff in her profile.

Friday, 12 May 2017

12 May 2017

Boys' Division chemistry teacher Dr Kristy Turner, who also teaches at the University of Manchester, is the Royal Society of Chemistry Schools Education Award winner for 2017. This is awarded to someone who has demonstrated an exceptional ability to teach chemistry and inspire students at any pre-university level.

Nineteen Junior Boys have had their work selected for the second round of judging in the 500 Words writing competition organised by BBC Radio 2 and Chris Evans. They are among just 5,000 children who have been chosen for the next round from over 131,000 initial entries - an excellent achievement!


Year 7 pupil Anupam has recently competed in a national table tennis competition. He represented Greater Manchester Schools in the U13s competition, winning two out of three group matches.

The Bolton School Bake Off Final took place this week, with the four finalists creating 'showstopper' bakes to impress the judges. Baking to a strict time limit and coming up with creative and delicious products, all four girls excelled, but the eventual winner for the second year running was Yasmin with yet another spectacular cake.


The Junior Boys were treated to a wonderful lunchtime concert from their teachers, Mrs Ives and Miss Ormerod. They listened to music on the viola, recorder and bassoon as well as some singing.

The Sixth Form Boys have raised over £1000 for three charities with a fun walk event. The money will be split between the Alzheimer's Society, Barnardo’s and Anthony Nolan, the UK's blood cancer charity.


Children at Bolton School Nursery have also been fundraising with their Peppa Pig's Muddy Puddle Walk! All of the Nursery children enjoyed a messy obstacle course on the Boys' Division sports field, splashing through puddles and squelching through mud to raise money for Save the Children. Over £1000 was donated to the cause through this event.


Old Boy John Craven gave a talk on investment banking to the Sixth Form boys. The event was facilitated by a WebEx link, allowing him to address the group from his London office. The talk was interesting and varied, and gave insight into career prospects in the world of banking and finance.

The Junior Girls sent a team of Year 5 pupils to the AJIS Biathlon competition at Rossall School. The six girls performed well in both events and won first place overall!


Six students in the Sixth Form and four Old Boys were key players for Bolton RUFC U18s in their Colts League Shield Final against Tarleton at the weekend. The Bolton School lads helped the town team to victory with a final score of 18-15.

The Year 6 pupils from the Junior Girls' School are at Patterdale Hall this week. They captured one of their eggs-citing challenges on film - watch it here or click the play button below!


On 19 May at 7pm, Bolton School will host a free talk about Squadron Leader Roger Bushell, the man behind "The Great Escape". Simon Pearson has written a book about the remarkable life and death of The Great Escaper, and will share his insights during this event. The talk has been organised to support the Great Britain Junior (U19) Water Polo squad, which includes many Boys' Division pupils, and a collection will be held at the end.


Friday, 5 May 2017

05 May 2017

Last week, the Girls' Division welcomed members of the public for a fascinating talk on 'The Poetry of Art and the Art of Poetry' from art historian Michael Howard. In taking the audience on a tour through the art of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, he reflected on specific paintings and poems and the reciprocal nature of both art forms.


The School held an awards evening to celebrate the achievements of pupils in both Divisions who have been awarded gold, silver and bronze Duke of Edinburgh Awards. Old Girl Janette McCormick, now Deputy Chief Constable of Cheshire Constabulary, was the guest speaker for the evening and congratulated the award recipients on their efforts, particularly in the field of volunteering. Pupils also shared their D of E experiences in the course of the ceremony.


A team of four Boys' Division pupils have been crowned the winners of the Royal Society of Chemistry's national Top of the Bench competition! They completed an individual written test and a two-hour group practical task, and despite the challenges of the day they emerged victorious.


The May Serenade was a wonderful celebration of pupils' musical talents. The varied ensembles, soloists and choirs created an enchanting programme of music throughout the evening. The two award winners from February's Music Festival also received their awards.


Pupils in the Girls' Division have once again taken part in the British Science Association's Crest Awards. The girls undertook a science-based project of their choosing, and presented their varied findings to Mr David Ward, the regional Crest Coordinator.


The annual Battle of the Bands took place, judged this year by Governor and record producer George Apsion who handed the prize over to Year 12 band The Parallel Oreos. He was impressed by the overall quality of all four bands who performed on the day


Young gymnast Dinburgh has once again been crowned Champion at the North West Rhythmic Gymnastics Open after competing in the U10 category. She achieved first place in the 'free' and 'ball' sections as well as overall first place in her age group.


Recent leavers Zack Weir and Jackson Shaw are planning to undertake a 1,000 kilometer bicycle ride through five European countries to raise money for Alzheimer's Research UK. Both have recently witnessed the devastating effect of the disease on their grandmas and are raising the money in their honour. Track their progress and donate to their cause here.