Friday, 6 May 2016

6 May 2016

The Senior Girls' annual May Serenade was once again a moving occasion. The diverse and masterful renditions of a variety of pieces showed the range of musical talent across the Girls' Division. From solos to duets and quartets to full orchestral pieces, and musical styles ranging from the classical to modern chart hits, this was a really enjoyable evening.

A number of pieces from the May Serenade are now available to watch again. Click on the title to view: Für Elise (Senior Clarinet Choir), All Creatures Great and Small (Senior Flute Quartet), Fields of Gold (Senior Choir), Move (Joint Chamber Choir).

Year 5 pupil Janani Velayutham has been celebrating this week after winning the regional chess 'Megafinal' of the Delancey UK Schools' Chess Challenge! This means that she will go on to compete in the national semi-final round, called the Gigafinal.

Marcus Williams in Year 6 has been selected to fight for Great Britain in the Thai Kick Boxing Championships later on this year. Despite his young age, he has already claimed three title belts.

The Year 5 and Year 6 swimmers at the Junior Girls' School recently qualified for the ESSA National Finals following their excellent performance at the North West Division Championships! The five girls competed in two team relay events and took podium positions in each, earning them the right to swim in the national competition in June.

On Friday, the Boys' Division hosted Dutch U17 team Koudekerk for a match. The Dutch side regularly host the Bolton School team when the School visits Holland on tour, and it was the perfect opportunity to return the favour.

The School wished three Old Boys good luck at the end of the week as they headed to Turkey with the Great Britain Under 19 Men's water polo squad for the European Qualifying Tournament. Aaron Winstanley captains the squad, continuing a strong family tradition of playing water polo for Great Britain: his older brother Drew also played for the U19s in his time, while younger brother Jos was recently selected for the U16s.

The School recently hosted a Graduation Dinner for all of the gifted and talented Year 5 pupils who completed the SHINE: Serious Fun on Saturday Mornings programme. Fifty children from thirteen local primary schools took part in the cross-curricular sessions over eleven weeks, and enjoyed traditional lessons and unusual subjects alike. At the Graduation Dinner their achievements were celebrated.

Old Girl Nikki Reid has been commissioned an an officer in the British Army following a year of training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. She took part in the Sovereign's Parade, which marks the passing out of Officer Cadets.

This week's Inspiring Mind is Rita Garthwaite, an Old Girl who attended the School from 1957 to 1964 and former member of Girls’ Division Staff fro 1976 to 2006. In her profile, she shares memories of French lessons with Barbara Morley and walking up Winter Hill with Miss Higginson, as well as memories of exchanges and Princess Diana's visit to open the Arts Centre in 1993.

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