Bolton School was delighted to welcome Old Boy and chess grandmaster Nigel Short as he returned to inspire the current crop of chess players. This culminated in a tense two and a half hour simultaneous chess match against twenty-three pupils, aged eight to eighteen and hailing from the Junior and Senior Schools. Although all were ultimately defeated, this was undoubtedly an unforgettable experience for them. As part of his visit, Nigel also gave a stimulating account of his recent match against Sergey Grigoriants during a talk to Boys' Division chess enthusiasts.
A series of clips from Nigel's simultaneous exhibition match against twenty-three Bolton School pupils can be viewed here.
Boys in Year 8 impressed their peers and teachers in the annual Gymnastics Vaulting Final before half term. Seven boys took part in the last stage of this competition, which began with the whole of the year group competing in heats, and all finalists showed off their consistency and skill over the course of four vaults.
Two Boys' Division pupils have attained impressive achievements with the Independent Schools’ Football Association (ISFA) recently. James in Year 12 has been awarded his full ISFA International cap, while Johsn in Year 11 has been selected for various ISFA National U16s squads.
Tickets are now on sale for this year's Joint Production of Miss Saigon. The show will run from 22 to 25 March 2017 and tickets are available to purchase at break and lunchtimes (£6 each).
There is also still time to buy tickets for When The Eye Has Gone, the visiting production about the life of cricketer Colin Milburn, coming to Bolton School on 1 March for one night only! This one man show is produced by Roughhouse Theatre and was commissioned by The Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA). Tickets are £10 and booking details are available here.