Friday, 17 March 2017

17 March 2017

Last week, pupils visited the moon, ventured into the heart of a volcano and even travelled back in time to an Anglo-Saxon village with Google Expeditions! Children from both Junior Schools and in Year 1 and Year 2 at Beech House Infant School were able to take part in these virtual reality adventures which got pupils excited about learning in a wide variety of curriculum areas.

The Junior Boys raised £1,350 for the Breast Unit at Royal Bolton Hospital. They were motivated by School Secretary and Old Girl Mrs Iddon's breast cancer diagnosis a year ago, and the boys threw themselves into designing wrapping paper to sell at the Christmas Fair. Additional funds were raised by the Parents' Association. Surgeon Clare Garnsey, also an Old Girl, and Nurse Mal Sheridan came into School to accept the donation during assembly.

Sixteen Girls' Division pupils were selected at trials to join the U15 Lancashire Lacrosse A and B teams and reserves. One pupils was even selected as the A team captain!

Gifted and talented pupils from a range of schools across the North-West came to Bolton School for an English and Design and Technology Saturday Challenge workshop based on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. They were able to get involved in a range of activities as part of this experience, aptly named 'The Mechanics of the Mechanicals'.

Current Year 13 students in the Boys' Division took advantage of technology to hear from two Old Boys this week via Skype and FaceTime. They connected with tech entrepreneur and investor Rob Dobson and with investment banker Adam Crook. Both Old Boys spoke about their career paths and offered advice for the future.

The Junior Boys enjoyed a wonderful concert from four Senior Boys who recently won their sections at the Young Musician of the Year competition. The younger pupils very much enjoyed the varied programme of music.

Children in Year 1 at the Infant School recently visited Knowsley Safari Park to learn more about the animals there! They had fun getting up close and personal with all kinds of creatures, from tall giraffes to tiny hissing cockroaches.

Badminton player Shreya Kamath in Year 9 has been selected to play for Lancashire at the upcoming Under 18 Inter County Badminton tournament in April. She has already won several gold medals at U14, U16 and U18 level in Badminton England tournaments.

Old Boy James Dunne's love of dance began at the School's Strictly Dance Club several years ago. He is now entering a charity dance competition to support Christie's and returned to School to collect a donation, and also to dance with current members of his old club!

Junior School pupil Vlada Kozak has been called up to the Great Britain tennis team and will take part in a French national tournament next week! She is currently the number one player in her age group.

Children in Year 2 at the Infant School have been whipping up delicious treats to enjoy as part of their Baking Club.

The U14 Netball team last weekend won the Bolton Schools' Netball Tournament after a tense final played against Turton School.

This week the School hosted a 'Bad Day at School' conference, organised by Ease Training. Girls' Division Headmistress Sue Hinks was one of the afternoon speakers at this event, which offered advice to schools on what to do when problems arise.

Sports enthusiasts at Bolton School recently heard from massage therapist Sally Barker, who in 2016 travelled to Rio to support the GB team at the Paralympics! She spoke to them about this amazing experience and also offered inspirational career advice.

Infants have been comparing the toys of today with those from the past, most recently by weighing and measuring their favourite toys.

Click here to watch the clip from North West Tonight about Old Boy and chess grandmaster Nigel Short's recent visit to Bolton School, when he faced more than twenty pupils in a simultaneous chess match!

This week's Inspiring Mind is Lord Peter Smith, and Old Boy who attended the School from 1956 to 1964 on a scholarship. He trained at the London School of Economics and went on to become a lecturer, teaching politics and economics at colleges in London and then Manchester. He has a long career in local government, beginning in 1978 when he was elected Labour Councillor to Wigan Council, and was given a life peerage in 1999 for his services to local government. In his profile, he talks of his fondest Bolton School memories of trek camps and teachers, and offers the advice to 'never stop learning' to current pupils.

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