Friday, 3 March 2017

3 March 2017

Gifted and talented sports pupils as well as Junior School pupils were delighted to meet Olympic and World finalist runner Eilish McColgan just a few days ahead of her performance at the European Indoor Championships. Her message of perseverance and resilience came across strongly as she recounted the injuries she has suffered, and how they did not stop her from realising her dream of competing at the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Children across the Foundation enjoyed a range of literary celebrations in honour of World Book Day's 20th anniversary.

The focus for the Junior Girls was on character, and pupils came into School dressed in outfits to depict a host of figures from literature, from poetry, from myth and from history! The day was filled with book-related activities from start to finish, and the girls enjoyed sharing their favourite stories as part of the festivities.

In both Divisions, pupils could hunt for and keep 'Found, Not Lost!' books that had been hidden in obscure locations around the School. The Girls' Division held the 'Big Book Bake Off', which encouraged pupils and staff to recreate books in cake form. The Library also hosted the Scholastic Book Fair.

The Infant School donned a wide range of costumes for the day with everyone from Dennis the Menace to the BFG roaming the halls of Beech House on World Book Day! Not to be outdone, the staff also put on their best literary dress for the day and enjoyed sharing their characters with the children.

Children at the Nursery brought their favourite characters to life with a host of costumes, from fairytale princesses to comic book superheroes! They enjoyed face-painting, visits to the local library and drawing pictures of characters from books.

Pupils from 13 Ogden Trust Partnership schools attended the Physics Olympics, which was once again hosted by the Boys' Division. All of the teams had fun completing the five challenging physics tasks and answering the quiz questions throughout the day, using their scientific knowledge and practical skills to achieve the best possible scores in the competition.

A variety of speakers from a wide range of careers spoke to pupils as part of the NHS Careers Day at Bolton School. Three alumni returned to talk about their work as a pharmacist, a junior doctor, and an Operating Department Practitioner. In addition to a host of sessions tailored to specific career paths, pupils were enlightened by Dr Mohmmed Jiva's keynote speech on the evolution of a new National Health Service.

The Year 11 girls were introduced to National Citizen Service (NCS) at Bolton Lads and Girls Club for the seventh year running. This scheme puts pupils into a mixed group with young people from across Bolton, with the aim of them making new friends, improving their skills, and ultimately delivering a project to aid their local community by the end of the NCS programme.

Roman Mysteries author Caroline Lawrence visited the School to talk to Boys' and Girls' Division pupils in Year 7 and Junior Girls in Year 5 about her work. She also discussed the destruction of Pompeii and her Classical influences, the use of archetypes in writing, and her new series of books, the Roman Quests, set in Roman Britain.

Junior Boys' School pupil Henry won the downhill slalom at the Obergurgl Village Race during the half term holidays! Henry skis just ten days a year in Austria, but nonetheless beat tough competition to win this race again 242 other children.

A weekend drop-in session for parents at Bolton School's Nursery to help them to understand different aspects of the Early Years’ Foundation Stage. They were able to get ideas for activities to try with their child or children to benefit learning.

The Venerable Jonathan Boardman, Archdeacon of Italy and Malta and Chaplain of All Saints, is an Old Boy of the School. He recently welcomed Pope Francis to his Anglican church in Rome, with the visit making history as the first time the pontiff has visited an Anglican church in the city.

Luxe & Co, Anime and Mugs Away were the three Young Enterprise teams from Bolton School Girls' Division who plied their wares at the Trafford Centre trade fair. Jewellery company Luxe & Co won the highly commended award from the Young Enterprise Manager for Greater Manchester!

Before the half term break, the Girls' Division held its annual Music Festival. This year, there were new categories such as 'Open Mic' to tempt even more performers to take part, and the adjudicator was very impressed with the standard throughout. The two-day event culminated in a fabulous Celebration Concert which showcased the girls' musicianship.

Roughhouse Theatre brought When The Eye Has Gone, a poignant play about the life of cricketer Colin Milburn, to Bolton School. The School community was joined by members of the public for an evening of entertainment which was by turns funny and sad. Prior to the performance, Boys' Division pupils interviewed the one man show's actor and director.

Recently Nursery children in the Butterfly Room enjoyed a visit from a dentist and learned more about the job. They used model tools to have a go at being dentists themselves.

Recent leaver Teddy Pender has won the 100m US Freestyle title at the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Swimming Championship meet in Middletown, Connecticut. He was cheered on to glory by his Bates College coaches and teammates.

Last week's Inspiring Mind was Michael Griffiths, an Old Boy who is now Bolton School's Chairman of Governors. After leaving the Boys' Division in 1965, he completed a gap year on VSO and then studied Industrial Economics at Nottingham University. After a few years as part of a large firm, he decided to take his career along a more entrepreneurial route. He became Chairman of the Governing Body in 2007. He fondly recalls some recollections of his time as a pupil as part of his profile and celebrates the staff who taught him.

This week's Inspiring Mind is Old Boy Nigel Short, who attended the Boys' Division from 1976 to 1981. He became the youngest International Master in chess history at the age of 14 while still a pupil, and went on to become the youngest grandmaster in the world. His profile charts his illustrious career, and also recalls some of his favourite Bolton School memories.

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