Friday, 5 March 2010

Bolton School Blog: 27/2 - 5/3/10

This week exemplifies much of what this School is about. A real range of interesting and diverse news stories across the campus, including:

National Football Champions

The U13s football side beat Forest School from London 2-1 in the final of the Independent Schools' Football Cup. On their way to the final they scored 28 goals and conceded none. We wish them luck, although one doubts they will need it, in their forthcoming tour to The Netherlands.

First Eleven Reach County Cup Final

The School's first eleven football team also enjoyed success this week with a penalty shoot-out win against St Bede's. The victory puts them into the final of the Greater Manchester County Cup.

Unique's U-Shoe Walks Away with Langtree Homes' Business Trophy

A team of six Sixth Form boys overcame all other Sixth Form pupils from both the Boys' and Girls' Divisions to take away the prestigious trophy. Their business proposition of tailor-made footwear won out in Bolton School's answers to the Dragons' Den.

Maasai in the Classroom!

In what is almost certainly a first, Bolton School Year 9 girls linked up with a Maasai tribe this week. As part of their Geography project, the girls had to learn about the effect of tourism on the Maasai tribe. No point beating around the bush so the girls spoke to them direct via a Skype link and some coordination with LivLife, a charity set up in Tanzania by two Old Boys.

Jazz Band is off to Montreux

The School's joint jazz band has been accepted to play at the internationally renowned Montreux Jazz Festival - not a schools' or junior one but the real thing, which attracts the very best pop and jazz musicians.

And talking of Music, this year more than 500 boys entered the Young Musician of the Year competition in the Boys' Division. A close final, watched by parents, saw the genius that is Ben Smith win the senior award and the award for Composer of the Year. Remember his name, he will go far.

As part of World Book Day boys enjoyed spending a day with author John Malam as they learnt how to produce their own book, the Junior Girls have now raised more than £1,000 for the Haiti Disaster appeal and Sixth Form students enjoyed a very interesting lecture from Professor Ross Sibson about Genetics and Cancer Research.

Below the Junior Girls enjoy dressing as a character from a book on World Book Day.

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