Friday, 28 May 2010

Bolton School Blog: 24/5 - 28/5/2010

Bolton’s Own Ogden Physics Teaching Fellow
An exciting week for Bolton School as it becomes the first school and only the second academic institution in the country to employ an Ogden Physics Teaching Fellow. Mr Mark Ormerod has been appointed from a highly competitive field and will begin work in September of this year. His role will focus on nurturing physics students and teachers at local schools and widening the participation in and uptake of Physics at A level. Particular focus will be on children in the 11-16 years' old age range.

On the sporting front this week Year 8 pupil Haseebullah Hammed is making his mark on Bolton School cricket, despite only being at the school since January. Talented cricketer Haseebullah has definitely found his feet - recording his first century for the team in a win against Manchester Grammar.

Maasai Tribe to Speak English with a Bolton Accent!
Girls at Bolton School are helping a Maasai tribe to speak English! The Year 9 girls have been video recording one another speaking in basic and clear English and the tapes will be used to supplement other teaching materials and sent out to rural Tanzania. The project has come about after pupils linked up with the African tribe via a Skype video connection during a Geography lesson earlier in the year. The girls had quizzed the Maasai on how they were being affected by tourism and they, in turn, had been keen to learn about life in Bolton.

As part of an off-curriculum day, Year 9 girls got to meet Bali Rai, author of many successful novels aimed at teenagers. Bali gave talks to the girls about his books and about life as an author followed by Question and Answer sessions, in order to get pupils more interested and excited by reading. He also spoke to the girls about issues surrounding multi-culturalism, ethnicity, citizenship and politics which he often covers in his books.

Also this week Bolton School Arts Centre was transformed into a kaleidoscope of colour as some marvellous models, also known as Junior Girls, paraded down the catwalk for the Parents Association Fashion Show. 64 girls took to the runway to show off the current fashions, and spectators were mesmerised by the array of different outfits provided by 'Clothes Horse Kids'.

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