Friday, 19 November 2010

15 - 19 November

Centenary Celebration of Bolton School Photography
Bolton School was delighted to welcome Old Boy Ian Jones back to school this week to judge a photography competition being held to celebrate 100 years of photography at the school. Ian left Bolton School in the early 1980s and has become one of the world's most respected photographers, photographing the Royal Family and major global events for 18 years in over 100 countries, winning numerous awards including News Photographer of the Year and Royal Photographer of the Decade. Pupils from all age groups took part in the competition and there were categories in Portraits and People, Sport, Still Life, Landscape and Wildlife, along with a staff competition and a competition for children from other schools. Ian also brought along his own stunning display of photos, including the photograph he had taken earlier in the week of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s engagement.

Also this week, local schoolchildren from nearby primary schools, Castle Hill and St Bernard's, joined the pupils of Bolton School to produce a sensational Boys' Division Autumn Concert. The Year 5 and Year 6 pupils joined Bolton School Year 8 boys and a number of soloists from Years 8-13 in producing an upbeat Rock Medley grand finale!

Girls and boys from both the junior and senior schools of Bolton School met with success at the English Schools' Biathlon event held at Wavertree Sports Park in Liverpool. The competition sees Years 5, 6 and 7 biathletes run 500m and swim 50m and the older girls and boys run 1000m and swim 100m, and our pupils’ efforts take many of them to the Semi-Finals in the New Year.

Fundraising efforts have been full steam ahead this week as Head of the Junior Girls' School, Mrs Ruth Brierley, got in to the spirit of raising money for Children in Need by dressing up as Buzz Lightyear. The girls held a non uniform day to raise money and paid a little extra to see Mrs Brierley in fancy dress, raising over £270! Two Year 5 girls also held a 'Boot Out Breast Cancer' Charity Event earlier in the week and raised a fabulous £187.23 by selling perfumes, pens and raffle tickets.

And Junior Boys at Bolton School have made a donation of £2,802.22 to Derian House Children's Hospice - half of an amount raised back in June when the whole school of 200 boys undertook their annual Fun Run in fancy dress around a 400m circuit for half an hour. The other half of the money was donated to Cancer Research.

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