Friday, 4 March 2011

28 February - 4 March 2011

Bolton School’s Under 15's finished runners up in the national final of the Independent Schools Football Association Cup, staged on Thursday at Burton Albion FC’s Pirelli Stadium. Having moved serenely into the final with convincing victories in their previous rounds, including a comfortable win over Manchester Grammar School in the semi final, the boys failed to overcome Whitgift School, Croydon, losing 4-0 in a final featuring flowing and attractive football from both teams.

Our Beech House pupils have been named the UK's most talented young storytellers in a competition launched to celebrate National Storytelling Week. The competition was run by Playforce and involved pupils imaginatively narrating the tale of Three Billy Goats Gruff in an outdoor setting, using musical instruments. Schools captured the performances by taking photos and recording short video clips, which were judged by Playforce's team of experts. You can download the Beech House photographic story here. As first position winners, talented Beech House pupils were able to select the prize for their school grounds, opting for a Playforce Storyteller Chair. Pupils at Beech House have also been getting creative to help save Moss Bank Park Butterfly House by making colourful paper butterflies that were used in a publicity event. Local residents are hoping to reverse the decision to close the Butterfly House and called on local schoolchildren to help them rally local community support through the event, which saw the the entire grass banking in the park covered with paper butterflies.

The Junior Girls celebrated this year's International Day on Thursday with an 'all things Italian' theme giving them a flavour of the country's language, food and culture. The girls spent a day filled with cross-curricular activities, where they enjoyed food-tasting, singing and dancing and even played Italian bingo for cakes brought specially from Italy! For some, the Venetian mask-making was the highlight of the day, whilst others enthused about tower-building in the Art Straw Team Challenge. Everyone got into the spirit by wearing red, green and white clothing - including some imaginative usage of flags, ribbons and feathers!

And Bolton School have handed over a cheque for £750 to neighbouring children's charity Bolton Lads and Girls Club, raised through a non uniform day on Valentine’s Day which saw all pupils from the Boys' Division pay £1 to wear their own clothes.

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