Friday, 25 November 2011

25th November 2011

Bolton School pupils now have access to Apple iPads which encourage learning through interactive books and apps! The arrival of the iPads this term has excited both pupils and teachers in equal measures as subject teachers from across the academic spectrum of both the Girls' and Boys' Divisions from Art to Psychology to PE to Science are increasingly taking advantage of the devices. Classics students have been taking virtual tours of ancient cities, scanning their way around courtyards, in Psychology pupils can learn about stress and anxiety and in Science they have been dissecting frogs - it seems there is an app for virtually everything! On Thursday this week, our Junior Girls planted a time capsule at the front of their school for future Hesketh House girls and teachers to dig up in 25 years time! The Head Girl and Form Captains helped to bury the lead capsule in the earth at the front of the school, and the capsule also leads those who dig it up to a further box inside the school containing more items, photos and memories of life at the school in 2011.
Several of our Year 8 girls have been making magic by creating their own Harry Potter spells this week! The girls took part in a Classics Harry Potter workshop taken by Post Graduate Student of Classics from the University of Manchester, Aimee Schofield. Aimee explained to the girls how JK Rowling uses Latin within the Harry Potter books before the girls split into small groups to make up their own spells from Latin nouns, verbs and adjectives. Our Year 8 boys took part in the prestigious President's Trophy water polo tournament last weekend and made a great start to the cup by winning the group stages of this national knockout, beating every team along the way! In the semi-final the boys also won convincingly, but unfortunately finished 4-2 to King Edward's in the final.
And Bolton School Boys' Division serves as the backdrop for a new video teaser from Robin Hill. The track, Chill 22, has been released this week by Old Boy Robin to promote his forthcoming new album Standing On Air, due for release in December. Robin Hill is a classical guitarist who has been performing worldwide for over 30 years. He has performed with a wide variety of musicians including Luciano Pavarotti, Lesley Garrett, Russell Watson, Jethro Tull and Deep Purple.

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