This week at Bolton School was a very special one as the Girls' Division became Guinness World Record holders! A certificate will be sent to the School shortly to celebrate the achievement and the official record will read: 'The largest gathering of people dressed as storybook characters is 739 and was achieved by Bolton School Girls' Division (UK) in Bolton, UK, on 7 February 2012.' The record was set as part of the celebration of the bicentenary of Charles Dickens' birth. The majority of pupils from the Senior School and Sixth Form dressed up as Dickensian characters, as did members of staff and Year 6 of the Junior Girls' School. The girls gathered in their Great Hall for their morning assembly where official witnesses and stewards counted the participants and it soon became clear that a new record was going to be set.
The Girls' Division also named their second sponsored guide dog puppy Dickens, coinciding with the celebration, and the pupils received a visit from representatives from The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association to congratulate them on raising enough funds to sponsor their second puppy.
In what is always a closely fought battle between teams of Sixth Form boys and girls, this year's winner of the KPMG Enterprise Trophy was boys’ team UniLingo with their product which would allow wireless earpiece translation. The annual competition, which pits the best two girls' Sixth Form teams against the two best teams from the boys' school, was as close as ever, with each team presenting viable business propositions through professional presentations to a judging panel and an audience of students and teachers.
Saturday night was time to "graduate" for pupils from 7 Bolton primary schools and their proud parents as the SHINE: Serious Fun on Saturdays programme at Bolton School drew to a close. Forty one Year 5 girls and boys have attended Saturday morning sessions at the School since November of last year, enjoying a mix of traditional subjects such as English, Maths, History and the Sciences, as well as more unusual offerings such as Psychology, Russian, Art and Design Technology, Ceramics and Japanese.
And Bolton School boys are the badminton county champions! A team of boys have been crowned Greater Manchester champions in the Years 10 and 11 age group, completing a double success for the School as the Year 8 and 9 boys are also the champions of their age group.