Friday, 27 April 2012

27th April 2012

Katie Clinton, a former pupil, returned to Bolton School in her capacity as a Director at KPMG to launch to Sixth Form students, the chance of a 4 week paid vacation programme at KPMG in Manchester. Katie told Sixth Formers about the unique scheme, which sees one girl and one boy undertake meaningful employment with the accounting giant, spending two weeks in the Financial Services Audit team and two weeks in the Corporate Finance team. Students were asked to apply for the work placement as if they were applying for a full-time position - the two that are chosen will be involved in client work and will be "at the coal-face" undertaking real research.

It was Claypool Primary School from Horwich who emerged winners of the Bolton School Big Quiz for local primary schools held this week. Twelve teams had pitted their wits against one another over the course of 11 testing rounds, which covered everything from entertainment to maths puzzles and from sequencing skills to fruit and vegetable knowledge! And this week saw the quarter final of the Year 8 girls’ Masterchef competition - girls created vegetarian main meals with things hotting up ahead off the big final on the 11th May.

In sport news, Year 9 pupil Dominic Walker has set a new British U14 50m backstroke record. Dominic broke the previous record with a time of 28.68s at the Lancashire County Championships. He is aiming to set another British record for 100m backstroke when he competes at Manchester Aquatics Centre in May as he is only half a second away from beating the current record. The Year 8 netball team has won this year's Bolton Schools' U13 Netball Tournament, remaining unbeaten throughout the 15 team tournament. The girls came up against Turton in the final, where they secured a 5-1 victory to become tournament winners. And the boys’ U14 water polo team has won through to the English Schools final by finishing first overall in the qualifiers at Manchester Aquatic Centre. The boys beat off competition from Manchester Grammar School, Ripley, KES, St Bedes and Kings to finish top of the table. The final will be held in Walsall on 26 May 2012.
Also this week, Bolton School's Governing Body has given the official go ahead for the construction of the new Sixth Form Centre, which will be built in the heart of the Chorley New Road campus. Architecturally, the glass and sandstone building promises to provide a dramatic contrast to the School's Neo-Gothic fa├žade and turrets. Work on the £7 million three-storey, elliptical building will begin in mid-July after the Summer Term has ended. It is expected to take a year to complete, meaning Sixth Form students will be able to enjoy their new Centre from September 2013.

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