Friday, 22 March 2013

22 March 2013

Having enjoyed success in qualifying rounds a large number of girls and boys from Years 5 to 13 at Bolton School have been representing the Bolton borough by taking part, and winning, in this year’s Greater Manchester Winter Youth Games. The competition saw teams from the ten boroughs of Greater Manchester competing in a wide range of sports. An U10 swim team comprising Year 4 and 5 pupils from the Junior Girls’ School, ran out joint winners with the borough of Trafford in their age group and Junior Boys’ pupils took third place in the same competition. Senior School boys also enjoyed success by winning the U13 Junior Water Polo Competition and the School’s Senior Rugby team were runners up in the first U18 Rugby Union Sevens Tournament and the U15s’ Volleyball Team went one better than last year by claiming the Silver medal.Also in sport, after a superb season of winning all but three games, the U12s began the final week of football by winning the annual MGS 8s championships, beating Cheadle Hulme in the final. While the senior relay swim team competed in the Manchester Grammar School invitational swimming gala and smashed the course 4x50 yards medley relay record. And Year 12 pupil Natasha Lomas captained the winning team of the Lancashire County U18 Girls Doubles Winter League competition.
Successful Old Girls and Old Boys returned to school this week to share their experiences with current Sixth Form pupils on World of Work Day. On the day the pupils had the chance to attend Career talks on a wide range of areas including Acting, Archaeology, Architecture, Clothing, Construction, Dentistry, Design, Engineering, Finance, IT, Law, Marketing, Medicine, Music, Teaching, and Psychiatry.
Out of 8,500 pupils that took part in the North West heats of the French Spelling Bee, from 73 different schools spanning Lancashire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Cheshire, Year 7 pupils Nathan Ashley and Matthew Elmes achieved second and third places respectively today, gaining places in the National Final at Cambridge University in July! And Sixth Form students enjoyed an outstanding year at the British Chemistry Olympiad with three students receiving Gold certificates – awarded to just 7% of the 4574 candidates from all over the UK.
Year 10 and 11 girls were thrilled to receive a visit from one of the country’s hottest poets, Luke Wright. Luke performed his thought provoking and humorous work in the Girls’ Division Theatre and then the floor was opened up to questions and answers. Later in the afternoon, he met with Sixth Formers in the School’s Joint Creative Writing Group, and in the evening he performed at the School’s Arts and Conference Centre. The latest joint Drama production proved a hit with audiences - the modern interpretation of Moliere’s ‘The Hypochondriac’ was enjoyed by both cast and audience alike. And following their recent success at the Great North Big Band Festival, the Bolton School Jazz Band gave a nearly note perfect performance at the Music For Youth Regional Festival, described as 'outstanding' and 'amazing'.

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