Friday, 26 April 2013

26th April 2013

Bolton School hosted its first festival of girls’ football this week, in association with the Independent Schools Football Association. The competition was for Year 7 and 8 pupils and the tournament ran as a league with eight teams from the Essa Academy, Liverpool College, Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL), Canon Slade and Bolton School taking part. All teams played with enthusiasm and represented their schools with pride, proving that girls’ football is a growing sport. And there were more visitors to School as year 3 pupils from local primary schools, Tonge Moor Primary and St Peter and St Paul Primary, were invited to enjoy a Samba presentation and workshop.
Congratulations go to two of our pupils who have been offered places at US Universities. Paddy Pender has been offered a place to study at Harvard University, while Beth Coton will take up a Tennis scholarship at the University of Northern Colorado. Both chose to study in America because of the opportunities it offers, not just academically but also in sport, and follow in the footsteps of a number of former Bolton School pupils who chose to take up those opportunities. There will be overseas study of another kind for Year 11 pupil, Lewis Daly, who will sit his GCSE Maths in Turkey while out there for his Team GB water-polo commitments! Lewis is a member of the GB Youth Water Polo Team who will be taking part in the European Qualifiers in Turkey, and as this coincides with his Maths GCSE, it is being arranged for Lewis to sit the exam in a local school.
Two chess prodigies from our junior girls’ school will be flying out to Europe to compete in World and European Chess Tournaments later this year! Sharon Daniel will represent England in the European Youth Chess Championship in Montenegro in September and in the World Youth Chess Championship in the UAE towards the end of the year, while Mahima Raghavendra will play for the England Girls’ Team in the European Schools’ Chess Championships in Novi Sad, Serbia at the end of June.
Girls’ Division pupils have had their artwork published in a new magazine for schools, Eduzine. Eduzine approached the School after seeing the high quality work of the pupils on the Art Department Blog, with the request to feature some in the launch issue of the magazine. The magazine celebrates young achievers and showcases their literary work, artwork, fashion creations, community work, social contributions and more. And the Boys’ Division Year 11 footballers have won the U16 Bolton town football cup for the first time, beating Sharples 3-0 in the final to take the title.