Friday, 3 January 2014

13th December 2013

December is always a busy month for Bolton School, and 2013 has been no exception. The second week of the month flew by, with a wealth of exciting events taking place.

With the Christmas season fast approaching, it seems that throughout the school minds have been turning to helping others at this time of year. In November, Bolton School’s Catering Departments have been collecting food and drink for the Salvation Army. They managed to put together three huge hampers to the Salvation Army, to be spread among the local community.

A sponsored walk to Rivington Pike earlier this year raised money for a number of charities, and this week the students were able to present the money to each charity's representatives.

The Year 8 boys were visited early in the week by the British Heart Foundation. They were delighted to be able to give the charity £1,045.

Year 10 boys were collecting money for Derian House. The boys raised £1,845 for the charity, which provides essential palliative and respite care for children, and support for their families.

The Boys’ Division also raised £1,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support as part of the same event, and presented the cheque this week.

The Boys’ Division Classical Guitar Quartet travelled to Manchester Cathedral to take part in the ‘Carols by Candlelight’ service in support of the NSPCC. The group have been together for twelve months, and although this was only their third performance, the two pieces they performed were extremely well received.

The Girls’ Division led the way for getting into the Christmas spirit by wearing Christmas jumpers. Students and staff of the Girls’ Division as well as the Sixth Form boys were encouraged to donate £1 to participate, with all proceeds going to Save the Children.

This has been the first of many Christmas events that the school has enjoyed. Year 2 pupils at Beech House have seen their hard work come to fruition in the form of their nativity, titled, “Is there a baby there?” At the end of the performance, there was a collection for the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

The Juniors Girls put on their Christmas Carol Service in the Girls’ Division Senior School Great Hall. This was a delightful event, perfect to welcome in the season.

The Junior Boys have also had their moment in the spotlight. Their Carol Service took place in the Boys’ Division Senior School Great Hall, and at the end of the service there was a collection for Park Road’s partner school, Ondukuta Combined School in Namibia.

Bolton School has also played host to this year’s Christmas lecture organised by the local section of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and supported by the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Salford. Over 1200 students packed into the Boys’ Division Great Hall for ‘The Flash-Bang Show’ and were both enthralled and educated by the fast-paced experiments showcased throughout the evening.

The joint Boys’ and Girls’ Division team performed really well in this year’s Mock Law Trial Competition, picking up the school’s first ever prize at this event.

The Girls’ Division and Hesketh House have been strengthening the links between the junior and senior schools this week, arranging a drama workshop on Pantomime for Year 6 girls. The workshop was run by Sixth Form drama students, and was clearly a huge hit with the junior girls!

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