Friday, 7 February 2014

7 February 2014

There have been lots of exciting events going on at Bolton School this week!

Last Friday after school, the Year 4 and Year 5 swimmers from Hesketh House Junior Girls’ School won both their relay heat races at the Bolton Primary Schools' Swim Championship.

We also received word this week that three pupils from the Boys’ Division Senior School have been congratulated for their work in the annual Jowett Sendelar Classics Essay Competition. George Blackwell came in first place, Luke Cavanaugh was placed ninth, and Andrew Lee was highly commended.

Meanwhile in the Girls’ Division the competition is hotting up for this year’s French Spelling Bee. Nine Year 7 girls have been making preparations this week for the school final on Monday, which will cut them down to four!

Sixth Formers from both Divisions enjoyed a French immersion day on Tuesday. Special guest speaker Richard Peltier led a number of workshops on relevant global issues which relate to the A-Level course and encouraged the pupils to stretch their language skills.

The school’s alumni have been really active this week as well. On Monday, we put Old Boy Andy Paterson, who is now a film producer, into the spotlight. He talked about his amazing and varied career and his latest film, which he also co-wrote: The Railway Man.

Wednesday’s Old Girls’ Lunch had a very special visitor: Kevin Davies came to collect a cheque on behalf of KiDs of Bolton following on from the Old Girls’ Association Christmas Market in November which raised £400.

The school also received an incredibly generous donation from the family of Old Girl Nora Allsop this week. Her daughter, granddaughter and great-granddaughter - who is currently a Year 8 pupil - gave Nora’s school books to the archive along with an invaluable set of photos documenting the Girls’ Division Swiss Tour of 1930, the 1931 summer camp, and two sports days.

The Girls' Division senior swimming team competed in the Bolton Schools' Swimming Championship final this week. Their hard work during training and huge effort on the day earned them first place overall in their final competition of the season!

Finally, the week ended with the school’s first Literacy Day, in conjunction with the Bolton Children’s Fiction Award. Sixty Year 6 pupils from fifteen local primary schools took part in a range of workshops based on the shortlisted books. They had a fantastic time exploring the themes and ideas, and were even able to take home copies of the books at the end!

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