Friday, 20 June 2014

20 June 2014

The Bolton School in Space project has finally achieved lift-off! The capsule climbed to a height of 108,000 feet and captured incredible footage and stunning photographs of its ascent and descent. The Bolton School in Space team overcame technical difficulties in order to retrieve the capsule and recover the camera with these amazing images:

The end of last week saw the Years 7-10 Summer Production of Oliver Twist, based on the classic novel by Charles Dickens. The cast can certainly consider themselves a huge hit with the parents, teachers and friends who came to watch the performance on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening!

This week started off with a couple of cricketing success stories. Last year's U13 team completed some unfinished business and finally played Merchant Taylor's for the Lancashire Cup. The team played in brilliant sunshine at Formby Cricket Club, and Bolton School won the Lancashire Cup 2013! They are hoping to repeat the success in this year's competition.

The 1st XI team were out playing cricket last weekend. They faced off against GSL Leeds and also came out victorious.

On Monday, pupils studying GCSE and A-Level history in the Girls' Division received an excellent talk from university lecturer Dr Martin Alexander. He spoke about the causes of the First World War and gave students plenty to think about.

The school also hosted the annual Sixth Form Volunteering Celebration Evening on Monday. This was a fitting celebration of the Year 12 pupils' dedication to voluntary work, and the time they give up for their local community - which totaled 11,798 hours this year!

Watch the short film "Bolton School Volunteering - Making a Difference for Good" here.

The Riley Sixth Form Centre received its official opening on Tuesday. A plaque was unveiled in the Sixth Form Centre Reception by Governor Ian Riley, who was also the chief benefactor of the building, in front of dozens of guests that included donors, governors, present and former Head Teachers, current and past pupils, and other friends of the school.

There was an impromptu beekeeping lesson on Tuesday, as half of the Bolton School hive decided to move house alongside a newly-hatched queen bee! The honey bee swarm was very calm throughout, and provided an excellent education opportunity for students.

On Wednesday morning, the Year 2 pupils at Beech House played host to two special guests: RAF pilot Paul Hutton and ex-RAF pilot John Dunning, who are both Old Boys. They came in to speak to the pupils about their experiences with the Air Force and about flying more generally. The Year 2s were delighted by the visit, and had plenty of questions to ask!

Both Old Boys then joined eight other alumni for the Hesketh House Careers Carousel. These ten former pupils inspired Year 6 pupils from Park Road Junior Boys' School and the Junior Girls' School with tales of their chosen careers.

Old Boy Sir Ian McKellen received an honorary degree from the University of Cambridge. He was made a Doctor of Letters as part of the ceremony.

Four boys travelled down to Oxford to receive prizes on Wednesday. In a ceremony which took place at Oxford's Bodlean Library, they were awarded second place for their entry into the Oxford German Network's German Olympiad. The boys also received tours of two of the colleges from Old Boys who are now studying at Oxford.

Finally, Matthew Boyers recently earned a place on the Lancashire U18 rugby squad! He is also attending a training academy with Warrington Wolves.

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