Friday, 4 July 2014

4 July 2014

This week saw the Boys' Division SPACE programme for this academic year draw to a close. The Year 10 boys enjoyed a carousel of activities on the theme of music and dance, while the Year 7 boys played a Fairtrade Football tournament! This initiative, which was run for the first time this year, has been a huge success and has allowed the boys to develop outside of the normal curriculum and the classroom.

The 1st XI cricketers used their final SPACE session to take on the Forty Club - a nomadic cricket club which aims to encourage young people to play cricket in the best spirit. Despite their best efforts, the Bolton School boys were not able to defeat their opponents, but it was nonetheless a great afternoon of cricket and the boys could learn from the more experienced players.

Year 12 cricketer Haseeb Hameed, who is on the 1st XI team, has recently been praised for his performance during the Lancashire 2nd Team match against Warwickshire. His batting helped secure the team's victory.

On Tuesday, a group of Year 7 and Year 8 girls were given a tour of the recently re-named Macron Stadium. This 'access all areas' tour even allowed them to run out of the tunnels! The girls were awarded medals for their successful completion of the Bolton Wanderers' Community Trust football club course.

Also in sport, the Year 7 Rounders Team returned victorious having won the Town Championships!

The Sixth Form boys and girls took part in the first ever inter-divisional Young Analyst of the Year competition! Working in pairs, two of which were mixed, each team was asked to complete an undergraduate level Chemistry task which involved a practical component and a series of calculations, both of which really tested their abilities.

The Girls' and Boys' Divisions also hosted the annual Science Festival for Year 5 pupils in the local area. The pupils were given five tasks, split between the two Divisions, with each one focusing on different aspects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The children had a fantastic time learning about science in an entertaining environment.

We also learned this week that children who attend private school will earn £193,700 more on average in their early careers than their state educated peers. This is according to a new independent report by the Social Market Foundation (SMF) think tank, which analyses the Sutton Trust's Open Access programme.

Beech House was thrilled by a couple of special events this week. On Wednesday, the pupils were given a short assembly on dog safety, and one class received a special visit from a puppy at the end of the afternoon!

On Thursday, Beech House was overrun by 'every bear that ever there was' for a Teddy Bears' Picnic! Despite the weather, the children and their bears had a great time with 'lots of wonderful things to eat and wonderful games to play'.

The Junior Girls put on their annual Summer Concert this week. They gave two performances of 'The Song of the Earth', both of which delighted the audience of parents and grandparents. Headmistress Mrs Brierley said of the Concert: “Through song, percussion, poetry recital and dance, the girls wove their way through powerful descriptions of how human beings impact the Earth.”

You can listen to the music and songs from 'The Song of the Earth' on the School's Soundcloud page: click here.

The Junior Boys were also in fine form last week with their production of Tom Sawyer. The boys performed the play, complete with several musical numbers, on three consecutive nights to an audience of parents and grandparents. The shows were a great success!

Finally, Bolton School is delighted to announce that it will be hosting this year's North of England Girls' School Association (GSA) Girls Go Gold Conference on Thursday the 18th of September. The keynote speakers are Olympic rower Helen Glover and Jenny Meadows, the current indoor 800m European champion. The day is designed to inspire the girls attending to believe anything is possible with the right mental attitude and lots of hard work to develop their talent.

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