Friday, 28 November 2014

28 November 2014

Excellent news from the Junior Boys' School this week: the Year 6 football team have won the town championships for the second year in a row! After making it through the final group stage, they did a brilliant job in the semi-final and went on to the final: a re-creation of last year's thrilling match, once again played against Eagley Juniors. The Bolton School team will now go on to represent Bolton Wanderers in the Football League Trust Kids' Cup - and may even follow in the footsteps of last year's team and make it all the way to Wembley!

We caught up with the Sixth Form girls who travelled out to India over the October half term. They shared their memories of visiting SKCV in Vijayawada, where they met former street children at the charity's two villages and were able to treat them to individual presents and a special trip to the cinema thanks to the £3,400 of funds raised by the school before the trip! This once in a lifetime experience was obviously one that will remain with the girls forever.

Girls studying Food Technology received a visit of their own on Monday: Debbie Halls-Evans, winner of Channel 4's The Taste, came into school to give a lesson on infusions. She talked to the girls about how to create their own sugar, salt and oil infusions, as well as demonstrating a basil syrup for them to try. With salted caramel macaroons and Chantilly cream made with vanilla sugar to try as well, this was a huge hit with the girls, and gave GCSE and A-Level students a lot of inspiration for their project work!

We found out this week what new starters at the Junior Girls' School really think about Hesketh House! Click here to watch the video and find out ...

The Young Shakespeare Company took over Hesketh House's hall for a performance of the Scottish Play. Year 5 and 6 girls were delighted by the thrilling and innovative production of Shakespeare's Macbeth. The girls were involved at every stage through audience participation, from a Storyteller asking questions to some girls even taking on roles within the play itself.

In the Boys' Division, Year 13 pupil Peter Mackin revealed that he has been presented with a Royal Yachting Association Youth Award. He received the award from Princess Anne at an awards ceremony in London.

With the Christmas season fast approaching, Girls' Division pupils were keen to spread some festive cheer - even in fictional locations, such as Coronation Street! The Year 7 girls and members of the Middle School Choir and Senior School Choir were invited to do some carolling at the old Granada Studios set on Quay Street as part of the Coronation Street Tour's 'Christmas on the Cobbles' event. They added an extra seasonal sparkle to the day for visitors to the attraction, and were even able to take a tour of the set themselves!

The Junior Girls have also been out singing carols and other seasonal hits, including highlights from their upcoming Christmas show 'Following The Star', at Bolton's Market Place. Shoppers were delighted with the girls' singing, which gave a lovely atmosphere throughout the evening.

Further getting into the Christmas spirit, they and their families have also donated almost 130 shoeboxes filled with presents to Operation Christmas Child! These thoughtfully selected and beautifully wrapped gifts will be delivered world-wide to children who might otherwise not receive a Christmas gift.

On Friday, three Year 7 girls were invited to Key 103 to talk about some of their recent charity work. The whole of Year 7 took part in a sponsored silence, raising £2,000 in total! This money will go to buy toys for Key 103's 'Mission Christmas' appeal, supporting the charity Cash for Kids. The girls did an excellent job chatting to Adam Catterall about their fundraising.

Not to be outdone, Boys' Division teachers have been taking part in Movember to raise money and awareness for Prostate Cancer UK! Four teachers locked away their razors for the whole of November, and between them have raised several hundred pounds - and their altered appearance has done plenty to raise awareness!

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