Friday, 7 November 2014

7 November 2014

The week began with a bang on Sunday with the annual Family Fireworks Display, organised by the Parents' Association. There were lots of stalls, plenty of sweet treats, and great music from the Joint Jazz Band prior to the main event, and the firework display itself was spectacular!

Eminent historian Professor Lord Peter Hennessy, who is one of the most acclaimed academics and journalists of our time, visited Bolton School on Tuesday to address the Bolton branch of the Historical Association. He gave an insightful and interesting talk on 'Cold War Whitehall: Writing About The Secret State' which was very well attended.

During their SPACE session, the Year 8 boys were took a trip back in time at Bolton Steam Museum, where the hard-working volunteers had all of the machinery running on full steam. They were able to look at a wide variety of steam-powered machines, and learned about how they work and about the Industrial Revolution in the process.

On Wednesday, a group of Sixth Form girls welcomed Bolton's older generation to the School for Tea at the Riley: the first in a series of tea parties for the 'young at heart'! The girls and their guests all had a lovely afternoon chatting, enjoying live musical performance, and eating the delicious hand-made cakes and scones.

Meanwhile in the Boys' Division, the school's elite cricketers received a masterclass from professional coach Ottis Gibson! He gave the boys lots of tips, finding the time to work one-on-one with some of the boys, and even showed them his prized World Cup winning ring from 2012. This was a fantastic experience for the boys.

The Boys' Division also had the pleasure of welcoming five other schools to the Great Hall for the regional English Chess Federation Team Chess Challenge tournament. The Boys' Division A and B teams played very well, coming in second and third place overall.

Bolton School was delighted to sponsor the Young Business of the Year category at this year’s Manchester Evening News Business Awards. There were over one hundred entries to this category, and Headmaster Mr Philip Britton was delighted to announce the overall winner - Prymo Surface Solutions - at the awards ceremony.

We also caught up on some final pieces of news from before Half Term this week:

The Junior Boys' School took part in the first set of Bolton Primary Schools' Chess League matches last month. They did extremely well in all of their matches, and emerged the winners of the competition after conceding just half a point!

The Junior Girls' School also played in the Bolton Primary Schools' Chess League tournament. All of the girls did well in their matches, securing at least one victory each. One of the girls received a medal for winning both of her games.

Primary school pupils tacked the Bolton School Big Quiz just before the holidays. Twelve local schools put forward six pupils to take part, and they were tested on a wide variety of subjects to determine who would win the prize at the end of the evening.

Earlier in October, Sixth Form pupil Lydia Hounat performed at the Manchester Literature Festival! She read out two poems alongside fellow performance poets from her Writing Squad, from literature organisation Bad Language, and professional novellist Matt Haig!

The Year 10 netball team were victorious in the Bolton Schools Tournament! After playing well in the first round and the semi-final, they found themselves taking on Rivington and Blackrod High School for the second time. Determined not to draw, they dominated the match and came away with the trophy.

Two Old Boys - Sir Philip Craven and Dr Steve Town - met up at the 50th Anniversary European air Play Movement Congress in Latvia last month! Both presented to the congress and were very well received.

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