Friday, 15 May 2015

15 May 2015

Last weekend, the U14 Water Polo players completed the School’s hat-trick by winning the third and final English Schools’ National Championships title! The U18, U16 and U14 Boys' Division teams are now all National Champions - a feat which has only ever been achieved twice before, both times by Bolton School.

The School found out this week that the Sixth Formers' amazing volunteering efforts have won the School a £1,000 award from vInspired! The School was given this development grant for having the most students who have logged enough hours to be awarded a vInspired certificate, and the money will be used to help pupils develop new or existing skills and support their onward progression.

A team of Year 12 boys has placed second in the North-West Regional heat of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Schools' Analyst Competition. This challenging competition asks pupils to undertake various practical analytical determinations based on problems relating to social or industrial needs, and required the boys to complete both familiar and unfamiliar tasks.

The Junior Girls' School has now announced the winners of the annual Photography Competition, which is run by the PA and was judged by professional photographer and Old Boy Mark Power. he theme was 'Unusual Angles' and the girls came up with some really interesting entires! Rosie Crowther’s untitled photo of a paper light-shade won overall, and she and the other year group winners will receive copies of their photo printed onto canvas.

Former Headmaster Mr Mervyn Brooker returned to the Boys' Division this week to deliver a talk about Nepal, with partiular focus on the effects of the recent earthquakes. He was trekking in Nepal just one week before the first earthquake hit and knows some of those who have lost their homes and are now struggling, so was able to give the boys a very personal view on the impact of this natural disaster.

The Senior Saxophone Quartet has made it through to the last eight in an international competition which will be held this summer at the World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg! This is an amazing achievement as the competition is open to any group under the age of 35, and to make it to the semi-final the group had to perform two pieces from a repetoir list of complex options.

Two Year 12 boys are planning to scale Mont Blanc over the summer holidays. Aston Haslam and Ethan Watson have secured a grant and a guide to take them to the top of Europe's highest peak - without parents or teachers to accompany them!

On Monday, the Year 13 boys took advantage of technology to enjoy a careers talk with three Old Boys - live from London! They heard about the alumni's experiences of working in business and were able to ask questions thanks to the live audio link. This was a really interesting and valuable experience for the pupils.

In the Girls' Division, Year 8 pupil Sharon Daniel, who recently found fame winning Channel 4's Child Genius television programme, has been awarded the role of ESB Ambassador! The ESB is a national organisation providing awards for excellent communication skills.

A group of four boys have won a place at the UK Team Maths Challenge in London! This is a fantastic achievement for the boys, who beat tough competition at the Regional Final and are already looking forward to the next challenge.

This week, the School bid farewell to the Year 13 students, who have now gone on Leave of Absence in preparation for their A Level examinations.

The Year 13 girls maintained the tradition of wearing fancy dress for their final day in School, and the theme of 'animals' made for a very colourful send-off!

To celebrate Bolton School's 100/500 anniversaries, the five Parents' Associations have come together to organise a Foundation Family Festival on the School grounds on the 28th of June! All current and past parents, pupils and friends of the Bolton School Foundation are invited to come along, and the day promises to be memorable with Bake Offs, a bird of prey display, Infant and Junior School fairs, and even pupils abseiling down the clock tower!

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