Friday, 2 October 2015

2 October 2015

More than 1000 alumni from the Boys' and Girls' Divisions came together for a fantastic Grand Reunion last weekend. There were alumni in attendance from as far back as 1939, and there was wonderful atmosphere throughout. The day began with assemblies in the Great Hall, followed by lunch - including alumni favourite 'tarmac and fairy liquid' pudding! There was plenty of time for Old Girls and Old Boys to catch up over afternoon tea and cocktails later on, and the day ended with a spectacular fireworks display.

On Thursday, the Tillotson Lecture took place to open the Grand Reunion Weekend. This year's event gathered representatives from four key "Bolton institutions" for an interesting panel discussion of the town's past, present and future. The overriding message from the speakers was that Bolton must maximise the benefits offered by the devolution of powers to Greater Manchester. The Bishop of Bolton, the Mayor of Bolton, Karen Edwards OBE and Phil Gartside spoke on the panel, which was chaired by Headmaster Philip Britton.

At the end of last week, a group of elite young sportswomen from the Girls' Division attended the Girls Go Gold conference at Headington School, Oxford. This event, which Bolton School hosted last year, allowed the girls to meet other able and talented pupils from around the country, as well as gold medal winning international sportswomen over the course of the day.

On Friday, Girls' Division physics teacher Mrs Holt discovered that her textbook - 'Advanced Physics For You, 2nd edition' - will be used by Year 12 students in their studies! After the surprise reveal of the textbooks, she was delighted to sign the new textbooks for her pupils.

The Junior Girls' Parents' Association joined in with fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support by taking part in the World's Biggest Coffee Morning! The event was held in the Junior Girls' Hall. Parents came along after dropping off their daughters, and enjoyed a hot drink and a piece of cake while also making a donation to the charity.

In October, the School will host the Careers and Higher Education Convention, which is one of the largest of its kind held in the North West. This event brings together representatives from Higher Education providers, apprenticeship providers and various careers and young people in Years 9 to 13 can come along to discover more about their options for the future.

Further information about the Convention can be found here.

Over the summer holidays, a number of pupils travelled to Peru and the Amazonian Rainforest as part of Operation Wallacea. Year 12 student Niall Woodward created a fascinating film documenting this once-in-a-lifetime experience, which can be viewed on the School website.

The Boys' Division has been celebrating its cultural diversity this week. He latest survey of pupils showed that 32 different languages are spoken by the cohort, with 35.91% of the student body stating that a language other than English is spoken at home. The lunchtime Culture Club meets once every fortnight to encourage pupils to learn more about different languages, cultures and places.

Keen golfer Ellie Broome has been named the Cumbria County Junior Captain! Last year, she became a member of the Cumbria Girls' Elite Golf team, and has also performed as the Junior Captain at her local club in Kirby Lonsdale.

Old Boy Sir Harry Kroto's thirty-years-old prediction has now been proved right by his friend John Maier and a team of scientists at the University of Basel! He theorised that 'buckyballs' - the C60 molecule he discovered in 1985 - are found in interstellar space and are responsible for 'diffuse interstellar bands' absorbing certain frequencies of light from distant stars.

This week's Inspiring Mind is Arthur Wyatt, who attended the School in the 1940s and sadly died earlier this year. An Old Boy with a long and illustrious career in the Diplomatic service, this reflection on his time at School and his interesting career was written by his daughter.

The activities for Kidzone's October Half Term Holiday Activity Programme have now been announced - click the link for full details!

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