Friday, 23 October 2015

23 October 2015

Almost 1,000 students from Bolton and the surrounding region benefitted from the recent Careers and Higher Education Convention held at Bolton School. This event, which takes place every two years, is one of the largest of its kind in the North-West. Pupils in Years 9 to 13 were able to meet representatives from 60 organisations and 30 HE institutions, enjoy seminars related to a variety of career paths, and learn more about the options available for their future.

Students at Bolton School recently explored the language of William Shakespeare with Professor David Crystal. This interesting evening lecture traced some of the misconceptions about Shakespeare and the language he used in his plays, as well as commenting on the creation of new language. Professor Crystal is a renowned academic and author who has published around 100 books over the course of his career.

The Year 6 girls were treated to a special visit towards the end of term from RAF veteran Mr George Drinkwater, who came into School to talk to pupils about the Second World War. Despite being 92 years old, George was really enthusiastic to share his first-hand memories with the girls. They were fascinated to hear about his time in the RAF, and listened attentively throughout.

Also in the Junior Girls' School, the Year 3s this week enjoyed The H Factor - an afternoon of activities designed to encourage healthy eating. With help from the catering staff, the girls were able to try out new fruits and vegetables, learn more about healthy eating, and even make their own smoothies using pedal power!

As the half-term grew to a close, the Junior Girls were taken on a musical tour of British history by Travelling By Tuba, a musical duo specialising in wind and brass instruments! They showed the girls a wide variety of musical instruments from the past, many of which are no longer in use today, and even let them have a go at making some sounds themselves! The girl really enjoyed the music and humour of Travelling By Tuba, and learned a lot about social and musical history as well as having a great time.

A group of Year 6 pupils from the Junior Girls' School have had their work published in the English Speaking Board's international journal, Speaking English. The poems were based on the girls' experiences of Aira Force in the Lake District, and formed part of their work towards the John Muir Award. Girls who took part in ESB Examinations last year also had their reflections included in the journal.

The Year 8 girls enjoyed a week off their normal timetable this half-term. They experienced an exciting array of extra-curricular activities, including a visit to Jodrell Bank, Music and ICT workshops, and a stay at Patterdale Hall!

Girls in Year 12 hosted the first of this year's Tea at the Riley, a monthly tea party for older people in the local area. Following huge success last year, the event has been continued for a second year. For future tea party dates and how to reserve a free place, click here.

Former Bolton School nurse, Shirley Parkinson, was delighted to return to the School to enjoy the first of this year's Tea at the Riley sessions. Upon her retirement 27 years ago, she was gifted a beautiful watercolour painting of the old Beech House, which Shirley has now decided to donate back to the School. The Sixth Form girls were delighted to accept on behalf of the School.

In sporting news, the U16 netball team has won the Bolton Schools' Netball Competition! They played very strongly throughout the preliminary matches and earned a worthy first place.

This week's Inspiring Mind is Sir Alan Cockshaw, Chairman of the Bolton School Governing Body 1997-2007. As well as including an interesting career biography, Sir Alan's interview discusses his decision to become a member of the Governing Body and then later its Chairman, the challenges the School has faced during his time as Chairman and some of the highlights. He also emphasises the importance of maintaining a socially diverse mix of pupils and a balanced pupil community.

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