The end of term at Bolton School was packed with festive activities.
The week began with the Girls' Division Ceremony of Carols on Monday, which was as always a lovely occasion with beautiful performances from the Chamber, Senior and Middle School Choirs. This year there was a multicultural theme and ten languages were spoken and sung over the course of the service. The audience were delighted to be able to join in with a number of favourite carols, including a rendition of 'Adeste Fideles' to end the evening.
To watch a selection of videos from the Ceremony of Carols, click here.
The annual Boys' Division Christmas Festival was as rousing as ever, with the boys and the audience filling the Great Hall with music and song over the course of the evening. Rousing performances from the Junior, Senior and Chamber Choirs and the massed voices of Year 7, accompanied by the orchestra, made for a spectacular evening.
To watch some of the highlights from the Christmas Festival, click here.
Children at Bolton School's Nursery were put in the spotlight at their Nativity on Wednesday. The children from the Butterfly room were the stars of the show this year, and did a wonderful job of telling the story of Christmas. The boys and girls did well to remember all the words to several Christmas songs, both during the performance and at the end.
Reception children felt like they had been transported to Lapland when they got the chance to meet Santa's reindeer at Cheshire Reindeer Lodge! The boys and girls were able to feed the reindeer and learn more about them, and also met Father Christmas himself!
Father Christmas also made a special trip to see all of the Infants at Beech House on the last day of term. However, he had swapped his usual sleigh for a fantastic vintage bus! The children climbed aboard to have a chat with Father Christmas about their wish-lists, and each received a special early present. This was certainly one of the highlights of the end of term.
The Junior Girls' Christmas Celebration was held last week, with the girls performing the nativity play 'Witnesses'. Some videos of their performance are now available here.
The Girls' Division Theatre was filled with laughter for this year's Prefects' Panto. Always one of the highlights of the festive calendar, this year's performance was no disappointment and offered up a great parody of School life, including caricatures of many members of staff.
The Boys' Division brass band took their instruments down to Beech House to entertain the Infants' School with some Christmas favourites, combining old songs with new in their set. The boys and girls were mesmerised by the performance.
Year 2 pupils travelled to Christ Church in Heaton to show their Nativity to guests at the church's Luncheon Club last week. They delighted their audience with the after-lunch show.
The Library has also been getting into the spirit of the season, posting an Advent Calendar of book recommendations in both Senior Schools. Library staff also came up with a 'Borrow a Book for Christmas' campaign: pupils in Years 10-13 and members of staff could ask Santa's Library Elves to give them a wrapped up book from the shelves to take home and read over the holidays!
The Junior Girls' School Headmistress, Mrs Ruth Brierley, bid pupils and staff farewell at the end of term as she enters retirement. On her last day, the girls performed a wonderful 'Festive Flashmob Farewell' dance as a tribute. A video of the spectacle is now available to view here.
In just three weeks, pupils at Bolton School have worked incredibly hard to collect 9600 items for Urban Outreach's Christmas Hampers - and were successful in their endeavour! The Boys' and Girls' Division Senior Schools raised money and took donations of cans of pop and bags of crisps, while the Junior Girls collected bags of gold chocolate coins. All of the pupils did an amazing job to achieve the goal set by Urban Outreach this year.
Sixth Formers in the Boys' Division held a Christmas Jumper Day to raise money for the Salvation Army. They made a donation to come to School sporting their best festive knitwear and raised £300!
Monday lunchtime saw eleven Year 7 pupils, four Sixth Formers and members of staff at Toys R Us in Bolton, spending the money that Year 7s raised earlier in the term with a sponsored silence. The 'trolley dash' around the store allowed the girls to pick up a variety of toys for boys and girls, which they then donated to Key 103's Mission Christmas appeal for Cash for Kids!
Two Year 7 pupils also travelled to the Key 103 warehouse on Thursday to drop off the last of the donations: DVDs and Boots gift sets bought for older children. They also handed over a cash donation to help Cash for Kids to buy large items such as bikes. The girls were interviewed live on the radio by Alex James!
The Boys' Division this week added four new leaves to Bolton Hospice's Tree of Life, one for each of the Houses. The money to fund the leaves was raised through a non-uniform day, and will go towards helping the hospice to provide care to those with life limiting illnesses.
Fourteen Bolton School girls have this year been selected for Lancashire's U15 Lacrosse squad! The pupils, who are in Years 8 to 10, will go on to compete in the Northern Counties Tournament.
The Year 7 boys showed grace under pressure this week as they took part in their Gymnastics Final. The result of weeks of hard work, the final was a great spectacle and showed off the boys' skills. At the end of the competition, Tyler Bailey won the Gymnastics Cup, which is over 100 years old.
Girls' Division pupil Emily Manock in Year 10 has won a silver medal at the National Para-Swimming Championships 2015! She achieved national qualifying times in 100m breaststroke, 100m backstroke, 100m freestyle and 50m freestyle to compete at this event.
Year 12 student Beth Hodkinson has won bronze at the Junior AETF Taekwon-do European Championships! This is a fantastic achievement for her.
The three Dr Edith Forsyth Scholars have now completed their first term studying Medicine at university. The girls will each receive a total of £15,000 during the five years of their medical studies as part of an award initiated by an Old Boy in memory of his late wife. The three girls reflect on their first term at university and the difference the award has made to them so far.
This week's Inspiring Mind is Philip William Bryce Lever, the 3rd Viscount Leverhulme. Following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, he was extensively involved with School life and was Chairman of Governors for 40 years. The tribute to him was written by Eric Fairweather, School Archivist, and also appears in the ebook 'The Leverhulme Legacy'.