Friday, 29 January 2016

29 January 2016

Eight Bolton School pupils have been celebrating after receiving Oxbridge offers! The four Boys' Division and four Girls' Division applicants were successful following the rigorous application process, and were delighted to be offered places at two of the top Universities in the country.

Last week, pupils in Year 8 and 9 transported audiences to Wonderland with the Joint Middle School Production of Alice. The script re-imagined Lewis Caroll's classic tale with a few unexpected twists, and pupils did a great job of bringing the story to life on stage. They impressed packed audiences on all three nights of the run. Pupils also raised money for LivLife with interval refreshments and a retiring collection, and PMSF UK with a pre-show Mad Hatter's Tea Party.

Bolton School boys were undaunted this week by the weather and went out kayaking on the River Wharfe at Conistone Falls. Click here to watch a short video clip of their experience!

Year 3 pupil Dinburgh Ai travelled to Greece to take part in an international gymnastics competition this month, where she took fourth place! She also competed in a North-West competition last week, where she came second.

Pupils in the Girls' Division enjoyed poetry workshops with award-winning poet Mandy Coe. This was a fantastic chance for the girls to explore voice and character in new and interesting ways that they perhaps hadn't thought about before. Mandy encouraged them to be brave and to express sharp truths in their poems.

On Holocaust Memorial Day, several pupils from both Divisions took part in the town's memorial service to remember the victims of the holocaust. Matthew Kay and Riya Kalhan both sang as pert of the service, and Ella Kaut-Howson read a captivating extract from the war diary of her great-grandmother, a Polish Jew who escaped the Nazis. Sixteen Bolton School pupils had also produced artwork to raise awareness and understanding of the Holocaust, which was on display at the event.

Next week, tickets go on sale for the 2016 Senior Joint Production, Doctor Faustus. This play tells the story of Faustus, a brilliant but embittered academic who summons the demon Mephistopheles in order to strike a deal with Lucifer himself: twenty-four years of absolute knowledge and power in exchange for his soul ...

This week's Inspiring Mind is Katie Clinton, an Old Girl who is now a Partner in KPMG LLP. In her interview, she talks about her fondest memories from her time as a pupil as well as her continued relationship with Bolton School, from returning to the Ceremony of Carols to leading KPMG’s flagship work placement and sponsorship programme with school.

The date for this year's Infant and Junior Schools' Open Afternoon has now been announced! It will take place on Thursday 21 April 2016 from 4.30pm to 6.30pm. The afternoon provides an opportunity for pupils and parents to enjoy guided tours around the Infant (co-educational, 4 to 7 year olds), Junior Girls’ (7 to 11 year olds) and Junior Boys’ (7 to 11 year olds) schools and to meet Bolton School's teaching staff and pupils.

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