Bolton School has received the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service. This prestigious national honour is the highest accolade given to volunteer groups, and is equivalent to an MBE. The awards has been given to the whole School, from Nursery to Sixth Form, for the wide range of community activities that pupils are involved in and the committment to establishing a habit of volunteering.
Congratulations to Year 12 pupil Adam Hall, whose artwork 'Bolton School: A Modern Tradition' is one of twenty shortlisted for The Saatchi Gallery Art Prize for Schools! The finalists were whittled down from over 24,000 entries from 66 countries around the world, so this is a marvellous achievement for Adam.
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This year Well-Good, the charity set up by two Girls' Division maths teachers to fund safe drinking water around the world, has raised £5,200! The money has been used to pay for wells in Malawi, India, Indonesia, Pakistan and Niger through Penny Appeal's Thirst Relief programme.
Children at the Nursery spent a week learning all about the role of the Emergency Services. They were visited by representatives from the ambulance service, police force and fire and rescue service, and found out how these different groups all help people in different ways. They also received some tips on how to stay safe. Some lucky older children were able to hold the fire engine hose and shoot water across the Nursery car park!
Boys' Division pupils have raised £1,000 for AFC Masters, a local development disability football club based in Horwich. The money was raised through a non-uniform day and will go towards providing more fun, football and friendships to young people and adults with disabilities.
Pupils in Year 2 went on an exciting outdoor learning adventure at the nearby Anderton Centre! They went canoeing, had a go at archery, and enjoyed sitting around the campfire.
The Careers Department arranged an evening talk from Martin Birchall, Managing Director of High Fliers Research, who talked to students and parents about the current graduate job market. This insightful presentation offered lots of information as well as good advice about building a full CV and choosing the right employer. The evening will no doubt have been very helpful to those currently considering A Level and degree choices.
Swim England visited the School's pool the film a set of instructional videos designed to help teachers who want to teach water polo. The School's squad members were filmed as they ran through different skills and moves for the videos, which will complement the organisation's new water polo curriculum.
Old Boy Michael Lodmore returned to School to talk to Year 9 Boys' Division pupils about a career in the media. He currently works for Dock10, based at MediaCity in Salford, where he manages daily operations including cameras, lighting and sound equipment. He talked to the boys about his career progression from Bolton School to date as well as his current job and some of the programmes he has worked on recently.
Congratulations to Year 4 pupil Dinburgh, who has won her first national medal for rhythmic gymnastics: a Bronze at the National Development Plan Grades Final.
There are two recent Inspiring Minds profiles to catch up on:
Sarah Ann Murray is an Old Girl who left Bolton School in 2001 to study Law at Birmingham University. After graduating, she knew she did not want a career in law and has since gone on to become an independent menswear stylist. She is now hired by magazines, brands, production companies and publicists to style a model, celebrity or product for photo shoots.
Nicola Rigby left Bolton School in 2000 and, after studying Geography at the University of Newcastle, she joined international property consultancy GVA on work experience. In 2014 she became Director of GVA. She has been recognised in the North West Business Insider's 'women of influence' list, a prestigious business list highlighting influential businesswomen in the North West region.