Old Boy Ralf Little, who is famous for his roles in The Royle Family and Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, returned to the Boys' Division to give the annual Tillotson Lecture. His presentation reflected on his twenty-year career in the arts, as an actor, writer and producer, and also offered current pupils with a host of life tips based on his own experiences.
Pupils from both Divisions were joined by students from local schools for a STEM Day themed around motorspot. They built miniature electronic racing cars, which went head to head in a series of high-speed races to determine overall winners. There was also the opportunity to explore the University of Bolton's real race car in the Riley Quad.
Girls' Division pupils in Year 7 have once again raised money for the annual Key 103 and Cash4Kids 'Mission Christmas' appeal. They conducted a 24-hour sponsored silence to raise money for the cause, which helps to provide Christmas presents to disadvantaged children in Greater Manchester.
Children in Year 2 at Beech House, Bolton School's Infant School, enjoyed a trip to the Lowry Museum, where they learned all about the artist's famous 'match-stalk men and match-stalk cats and dogs'.
Boys' Division pupils in Year 9 enjoyed an afternoon of careers advice, during which they learned more about a variety of different job options. Two of the industry professionals who joined pupils for the afternoon were Old Boys.
Students in Year 13 connected with two Old Boys through the use of technology to hear more about their careers in finance. Nick Lord spoke to pupils live from Singapore using Skype, while Raj Apte sent a video message about his job in the city of London. Both provided a great insight into the different routes into this type of career.
The whole of Year 12 put their enterprise skills to the test on Business Challenge Day. Working in mixed teams, they came up with ideas and made business plans from scratch in the course of just one day, with a little advice of expert judges. The groups then presented these in front of judging panels, with the five best business ideas going through to a final in early December.
Year 8 pupil Beth has been selected to compete at the British National Dressage Championships next April. Her success follows two years of competing at British Dressage level and in affiliated classes.
Old Boy Julian Butterworth returned to Bolton School to speak to students in Year 13 about the dangers of alcohol. He gave a frank and moving account of his personal recovery from alcoholism, which led to a mature question and answer session, with students asking a series of pertinent questions.
Pupils in the Girls' Division celebrated National Chemistry Week towards the end of November with a series of competitions. They wrote poetry, created mug designs and posters, and even baked cakes in the first 'Chemistry Bake Off' in School! Prize winners received periodic table mugs.
The Joint Jazz Bank put on a wonderful lunchtime concert for pupils at the Junior Boys' School. They performed and also passed on some extra information about the Jazz Band's instruments to interested Junior Boys.
Pupils from the Girls' Division learned all about 'Physics Acting Out' from Hannah Renshaw, the Institute of Physics North West Regional Officer. They found out more about many of the different projects that the Institute of Physics is involved with to change people's perceptions of science, with a particular focus on the events and projects related to drama and music.