Friday, 8 December 2017

8 December 2017

During his return to Bolton School last week, Old Boy Ralf Little found time to give a masterclass to aspiring Senior School actors. They worked with unseen script extracts from productions Ralf has appeared in, and he helped pupils as they interpreted character and performed. In the evening, Ralf delivered the Tillotson Lecture.

The UK's favourite weather presenter, Tomasz Schafernaker, visited the Girls' Division this week to continue the series of Evening Enrichment Lectures. He addressed a large, engaged audience of pupils, staff and visitors from the local community about how he became interested in meteorology and his pathway into weather forecasting. Full of anecdotes about his experiences, this fascinating talk gave an insight into the reality of being a weather forecaster and presenter.

The full programme of Arts and Sciences Enrichment Lectures can be found here on the School website. The next talk, on 31 January at 7pm, will be from Dr Peter Vardy, philosopher and theologian, on the subject of Sexual Ethics.

Bolton School is set to become a partner school in a unique independent and state school partnership to recruit more Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) teachers. This is part of the National Modern Languages' School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) programme.

Year 7 pupils have raised over £3,800 for Key103 and Cash for Kids' Mission Christmas appeal, and this week visited Toys R Us in Bolton to buy a host of toys and gifts to donate to the cause. The girls enjoyed picking out over £2,000 worth of presents for children of all ages, and will also make a cash donation to the appeal.

The Business Challenge Final took place, pitting five teams of Year 12 students against one another in a dramatic pitching battle in the style of Dragon's Den. Each group presented their business idea to the panel of judges, and all were praised for their ingenious concepts which would fill a unique gap in the market. However, it was Caterplastic - a company aiming to recycle plastic using wax worms - who were the overall winners.

Sixteen Girls' Division pupils have been called up to join Lancashire Lacrosse's Under 15 and Under 18 squads this year. This number includes two pupils who have been selected for both the U15 A and U18 B squads, and a Year 7 pupils who is 'playing up' by a significant number of years to join the U15 team.

Sixth form student Morgan helped Lancashire RFU U18s to beat Yorkshire in a spectacular Roses clash last weekend, following his recent call-up.

Junior Girls' School pupil Dinburgh has recently enjoyed success in two prestigious competitions, one for ballet and one for gymnastics, winning second place in each of them!

The first Nativity of 2017 has taken place! Children from the Butterfly and Caterpillar rooms at Bolton School Nursery put on their Nativity, which told the story of a very special baby found in Maurice the Mule's manger. The audience was delighted with the children's efforts.

Children in Beech House also got into the Christmas spirit with a pantomime! They thoroughly enjoyed the performance of Jack and the Beanstalk.

Families at Beech House have also helped Bolton Lions to spread Christmas cheer this week with a huge donation of toys to the club's Caring Christmas Appeal. This annual appeal, which the school has been involved with for several years now, gives toys to children in the local area who might otherwise not receive anything on Christmas morning.

At the Junior Boys' School, two groups of Senior School musicians put on a festive concert during morning assembly. The Brass Group and Junior String Quartet managed to set everyone's feet tapping with their feel-good Christmas tunes.

A new book written by the School Archivist which details the history of the Girls' Division is now available. 'Pride in the Past; Confidence in the Future' charts the full chronology of the School from its earliest origins, with each section based on a different Headmistress. Buy it here.

This week's Inspiring Mind is Betty Vause: an Old Girl, Beech House teacher and ultimately Governor who played an integral role in the Girls' Division for many years. She was also the first woman to hold the post of Vice Chairman of the joint Governing Body. She is remembered fondly in her profile.

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