Friday, 16 February 2018

16 February 2018

Bolton School has won Whole-School Community Initiative of the Year Award at the prestigious TES Independent School Awards. Judges praised the "extraordinary amount of work being done" and called the School and its efforts "A shining city on the hill." Read more about why the School was entered in this category here.

Last week, Bolton School Boys' Division hosted the first northern Young Scientists Journal Conference. Pupils with a passion for science were treated to a day that emulated what it would be like to be a real peer-review scientist attending a conference, with lectures, workshops, discussions and more on offer. All of the pupils who took part threw themselves into the activities and had fun throughout the day.

A Flickr album of further photographs from the day is available here.

It has been an enterprising week for pupils at Beech House, Bolton School's Infant School. They learned about a wide range of jobs from parents, who were happy to share their professions with the Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classes. Pupils also took part in a range of activities to develop skills that might be useful in the workplace.

The first trainee teacher to pass through Bolton School as part of the Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) programme has completed her time with the School. She spent a busy half term teaching Spanish and French and shadowing a Year 10 form tutor, as well as attending INSET and departmental meetings and completing lesson observations.

The Junior Boys' Music Festival celebrated the wide range of talent across the year groups. The two day event was adjudicated by Mr Powell, who expertly judged each of the categories, culminating in groups and ensembles. This was a fitting high-note on which to end another hugely popular and successful Music Festival.

A group of pupils visiting from Bocai Boarding School in China enjoyed a taster morning at Bolton School. The children are visiting the North West with the intention of applying to schools in the region during the next academic year. The children were assigned Bolton School "buddies" to help them get around the campus, and they enjoyed a series of taster lessons capped off with a typical Bolton School lunch.

Pupils in the Junior Girls' School discovered the languages and culture of India on their annual Modern Foreign Languages Day. Each pupil completed a 'passport' of activities throughout the day and took part in an Indian dance workshop, arts and crafts activities, language lessons focused on songs, and a delicious themed lunch from the catering department!

In sport, Girls' Division Year 8 pupil Lucy Dixon has won a handful of medals over the course of three weekends in the Lancashire County Swimming Championships. She is now Lancashire County Champion in the Girls' U13 800m Freestyle event, and won podium positions in a further five events!

The Year 8 boys' Vaulting Final was once again a remarkable occasion. The finalists had the difficult task of performing under pressure not only in front of the judges, but also before an audience of their peers during morning assembly which was held in the gym. Mr Johnson and Mr Chilton were very impressed by all of the boys' efforts. All eight boys received certificates, with the top three receiving medals for first, second and third place.

Year 9 pupil Lizzy Harkness has been invited to the FA National Performance Camp (NPC) at the University of Warwick at the end of the month. This camp is for players who have been identified as having elite potential.

Two Girls' Division pupils have helped the Bolton Town team achieve success at the Greater Manchester Championships, which were held at Heaton Park. The girls' strong finished positioned helped both the Year 7 and Year 8/9 Bolton Town teams finish in second place.

Girls' Division pupils in Year 7 have been learning more about staying safe online as part of their PSHEE programme. The girls produced projects focusing on online safety following discussion in their forms.

Pupils in Years 11 and 12 learned more about unusual degree options and unconventional career choices at a Specialist Careers Day. Representatives from several universities visited the School to talk about the courses on offer, from Operating Department Practice (ODP) to Earth and Environmental Sciences, Aerospace Engineering to Medieval and Renaissance Studies. The opt-in day was popular and very informative.

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