Friday, 23 March 2018

23 March 2018

This year's Joint Production was Shakespeare's famous tragicomedy, The Tempest. Pupils put on a show filled with both magic and drama, transforming the Arts Centre into Prospero's enchanted island and playing out the story with talent and confidence.

View a gallery of photos from the four-night run here.

Bolton School's senior and junior school pupils were joined by children from several local primary schools for a night of unforgettable music-making at the Victoria Hall in Bolton as they put on a Spring Concert. Local primary school pupils helped Bolton School's musicians to perform two pieces, one orchestral and one choral, and the rest of the evening was filled with performances from the School's ensembles and choirs.

Several musical pieces from the night can be viewed via the following links: The Saga of Fred (performed by pupils from local primaries including Bolton School Junior Schools); A Bolton Suite (performed by the Joint Senior Orchestra and pupils from local primaries including Bolton School Junior Schools); Sing a Song of Sixpence (performed by the Chamber Choir).

Reception teacher Mrs Shaw decided to take on 'The Long Walk Home' and raise money for Sport Relief. The challenge saw her depart from school at the end of the day on Friday and walk 13 miles, up and down hills, to reach home in Withnell. Click here to sponsor her efforts.

In the summer term, Bolton School will host educational experiences about the English Civil War. Two education days for children in Years 5, 6 and 7, led by experienced local reenactors, will be held in June and in July Roundheads and Cavaliers will descend for 'The Storming of Bolton': a living history weekend in the ground of the School. These free events have been made possible thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Five Boys' Division students came in either first or second place at the recent Classics Reading Competition. Bolton School dominated the GCSE Greek and Classics in Translation categories, with pupils winning the top two spots in these fields, while a Bolton School student also won the A Level Latin competition.

Children in the Nursery Class for Three and Four Year Olds had fun learning about springtime and nature at Smithills Farm.

Girls' Division pupils enjoyed a fascinating live link-up with CERN via the internet. They heard from CERN's Education Programme Manager about the scientific research currently being undertaken and the purpose of CERN, and were able to ask questions towards the end of the session.

Year 10 pupil Anna is a talented young footballer who has recently helped the Manchester City Academy girls' team to win a place in the U16 FA Cup Final.

The Under 12 Netball team this week were crowned Town Champions. The girls did very well in the group stages and semi-finals, and despite a closely-matched final against Thornleigh they emerged victorious.

Five Year 6 pupils from the Junior Girls' School have progressed to the ESSA National Finals after their success North West Division Primary Team Swimming Championships. The swimmers, who competed in two relays, are now looking ahead to the national competition in June.

Children in Years 1 and 2 at Beech House, Bolton School's Infant School, enjoyed a day of circusology workshops. Pupils learned lots of new circus skills and worked on their balance, perseverance and patience along the way.

The Junior Girls' String Quartet won their category at the annual Ramsbottom Music Festival, which was the 25th to be held. As a result, they were invited to play at a celebration concert. A number of other musicians in the Junior Girls' School also took part and performed will in the competition.

Old Boy Peter Richards offered his personal advice to students in the Sixth Form when he returned to Bolton School this week. He has enjoyed a twenty-five year career in technology and the financial services industry, and passed on words of wisdom about both fields to the assembled students from both Divisions.

The Nursery Class celebrated Easter early by creating a colourful array of Easter Bonnets, with just a little adult assistance!

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