Old Boy Roger Gould, who is also an Executive Governor of the School and former President of the Old Boys' Association, has been selected to receive Maundy Money from Queen Elizabeth II in a special service held on the Thursday before Easter. This tradition, dating back over 700 years, today recognises those who have made a significant contribution to the Christian and local communities.
The Junior Boys welcomed in the new season with their fabulous Spring Concert. One of the final events before the Easter holidays, this special evening showed off the varied musical talents of the boys. There were performances from the Junior Boys' School choirs and ensembles as well as music from soloists, and the evening ended with a medley of Songs from World War I sung by the whole school.
More videos from the Bolton School Spring Concert at the Victoria Hall are now available. Click the following links to watch: Bamboleo (performed by the Senior Guitar Ensemble), The Overture to the Barber of Seville (performed by the Joint Senior Orchestra), Northern Lights (sung by the Chamber Choir), I'll Be There (sung by the Girls' Division Middle School Choir), Caprice by Bourgeois (performed by solo saxophonist Abigail), and Gershwin by George (performed by the Joint Orchestra).
Pupils in the Boys' Division History Society enjoyed a fascinating talk on the history of the railways from Professor Paul Salveson MBE. He discussed the initial building of the railways and their early development as well as the effects that railways had on the Industrial Revolution. Boys also found out about a special celebration taking place in Bolton to commemorate 50 years since the last steam locomotive pulled out of the train station.
Hannah Bradley, an Old Girl, returned to Bolton School to offer a workshop on conflict resolution to Sixth Form students in the Girls' Division. Hannah is now a Dispute Resolution Solicitor and was able to talk students through various methods for resolving disputes. There was also a chance for students to role play a fictional dispute and try out some of Hannah's techniques.
Year 5 pupils at the Junior Girls' School had fun building their own roundhouse and viking longboats in a special architecture workshop that combined design and technology with mathematics. Working together, they created huge models using nothing more than bamboo poles and elastic bands.
Girls in Year 11 heard from Dr Daly, an Old Girl, on the subject of coping with stress and depression. This helpful PSHEE session offered pupils some practical tips on how to alleviate feelings of stress, from sitting still and breathing to indulging in hobbies or physical activity, and also candidly discussed symptoms of depression and when to seek help.
Children in Reception were given an introduction to Judo as part of the Sport Relief week activities. In addition to footwork games and following traditional Japanese instruction, they learned a Judo pin and were able to try it out on each other.
Charleigh in Year 11 is a young actor who has recently appeared in several episodes of Coronation Street! She has also been in two series of CBBC's Class Dismissed, which in 2017 won the Children's BAFTA for Best Comedy, and played Kayleigh's niece in Car Share.
The Under 13 Netball team has won the Bolton Schools' Netball Tournament. The girls dominated the group stages of the competition before facing a slightly more challenging final, where they nonetheless came out on top.
Looking ahead, the last of the Girls' Division's Evening Enrichment Events will take place on Wednesday 2 May, starting at 7pm. The Poetry Festival promises a celebration of creativity in the school: girls from all age groups will read their own work, followed by a reading from acclaimed poet Simon Armitage.
Boys' Division pupils are preparing to take over the village of Port Sunlight for a day! All year groups from Year 7 to the Sixth Form will be involved in this 'Leverhulme Festival' which will see pupils put on musical and drama performances, historical tours, art exhibitions, a geocache treasure trail and creative family workshops. The event will take place in multiple locations in Port Sunlight on Sunday 1 July.