Newsletter Summer 2013

NEWS Bolton School Boys’ Division

Summer 2013

As ever the newsletter provides a snap- shot of a huge variety of activity at school this term. What is not usual is that this edition also appears online in a flipbook format, which represents a glimpse of the future for how we can present news to you. Do take time to have a look at www.boltonschool.org/ senior-boys/. I would just highlight our success in sport this term. The under 14 water polo team joined the under 16 team as national champions and as I write the first eleven have become T20 cricket champions of the north and will head to the national finals at Arundel. The tennis season has had a successful start with much promise to come and some long standing athletics records have fallen to exceptional current ath- letes. These are wonderful achieve- ments for the boys and my thanks to the staff who work with them in the teams. It is always a pleasure to wel- come Sir Harry Kroto, the Nobel Prize winning Old Boy, to give his chemistry lecture which we enjoyed in school this term. It is just part of the academic en- richment offered by Old Boys to the school. The interview practise given to members of the sixth form by parents and Alumni was also much appreciated. I do hope you enjoy reading the news- letter and have a relaxing and refreshing summer. Welcome

National Champions

Bolton School are the English Schools’ National U14 Water Polo Champions, completing the double for the School who are also U16 National Champions. In a superb display of water polo skills in the Walsall pool, the U14 boys were unbeaten in the competition. Cruising through the group stage with a 3-0 victory over Manchester Grammar School and a 3-1 triumph over Alleyn’s School, the boys faced Trinity School in the semi final. A 4-3 victory in the semi final put them into the national final where they met local rivals, Manchester Grammar School. After a tense and close game, Bolton secured victory in an epic penalty shootout final, finishing 5-4 against MGS to become Champions of England.

Technology

Many of our Year 7 and 8 pupils entered the Wallace and Gromit Cracking Ideas competi- tion, with the help of the Technology department. Dom Aly and Eddy Backhouse, both from 7F, entered a wide range of creative and fun ideas, ranging from an innovative new

rocket design to a space safe suit for both Wallace and Gromit, and managed to beat over 4000 entrants to be awarded the National prize for the 12-16 age category. Their hard work and commitment to the competition earned them an invite to Blackpool’s Pleasure Beach resort where they were two of the first few lucky people to ride the brand new ‘Thrillomatic’ ride. They also won a one-of-a -kind, handmade trophy from the creators at Aardman, animation software to enable them to make their own stop -start movies and a book signed by Nick Park himself. There were some awesome designs submitted from Bolton School, and all who contributed should be very proud of themselves. There is a new Cracking Ideas competition brief out now, so any budding designers should speak to Miss Halliwell in Technology.

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