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100 Years of History in a Day

Friday, 17 June 2016

Children at Beech House celebrated Bolton School’s 100th and 500th Anniversaries in style by dressing up in clothes from all the different decades from the past one hundred years!

The costumes were varied and every decade was represented by at least one child! There were lots of flappers and gangsters from the 1920s and 1930s, and soldiers and nurses from both the First and Second World Wars. The Fifties, Sixties and Eighties were hugely popular decades, with girls in poodle skirts and boys dressed up as greasers, Flower Power outfits and Space Race astronauts, and lots of arm- and leg-warmers! Popular musical trends from throughout the decades were represented, including punk, glam rock, and the styles of Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley and Bob Marley among others.

Victorian-era outfits also harked back to the earliest days of Bolton School, before the boys’ and girls’ schools in Bolton were jointly endowed and brought together by Lord Leverhulme in 1915.

All of the children paraded their outfits on the stage in morning assembly and enjoyed talking about their chosen decades with one another over a celebration lunch.

Earlier in the week, Years 1 and 2 enjoyed a History Alive workshop which transported them back to an 1877 schoolroom, complete with an authoritarian schoolmistress and stringent rules! This gave the classes a wonderful insight into the Victorian period and was a great way to kick-start the week of activities themed around the School’s history.

The children also researched the history of Beech House as their half term projects and created an interesting display about the school’s past. The children shared lots of information using posters, models of the old and new buildings, and interviews with past pupils.

The Nursery Class for Three- and Four-Year-Olds joined in with the celebrations too: they have recently been learning about the 1920s and wore flapper dresses and gangster suits for the occasion.

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Beech House represented the past century with their costumes

Beech House represented the past century with their costumes

Girls from the 1950s and 1920s

Girls from the 1950s and 1920s

1960s Flower Power

1960s Flower Power