"Recently I won the Mensa Child Genius Competition and I believe that it was possible because of the academic skills and the skills to perform in front of an audience and to keep calm under pressure that I acquired at Hesketh House."

Sharon Daniel, Girls' Division pupil

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Junior Boys in Fine Festive Voice

Friday, 17 December 2010

Bolton School Junior Boys filled the Boys' Division Great Hall with a host of festive music and song in their Annual Christmas Carol Service.

The Lower School Choir treated family and friends to performances of 'Do You Hear What I Hear?', 'Jesus Child' and 'This Child', while the Upper School Choir impressed with 'This Little Babe', 'A Maiden Most Gentle' and 'See Amid the Winter's Snow' in which Andrew Mattison and Henry Webb gave solo performances. Whole school renditions of 'Tell Out the News' and 'Star Carol' filled the hall, along with vibrant performances of 'Christmas Rondo' from the Recorder Group, 'We Wish You a Merry Christmas' by the Strings Group, and several Christmas readings from the boys.

The audience joined in throughout the service with hymns and carols including favourites 'Once in Royal David's City' after a solo performance of verse one by Harvey Haworth, 'O Little Town of Bethlehem', 'Hark the Herald Angels Sing' and 'O Come All Ye Faithful', and Mr Whittaker, Head of Junior Boys, finished the service with prayers and blessing.

At the end of the service, there was a collection for Ondukuta Combined School in Namibia which the Junior School is now partnered with. The partnership was formed through the Diocese of Manchester, which has formal links with the Anglican Diocese Namibia in Southern Africa, and benefits both schools as they share and learn from one another. The funds will go towards teaching and learning resources and ICT development, and in the future the Ondukuta School hopes to be able to build a library, science laboratory and meeting hall.

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