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Thursday, 31 July 2008
Mr Michael Percik has retired as Head of Junior Boys at Bolton
School Boys' Division after 18 distinguished years. He leaves the
School in a very healthy state.
Looking back over his years at the Junior School, Mr Percik
believes that, in essence, pupils have not changed much during his
stewardship. What they own has changed - with many of them now
having mobile phones and games consoles - and they have lost some
of their former skills such as climbing trees and throwing cricket
balls, but their general behaviour and powers of concentration can
be commensurate with years gone by. Mr Percik said: "Although
people talk about children not being able to concentrate for as
long these days, I believe their powers of concentration can still
be as strong, if they are encouraged or stretched."
When asked about what has been the best thing about teaching, Mr
Percik replied: "Seeing children progress and achieve over the four
years that they are in the Junior School. It has been
wonderful to see them master concepts, to develop and to excel. I
can also say that in all my time as a teacher, I have never been
It has been the ethos at the Junior School to offer as wide a
range of opportunities and to get as many boys as possible involved
in a variety of activities. As well as this, we try and identify
boys with special abilities and to maximise their potential.
The staff team has grown over my time here and the School is
particularly strong in music, sport and chess. Every year we take
up to 50 boys on a coach to QEGS Wakefield to play chess.
I look forward to seeing where the Junior School goes in the
future but that is now in the hands of the new Junior Boys' Head,
Mr Stephen Whittaker and of the new Senior School Head, Philip
Mr Percik will not be retiring completely from Bolton School and
will look after the Under 13 football team in the Senior School,
including their Saturday morning games. He also hopes to play more
competitive bridge and, looking further ahead, he and his wife may
move to the Littlehampton area on the south coast.
Bolton School wishes him all the best!
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