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Another Chance to SHINE at Bolton School

Saturday, 04 February 2017

  • SHINE group
  • SHINE classroom
  • SHINE Lab
  • SHINE hands up

Once again local Gifted and Talented Year 5 children are enjoying SHINE Saturday morning classes at Bolton School. The programme is run by Bolton School teachers and Sixth Form students who give up their Saturday to deliver a range of classes for children from surrounding primary schools who are seeking to better themselves through extra lessons and opportunities. Over the course of eleven mornings and a Celebration Evening, 41 children enjoy both traditional subjects such as the Sciences and Mathematics as well as other activities which may not be available in their school such as Outdoor Pursuits, Food Technology and Drama. This year, Turkish and Italian have been added to the timetable, meaning children will get to sample seven languages. There will also be an educational day trip towards the end of the programme; last year it was to the Catalyst Museum. The aim is for children to be challenged and inspired whilst having fun and learning.  

Bolton School teacher and co-organiser of SHINE Miss Sarah Gunshon said: “SHINE is in its eighth year, with this the third year that Miss Wrathmell and I have run the programme. We aim to give young people the chance to experience new and exciting subjects to inspire them to achieve in education and their extra-curricular activities. As a teacher, it is really rewarding to see the children develop in confidence over the 11 weeks and to learn so many new skills.” 

The programme, known as “Serious Fun on Saturdays’, is run in a select number of schools across the country on behalf of SHINE, a leading educational charity whose focus is social mobility through education.

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