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Heritage Lesson for Year 7 Girls

Monday, 27 January 2014

The Year 7 girls received a lesson on Bolton School’s heritage during one of their PSE sessions from Old Girl and former teacher Mrs Carol Haslam.

William Hesketh Lever, or Lord Leverhulme as he became later in life, is a huge figure in the history of Bolton School. Yet on arrival in Year 7, many pupils are not aware of the huge importance of his patronage. Without his foresight and determination, the school as it exists today would never have come into fruition.

Mrs Haslam therefore called upon four girls who attended the Girls’ Junior School to assist her.

During their time at Hesketh House, these girls went on a trip to learn about Lord Leverhulme’s history and his connection to Bolton School. They went to see the village of Port Sunlight and the Lady Lever Art Gallery, both of which also owe their existence to Lord Levehulme. The girls used the PSE session to pass on their knowledge to the rest of the year group.

Mrs Haslam also reminded the girls that they are part of “so goodly a heritage”, as the school prayer says. The uniform, assembly, the school song and prayer, the prefects’ gowns, the Year 10 Christmas Post and the many other traditions that make up life at the Girls’ Division are all part of that heritage, which was begun by Lord Leverhulme almost 100 years ago.

She went on to talk about the many changes that the school has gone through since the inception of Bolton School, from the building of the Girls’ and Boys’ Divisions which began in the 1920s, to the opening of the Riley Centre in 2013.

This was a great opportunity for the girls to learn more about the school they are now a part of and a fantastic way to herald the upcoming 100/500 Celebrations.

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Mrs Haslam and the four Year 7 readers - all in uniform

Mrs Haslam and the four Year 7 readers - all in uniform

The Year 7s were glad that wearing a hat is no longer compulsory!

The Year 7s were glad that wearing a hat is no longer compulsory!

The girls learned a lot about the school

The girls learned a lot about the school's heritage