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Monday, 04 July 2016
As the school year drew to a close, over 225 girls from Years 7 and 8 and their parents and teachers came together to celebrate their academic and extra-curricular success. Headmistress Miss Sue Hincks praised the Year 7 girls for settling so well into School life and reflected on how well they had progressed since their Induction Day a year ago. She said that they had received excellent reports from their teachers and congratulated them on making friends, working hard and having an immediate and positive impact on the school. The girls then progressed to the front in their Form Group where they received awards and, for those achieving nine merits or more, book tokens, from the Mayor of Bolton, Councillor Lynda Byrne, the Head of Year Ms Noot, their Form Teacher and Miss Hincks.
It was then the turn of the Year 8 girls, who were praised for the contribution they had made both inside and outside of school. Having met with the girls in small groups, the Headmistress knew how many of them had enjoyed testing their resilience at the school’s outdoor adventure learning centre, Patterdale Hall and that they were looking forward to undertaking their Duke of Edinburgh expedition next year. They too received awards from Miss Hincks, the Mayor, their Form Teacher and Head of Year, Miss Rigby.
The evening then further embraced the celebration theme as a series of readings, choirs and orchestral pieces led the audience on “A musical journey through the history of America”, an apposite theme on this, American Independence Day. The Y7 and Y8 girls sang “When Johnny Comes Marching Home”, “America” from West Side Story and “Empire State of Mind”; the audience joined them in stirring renditions of “Battle Hymn of the Republic”, “Swing Low Sweet Chariot”, “Amazing Grace” and finishing the concert in rousing fashion with “New York, New York”, the “School Song”, “Jerusalem” and the National Anthem. Readings included the Declaration of American Independence and Ain’t I a Woman; the Intermediate Concert Band played “I Wish I Was in Dixie” and “President’s Day Parade”, the String Ensemble played Largo from “New World Symphony” and the Middle School Choir offered up “Somewhere Out There”
Miss Hincks thanked the Head of Music, Mrs Price, for her work on the night and throughout the year, which included a wonderful Joint Concert at Port Sunlight, a delightful Evensong at Bolton Parish Church and the work that has already started on what promises to be a stunning joint production of Miss Saigon next year. Miss Hincks also regaled the audience with the story of Mrs Price and fellow Music Teacher Miss Deady both doing a sponsored music examination on an instrument drawn out of a hat and which they had to master in an afternoon before taking Grade 1. Mrs Price drew the oboe and gained a Merit for her examination, whilst Miss Deady drew the flute and gained a Distinction for hers!
At the end of the concert, the audience then retired to a “street party” on the corridors of the Girls’ School and in pupils’ Form Rooms. There was a retiring collection for St Ann’s Hospice.
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