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SHINE Inspires Year 5 Pupils

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Forty three Year 5 pupils from a dozen local primary schools are enjoying this year’s SHINE: Serious Fun on Saturday programme at Bolton School. The project, which runs over the course of the Spring Term on Saturday mornings in the Girls' and Boys' Divisions, aims to widen pupils’ learning and to challenge them with the possibility of higher achievement.  

Bolton School teacher and co-organiser of SHINE Miss Sarah Gunshon said: “SHINE is in its ninth year, with this the fourth 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 children study a mix of traditional subjects, including Physics, Music, Art, Geography, French, German and the Sciences, but are also introduced to more unusual offerings which they will not be exposed to through the normal curriculum, such as Italian, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, Food Technology, Latin and Greek and Outdoor Pursuits. Towards the end of the programme, the group will undertake a day trip to Catalyst Science Discovery Museum. 

The sessions are free for the participating children, and the programme closes with a celebratory graduation dinner held at Bolton School on Saturday 10th March for children, parents and teachers.

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