Bolton School Senior Boys

Boys' Arts Award Celebration

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Year 7 boys at Bolton School enjoyed a celebratory round-up of the year’s Bronze Arts Award project following their Prizegiving assembly in which Billy Minshull won the Creativity Prize for top Arts Award portfolio. During the session which gave an opportunity for the boys to share and reflect on their work, there was creative industry input from Old Boys Jonny Ashton, a TV documentary maker; Robin Partington, an architect, famously of the Gherkin; and Mark Radcliffe, TV and radio broadcaster, author and musician. A celebration summary video was shown and there was peer review activity as well as the creation of video advice messages to incoming Y7s.

The Arts Award programme is a range of unique qualifications that supports young people to grow as artists and arts leaders, inspiring them to connect with and take part in the wider arts world through taking challenges in an art form - from fashion to digital art, pottery to poetry. All boys in Year 7 are guided through the Bronze Award at Bolton School,

The year's programme has included: arts carousel taster sessions in SPACE; research projects on a broad range of arts and culture professions, including focuses on parent arts practitioners and alumni creatives; a review of skills and subsequent reflection on school concerts, gallery and theatre visits and arts experiences streamed online during lockdown; and guided independent project work at home during the period of remote learning and remote arts enrichment sessions in which boys have worked on mime, fictional news reports, composing to film and comic strip metamorphoses.

Art Award Coordinator Miss Sherry said, 'I have been hugely impressed with the variety of creative ideas Year 7 have produced this year. The consistent effort that has been applied both in school and at home has resulted in some high quality projects.'

Miss Lord, Director of Creative Learning, commented that, 'it has been great to see boys' independent learning skills flourish over the course of the year and a pleasure to witness the family arts collaborations resulting from the boys' work at home. I offer a huge thanks to parents and siblings who helped boys to complete their skills shares; we've seen lots of wonderful videos of boys sitting alongside family members to teach them many things, including new animation skills, how to play pieces of music and drawing skills.

We offer Silver Arts Award as boys move into Middle School; I'm excited to see what else this talented year group produces as they dig into all the creative arts enrichment on offer."

The Boys' Division recently published it's indicative Creative Learning Programme for 2020/21, you can read it here. The CLP relates enrichment, community and Schools Together opportunities that are offered in addition to creative arts lessons and the range of cultural provision embedded across the curriculum. 

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