Boys' First Virtual Prizegiving
Thursday, 25 June 2020
Prizegiving at Bolton School Boys' Division went virtual for 2020 as Covid-19 meant the country was in lockdown! Guest speaker Old Boy Ian Ross had agreed to attend the 2021 prizegiving in person and so it was Headmaster Philip Britton who lead the online assembly, praising the collective effort of the school community during the last few months and lauding individual achievements throughout the course of the academic year.
The audience of boys, parents, governors, staff and friends of the school were encouraged to sing along to the School song Forty Years On before three monitors reflected on their lockdown experiences. Ben Chowdhury played a piano piece before Mr Britton read out the list of prizewinners. William Miles also offered musical accompaniment on the piano before the Headmaster gave a brief overview of the year mentioning how the hockey team had enjoyed the new all weather pitch at Leverhulme Pavilion, the inception of the rowing club and its new home at Salford Quays, success in water polo and swimming competitions and the School's Concert Band winning a Platinum Award. Academically, there had been much success but Mr Britton made specific mention of a bronze medal in the first Cambridge Chemistry Race and of the awarding of Gold, Silver and Bronze medals and national selection for one boy in the Science Olympiads. Focusing on clubs and societies, he praised the success in local quizzing and Model United Nations competitions. He also spoke about the successful implementation of a new pastoral period.
The virtual assembly ended with the audience encouraged to join in the singing of Jerusalem and by a Vote of Thanks from next year's Captain, Charlie Griffiths.
You can re-live the virtual prizegiving assembly here: