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Tuesday, 08 December 2015
Bolton School was delighted to welcome some very important Chinese visitors to the Boys’ Division, where they attended a ceremony celebrating four boys from Bolton School and four pupils from Kearsley Academy winning a UK-China stamp design competition. They were each presented with a special edition stamp collection that they had helped design by the Mayor of Bolton, Councillor Carole Swarbrick.
In the audience were Mr Minzhong Zhang, Chinese Cross Culture and Education Ambassador and Mr Guan Rui Lin, Chairman of the CPC Committee Local Branch and Chief Executive of West Zhongshan Municipality of the Guangdong Province in China along with his Deputy Chief Executive, Mr Pan Chu Yuan and Ms Yin Chun Hua, Director of Education and Sport Authority. Bolton School Governors, parents and guests from local schools and businesses with a connection to China also attended the event.
Three of the Bolton School boys are now in Year 7 - Rafael Goloba, Zen Jepson and Joel Male - and one is in Year 6, Laurence Britton. Three Kearsley pupils also attended the ceremony - David Disley from Year 11, Jodie Fitzpatrick from Year 10 and Elizabeth Kenny from Year 9; Sam Crossley was the fourth winner from Kearsley.
Reflecting on his winning design, Rafael said: It was a real surprise but I was very pleased to win. My design included the Great Wall of China, Big Ben, a Queen’s Guard and a panda.”
In a speech in Chinese, Mr Guan Rui Lin who was visiting the UK for the first time, said: “I would like to thank Madam Mayor and Bolton School for your hospitality and I will take away a sense of your great history. I came here to see the children and I hope one day they can visit West Zhongshan, which is a lovely and happy city. It is a pleasure to follow in the footsteps of our President Xi Jinping, who visited the UK in October. Mutual exchange of both people and of our cultures is beneficial to both regions and I hope our relationship will grow over the coming years.”
Year 13 student Nick Thompson, Senior Organ Scholar, performed Pasticcio as the pupils processed into the Hall and the event was also punctuated by a piano recital of Danzas Argentinas No 2 by Xiaomian Chen from Year 11 and a violin solo of Bolero by Year 10 pupil Victor Chow. Pupils of the Junior Boys’ School closed the ceremony with a recital of a Chinese poem they had learnt by heart in Mandarin.
Mr Britton, Headmaster of the Boys’ Division, said: “It has been a privilege to receive our Chinese guests and besides rewarding the pupils who have done so well with their designs this event will, I am sure, further strengthen ties – educational, cultural and commercial - between Bolton and West Zhongshan.”
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