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Friday, 28 June 2013
The Friends of Bolton School enjoyed their Inaugural Dinner on the 28th June in the Arts Centre at School, where they toasted the formation of the Friends of Bolton School together.
Guests were given tours of the Divisions and got to see the progress of the construction of the new Sixth Form Centre, before enjoying a three course dinner and wine with fellow Friends of the School.
Friends of Bolton School is an initiative designed to bring together past and present parents, pupils, governors and members of staff, as well as those in the wider community who have an interest in the life of Bolton School. Many parents regret the time when their son or daughter leaves School because their departure represents a significant break with the past. Similarly, many members of the local community have indicated that they would welcome a greater involvement in the life of the School, even though they are not alumni and have not had children themselves at the School. Finally, there are times when it would be both convenient and desirable for the different groups which already have a stake-hold in the School (such as current parents, past pupils and former members of staff or Governors) to be able to communicate and collaborate with one another. In particular, the celebrations for the 100th and 500th Anniversaries are likely to bring together many such stake-holders.
The Friends of Bolton School is intended to enable two key objectives - to allow the existing groups to use the Friends as a means of coordinating effort when that is mutually advantageous and to allow some groups (most obviously former parents, locally prominent people who are friendly to the school and members of the public) to have some association with the school more formally and to allow the School to have cause to contact and engage them.
Membership is free and is automatic for all current parents, all Alumni, all current and former staff and former parents. Anyone else who considers themselves a friend of the school can also be a member. Members will receive an e-update on news from school and events at least twice each year. Each year there will be a Friends’ dinner held at Bolton School in late June.
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