Inaugural Lower School Prizegiving Held
Thursday, 05 July 2018
The inaugural Lower School Prizegiving celebrated the successes, achievements and wide-ranging participation of boys in Year 7 to 9. The three year groups were joined in the Great Hall for this special morning assembly by their families. The event took place one week after the Upper School Prizegiving and followed the same format, opening with a welcome from the Headmaster, Mr Philip Britton, and the singing of the School Song, ‘Forty Years On’. Between the presentations of awards and the address, there was also a performance of ‘Nocturne in C# Minor’ from William Miles in Year 9, the Lower School winner of the Young Musician of the Year Award.
In her Review of the Year, Mrs Waller said of the awards, “They will have required hard work, sacrifice, determination, resilience, effort, co-operation and willingness; all the important ingredients which go into making happy, successful and fulfilled young men and all things that we look for a seek to develop in boys at Bolton School.”
She mentioned the wide range of activities that pupils have taken part in throughout the year. Almost two thirds of the Lower School have represented Bolton School in sport: they have helped to continue the school’s dominance in water polo; the U14 badminton team reached the national final and finished fifth overall; the U13 Rugby team reached the county final; the U13 cricket team put in spirited performances all the way to the county semi-final; and in football the U13s reached the semi-finals of the ISFA cup and Year 8 boys enjoyed the Holland Tour. There were also many individual triumphs.
The year’s highlights were not confined to the sporting arena. Lower School boys developed their public speaking, poetry and prose delivery and debating ability, and covered a diverse range of topics in the lecture competitions. The Lower School play, Ernie’s Incredible Illucinations, was an entertaining triumph, and Lower School musicians have performed in concerts throughout the year and competed in the Young Musician and Young Composer of the Year Awards. Pupils’ enthusiastic involvement in a wide range of House Activities and charity work was also commended.
Mrs Waller also referenced the boys’ “individual, simple daily efforts to engage with school life and succeed.” She talked about their academic commitment and desire to learn and the hundreds of hours they have dedicated to the various clubs on offer. She talked about the Lower School Council, which has met throughout the year to represent pupils’ views. She ended her Review by commending pupils’ character: “Collectively you are intelligent, resilient, well-mannered, thoughtful, calm, considered and humble young men and, in a world where those qualities are not always apparent, you should take pride in that fact.”
The awards were then presented to pupils by the Headmaster. Academic and extra-curricular achievements alike were celebrated, and in addition there were prizes given for development and improvement, participation in House and Patterdale activities and contribution to the Lower School Council. The Lower School Award for Eloquence was also presented.
Finally Mr Britton gave a closing address and the Lower School Prizegiving came to an end with the singing of ‘Jerusalem’.
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