Prizegiving Celebrates a Passion for Excellence
Wednesday, 07 July 2010
Old Boy Professor Malcolm Stevens OBE was this year's special guest at Bolton School Boys' Division Prizegiving, presenting a range of prizes to pupils from Years 7 to 13 for their efforts in academic and extra-curricular activities and in citizenship over the year.
Professor Stevens has had a long and distinguished career in cancer research and was responsible for the discovery and early development of temozolomide, a treatment for brain tumours that is now approved throughout the world. He is no stranger to awards himself as in 1999 he received an OBE for his achievements in anti-cancer drug discovery, and in 2005 was awarded an Honorary DSc by the University of London. In May 2009 he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS), one of the highest honours in the academic world, widely regarded in the scientific world as second only to a Nobel Prize.
Professor Stevens spoke of his time at the school 53 years ago and how he is amazed at how the school has broadened its horizons with the tremendous range of activities available to boys today. He encouraged the boys to project the influence of the school out into the world and to live by the old sporting ethos of 'No surrender!' He advised them to spend their time wisely as 53 years go by very quickly!
Chairman of Governors, Mr Michael Griffiths, congratulated all the boys who were to achieve awards and also the Headmaster on being awarded his MBE in this year's New Years' Honours List. He stressed that although for some boys it may be the last time in the hall they would be part of the Bolton School Community for the rest of their lives.
Headmaster Mr Philip Britton talked of the "purposeful enjoyment" of school activities and how the boys' achievements capture the spirit of a year well spent by everyone. Whilst complimenting the boys on their academic success he felt it was everything else that Bolton School did that sets it apart from other schools. He spoke of the importance of Community Involvement and how the boys grow personally from this, and the School involvement with local primary school events through our Sports, Science, Maths and Language days and the SHINE project. In a year full of achievements for boys, it was things like the outstanding musical evening at the Bridgewater Hall, the Rugby Tour to Portugal, the visit to London to see Old Boltonian Sir Ian McKellen in 'Waiting for Godot' accompanied by another Old Boy and Nobel Prize winner Sir Harry Kroto, Language visits and exchanges, and national sporting successes, which gave boys unique memories that would last a lifetime and would inspire in them a love of learning. Mr Britton finished his review by attributing the success of Bolton School to the qualities and talents of the boys which are drawn out by staff who share their passion and excellence.
The afternoon was punctuated by a number of pupil performances, including a cello solo by Oliver Quayle, a vocal piece by Alex Fletcher and a piano solo by Ben Smith. The afternoon ended with a vote of thanks to Professor Stevens from Vice Captain Henry Thompson, followed by a stirring rendition of Jerusalem and light refreshments in the Dining Hall.