Saturday, 25 March 2017
SHINE 2017, run by teachers and Sixth Form students at Bolton School, has been a great success and over forty Year 5 children from eleven local primary schools have enjoyed the variety of sessions on offer each Saturday. New activities this year included Creative Writing, Italian and Music, a session which was planned and led by the Sixth Form mentors. These complemented the more familiar classes of English, Mathematics, Languages, Humanities and Science subjects.
Co-organiser Mrs Wrathmell reflected: “There was a lovely atmosphere during the Celebration Evening, a graduation-style event, in which the children were so keen to show off their work to parents and teachers that they did this before and even during the meal!”
Cliff Morris, Leader of Bolton Council, awarded a number of prizes to the pupils for their commitment to, and progress during, the ten-week programme. The evening, attended by pupils and their parents as well as teachers and governors from Bolton School, concluded with a video of highlights from the programme, which had been compiled by one of the Girls’ Division Lead Mentors, Neha Khimani, who had herself attended the programme in its first year in 2009! The SHINE programme, in its eighth year, will conclude at the end of the month when the pupils will enjoy a trip to the Catalyst Science Discovery Centre.
SHINE sessions are delivered across the UK through partnerships between SHINE and independent schools, with the aim of raising educational aspirations of young children while also allowing them to develop teamwork skills, make friends and have fun. The sessions are free for participating children.
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