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Saturday, 21 March 2015
A celebratory dinner saw the latest crop of SHINE pupils graduate through this year’s Serious Fun on Saturday Mornings programme at Bolton School.
The forty one Year 5 pupils from 11 different local schools proudly showed off their work to parents, Bolton School staff and governors as well as local primary school teachers, Rachel Wedderspoon of SHINE North-West and the Deputy Leader of Bolton Council, Councillor Linda Thomas. During the course of the evening, the children were presented with certificates and special awards for commitment and academic excellence. The course, which ran over ten Saturday mornings, widened pupils’ learning and challenged them with the possibility of higher achievement. Pre- and post-programme tests recorded the development of the children.
Bolton School teacher and SHINE organiser, Miss Katie Wrathmell, said: "It has been a wonderful 10 weeks, where Gifted and Talented pupils have experienced subjects they may not have otherwise encountered. The ethos of the programme is that pupils learn best whilst enjoying themselves and consequently the activities have been both stretching and fun. We have seen real progression and development over the course of the past few months and I hope we have instilled in the children the belief to aim high.”
The children studied a mix of traditional subjects, including Maths, English, the Humanities and the Sciences, but were also introduced to more unusual offerings, including languages’ modules in Russian, Spanish, French, German and Japanese. The children also undertook sessions in Food Technology, ICT, Classics, DT/Art and Drama.
Fellow organiser, Miss Sarah Gunshon added, “Each week we have introduced two learning and thinking skills so that by the end of the programme, the pupils have built up some very positive habits of mind. We must also offer much thanks to teaching colleagues from across the campus who have helped out with the sessions and Sixth Form students who have offered invaluable assistance.”
This was the sixth year that programme has run at Bolton School. The sessions are delivered across the country through a partnership between SHINE and independent schools, with the aim of raising educational aspirations of young children whilst allowing them to develop teamwork skills, make friends and have fun. The sessions are free for the participating children.
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