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An Evening of Celebration for Y7 and Y8 Girls

Monday, 06 July 2015

Parents, teachers and Year 7 and 8 pupils gathered in Bolton School Girls’ Division’s Great Hall for an evening of celebration. The event focussed on the achievements of the girls over the last academic year and was accompanied by musicians and singing. Mr Forgrieve opened the evening, leading the Percussion Ensemble in performing Tricks with Sticks and Strauss’s Pizzicato Polka before Headmistress Sue Hincks welcomed guests. She explained that whilst the girls would be lauded for all their work since September 2014, the evening would also mark the centenary of the first Old Boy losing his life in World War One through Songs of Peace and Protest. There was more accomplished music-making by the Junior Orchestra which performed Overture to The Barber of Seville and by the Middle School Strings who offered up a traditional Scottish piece, La Russe.

During the awards ceremony Miss Hincks reflected on how far the Year 7 girls had come in the past twelve months since their Induction Day. She said that they had received very good reports from their teachers and congratulated them on making friends, working hard and having a positive impact on the school. The girls then progressed to the front in their Form Group where they received awards from the Mayor, Councillor Carole Swarbrick, the Head of Middle School Mrs Head and Miss Hincks. 

It was then the turn of the Year 8 girls, who were praised for the contribution they had made both inside and outside of school. Having met with the girls in small groups, the Headmistress knew how many of them had enjoyed testing their resilience at the school’s outdoor adventure learning centre, Patterdale Hall and that they were looking forward to undertaking their Duke of Edinburgh expedition next year.

The Heads of Years 7 and 8, Ms Noot and Miss Rigby received a round of applause for all their efforts during the year and a special thank you was given to Mrs Julia Head, who is set to retire this summer. Mrs Head first came to the school in 1964 as a pupil and then rejoined in 1988 as a teacher where she has been invaluable ever since and has been Head of Middle School for the last 4 years. Miss Hincks offered her personal thanks to her for being an expert on both the School and the town.

The evening then concluded with some wonderful singing from the Middle School Choir, from soloists and the Year 7 and 8 girls. Songs included Sing, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Blowin’ in the Wind, Imagine, Heal the World, Where is the Love? 21 Guns, Masters of War and Let There Be Peace on Earth. The entire audience then stood to close the formal proceedings with stirring renditions of the School Song, the national anthem and Jerusalem. The celebrations then continued with a “street party” in the girls’ Form rooms and on the corridor. 

 

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The Percussion Ensemble opened the evening

The Percussion Ensemble opened the evening

Girls collected their certificates of achievement from the Mayor and the Headmistress

Girls collected their certificates of achievement from the Mayor and the Headmistress

The Year 7 and 8 girls made a wonderful noise as they sang the songs of peace and protest

The Year 7 and 8 girls enthusiastically sang the songs of peace and protest