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Family Festival Brings Foundation Together for Celebration

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Hundreds of balloons, let off in a midday race, signified the opening of the first Bolton School Foundation Family Festival. The event, part of the School’s 100 and 500 year celebrations, saw the Parents’ Associations of the Infant School, the two Junior Schools and the two Senior Schools work together to produce a spectacular afternoon of fun for families and friends of the School. There was a wide range of stalls, games and activities for the many attendees to enjoy. One of the most eye-catching offerings of the day was watching over 50 people abseil down the school’s clock tower. The birds of prey exhibition, human table football, a tin can sculpture, Dylan’s reptiles, a human fruit machine and rock bands also provided diverting spectacles! 

Parent Governor and organiser, Mrs Helen Critchlow, said: “What a fantastic day! I never dreamed it would work out so well, the weather was kind, the turnout great and every single event ran smoothly, professionally and was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. There was a real atmosphere of family enjoyment across an event that catered for all age groups. So a huge thank you to everyone, a brilliant team effort led to a very successful event which showed Bolton School at its best!” 

After a grey morning, blue skies prevailed and the plentiful food and drink outlets proved very popular. Indian food restaurant Spice Valley sold so much food that they had to bring more produce in! Afternoon Teas, served by Sixth Form girls in the Riley Sixth Form Centre, were also a big hit as was the barbecue. 

Throughout the site there was much musical accompaniment to the afternoon – including the School Jazz Band, a set by school rock bands Parallel Oreos and Young Ruin as well as performances from ensembles and solo artists. 

Lots of local businesses provided great shopping opportunities through their market stalls and many local charities showcased their work. During the afternoon, a 100/500 food can sculpture was built with all the products being donated to local charity Urban Outreach after the event. 

There was a wide range of activities for children of all ages – everything from a surf simulator to a fire engine to human table football to go kart rides to bouncy castles and slides to crazy golf to a human buzz wire! 

There was much excitement as the winners of the Bolton School Bake Off competition were announced by Mrs Natalie James and all schools contributed to a needlework sampler that recorded the celebrations. 

There were lots of fantastic raffle and auction prizes and a popular game of guess how many balloons are in the Headmaster’s car – all of which will helped the School raise several thousand pounds from the event. 

Reflecting on the afternoon, Girls’ Division Headmistress Miss Sue Hincks said: “It is wonderful that the whole Foundation has come together to celebrate our 100th birthday and to raise money for different parts of the School so that all our children can benefit from what we have achieved together.” 

An equally delighted Headmaster, Mr Philip Britton, said: “I offer my sincere thanks to everyone involved in the Family Festival; it was a wonderful afternoon, with a great feel to it and everyone I spoke to on the afternoon felt it was tremendously successful.”

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A midday balloon race signified the opening of the Bolton School Foundation

A midday balloon race signified the opening of the Bolton School Foundation's Family Festival

Abseiling down the School clock tower provided a diverting spectacle

Abseiling down the School clock tower provided a diverting spectacle

The human table football game proved very popular!

The human table football game proved very popular!