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Monday, 08 July 2013
This year’s Celebration Evening for Year 7 and 8 girls also served as the first of a series of events marking the School’s forthcoming 100 and 500 year birthdays. Over the coming years, a number of high profile events will celebrate 100 years of the Bolton School Foundation being sited on Chorley New Road (1915-2015) and 500 years of education in Bolton (1516-2016).
Miss Sue Hincks, Headmistress, introduced the themed evening as “A Bolton School Girl Through the Decades” and the event celebrated William Hesketh Lever’s endowment in 1915 which gave girls and boys the same facilities on a campus which included symmetrical buildings that flanked a Centre Quadrangle. The evening recalled the wonderful concerts and flourishing musical scene that has prevailed at the School during the previous 100 years. There were accomplished readings from girls which, along with songs from the decades, sent the packed audience on an historical journey through the last century.
I Do Like to be Beside the Seaside was sung by all Year 7 and 8 girls and, ably assisted by the audience, paid tribute to the days when the looms stopped in Bolton and everyone went to the seaside for their holidays. Singin’ in the Rain represented the 1920s and Somewhere Over the Rainbow the ‘30s. We’ll Meet Again brought back memories of the Second World War and the Concert Band recaptured the mood of the 1950s with their Grease Medley. More historical memories were recaptured alongside insights into the inspiring Headmistresses that had expertly led the School through the years. A harmonious rendition of Do Re Mi reflected the 60s and the 70s were recalled through an uplifting version of Abba’s classic Dancing Queen. All girls sang Under the Sea and My Heart Will Go On which brought the audience up to the end of the twentieth century. You Raise Me Up represented the noughties and then a rousing Thank You for the Music, sung by pupils and the audience, was followed by the School Song and the National Anthem as the concert drew to a close.
The evening saw prizes awarded by the Mayor and Mayoress of Bolton, Councillor Colin Shaw and his wife Dee, to those girls who had performed outstandingly well over the past academic year. Miss Hincks commended the Year 7 girls for settling so well and so quickly into school life and praised the Year 8 girls for their motivation and academic prowess and their reputation for kindness to one another.
Closing the evening, Miss Hincks congratulated the audience on their singing and thanked the musicians and the readers for their superb performances. She thanked the Mayor and Mayoress for attending and commented on how pleasing it was to see so many Old Girls returning too. She wished everyone all the best for the summer and then invited everyone to a “street party” on the corridors of the School, which had been decorated in celebration of the past 100 years.
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