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Wednesday, 08 February 2012
Saturday night was time to "graduate" for pupils from 7 Bolton
primary schools and their proud parents as the SHINE: Serious Fun
on Saturdays programme at Bolton School drew to a close.
Forty one Year 5 girls and boys have attended Saturday morning
sessions at the School since November of last year, enjoying a
mix of traditional subjects such as English, Maths, History and the
Sciences, as well as more unusual offerings such as Psychology,
Russian, Art and Design Technology, Ceramics and Japanese.
Pupils also enjoyed new sessions this year in Business Studies and
Whilst the aim was to stretch and inspire young minds on the
programme, all the activities were firmly focused on pupil
enjoyment and participation. The sessions were aimed at motivated
and able pupils who had shown a high level of academic engagement
or were perhaps of limited means and who would clearly benefit from
furthering their educational development by accessing Bolton
School's facilities and teaching expertise.
A range of the pupils' work was on display on the night -
everything from Psychology work displays to totem poles!
Despite the heavy snow, the evening was very well attended by
parents and pupils and also included the Heads and teachers from
Bolton School and Sixth Form students. A buffet supper
preceded the awarding of certificates of merit.
Pupil Awarish Avrang said: "My favourite activity was Chemistry
because we did fun experiments and used a type of paper that
changed into different colours. The teachers were really kind
and helpful. The sessions have helped me become more
confident. The best thing about the programme has been
meeting other people."
Another SHINE pupil, Jack Haslam, summed up the feelings of all
participants when he said: "I liked everything about
Miss Louise Dickinson, Bolton School's Coordinator of the SHINE
programme, was delighted with how well the programme had gone: "It
has been wonderful to watch these bright children develop over the
course. Their parents told me of the transformation they have
seen in their children and have been amazed that they have been so
enthusiastic about coming in to school lessons on a Saturday!
As ever, I am also indebted to my teaching colleagues and our Sixth
Form students, who have been excellent mentors and they too have
really enjoyed watching the children develop through the
The scheme was run in partnership with the SHINE charitable
trust, with fifty per cent of the funding for the project coming
from the educational charity, whilst Bolton School provided the
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