Bolton Lads and Girls Club CEO Addresses Boys
Wednesday, 08 July 2009
The Chief Executive of Bolton Lads and Girls Club, Jeremy Glover MBE, was this year's special guest at Bolton School's Boys' Division Prizegiving. Mr Glover, who has been in charge of the Lads and Girls Club for 31 years, commended Bolton School on having over 100 years" worth of history of working with the club. To this day, many boys and girls from Bolton School offer their time and assistance to the club. He said he had always been a fan of the School and all that it does for young people in the town and that there was synergy between the Lads and Girls Club and the School in that both offer an holistic approach as they prepare young people for citizenship. He offered Bolton School pupils two key pieces of advice: be quick to praise and slow to criticise and where you see injustice in the world, try to do something about it. Mr Glover then presented a range of prizes to pupils from Years 7 to 13 for their efforts in academic and extra-curricular activities and in citizenship over the year.
Head Boy, Jack Roberts, gave a Vote of Thanks to Mr Glover and, as he looked forward to studying Medicine at Cambridge, said of his time at Bolton School, "I could not have enjoyed myself any more."
Headmaster Mr Philip Britton, in reviewing his first year at the School, talked of being "genuinely proud" of the School. Whilst complimenting the boys on their academic success he felt it was everything else that Bolton School did that sets it apart from other schools. In a year full of achievements for boys, it was things like the Coast to Coast cycling trip or the Joint Summer Concert at the Bridgewater Hall or the rugby trip to South Africa or the canoeing of the Great Glen or the Year 8 boys now enjoying sailing lessons on the Millennium Ketch (the boat built by our own boys) or the stunning joint production of Hamlet or the cricket tour to the Caribbean or the visit of Sir Harry Kroto, the School's Old Boy and Nobel Prizewinner or the involvement in charity work, which, this year, raised over £15,000, which gave boys unique memories that would last a lifetime and would inspire in them a love of learning.
Mr Britton finished his review by stressing that although we were blessed with a very fine building, a school is about much more than a building and that Bolton School's success is built on committed and talent staff, eager, intelligent pupils and a proactive and involved parental body.
In his evaluation of the year, Chairman of Governors, Mr Michael Griffiths, said "We are very, very proud of our pupils and today is a celebration of outstanding success. It has been an exciting year with the completion of our brand new Infants' School and the major refurbishment of the Junior Boys' School and, of course, the plans for a brand new £5m Junior Girls' School." He concluded by telling those boys that were going out into the world: "Whatever you do, try to make a difference for good."
The afternoon was punctuated by a number of pupil performances, including pieces from the Advanced Guitar Group and a number of scenes from Year 10's adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. The afternoon ended with a stirring rendition of Jerusalem and light refreshments in the Dining Hall.