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Thursday, 17 June 2010
Bolton School held an awards evening to honour Sixth Form
students who have undertaken work in the local community.
Students received bronze, silver and gold certificates for 20,
50 or 100 hours worth of work in the community and one girl
had even done over 1,000 hours! The event was held in the
Arts Centre and was attended by students and their
parents. The guest of honour was Jerry Glover, who, until very
recently, was the CEO of Bolton Lads' and Girls' Club, a post he
held for 31 years! Mr Jerry Glover handed out the
certificates to the students and in an entertaining speech he
praised them for their hard work and commitment.
Over the past year, Sixth Formers have been involved in the
local community in so many ways and it is now compulsory that each
student undertakes a minimum of 20 hours service. Some have
helped out at the Bolton Hospice or in schools or at the Lads' and
Girls' Club. One group of students became involved with the
Lancashire Wildlife Trust and their Trailblazers video, promoting
environmental issues, was played on the night.
A number of Sixth Formers gave presentations on the night about
the work they have been doing. Pranjal Arya talked about how
much he has enjoyed his work with the children at Starting Point, a
centre that offers an introduction to the English education system
and British way of life for the children of refugees, asylum
seekers and people coming to Britain from anywhere in the world. He
describes it as a very special place. He said: "It was a fantastic
opportunity to give back and help out in the local community. It
also allowed me to better understand people and to escape the
'bubble' in which I live. Besides helping build my CV, it
was also a lot of fun."
Thorrun Govind, who received a gold award for her 100+ hours of
community work, gave a talk about her work at Bolton FM.
Fulfilling a lifelong dream, she ended up, through sheer hard work
and determination, having her own programme on the local radio
station. Thorrun has been busy in the community in many other
ways; she even hosted last year's Bolton Mela.
Head of Community Action and Assistant Head of Sixth Form
Heather Tunstall said: "We believe that volunteering offers our
students unique opportunities, and is an important part of a
well-rounded education. By making contributions to the communities
in which they live and study, they develop tangible skills and a
broader understanding of real issues."
In order to establish more links with external groups to
increase participation even further, Bolton School is holding
a Volunteering Fair on Thursday 9 September at 2.00pm in the
Anyone interested in attending the fair and working with the
School and its Sixth Form volunteer students should contact Heather
Tunstall on 01204 840201 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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