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Don't Spit in the Sky and Other Useful Advice for Leavers

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Old Girl Dr Joyce Tyldesley returned to Bolton School with some compelling advice for those students about to go out into the world.  Dr Tyldesley, a renowned Egyptologist, furnished the girls with a number of wise old maxims from Ancient Egypt, including "if you spit in the sky, it will land on your head".  She then brought the sage advice up to date with three key messages canvassed from a poll of Old Girls.  The students were told to decide upon the direction that you want your life to travel in and to then be the best that you can be and to not let fear of failure put you off.  Secondly, the girls were told to keep their minds open to new ideas, make use of all the extra-curricular opportunities that Bolton School offers and never to lose their spirit of adventure.  The third wise tenet was to enjoy a balanced life and to not put fleeting moments of enjoyment ahead of lifelong happiness.  The girls were also told that their own lives would be enriched by putting something back into society.

The remarks from Dr Tyldesley, a Senior Lecturer at the University of Manchester, brought to a close an evening that celebrated another highly successful year for the pupils of Bolton School Girls' Division.   

Chairman of Governors, Mr Michael Griffiths, had opened the evening with an address that praised the outstanding leadership of the retired Headmistress, Mrs Richards, and commended the girls on another highly successful year for GCSE and A level examination results.  Recognition was also given to the pupils' work in supporting so many charitable causes, Sixth Formers had given an incredible 10,000 hours' worth of work to the local community and the Girls' Division had raised almost £20,000 for charities through its endeavours.  Mr Griffiths also paid tribute to the extended Bolton School family, particularly those benefactors that had, over the past year, donated £1.8m to the School's bursary fund.  Currently, one in six senior school pupils receives assistance with their fees.  Others have helped fund the building of a new state-of-the-art joint Sixth Form Centre, due to open in the Autumn of 2013.  The girls were reminded of the outstanding opportunity that they had been given by an education at Bolton School and that they should go out into the world, have fun, make a difference and try to make each place they visit a little better.

Miss Sue Hincks, in her inaugural address to the Bolton School community as Headmistress, praised the girls for their hard work throughout their time at the school.  She also lauded the commitment of their teachers and the support of their parents.  Whilst the School was again celebrating exam results which placed it amongst the very best schools in the country, Miss Hincks reminded the audience of how the Girls' Division is not merely an academic hothouse but that great effort goes into ensuring that all the talents of all the girls are realised.  Miss Hincks said she could not help but be impressed by how much extra-curricular provision, including travel opportunities, is on offer to girls and how much success had been recorded throughout the year.  Emma Saunders had been a Commonwealth Games medal winner at swimming and is an Olympic hopeful, Hannah Pike had captained the U16 England hockey team, Georgina Roden had been part of the British Junior dressage team, Hannah Furey had enjoyed international success at ju-jitsu, Emily Ruaux became the country's top U17 fencer and Lydia Walker enjoyed national success at Modern Pentathlon.  Throughout the year there had been  outstanding musical performances and wonderful dramatic productions, some joint with boys.  There had been much delight when the girls won the Bolton News X-Mas Factor carol singing competition.  Girls had enjoyed success in the Chemistry and Biology Olympiads, in the European Kangaroo and in Modern Foreign Language competitions.  Two girls had won prestigious Arkwright Scholarships for their design work and Chloe Wynne had won for the school six Apple Macs through her video-editing and advert making skills. 

The girls were reminded that when they leave the school that they still belong to the Bolton School family and that they should go out and contribute to the wealth of the local community and of the nation.  The evening ended with a Vote of Thanks from Head Girl, Katie Lloyd, and a stirring rendition of The School Song.

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Dr Tyldesley is welcomed to Bolton School

Dr Joyce Tyldesley is welcomed back to school by the Head Girl, the Headmistress and Chairman of Governors

Dr Tyldesley hands out prizes

Dr Tyldesley hands out the awards to students

Dr Tyldesley

Dr Tyldesley recalled that it was just 43 years since she first entered the Great Hall as a Junior Girl!