Westholme School Art department welcomed local urban landscape artist Gosha Gibek. Year 10 students experienced a workshop where they witnessed first-hand the variety of techniques that Gosha uses in the construction of her vibrant and energetic canvasses. They were taught how to draw from a one and two-point perspective as well as apply ink, acrylic paint and gloss paint to create the artist’s signature style.

At a breakfast and assembly, parents and pupils at Bolton School Junior Boys’ enjoyed a fascinating insight into a recent Year 5 and 6 Belgian battlefields trip. The audience learnt how the boys had sought out and found the names of former pupils who lost their lives in the Great War and whose names were inscribed on the memorials at the Menin Gate. They then laid a wreath and watched the moving Last Post ceremony.

Westholme Senior students took part in the Cracking the Code Competition. This competition involved over 17,000 secondary pupils from across the UK. Pupils earned points and worked their way up the leader board by completing maths games and quizzes using the Manga High website. Eve Hames-Clarke, Ben Dang, Jasmine Parkinson and Ahmad Saidan all gained over 200 points and received a gold medal.

Over 6,000 visitors discovered the amazing world of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths at Burnley College. As well as families enjoying a great day out, over 1200 primary school children got a preview the day before. The college festival this year offered an exciting range of live experiments, hands-on activities, displays and lots of scientific fun.

Bolton School Boys’ Division was delighted to welcome Sir Ian McKellen, a former pupil, on his 80th birthday weekend. Taking time out of his national tour, he began with a lunchtime reunion of former classmates (Sir Ian left as Captain of the School in 1958) which saw him address the audience and cut his birthday cake before the singing of Happy Birthday. He then performed an abridged version of his show in front of 600 pupils, former pupils and staff.

Stonyhurst International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma students received excellent results that place them amongst some of the highest scoring IB students in the world. One in three of the students achieved 38 or more points. Headmaster John Browne, said: “The IB Programme at Stonyhurst with its emphasis on being internationally-minded continues to deliver the Jesuit vision of ‘the world is our house’. This has perhaps never been more important as our young people move on to the next stage of their educational journey.”

Bolton School Boys’ Division pupil Eesa Chariwala has been named as Year 6 Winner of the Greater Manchester Region Primary Engineer Leaders’ Award 2019. Eesa’s winning idea, out of over 3000 entries, was for a potential cancer cure through his invention of the TEK (Track, Encapsulate, Kill) cell. Eesa’s design and that of his Year 5 school friend, Shaurya Shaktawat, who received a Highly Commended certificate, went on public display at the University of Salford.

Bolton School Girls’ Division pupils Harriet Dickens (Y8), Olivia Melling (Y7) and Emily Whalley (Y7) have all been selected for the U16 North West regional water polo academy. Harriet has been selected for the A team whilst Emily and Olivia have been selected for the B team. They will play a series of inter-regional matches at Blackpool and Walsall.

Bolton School’s Years 10 to 12 staged their first performance of Wastelands. This production was the culmination of a year-long collaboration with the school’s Theatre Company in Residence: RoughHouse Theatre. The show explored the politics of conflict while reflecting on the tragedies of the First and Second World Wars.

Miss McCreadie Head of Girls Games at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School took part in the 2019 London Marathon. She decided to use it as an opportunity to raise money for the PE department’s adoptive charity ‘Children with Cancer UK’, raising £1239 so far. Monies raised will assist in funding vital research to help to save the lives of children with cancer.

Earlier this year, former pupil Rob Dobson, who works for Edinburgh-based Robotical, sent educational robot products, retro computers and technical expertise to pupils in the Electronics Club of Bolton School Boys’ Division. Having attended the boys’ summer prizegiving, Rob spent the following morning inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurial engineers.

Bolton Abbey is providing a stunning location and educational facility for school trips. The facility’s Outdoor Learning Officer runs a range of workshops inspired by the outdoor setting and are designed to fit in with the national curriculum. For more information contact Amy on 01756 718009 or

Theo Cains (Year 11) is the first Westholme student to be awarded an Arkwright Scholarship. An Arkwright Engineering Scholarship is the most prestigious scholarship of its type in the UK to inspire and nurture school-age students to be the country’s future engineering leaders. The scholarships are awarded to high-calibre 16-year-old students through a rigorous selection process.

Westholme welcomed cricket legend James Anderson to talk about his book, ‘Bowl. Sleep. Repeat’. The visit, in conjunction with Silverwood Events, saw 120 people listen to Felix White interview the ‘King of Swing’ about his life and his determination to constantly improve his game. James engaged with the audience throughout and eagerly answered questions. All visitors were able to have their photos taken with James and took away signed copies of the book.

Rossall School hosted a star-studded ball to celebrate its 175th anniversary and raise money for its new 2500sq metre sports centre. The evening raised £35,000 for the new facility, which houses the North West’s first indoor hockey pitch, a four-lane 50m sprint track, a long jump track, gym and a viewing gallery. As well as enhancing Rossall facilities, the centre will also be open for wider community groups to use.

Nicole Saunders won the U16 British Youth Sabre Fencing Championships after fighting well and winning her pool and being ranked second. She went on to the final where she fought against the reigning champion from Truro. At 14 all, and with both girls putting up a fight, it was Nicole who won the final point to become the British U16 Champion Sabre 2019.



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