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  • 1. THE CLAVIAN Magazine of the Grammar School, Bury
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  • 3. Editorial who have contributed photographs of a professional The Editor’s warmest thanks are extended to all who standard for several articles; the staff of the have contributed to this year’s edition of The Clavian. Development Office who have kept me abreast of a Special mention should be made of those upon whose variety of matters; and Nigel Reece and the staff at shoulders a particularly onerous burden has fallen: Jarvis Print who have again successfully produced a Mrs McCoy, who again translated the arcane splendid publication and also continued to sponsor the hieroglyphics of boys (and staff) into golden print; Mr Clavian competitions. Koziura for his marathon trawl through much of the School’s sporting achievement, cast into honeyed DSB prose; Mr Marshall who also has written or organised a multitude of articles amid his many other responsibilities; Nathan Chandler and Mrs Grundy 3
  • 4. From the Headmaster sector has led. This education embraces not only INDEPENDENCE I am beginning to sermonize – a academic rigour but also a rich particular danger when a Head is also diversity of extra-curricular activities In an article in The Independent in a cleric. So, one final point about – sport, music, drama, debating, September, columnist Dominic independence and autonomy – and outdoor pursuits and community Lawson wrote: ‘Don’t complain that is that with independence and service. And the result of this about private schools. Learn from autonomy must come responsibility. emphasis on an all-round education is them.’ Lawson said that Britain’s A responsibility to be prophetic – to not only a rich experience while boys independent schools are the best build schools which are not mirrors of and girls are at school. Former schools in the world. His judgement society but mirrors to society; schools independent school pupils accounted is borne out by the Organization for which seek to nurture in those in our for 37.3% of Britain’s medals at the Economic Cooperation and care a view of life which challenges Beijing Olympics. Development’s Programme for selfishness and greed. At this year’s HMC conference, International Student Assessment. In It is one of the aims of this school we were presented with research this assessment, UK independent that the boys will leave with a desire carried out at the Centre for schools achieved the highest score in and a determination to make a Education and Employment Research international comparisons of reading, contribution to the betterment of the at the University of Buckingham. The in the year 2000, and shared the top society of which they are part. I hope research showed that the success of places with independent schools in that the seeds of that desire and that independent schools cannot be Korea and New Zealand in the 2003 determination are sown and nurtured attributed just to selective intake and maths survey and the 2006 science while the boys are with us. The social advantage. On selection, the survey. charitable projects, which were a research shows that HMC schools Lawson’s view was reflected in a major part of our first World achieve better A Level results in 24 MORI survey, published in June this Challenge expedition to Mongolia out of 30 subjects than maintained year, which found that independent this summer, were life-changing for grammar schools – despite the fact education is more popular than ever. that most maintained grammar Nearly three in five of all parents said those who took part in that expedition schools have a more selective intake. that they would send their child to an – a lesson that it is in concern for, and And the research also shows that independent school if they could practical help of, others that our pupils at independent schools are just afford to do so. That is the highest deepest happiness and fulfilment are as likely to come from low income level since the survey began in 1997 to be found. homes as those at the top 200 and is up by 20% on the last survey We were inspired in February comprehensive schools, but that they in 2004. when Mr Robert Forrester, an Old decidedly outscore them. The popularity of the independent Boy who was Captain of School in The research suggests that the sector is due in part to its academic 1946, came to speak to us in success of independent schools stems success. Independent schools in the Assembly about how he was proposing to celebrate his 80 th from their independence and UK produce nearly two-thirds of the autonomy. Across a range of A* grades in single subject science at birthday. His intention was to climb countries, independent schools do GCSE – from only 7% of the school 80 peaks in the Lake District and better than government-run schools. population – and around half of the A North Wales in 80 days. He explained Interviews with Heads indicate that grades at A Level in subjects such as that he was seeking sponsorship for the key advantage of independence maths, physics, chemistry and his climbs to support the work of and autonomy is that they enable modern foreign languages. As Martin WaterAid in Tanzania. His target was teaching and learning decisions to be Stephen, the High Master of St Paul’s £10,000. We decided that we would taken close to the classroom rather School, London, said recently: ‘The support him through a non-uniform than being handed down through knowledge economy of the UK is day. Very sadly, soon after speaking central directives. While one may kept alive by independent schools.’ to us in February, Mr Forrester regard the independent sector as an But it is not, I believe, only became seriously ill; and he died in unlikely godparent of a revolution in academic success that accounts for May – without being able to attempt education, the Government’s the popularity of the independent any of the 80 climbs. We did, Academies programme in the sector. I believe that the key reason however, hold the non-uniform day maintained sector is, perhaps, a sign why independent schools are so and sent £1300 to WaterAid. that the maintained sector is popular is their commitment to Other charitable activities following where the independent providing an all-round education. included a non-uniform day for the 4
  • 5. BBC’s Children in Need Appeal; a International’, which raised £455 and their participation in such activities Sweet Sale in support of World Aids enabled 350 books to be sent to will help to nurture in the boys that Day; a Sponsored Silence, in which children in developing countries. ‘desire and determination to make a seven boys in last year’s 2UC raised I commend the boys for their contribution to the betterment of the £200 for World Vision; and a charitable activities – which last year society of which they are part.’ Sponsored Read in aid of ‘Book Aid raised almost £6000. And I hope that Steven Harvey This year’s successful Oxbridge candidates. Back row, from left to right: Richard Stanton, Shantanu Kafle, Christopher Stanton. Front row: Scott Mody, Richard Chew, Richard Barker, Christopher Bryant. 5
  • 6. DEPARTING STAFF MALCOLM CURTIS in charge of the sport at all is rather David Armsbey, David Wilson and remarkable: when applying for the others at the Grammar School. post at BGS he believed that his CV Malcolm was initially employed was somewhat thin, and, as he had here to teach Economic and Public jogged once or twice around the sand Affairs, a mixture of Economics and dunes at St. Annes, he thought that he Politics, but when that syllabus would put running down as an disappeared in 1996, he discontinued interest of his. Who would have the teaching of the Politics and thought that 35 years later he would concentrated on Economics and still be in charge of such a successful Business Studies, which Keith club and one of which former Richards wanted to introduce as a members speak so fondly when GCSE subject. The inevitable remembering their time at school? consequence of this was that it would I know that the Cross-Country have to be made available at A level: Club has provided Malcolm with the words Malcolm Curtis and some of his fondest memories of trailblazer might seem to be unlikely Bury Grammar School. The bedfellows but Malcolm was, in fact, escapades at Helsington, the School’s the first Head of Department to own outdoor centre in the Lakes, introduce modular A levels in Bury provide a bank of memories for him: Grammar School with Business Malcolm Curtis came to Bury how he would take groups of boys Studies, much to Graham Simpson’s Grammar School in September 1973. twice a year for cross-country and horror. As a result of all this, To put that into some kind of how he had to explain and Malcolm has spent much of his time perspective, David Armsbey had been demonstrate – not literally, I trust – at BGS teaching older pupils, at school for three years and a good how to use a chemical toilet. Such although he has taught a fair amount number of the current staff had not was the impression that Malcolm’s of Lower School History too. In even been born. instructions and squats made on the whatever he has done, however, he 35 years is a long time in any boys that when Helsington closed, has shown huge enthusiasm and institution and well over half a they rescued one of the commitment and he has always lifetime away for Malcolm. I have aforementioned loos and presented developed a tremendous rapport with been privileged to spend twenty of Malcolm with the seat, a souvenir his students, who have found him to those working with him and during which hangs in his summer house to be easy-going, approachable, that time he has proven to be a this day. knowledgeable and engaging. wonderful colleague and a loyal Helsington also provided His lessons have also been friend. Malcolm with other tests: the emotionally challenging. People, Malcolm was born in Kettering, orienteering event always required a well, one person…Malcolm himself, educated in Derbyshire and he member of staff to ask the boys to actually…have been moved to tears studied for his degree in Economics bring an object back to base camp. of grief at his account of the and Economic History at the One former colleague, not MJC I execution of Mary, Queen of Scots, University of Liverpool from 1966- might add, asked his charges to bring and the devotion shown by her 1969 when he graduated. From there back a live creature, but instead of the faithful dog at her beheading and we he moved to Lancaster where he did beetle or grub the Master had desired, in the Common Room would wait his Teacher Training at St. Martin’s one lunatic brought back a live rabbit with bated breath when the end of the College, and carried out his teaching from a pet shop in Kendal. Malcolm lesson came in which Malcolm had practice at a school in Burnage, asked the members of his group to told the story to see whether or not he Manchester. Although his time there bring back a house brick. had had to resort to the Kleenex and predates the antics of Noel and Liam Unbeknown to him, a lady in a would be in need of solace. Gallagher, so grim did he find it that nearby village was having an In 35 years, Malcolm has been he resolved never to set foot in the extension on the back of her house Head of Economics and Business city limits again. and, finding a hoard of boys taking Studies, but he has also done so much From Manchester, then, Malcolm easy pickings from a stack of bricks more to enrich the life of the School. moved to the relative tranquillity of on her lawn which were about to be He ran the Tuck Shop when it still the Fylde when he obtained his first used in the construction of her new existed, but found that he was far teaching post at King Edward’s, conservatory, she promptly turned her better suited to the running of the Lytham. After two years and a term, ire on a hapless Mr. Curtis, accusing Cross-Country Club, which he has however, in the autumn of 1973, he him of gross irresponsibility. managed with great vigour, skill and, moved to Bury, just nine miles north Malcolm is, however, and has indeed, love since his first few days of the Manchester he had vowed always been, a truly marvellous at BGS. The fact that he came to be never to revisit, to join John Robson, 6
  • 7. infinitely poorer without the company kids working together and motivating teacher during his career and one of Malcolm and indeed those other them, the teacher is the most who, for me, embodies the true spirit colleagues who are retiring this year. important.’ of the School, with his selfless Malcolm now plans to pursue his This is certainly true of Malcolm’s devotion to it through 35 years. He keen interest in gardening, bird teaching, a fact borne out by has always gone about his business in watching and skiing, interests which countless boys who have spoken with a modest, quiet, unassuming way, but BGS has, of course, allowed him to me about what a good teacher and has never shirked responsibility or cultivate on Friday Afternoon genuinely good man he is. It is, been afraid to stand up for what he Activities, together with cookery – I however, not just the boys who have believes in. Malcolm is not a fan of know he aims to cook every recipe in benefited from his companionship. bureaucracy or of change for the sake at least one of his very many There are several people in the of change: he has always had the cookbooks. He goes on his way with Common Room, both past and interests of those he teaches and those our very warmest wishes for a happy present, whose lives have been he cares for at heart. He may well be and healthy retirement. directly touched and enriched by surprised to learn that he shares the DRL Malcolm Curtis and I personally have opinions of Microsoft supremo Bill much to thank him for. My life at Gates, who remarked: ‘Technology is BGS next year will certainly be just a tool. In terms of getting the TONY YOUNG Simpson’s promotion to Second his father’s life. He was educated at Master. St. George’s Primary School, now a In 1995 our roles were reversed pub, Johnson Fold Junior School and and I found myself in the quite Smithills Grammar School where he intimidating situation of being Head was a classmate of Dave Spikey – that of Department to two former heads of explains a lot – and where he followed department. I need not have feared, as in the footsteps of Sandra Glancy. both were incredibly supportive so From there he went to Bedford maybe it is somewhat ironic that Tony College at London University where should spend his last year at BGS as he obtained a first class degree in my Head of Department yet again. Mathematics followed a year later by Tony’s skills as an organiser and an MSc, also in Mathematics. Tony, solver of puzzles and problems were not being one for writing essays on not overlooked for long. In fact they the theory of education, or having run were never overlooked at all by Stuart out of money, decided to skip his Brady who regularly brought Physics PGCE and apply for jobs nearer problems to be solved in the maths home. So it was in September 1975 office. While the rest of us tried to that he joined the staff here at BGS. hide on hearing Stuart’s impending Sadly I know little of his early As I have aided, or more likely arrival, Tony was always game for a years here, or of his exploits with the hindered, Tony for the last years in the challenge. His organisational ability staff cricket team, or of his refereeing; giant Su Doku office known as the became even more apparent when, but he hasn’t just taught maths. For Timetable Office, I will start there. Of just four years after relinquishing the 14 years on Friday afternoons he course he has provided moaning head of department post, he was taught car maintenance, giving boys material – “Oh God, not the second appointed Director of Studies, whose and girls their first taste of the internal year from hell last thing on a Friday!” duties he has carried out with the combustion engine. Eventually in this – for much longer. It was in 1976 that utmost conscientiousness and ever-increasingly litigious world, he began to learn the ropes with the efficiency ever since. Health and Safety issues forced him to then Headmaster, John Robson, There have been aspects of Tony’s park up and close the garage. Graham Simpson and Roger Foster. life that few will know about. He and Tony quickly settled into life at Being locked up with Tony for five to his wife, Pauline, were at one time BGS and his legendary sense of six weeks is very strange! members of SPICE, the “High Life humour soon surfaced as he Conversations have been varied, Adventure Club”. Activities such as convinced the younger boys that his funny or downright weird. One day water skiing, abseiling, driving a wife was indeed Chinese and called he burst out with: “I want to be hovercraft and freefall parachute Egg Fu Young. He told one form: cremated,” so I said, “Get your coat, jumping were undertaken. They skied “The volume of a prism is found by let’s go.” I must say, however, that it extensively on the slopes of North multiplying the area of the cross- has been a fascinating experience and America and Canada for a number of section by the length, this being an privilege putting together the School years until a serious knee injury to example of a Long Prism Sentence.” timetable. The information contained Pauline forced a premature retirement Tony’s organisational and in his head alone is quite staggering. from the pistes. They are great cat management skills were recognised in Tony is a Bolton lad through and lovers and also sponsor donkeys that 1988 when he was appointed Head of through, except for his Austrian give rides to disabled children. Mathematics following Graham mother who somehow waltzed into 7
  • 8. records. In his more active days he Nowadays, having exchanged bikes without fear of contradiction, the and Pauline used to take off for six for motorbikes, T and P can be found strongest mathematician in the weeks with car and tent discovering impersonating Carl Foggerty department. He will be missed by the many parts of Europe. He’s even throughout the Trough of Bowland boys. Many, many pupils have driven through Death Valley in the most Sundays. regarded him as their favourite middle of summer and he has driven, Tony has benefited hugely from teacher and I’ve never heard a Jeremy Clarkson style, Formula Ford the only perk we get at BGS: free derogatory word spoken about him. cars round the Aintree racing circuit. school dinners. Tony Two Puds, as Generations of mechanics pupils will But I will remember the kit cars he we affectionately refer to him in the remember his reference to sex and Pauline spent thousands of man maths office, has enjoyed his meat education: “Every Couple has its and woman hours on. I believe he and two veg, and multiple puddings, Moment but there is no Resultant.” completed four from scratch, not only especially apple pie and rice pudding Tony is a thoroughly selfless man. putting them together but also – not together of course. The I know that he would have been designing his own wiring systems. abolition of the self-service counter absolutely devastated if he had been It’s all the more remarkable when you was something of a blow. He is the unable to donate one of his kidneys in realise that Tony’s manual skills are one who polishes off the bourbon order to keep Pauline off dialysis. akin to an elephant wearing boxing biscuits in the common room in the The operation was a great success and gloves. morning. He likes his food and I’ve we wish both of them a long and Tony has given 33 years of loyal enjoyed many meals served up chez healthy retirement together. Tony did, service to the School, the Young. Pauline does the cooking but however, hint that he might like a Mastersingers and, more recently, the Tony digs out the liqueurs from his part-time post-retirement job, perhaps Choral Society. He could have been extensive cabinet. as a driver. May I suggest he tries the schoolmaster characterised in the Cars have always featured being a dustbin man; they only seem T.V. series To Serve Them All Our strongly in Tony’s life. There have, of to work one day a week. Tony will be course, been the numerous assemblies missed by boys and staff alike - Days, he has given so much to the on racing drivers, racing cars, racing except for his puns maybe. School. He is the one we in the maths circuits and determined attempts to MJS department have always turned to for break any number of land speed advice or confirmation. Tony is, JOHN KENDALL him, long before the phrase became to travel north the next day. fashionable, every child did matter. I Somewhere else’s loss was very am sure that generations of BGS boys definitely Bury Grammar School’s remember him with enormous gain, for John Kendall has given affection. outstanding service over the last 33 France, of course, is the love of years. His early responsibilities John’s life and there are few places included being in charge of that he has not visited in his extensive reprographics and the tuck shop, in travels in that country. As a student both of which areas his efficiency and he worked as an assistant in south- common-sense approach led to west France. In the summer of 1976 significant improvements. he participated in the Bury town With the arrival of Keith Richards exchange visit to Angoulême and in in 1990 and the creation of the posts of Heads of Section, John was subsequent years accompanied appointed Head of Lower School various French department trips to with responsibility for the pastoral Normandy, Paris, Versailles, Alsace care of some 300 boys in years 1 to 3, and Provence. John took over a post which he held until more responsibility for the French trips in recent reorganisation led to the An Old Boy of Burnley G.S and 1992 and continued right up until appointment of separate Heads of alumnus of St. Edmund Hall, Oxford, 2006 to organise holidays in many Year. It was in this role that he truly John Kendall joined the French parts of France, including the Loire came into his own. He always made it department in September 1975, but it Valley and the Alps as well as the his business to get to know all the was largely thanks to our often much areas mentioned above. Every year boys in his care, and he never passed maligned postal services that he did his French holidays were fully a boy in the corridor without not go elsewhere, for the letter subscribed and hundreds of boys speaking to him, occasionally giving inviting him to come for interview have fond memories of the happy a reprimand, if needed, but more was incorrectly addressed, bearing no times they spent on what was often often than not a cheery greeting. town, only the street and the county, their first visit to the country. Although a huge success as Head of Oxfordshire. Somehow the letter In more recent years, John Lower School, John would have been found him in Wantage, where he was organised the joint BGSB and BGSG equally effective as Head of Middle doing teaching practice, just in time sixth form exchange visits to Dijon School or Head of Sixth Form; for for him to make hasty arrangements which have proved to be of such 8
  • 9. the other great love of his life; a fine enormous value to our older students. John Kendall certainly made a super- pianist and sometime cellist, his In 1998, John was appointed Head sized contribution to the life of BGS, musical knowledge is extensive. He of French and led the department by but for this writer arguably his has been a leading figure in Bury example for the last 10 years. As a greatest talent was that of giving an Choral Society for many years and if French teacher John has no equals. assembly. Taking his inspiration from he is not at home when you call, the Someone once said he was the best a wide range of sources, from offbeat chances are that he will be at his French teacher in England, a newspaper articles to the beloved Bridgewater Hall. His statement difficult to prove, but you masterpieces of classical music, John contribution to the musical life of the would have to go a long way to find constructed assemblies which were School is unparalleled. For over 30 someone not only with the subject vastly entertaining, laced with years he has been the mainstay of the knowledge, but with the imagination, humour, ranging from the sublime to tenor section of the Choral Society, the sense of humour, the ability to the ridiculous, but always carrying a appearing in countless productions, control a class, and the sheer serious message, which often in including Ruddigore, Pirates of determination to get the best out of recent years related to rights and Penzance, Fiddler on the Roof, boys that John has shown in the responsibilities. His assemblies had Yeomen of the Guard, which he also classroom throughout his career. Year something for everyone, from the 11- produced on another occasion, and in, year out, for a third of a century, year old on the front row to the Orpheus in the Underworld. his pupils have achieved excellent wizened old cynics in the staff seats. Apart from the big productions, he results. Generations of BGS boys In his hands assembly-giving became also provided excellent entertainment have been grateful to him for having an art form. as compere of an Old Time Music pushed them to their limits. John Kendall truly has been a Mrs. Georghiou referred to John colossus in all the areas in which he Hall evening held in the Girls’ School earlier this year as “The Colossus of has contributed to the life of BGS and many years ago. He performed in Founders’ Day”. She was lamenting I am sure that all who have been innumerable concerts and he will be the fact that he would not be present privileged to work with or learn from sorely missed in the Choral Society. at the Junior School Service, because him will wish him, as I do, a long, A colossus of Founders’ Day, a he was singing in the choir at the happy and healthy retirement. gargantuan presence in the classroom, Parish Church. Music, of course, is DAW the Placido Domingo of the choir, MICHAEL BYRNE standing ambition to play alongside the resolve and determination that his son John who, at 17, was a was to see him establish himself as a regular member of the same team. highly-regarded member of the Bury At an even higher level of Grammar School Boys’ Common achievement stands his contribution Room. to the legendary staff football team Michael actually joined the where he and the aforementioned Mr School in 1989, following several Sherlock formed the heart of the years’ teaching at Elton Primary hardest and meanest defence ever to School. He became a Transitus form grace the battlefields of Buckley master, under the leadership of the Wells and the Astroturf. late Mr. T. H. Hill. Having He was just as ready to don specialised in Geography at the City spotless cricketing flannels when Mr of Manchester College, Michael Kozuira resurrected the Casuals, the brought both specialist knowledge staff cricketing XI, some years ago. and a high academic level to his His slow right arm over the wicket classroom. After the Junior School proved a thorn in the side of many an became a separate entity in 1992, opposing batsman. He was a much- Michael was appointed Deputy Mr. Michael Byrne retired from his valued member of the side which Headmaster, a post which he held for post in the Junior School at the end of went on to lift the hugely prestigious a short time before relinquishing it, the academic year, 2008. Manchester Tax League Shield in and continuing as the respected form Michael was a late entrant to 1998 when the Casuals were at the master of Exitus Scarlet for the teaching. Following his early height of their powers. remainder of his career. education at Thornleigh College, Within the Junior School, Michael When Michael came to the School Bolton, he had joined the civil has the reputation of being a first-rate he began to play for the Old Boys’ service, and had worked there for a coach of Association Football: many football team. In the season 1993-4 he played in the 3rd team, alongside considerable period before deciding of the trophies currently gracing the on a change of career. In itself, that Junior School Trophy Cabinet were Mike Sherlock and Peter Kozuira, cannot have been an easy decision, as won regularly under his tutelage. that won the Lancashire Amateur Michael had three children still at Michael also coached Cricket and League title, winning every away home, but it is, perhaps, a measure of Athletics, but his strongest interest game. Michael achieved a long- 9
  • 10. local concerts. This passion for the displays on matters as diverse as the has always been the theatre. In 1990, performing arts extended to many plays of Shakespeare and the popular in conjunction with Mr. David Lee, other areas: he is now a regular culture of 1960s England. Members Michael produced the Senior School attender at the annual Edinburgh of his form have always found him an play, Animal Farm. Thereafter, he Festival, with its hugely diverse range ideal model for life: well organised followed it up with several of acts and art forms, whilst his and firmly disciplined, yet always memorable Junior School dedication to radio comedy reached a sympathetic to an individual boy’s productions, in partnership with Mr. zenith when he was able to attend a worries and problems, always as John Edwards, the then Head of live performance of Radio 4’s I’m much a friend as a member of staff. Music. He has taken great pride in Sorry I haven’t a Clue shortly before From my personal point of view, the success which his daughter, Michael has been a cheerful and an Elianne, has enjoyed in pursuing a the death of its revered chairman, enthusiastic colleague. I have professional career on the stage. Humphrey Littleton. Michael’s ever- appreciated his ready assistance in The sports field and the stage are ready, razor-sharp wit always had the whatever task, and I shall continue to just two of the widely contrasting best of role models. value his friendship. It is for me to facets of a highly cultivated and all- Michael has always been a first offer Michael, his wife, Diane, and round man. He has a love of rate form master and subject teacher. their family our very best wishes, and literature, and has been able to Those boys whom he has taught have it is for us all to hope that Michael transmit this to many of the boys in always found his enthusiasm himself will have many years of his charge. He is also a keen listener infectious and inspiring, whatever the peace and prosperity in which to to music, particularly the popular lesson, whatever the topic being enjoy his retirement. styles of the ‘60s and other ‘pre- taught. The walls of his form room PGN historic’ decades, and was often to be have constantly borne testimony of found in the audience at a variety of his ever-imaginative approach with SANDRA GLANCY shampooer she had brought from particularly determined and “bossy” home! Head Girl. Thwarted in her first In September 1994 she assumed ambition of becoming a ballet dancer, responsibility for school publicity, Sandra studied at the University of securing very full coverage in the Nottingham for her B.Ed and was Bury Times when she realised that awarded the Wortley Prize in the secret to publication was to Education. There have always been provide the copy herself! In many strings to this lady’s bow. September 1995 BGS acquired its Clearly a talented dancer and an first female House Master when accomplished singer, Sandra has a Sandra succeeded John Bisson in passion for poetry and the expressive Hulme House. Sandra led the House arts but less well known is her to considerable success. Only last interest in Indian bead-making! June were we reminded of the Since September 1992 Sandra has passion and enthusiasm she brought been a permanent member of staff to that post as she cheered Hulme and she became full-time the competitors home in the School following year. In 1993 she became Athletics Sports. a 4th year form tutor – a position she In January 1992 John Darling was In 1998 she relinquished has filled with distinction ever since. unwell. We needed supply cover. responsibility for Hulme House in Sandra’s style is idiosyncratic – The response to our adverts was not order to become School Librarian. references to “Lawrie’s café”, encouraging – the man with the She soon stamped her own mark questions about whether an offender psychology degree who said, “I love upon that august institution, seeing might value his knee-caps and reading history books,” was perhaps her task as raising the profile of the appeals, often falling on deaf ears, to the least bad. Then came the phone Library and, that most difficult of all chivalry etc. call from a lady in Whitefield who tasks, persuading teenage boys to Sandra has never shied away from had recently resigned from a rather read. hard work. She had been allocated high powered post in Rochdale. She introduced special days and what is now UP as a form room. She Sandra was exactly what we events. The “Bug Man”, writing asked me what needed to be done needed – a gifted and experienced workshops, Carnegie shadowing over the summer and I told her that, teacher who was available exercises and various “meet the since resources were stretched, the immediately. Bury Grammar School Author” days, perhaps the most cleaning staff would probably not get has benefited from her enthusiasm, impressive being when, allegedly, we around to giving the room a thorough talent, wit and sheer professionalism had a visit from ex-SAS soldier Andy bottoming. I thought no more about ever since. McNab - although, since no this but towards the end of the A native of Bolton, she attended photographs were allowed and since holiday I discovered Sandra in her Smithills Grammar School where no pictures of him are in the public marigolds wielding a Vax carpet- Tony Young, her junior, remembers a 10
  • 11. usually able to defuse even the most is denied access to food. Two domain, we only have Mrs Glancy’s difficult of situations. examples will serve: word that the hunk who so impressed On a personal note. I could not i) Arras, Northern France, at the the ladies in the office was who he have wished for a better colleague. end of an exhausting and somewhat claimed to be! Sandra has been a rock. Always a emotional day. We find a baker’s One of the two landmark good listener, always having time. shop, shortly before closing time. developments in this school in the Sandra’s strong Christian faith clearly Mrs Glancy declares her desire for past decade has been the Learning underpins her actions. She has real pizza, she is outmanoeuvred by Resource Centre. Sandra’s values to which she always adheres. Richard Johnson who purchases the contribution to the detailed planning Hers is a practical Christianity – she one remaining slice. Feet are and launch of this showpiece was belongs to “the church militant” and stamped, knee caps threatened but immense. Sandra is probably the only member our Economist friend munches away Nevertheless all the above pales of our Common Room in the in oblivion – probably very fortunate into insignificance beside her Mothers’ Union. She is a keen not to be despatched there. contribution to the History gardener and has a passion for the ii) The train home after a 6th Department. When John Darling did outdoors. She embraces the arts and Form History & Politics trip. Mrs return, briefly, he did not know what enjoys travel but, above all, she looks Glancy had entrusted her M&S tuna had hit us! On the day of the GCSE out for people. pasta salad to a boy earlier in the day. exam he came to me in a rather Sandra Glancy has played a When she asked him for the meal it perplexed state – “Sandra’s enthusing massive role in the life of this school had gone. Nothing could be done to about the ‘Stimulus material’,” he over the past 16 years. It is not an placate Madame – the journey home said. “What does she mean?” understatement to say that she will be was hellish as she resurrected all the “I think you will find she means missed hugely. She goes with our hurt and bitterness of the Arras pizza the map!” love and our very best wishes for a incident. She has played a welcome part in long, healthy, happy and fulfilling So, just a brief insight into many School trips. All who have retirement. Sandra’s time in BGSB. Never a dull spent time with Sandra will readily DEA moment, never afraid to take on even acknowledge what an agreeable the most awkward of young men – companion she is. Until, that is, she TONY HARRISON listed for me in great detail in order (staff) were a bit mad. You could talk to write this article. I shall be giving to him like a normal person.’ It’s a faithful account of his many funny how Old Boys’ memories of contributions to School life, just in school are so often distorted and case anyone was unaware of his unreliable. In 1990 Tony was dedication and unbounded selfless promoted to Head of General Studies energy. and Coordinator of Friday Activities. In 1983, Tony became manager- He was also appointed as Chairman coach of the U15 Football Team. He of the Anglo-Israeli Committee, but was an inspirational figurehead and by whom remains a mystery. The steered his side to many victories; he workings of this body was never stepped down in 1994, a man still at really made public and this has led to the top of his game. The 1980s was much rumour and speculation – the decade of the yuppie (young wholly without foundation, Mr When I arrived at BGS in 1989, Tony upwardly–mobile professional), and Harrison maintains. Harrison was already well Tony…..well….. he became editor of Tony has contributed a great deal established. In post for an impressive The Clavian and Staff Liaison Officer to School productions over the years. six years, which in those days was a with the JCR Committee, roles which He directed several plays: A Servant quarter of my lifespan, he had of Two Masters (1985), the eerily demanded much of his time for the decided to take up a position at BGS titled Harvey (1987), Oliver (1995) best part of five years. Many Old in September 1983, instead of a place and A Midsummer Night’s Dream Boys who were at school between at Oxford University to read for an (2004). Every other year he has been 1985 and 2007 will remember Mr MPhil in English Literature; a involved backstage as props or stage Harrison as their Form Master in the sensible decision at last (Je ne manager. The amount of time and fourth and fifth years; a caring and regrette rien) after squandering much energy needed to make a success of approachable figure, greatly of the 70s as a disaffected computer these productions is phenomenal, respected. I met an Old Boy at a programmer. especially when the teaching load is wedding a few years ago, and His First Class at maximum level. Tony’s shows chatting about the old days (I Honours from Lancaster University were always of the highest standard; desperately trying to remember his in English (1982) confirmed there was a real sense of name) he asked whether ‘Harrison’ suspicions that Antony Harrison was professionalism, as one might expect was ‘still there’. I said that he was. brighter than he was letting on. from an MA in TV and Radio ‘He was all right, Harrison was,’ Tony has an impressive record of Scriptwriting (Salford University) mused the Old Boy, ‘a lot of ‘em achievement at BGS, which he has 11
  • 12. and a member of The Royal glory days of the Piccadilly Marathon his outstanding talents for all this Exchange Theatre Writers’ Exchange. (1989) which he completed in a time, and it is no surprise that he feels Tony has written many plays (as scorching 3hrs 30mins. Tony is also the need to explore new possibilities. many as E. Wise, in fact) and we are good at golf, playing off an enviable He intends to read for a PhD and is grateful that he has kept them largely handicap of 14. Apart from literature seeking teaching opportunities in to himself and not tried to give them and sport, Tony has a serious interest Higher Education. I would not be an airing via the annual school in film. He will watch hours and surprised to see some of Tony’s work production. hours of arty nonsense as well as in print or on stage in the near future. Tony has always been about a proper ones with proper actors. Tony As Danny Boon in Billy Liar would decade and a bit ahead of me in age. also loves music: Dylan, Sinatra, say: ‘Good luck …..and remember …..keep writing!’ Tony isn’t a bit He provided me with a positive role Springsteen (when in acoustic mode), like that loser, Billy Fisher, though. model of what life was going to be and many others. Just need to make that quite clear. like in my thirties, and then in my The best thing about working with forties and so on. I lost interest in Tony is his sense of fun. In a school LWR 2005 when Tony had a hip such as BGS there is plenty of raw replacement. The operation was material to inspire humour, and this successful, but Tony must now accept has kept us going through some that his best running days are over. pretty tough times. So what now for However, he can look back on the Tony? BGS has been lucky to secure CAROLE STIRZAKER charge. Failsworth School, teaching mainly In particular the boys who have French with some Spanish. Whilst at studied A level French with her have Failsworth she also worked as invariably profited from her absolute examinations officer, and was Head mastery of her subject and many have of Sixth Form and Head of French. grown to share her enthusiasm for When Failsworth lost its Sixth Form and understanding of French Carole decided, since she did not literature largely through her want to lose the sixth form teaching, inspiring teaching. A recent, to move. In 1991 Failsworth’s loss particularly talented set of students was BGS’s certain gain. were rewarded for the spectacular Whilst at BGS Carole fulfilled a progress several of them had made in large number of roles: at various their studies by being rewarded, not times a form tutor of first, second and only with the customary Mars bars, third forms, a teacher of French which formed a regular prize for throughout the School and Latin and deserving pupils, but also by being German to younger boys, GCSE introduced to the murkiest depths of examinations officer, flower arranger Carole Stirzaker, or Carole Johnson the subjunctive mood – a higher extraordinaire, a lion tamer on as she was known, is an Old Girl of accolade could not be imagined! holidays in France and Belgium, and, the School, or at least the female She has wrestled (wo)manfully last but not least, Chairman of the branch, having attended BGSB under and successfully with the increasing Common Room. A goodly list of the formidable leadership of Miss intricacies of the examination system, responsibilities held, but such a list Lester, who was known as the Queen tiers of entry, extra time, new by itself can give only an incomplete to the girls. Whilst at BGSG Carole regulations, and has been a model of idea of the person who has performed met Mark Stirzaker, who was in the efficiency, ensuring that the the tasks. So what can be said about male branch, and later became Mrs S. examination season runs smoothly. Carole? First of all, that she has The family connections with BGS do The whole operation now seems to always taken all her responsibilities not of course end there: the present offer the logistical nightmares of a seriously and discharged them writer remembers teaching Mark’s full-scale military campaign, but conscientiously and effectively. younger brother, Ian, in the Sixth Major Stirzaker has been more than Whether dealing with spotty Form, and it is only three years ago equal to the task. adolescents, who are not always the that Carole and Mark’s son, Richard, She has never been a lady lacking easiest of beasts, at times are completed his time at BGS before in courage, a fact amply downright awkward, or with going up to Cambridge. But to return demonstrated two years ago upon the members of the Common Room, who to Carole: she read French at retirement of a couple of are not always the easiest of beasts, at Southampton University, considered distinguished members of staff. Such times downright awkward, she has getting a job in industry – indeed she events have traditionally been been understanding, usually patient obtained a post as “technical marked by the resurrection of the and firmly polite. She has taught computer programmer” with Plessey Mastersingers, the staff choir, to French very successfully at all levels, Electronics which she never took up perform a specially dedicated musical and has been concerned to get the – but then teacher trained, before item. Carole had been begged by a very best out of the boys in her returning north to spend 10 years at 12
  • 13. Carole has been a delightful number of colleagues to participate, have been many and varied. Her love colleague in the French Department, but when it came to the first rehearsal of classical music has often taken her and in the wider School community, Major Stirzaker decided to pull rank to Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall for and we are grateful to her for all she upon the motley crew of junior concerts, while her regular attendance has done for the School in the 17 officers assembled in LQ and at School musical events has been years she has spent with us. She will declared her lack of confidence in much appreciated by the boys and be greatly missed. We have had taking part. Sadly her would-be members of the Music department. many opportunities to admire her fellow choristers watched her depart She is a veritable sorceress of the skill and flair in flower arranging at and were more than a little surprised kitchen: the Common Room has occasions such as Prizegiving and when she re-appeared only a minute frequently had reason to be grateful Founders’ Day, and she leaves with later. Her flight had been spotted by for Carole’s culinary expertise on the our warmest wishes as she sets out to Major General Armsbey, on his way many occasions when she has develop even further her to said rehearsal, and he had duly contributed magnificent cakes to understanding and love of floristry. arrested her and frogmarched her fund-raising events at morning We wish her, Mark and Richard every back with firm orders to fly the flag. breaks. And many of her pupils and success and happiness in the future. And that she did with admirable colleagues are fully aware of her resolution and characteristic sang devotion to her springer spaniels, JK froid. three of whom at present govern the family residence. Outside school Carole’s interests CATHERINE SCHOFIELD School, from Exitus to the 7th form, Catherine stepped into the breach, and has always had the best interests and has stayed with us through thick of her pupils at heart. Over the years and thin to the present time, first as she has brought a lot of enthusiasm to an extremely committed assistante, her teaching, and the boys have and then, since 1998, as a most clearly benefited from this and the conscientious and committed teacher. fact that she is a native speaker. Out Of course, Mlle de la Simone is no of the classroom she helped to run a longer Mlle de la Simone, but rather French Club for the younger boys, Mrs Schofield, married to Andy, and and she accompanied us on one of the doting mother of Emma and our holidays to Normandy. Louise. We are grateful for all that Juggling the demands of bringing Catherine has done for the many boys up a young family - and both of the whom she has taught over all these girls have had more than their fair Catherine, Catherine de la Simone, as years. We hope that she will have the share of health problems – with those she was in 1991, came to our aid in a opportunity to put her enthusiasm for which adolescent boys can make difficult situation. She had spent the teaching to good, productive use in cannot be easy, but Catherine has school year 1989-1990 as assistante the years to come and we wish her, soldiered on. I remember one day on the other side of Bridge Road, and Andy and the girls every happiness in when I had almost to order her to go had then decided to stay in England, the future. home because she had been up all fortunately for us. In September JK night with one of the girls and she 1990 we had acquired a new assistant was almost out on her feet. by the name of José whose services She has taught throughout the we had had to dispense with. MARK BRADLEY Mark Bradley joined the Geography success. He has organised and led the Department at BGS in September School ski trips for the past 8 years to 1994 straight from his PGCE course resorts in Canada, the Alps and taken at Liverpool University. A pupil Colorado. He has been responsible for the scenery of numerous stage at QEGS, Blackburn, he was further productions, and even written, educated at Manchester University produced and acted in the inaugural where he obtained his joint honours staff pantomime of Cinderella. For the degree in Geography and Geology. past two years, he has taken on board From the start, he has been hugely the position of Chairman of the committed to school life. The list is Common Room, which is a totally almost endless. He is a keen thankless task. He cannot even drink sportsman and managed rugby and at the Retirement Dinners! cricket teams, to a varied level of 13
  • 14. temperature plummeted to below However, my most memorable He is a first rate teacher and was zero. The Junior School has also experiences of Mark have occurred on very popular with the boys. Under his appreciated his commitments to their field courses. It is on field courses that guidance many boys have developed self-reliant journeys. More recently his love for his subjects and for the their interest in geography and he has been more than willing to help outdoors are most apparent. In the geology and a significant number out on Duke of Edinburgh training past 14 years he has spent a total of have gone on to study these subjects and assessment expeditions. seven months on residential field further at university. He has been a However, perhaps his greatest legacy courses plus countless day trips. He 4th/5th year form master for most of is the setting up of the World has taken trips to Arran, Saas Fee his time here and his form have Challenge programme. He has (Switzerland), the French Alps and always appreciated his genuine surrendered a month of his last Weymouth. It was Mark who pastoral care and interest – usually in summer holiday to go as a School instigated the much-sought-after Field the form of a bottle of single malt Leader with 17 boys on an expedition Trip Certificates, including the Town whisky! to Mongolia. After two years of and Country Award, presented to the In 2002 he was promoted to Head planning and preparation, Mark is student for whom the words “the of Geography and has taken the certainly leaving the School on the countryside” and “at home in” seem department forward, particularly in pinnacle of his achievements. the most unfortunate of matches. ICT provision where the main Mark moves to take up a post as Mark has also been actively teaching rooms now all have laptops Head of Faculty at Rossall School. involved in Outdoor Education at and ceiling mounted projectors. He Their gain is certainly our loss. He BGS. In his first few years he went has always been conscious of the has been a dedicated and professional along to Lakeside with the second and teaching and learning environment, teacher and I wish him every success then the third years and he was one of making a considerable effort to in the future. the few staff who actually enjoyed the maintain the departmental rooms in as DAB overnight bivouac, even when the good a condition as possible. GERRY HALPIN in our Junior School. right through to the sixth form Gerry is a former Head of Art at students. Rivington and Blackrod High School Gerry was also a great help in the and worked there from 1978 to process of developing and then the September 1990, at which point he moving to the new Art Facility. decided to grasp the paintbrush by Gerry tells me he is going to the handle and become a full time spend more time painting in his artist working in a real atelier! studio and promoting his art. Since joining us, Gerry has been a It has been a pleasure to work great asset to our team, helping us to with Gerry during the last thirteen run Open Days and the Art/CDT years and I would like to thank him for all his hard work and wish him Parents’ Evening. Gerry joined Bury Grammar School and his wife, Pam, all the very best Gerry has also contributed as a part-time teacher of Art in 1995 for the future. enormously to the Art education of after stints as an Artist in Residence TAB our pupils, from Junior School boys HELEN SMITH at BGS and she was to become Head one of the illustrious Master Singers. of First Year in 2002. Helen’s Helen also contributed greatly to sympathetic nature and keen sense of many other extra-curricular activities discipline ensured that the new boys within the department, such as had a strong framework to rely on in coaching boys to help them enter the their first experiences of life at BGS. many literary competitions at the end Helen was educated at of each year. Loughborough High School and I have enjoyed working with Giggleswick School, then read Helen, and so have all members of the English at Newcastle University. Her department. She has always brought academic knowledge is considerable good humour to the staffroom and she and she is able to teach to the highest will be missed. Helen has resigned in Helen Smith arrived at BGS along level; she took the position at BGS order to spend her time with her two with the new millennium. She had primarily for the opportunity of A young children, Zara and Samuel. If previously taught at Barlow RC High Level teaching. Whether at GCSE or ever she decided to return to teaching, School for four years where her talent A Level, Helen’s classes always the school able to secure her services for the pastoral side of teaching was prospered and achieved excellent would be fortunate indeed. quickly recognised and she was duly results. LWR promoted to Assistant Head of Year Helen is a keen singer. She was a 11. This expertise was greatly valued valued member of the choir and also 14
  • 15. DON HENNESSY Don Hennessy joined BGS in 2002. writing this leaving article. of hurling, and golf is just like He was employed to teach Science in Don loved to travel and since hurling, without the running or the Lower School and Biology at A being a young man and leaving home physical contact; OK so they both level standard. A happy go lucky has rarely looked back. In the past he involve a stick. Irishman with a love of all sports, he has lived and worked in America for Don loved to provoke debate and was popular with boys and colleagues substantial periods of time. As well was always able to turn any argument alike. as the States, he has called Australia upside down. So Don, it is not what I At the end of the academic year home and of course England. have written about you; it’s how you 2006-7, Don took a leave of absence His love of travelling was only interpret it that’s important! and set out to New Zealand with his surpassed by the deep passion he had Good luck to you and your family wife and young children. He intended for all sports. Indeed, in his time at for the future, wherever you may find to live and work in NZ for one year BGS Don ran a football team, yourself. only, to sample adventure with his organised badminton for senior boys G. A. Ferguson family and learn new skills teaching and took his true passion, golf, from in a Montessori school. However strength to strength within the those of us that knew Don well were School. Having played golf with Don not surprised that, along with Emma on a number of occasions, I believe his wife, they have decided to stay in he enjoyed it so much, because it NZ and give the lifestyle out there a reminded him of his teenage years in go for a little longer. So a year after his native Ireland where he was a his departure I am charged with very competent exponent of the game AUBREY MATTHEWS The English Department has coming to BGSB from George dedication and more than a little flair. experienced considerable upheaval Tomlinson School, Kearsley, Bolton. Aubrey quickly became a popular and changes in personnel during the Although only with us for a year, member of the Common Room and past year or so. We are grateful to Aubrey made a considerable mark on his erstwhile colleagues wish him Aubrey for helping us in this very the life of BGSB. He was a caring well. difficult period. form tutor who was prepared to spend DEA A native of Northumbria, Aubrey time getting to know the boys in his came south for his higher education, care. He took temporary graduating from Bolton Institute in responsibility for our public speaking English and Philosophy. He worked team while he coached and managed in a number of high schools before the U13 X1 with great enthusiasm, 15
  • 16. Obituary SEAN FOXCROFT I received the very sad news whilst in Mongolia, through Mark Bradley and our World Challenge Expedition Leader, that Sean had been killed in South Africa whilst he himself was leading a school expedition. The fact that we were on our own expedition made us appreciate the extra risks, but perhaps they need to be taken to get the most out of life. Sean certainly ensured that he got as much out of his life as possible, grasping any opportunities that came his way. I would like to recall some of the memories that I have of Sean as his geology and geography teacher, his CCF officer and his rugby coach. Sean attended Bury Grammar School from 1995 to 2002, but it was when he was in the Sixth Form that I will always be etched on my memory. On the ferry got to know him and it was then that he began to back on the eleventh day of that month, I remember develop his skills in outdoor activities and his love of Sean running up to me and the rest of the staff and the “great outdoors” was ignited. In the CCF and in saying, “Sir! Have you seen the TV. You won’t the School’s Outdoor Education Programme he learnt believe this.....” to kayak, climb and go on hill-walking trips. He In his final year at School, Sean decided to take up attained the rank of CSM in the CCF and he was an rugby. He was strong and resilient, surviving a whole NCO on his last two summer camps to St. Martin’s season playing at prop, although he had never played Plain in 2001 and Wathgill in 2002. As an NCO it the game before. Once again, as his rugby coach, I was very apparent that he had the potential to be an came to appreciate his commitment, reliability and excellent leader. He gained the full respect of the mental strength. Sean was a bright student and a joy cadets and he was always concerned for their welfare. to teach, but my most abiding memory was that he He led his cadets by example and he had the habit of was fun to be around. He made some good friends at volunteering his section for the most challenging School who continued to keep in touch. He will be tasks. At St. Martin’s Plain, Sean typically chose the sadly missed by all connected with BGS, but I would most difficult route for his section to provide like to finish with Sean’s own words in a Clavian “covering fire” during an ambush. The route took him article that he wrote in 2001. It shows how Sean led and his younger boys up probably the steepest hill in his life, positive with a sense of fun. Kent in full combat gear. With his cajoling, all of his “I have been a proud member of the BGS CCF, section reached the top to the total surprise of the which has always proved itself to be among the best at enemy. any of the camps we visit, for five years. I would It was on the geology field trips to the Lake recommend it to anyone who enjoys the outdoors and District and to Derbyshire that I have most vivid physical and mental challenges, and for those who memories. He was one of six geologists whom I aren’t sure there is the increasing number of female remember being a very tightly-knit group who got on recruits joining – so go for it!” extremely well together. Mr. Bradley and I are DAB agreed that they were one of the most enjoyable groups to teach. And the most fun. Sean and the others were always playing practical jokes on each other. At one time I suspected Sean of locking David Broadbent into Treak Cliff Cavern whilst the guide We are sad to report the deaths of the had gone to turn the lights off. The photograph shown following Old Boys: here was taken on the trip to the Mam-Tor Landslde. Sean is the “M”, wearing his favourite geological Andrew J Bonsor (1979 leaver) helmet which for some reason was in the style of a World War II German helmet. Sean and the geologists Michael J Busby (1949 leaver) of 2000-2002 signed this helmet and it is still on show in the geology teaching room. Other “cheesy” team H Trever Forrester (1944 leaver) photos included one taken on top of the Bowder Stone in Borrowdale, which naturally Sean had had to be Robert H Forrester (1948 leaver) restrained from trying to climb. Sean also went on the geography trip to Arran in Stuart W Hope (1944 leaver) September 2001, on which he won the coveted Wayne P Parker (1993 leaver) “Action Man” award. There was one moment that 16
  • 17. 2008 17
  • 18. School Awards 2008 The Oliver Entwistle Prize for the Captain of the School..................................C J McCaughey The Mary Forrester Prize..........................................................................................S T K Mody The Cecil Heap Memorial Prize.................................................................................C J Stanton The Maxwell Barlow CCF Prize...................................................................................S S Kafle The Hodgkiss Library Prize ................................................................C J Stanton / R O Stanton The Warburton Cup for Sport .....................................................................A M Jones-Bradburn The C E Lord Cricket Trophy......................................................................................D J Taylor The Atherton Plate for Rifle Shooting.................................................................H J Swinnerton The Marcus Cup for Drama ......................................................................................J P J Findon The Carrigan Trophy for Creative Writing .........................................................B R Trethewey The Kevin Hill Trophy for Outstanding Achievement in the CCF...............................S S Kafle The W R Douglas Prize for Classics ............................................................................R J Chew The Walton Prize for Classical Studies .......................................................................M A Salim The Richard Byrom Prize for Mathematics ..............................................................C M Bryant The Farraday Prize for Mathematics ...........................................................................R J Barker The Henry Webb Memorial Prize for Physics ..........................................................J E L Taylor The Farraday Prizes for Physics: Upper Sixth ..........................................................................C M Bryant Fifth Form .............................................................................A J Jackson Fourth Form.....................................................................M J Lancashire The Cecil John Turrell Cronshaw Prizes for Chemistry: Upper Sixth ............................................................................R J Barker Fifth Form.........................................................................N S Hobhouse Fourth Form ..............................................................................A Pahade The H T Farrar Prize for Biology................................................................................R J Barker The Seymour Prize for English ................................................................................S T K Mody The Ryan Prize for English............................................................................................O J Dean The Sir John Wrigley Prize for History .....................................................................C J Stanton The Dr Young Prizes for Geography: Upper Sixth .............................................................................A J Hoyle Fifth Form......................................................................M R A Grindrod The J L Norton Prize for French ..................................................................................A J Hoyle The Mitchell Prize for German...........................................................................J M Greenwood The Samuel and Elizabeth Lord Prize for Economics..............................................J E L Taylor The R P Calrow Prize for Politics.................................................................................R J Chew The Milliken Prize for Business Studies ...................................................................P D Bartlett The Rector’s Prize for Religious Knowledge................................................................O J Dean The Peacock Memorial Prize for General Studies..............................................J C K Marchant The McDonald Prize for Computing ................................................................D R P Fielden The Peter M Skinner Prize for Design Technology ..................................................J L Redford The Taylor Poetry Prize ............................................................................................R D Picardo The Old Clavian’s Reading Prize...........................................................................J M Schofield The Farraday Music Prize.......................................................................................M T Harrison The Rose-Slaney Music Prize ...................................................................................D J Livesey The Jack Aspden Prize for Outdoor Pursuits ......................................................M Shabbir Riaz The H H Openshaw Verse Speaking Prizes:...............................................................S Hickford .................................................................................................N Ghoshal The Christopher Ali Fifth Form Prize ..................................................................M R Bradshaw The Terry McBride Golf Trophy ..................................................................................J E Neary The Percy Howarth Music Prizes: Vocal: Broken Voice.....................................................................................J J P Findon Vocal: Junior ..............................................................................................R Mahmood Instrumental: ......................................................................................................... String Instrument (Senior) ..............................................R D Hernandez String Instrument (Junior)......................................................J J S Rigby Wind Instrument (Senior) ........................................................A O Benn Wind Instrument (Junior).......................................................J J S Rigby Brass Instrument (Senior) .......................................................J I Scholes Brass Instrument (Junior)...........................................................C Binns Piano (Senior)......................................................................C C Parsons Piano (Junior)...........................................................................D J Cahill Percussion (Senior) ........................................................J M Greenwood Percussion (Junior) ..........................................................B R Trethewey 18
  • 19. The Strickland Prizes for CDT: Senior ...................................................................................P R Phillips Second Form ....................................................................R D K Cheung First Form.............................................................................R D Picardo The Harold Riley Art Prize....................................................................................A Bacci-Evers The Headmaster’s Prizes for Art: Senior ...............................................................................J F Richardson Junior .................................................................................T W Townson The R B Wilson Prize for Medical Training ..............................................................R A J Little The Openshaw Scholarships:.....................................................................................C M Bryant ..................................................................................................R J Chew ..................................................................................................A J Hoyle ..............................................................................................S T K Mody ..............................................................................................J E L Taylor The Mellor Scholarships:.........................................................................................T E J Brooks .............................................................................................J R I Okhiria ..............................................................................................R O Stanton The Haworth Scholarship ...................................................................................C J McCaughey SIXTH FORM SUBJECT PRIZES Biology .............................S J Glover Geology ..................................B T Crossley Business Studies ...............G S Gill German........................................S J Glover Chemistry .........................J I Scholes Greek .............................................C T Lees Computing ........................L H Mervin History .........................................A A Khan Economics .........................A Y T Lau Latin...............................................C T Lees English ..............................D J Taylor Mathematics .................................M J Page French................................C T Lees Physics ........................................J I Scholes Further Mathematics ........J I Scholes Politics..........................................A A Khan Geography ........................W C Leach Religious Studies........................O N Banks FIFTH FORM G.C.S.E. PRIZES T P Barling A J Jackson J F Richardson E C S Clough S J W James H S Sahni M C K Cocker M J Latham R J Thorndyke M R A Grindrod B N Long J Y S Tsim J K M Hau C M Long J Y C Tsim R D Hernandez J W G Martin E R R Turck N S Hobhouse S D Powell J J E Watkinson FORM PRIZES 4LB S D P Fielden ......................................................................S W Hesketh 4LE I Nisar.......................................................................................Z A Patel 4LI A J E Adler ......................................................................M J Lancashire 4LJ Z H Bhatti..............................................................................D A Lomax 4UV A Pahade...........................................................................N Mamoowala 3LD J R McGowan............................................................................O Khalid 3LF A M Trafford...........................................................................E S Clarke 3UA G E Grey............................................................................T W Townson 3UR J Patel ......................................................................................S D Hoyle 2LC N Ghoshal ...............................................................................L Bridges 2LG T F Pickersgill..................................................................R D K Cheung 2UC C R Hobhouse .........................................................................B J Stoker 2UL H M Aglan .........................................................................M E Rainbow 1LA G Morcos .................................................................................D Jackson 1UH A A Khan .....................................................................................H Awan 1UK L W Arnold ................................................................................M Booth 1UQ R D Picardo ...........................................................................M J Bowen 19
  • 20. SCHOOL TROPHIES The Armsbey Merit Cup .....................................................................................................Derby The West Cup for Music ........................................................................................................Kay The Wike Football Cup ........................................................................................................Kay The A L Hyde Six-a-Side Football Trophy......................................................................Howlett The Canon Blackburne Cricket Cup Years 1 – 4..................................................................Kay The Hutchinson Swimming Cup......................................................................................Howlett The Mark Oakden Swimming Cup....................................................................................Hulme The Henry Whitehead Athletics Cup Seniors.................................................................Howlett The R P Calrow Junior Athletics Cup ................................................................................Derby The Taylor Relay Cup Years 1 – 4 ..................................................................................Derby The Douglas Cross-Country Cup ...........................................................................................Kay The Foote-Wood Senior Cross-Country Cup...................................................................Howlett The Cullens Junior Cross-Country Cup ...........................................................................Derby The Parkinson Rugby Cup ...............................................................................................Howlett The Mellor Cup for Rifle Shooting........................................................................................Kay The Bostock Basketball Trophy..........................................................................................Derby The Alexander Tennis Trophy ...........................................................................Howlett and Kay G.C.E. ADVANCED LEVEL RESULTS 2008 Seventy-two Seventh Form students made 234 Advanced Level subject entries. Of these, 96 were A Grades, 73 were B Grades, 34 were C Grades, 20 were D Grades and 9 were E Grades. 98.8% of all A level entries in academic subjects produced pass grades A-E; 70.4% of all entries resulted in A and B Grades. Twenty-six of the seventy-two candidates also chose to take A level General Studies; there were 7 A Grades, 7 B Grades, 3 C Grades, 5 D Grades and 3 E Grades. *indicates the highest possible grade in a subject 7LK: J W Ainscow (Geog, Mus, Elec, Pol, GS), D Chadwick (Hist, Class Civ, Rel St), E J Chadwick (Eng Lt, Geog, Econ), N A Chandler (Biol, Fr, Comp), D R P Fielden (Biol, Chem, Comp*), R M Freeman (Geog*, Latin*, Class Civ), B P Jennings (Geog*, Comp, Bus St*), P A Kumeta (Biol*, Chem, Phy), L T Sam (Chem, Maths, Comp), M E N Slowey (Eng Lt, Latin, Econ*, Comp*, GS), C J Stanton (Hist*, Greek, Latin, Pol*, GS*), R O Stanton (Eng Lt*, Hist*, Latin*, Rel St*) 7SB: A Bacci-Evers (Art, Geog, Geol*), D M P Gordon (Chem, Maths*, Phy*, GS), B W T Heffernan (Chem, Geol, Maths, GS), G N Karaaziz (Biol*, Chem, Maths, GS), D Kenyon (Chem, Phy, Class Civ, GS), L Lau (Biol, Chem, Maths*), R A J Little (Biol*, Chem*, Maths), D J Livesey (Chem, Music, Maths, Phy), J R I Okhiria (Biol*, Chem*, Latin*, Phy*), M H Wright (Hist, Maths, GS) 7SI: M A Afzal (Biol, Chem, Eng Lt), R J Barker (Biol*, Chem*, Maths*), C R G Collins (Biol, Geol, Phy), A Din (Biol, Chem, Maths*, GS), M J Evenson (Biol, Chem, Geog*, Maths), S Gore (Biol, Class Civ, Rel St), A M Jones-Bradburn (Biol, Geog*, Maths*, Phy), S S Kafle (Chem*, Hist*, Pol*), J R Lee (Econ, Class Civ, Rel St), J J P Mallon (Biol*, Maths*, Phy*, GS), J C K Marchant (Biol, Chem, Eng Lt, GS*), D Ng (Maths, Econ, Bus St), R Watson (Biol, Geog, Geol) 7UE: M Arshad (Art, Maths, Phy), Z Baig (Maths, Econ, Bus St), C M Bryant (Chem*, Maths*, Phy*, F Maths*, Add F Maths*), M Couchman (Geog, Geol, Maths, Phy), R I Ferguson (Biol, Geog, Maths*), M T Harrison (Music*, Greek, Maths, GS), M N Howarth (Geog, Econ, Bus St*, GS), A J Hoyle (Fr*, Geog*, Maths*, Econ*, GS*), J P Latham (Chem, Maths*, F Maths), D M Page (Fr, Maths, Econ*), J L Redford (Maths*, Phy*, Elec, F Maths, GS), N A Shotton (Chem*, Maths*, Phy, F Maths), J E L Taylor (Maths*, Econ*, Phy*, Pol*, GS*) 7UJ: P D Bartlett (Geog, Rel St, Bus St*), J Cheung (Eng Lt, Geog, Bus St), J R A Garside (Geog*, Econ*, Pol*), C A Gaydon (Eng Lt, Class Civ, Rel St*), O W Harrison (Art, Geog), M A Salim (Class Civ, Rel St*, Bus St*), O Shafiq (Econ, Bus St), H R Tattersall (Eng Lt, Geog, Econ, GS), H J Woods (Art, Geog*, Bus St), M D Woolfe (Hist, Rel St*, Bus St), O Wren (Eng Lt, Econ, Bus St) 7UN: T E J Brooks (Ger*, Fr*, Hist*, Pol*, GS), R J Chew (Fr*, Latin*, Phy*, Pol*, GS*), A D Cohen (Eng Lt, Rel St), O J Dean (Eng Lt*, Hist, Rel St*), L A J Drogan (Maths, Econ, Bus St), N J Gaffney (Fr*, Latin*, Rel St*), J M Greenwood (Biol, Ger*, Fr*, GS), C J McCaughey (Fr, Geog*, Hist*, Pol*, GS*), E Moazzezi (Eng Lt, Fr, Pol, GS), S T K Mody (Ger*, Eng Lt*, Hist*, Latin*, GS*), U Sohail (Biol*, Fr*, Maths*), A J Taylor (Fr, Geog*, Pol*, GS), D L Wells (Biol, Chem, Fr, GS) 20
  • 21. G.C.S.E. RESULTS 2008 Ninety-seven Fifth Form pupils made 957 subject entries. There were 180 A* Grades, 328 A Grades, 283 B Grades, 130 C Grades and 28 D Grades. The overall percentage of entries graded A*-C was 96.2%. The following pupils achieved at least seven A* to C Grades: 5SC: M Z A K Abdullatif, J Ahmed, T P Barling, G R B Barnes, J C Bower, M R Bradshaw, C J Broadfield, A J Carling, R W P Feeney, J Glass, R L Harman, S J W James, A Khan, M J Latham, T A Massey, J L Paterson, S C Schulz, H J Swinnerton, J J Taylor, E R R Turck 5UB: J A E Campion, S W Eyre, M G Fitzpatrick, E A French, M C Hagan, R E Harper, W J Holt, A J Humphreys, P L Johnson, B N Long, C M Long, T T Magill, J F Richardson, R N Y Singer, S J Warchal 5UD: M O A Ahmad, C U Arshad, M E Beswick, E C S Clough, E A Dakin, M J Farley, K J Hardman, N S Hobhouse, J I Kopman, A J Langhorn, C Mackenzie, J W G Martin, T J McKenna, P R Phillips, H S Sahni, M A Shafiq, R J Thorndyke, J Y C Tsim, J J P Yiasoumis 5UI: M P Cranshaw, M R A Grindrod, J K M Hau, R D Hernandez, G H Hornby, A J Jackson, M M H Li, C J Lloyd, D M Lyon, S H Mahmood, J A McBriar, R O Mervin, N Natarajan, S D Powell, C S Preston, A Sullivan, S J Summers, J Y S Tsim, J J E Watkinson, D J West 5UU: J F Ainscow, A J Anderson, N A Bradley, P A Brearley, M C K Cocker, M Cromey, S F Essap, W A Hazlehurst, A McKinnon, S J Niebel, C T Palmer, H L Pang, N J R Riley, A A S T Roberts, M J Rogers, G Scully, H Shuell, S J Tetlow, D L Wild, S L Willis NON-ACADEMIC DISTINCTIONS Association Football: William Doyle and Jordan McBriar (U18) and Alistair Dickson (U16) have been selected to represent the Independent Schools FA (North). Luke Simpson has become a member of the Oldham Athletic Academy. Ahtletics: Luke Taylor finished second in an U13 international triathlon event in Florida, USA. Cricket: Thomas Parton was selected for the Lancashire squad (U13) for the second year in succession. Matthew Bowen was selected for the U12 squad. Music: Alex Benn became principal Bassoonist in the Hallé Youth Orchestra. Swimming: Callum Donaldson was selected for both the Lancashire and North West Region teams. OLD BOYS’ DISTINCTIONS Simon Benger (1993-2003) has been awarded an MA, with Distinction, in Music from the University of Durham. Andrew Higginson (1968-1975), Finance and Strategy Director, Tesco plc has been appointed Chief Executive of Tesco Bank. T W Keene (1998-2005) has gained First Class Honours in Music at the University of York. A BGS Old Boy has been appointed Head of the National Terrorist Finance Investigation Unit (Special Branch). A LEVEL LEAVERS’ DESTINATIONS 2008 M Arif Afzal Pharmacology, Bradford University Joseph Ainscow Geography, Aberystwyth University Muqim Arshad Architecture, Liverpool John Moores University Alessio Bacci-Evers Geography, Manchester University Zoheb Baig Management and Leisure, Nottingham Trent University Richard Barker Natural Sciences, Magdalene College, Cambridge Peter Bartlett Business Studies, Lancaster University Thomas Brooks French and German, Durham University Christopher Bryant Mathematics, Trinity College, Cambridge 21
  • 22. Dean Chadwick History, York St John University Edward Chadwick Employment Nathan Chandler Self-employment Justin Cheung Business with International Business, Northumbria University Richard Chew Classics, Emmanuel College, Cambridge Alexander Cohen Birmingham School of Acting Cameron Collins Biology, Plymouth University Matthew Couchman Geophysics, Edinburgh University Oliver Dean English, Manchester University Azfar Din Gap Year Luke Drogan Employment/Resitting Matthew Evenson Biology, Durham University Robert Ferguson Environmental Science, Sheffield University Daniel Fielden Biochemistry, Nottingham University Robert Freeman Classics, King’s College, London Niall Gaffney Reapplying Joshua Garside Real Estate, Reading University Carl Gaydon Psychology, University of Central Lancashire Duncan Gordon General Engineering, Warwick University Samuel Gore Podiatry, Huddersfield University John Greenwood German and Russian, Sheffield University Mark Harrison Music and Performance Studies, Royal Northern College of Music Oliver Harrison Geography, Leeds Metropolitan University Benjamin Heffernan Geology, Leeds University Michael Howarth Business Management, Newcastle University Andrew Hoyle Economics, Durham University Benjamin Jennings Business Studies, Lancaster University Adam Jones-Bradburn Mechanical Engineering, Sheffield University Shantanu Kafle Law, Magdalene College, Cambridge Garrett Karaaziz Biomedical Sciences, St George’s College, London Daniel Kenyon Chemistry, Leicester University Paul Kumeta Biochemistry, Liverpool University Jack Latham Mathematics, Sheffield University Laurence Lau Pharmacy, Bath Joshua Lee Psychology with Sociology, Nottingham Trent University Ross Little Medicine, Liverpool University Daniel Livesey Mathematics, Newcastle University James Mallon Mathematics, Manchester University James Marchant Biological Sciences, Keele University Ciaran McCaughey History and Politics, Warwick University Ehsan Moazzezi International Business, Nottingham Trent University Scott Mody English, Christ Church, Oxford Daryl Ng Gap Year Joshua Okhiria Medicine, Edinburgh University David Page Business Studies, Manchester University Joshua Redford Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Imperial College, London Mukhtar Salim Law, Liverpool University L Theophilus Sam Computer Science, King’s College, London Omer Shafiq Marketing, Liverpool John Moores University Nicholas Shotton Mathematics, York University Mark Slowey Software Engineering, Durham University Usamah Sohail Mathematics and Economics, Nottingham University Christopher Stanton History, Peterhouse College, Cambridge Richard Stanton Theology, Pembroke College, Cambridge Howard Tattersall Geography and Planning, Sheffield Hallam University Adam Taylor Employment Joshua Taylor Physics, Manchester University Ross Watson Geography, Loughborough University Daniel Wells Joining the RAF Harrison Woods Gap Year Marc Woolfe Reapplying Oliver Wren Business Management, Manchester Metropolitan University Max Wright War Studies, Coventry University 22
  • 23. Activities in the Learning Resource Centre A keynote of the last year in the audience and inspired entries in the TES Literary Quiz Learning Resource Centre has been poetry competition organised to mark For the fourth year in succession developing the ways in which the the day, which was won by Matthew BGS entered a team of first and facility co-operates with the different Buckley of 1LA. second formers to participate in the departments in the School to enrich Times Educational Supplement’s and complement the teaching Literary Quiz, a global competition. programme. Part of this has been an Our team, consisting of Matthew increase in the number of authors, Bowen, Subodh Kafle, Caspar poets and illustrators who have come Hobhouse and Luis McBriar, to talk to and inspire groups of competed in the regional heats held at students. the University of Bolton, and performed well against strong William Nicholson opposition to emerge a respectable The first of several “Meet the fifth out of 33 participating teams. Author” events took place on 26th September, when BGS was visited by World Book Day internationally acclaimed Hollywood The unusually short spring term screenwriter and children’s author, meant that time was at a premium, Poet Mike Garry William Nicholson. Advertising for but once again the highlight of the this event was undertaken by fifth Man Booker Shadowing term was the School’s celebration of form librarians Alex Jackson and Once again staff members and sixth World Book Day, which this year David Winterbottom, and this was formers formed a Man Booker moved into its second decade. well-rewarded by the high turnout on Shadowing Group to read the books Preliminary work was undertaken by the day. William Nicholson was a shortlisted for the 2007 Man Booker second form librarians Luis McBriar, great hit with pupils, talking about Prize for Fiction. The group, which Ben Stoker and Edward Lees who the themes and inspirations for his consisted of Mr Lee, Mr Matthews, produced “author profiles” for the work. An eye-catching and colourful Mrs Glancy, Scott Mody, Christopher special £1 WBD publications by Stanton and Jordaan Wolfson, display was produced by 3UR Robert Muchamore and Neil Gaiman. selected Moshin Hamid’s The following his visit. Visually engaging posters designed Reluctant Fundamentalist as their by Joe Schofield, assisted by Stephen favourite novel. They were less Fielden and James Harrison (all of impressed with the eventual winner, 4LB), marketed the day to the school The Gathering by Ann Enright, community, and complemented the which was savaged by BGS as an “sponsored read” in aid of the charity “angry and turgid read”. Book Aid International, which the School has supported for several Anne Fine years. The organisation of the Former Children’s Laureate Anne sponsored read was a large operation Fine was the guest speaker at the which required a team effort from North-West nominations evening several librarians working together, hosted by the LRC in October for the and was well-rewarded when the first CILIP Carnegie Medal. Third and and second formers raised a splendid William Nicholson seventh formers joined invited guests total of £455, which will put more National Poetry Day and Mike for a reception followed by an than 350 books in the hands of Garry informative and entertaining talk children in developing countries. The School’s annual celebration of from the successful author. The sponsored reading “champion” National Poetry Day at the start of was Lawrence Arnold of 1UK, who October included the librarians’ Adam Linley raised the impressive sum of £54. On production of a display on “dreams”, In November we welcomed Old Boy the morning of World Book Day, the which was this year’s designated and aspiring author/illustrator Adam School assembly was given by Mrs theme. Fourth form librarians Joe Linley, who led workshops in the Glancy on the theme, “Reading opens Schofield and Stephen Fielden were LRC for lower school boys which doors”. responsible for much of the publicity taught them something about the for the events, which included a visit process of writing and illustrating a John Malam by performance poet Mike Garry, novel. Joe Schofield and Stephen The LRC welcomed John Malam, a whose work celebrates the “beautiful Fielden were the librarians non-fiction author with over 200 ugliness of the city”. His fresh and responsible for producing the published titles to his name, on the irreverent style appealed to his publicity for this event. following day, when the World Book 23
  • 24. Day celebrations were continued with Ave Atque Vale role-playing workshops for the entire The end of the academic year brought first year, in which groups of four the retirement of Mrs Glancy, who pupils produced their own ‘book’, has been associated with the Library with each team member taking one of since 1998, first as Master-in-Charge the tasks of author, illustrator, editor in the old Walmsley Library and then and publisher. This was well- as Library Co-ordinator following the received and gave an insight into the move to the new LRC in September procedure behind moving knowledge 2002. Although she has been from brain to bookshelf. notoriously camera-shy and reluctant to take any credit for herself, her Fifth Birthday retirement cannot pass without a Five years after the LRC was word of appreciation for everything Author Tom Palmer officially opened by BBC broadcaster that she has done to promote reading Martin Henfield in February 2003, a in the School. Mrs Glancy’s work birthday display celebrated the with scores of student librarians over Carnegie Shadowing building of one of the highlights of the years has been a source of The Summer Term was dominated by the School, and much interest was satisfaction to her as an opportunity shadowing the judging for the shown in the photographs which to meet boys away from the Carnegie Medal. The School’s group catalogued its construction over the classroom. A happy presentation this year consisted of fourth formers course of the year 2001-2. evening in July, at which the speaker Alex Adler, Joe Schofield and Phil was eminent Old Boy, historian and Standley, second formers Ben John Hegley author Geoffrey Moorhouse, marked Kaufman, Sam Lyth and Ben Stoker, An event for the first formers in April the end of ten years’ work which was and first formers Anthony Storer, was the visit of John Hegley, a well-summarised by the lady herself Subodh Kafle, George Morcos, renowned poet and comedian who when she said in a School assembly, William Sarbutts and John began his session with a song on his “Reading can provide us with endless Luscombe. Although our shadowing mandolin. During a question-and- hours of pleasure and entertainment.” team’s favourite novel was Apache answer session he made up songs For the sharing of her own pleasure by Tanya Landman, the winner of the about biology, pyjamas, PS3s and we thank her. 2008 award was Philip Reeve’s Here kebabs! A book signing and Christopher and Richard Stanton Lies Arthur. afternoon workshop completed the day which was co-ordinated by the English department. Poet John Hegley Tom Palmer The week after Founders’ Day saw the School welcome author Tom Palmer, who used the LRC as part of the promotional tour for his new book Foul Play, the first in his series of ‘Football Detective’ novels. This was both the first and last time that goal posts will be allowed to appear in the Library! 24
  • 25. THE WAY FOR WARD APPEAL forward to the next phase of our development plan – a I am delighted to report that over £2.7 million has now brand new Sixth Form Centre for the pupils of both been raised towards our target; this is a wonderful schools. New facilities will include a multi-purpose achievement and we are deeply grateful to everyone who lecture theatre and drama studio, seminar rooms, quiet has made a contribution. study areas with integrated ICT, a refectory open After two years in the making, our new Kindergarten throughout the day and a central sixth form entrance has opened its doors to our youngest pupils. This new beneath the bell tower.This modern college-style facility school, completed in September, is testament to the will significantly enhance the education of our oldest overwhelming support we received from the BGS pupils, enabling us to provide them with a more varied community towards our Building Fund. It offers the finest curriculum and a full pre-university experience. facilities available for the education of our youngsters – a However, it is vital that we maintain the momentum of splendid octagonal assembly hall, music room, library and the Appeal if we are to achieve our goal. We must computer suite, sports hall and, the crowning glory, a generate further support for this new building and we urge rooftop playground offering the most incredible views of the whole BGS community – governors, staff, alumni, the whole borough. We have extended our early years’ parents, former parents, suppliers and friends of the education to a pre-school class which accommodates 40 School – to help us reach our target. Donations can be children in a spacious building designed specifically to made in many tax-efficient ways. A number of supporters meet their needs. We chose to name this group Cygnets, as these children will become the swans of the future. who do not have cash to spare have chosen to make an Over the last few years, kind donations towards our investment in our future by remembering the Schools in Bursary Fund have enabled us to offer more than 40 gifted their wills. However you choose to donate, each and young students the life-changing opportunity of an every gift will take us one step further. education at BGS. These bursaries were made possible If you would like to arrange a tour of the School, thanks to the generous support of individual sponsors, as receive further information about the Appeal, or to discuss well as a pool of monthly and one-off donations. We take how to make your donation, please do not hesitate to great pleasure in providing our sponsors with reports on contact Francine Healey, Development Officer, by email the progress of our bursary recipients, whose to or telephone 0161 764 achievements undoubtedly reflect the worthiness of this 1733. scheme. Francince Healey To complete the single vision which addresses the needs of our youngest and oldest pupils we must now look Prefects’ Dinner The Upper Sixth Form Prefects enjoyed a very This was well complemented by the guest pleasant evening at the annual Prefects’ Dinner, speaker, Mr. Ian Riggs, a highly regarded local prior to starting their study leave. This event was solicitor and a former Captain of School. Mr. Riggs held in the main hall at school, when the students entertained with stories about his time at school joined with senior members of the pastoral staff and as the first Captain to be appointed by the and upper sixth form tutors for a lovely four course previous Headmaster, Mr. Keith Richards. meal, provided by the school catering staff. The However the boys were most entertained by Mr. atmosphere was informal and relaxed, with the Riggs’ anecdotal stories of some of the more senior students reminiscing over their time spent at members of staff present at the BGSB. dinner. GAF 25
  • 26. School Junior or two members of staff had to eat a was highly entertaining. The This year seems to have passed by banana. John spoke about how each Christmas parties were great fun and very quickly. Over the year we have one was unique, no matter what its the party games can get very cared for the boys, we have colour - green, yellow or brown - or competitive, particularly in musical challenged them in many ways and size, yet at the same time inside they chairs when a member of staff is they have been helped to be creative, were all the same and that was like playing against you or, worst still, both in and out of the classroom. us. playing as your partner! We offer the boys a broad The Outdoor Activity programme The inaugural House quiz curriculum that not only encompasses started in the autumn term with all the academic subjects but also Transitus II visiting Ambleside to enables them to participate in a wide kayak, climb, tunnel and gorge walk. variety of activities and challenges. In the summer term Introitus had a This gives them life experiences, problem solving day at Buckley skills, confidence and self-reliance, Wells. Transitus I went to Rivington which we feel are very important. It orienteering. In the afternoon they also gives the boys a solid foundation had great fun rolling down the pike. in all aspects of their learning. On the They also visited Gordale Scar and academic side the boys cover all the walked across the limestone National Curriculum and our English, pavement at the top of Malham Cove; Mathematics and Science results have only one boy managed to get his foot been pleasing. The project work in stuck in a gryke. This year we Geography, History, Religious swapped the timings of the Exitus Studies and IT has been very good as trips, so the Edale residential visit has that in Art and Design was in May. It was a great experience Technology, particularly the work for the boys; the weather was kind competition was held at lunchtimes that the boys did in their shoe and many of them achieved personal and the winning House was Kay. The projects, Delftware pottery, iron men goals during the week. One or two Lakes General Knowledge Cup was and hand puppets. boys thought they were very popular presented for the first time. We have continued the individual with a girl from the other school by Our collections for charity this targets. Each boy is set a target for getting her phone number, only to year have been very successful. We each term. These targets are learn that she had been giving it out had non-uniform days for Children in attainable for boys but they also to everyone! A valuable lesson in life, Need and Bob Forrester. At the require a certain amount of effort and boys! It was also good to see them Founders’ Day service our collection the boys have to prove they can attain all playing together in the grounds. in aid of Bury Hospice raised the target more than once. We have The self-reliant journeys took £122.15. Finally, our annual summer held three Achievement Assemblies place in June and we had some really event was the ‘Football Scoring’ where we have presented certificates good weather despite leaving Bury in which was great fun. The boys had to to those boys who have reached their the pouring rain. The boys thoroughly shoot as many goals as possible in targets. enjoyed planning, preparing and five minutes and we raised £3,900.90. Last September we welcomed Mrs Nikhil Sood presented half the money Hartwell to the Junior School and she to Cancer Research and we sent the soon settled into the Junior School other half to Water Aid. This year’s way of life. In May, Miss Monaghan charities were chosen by Exitus. I joined the staff as the After School would like to thank all the parents Club manager. who helped on the day and provided In October we welcomed Andrew sponsorship for the boys. Higginson, an Old Boy, who is now Our Book Week was held in the financial director of Tescos, to March and we took over £1200. This present the prizes at the Senior helps to promote reading and to buy School Prizegiving and the next day some new books for the library. Story he opened our newly refurbished Art teller John Harris visited school; he and Science rooms. held the boys spellbound during his The Christmas concert was held stories then signed his books. on 13th December and a packed Founders’ Day was a fine day; our house enjoyed traditional, and some service was held by Rev. John Taylor. not so traditional, carols and He brought in some bananas and one readings. The Introitus play, as usual, 26
  • 27. standard of performance was vouchers by Houses and the winning executing their cooking plans and excellent. The House songs were very House was Kay. some of the food did look as if it had good with each House trying to outdo On the musical side we held a been executed; but they didn’t go the others with secret practices and combined Junior and Senior School hungry. The boys had a really by adding actions to the songs! The Open Evening in March during which enjoyable experience and the Percy Howarth Music Cup was won the boys performed a short concert standard of navigation was excellent. by Kay. Again this year we had many and parents were able to talk to their My thanks must go to all the staff for successes in both the Associated son’s music teachers. Form concerts their time and help which makes all Board and Guildhall examinations. at the beginning of the summer term the activities so enjoyable. Many boys have passed with either are always entertaining and they To enrich the curriculum many merits or distinctions and that reflects clearly show the progress the boys educational visits have been on how hard the boys practise and make in music over four years. The organised over the year. The boys also the high quality teaching of our wind group, percussion group, choir have been to the Fusiliers Musuem, peripatetic staff. I would like to and the orchestra have been the War Museum, Chester and the thank particularly Mrs Grundy, Mr practising throughout the year, and as Parish Church. The whole school Hyde, Mr Benger and all the you have heard, the orchestra and went in convoy along the M62 to peripatetic staff for their hard work choir are doing extremely well under invade Yorkshire for our form trips. over the year. the guidance of Mrs. Gundy and Miss We went to Bradford Photographic Our programme of sport Museum, Leeds Armoury and the encompasses all the boys and they National Mining Musuem at Halifax. have the opportunity to represent the Transitus II had a very enjoyable day School or their House in a variety of learning about different learning and different sports. It has not been a thinking styles. They also visited successful year in terms of silverware Crucial Crew to learn about how to in football and cricket but the boys keep themselves safe outside of have enjoyed their sport. Our House school. They had great fun when the sporting competitions have been very fire engine visited school as did keenly contested with as many boys Introitus when an ambulance arrived, as possible taking part. The football but everyone also learnt about the was won by Derby, the cross-country serious side of what the crews have to by Hulme and the cricket by Hulme do. Maths Day was challenging for and Howlett. The Swimming Sports the boys; each class rotated round was held at the end of the spring eight different practical problem- term. The Radcliffe Cup was won by solving tasks. Our Artist in Residence Hulme. Both the swimmers and the Stuart. Miss Stuart ran a very this year was Hugh Templeton; all the boys watching played their part in successful musical workshop for boys painted two water colours. I making it a very exciting and noisy Introitus and Transitus I. Mrs must say the standard of work was event. Mr. Armsbey presented the Grundy and Miss Stuart adjudicated outstanding and we could have made certificates to the winners. Sports the House Music Competition and the a handsome profit by framing the finished paintings and selling them on Bury market. I would like to thank Martin Entwistle, Peter Boys and Mark Smith for coming into school as part of the Exitus PHSE programme, to talk about their occupations and experiences in their work places. As part of our links to the community programme we had fourteen Foundation for Learning Nursery pre- school children visit us to use our IT facility. Exitus boys helped them to colour in Tellytubbies pictures by using the mouse. I was very kindly presented by Imran Hashmi and Robert Sumner with my very own Tellytubbies picture entitled Mr. Crouch Marching! Our annual collection of Tesco computer vouchers amassed 12,000 vouchers that we are exchanging for a camcorder and recording microphone. Again we collected the 27
  • 28. involved drawing a water colour. Day went very smoothly and many Many of the paintings were excellent parents enjoyed watching their sons and that made judging very difficult; competing in the races. Stefan Fuchs, Exitus and Transitus II was won by Alex Walker, Rahan Udwadia, Josef Langweisser, Transitus I and Nathan Crowther and the Derby Introitus by Saleem Raza. cannon relay team broke School The Work Cup is for the House records. Howlett won the Arthur which gains the most House points Price Athletics Trophy. The over the whole year and the winner Headmaster presented the certificates was Derby, 197 House points ahead to the winners. of Hulme. Considering the boys We are the Bury Junior Schools amassed nearly 124,000 over the year Winners for the Swimming League, it was a very close competition! the Boys’ Road Relay, the Boys’ and her maternity leave cover and we We held the Leavers’ Disco with Girls’ joint trophy and the Athletics thank her for all her hard work. We the Girls’ Junior School and it was a trophy. welcome back Mrs Faulkner and we very entertaining evening; everyone thank Mrs Harrison for being acting seemed to have had a memorable Deputy Head this term. Finally Mr time. Byrne retires after 19 years of service Prizegiving was a lovely and we wish him and his wife, Diane, afternoon during which we celebrated a long and happy retirement. the School’s successes over the year. Exitus boys leave us. Many of We were entertained by the verse them have been with us for four years speaking and the individual music and even those boys who have been winners and the prizes were with us only a year say the same presented by John Kendall. John things; that they have been really spoke to the boys about the happy and have enjoyed their time in friendships in school and about trying the Junior School. It is good to know to do your best. that nearly all the boys are continuing We do go to many places over the on into the Senior School. We will be year and many visitors come into sad to see them go and we wish all school. We nearly always get the leavers every success in the complimented on how polite and how future. well behaved the boys are – they are I would like to thank the In the Association of Junior great ambassadors for the School. Governors and the Headmaster for Independent Schools knock-out cup After School Club supervisor, Mrs their continued support and the staff competitions we were knocked out in Holland, left at the end of the term for all their enthusiasm and hard the quarter-finals of the cricket and and we thank her for all her work in work. Finally, I would like to thank the football. At the cross-country we establishing the club. Mrs Gundy is parents for their excellent support for came fifth in the Under 11s and third giving up her classroom teaching but the School, and, more importantly, in the Under 10s. In the athletics will still be very much involved in for their sons. Lawrence Adlum came 2nd in the peripatetic work and the Junior David Crouch Under 10 cricket ball and the Under School groups. Mrs Wilson finishes 11 relay squad came 3rd. The star of the athletics again was Tunmise Ojo because he won the Under 11 80 metres and came 3rd in the Long Jump. In the Verse Speaking Competition, which was held recently, we were entertained all afternoon. The standard of speaking is very high indeed and for the second year running Stefan Fuchs won the Lomas Verse Speaking Shield. In the Clavian Literary Competition this year the boys were given a picture of hot air balloons and they had to write a story or poem. The Exitus and Transitus II section was won by Adam Alwin and the Transitus I and Introitus section by Arif Khaliq. The Art Competition 28
  • 29. LIST OF PRIZE WINNERS Introitus Gold Certificate and Prize for Junior School Music Prize For Attainment: Daanesh Behrana Competition Individual Winners: Prize For Effort: Harry Sumner Brass: Kieran Rajasansir Prize For Progress: Edward Holt Woodwind: Brendan Harrison Openshaw Verse Speaking: Harry Baxter Drums: Imran Hashmi Voice: Rehan Udwadia Strings: Jack Littler Introitus Orange Prize For Attainment: Joseph Edgar Piano: Nikhil Sood Prize For Effort: Casey Brown Dunford Junior Music Prize: Nikhil Sood Prize For Progress: James Goodchild Clavian Literary Competition: Openshaw Verse Speaking: Krishna Doshi Arif Khaliq and Adam Alwin Clavian Art Competition: M. Saleem Raza and Josef Langwieser Transitus I Navy Prize For Attainment: Benjamin Crofts Headmaster’s Prize for Art: Shaw Labrianidis-Kenny Prize For Effort: Dominic Scott Strickland Prize for Craft: Peter Concannon Prize For Progress: Richard Catterall R H Lye Junior School Science: Robert Sumner Openshaw Verse Speaking: Christian Fuchs Lomas Shield for Verse Speaking: Christian Fuchs Trafford Cup for Sport: Tunmise Ojo Transitus I Royal Shefali Henry Cup for Outstanding Contribution to Prize For Attainment: Thomas FitzGerald School Life: Imran Hashmi Prize For Effort: Jacob Dufton Prize For Progress: Shaun Harris Bury Junior Schools Sports Association Openshaw Verse Speaking: John Ripley Swimming League: Winners Road Relay Boys: Winners Road Relay Boys and Girls (joint): Winners Transitus II Emerald Prize For Attainment: Ashish Ramuni Prize For Effort: Matthew Schofield and Charles Spencer House Competitions Prize For Progress: Joshua Rainbow Arthur Price House Athletics Shield: Howlett Openshaw Verse Speaking: Ben Wilkinson Radcliffe A.S.A. House Swimming Cup: Hulme Horsfield and Smith House Cricket Cup: Hulme and Howlett Transitus II Jade Prize For Attainment: Joseph Patel The McDonald House Football Cup: Derby Prize For Effort: Luke Collister House Cross-Country Cup: Hulme Prize For Progress: Darius Karbaley Percy Howarth House Music Cup: Kay Openshaw Verse Speaking: Luke Collister The Lakes House Knowledge Trophy: Kay House Work Cup: Derby Exitus Burgundy Prize For Attainment: Robert Sumner Champion House: Hulme Prize For Effort: Peter Concannon Prize For Progress: Thomas Gorton Openshaw Verse Speaking: Robert Sumner Exitus Scarlet Prize For Attainment: Adam Sue Prize For Effort: Samuel Millington Prize For Progress: Sameer Sarfraz Openshaw Verse Speaking: Samuel Millington Certificate for Junior School Club Competition Winners: Pool: Ibrahim Yakubu Chess: Samuel Millington Table-tennis: Samuel Millington 29
  • 30. The Art Society The Art Society has been very well attended this year. Tuesday evenings and particularly Thursday lunchtimes have been very popular. Many boys have benefited from the art facility including several who are taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. Early mornings have also been popular with many boys making use of an early start by Mr Burns. As the G.C.S.E., AS and A level exhibitions approached an extra night was added and the examinees took full advantage of the time! Regular meetings are Wednesday evenings and Thursday lunchtimes and artists and non-artists are always welcome. TAB 30
  • 31. Excursions 2008
  • 32. ‘PILLARS OF FIRE’: 2008 Battlefields Tour 8th Battalion the Royal Inniskilling filled craters are the peaceful The 14th annual Boys’ School Fusiliers. As a boy he had been a remnants of the largest man-made battlefields tour was one of a series founder member of the BGS Cadet explosion up to that point in history commemorating the 90th anniversary Corps in 1892 and later as a teacher as the mines were detonated of the First World War and the forty helped found the Christ’s Hospital simultaneously in the small hours of pupils and five members of staff School Cadet Corps which he went 7th June 1917. It is difficult to believe visited sites connected mainly with on to command. He is buried close to that fishing lakes such as the the 1917 battles of Messines and the famous double VC winner Caterpillar Crater, now in the middle Passchendaele near Ypres in Belgium. Captain Noel Chavasse. Last Post of a quiet wood, are actually the mass 1917 was the year that Russia was sounded at Brandhoek and next graves of their German defenders. collapsed into revolution and the day at Tyne Cot by our excellent After a very interesting tour of the French army into mutiny. As a result Cadet buglers Chris Parsons and Messines Museum, guided by its the burden of the war effort on the Peter Phillips. enthusiastic young curator, we paid crucial Western Front fell on the On Sunday we retraced the attack our traditional visit to the remarkable forces of Britain and her Empire. It of a locally-raised battalion of the Talbot House in Poperinge. This was also the costliest year of the war Lancashire Fusiliers near living museum recreates the for Bury Grammar School. In all 35 Passchendaele on 9th October 1917 atmosphere of the ‘all ranks club’ Old Boys died, 29 of them in the in the company of our old friend, founded by the Reverend ‘Tubby’ fighting in France and Belgium. Belgian archaeologist and re-enactor Clayton in 1915. Mrs Hone We arrived in Ypres on Friday Kristof Blieck. The battalion included entertained visitors to the house by morning. For many of the tour party, several Old Boys of the School, playing a selection of Great War tunes which included a large number of including Captain Frank Bentley who and classical pieces on the original veterans of previous tours, it was a won the Military Cross for his wartime piano. She was joined by return to familiar territory. For others gallantry that day. Kristof was able to members of the BGS male voice it was their first visit to the town show us the exact spot where his choir, who gave spirited and largely which, more than any other, archaeological team discovered the tuneful renditions of ‘It’s A Long Way personifies the British part in the First body of an unidentified Lancashire To Tipperary’ and ‘Pack Up Your World War. After visits to the Fusilier soldier in 2006. The Fusilier, Troubles’. The day concluded when beautiful Ramparts Cemetery and the who had been killed in the 9 th CCF Senior Cadet Shantanu Kafle magnificent Menin Gate Memorial, October battle, was re-buried in the and 2 i/c John Greenwood, both our afternoon excursion took us back nearby Tyne Cot Cemetery in July veterans of several battlefield tours, to the early days of British 2007. Kristof gave us his usual laid a wreath on the grave of involvement in the Ypres area in the fascinating demonstration of original Lieutenant Colonel Thomas autumn of 1914. Then the British and weaponry and equipment and a Boardman DSO at Brandhoek New French armies stubbornly resisted the guided tour of the new Tyne Cot Military Cemetery. Tom Boardman first German attempts to take the Visitor Centre, which he helped to was the most senior BGS Old Boy to town and push on to the Channel create. One of the men whose die in the Great War when he was ports. One of the units holding the photograph and name are killed in August 1917 commanding line was 1st Battalion Irish Guards, including Private Nathaniel Heatherington, great-great uncle of party member Kiefer Heatherington. Using the revolutionary new ‘Linesman’ computer software , which matches Great War trench maps with modern GPS references, we were able to visit the exact area where Private Heatherington was killed on 6th November 1914. Before going to our hotel, the Munchenhof at Langemark, we visited the sombre German cemetery on the outskirts of the village. On Saturday we saw the scars on the landscape caused by the detonation of 19 huge mines under German positions at the start of the battle of Messines. These now water 32
  • 33. major in the Grenadier Guards and Sandhurst instructor who said that they were a credit to the cadet force and their school. MJH night of the tour, members of the remembered in the audio-visual CCF took part for the ninth time in display at the Visitor Centre is former the world famous Menin Gate Last BGS pupil, Captain Austin Hudson, Post ceremony in Ypres. As well as one of eight Old Boys buried or our usual school poppy wreath, commemorated at Tyne Cot. We had Shantanu Kafle, who is of Nepalese an excellent lunch at the nearby farm descent, laid a beautiful wreath of owned by our old friend Charlotte real flowers, made by Mrs Stirzaker, Cardoen-Descamps. Charlotte went in memory of the Gurkhas who fell on to show us some of the vast on the Western front in the First amount of weaponry and unexploded World War. At the end of the munitions that, incredibly, she and ceremony the boys were her husband are still unearthing 90 congratulated by a former sergeant- years after the battle. On the last 33
  • 34. WENGEN, SWITZERLAND surprised to say the least when he before we had to return home to As I get older, I seem to notice that took off unexpectedly and the England, sporting the classic skiers’ time does pass by with alarming impression he did of a man “panda eyes”. The trip, as ever, was rapidity. It seemed no sooner were simultaneously winding down two made by the boys. Their constant we back from Colorado than we were windows will long stick in my mind. good humour and behaviour singled catching the coach to head to Wengen We skied at not only Wengen, but them out for praise by all those who in Switzerland, home of the also at Grindelwald and Murren. came into contact with them during Lauberhorn downhill run and “Wall.” Murren is the home of the Piz Gloria the week. I always marvel at how The journey passed surprisingly restaurant. This is the revolving quickly the boys progress and this can quickly for once and before long we restaurant where On Her Majesty’s be exemplified in no finer way than were having breakfast at a café in Secret Service was filmed. After by Matthew Couchman. At the start Switzerland. I don’t know what of week, Bambi looked more impressed me most about the boys eating James Bond spaghetti the boys comfortable on skis! At the end of here. It could have been their lack of took to the slopes in the style of 007, the week, I passed “Couchy” on the any conversational German, which or, in the case of our top skiers, High Lauberhorn and on his face was a was the same for the staff, or it could School Musical. They skied the black mixture of joy, fear and exhilaration. have been their mistaken belief that run from the top suavely, led by Peter It is this that makes the ski trip worth everything in Switzerland was free, “Racing Snowplough” Bartlett. running. which would explain why some of The evening entertainment I would also like to thank Mr them did not pay for breakfast! package was not all that it was Ferguson, Mr Cawtherley, Mrs The hotel in Wilderswill was cracked up to be. Shopping in Bradley, Mr Sherlock, Mr Bishop and owned by Urs Raber who was World Grindelwald was fun as none of the of course Mr Curtis for all their hard Cup downhill champion in 1984. It shops was open; likewise at work and support during the trip, as was obvious from the deferential way Interlaken when we went there for well as the boys. I am already jealous he treated us that he was in the some retail therapy. Ice skating was that I won’t be joining them next year presence of elite skiers! altogether more successful for the in Tignes! It is not often that a resort is boys. Robert Plant decided that MEB stunning to look at, but Wengen is the sliding through the legs of skaters on exception. It is perched on an Alp, his stomach was a good thing to do. high above the Lauterbrunnen Valley, We watched in admiration as “Planty” below the towering peak of the Eiger. did the decent thing and collapsed as Learning to ski or board in this he tried this manoeuvre. Sam environment made us all look far Hesketh also has a lot to answer for more stylish than we actually were. as he told me that he would teach my The trains up to the Eigergletscher son to skate. By skating, young ran with typical Swiss efficiency, Hesketh meant throwing my son on dropping us off in the morning ready the floor and then diving on top of to tackle the day. The pick-up was him. somewhat more hit and miss; I I must mention Mr Curtis. This is remember as Mark Howorth ran his last trip with BGSB as he retires down the platform of a lonely station, this year. He has been a regular on not on the same train as the rest of the the ski trip for over 30 years, 10 of group. His cry of “Mr them with me. Skiing is a terrific Cawtherleeeeeeeeee!” is still admired hobby and skiing with Malc has been to this day as one of the finest a memorable experience. I have been examples of yodelling that has ever able to ski all over Europe and North been heard on that Alp! America with him, sampling the best The weather during the week was local drinks in slope-side bars! His fantastic and this was a key factor in constant support and guidance have the rapid development of the skiing always been greatly appreciated and I and boarding. Mr Cawtherley and thank him. It is a measure of his Cameron Collins did not mind falling standing with the boys that they paid down as much, we all seemed to go for him to fly around the Eiger, faster and runs were less intimidating Monch and Jungfrau mountains in a in the bright sunshine. Mr Ferguson helicopter. needs to be congratulated for his As usual, all good things must recovery on the “Wall”. He was come to an end and it was not long 34
  • 35. Sir John Charnley Science Lecture - a brush to clean the inside of the to the Middle East. It was this On Tuesday 10th June students bone before securing the replacement wartime experience which sparked his studying Science at the Bury joint and a new ‘clean air’ operating interest in orthopaedics as he Grammar Schools were delighted to system which drastically reduced developed various types of appliances attend a most informative lecture infection rates from 10% to 0.4%. which enabled injured soldiers to given by Chris Faux, a former Chris Faux gave a most return home to their families. colleague of Sir John Charnley and entertaining and informative account Working as an orthopaedic Chairman of Trustees for the Sir John of the life and work of Sir John consultant he became a specialist in Charnley Trust. Chris Faux spoke Charnley, the importance of which the treatment of arthritis, a crippling passionately about the ground- has been acknowledged world wide, condition for some patients. In 1960 breaking research and work of Sir resulting in many accolades, but none he elected to head a team at John, who developed a pioneering meant more to him than being granted Wrightington Hospital, devoting his method of hip and joint replacements ‘The Freedom of Bury’. We are proud time to the development of a new hip during his time working at that his education at BGS gave him replacement technique. Wrightington in the 1970s. His life- the self-belief to realise his dreams. Chris gave a hands-on transforming surgery was at the demonstration which captivated the cutting edge of technology and his R N Marshall and Francine Healey student audience, many of whom have techniques are still in practice to this ambitions to study medicine day. themselves, and learning of the work Sir John Charnley was born at of a fellow pupil was inspirational. Heywood Street in Bury in 1911. Students were shown examples of Along with his sister, Mary, he was Teflon Arthroplasty, where a coupling educated at Bury Grammar School, of plastic and metal is made in order gaining a place to study Medicine at to cement the bone into position in the Manchester University in 1929. At pelvic bone. The ingenuity of Sir the outbreak of war he volunteered for John was clearly evident as the army service, enlisting in the Royal students learned of further inventions Army Medical Corps and was posted 35
  • 36. Be lgian Music Tr ip concert band, which rounded off the sending music flying. However, the During the final week of term a 60 music continued as clothes pegs were strong group of musicians from both concert with another 45 minute set distributed to tame the flying paper. the boys’ and girls’ schools embarked featuring arrangements of Beatles The dance band was once again the on a trip to Belgium. Two groups classics and several famous marches first band on and, despite the weather, made the treacherous crossing to such as Dam Busters and The Liberty managed to draw people to the Calais from Dover: the dance Bell. Our audience, although smaller makeshift dance floor (even if they orchestra and concert band. After a than we would have liked, was were members of the concert band long, although rather amusing, trip appreciative, with a couple of very press-ganged into this by a down to Dover (made all the longer enthusiastic locals even getting up to threatening look from Mr. Southcott, by the late arrival of one of our dance! the dance band director). The concert ‘trombonists’, owing to his Having safely got back on the band followed with another variety- extravagant birthday celebrations the coach we then moved on to one of packed program: everything from night before), we boarded the Belgium’s main cities, Bruges. Here Queen to the music from The Lord of morning ferry to France. Next came we explored the old streets, sampling the Rings. After the concert and when the two hour journey through France the renowned Belgian chocolate the weather had thankfully to the land of frites, beer, and what (which came in ALL shapes and sizes) brightened, we were let loose on the was soon to be great music. and sat in cafés on the main square, rides. This bettered our admittedly Upon arrival at Die Loyale youth watching the horse-drawn carriages low expectations of the park’s quality hostel we were pleasantly surprised ferry tourists around the area. We then by the seemingly luxurious went back to our coach, passing under and some even grudgingly admitted accommodation, especially compared the old stone archway which that they were impressed with a to our last hostelling experience in traditionally marked the entrance to number of the rides, including two Edinburgh. Having ditched our bags the city. The hour-long journey back rollercoasters, one with a vertical and sorted ourselves into suitable to the hostel passed without event and climb to the summit! sleeping groups, we were treated to a upon our return we were greeted with Tired from the day’s exertions, we meal of traditional Belgian spag bol another excellent meal, this time returned to the hostel only to be followed by some famous Belgian ice consisting of Austrian-style schnitzel. revitalised by an impromptu water cream. Later in the evening many That evening the intrepid sixth fight. Unfortunately this was brought from the group set down to play the form explorers once again ventured to what many thought was a traditional game of mass football. forth into the surprisingly busy town, premature close owing to Miss Britton This essentially involves a few key with several of our members taking becoming a casualty of the intense players storming up and down the part in dances with some of the more fighting. pitch while the rest make futile exuberant, although not necessarily This brought an end to our time in attempts to steal the ball. As this fierce youthful, locals. Other members of Belgium, and the next morning we game began to die down many of the the group stayed at the hotel and took packed the coach and were on our sixth formers set out to explore the part in more football, basketball and way back home. town and sample some of Belgium’s table tennis, making full use of the The trip was a great success and staggeringly large varieties of beer. extensive sports facilities provided. enjoyed by all and many thanks are Our first full day in Belgium The next day marked our last full due to the staff who made it possible: brought with it our first concert. day in Belgium. Much of it was spent Mr. Hyde and Mr. Stacey from the Unfortunately our original concert at Belgium’s premier (and possibly Boys’ School, Mr. Castell and Miss venue, a large bandstand in the main only) theme park, Bobbejaan Land. Britton from the Girls’ School, and square of Oostende, had collapsed the After arriving at the park we were Mr. D. Southcott. week before we were due to play. guided to a pavilion to change into our Alex Benn Praying this disaster would not concert dress. This proved a provide the theme of our trip, we challenging logistical exercise as the travelled to Leopold Park, a large area one-roomed pavilion was not in the centre of Oostende, with plenty sufficient to accommodate both the of green open space, a meandering boys and girls. After suitable stream and a large bandstand which changing formalities had been agreed, was to accommodate our first we assembled our instruments and performance. The dance band kicked moved off to our stage, a tent off the proceedings with a set lasting positioned next to a major around 45 minutes and including such thoroughfare. Unfortunately just as classics as April in Paris, In the Mood we set down to play the heavens and St. Louis Blues. Next came the opened and the wind whipped up, 36
  • 37. And alusia stunning. Everybody began to make long day of travelling. It’s work experience week for the sketches of the architecture and the On Monday we were shown whole of the lower sixth and I’m here narrow passageways which ambled properly the studio by Gordon and basking in the Andalusian sunshine. past each other down to the bottom of Mr Burns; a lovely, cool extension on Suddenly the bright red of my closed the road and into the village square. the first floor of the Finca which eyes eclipses into darkness as a large The white buildings in front of the overlooked the whole grounds to the figure shadows me. I open my eyes: blue sky and the shadows they south and from which you could stare Mr Burns. “David,” he says, “I have produce provide perfect ammunition north and disappear into the vast a task for you.” for any artist looking to capture the mountains. After sorting our It is at this point that I should essence of Spanish life. It was here equipment it was time to start explain to you what I’m doing here. where we witnessed ‘Real Spain’: a working, and everybody began Why am I sunbathing whilst all my slow old town that appears as though making sketches, watercolour peers are sitting in various offices in it slept through the twentieth century paintings or oil pastel recordings of Greater Manchester making cups of – legend has it that some old the buildings, flora and scenery of the tea? The answer makes me feel senoritas in Canillas have never seen Finca and its surroundings. The rather guilty, as I shall explain soon. the seaside! The casual way of life weather was beautiful, perhaps too This, of course, is the annual Art was refreshing for a group of lads hot at times, and we all made great Department tour to Finca El Cerrillo, from Manchester. use of the honesty bar (some people Southern Spain. Every year Mr The afternoon was spent back at developing a gripping addiction to Burns organizes the trip for A Level the Finca with another fabulous meal Fanta Limon!). A lot of work was students who use the time to make prepared by Rene. done on the first day and the preliminary studies for next year’s Wednesday saw the group travel enthusiasm and effort of the group projects, as well as experiencing new back down the mountains into were rewarded by Mr Burns, who cultural encounters. Okay, now for Malaga. In the morning we visited made us continue working well into the guilty bit – I don’t do A Level Art; the Alcazaba, a 14th Century Moorish the late afternoon. Cheers, Sir. I shouldn’t really be here. But, after fort, built on the crest of the city. The Anyway, we finally put down our spending most of my GCSE Art building was magnificent, and the brushes about five o’clock and had a course speaking to Mr Burns about architecture provided an alternative quick dip in the pool before a lovely Chinese food I entered his good observation point to the common dinner in the Finca. books and when a student dropped white villages. The flora and The next day we were up bright out earlier this year, I was first vegetation in the castle were also and early for breakfast and then took reserve. stunning, as were the breathtaking the jeeps to Canillas, a beautiful little So, everybody is working hard to views over the city – once valuable white village settled on the side of a gather primary sources for their vantage points, the walkways on the mountain. We got out at the top of projects; taking photographs of, walls of the Alcazaba now enable the road at the church where the drawing and painting various views tourists (and artists) to observe the views of the countryside were around the Finca. I, however, am sunbathing. I guess it was only fair then that Mr Burns asked me to do this – this report is that task… We arrived at Malaga Airport on Sunday afternoon and then were driven out of the city by Pepe and Mari and up into the mountains of Andalusia along precarious winding roads. We arrived at the Finca at about four o’clock and met Gordon and Sue, the owners, who gave us a quick guide of the place. After dumping our luggage in our rooms we rushed down to the pool area and took in the last of the afternoon’s rays, before cooling down in the water and then having to go and get ready for dinner. We went for a meal in the local village of Canillas that night and an early night followed a 37
  • 38. vast metropolis that is Malaga, from the hotels on the south west shore to the community of tower blocks inland and to the east. After having lunch in a tapas bar and window shopping on the high street we carried on towards the Palacio de Buenavista, which houses the collection of the Museo Picasso Malaga. Located in the heart of the city, the building is a magnificent example of 16th century Andalusian architecture – and the exhibitions inside were wonderful. We followed the chronological trail of Picasso’s work, and then visited the special exhibition Moments and Gazes: Picasso as Seen by Otero, a vast display of photographs of the famous artist, taken by his close friend Robert Otero. The photographs provided an intimate insight into the life and work of one of the most famous artists ever – we were all grateful to have had the chance to see this exhibition, as well as the other, more permanent displays in the museum. On Thursday we again were driven into the wilderness by Gordon and Sue, and our destination was the Fabrica de la Luz National Park. We used the time to take sketches and paintings of the natural beauty around us, and the fast stream provided a great source for a quick pastel painting. The dense woodland around us carried on for miles, increasing the sense of isolation; but after a month of AS examinations, it wasn’t such a bad thing. The peaceful morning was capped with a picnic before we returned to the Finca in the afternoon to carry on our work there. resourceful week for the five A Level Friday was our last day. All that artists, a great cultural experience was left to do after packing our (and a half-hearted art holiday) for luggage was to display our work in me, and I’m sure Mr Burns and Miss the studio for the other guests who Gore enjoyed it just as much as we were staying at the Finca to did too. observe.When we had all finished All the boys would like to thank arranging our sheets and stood back, Mr Burns and Miss Gore for we surprised each other with the arranging the trip, and of course work we had done over the week – it Gordon and Sue for their abundant was a very good collective portfolio hospitality. and all the guests were impressed. David Taylor We travelled back to Manchester that afternoon, after a very 38
  • 39. AS FIELD COURSE TO SHROPSHIRE insisted on overplaying Dave Pearce The aim of this vital trip for AS level and his classic trance anthems. Geology to Shropshire was to The next day we headed to reinforce all that we had been taught Mortimer Forest where we followed during our AS year at BGS. It began the world-famous geological trail. with an unexpected wait for a certain The mysteries of the Silurian were Mr Andrew Lord, who thought it unravelled. In a nearby stream we wasn’t worthwhile attending. After were given an incentive to look for this “no show” we embarked on a 2 trilobites, as the person with the best hour journey on the infamous “Big received a Mars bar. This was White Fun Bus”. We thought that claimed by Aron Kirsh for his “find”, after this we would arrive at the a complete trilobite cephalon youth hostel and relax; instead we (trilobite head for the non-geologist!). disembarked at the Stiperstones. From here the BWFB proceeded to There was a thick veil of cloud which take us to the Onny Valley Trail. The concealed the extent of the walk to walk started at a nice leisurely pace, the top of the ridge. Mysterious but as the boys tired we slowed shapes loomed out of the mist as we down. The geological significance of arrived at Ercall Quarry (the Wrekin) climbed higher and higher. These the trail is that it is a walk through after Mr. Bishop’s exceedingly slow “shapes” were our first geological time, in fact 60 million years of the driving. We walked along the trail sites – tors of hard quartzite, Ordovician. Mr. Bishop gave us looking at 200 million years of earth representing 400 million year old more geological mysteries to solve. history and one of the most obvious beaches. After this we visited a For lunch we continued to the unconformities that can be seen in the nearby quirky tea room and ate local historical market town of Ludlow UK. Mr. Bishop boasted that he only cakes. where we had more chips, even took us to the very best sites on his Our second site of the day though there was a Michelin starred geology tours. We sketched various involved a geological conundrum – restaurant. However, Karl reckoned rock faces and solved the was the Cordon Intrusion a dyke, sill, that the chips were the best that he environment of deposition mystery of phaccolith or a loppolith? (The had ever had. Lewis and Aron the rock. mysteries of geology!) This site also bought recorders to annoy the rest of The trusty Fun Bus took us to Iron taught us that geology out in the field the group and busk in the streets of Bridge Gorge (the first iron bridge to required a good level of fitness and Ludlow. Lordy was sadly not here to be built in the world). Mr. Bradley appropriate footwear as we slid down watch us busk, as he thought it was gave an impromptu lecture on the steep grassy slopes. Karl Simpson not worth it. history of coal mining in the area and struggled the most, finding traction Later in the day we went to see an on the construction of the bridge. His difficult in his slick, trendy trainers. eccentric woman who had built a ability to make up accurate and On the way back to the BWFB (the geological museum in her farm enthralling stories will be missed next Big White Fun Bus) Mr. Bishop took house. Her enthusiasm for the local year when the students of Rossall will us to see Mitchell’s Stone Circle geology and environment was be the fortunate audience. He will of where local Shropshire druids still admirable and we appreciated her course repeat the same stories and no perform ceremonies at Halloween efforts to teach us about the area, one will know! and on the Midsummer solstice. The particularly as it was free! Opposite At the end of this we headed Neolithic site was also shrouded in a the farm house we walked up a large home. The trip had drained spooky mist that added atmosphere. hill to gain fantastic views of the everyone’s energy and all the boys We were more than happy to return to whole of Shropshire. On the way caught up on some much-needed the BWFB. down, the rugby lads, Karl and Chris, sleep. After this we went to an old lead decided to spear tackle Lewis to the Overall the trip taught us the most works, where over 2,000 people floor for no apparent reason. Lewis valuable field work examples needed worked as recently as 75 years ago. sustained no injuries, but he was for the exam, and gave us a real Nowadays there are only a few local covered in sheep droppings. We insight into what we had learnt in kids on mountain bikes and finally headed back to the youth class. The trip was also fun and we geologists like ourselves. The hostel for dinner. We had green pasta took away some good memories. mountain bikers’ attempts at and tomato sauce. Finally, we wish to thank Mr. Bishop intimidating Mr. Bradley by doing That evening, since there was no and Mr. Bradley. We would also like pathetic stunts in front of him were phone signal, radio signal, or to wish Mr. Bradley well in the future particularly amusing. From here we television, we decided to climb a very and thank him for all that he has done at last proceeded to the youth hostel. large hill in an attempt to find a to make our first year of geology so Bridges Youth Hostel was actually phone signal. An hour and a half enjoyable. (We honestly do find his not as bad as expected; all the lads later we returned, having got lost in stories interesting and, mostly, tucked into fish and chips with mushy the pitch black. This part of believable.) peas. After this we returned to the Shropshire does not even have street Lewis Mervin and the rest of the room, where we listened to music and lighting. Geology set 2008 played poker with Connect 4 chips. The next day we eventually Throughout this Jack Campbell 39
  • 40. Köln Austausch without the traditional football match between the two During October last year, 19 boys and girls from BGS took nations. The match, like the one of the previous year, was part in what is now one of the longest running exchanges of incredibly close, and the German English teacher, Herr van its kind in Europe, that between our school and the Köln- Deest, had apparently promised their headmaster that they Deutz Gymnasium in Cologne. The exchange gives pupils would return triumphant. However this was not to be. the chance to meet real live Germans in a safe, controlled Thanks to a stunning performance by Scott Mody, Chris environment. Parsons’ inspiring team talks, and, indeed my own This year it was Bury’s turn to host the exchange. The ineptitude, the BGS team won 4-3. Needless to say Herr Germans arrived at Manchester Airport in the early van Deest was left visibly shaken. evening, but, owing to the speed of Manchester’s famously We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of slow baggage handlers, they appeared as shadowy figures those involved in this year’s exchange, not least the behind a screen of frosted glass. Each time the doors members of staff who organised and helped run it – Mr opened, many of the younger boys took in a sharp breath, Lee, Mrs Livesey, Mr Boyd, Mr Joyce and indeed Mr in the hope that they would not be landed with the social Ellison for the tour. Many of the students will be returning recluse of the group. to Cologne in October 2008 for the return leg of what has Many of us had met our exchange partners the year once again been a memorable exchange. before while we were in Cologne, and were therefore John Greenwood feeling somewhat smug. The fears were soon laid to rest, and some of the 6th and 7th formers decided to take the Germans out for a typical English meal – naturally we went to the local Italian restaurant. The weekend was left to us. We had to plan activities to keep the German guests entertained and engaged for the Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday we went and watched Manchester City play a distinctly uninspiring game of football which saw City lose 2-0. That evening was the night of the Rugby World Cup Final, and so most of the group met up again at the pub to watch it – none of us had really considered the fact that the Germans would be totally bemused by a game foreign to most of them, which seemingly consists of two opposing groups of men fighting to gain control of an over-sized egg. Sunday brought with it a game of Laser Quest. After much deliberation amongst the English, it was deemed “not tasteless” to have a game between England and Germany in which two opposing factions fire at each other ruthlessly with laser rifles. On the English side, such entertaining names as “I.P.Daily” were chosen, whereas on the German side somewhat more worryingly one of the team members suggested that he would call himself “Adolf”, and another one “Heinrich”. Naturally England won. Thankfully, the week was planned out for us. Alton Towers, a trip to Manchester and a visit to the Mayor of Bury were all pencilled in for the Germans and their English counterparts. The trip to Alton Towers was enjoyed by all, and it was particularly entertaining to see that my exchange partner, a six-foot-something stone-faced bloke, was in fact scared of roller-coasters. The trip to Manchester allowed us to meet up with Mr Ellison (formerly of BGS fame) for a guided tour – which took in such sights as China Town, Cathedral Gardens, Chetham’s School of Music and the Royal Exchange Theatre. This was followed by an afternoon’s shopping and to my delight a small group of us ventured to Harvey Nichols, even if most of the entertainment was provided by Christopher Parsons’ facial expressions every time he read a price tag. And naturally the exchange would not be the same 40
  • 41. DIJON EXCHANGE When the group of 18 BGS students in Liverpool, the European Capital of relations reached an all-time low after was waiting at Bury Interchange for Culture, and then back in school. As only one hour in the capital. their French correspondents it was hosts, we all took our correspondents Unhappy with ‘Tour-Clémétine’, the with a certain amount of trepidation. out for dinner together for traditional English students split from the In most cases this was unwarranted. English cuisine – curry – to thank French, preferring the well-cultured The French students were to spend a them for what was an entertaining if and more flexible ‘Tour-Ciaran’. week in England – staying with bizarre week, before their return to Visits to the Eiffel Tower, Louvre and English host families, spending time France. Musée D’Orsay were definitely the in school and visiting regional Most were eagerly anticipating the highlight of the exchange. We not so highlights. After a week’s respite the return-leg of the exchange, but I feel much drove as rattled our way back English students would then go to anticlimax is the only way to describe to Dijon in a double-decker train Dijon and spend a week sampling the excursions organised by the which wouldn’t be out of place in an French life. French. They took us to a cheese antique shop. This was After an evening getting to know factory which was predictably smelly; indeterminably long though useful our correspondents, the next morning the clock museum in snowy insight into French political culture was spent in lessons: we can only Besancon apparently used to have was gained as we watched a drunken apologise to those correspondents interesting things but they’ve gone racaille’s description of how much he who were put through the ordeal that now; while the glorified pond, which adored Monsieur Sarkozy. is triple maths. In the afternoon the The remaining two days were they claimed to be the source of the French were pencilled in to meet the spent en famille. Despite nearly River Seine, was interesting only for Mayor of Bury at the Town Hall, only everyone paying a visit to the that single fact. Not only were they to be stood up as the Mayor was Hospices de Beaune, bad luck must all bereft of entertainment, but they delayed. Nonetheless, high spirits have been fated as no one managed to were also remarkably far apart from were restored that evening when we meet a fellow Englishman at this each other. Luckily Valentin’s regular social hub. The Easter weekend of all went to a comedy night at The Met antics kept everyone well amused on speaking non-stop French was in Bury; several local comedians had the long coach journeys between each however great for all our language a field day, alert to the fact that a high of these cultural hotspots. skills. When we finally had to leave proportion of the audience was Friday morning was spent in foreign. our French correspondents for the last lessons at the imaginatively titled Friday’s daytrip to Manchester time it was with differing degrees of Lycée Charles de Gaulle. Lessons allowed the French students to see remorse, ranging from sheer elation included French, which was relatively Bury Interchange in its full daytime to be back on a train to ‘civilisation’ interesting and well-taught, and glory, before visiting Urbis and the to sadness marked by chocolates and Chemistry which was chaotic as the Imperial War Museum. This a single rose. Some were just looking teacher seemed unaware that only one provided ample opportunity for the forward to playing the familiar Pro member of the class was listening to French to pick up some useful Evo football rather than the her. The two hour duration of these English expressions with reference to continentally preferred FIFA game. lessons was yet another thing which Urbis’ modern art collection. Although the trip definitely had its made all the English students realise Most of Saturday was spent en ups and downs, the French exchange that BGS isn’t so bad after all! We masse looking round Manchester, was a greatly enjoyable and almost spent the afternoon in Dijon, which while most people went on a trip to certainly unique experience; host turned out to be a picturesque city York or Blackpool with their families families were pleasant and we were with a range of attractions such as a on the Sunday. One French student certainly well fed. There were real miniature Arc de Triomphe. That particularly excelled himself this characters among the French students evening there was a mostly weekend. Suspicions were raised as and this provided plentiful banter and communal trip to the cinema, apart to his state of mind when he listed helped to both widen our French from the people staying with French DIY and Lego as two of his interests vocabulary and improve fluency of boarders who were locked into the and these entirely well-founded fears speech. We would particularly like to Lycée after lessons finished at 6! were only increased by Valentin’s thank Mr. Kendall for organising his All bar one of us, who had clearly purchase – a fully functioning replica last exchange before his retirement. drawn the short straw in his mediaeval crossbow. When asked, correspondent, Pierre-Marie, went to quite understandably, why he bought Richard Chew & Andrew Hoyle Paris on Saturday. Pierre-Marie, who this, the answer was, “To shoot zee wasn’t the most dynamic traveller, birds which keep me awake at night,” having left both passport and wallet at and, “I don’t have enough money to home before coming to England, buy a sword.” preferred to stay put and watch the The remaining two days of the lowly Dijon FC cruise to a 1-0 defeat. home-leg of the exchange were spent Meanwhile in Paris, Anglo-French 41
  • 42. As part of the Ogden partnership the “Lab in a Lorry” project visited BGSB in April. All 91 boys in the third year participated in the event and took part in two out of three experiments. Experiment 1: Resonant wine glass In this experiment the boys used vibrations of sound to try and get a wine glass to resonate so violently that it could shatter! We all have in mind the “mythic” image of an opera singer breaking the glass. This famous experiment is actually very challenging to recreate in a lab – but what is even better than breaking the glass is what happens to it as you illuminate it with a strobe light (the very fast flashing lights used in nightclubs). The strobe effectively reveals that the glass is changing shape, so the circle of the top of the glass becomes slightly deformed and the glass appears to wobble like a clay pot on a potter’s wheel! People don’t expect glass to flex in this way as it seems a very solid and brittle material. Experiment 2: The reluctant oil well experiment This experiment let the boys discover how one gets oil out of the ground. Certain types of oil are a really thick, viscous fluid that rarely spurts out of the ground the way it does in the movies! Most of the oil collected is pumped out from tiny pores in the rock. To push the oil out you need to pump gas or a thinner fluid in. In real life water can be used to push oil out of the rock. In this experiment students are recreating this oil extraction using air as water and bright green glycerol as oil. The students have to discover the most efficient method of getting the most oil out in the least time. The oil well used on the lorry is a 2- dimensional model called a Hele-Shaw cell. The students also have great fun exploring fractal patterns and the behaviour of air bubbles floating up through the gloopy glycerol. Experiment 3: The scattering experiment Students were able to recreate their own mini blue-sky effect right inside the lorry! Using ordinary DettolTM in water to mimic the particles in the atmosphere, light is shone through a tube to show why the sky is blue and sunsets are red. By adding fructose (a type of sugar) to the mix the light gets twisted by different amounts up the tube, resulting in a beautiful 3D spiral rainbow. The event was a great success, supported by Science teaching staff and Science technicians, and enjoyed by all boys who participated. R N Marshall 42
  • 43. FIFTH FORM CLASSICS TRIP TO LONDON The Classics Department set off for and shops there provided enough doing his great impression of a its usual trip to the big city at the end entertainment to keep most of our museum guide in the Roman galleries of the Spring Term. We hoped for the number happy for an hour or so. and Mr Stacey was circulating to usual clement weather and we were We all arrived safely back at make sure all students were in the not disappointed, although it was a Euston and I was about to breathe right place at the right time (though I little colder than it was last year. that sigh of relief which is customary suspect he spent a little time in the Boys and staff assembled at for any teacher when the head count Buddhist galleries too). I hope there Piccadilly Station at a reasonable on the train home reveals the right was some infusion of awareness of hour of the morning and, surprisingly, number of bodies, but – remember Greek sculpture, Black and Red- we were all on time. The train those omens – while my back was Figure vase painting, and Roman journey turned out to be rather more turned for five minutes I lost the everyday life by the time the boys stressful than usual, as Virgin Trains whole party: they had boarded the had finished their carousel. seemed to have reserved each seat for wrong train! I managed to find them A relaxing lunch under the more than one person; this resulted in and – in true Hollywood style – got colonnade of the BM followed and a first half hour which felt like them off the wrong train and onto the then another walk to the National musical chairs and a few disgruntled right one in the nick of time. I think Gallery. Here the theme was classical passengers. Eventually we all we did have about thirty seconds to influence in art: we looked at Titian’s managed to secure ourselves seats, spare! However, in the words of the Bacchus and Ariadne, Leonardo’s but it was a less than auspicious great bard, ‘All’s well that ends well’, Virgin of the Rocks and Botticelli’s beginning and the omens proved to be and it did. Thanks to all concerned Mars and Venus. The boys were only too accurate later that day. for another good trip – the train allowed to wander at leisure after the Having arrived at Euston, we adventures notwithstanding! formal part of the tour and many made our way on foot to the British JH seemed to enjoy the wealth of art Museum for our experience of all treasures in this stunning gallery. We always leave time for a more things classical: the Elgin Marbles, popular London experience at the end the Greek vase collection, the Roman of this tour and so, as is our wont, galleries and the coffee shop! We had headed to Covent Garden for our enlisted the help of the R.S. and evening meal. The street magicians History departments: Mr Hone was BOLTON BOOK AWARD BOLTON BOOK AWARD The 16 boys from 2LG who took part in the Bolton Book drawing them into her fantasy world with whispers and whimsy. If there had been a prize for reading, she would Award were quite disappointed by the judges’ decision to have won it. She proved that reading, and listening to give the prize to Derek Landy for Skulduggery, when they others read, is anything but boring. found out the result on Monday 23rd June. The AJM overwhelming winner, as far as our boys were concerned, was Jill Hucklesby’s Deeper than Blue, which romped to a 12-4 victory over its nearest rival, The Black Book of Secrets by F.E. Higgins. Over the course of the Bolton Book Award the boys had completed several activities to help them make their decision: designing new book covers for the short-listed novels, making book marks, writing reviews and completing assessment sheets, which allowed them to give individual feedback on the novels to the authors themselves. Six of the boys were also given the opportunity to attend an afternoon session at Bolton University, where four of the authors read from their works and gave us an insight into their creations. The highlight of the afternoon for all involved, including the other authors, was Cat Weatherill’s performance of a chapter from her novel. A member of the Society of Storytellers, she quite simply captivated everyone with her animated antics and her deft wordplay, at times scaring the audience and at others 43
  • 44. Th e E x c i t ement of Scienc e thought-provoking insights into how Kilcoyne (famous to many as the Fizz On the 24th of June, four members of their research is being used by those or Bang Man from Sky TV’s Brainiac the fourth form (Stephen Cass, Joshua trying to gain a greater insight into Science Abuse series). Hilton, Jake Neary and James the effects of global warming and Dr Kilcoyne kept everyone Schilfer), accompanied by Mr climate change. enthralled and awaiting the next bang, Davidson, took part in the 2008 After a few minutes posing for fizz, whop or crash as he Excitement of Science lectures at the photographs (Mr Davidson mainly) demonstrated a series of reactions that Royal Institution in London’s Mayfair the Bury students were back in their were not for the faint-hearted. It was district. bus and heading North again. hard to believe that he had been on In order to get to London for the Detours created by a Bon Jovi stage for nearly two hours when he morning lecture (and to avoid the concert in the Midlands ensured that finally brought his talk to an end. In worst of the rush hour traffic) the it was after ten before the bus reached its long history the Institution can boys had to meet up with students its final destination back at Bury seldom have witnessed such a well- from other local schools at Bury Central Library, but the experience received talk. Central Library at four a.m. and then and the opportunity to savour the After lunch the pupils were grab whatever sleep they could on the history of the Royal Institution had engaged in two lectures on the main trip south. been worth the time on the road. theme of the day, ‘The Excitement of Whilst at the Royal Institution Many thanks must go to the Bury Marine Science’, delivered by Dr Ken (originally established by Henry Rotary Club who paid for and Collins and Dr Simon Boxall of Cavendish and made famous by the arranged the transport, refreshments Southampton University. Christmas lectures of Michael and lectures and we look forward to These two lectures covered the Farraday) the boys were treated to an being involved again next year. work of both marine biologists and explosive presentation about CD ocean climatologists and provided ‘Chemistry and Life’ by Dr John P. BOLTON BUSINESS SCHOOL ANGELS AND DRAGONS COMPETITION On Wednesday 11th June a BGS team, consisting of part was fielding questions from the judges after the William Leach, Jo Dunleavy, Azar Khan, Alex Lau, presentation. Tom Bower and Mark Ghobrial, took part in the first The Dragons – a solicitor, a bank manager, an heat of the Bolton Business School Angels and accountant and a university lecturer – were clearly Dragons Competition, based on the T.V. programme impressed by the BGS team which beat off stiff Dragons’ Den. They had three hours to produce a competition from Withington Girls’ School and Bolton powerpoint presentation lasting ten minutes. Their School. The Dragons particularly appreciated the task was to persuade the ‘Dragons’ to invest in a team work and quick thinking of the BGS students. business involved in house building, open cast mining MJC and commercial property rental. The most challenging Salters’ Festivals of Chemistry third place in the Salters’ challenge. to fund. It is not unusual for Last May Tom Pickersgill, Nishan The boys have therefore secured undergraduates to work routinely Ghoshal, Elliot Fairclough and funding for more books for the LRC. with equipment worth hundreds of Casper Hobhouse took part in the The boys thoroughly enjoyed thousands of pounds. For this reason Salters’ Festivals of Chemistry, which themselves and have benefited many university departments in the was hosted this year by Liverpool enormously from having participated UK are under threat. John Moores University. in this nationally recognized and The boys had the opportunity to The purpose of this event is to hugely popular event. work closely as a team in order to raise the profile of Chemistry and solve problems posed by the encourage bright young people to DPC university staff. The standard of consider studying what is without their forensic science written doubt one of the most sought-after submission was clear and concise and qualifications, but also the most this secured them a highly creditable expensive of university departments 44
  • 45. Year 5 Taster Day - Science Monday 30th June and Tuesday 1st July saw 145 keen and assessed how suitable this designer chemical was at year 5 pupils from local primary schools visit BGSB to doing its job. take part in Science Taster Day. Led by all ten members of The boys then all had the opportunity to make and play the Science Departments and ably assisted by Lower Sixth with slime, experimenting with its properties and its Form students, pupils were engaged in practical activities limitations. in all three scientific disciplines. In Physics boys investigated speed and momentum, In Biology, boys became microbiologists, investigating calibrating a gently sloping track to ‘fire’ a steel ball microorganisms found in puddles and rain water. Boys bearing at a target. The boys enjoyed the competitive were amazed when some of the bigger 'beasts' made an element of the task and some even hit the bullseye! appearance under the electronic microscope, linked to our I am extremely grateful to Science teaching staff for digital projector. their enthusiasm and energy over these two days. I must There was also a chance to meet Watson and Crick, the also thank Mrs Bailey, Mrs Grearson and Mr Marshall guinea pigs, not the eminent scientists. Watson and Crick (Senior!), who prepared and refreshed the equipment over liked one boy so much, that they even made him lunch! both days and without whom the entire event would In Chemistry, pupils explored the link between simply not be possible. astronauts on a space walk and babies by investigating a RN Marshall designer chemical used to make an item of clothing that both would wear: a nappy. Pupils explored how effectively the chemical found in nappies absorbed water [not urine!] 45
  • 46. Buddhist Conference Your starter for 10: Can true Buddhist Centre on Turner Street, led admirably to the challenge and happiness ever be attained? the day. She introduced us to three of everyone concerned ended the day If this is the kind of question that her associates, who gave talks on feeling that it had been well excites your curiosity then you would major aspects of the Buddhist A Level worthwhile. have blended in well with around 100 syllabus. Nagapriya (who also Our guests were impressed by the sixth and seventh form students in the lectures at Manchester University) quality of the facilities at their main hall of the Boys’ School on opened the day by speaking about the disposal and were able to make good Friday, 23 November. The event was similarities and differences between use of their multi-media a conference on Buddhism, designed Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism. presentations. Needless to say, Ian to motivate and inform their studies After morning break, Ratnaguna led a Langley, our hard-working catering of the subject at A Level. Students workshop on the Three Marks of manager, did us proud with break and arrived from as far afield as Existence, whilst the afternoon lunch arrangements. A word of praise Derbyshire and were treated to a day session was conducted by Wendy is also in order for our caretakers, of stimulating lectures amidst an Ridley, of the Jamyang Buddhist John and Brendan, who were keen to atmosphere of friendly rivalry, as Centre in Leeds, who spoke about the ensure that everything in the hall was groups were invited to come up with chief features of the Buddhist Sangha, arranged to suit our particular needs. responses to some of life’s most or Community. Talk of possible future events is perplexing issues. The emphasis throughout was on already underway. None of this was out of the interactivity and the students ALS ordinary for our visiting speakers, all responded enthusiastically to the of whom are practising Buddhists and many opportunities for participation. experienced lecturers on the subject. On more than one occasion, our Munisha, who works as Education visitors were taken aback by the Officer representing the Clear Vision depth of the questions with which Trust, based at the Manchester they had to deal. Happily, they rose Chem Quiz On Tuesday 18th March, Miss Martin presented to them. Each activity was up prize for the multimedia activity. took Nishan Ghoshal 2LC, James marked and at the end of the day the Well done to all who took part and Andrew 3LF, Stephen Fielden 4LB scores for all three activities were thank you to Miss Martin (now Mrs and Ethan Clough 5UD to collated. Shan) for supervising the visit. Manchester Metropolitan University Prizes were awarded to the three R N Marshall to take part in the annual Chem Quiz, schools with the highest overall sponsored by the Royal Society of scores, as well as to the best three Chemistry and CIMA. scores in the individual activities. A The day comprised three total of 40 schools took part in the activities: multimedia, lab exercise competition and our boys managed to and a quiz. Completion of each achieve a very respectable 4th place activity required all four boys to work overall, missing out on a higher well together as a team and answer ranking by relatively few marks. the various tasks and problems They were also awarded the runners Ogden Trust Seventeen boys from the third form Mr Davidson would like to Opinions were split as to were the guests of the Ogden express his thanks to the boys who whether the highlight of the visit was Foundation at Spaceport in represented the School and also to the Day in the life of an Astronaut Merseyside. Mrs Gill and the staff who IMAX cinema presentation or the The boys teamed up with students accompanied them. motion simulator Journey through the from four other local schools as they CD Solar System. made their way around the After an iconic ferry across the exhibitions and interactive Mersey the boys returned to less demonstrations. exotic Bury. 46
  • 47. Inaugural Science Christmas Lecture Thursday 7th December saw the first Inaugural Science Christmas Lecture, led this year by a company called Science Made Simple. Science Made Simple, as the name suggests, is a company that enjoys explaining the complexities of science to a wider audience, aiming to inspire the next generation of scientists. The demonstration entitled “Music to your ears” was led by Becky Holmes. a science communicator from Science Made Simple, who had actually delivered this demonstration on a national and international level prior to visiting Bury Grammar School Boys. During the day there was an opportunity for pupils from the Junior School, BGSG and our own first and second years to preview the evening demonstration as part of the Ogden partnership. It was testament to Becky Holmes and the quality of the demonstration itself that many of those who attended during the day also made up some of the 120 strong audience who braved the torrential rain to attended that evening. The evening lecture was enjoyed by parents, staff and boys who attended and it was nice to see both boys and parents participating at every opportunity. The evening finished with an excellent vote of thanks by 7th form student John Greenwood and seasonal refreshments provided by the Parents Association. Overall an outstanding demonstration and a very enjoyable evening that has set the bar high for next year’s lecture. Thank you to everyone who supported the event. R N Marshall 47
  • 48. Music 2007-8 was a busy year as always for the Music department. Prizegiving at Victoria Hall saw the senior brass quartet starting the proceedings in the Walker Suite, playing to the evening’s special guests before the dance orchestra preceded the events in the main hall with three items including Valero, arranged by 7th former Mark Harrison. During the evening the audience was regaled with Mr Benger’s Slavonic Dance played by the senior orchestra, the choir singing two American songs and the concert band performing Wonderful World and a medley of Queen songs. For the Christmas concerts in Bury Parish Church we were joined once again by BGSG for two evenings of secular and sacred music with a cast of over 120 pupils. The highlight of the evenings was the joint choir and orchestra performing Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols. Other items included music from concert band, dance orchestra and various smaller groups. The audience carols were sung with the usual gusto and the nights were rounded off with spirited renditions of We Wish You a Merry Christmas, mulled wine and mince pies. The Music department moved en masse once again on Friday 7th March to present the lunchtime concert. A scintillating event included a very high standard of solo items from boys in the 5th, 6th and 7th years and music from the brass quartet, string ensemble, brass ensemble, sax quartet and dance orchestra. The concert was very well received by a good and knowledgeable audience. The main event of the spring term was Les Miserables, about which a report is written elsewhere. The new venture in the summer term was a concert of winners and runners-up from the House Music Competition, with 24 boys from all years providing an excellent evening’s entertainment. This was a chance for many to play solo in front of an audience for the first time and once again the standard was very high. My thanks to all those pupils and staff who continue to make the School resound to the sound of music. CNJH 49
  • 49. The Experience On 27th July 2008, 17 boys and four teachers met at school for the start of the World Challenge expedition to Mongolia. This trip had been planned for over a year and a half and every challenger had raised over £3000 in order to be a part of it. It didn’t disappoint... After flights to Beijing and then on to Ulaan Bataar, the capital of Mongolia, the group split up into two teams which each went its separate ways… Firstly, both teams worked on projects in and around Ulaan Bataar… My team worked on the Verbist Care Centre summer camp. This involved living with and helping the sixty orphaned children who were there, including smashing up wood for their cooking fires and working on their enormous potato patch! The humility and joy we felt interacting so closely with such unprivileged but won- derful people was one of the highlights of the entire trip. “Our time at the Verbist Centre really brought home to me the fact that you can always be happy, no matter your situation” The other team also worked on a summer camp, this one linked to the Christina Noble Foundation in the very poor suburbs of UB. They entertained the children with a variety of physical challenges. One of these, the self- explanatory “pull up competition”, remained a firm favourite throughout the trip. The team was so moved by their experience that they gave $900 of their own money to buy and erect a new ger (the traditional Mongolian felt dwelling) for the camp. After the projects, the teams set out on their respective treks. This phase was the core of the expedition and provided everyone with a number of unforgettable experiences… My team went north to Khovsgol Nuur, the deepest lake in Central Asia. It took a full two days to get there on some of the worst roads any of us are ever likely to see. The absence of tarmac was bad enough; the unsuitability of our steadily disintegrating minibus compounded the “The opportunity with which we were presented showed us a glimpse into the society of a country a world apart from our own. Yet despite the differences in lifestyle, I have never seen such levels of generosity and they showed to all the “Our time at the Verbist Centre really members of our group brought home to me the fact that you how kindness can cross can always be happy, no matter your any boundaries of situation” language.” 50
  • 50. Of a Lifetime ... problem! Our trek involved five days on horse back and four days on foot. Without a doubt, galloping full tilt across the Mongolia steppe is an experience that will live with us all forever. We were all stunned by the self- sufficiency and generosity of our Mongolian guides: they made the most of their very limited means and had us all feeling incredibly spoiled and rather foolish when it was our turn to chop wood for the fire! Particularly memorable were the two occasions on which they slaughtered and butchered a sheep, and then threw the liver fresh onto the fire for a quick and surprisingly delicious snack! That really taught us where our meat comes from! The other team went off into the drier central Mongolia. They also had a number of unforgettable days on horseback, despite the discomfort of the traditional wooden Mongolian saddles. To give themselves an extra challenge, they completed the foot trek with their full rucksacks, rather than walking with just their day sacks. The end result for many of them was an essential trip to a massage parlour after the trek to get their backs sorted out! They were also very fortunate to witness a traditional Naadaam festival whilst on trek and had the opportunity to brand a horse! After the treks, the two teams reunited in UB and had a few days of rest and relaxation. We all then flew back to Beijing for a spectacular final two days: we visited the Forbidden City, took a day trip out to the Great Wall of China and were out on the streets with the rest of the people in Beijing to enjoy the fireworks of the Olympic closing ceremony! The trip taught us so much about different cultures and about ourselves. The incredible experiences we shared have helped to forge very strong friendships between all of us who went. By the end of the trip we were all exhausted but could each say without risk of over- exaggeration that it was the best month any of us had ever had! Nico Hobhouse “An amazing and eye opening experience which has helped me to appreciate the niceties in life much more.” “I got to do things I would've never done in England and will probably never do again!” 51
  • 51. was a wonderful director and Miss over four nights. There was a good Britton, Mr Hyde and Mr Castell number of representatives from the were excellent on the musical front of Boys’ School in large roles. John the production. We now look Findon starred as Jean Valjean, an forward to beginning this year ’s escaped convict who had been part of musical, The Sound of Music, which the infamous chain gang. Valjean we hope to make even more of a decided to start his life anew after success than Les Misérables. hearing the humbling words of the Christopher Parsons Bishop of Digne. Mark Harrison expertly portrayed Valjean’s constant torment, the policeman Javert. Many well known musical numbers featured. Stunning solos were sung by Liz Hampson (Fantine), John Findon (Jean Valjean), Mark Harrison (Javert), Alexander Cohen and Ellen Shaw (Monsieur and Madame Thénardier), Sam Patchick This year’s joint production with the (Eponine), Liz Cunliffe (Cosette), Girls’ School would be Alain Robbie Hernandez (Marius) and Boubil’s and Claude-Michel Daniel Livesey (Enjolras). Other Schonberg’s musical Les Misérables, important parts played by boys based on the book by Victor Hugo. It included Christopher Parsons (Bishop was one of the largest musicals of Digne and Prouvaire), Alex Benn performed in the last few years. With (Policeman and Sailor) and Jonty a cast of almost 70, Les Misérables Rigby (Pimp). Christopher and Alex provided a massive success. Set in not only performed on the stage but early 19th century France, it also in the band. describes the struggling times to The band was also an integral part survive and the student uprising led of proceedings, supplying the by Enjolras that is eventually crushed accompaniment to the singing. Led after a long fight on the barricades. under the experienced hand of Miss Another key storyline in the musical Britton, a 20 strong group, including is the rivalry between Jean Valjean Mr Stacey, Mr Hyde and Mr Castell, and the policeman, Javert. This performed exceptionally well. They climaxes in Javert committing suicide were positioned at the back of the after a lifetime of chasing his bitter stage, surrounded by the wonderful rival. Robbie Hernandez played scenery that had been brought in Marius who had the romatic role of especially for this production. Over the lover of Cosette, a girl given the four nights the Roger Kay Hall away at an early age by her mother, was transformed into a theatre Fantine. containing around 200 tiered seats, of Rehearsals had begun right from which all 200 sold out within the the first week in September and space of 30 minutes for all four would lead to the culmination of nights. A professional lighting and months of hard work in mid-March sound company was used to further enhance the professional nature of this performance. Not only were the singers and the band instrumental in the smooth running of the show; a special mention and thank you must be made to all the stage crew and make-up teams. Without their excellent planning, the performance would not have been as good. The final night was rather emotional for all, as we realised it was over and all our hard work and practice had triumphed in producing what many have described as a ‘professional performance’. Thanks were given on the night to the teachers involved, but I would like to thank them again. Mrs Hammond 52
  • 52. The Clavian Art and Literary Competitions 53
  • 53. The Junior School Literary Competition had the title “Hot Air Balloon”; for the Art Competition the boys were asked to paint a water colour picture. The Senior School Art Competition title was “The Great Outdoors”; that for the Senior Literary Competition was “Time” Left: Saleem Raza, Transitus I Navy, Winner of the Lower Junior School Art Competition Below: Casey Brown, Introitus Orange, Runner-up of the Lower Junior School Art Competition 54
  • 54. Above: Haider Ashfaq, Transitus I Navy, Runner-up of the Lower Junior School Art Competition Right: Ben Crofts, Transitus I Navy, Runner-up of the Lower Junior School Art Competition 55
  • 55. Above: Josef Langwieser, Transitus II Jade, Below: Winner of the Upper Junior School Art Competition Jordan Miller, Transitus II Jade, Runner-up of the Upper Junior School Art Competition 56
  • 56. Above: Tom Gorton, Exitus Burgundy, Below: Runner-up of the Upper Junior School Art Competition Shawe Labrianidis, Exitus Burgundy Runner-up of the Upper Junior School Art Competition 57
  • 57. First Year Art M. Bates, 1UK, Winner of the 1st Year Clavian Art Competition 58
  • 58. W. Bolton, 1UQ, Runner-up of the 1st Year Clavian Art Competition 59
  • 59. J. Hutchinson, 1UQ, 1st Year Clavian Art Competition 60
  • 60. A. J. Rennie, 1UQ, 1st Year Clavian Art Competition 61
  • 61. Z. Hamayoun, 1UI, 1st Year Clavian Art Competition 62
  • 62. Second Year Art H. Bearn, 2LI, Winner of the 2nd Year Clavian Art Competition 63
  • 63. S. Whittaker, 2LC, Runner-up of the 2nd Year Clavian Art Competition 64
  • 64. D. Porter, 2LA, 2nd Year Clavian Art Competition 65
  • 65. B. Hardwick, 2LC, 2nd Year Clavian Art Competition 66
  • 66. R. Picardo, 2LI, 2nd Year Clavian Art Competition 67
  • 67. C. Beck, 2LA, 2nd Year Clavian Art Competition 68
  • 68. Literary Writing “Time” This was the last time. It was the last my fears confirmed. There was time I would let customers in. It was Morris, motionless, dead, but not the last time I would close the shop. pale, behind the wheel of his car. I It was the last time I would ever see fell to the floor, and realised I was time pieces in such splendour and I still holding the watch. The time had was devastated. I was in pieces when stopped. I’d heard that we had to close. This dusty, antique watch shop had been Ben Trethewey, Winner of the Senior School Third Year Literary my home for the last seven years. I Competition was not ready to let go. I let my mind wander as I drifted about the various passages separated by counters. I thought back to how all this could have been avoided. I had of course heard the money troubles before. My Uncle Morris, who ran the shop on weekdays, had had trouble with the bank for months. “Too many people going digital,” he used to say. “Could break the whole industry.” One morning there was talk with an accountant in his office. Well, it was more of a shout with an accountant, after which he left, without even buying a watch. My heart sank as I lifted the last watch off the shelf. To my surprise I pulled my hand back. The watch was freezing. I looked around for what might have caused it, but found nothing. I decided to show it to my Uncle Morris in the morning. That night I did not sleep easily. Next morning the sun was shining outside. Out on lawns, children were shouting as I walked past towards Morris’ house. I checked the watch was still in my pocket, then took it out and clicked it to change the time. There was silence. It seemed to me like the whole street had disappeared, but there were the people standing motionless, halfway through washing a car or mowing a lawn. I kept walking, trying not to look at the people. I met one on the walk to Morris’ house. He stared at me. I stared back, until I could bear it no longer and shouted at him to ask what he was doing. He stared onwards. There was clearly something going on. I decided that if I was going anywhere, it was Morris’ house. He would know what was happening. I hurriedly stumbled on up the street, not turning around. I turned the S. Reynolds, 2LI, 2nd Year Clavian Art Competition corner up my Uncle’s drive to have 69
  • 69. TIME Time can fly like a soaring bird Time can slither like a slow, slimy snail Time can give you limitations Time can give you absolute freedom Time keeps moving, it never stops But time always moves steady never too fast. Time can change across the world But time is always as sturdy as a rock Time can bring lots of change Time can destroy a world or create a new one Time can heal a sick person’s wounds And time can rot a dead person into soil Who knows what time has in store for us Who knows what kind of changes it will bring Who know whether it will be good or bad But always remember, never forget That time will be as steady as a rock And nothing anyone can do will ever make it go fast. Nishan Ghoshal, Winner of the Senior School Second Year Literary Competition OH I WISH Oh I wish to be free, not stuck doing sums. Up there is where I belong, but for now I walk around with my feet firmly on the ground. I want to grow wings and fly or float in a hot air bal- loon forever, not to walk or run but to fly. Up there is a place of peace and sanity but down here is the war zone of life and the never-ending battle of living. When you are on holiday you feel free from work but sometime you will have to go home but I wish to be in the sky forever. The pure freedom. Oh I Wish. Adam Alwin, Exitus Scarlet, Winner of the Upper Junior School Literary Competition K. Irion, 1UK, 1st Year Clavian Art Competition 70
  • 70. IT'S TIME Time to love me or leave me Time to think and act Not time to pretend and play more games Not time to fake things you don't feel. Time to save the world Time to score a goal Not time to sit down Not time to be depressed. Time, time, time, Time to fast forward Time to rewind Time to get rid of all the bad things that have happened. Time to sing to the world Time to celebrate and clap hands Time to fill our hearts with joy Time to remember again and again that Time can bring you loss or gain. Matthew Buckley, 1LA, Winner of the Senior School First Year Literary Competition M. Fozdar, 1UI, 1st Year Clavian Art Competition 71
  • 71. HOT AIR BALLOON Amazing flyer, Going higher, Soft and round, Off the ground, Very light for its size, Slowly rising to the skies, But it eventually has to come down, And sometimes you leave it with a frown, But do not go in dismay, You can come back some other day, That day will come very soon, Then you can go on the hot air balloon! John Morcos, Transitus I Navy, Runner-up of the Lower Junior School Literary Competition HOT AIR BALLOONS Hot air balloons, Big or small, You can race with them, Or just travel along. You can get them in colours, Like green, red and blue, With zig-zaggy patterns, And spirals too. You can go with your friends, Or you can go on your own, It’s your choice if you want To wander alone. You can go when it’s windy, You can go when it’s hot, But remember, Don’t let your balloon stop. Go up, go up, Till you can’t go no more, Then gently, gently, Come down to the floor. Sameer Sarfaz, Exitus Scarlet, Runner-up of the Upper Junior School Literary Competition Harris Alvi, 1UK, 1st Year Clavian Art Competition 72
  • 72. THE AIR BALLOON THAT WENT INTO SPACE Our story starts with a balloon race. It was a beautiful day, lots of hot air balloons and people were getting ready for the race. They just started and the balloons whizzed into the sky including me in my sporty red balloon. I was probably the fastest. After a while I looked down and way down below me I saw the others. I said to myself, “I must be in the lead!” so I went to sleep. When I woke up I felt like I was going to faint. I was so scared my heart stopped. I saw the moon in front of me! Suddenly I saw the black hole. I was going so fast the black hole sucked my balloon in, with me. It was black, creepy and all around me. There was no way out, no escape; it was like hell! But then I realised this is impossible, it must be a dream. So I closed my eyes and when I opened them I was floating on top of the hole. So I directed my balloon back to earth and won the race. Arif Khaliq, Introitus Gold, Winner of the Lower Junior School Literary Competition Jack D’Arcy, 2LC, 2nd Year Clavian Art Competition 73
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  • 74. CCF CAMP 2008 positioned massive military patrol this had to be completed with one Rather like last year’s camp, this one boat. Having reached the sand dune blindfolded person carrying another began with worries about the weather, the teams had to nominate a runner to person across. The carried person did only this year the concern was not get to the summit and back down as have use of sight but could not touch due to excessive heat but to the quickly as possible before racing the ground and it was his job to guide unseasonable cold wind and rain. So back across the water to the his steed safely through the minefield. at 9 o’clock sharp(ish) around 49 causeway. The Close Quarter Battle stand was members of the CCF gathered to That evening we were given a slightly more action-packed than the climb aboard the military issue white, briefing for the 36 hour overnight other two. Here cadets were given an luxury coaches for the long journey exercise which was to begin the SA80 A2, the standard automatic rifle down to Weymouth. following day at Jellyland. issued to all regular Army soldiers. After a surprisingly painless six Jellyland was actually Bovington We were then sent in pairs down a hour drive we reached the camp. We training area, where we were taken narrow path and warned that enemy were all pleasantly surprised at the the following morning after a brief troops were in the area. Not far down high levels of refinement offered, talk from the OC 30 Cadet Training the path an enemy soldier was to be with facilities such as carpet and Team Captain, G.C. Smith (SAS) found lying in wait. We then had to plugs included. The camp was in a Royal Signals, who made sure that engage the enemy and make a hurried very unusual location, being we knew the British Army was “the retreat down the path to safety. sandwiched between rows of civilian That evening, after a meal of housing, a fact that caused Cpt. best army in the world!” We began heated pre-cooked military rations, Newton much bemusement. the exercise by setting up a harbour. we were briefed that we were to carry The first night in camp was This was an area where troops could out an ambush on an enemy patrol. uneventful, with the usual fire drills set up a temporary camp, erecting This involved the contingent and camp rules outline. It was also on basha shelters with ponchos and patrolling from our harbour down to a this night that the camp’s only real bungees, and carry out personal Forward Rendezvous; from here we flaw was highlighted, its severely admin. such as cooking and sleeping. were taken in sections to the site of limited NAAFI consisting of a large From here the contingent (operating the ambush itself. After lying in wait hall void of seating with a large flat as a platoon) split into its three for what seemed like hours in the screen TV hung on a wall. After this sections and patrolled out to three pitch dark we caught sight of the blow to morale the cadets rallied with stands around the area: first aid, a enemy. We waited as they made their some improvised games of rugby on command task, and a close quarter way slowly to the centre of the the large field to the rear of the battle stand. The first aid stand was ambush site (where the central accommodation. made all the more entertaining by the ‘killing group’ was located) before On the second day activities got sergeant major running it and his opening fire. The night was lit up underway at a Royal Engineers’ camp strange habit of insisting we orange from the muzzle flashes of our five minutes down the road. Here we visualised certain people when giving rifles as we emptied a whole learned the crafts of watermanship. the Rescue Annie dummy CPR! The magazine each into the enemy. When Splitting down into three groups we command task consisted of a ‘mine we were sure the ambush had been a were taught the basics of rope coiling field’ with safe paths running through success, the contingent made its way and throwing (something deceptively it marked out with mine tape. The back to the harbour. Then each hard to do with any accuracy). There task sounded simple: to get from one section set sentries on the entrances was also a class on securing an end of the mine field to the next and rotated them throughout the night anchor to a vessel and another in without touching any tape or obstacle whilst the rest of the contingent slept. tying basic marine knots, many of scattered on the path. However, all of which would be useful later that afternoon. After lunch came raft building and a race across a small inlet to a sand dune on the other side. The cadets split into three teams and set about tightly binding planks and barrels together in the hope of forming a platform that wouldn’t sink. After much grunting and perspiring the three rafts were ready. Three teams of raring cadets raced to their rafts and dashed to get them into to the water before their opposition. Once in the water the seemingly easy task of rowing the rafts to the opposite bank was made much harder by the wake from a deliberately 75
  • 75. The following morning the whole contingent was to carry out an assault on known enemy positions. We eventually found ourselves in a long field and under enemy fire. Here the senior NCOs took real control, acting as platoon commander and sergeant and section commanders. Slowly and under their guidance we made our way up the open ground and were able to ‘subdue’ the enemy. This marked the end of the exercise and we were given a positive debriefing by the directing staff from the regular Army. The next day we were on the ranges. This was a day devoted almost entirely to target shooting in an attempt to gain the highest score surrounding area, leaving the non- day by playing a game of cat and possible. We were also given the blindfolded partner to direct the blind mouse on the bows of the kayaks, opportunity to fire the LSW (light one to the balls and then to the involving the nominated cat chasing support weapon), an extended version bucket. the mouse along the boats. This of the SA80 with a telescopic sight. To round the camp off an awards inevitably resulted in a flotilla of This proved a highlight of the day for parade was held and prizes were capsized boats and waterlogged many, especially when given the handed out. We managed to win the cadets. opportunity to see the headmaster fire award for best range score of the Friday, our last day, held the bulk the weapon down the range, a novel week, meaning our combined efforts of our inter-section competition. The experience for all. To round off the managed to beat all of the other contingent was divided up into six day the two huge, moustachioed, contingents on the camp. We were sections to compete in a number of Welsh sergeants conducting the range also told by the camp staff that we challenges to win the most points and day decided we needed some had set a high standard during our ‘best section’ award. The morning exercise. So, split into teams of four, week’s training. This topped off what we were sent in a relay dash down the kicked off with mass drill. After an had been a great camp; even the range, rolling, jumping and crawling individual kit and turnout inspection weather held out! Thanks must go to on command. we were marched around the drill our directing staff, headed by Major The sixth day saw adventurous square by Major Rylance whilst other Rylance, for making the good time training. The day was split into two, members of staff singled out the had by all possible. Thanks also to as was the contingent, one half going different sections and awarded them our Honorary Colonel Brigadier, A. climbing and the other kayaking. points on the precision of their drill. Wilson OBE, and the Headmaster for These activities took place on We then launched into activities. his visit. Portland Down. After some simple These included a stand requiring us Cadet RSM A. Benn warm-ups we then moved on to some all to speak about ourselves and then rather larger, more advanced climbs discuss in small groups the qualities which reached dizzying vertigo- of a good leader. Another stand was a unfriendly heights. The instructors on leaderless task. Our challenge was to the climbs made a huge difference, retrieve a ‘magic bucket’ from a sea encouraging everyone to have a go of shark-infested custard into which and pushing people to go outside their no one could step, aided only by two comfort zones. Their enthusiasm was planks of wood and a lot of rope. contagious, and more and more of the Another task consisted of orienteering cadets ventured up the steep lime around the camp, searching for rock face. The kayaking took place in certain objects and landmarks using the sea at Portland Down, right next given clues. Lt. Hone also conducted to a conveniently positioned café. his regular tactics stand. Here he gave After a quick lesson on paddling the cadets a military scenario, often techniques we took to the water. Even true, and asked them to find a at the start there were casualties, with solution to the problems involved. sinking and capsizing boats all over The last of these stands involved a the place. Then we played a kind of bucket and a lot of balls. The netball in kayaks. This was made all participants split into pairs, with one the more entertaining by the staff partner being blindfolded and the acting as the goals and we were given other standing on a chair holding an a legitimate excuse to pelt them with empty bucket. Meanwhile a third soggy wet balls! We rounded off the party scattered the balls around the 76
  • 76. ADVENTUROUS TRAINING for desperate measures. The only Being geographically challenged, we The location of this year ’s found this to be a tough task, though Adventurous Training was Sykeside drawback was that we would have considered child’s play by Staff Camp in the Lake District. It had our gnomes taken away from us, Sergeant Bishop. commenced just before the summer only to be given the heavy, deadly Playtime was over as the next day examinations, deservedly giving all “Concrete Gnome” to carry around came knocking on our doors at dawn of us a temporary retirement from the for the rest of the weekend. and we set off via the farm. Making long academic year and the stresses After settling down that evening excellent progress, onwards we of revision. Unfortunately, many of and packing our gear for the next advanced up the increasingly difficult us had one early exam to sit on the morning, we decided to pass time by and tricky path. St Sunday’s Crag day we were to depart, but two of us “pimping” our gnomes, using the was the highest hurdle, and our did not fall into this category; CSM crayons Cpl Sherlock had brought. “walk” was reduced to scrambling up Greenwood and Cpl Patel were Sleep would have been luxurious in available to leave on Thursday 22nd vertical walls of stone. The level of those warm and comfortable tents, effort put in by the whole group was May and help prepare the camp site but the fates had a sadistic sense of immense, and we successfully the evening before the rest of the humour, delivered via a certain accomplished what had been deemed group’s arrival. With the company of individual’s snores. impossible. We returned to the Capt Newton and Major Rylance, Saturday morning saw us campsite at 1700hrs triumphantly they embarked on their first walk kayaking. The morning weather was with our heads held high. Sunday across the mountains, helping prepare definitely not Mancunian and we evening was our chance to relax and them for the larger challenges that rode the waves beneath an azure, recover. We were rewarded with a were just 48 hours away. cloudless sky. The first session drew royal barbeque prepared by Simon, The rest of the group arrived the to an end with the group the superb camp cook. Friday evening. Previous camping “tombstoning” off a nearby rock into The final day was upon us, and we experiences led the majority of us to the icy waters. We had lunch were given an even harder task. With believe that the campsite would be afterwards at a nearby cafe, raging winds hitting us at speeds in very primitive. Astonishingly, we rejuvenating our spirits. For the excess of 60mph, loose rocks making opened our worn-out-travellers’ eyes remainder of the afternoon we rock us trip and stumble, like warriors we to see a beautiful and charming camp, climbed at a nearby town, enhancing battled our way across the third bordered by glistening streams, steep our upper body strength, and headed highest peak in England, which and mountainous hills bathed in back to Sykeside for a well needed definitely put the “Hell” in Mt snowy clouds, and farmland. A rest. Cpl Wolfson and I were leading Helvellyn. Falling prey to a myriad friendly pub was situated at the edge the group on Sunday, and we had to false summits, and scrambling around of the site, and Sykeside buzzed with plan the route, breaks, and the Striding Edge we encountered the sound of merry campers estimated duration for the walk. embracing the simple country life. The very second we stepped off the minibus we were ambushed by garden gnomes! To make matters worse we were then told that these gnomes would be our “rifles” and had to be treated with extra care. Apparently, this was “a tradition to keep us in the CCF mood”. Annoyingly, this meant we had to carry them absolutely everywhere: to the shops, to the pub, into the showers (which got us some really bizarre and puzzled expressions!). Sadly, even though we did not have to use porta-loos, and though the restroom was within walking distance, the password coded door proved a major problem! We regularly contemplated using our gnomes, when desperate times called 77
  • 77. various more problems. First of all, answering nature’s call proved very difficult, because of the high wind speeds. Secondly, Cpl Lau had his glasses blown away, and he had no other option than to let them go. It had been the most trying of the challenges this weekend, but it would not be called Adventurous Training if there was not an element of danger involved! Although the Training had been arduous, both mentally and physically, as a group we had worked together to adapt and overcome this. It enabled us to further develop our trust, communication, fitness and, most importantly, teamwork. At the same time it had taken our minds off the pending examinations, in an enjoyable and action-packed weekend. We would like to give thanks to the accompanying staff and Simon the cook for helping make the weekend a delightful and fulfilling experience, and await another opportunity to go again! Cpl M. Asim T. Khan 78
  • 78. House Reports Kay 2007/8 was not as successful as and Sam Theophilus, will be sorely year 1500m). I think that it is previous years for Kay. Eighteen missed next year. I managed to watch important to acknowledge the extra competitions were competed for this the third year and first year teams in help that Mr. Phillips and Andrew year and Kay came first in a third of their matches. The first year team Lee gave me in ensuring that them. This was due to all the other tried hard, but their small stature did competitors were up and ready for Houses being much more competitive not help and they struggled to win their events on time. and all four were close to winning the any match. However, the third year Kay did well in the “minor” prestigious “Overall” trophy. In the team was much more competitive, competitions and gained first place in end good performances in the tennis, containing several School team the badminton and senior tennis, in both senior and junior, allowed Kay players and the School captain, Luke which, thanks to Andrew Lee, not a to push ahead of Howlett and to, once Hartley. single game was lost. Kay also did again, attain first place. Second The most pleasing performances well to win the junior event as well, places are always important as well as of the year were in cricket. The result with the third year pair of Stephen winning the actual events. To be overall was very close, in fact both Hoyle and Luke Finlayson being successful, it is essential to do as well Kay and Derby ended up with 14 prominent. In the senior hockey as possible in everything, even if it is points each, but as Kay beat Derby by competion, Kay gained second place, not possible to actually win. So next 2 wickets, the rules allowed Kay to even though Joe Ainscow assured me year Kay must push third and fourth retake the trophy. Again it was the that we would win easily since we positions up into at least second second year team that the House had the best players. Typically, Joe place. should thank, as they easily won all blamed the referee and said that the Kay won the cross-country again. their games. The fourth years also did team was unlucky since they lost on This is very pleasing because it shows well, beating Howlett and Derby penalties. It must be stressed that all the true strength of a House in that all fairly easily and squeezing home these minor sports are still very the boys in the House have to take against Hulme by 10 runs. important and they actually involve part and everyone contributes to the After success in the pool last year, extra commitment in that they take result. Andrew Hoyle organised the the House sank to bottom place place during lunchtimes. The captains senior team and ran extremely well (apologies about the pun). However, of the relevant teams did very well to himself, achieving a commendable special mention must be made of organise their players and this is very second place in a time of 23min Callum Donaldson in 2LG who was much appreciated. 21sec. For the third year running, by far the best swimmer on show. Not The final event of the year is the competitors collected sponsorship only did he win his own races, but he House Music Competition. Again this money for Oxfam. Over £2000 was also came first in a couple of fourth took place one evening and the raised, which went towards an year races when he was roped in to musicians showed their commitment education project in a developing swim as that year group were let by their willingness to give up their country. down by a couple of boys. own time. There were some first rate The best result of the year was in The Lower House Athletics went performances and Kay won the the football which Kay won for the ahead this year and all the School was competition for the first time for first time in many years. The senior taken off timetable to watch. This did many years. Congratulations must go team actually managed to win some not seem to spur on the Kay runners to all who competed since the of their games, but credit should go to though, and we came last. Again, competition was close between the the lower school teams, in particular though, there were some first rate Houses and first position was the talented second year squad with performances, in particular those of achieved by Kay having a musician in Richard Riley, Reece McGadie and Josh Mason of 3UA. Josh broke both almost every category, both in the Luke Simpson prominent. sprint records, running the 100m. in Lower and Upper Schools. Unfortunately, the basketball was 12.05 secs. and the 200m. in 25.62 On behalf of the House, I would poorly organised and any chance was secs. The School and the House have like to thank Cameron Collins for his lost when the seniors failed to put out had some excellent sprinters in the invaluable assistance as House a team. past, so to attain these records is no Captain. He started quietly, but grew For another year rugby was a mean achievement. Josh also helped into the job and by the end of the year disappointment for me. However, the the third year sprint relay into first he was organising teams, helping out senior team did manage to win one place, in front of Alex Trafford of at House events and performing other game, beating Derby in the play-off Derby once again! Other winners duties in an efficient and unflustered game. It was captained well by were Haroon Gauhar (third year manner. I would also like to give Robert Freeman and the outgoing 400m), Ryan Edwards (fourth year special thanks to Andrew Hoyle seventh formers, Robert, Scott Mody 1500m) and Richard Riley (second (Cross-Country and Athletics), Robert 80
  • 79. Travis, who I am sure will be a appreciated and essential for the Freeman (Rugby), Matthew worthy successor to Cameron. smooth running of the House. My Couchman (Cricket) and Howard Tattersall (Football) for their help, To conclude, I would like to thank congratulations go to all for another enthusiasm and willingness to the Masters that have supported the enjoyable and successful year and my participate. Next year, the new House and unselfishly given up their hope is that Kay will continue with prefects will have even more time to help with assemblies and their success in 2008/9. responsibilities and I look forward to events. All the masters assigned to the DAB working with them and with the in- House have helped out at various coming House Captain, Matthew times and their help is very much Hulme First of all, I would like to thank each George Bevan cut almost a second House prefects who have helped to and every member of Hulme House from the old record to win the 3rd organise team events. for his enthusiasm this year and year 1500m in 5.02 seconds and Our best wishes go to Christopher willing participation in all the various Chris Hall cut a superb 6 seconds Parsons, the new House Captain of House Competitions. Without your from the old record to win the 1st Hulme. We wish him well in his new effort and team spirit, we would not year 800m in 2 minutes 37 seconds. duties next year. Thank you to have such exciting sporting and non- All Hulme runners competed everyone for your support and my sporting events throughout the School extremely well and they pushed the hope is that in 2008/2009 Hulme will year. eventual winners Derby all the way to have even more success on the The first House Competition of the final race. sporting field. the new academic year is the Football Our most pleasing success this KMC tournament. Hulme put in a year was in the House Swimming creditable performance, finishing Competition. First and second year joint second with Derby. As each Hulme boys put in a stirling year passes, our results on the performance to regain the Mark football field have improved and next Oakden Trophy, a prize that used to year we should challenge well for the be won by Hulme every year. Joe House Football Trophy. McCardell won the first year The House Rugby competition is backstroke event and Jack D’Arcy often a very close-run affair. Hulme triumphed in the first year butterfly. has a good record of victories in this There were also excellent efforts event, as we possess some extremely from George Bevan in the third year talented senior rugby players. This backstroke and Matthew Sellers in year, we finished joint second with the third year butterfly. Derby. The first year rugby team, The House Cricket competition captained by Chris Hall, did was a successful one for Hulme this particularly well to win their section year. Our first and third year of the event. cricketers won their tournaments and It is very pleasing to note that Hulme came joint first with Kay on Hulme has performed extremely well points. In the final reckoning, on on the running track in recent years. head-to-head results Kay ran out The House Cross-Country narrow winners by two wickets. Well competition yielded some good done to all our cricketers for coming performances this year and Hulme, so very close to victory. once again, came in a creditable I would like to take this second in this event. Congratulations opportunity to offer my thanks to all to all Hulme boys who contributed to members of the House, both boys and this fine result. Chris Long recorded staff, for their unstinting support this a time of 28 minutes in the Senior year in assemblies and competitions. Cross-Country. I would particularly like to thank Mrs The House Athletics event for Glancy and Mrs Stirzaker for their Years 1-4 took place on Wednesday help throughout the years and wish 11th June 2008. On a fine summer them the very best for the future. On afternoon, the whole School behalf of the House, I would like to witnessed an exciting, closely-fought record my gratitude to Richard Chew contest on the running track. Hulme for his excellent assistance as House boys set two new School records. Captain this year, as well as to all the 81
  • 80. Howlett This year the boys in Howlett have sponsorship for the Cross-Country my job would have been much more produced impressive performances event. I was amazed by the difficult. Our newly appointed House and results in the inter-House generosity and commitment of all the Captain is Alex Lau. I am competitions. I want to praise the boys who took part in raising anticipating that Alex will use his enthusiasm and commitment of the sponsorship; several individuals sporting ability and organisational vast majority of the boys in Howlett. collected over £40 each. This money skills to guide the other boys within The positive attitude they have shown was gratefully received by Oxfam in Howlett. by volunteering to take part in the January of this year. We intend I am sure that all departing 5th organised events is commendable and repeating this fundraising in the and 7th formers will look back on the has delivered some excellent results. autumn of 2008. Hopefully the boys House events with fond memories. At the end of the 2007 academic will lend their generous support in Hopefully they will engage year Howlett finished second in the our aim to raise funds for very themselves with sporting activities overall House competition. I was worthy causes. within their new communities. This extremely pleased with the number of This year the School has will help them to make new and long competitions that the boys won this introduced a new House competition lasting friendships. All members of year; these included the Hutchinson which has been based on the number the House wish them great success in Cup in swimming, the six-a-side of merits which boys have received their future endeavours. Football, Rugby, Senior Athletics and for academic excellence throughout Finally I would like to thank all Junior Tennis. We also produced the year. This year the Merit Cup members of staff who have given strong performance in Basketball and was won by Derby. I anticipate that their support and encouragement to Swimming (the Oakden Cup) to Howlett will challenge for primacy in the boys during House events and in secure second places. These results this event next year, given the mass House assemblies this year. It has illustrate the hard work and of intellect in the House. been much appreciated by me, and commitment which many of the boys I would like to thank Adam has helped the boys in Howlett to in Howlett have contributed; well Jones-Bradburn for his hard work and deliver some fine performances. done. support as House Captain; he Again this year all of the boys in organised and motivated the senior BA the School have collected teams this year. Without his support Derby 400m. In the third year Tom Townson ended up third. It is with great pleasure that I put won the 100m ‘B’ and George Grey In the Senior House Athletics together my report on the exploits of the 800m. Our fourth years actually Robbie Hernandez was outstanding, Derby House during a very busy aca- demic year. won their section with wins for Conor winning the 5th Year 100m and 200m With Alessio Bacci-Evers as our McElherron in the 100m ‘A’ and and helping the relay team to victory House Captain and a band of top class 200m. Sam Mortimer won the 100m, as again Derby finished third, just six prefects the House was always going Jamie Kettleborough the 400m and points behind the winners, Howlett. to be both in safe hands and success- the relay team won as well. Overall In the Years 1-4 Tennis Derby finished ful and so it proved. Derby won very convincingly with third. In the Senior House Tennis Our most outstanding perfor- 114 points, 25 points clear of Hulme Derby finished third, despite victory mances were in the basketball which in second. over Howlett in that particular rubber. we won quite comfortably, with The Derby boys must also be com- The only real disappointments were Howlett in second place, and in the mended for finishing runners-up in fourth position in Badminton, Cricket Senior Hockey which Derby won by the Swimming Years 1-4, Daniel Years 1-4 and the Mark Oakden overcoming a very strong Kay team in Mulqueen winning the third year Swimming Cup for Years 1 and 2. the final. Scott Warchall needs a spe- breast stroke and freestyle, Tom The House needs to work hard in cial mention here for a fantastic cap- Pickersgill the second year backstroke these areas to improve next year’s tain’s performance on the day. and Adrian Wong the second year but- results. Our performance in the Athletics terfly. Derby also finished runners-up Well done for everybody on a Years 1-4 was really outstanding. In in the Senior House Six-a-side Soccer memorable and extremely enjoyable the first years Louis Drogan won the and Rugby (all years). year. 1500m, Tomas Heath the 100m ‘B’ In the Cross-Country Derby led as PK and Lawrence Arnold the 400m. In they went into the senior event but, the second year Elliot Fairclough won despite the valiant efforts of Daniel the 100m ‘A’ and Ricky Cheung the Livesey and David West, who fin- 100m ‘B’. Tom Pickersgill won the ished 17th and 18th respectively, we 82
  • 81. SOCCER First XI Bower and Tom Ramsbottom which year. Round one was against King’s FIRST XI caused the team to play more Chester and we had to make the cohesively as a unit. The close- journey away from fortress Buckley P 22 W 10 L 8 D 4 fought encounters that characterised Wells. The match started brightly much of the season will aid these and superb link-up play saw David The 1st XI’s season this year can be players immeasurably next season Howarth send the side into the lead. measured a success in that they won when they are called upon to set the However it proved to be short lived more than they lost, amassing 10 example to the new, younger batch as Oliver Harrison was forced to victories since September. This coming through. The season was a leave the pitch. With control of the included an impressive run in the successful one and the team’s midfield relinquished and defensive Manchester Cup that saw the team development as a whole was weaknesses caused by a sending off, reach the semi-final … more of that particularly pleasing. Early grind in the team found itself under intense later. the form of rigorous training sessions pressure. Against a well-organised The season looked like it would paid off later on and we often found Chester outfit we were always going go on to fulfil Alan Hansen’s ourselves the stronger side in the last to struggle to overcome the one prophecy that “You don’t win 10 minutes of games which player deficit and accordingly we anything with kids.” An inauspicious manifested itself in expansive and found ourselves out at the first hurdle start against Wilmslow HS and St attacking football from Josh Lee and after extra-time. (King’s Chester Bede’s saw the side register two Will Doyle. went on to lose narrowly in the semi- defeats. However, a core of 7th form Significant for their goal final of the competition which players, including Oliver Harrison, contributions were Oliver Harrison indicates that the cup-final aspirations Michael Howarth, Josh Lee, Ehsan and Ehsan Moazzezi who netted 20 weren’t misplaced.) Moazzezi and Ciaran McCaughey, goals between them in a partnership Despite this disappointing start to allowed the Scholeses and the that was on the cusp of being prolific. the season the team quickly settled Beckhams (in a very loose sense) to On behalf of the team I would like to down and recorded impressive back- develop and begin to play confident thank Mr Aston for aiding us in to-back victories against perennial football. playing the type of football that we rivals Oldham Hulme and Bolton The team had done excellently the knew we were capable of and for his School. The return of Will Doyle previous season to reach the semi- dedication to the 1st XI. from injury complemented the final of the ISFA Cup and there was a Ciaran McCaughey performances of younger members of feeling within the side that we could the team such as Adam Turner, Tom make it all the way to the final this Second XI were very unfortunate to lose 0-4 at victory, but also a performance to Despite some heavy defeats the team King’s Chester and the performance match. Two brilliantly created goals showed really good spirit, even in suggested that the corner could be from Luke Drogan and a magnificent adversity, and despite poor results turned. It was, as BGS pulled out all team performance saw BGS to still managed to put together some the stops to defeat arch rivals QEGS victory. Every player, from front to really encouraging performances. Blackburn 2-1 in a terrific game. back, including substitutes, had Unfortunately the season began with Luke Drogan scored both goals from played his part. six straight defeats. First came 4-2 free kicks after perfect deliveries BGS now entered a period of losses to Wilmslow and Parrswood. from David Page. second half jitters. In appalling Then goals began to dry up with With confidence high Audenshaw conditions they led Parrswood 1-0 at confidence low. BGS played well but were swept away 5-1 in the final half time to lose 7-2. Leading lost 2-0 to King’s Chester, 7-1 to a fixture of the season. Luke Drogan Oldham 1-0 at half time BGS very strong Altrincham team and 6-0 netted a hat trick and Oliver Wren a conceded three in the second half to to St Bede’s, an even more powerful brace. Luke Drogan ended up as top lose 3-1. Level with Bolton School unit. scorer with 11 goals for the season 2-2 at half time BGS were swept A gritty performance at Royton and must be congratulated. away 7-2 by the final whistle. and Crompton saw BGS stop the run Despite some tricky results the Eventually the tide had to turn and and record a 2-2 draw. Unfortunately team showed great spirit and it did so at Wilmslow. Aided by the a very strong Leeds GS were next certainly enjoyed all the fixtures. wind and the slope BGS deservedly and, despite a reasonable Congratulations to Niall Gaffney who led 1-0 with an Adam Collins free performance, BGS were beaten 7-0. captained well and showed a mature kick and this time an excellent second However, in adversity BGS approach to the whole campaign. half backs-against-the-wall produced the performance of the PK performance saw BGS win 1-0. season. Travelling to Manchester GS Despite a good performance BGS they came away with not just a 2-1 83
  • 82. Under 15 The Under 15 football team had an players into the net. Gabriel’s had equalised and went on up and down season. We played St Sadly we were knocked out of to win the game 5-2. Bede’s in the first game of the every cup; our best performance was In the last game of the season we season; all the boys were up for it, against St Gabriel’s whom we played played The Grange and won 6-2. against a difficult side. It was an in the first round of the Bury Cup. Overall I think the team played intense game and the final score was We took the lead through Olly well and special thanks to Jack 3-3: a good start to the season. Gaydon after 15 minutes. Then in the Martin and Danny Scott who played Unfortunately at the start of the second half Ryan Edwards put a good well all season. second half Maithem Al-Attar took a ball into the box and Conor Conor McElherron nasty tackle and broke his leg. We McElherron got on the end of it. At had no keeper and had to put other the end of the second half St Under 14 P 20 W 11 D 2 L 7 F 67 A 35 King’s Chester were swept aside However, special mention should again along with The Grange and go to George Bevan who amassed 11 The Under 14s started the season Bluecoat Oldham. goals from midfield and was a high with optimism in an opening game Once again the team entered cup performer in all games. against St. Bede’s having beaten them competitions and, just like the season I would like to end my report by twice last season. However, the team before, they did not do themselves thanking Mr. Richmond. This was defended poorly and lost 3-2 in a justice. They crashed out of the Bury the first time I had worked with game they should have won. Normal Cup, losing 5-2 to eventual winners another manager and few said it order was resumed with a 5-1 victory St. Gabriel’s, which was a surprise would work, as many recalled the against St. Monica’s. The team then result considering the dominance that failed duos of Houllier/Evans at went on a run of three games in the team displayed. (This was Liverpool and the lesser known which they did not win. The first was conveyed to me by the St. Gabriel’s Curbishley/Gritt at Charlton Athletic a narrow loss against QEGS and then manager.) The team also reached the from the later 1980s. However, he two draws against King’s School second round of the ESFA Cup but offered great advice and engineered Chester and Altrincham Grammar in lost to St. Augustine’s 3-1. the change in formation which was a which the team surrendered leads in In conclusion, there are a few shrewd move. He shouldered the both games. people to mention and a few remarks workload at every point and made the A satisfying reverse was achieved to add. The team underwent BGSB managerial experience more against St. Bede’s in October 5-1 and significant change, losing three amusing with his insights during the team finished before half term players to the rugby (Why? I have no games and training. with a rousing 7-0 victory against St. idea) and undergoing a change in I wish the lads well and look Joseph’s. The four games before formation which unsettled the rhythm forward to renewing my work with a Christmas saw three wins and one at first but which will be beneficial in number of them when the School defeat. Parrswood High School, the long run. The squad was visits Australia and New Zealand on Hulme Grammar School and dramatically reduced in size but the the forthcoming Rugby and Football Crompton House were seen off but lads pulled together and trained with tour. the team could not beat notorious enthusiasm as always. rivals Manchester Grammar and lost Luke Finlayson top scored with ASC 2-0. 24 (beating his haul by seven from 2008 started with a resounding the previous year) and was supported win against fierce rivals Bolton by Josh Mason who bagged 10. Alex School and probably our best football Trafford led the team with gusto and of the season. However, a was consistently excellent in disappointing loss against Wilmslow everything that he did. Mark High School was the only other game Howorth showed his versatility and played before half term as the burgeoning ability by playing a weather played havoc with a number number of roles to a good standard. of fixtures. The final four matches Furthermore, it was pleasing to see culminated in three wins and one improvements made by Luke defeat. QEGS inflicted another Costello, Haroon Gauhar and Andy defeat to achieve a double over us but Fernando. 84
  • 83. Under 13 A good year for the Under 13 football reaching the final of the Bury Cup. equalizer in the last minute of normal team as a whole and for the The boys were very nervous, time. encouraging improvements they have having lost to St. Gabriel’s in the Slightly demoralised the boys made in both skills and teamwork. season 5-0. fought bravely for the end of the The outstanding player has been However, the team played with extra time and penalties, only to have Luke Simpson in goal and they have aplomb and forced mistakes from the their tired legs fail them in the dying been ably led by Todd Yearsley. opposition by constantly pressuring minutes when St. Gabriel’s scored a Whilst all have played with verve and them in their own half and every time second goal. élan special mention must be made of they were on the ball. As a result of In a sporting gesture the boys the contributions from strikers Jordan this and the superb goalkeeping skills gave the winning team three cheers Smith and Reece McGadie, strongly of Luke Simpson we started the and clapped as they were rewarded supported by the midfield quartet. second half 0-0. with the plate. There is still some area for Continous pressure from the AJM improvement in the back four but midfield meant that a goal was sure again they have done better with to come our way, and it did, through every game, with Luke Shackleton the boot of Richard Riley on 45 and Rob Jones proving particularly minutes. effective. St. Gabriel’s pushed forward and Our highest achievement was eventually we succumbed to an Under 12 This season has seen a good start to a before coming back to win the second characterised by the strong forward promising group of players. The first half but still lose the game. The last play of Chris Hall and Matthew match of the season was held at home match of the first term brought the Whitfield, the mazy running of against St. Mary’s College and ended side’s first win against St. Bede’s Matthew Buckley, the quiet in a 5-5 draw, with Bury starting School. A sterling performance saw perseverance of Max Booth, the slowly but finding their feet in the the U12s convincingly defeat their phenomenal tackling of Hamza second half of the game to draw opponents and start the New Year on Malick and the enthusiasm of all the level. This game epitomised Bury a winning streak. This streak was squad. Overall, this has been a solid U12s’ season as they lost the next extended in the next game against first season for this promising group three games to Liverpool, West Hill local rivals Bolton where the team of players, the turning point of which and Bramhall Schools, all of which wreaked havoc in open play to score was the match away to Liverpool were closely fought games where a memorable victory over their fierce College, as the team improved with Bury were slightly unlucky to lose as rivals. The following games against every game played after that, refusing they did. The game against Liverpool Altringham and Arnold Grammar to quit until every last ounce of effort particularly demonstrated the fighting Schools saw the U12s narrowly had been given. qualities of a BGSB side that found beaten in close games that could have ADW themselves outplayed in the first half gone either way. This team was Under 11 The season started with much In the AJIS Cup, the boys fell at moments for the team, and they promise as the squad contained many the first hurdle for the second season should fare well in the summer five- high quality players, several of whom in succession. A hard-fought two-all a-side competition. were again taken from Year 5. draw with King’s Macclesfield ended SHS However, with the team placed in with BGS losing via the dreaded a difficult league group, qualification penalty shoot-out. for the latter stages of the competition The Bury Schools’ Cup brought a was always going to be tough. little more success, with the team Despite good victories against St. reaching the quarter-final stage. Here Joseph’s, St. Mary’s, Greenmount they met eventual finalists, and and Old Hall, a close loss to league winners, Holly Mount, who Tottington and a heavy defeat to proved just a little too strong. Hollins Grundy put paid to league Despite not quite reaching their aspirations. full potential there were some good 85
  • 84. RUGBY First XV circumstances against Altrincham. Hornby, with the latter two both Firstly I would like to say a big thank The pack dominated throughout and scoring tries. The team played you to Captain of Rugby, Ross in typical hard running style both structured rugby and put William Watson, Vice Captain, Rob Freeman, James Brookes and Rob Plant crossed Hulme to the sword. Karl Simpson, and senior player, Adam Jones- the line. In the backs the younger Will Leach and Adam Jones- Bradburn. Their attitude and members of the side came of age and Bradburn completed the scoring. It determination throughout the season put in huge performances. The team was a comprehensive team were inspirational to all the boys then ended the season on a positive performance; we out-played the involved in senior rugby. I would note by recording a comprehensive opposition in all positions and were also like to thank Mr Hilton for 31 – 6 victory against Arnold School. ruthless throughout. expertly coaching the backs and For the first time, the senior rugby A poor start to the Lancashire Cup taking charge of the sevens squad. squad broke from tradition and the 15 game against Arnold School saw us The 1st XV started the season by man game, entering two of the 10-0 down within 10 minutes of the thumping QEGS 31 – 0. The pack country’s biggest seven-a-side start. However, tries either side of the was dominant throughout, especially tournaments. The U18s were break from Ross Watson and John the formidable back row combination involved in the National Schools Findon put us 12-10 ahead with less of James Brookes, Rob Plant and Sevens Competition at Fylde one than 15 minutes to play. However we stand in Captain, Will Leach. It was March weekend. After four games on could not convert pressure into points also an opportunity for some younger Saturday, including a 12 – 10 victory and were made to pay. With fitness members of the squad to show what against Ormskirk School, and a final levels deteriorating, Arnold scored 3 they were capable of and they didn’t group match on Sunday morning, the late tries to see them to a 27 – 12 disappoint. Ryan Feeney and Max team progressed through to the Bowl victory in a valiant display from our Beswick both scored tries in Competition. Unfortunately, boys. outstanding displays, as well as Joe Bedstone College just edged the side The team produced a competent Richardson who put in a highly out by snatching a 21 – 19 win. display to win the game against St accomplished performance. Other try Soon after they played in the Mary’s College, Crosby 37 - 11. Ross scorers included John Findon, Nic National Schools Sevens Competition Watson (2), Harrison Woods (2), Karl Riley and Jonny Ainscow. The most at Rosslyn Park. After an outstanding Simpson and John Findon all scored pleasing aspects of the performance performance in the first game against excellent tries; however, the team were a massive effort in defence and Medina School, winning 24 – 12, the made hard work of it owing to silly the gelling of boys across two year team lost their remaining group errors and ill discipline. The score groups who’d had very little practice matches against three of the strongest should have been much higher! or experience of playing together schools sides in the country. The An early try from Rob Plant gave previously. This was an excellent power, pace and general fitness levels the side the lead against St Bede’s in start and involved 22 players in all. of Kirkham Grammar School, Old a well worked passage of play, but The first Saturday game of the Swinford Hospital and Plasmwr from this point onwards we let the season saw an absolute demolition of School were eye-opening for our opposition back into the game. A late William Hulme’s 1st XV in a 72 – 0 boys. Ross Watson was inspirational, try from Will Leach was no victory. There were 12 tries in all, with Adam Jones-Bradburn and Rob consolation as the side went down 20 with Captain Ross Watson leading the Freeman remaining determined and – 10 with a lack of fitness and way with six of them. He was ably positive throughout. There is also application; still a lot to work on! supported by the team and there were hope for the future with the Three defeats then followed. very competent performances by 5th emergence of Jonathan Ainscow and Firstly we lost to a well organised and formers Joe Richardson, Ryan Max Beswick. disciplined Liverpool College team. Feeney, Max Beswick and George Even though there were some Next the boys put on a brave show hiccups along the way I believe that it against St Bede’s, but with a number was a very successful season. There of key players missing ended up were close to 50 boys opting for losing 24 – 0. Then we were knocked rugby on a Wednesday afternoon. out of the Lancashire Plate, going This has led to weekly fixtures for a down 28 – 0. The score flattered the second XV being organised for next opposition as the game was much season. And with the introduction of more even than the score line sevens the game is moving forward at suggested. Both sides played scrappy BGS. rugby and lacked match fitness. GAF The team then pulled off the game of the season, so far, to record an outstanding 22 – 19 win in trying 86
  • 85. Under 15 Having brought our numbers up to attack and defence throughout the individual and collective talent to the required fifteen by recruiting two season, and, together with his deputy, take on all-comers. Only after the non-squad players then warming up N. Street, a busy forward wing, was Arnold School Sevens Competition for the first Games session of the responsible for the high morale of the did that realisation dawn, and the School year, we prepared to meet the team throughout the season. final match of the season saw us lose demands of the new season. Everyone contributed. E. a very exciting game to Arnold by 31 Under Fifteen rugby is always Wolstenholme was a good number points to 19. The result was not difficult: boys grow at different rates, eight; the Taylor twins got through an important; the self-esteem that the and those who have been giants at a enormous amount of work; game had engendered was the prize lower age-group suddenly find newcomer L. Dutton impressed us all for which we had fought for many themselves mere mortals among their with his sheer pace, and R. months. peers, often with a change of position Blackman, with his physical strength PGN looming as a pressing necessity. and his ability to make ground So it proved. The jiggling and against all opposition, became a switching took place, but in a rallying-point in adversity. mercifully short space of time, and The biggest problem proved to be the boys settled well into their new self-belief. Right up to the very end roles. of the season, when the squad J. Kettleborough, the Captain and numbers increased from fifteen to outside half, did not change position. twenty-three, the boys did not He remained a powerful force in understand that they had the Under 14 additions to the squad and there is missed which directly resulted in tries On the whole, this was a hugely undoubtedly an abundance of talent being conceded. On the positive side, disappointing season for this team. within. In future years, this squad has there was a number of boys who Out of the 10 games played, the side the potential to develop into an scored tries during the season. Scott only managed two victories, against excellent team and will learn from the Murphy was leading try scorer with St. Bede’s College, 22–19, and experience of this season in the long six. He was ably supported with Altrincham Grammar School, 29–12. run. contributions from Elliot Wright, The most frustrating aspect of the LMH Matthew Sellers, Josh Coates, Zaki season was the huge lapses in Malick, Ben Shedwick and skipper concentration at crucial times during Luke Hartley. Luke Byrom and games, both in attack and defence. Robbie Stott proved to be useful late There were also far too many tackles Under 13 As the season drew to a close, the As Captain I personally feel the team Unfortunately our season got off to a team’s heads were down. Heavy has improved since last season, as bad start with a cup tie against Ripley defeats to Liverpool College and St. demonstrated when we played Bolton St. Thomas. The scores were level at Mary’s College had us dreading the School. In last year’s fixtures we half-time, but after the break a lack of last game of the season against suffered an embarrassing defeat, concentration saw the opposition Arnold School. This was Mr. whereas this time our forwards out- score twice in the space of two McWilliam’s last game in charge of a performed theirs and made it a much minutes. The lead was then too great BGS team. We certainly sent him out harder game for them to score. to claw back and we finally went with a bang. With the backs and the Despite the best efforts of the forward down 17-5. forwards linking together, keeping line again a lack of concentration The winter fixtures did little to our concentration and giving 100% allowed Bolton to slip through our boost our results, our only victories effort, the opposition were utterly defence on too many occasions and coming at William Hulme and St outclassed, BGS winning 75-0! This they put 28 points past us. The Bede’s. In those two games we found final victory has given us much scoreline doesn’t reflect our that concentration paid off as we optimism for next season. performance as we deserved were able to score, stay alert and not I would like to thank Mr. something from the game. concede in order to maintain our lead. 87
  • 86. for all his tries! As a unit we should Finally I would like to pass on a McWilliam, Mr. Hilton and Mr. take a lot of heart from this season massive thanks as Captain to the team Newton for coaching us this season and look forward to even better for their efforts and commitment and and to the parents for their support results next season. especially my Vice Captain, Chris throughout, even when results were Elliot J. Fairclough Binns, for leading the forwards and not going our way. Under 12 decided to put in some extra practice to Manchester Grammar with This season was a bit of a to improve our team work. This everyone performing well. We disappointment and the team did not helped and I can’t wait for next scored a fine goal and were strong in live up to their expectations. season. defence. We started the season off very Lewis Whalley We tried moving positions and slowly. Our first win was at home formations without much against Elton. This gave us a boost of improvement. The squad then confidence. Our next win was away 88
  • 87. BASKETBALL Under 18 The U18s commenced the season in a Oliver Dean leading the scoring. day they were too strong for our close encounter against Hopwood Subsequently came Bolton U18s. Our young players, Tom Hall. This match showed a thrilling School. Again, as in previous years, McKenna, Robbie Hernandez and display with the team pulling through they left without a victory, with the Ethan Clangh, put in strong to a 34-30 victory against the odds. U18s continuing their running streak. performances, but this was not The team then came across In another convincing win Michael enough. The score in the end was 48- Manchester Grammar in a Page hit the boards to put away a 96. dominating display with Jack string of baskets. The score ended 66- The following week saw the U18s Harrison leading the scoring at point 30. in another final, again against Priestly guard, combining with Robert Having qualified as group College. The result was to be Freeman who was strong in defence. winners, the team drew a home match expected but the team never gave up. In the next match the U18 came to Blackburn College. Having come An excellent game was played by all across one of our own teams, BGS across this team the previous year and to stop Priestly from gaining too U16. Thanks to another legendary losing out in the semi-final the U18s much of a lead and it was a great end idea from PK both teams were were determined not to repeat history. to the season. With many younger entered into the same league and so The Blackburn team were clearly not players an integral part of the team faced each other head to head. In this as strong this year compared to BGS this year we were given a entertaining match the U16 pushed and the U18s prevailed as winners. premonition of what looks like a hard against the more experienced The U18 then failed to progress bright future. players. The match was close past the first round in the North West Even though the team gained no throughout and the younger team Knockout Cup, even with the return silverware they did become runners- closed the gap towards the end with of David Page, but did reach the final up twice and showed great the U16s losing out owing to their of the North West League Division 2. enthusiasm from start to finish. fitness. The U18s held out to the end, This happened to be against Priestly Adam Jones-Bradburn, winning 39-27 with Scott Mody and College, a very strong side. On the U18 Captain Under 16 In a fantastic rollercoaster season player, and this provided to be crucial In the semi-final the drama BGS, ably led by Robbie Hernandez, as BGS finally succumbed 34-39 in a continued as BGS clawed their way showed tremendous enthusiasm and really close encounter. St Monica’s back into a match they were losing to team spirit in a memorable effort. went on to win the Championship in beat St James’s 39-38. A dramatic In the Bury League comfortable an excellent fifth year league. Hernandez basket in the last minute wins over Elton HS and St Gabriel’s Back in the North West League saw them home as their opponents set the tone. With confidence high a BGS now found the going tough missed a match-winning opportunity very impressive victory followed against older opposition. A narrow right on the buzzer. against Thornleigh College in the defeat to Bolton School was followed The Lancashire Cup final was U19 North West League. by defeats to BGS U18, who play in with Southlands and this too was a Back in the Bury League BGS the same league, and then to fantastic match. Points were shared beat Bury Church then lost a crucial Manchester GS. This meant a low by Long, McKenna, Hernandez and away match with Tottington by just position in the league and a very Lomax as the final match ended in four points. Despite beating Derby tough play-off away to the winners of stalemate at 50-50 at the final buzzer. HS BGS now had the harder Bury Pool B, Priestley College. BGS had In overtime BGS finally ran out of play-off with a very strong St little chance against an experienced steam and lost 51-54. Monica’s to reach the Bury Schools and athletic team, losing gracefully Congratulations to the whole final. In a fantastic match both 40-100. squad for all their efforts this year; it Hernandez and Clough fouled out In the Lancashire Cup BGS really has been a monumental season. defending Stainton, the key Monica’s played North Chadderton in the The U16 team may not have won any quarter-final and won 50-49 in silverware but they have improved controversial circumstances when it beyond all recognition and have appeared that a BGS player pushed become a really good team. Success an opponent back into his own half. is inevitable if they continue to show The result of this was that BGS got the enthusiasm seen this season. possession and scored from the PK inbound to win from a losing position. 89
  • 88. Under 15 What a season of inconsistency, one ball (or his feet) whilst Zain Bhatti two double-overtime baskets that that had everything, but seldom the made several shots from distance. finally beat Tottington. expected. Captain Alex Adler, Ryan All of the boys on the team From the convincing win over Edwards and Andrew Maksymowski showed the ability to take the game to Bury Church School in September to gave a sterling effort organising the the opposition and to play a part in a the thud of a resounding loss to the back-court without gaining the winning team. Unfortunately they Derby (who went on to the national satisfaction of scoring points like the seldom did it all at the same time. finals themselves), the season had its forwards. If the team can build on the good share of ups and down with everyone It is two of the lesser lights who points of last season and each playing his part. provide the final points for this report individual brings his ‘A’ game to Danny Lomax was the main and it poses the question as to why more matches then next season scorer, his driving to the basket being Stephen Lyddon waited for the end of should take us to the later stages of the main key to his success but the season before showing the our competitions. Ritchie Blackman could be relied opposition how he could ‘boss’ a Match Statistics: upon to make some space for himself defence, blocking shots and stealing Bury League P4 W2 L2 position or clear a trail for others to follow. passes like it was second nature and 3rd of 5 in group. Anthony McCracken proved why Jamie Schilfer waited until no- Lancashire Cup – lost in semi- that it was possible to score without one on court (himself included) could final. ever seeming to be in control of the barely raise a shot before scoring the CD Under 14 A really enjoyable season began with lost 60-61 to North Chadderton in a League title. a 52-62 home defeat in the National semi-final of epic proportions. With By pure chance BGS met St Cup to Redvales from Stockport. two seconds left Bury led by just one Gabriel’s again within a few days, Redvales are linked to a club set up point and the opposition somehow this time at home in the play-offs. and in the end this was the defining got the ball into play and put up a Bury were now better prepared to factor. Bury did however play really buzzer beater shot from an inbound deal with their opposition and won well and this promised much for the on the baseline. This was heartbreak more convincingly by 53-43. future. for Bury as they had poured so much The final of the Bury School play- In the Lancashire Cup Bury won into the match. They had played well offs was away to Bury Church, the convincingly against Bluecoat and were unlucky to lose the way that Bury League runners-up and the only Oldham, 48-25. Confidence was now they did. team to take league points off BGS. restored and Bury won their second Success in the Bury League was However, BGS played really well in National Cup match 45-23 against now imperative if they were to win this final and despite a rather hostile Matthew Moss from Rochdale, anything this season. Their old atmosphere weathered it well, playing very good team basketball. adversaries Derby HS were next, but showing experience and skill as they In the Lancashire Cup Bury this time BGS played superbly to dominated each quarter of the game played Derby HS and squeezed past register a comfortable 56-49 victory. on their way to a 46-33 win and the them 37-34 in a very close and tense Castlebrook was a straightforward double. contest. affair as Bury cruised home 68-17 The trials and tribulations of the Bury League now began with a and this was followed by a really National and Lancashire Cups had trip to Bury Church where BGS were good match with Woodhey HS which held the team in good stead and they unable to secure all five league points Bury won more comfortably than the must be congratulated on a fantastic but did win the match 39-30. 53-50 score suggests. Next came a Bury Schools double which is not an In the National Cup Bury had straightforward 44-23 success over easy thing to do. progressed from the group through to Parrenthorn HS. Prestwich HS had a Success as champions of Bury the last 32 of the whole of England. small team full of Year 8 boys and meant that the team now progress The match was at home to Bury easily dispatched them 61-17. into the Greater Manchester Archbishop Beck from Liverpool Broadoak were much stronger Championships at the Amaechi who were really strong and again opposition but BGS got better as the Centre. with strong links to a club. Bury game went on and won 57-41. Elton PK were beaten convincingly for the only HS was another enjoyable match with time in the whole season. Bury Bury easing to victory 59-42. The played well but could not score final league game was away to St consistently against a very aggressive Gabriel’s and it turned out to be a and organised defence. cracker as Bury just held on for a 45- Back in the Lancashire Cup BGS 41 victory which clinched the Bury 90
  • 89. CRICKET First XI too many cheap wickets throughout exam period, we travelled away to This year’s cricket season was one of the innings and eventually crawled to William Hulme for a Saturday mixed performances and results for 108 all out. Rob Ferguson (17 not morning fixture. When we arrived the First Eleven. out) provided some resistance there was no team to play against. The opening fixture was a towards the end but it wasn’t enough Gradually, Hulme’s team arrived by Twenty20 tournament at King to avoid a 130 run defeat. various means of transport and the Edward VII and Queen Mary School, Thursday gave stage to a full- game got underway. The home team Lytham. On a beautiful day, the side strength BGSB side and a great game were bowled out for an was drawn against St. Bede’s in the of cricket (the last of the season) embarrassingly low score, with Rob first round and, after winning the unravelled. BGSB lost the toss and Ferguson and Alan Brown bowling toss, batted first underneath the were put in to bat on a green and exceptionally well. The runs were beating coastal sunshine. Chris Long bowler-friendly wicket. Early wickets knocked off in no time and we were (80) and David Taylor (68) put the team on the back foot and on our way home before eleven annihilated a poor bowling attack, another disappointing defeat looked o’clock. The game was a confidence helping BGSB to a colossal total of on the cards. However, a resilient, booster but there were no illusions as 188. In reply, Bede’s managed to determined and brilliant innings from to how much more difficult our make 151 for eight wickets, but the Michael Howarth (119 not out) on his remaining games would be. result was never really in any doubt return from injury made the Another Saturday fixture saw us thanks to tight bowling from Alex scoreboard look much healthier and travel to Cheadle Hulme for a Griffiths (3-31). The final was played the home side was able to declare on Twenty20 match again. The side against a well-rested Manchester 217-5. Michael Howarth was well- managed to post a competitive total Grammar School team who had supported by Michael Farley (32). of 150 for 5, with Chris Long (61) cruised to victory in their opening The opposition set about their task in and David Taylor building a good game. Unfortunately, BGSB didn’t a positive fashion and looked to be partnership. The home team batted have the luxury of a rest; within half cruising to victory until Rob well in reply and won with 5 balls to an hour of the game against Bede’s Ferguson (4 for 31) and Matthew spare - again, wayward bowling and finishing, opening batsmen Chris Travis (3 for 30) grabbed key wickets poor fielding were to blame for our Long and Tom Barling were back in to eventually dismiss the visitors for downfall. Nevertheless, the game was the middle again. However, fatigue 184 and secure a much-deserved 34 a good one for the neutral and it was cannot be used as an excuse for what run win. The victory was a great way enjoyable to be involved in such a was a poor performance against very to end what could have been a very high-scoring match. mediocre bowling – only Barling disappointing season, and it was A midweek game against Oldham provided any real resistance, hitting especially sweet for Michael Hulme gave opportunities to two the ball hard on his way to 51. BGSB Howarth, Rob Ferguson and Marc younger players in a weakened fielded poorly as MGS easily reached Woolfe, who were playing their last BGSB side. Michael Farley (41) and their modest target of 122 in just cricket match for BGS. Will Hazelhurst (22) batted well but thirteen overs. We were beaten by the David Taylor were not supported by the more better side, but did not give a good experienced members of the team. account of ourselves and went home The opposition reached the under-par disappointed. total of 105 in difficult conditions The next fixture was at home with one over to spare to record a 6 against Bolton School. After winning wicket victory. the toss and electing to bat, the side The penultimate week of term, capitulated to 105 all out. Marc nicknamed ‘Cricket Week’, included Woolfe (34) applied himself to the all-day fixtures at home against task in hand but found little support QEGS Blackburn on the Tuesday and from elsewhere. The opposition Kirkham Grammar School two days reached their target in only 16 overs later. to complete an 8 wicket victory. It On Tuesday QEGS batted first was another disappointing defeat and and posted a commanding total of it became apparent that more work 238. Rob Ferguson (2-10) and was needed if we were to compete Matthew Travis (2-57) were the pick with teams like these. of the bowlers. In reply, the team lost After a long break during the 91
  • 90. Under 15 This season got off to a great start. and Neville Mamoowala regularly Danny Lomax 110 not out putting on We won our first six games, beating scored runs. a 294 run partnership. major opposition such as Manchester Our only down in the season was All in all it was a great season and Grammar, against whom Alistair the loss in the cup to Bolton School my thanks go to Mr. Aston and also Dickson (72) and Danny Lomax (51) where only one batter, Alistair to Mr. Evans for stepping in when both batted strongly. Dickson, turned up. Mr. Aston was not here. The pick of the bowlers all season Our highlight to the season was Danny Lomax were Jake Neary, Ryan Edwards, the crushing victory against William James Lester, Alistair Dickson and Hulme. We batted first and in only Oliver Gaydon. 20 overs put on 321 for 1 wicket, Alistair Dickson, Danny Lomax Alistair Dickson 188 not out and Under 14 Our season consisted of twelve affected game; we performed well throughout the season. games of which five were cup under par in awful weather. Thanks to all the staff who took us matches. We won nine and lost three, The following week our for games sessions and during a pretty successful season overall. bowlers put on a spectacular matches. Looking forward to next We had a poor start losing to performance against King’s season I believe we have the potential Oldham Hulme on our first fixture. Macclesfield ensuring us of victory. within the team to regain the county We then went on to play more to our We lost to MGS (away) in the title. potential, winning the next eight quarter-final of the Lancashire Cup; it Sam Excell consecutive games, including our was very disappointing as we had victory over MGS. This game was defeated them earlier in the season. probably our game of the season, Special mention must go to Zaki owing to an exceptional team Malick and Michael Ferguson who performance. both scored runs regularly with the We then lost to Kirkham bat throughout the season. Fahad Grammar School (whom we beat in Ashfaq and Abdullah Khan bowled the Lancashire Cup Final in the well consistently. There were also previous season) in what was a rain- many others who performed well Under 13 only a rather unfortunate exit in the in the cup and the partnership of In another awkward season of wet quarter-final of the Lancashire Cup Luke Simpson and Hassan Arain and often very trying conditions in spoiled a very successful season. which rescued us from 36 for 5 and which to play cricket, the U13s enabled a cup win, chasing 107 acquitted themselves well, winning CNJH against Lawton, off the penultimate six of the eleven games completed. ball. The most consistent batting of the The bowling, led by the season came from Tom Parton, Alex impressive Alex Breckin and ably Breckin and Jordan Smith, who all backed up by Richard Riley, Richard contributed runs on a regular basis, Walsh, Reece McGadie and Chris assisted by Reece McGadie, Luke Winterburn, only lacked a spin Simpson and Hassan Arain on bowler to make it a real match- occasions. The batting highlights winning combination. were an opening partnership of 194 Tom Parton captained the side between Tom Parton (94) and Alex well with immense enthusiasm and Breckin (91 not out) against Standish 92
  • 91. Under 12 George Owen, the team ended up Hulme; George Owen 61 against The U12s have had a very successful with a good score of 121 for 6. This Cheadle Hulme, two stumpings season this year, winning 11 games gave the team confidence and we against Bolton and one retirement and only losing two. The team also bowled Cheadle out for 16! against West Hill; Scott Reynolds got to the quarter-final of the Other memorable victories came taking three wickets in four balls in a Lancashire Cup where we were against Bolton School in the spell which ended with excellent closely beaten in the last over by Lancashire Cup and Macclesfield figures of four wickets for six runs West Hill. where we scored a below-par 94, but also against Cheadle Hulme along Over the season there have been followed this with a great bowling with four wickets against some very impressive individual performance in which the team Macclesfield; and Connor Gaydon performances. Some of these include: skittled the opposition out for 49. taking three wickets on two occasions Dan Farley five wickets and 70 runs I would like to thank the squad for (once against MGS and the other against MGS and two retirements all their efforts this season, Mr against Liverpool College). (once against Bolton School and the Alldred for his management and Mr All of these contributions have other against QEGS); Matthew Hilton for his coaching in games helped the team be so successful. As I Bowen 35 not out against Liverpool sessions. mentioned before the team has won College, one retirement in the game Matthew Bowen 11 games but some of these were against West Hill and a double wicket more impressive than others. maiden against Sharpies; Chris Hall Firstly, when we played Cheadle and Harry Bearn both taking three Hulme, after some great batting from wickets in one over against William ATHLETICS In a very enjoyable season and with 1500m where George Grey chipped fourth in the year 7 1500m final. some reasonable early summer in with some good performances. Sam Hesketh, George Grey and weather BGS’s athletes performed Harry Slingsby was a competent Laraib Khan also all performed well. well. performer in the 800m. For the So a really good season finished Despite defeat to Canon Slade and fourth years top performers were on a high after a very enjoyable and St Gabriel’s the team was successful. Conor McElherron in the sprints and well-organised event. Hulme Grammar School was Jamie Kettleborough in the 400m. PK probably the most exciting fixture as All the BGS sprint relay teams ran BGS won by just one point 154-153. really well right through the season The most vivid memory from the and were a big factor in producing a meeting was Conor McElherron winning set of results. catching the Hulme runner in a The standard of the Greater dramatic finish in the relay which Manchester District event in Stretford secured BGS’s victory. was very high and BGS had a good BGS beat Woodhey 134-117, number of representatives who all Bury Church 157-123 and Derby performed well on the day. In the School 117-87. Incredibly the Bury Championships BGS had a remaining fixture saw BGS and great day but could not retrieve the Castlebrook School tie 139 points trophy. Individually the best each. performers were Joshua Mason who Key performers through the became Bury champion in both the season were as follows: for the first 100m (11.08) and 200m (24.23) in years Laraib Khan in the 100m and the year 8 events and George Bevan 200m, Lawrence Arnold in the 400m, who emulated Joshua by winning the Christopher Hall and Matthew 1500m in a blistering 4.50 and also Buckley in the 800m and Louis became champion. Excellent Drogan in the 1500m; for the second performances also came from Jamie years Elliot Fairclough, Matthew Kettleborough, second in the year 11 Walker and Ricky Cheung in the 400m in 56.08, and Conor sprints, Danesh Sarfraz in the 400m, McElherron, third in both the 100m Charlie Foley in the 800m and (11.37) and the 200m year 11 events. Richard Riley in the 1500m. In the Lawrence Arnold finished 3rd in the third years Joshua Mason was first year 200m (67.36), Elliot unbeatable in the sprints, George Wolstenholme was 3rd in the javelin Bevan did well in both the 400m and year 11 event and Louis Drogan was 93
  • 92. CROSS-COUNTRY Some years ago I was asked by the Alistair McKinnon and Alex Lau ancient Hogwarts-like building; and then Headmaster, John Robson, if I provided the backbone of the team Alex Lau not losing his trousers at would look after the School’s cross- through the season: these four were Hutton this year. country teams. 35 years later I write usually our leading runners. Finally I would like to thank all my last, and hopefully not too self- Andrew’s time on the home course – the runners who made my final indulgent, report for the season. Now after 35 years still around Elton season such a relaxed, enjoyable and there are only the achievements of the Reservoir – of 23 minutes and 16 successful one. senior team to record: for over 20 seconds was the fastest for a BGS MJC years there were also U12, U13 and runner this season although T. Atkin U15 teams who, with the seniors, had of Lancaster secured the record of 22 regular Saturday fixtures throughout minutes and 43 seconds. Chris the winter season. Each home course Radcliffe, yet again, supported the had to be marked out beforehand with team when rugby fixtures allowed sawdust obtained the previous day and gained several high positions and from a local timber yard. As well as fast times, as did Harry Shuell. the weekly training sessions it was The season however was notable made clear to me by the then cross- for the large number of pupils who country captain, Alistair Burt, and his wanted to represent the School and deputy, Martin Forster, that it was who regularly and reliably turned out expected that the master in charge at both home and away matches and would also take the teams for the who created a good-humoured and usually eventful stays at the School’s lively team spirit, especially outdoor centre at Helsington in the noticeable in the School minibus on Lake District. Many of the schools away matches. In this regard the we ran against then have either essential contribution to the team’s ceased to exist or no longer have success by the following should be cross-country teams. Hutton noted: Daniel Livesey, Daniel Grammar School and Stonyhurst Kenyon, David West, Max Wright, College however still remain on our Daniel Wells, David Wild, Michael fixture list. Cromey and Mitchell Cocker. Enough history. What about the Significant ‘guest’ appearances were season 2007-8? Well, it was a also made by Harrison Woods (three remarkably successful swan song times) and Ciaron McCaughey with only one school, the traditionally (once). Some highlights of the strong Lancaster R.G.S., defeating us. season were the convincing but The season started well with a bloody victory at Arnold School, convincing home victory against where several runners experienced Merchant Taylors’ School. Captain the cutting effects of marram grass; Andrew Hoyle gained first position the narrow win on the beautiful but as he did in five other races this hilly course at Stonyhurst followed season. Andrew, Alex Jackson, by a fine tea in the atmospheric and 94
  • 93. GOLF The annual golf match between the the teachers by 2 and 1. So, the Game 1 School and the Old Clavians took match was all square at 2 points each Jack Harrison and Ashley Taylor place at a damp Walmersley Golf Won 2 and 1 over with one game still to come in. The Club on the afternoon of Friday 12th Melvyn Ince and Peter Jones experience of Sean Willis and power September. of Eliott Wolstenholme were unable An inexperienced School team, Game 2 to overcome the local knowledge of captained by Jack Harrison and Harry Swinnerton and James Lester Dave Freeman and Rick Purser who containing eight rookies, took on a Lost 5 and 3 to eventually won a tight contest in vastly more experienced Old Boys Glynn Evans and Brian Holland fading light and heavy drizzle. outfit captained by Dave Freeman. Victory then to the Old Clavians’ Under threatening skies and, Game 3 Golf Team. Individual winners of the thankfully, a light breeze Jack Matthew Bradshaw and Jonty Rigby Terry McBride cups were Ray Harrison and Ashley Taylor led the Halved with Swinnerton with 37 points and Jake Ray Swinnerton and John Ayers team away and eventually wore down Neary (El bandito) with 36 points. Old Clavians’ secretary Melvyn Ince After a welcome shower a Game 4 and his partner, Peter Jones, to secure sumptuous dinner was eaten in a most Chris Lloyd and Bradley Taylor the first point for the School. The cordial atmosphere and the prizes Won 1 up over next pair of Harry Swinnerton and were distributed by Melvyn Ince and John Keates and Ian Baird James Lester were soundly beaten by Dave Freeman. Walmersley Golf Glynn Evans and Brian Holland. The Club was again thanked for its Game 5 third match was a very tense affair hospitality and the feeling of the boys Adam Collins and Jake Neary and finished up all square. A birdie was that revenge will be had next Lost 2 and 1 to two on the seventeenth hole by Chris year. Mr Feeley and Mr Sherlock Lloyd enabled him and Bradley Taylor to secure a victory by the Game 6 smallest of margins. The fifth match Sean Willis and Eliott Wolstenholme out contained the teacher pairing of Lost 2 and 1 to Mr Feeley and Mr Sherlock who Dave Freeman and Rick Purser were quickly out of the blocks and were 5 up at the turn. However MATCH RESULT: Adam Collins and, in particular, Jake School 2pts Neary staged a fightback to be only Old Clavians 3pts two down with two to go. A half on MJS the seventeenth meant a victory for BADMINTON For the first time in many years, Manchester Grammar School, 9-0. BGSB managed to assemble a team Many thanks should go to Ross that could compete against other Little, who led the side admirably, schools. The team started their drawing on his own talent and wealth campaign against an experienced and of experience. I must thank him for well-resourced Winstanley College giving me numerous hints and tips and lost to their ‘A’ tea, 7-2. during training on Wednesdays. Josh However, they made quick work of Redford was excellent throughout the ‘B’ team 9-0. The first home and was a tough competitor for any fixture was a tighter affair as the team opposition. Tom Barling, Harpreet lost narrowly to Holy Cross ‘A’ 5-4 Sahni and Nalin Natarajan (all 5th and once again beat their ‘B’ team form pupils) performed to a high convincingly 8-1. The first win of standard and these lads should be the season came against Hulme even stronger next year. Hopefully, Grammar School 7-2. BGSB can build on their mid-table Further wins were achieved position and make a challenge on the against Cheadle Hulme School and title next season. Bolton School but the team were ASC thrashed by the eventual winners, 95
  • 94. SWIMMING This season, the School swimming for the 4th years, defeating his swimming captain and wish all the team has not performed to its opponents. The senior swimming swimmers good luck next year. maximum potential. Out of the nine team has also been very strong this Ben Jennings galas that have taken place, Bury year. Cameron Collins and Tom Grammar has only won one, beating Barling have carried the side, St. Edward’s Grammar School. Very winning most of their events. strong opposition came from I have really enjoyed being Manchester and Bolton Grammar Schools, who both showed a lot of determination and skill. However, these results are not representative of the team performances. Many of the galas were very close, but Bury unfortunately lack the ability to clinch the vital wins. Early in the season, Bury narrowly lost to Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, with only one race in it. The 1st years have tried really hard this season, but a lack of experience has shown. However, next year I believe that this will not be the case and hopefully more wins will be recorded. The 2nd years have been outstanding this season. A special mention must go to Callum Davidson, who has been unbeaten in breaststroke this year. He has even swum two years above his age group Family Fun Day: Staff v Boys Basketball freely of their time to play, The Teams: The match was extremely particularly Mr Ahmad, Mr Hilton competitive and a good standard of Staff: and Mr Ferguson who all managed to basketball was played by both teams. Mr Hilton run other activities as well as taking At the end of the first quarter, the Mr Marshall part, and to David Page for returning staff led 19 – 0, thanks to some very Mr Ferguson to play. strong defence and a Mr Cawtherley Mr Davidson The staff therefore retains the three point shot. The boys fought Mr Ahmad trophy for the second year running! back in quarter two and the score at Mr Cawtherley See you next year boys! the half was 31 – 16 in favour of the Mr Watts staff. RNM Mr Phillips A very strong third quarter David Page – performance by the boys, coupled Upper 6th honorary staff with dwindling staff energy levels saw the lead cut still further, as the Boys: quarter ended 44 – 26. (sic - Mr Jack Harrison Marshall is a science teacher - Ed.!). Michael Page The final score was 52 – 39, with Robert Hernandez staff hanging on narrowly to their Matthew Grindrod lead. Ethan Clough Thank you to Jack Harrison for Tom McKenna organising his team and for the 5th Lewis Mervin year boys who returned to play. Mohammed Ahmad Thank you to the staff who gave 96
  • 95. Intelligence Exhibition The two female singers are using their Q. What is the masculine equivalent vocals as well as the men in the back- of goose? ground. A. Duck or swan. Even at the actual concert there were Q. What is the past tense of seek? blank pages in the piano piece which A. Suck. Gershwin said he would compromise on the spot. Miss, is a bride a type of animal? Two girls sing and the men do the tre- Q. What evidence is there that Harold bles. died with an arrow in his eye? A. It was on the video in one of Mrs Q. Which section of the orchestra con- Brookes’ good lessons. tains the most players and why? A. The strings because if you count He died an extremely fatal death at the the amount of instruments in the age of 42. The following are all original and string section it adds up to more than authentic quotations, unknowingly the other sections. Paul McCartney’s father owned a contributed by members of the School. musical hall. Q. Where did Moses receive the Ten Translate into Latin: Felix was writ- Commandments? (Title of a song) Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely ing in the study. A. Moses received the Ten Harts Club Band. Correct version: Felix in tablino Commandments on a volcano called scribebat. Mount Sinai. Q. What’s the major cause of global Pupil’s version: Felix scribaybat dans dimming? la study. Abdullah Khan certainly made use of A. Thick people having too many the facilities with plenty of well- babies. Miss is Homer’s Odyssey a Simpsons aimed bouncers. (Staff comment – film? That must have come as a relief!) Suddenly the clouds turned black and the gentile breeze stopped. Japanese pastimes include martial Q. What was the name given to arts, sumo wrestling and bonsai President Woodrow Wilson’s peace Resin is usually put on the bow hares throwing. to make them grip. proposals of January 1918? A. The Ten Commandments. Sir, is the Christmas concert in To make a violin bow work you have February? Q. What was the American idea of to put relish on it. ‘Rugged Individualism?’ He sent it off to Ferdé Gofer (actually A. People tried to be ‘rough around The Beatles formed a four membered Grofe – Editor), but there were still the edges’. group. blank spots. Whiteman (actually Gershwin – Editor) – when it was A new style of American music? History Teacher: ‘While we’re study- time to play the piece live – just filled Blouse. ing the Afghan Wars, would anyone in the spots with his brain and played like to guess which fictional character by ear. William the Conqueror took the indi- was supposed to have been wounded at the Battle of Maiwand in 1880?’ rect route to London to intimate the William went round London and Seventh Form History Student: ‘Was Saxons. burned lots of villages. The villages it Peter Rabbit?’ were called Sussex, Kent, Hampshire, J’ai apprendu la grammaire en Surrey, Middlesex and Hertfordshire. Q. Describe the relief of south west français. England. Moses received the Ten A. It is fairly high off the ground. Q. What is the masculine equivalent Commandments on Mount Sinai in of bride? the middle of the dessert. Q. What is the difference between a A. Broom. composer and a conductor? 97
  • 96. Mr Hone: In what country is A. A composer writes the music and Darjeeling tea grown? the conductor tells the band where to Boy: Er…Africa? breathe. Mr Hone: In what decade was Gandhi (About Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an assassinated? Exhibition”) Boy: Was it the 20th? Mussorgsky attended the exhibition and was inspired to write 10 piano Mr Hone: How many cents make up a pieces each describing the paint from Euro? this exhibition. Boy: I think it’s about 50. Quiz Master: By what name is Mr Hone: What is the second largest Charles Edward Stuart better known? of the British Isles? Keen Pupil: Cheerful Charlie. Boy: Guernsey? She is always very sticky to her job Mr Hone: What is the actor Gary and propagates trustworthiness. Oldman’s real first name – Leonard or Modeste was a Russian who compost- Howard? ed music. Boy: It’s got to be one or the other… Even though he would be dead he fell Mr Hone: Who was Michael Douglas’ to his knees and had a wounded head, co-star in the 1984 film Romancing but he was still standing up. the Stone? Boy: Sharon Stone? Q. Why did Martin Luther King fight Mr Hone: No, it was Kathleen Turner. racism? Did you know the answer Ollie? A. Because when he was a young man Boy: Was it Sharon Stone? he was black as well. When I am sat watching the water (Heard at Founders’ Day) fights, I enjoy them. I feel I can He was crucified for us under Pontius expose myself to the others who are Pilates. there. Question asked during a French exam where pupil was struggling to reach the word limit: Student: Miss, if you write numbers do they count as words? Miss: Only if you write them as French words. Student: Miss, do the French have numbers? Later same pupil, same exam: Can you tell me how to spell a word? Miss: No! The Catholic Church was founded in A.D. 33 by Jesus Christ. The blue-ringed octopus is 20cm long with its testacles outstretched. Answers given by seemingly intelli- gent Seventh Formers in an end of year quiz: 98
  • 97. DUKE OF EDINBURGH’S AWARD This was the second year of running countryside surrounding Clitheroe to The Duke of Edinburgh Award has the Award at Bronze level at BGSB, practise walking with full expedition been a tough yet well rewarding ride. and after the success of last year there rucksacks. This was certainly an eye It involves boys and girls walking was a good deal of interest amongst opener as navigation skills were endless kilometres each day and then the fourth year boys in pursuing the tested, sometimes successfully, and having to use a combination of quick Award. groups had to dig deep to maintain thinking, teamwork and intelligence To achieve the Award, candidates morale when things weren’t always to get through the horrendous have to complete at least six months going to plan. conditions, in the form of making a of participation and progress in four This equipped the boys for their tent and cooking soggy pasta in the areas: Physical Recreation, Skill, second training expedition in the pouring rain. Service and Expedition. Each of the Yorkshire Dales, walking from If you were to write down boys had to secure his own activities Malham to Gargrave with a stopover everything that could have gone in the first three areas and, once again, wrong on a single piece of paper, I in Cracoe during a generally sunny this resulted in a wide variety of think it’s safe to say that we did it. We weekend in early June. Finally the choices. had to battle through adverse weather assessed expedition in the Peak The Expedition training was in two conditions and help several group District was a very wet affair. Once parts: planning sessions during school members with injuries sustained by again the boys had to show resilience time coupled with training activities slipping. This drove us on and made and determination to battle their way during weekends. These started in victory at the end that little bit sweeter through the worst the British summer January with a cold and very windy and more satisfying. could throw at them. I think it is safe experience at Lyme Park. Boys As a group we have learnt many to say they were happy to reach the started off on the short orienteering new skills. We have learnt to get on end of their walk at Lyme Park where course, but after some tuition in the better and not to argue when times are it had all began. basics of navigation soon saw tough. We have learnt to navigate I would like to thank the boys for themselves completing the more ourselves across moors with blistering their character, determination and complicated longer courses. This was winds but, most importantly, we have good humour, parents for their support followed by a first aid day held at learnt to make ourselves one of the in all its forms and, as ever, the large most satisfying hot-chocolates on a school, which enabled boys to learn group of staff who make this all cold, bleak Sunday morning. about the Safe Airway Position, Heart possible. Let’s hope next year brings Massage and how to safely and some slightly better weather! Alex Adler confidently deal with more common AED injuries. Following a day walk from Ramsbottom swimming pool to Peel Tower, we ventured north to the Sword of Honour for School Cadet The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers Regiment of Fusiliers. honoured the schools by presenting Headmaster, the Reverend Steven an officer’s sword to a Bury Grammar Harvey, said, “The Bury Grammar School student after the annual School CCF is greatly honoured by Gallipoli parade on Sunday 27th the presentation of this sword. We April. greatly value our historic links with Senior Cadet, Shantanu Kafle, the Fusiliers and the sword will be an from the School’s combined cadet enduring and much treasured symbol force (CCF), received the sword from of this association.” Colonel Brian Gorski. Founded in The Senior Cadet wore the sword 1892, the School’s CCF is one of the for the first time on Founders’ Day oldest in the country and has been and the tradition will be continued in closely linked with the Lancashire years to come. Fusiliers. As well as marking the 93rd anniversary of the landings at Gallipoli, the award commemorated the 40th anniversary of the Royal 99
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