Student Awarded Second in National Classics Competition

Katherine Baker, a Y12 student at Bolton School Girls’ Division, has been awarded second place in the national Lytham St Anne's CA Classics Competition 2020.

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7th March 2020 — Katherine Baker, a Y12 student at Bolton School Girls’ Division, has been awarded second place in the national Lytham St Anne's CA Classics Competition 2020. Entrants aged 11-19 from across the country had earlier submitted a 10-15 minute presentation answering the question: “Which three characters would you invite to a dinner party?” Presentations were then posted to YouTube and judged by the Lytham St Anne’s Classical Association, who organise the annual event. The Association selected four finalists and invited them to deliver their presentations to the Classical Association members in a Grand Final at AKS School, Lytham St Anne’s.

Katherine, who is a keen student and wants to study Classics at university, entitled her entry ‘My Dinner Party Guests: The Profane, The Witty and The Sacred’. Her three characters were the emperor Caligula, Roman statesman and orator Cicero, and the goddess Artemis.

She delivered her presentation to a 100-strong audience and in front of judge Dr Arlene Henderson-Holmes of King’s College London. Katherine’s entry was commended with the judge saying: ‘Well done for what was a really interesting and engaging presentation.’ Her Classics teacher Mrs Ball said: ‘She did incredibly well and her speech was amazing’. In finishing second, Katherine received £100 prize money. In the final she was up against 3 other competitors, including last year’s winner. The judge commented that Katherine had chosen Cicero for his ‘banter’ but she “loved Katherine’s banter” and said that she had enjoyed Katherine’s quips and was impressed with some of the insightful questions Katherine posed. She also felt that Katherine did a great job of making the choices she had made personal to her.

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At Bolton School we help every girl discover her unique talents and strengths. Our staff are committed to developing in each girl the love of learning, creative independence and academic self discipline which will enable her to achieve excellent examination results. Our aim is to inspire in our girls the attributes, skills and values which will enable them to make informed choices, become responsible and principled citizens, enjoy successful careers and achieve personal fulfilment.

We understand that the best learning takes place when girls feel cherished, understood and secure. In our friendly and respectful, single sex environment, girls of all ages and backgrounds are free to relax and enjoy each other's company without feeling self conscious. They forge strong friendships to support and sustain them throughout their lives. They also have the opportunity to get to know members of the Boys’ Division through participation in extra-curricular activities alongside them.

Girls at Bolton School recognise how lucky they are to enjoy all the advantages of a supportive and inspirational educational environment with its superb facilities and exceptional range of extra-curricular activities; they value the importance of ‘giving back’ through participation in community action programmes, locally, nationally and abroad.

The best way to appreciate our school, is to visit us. The girls are terrific ambassadors and would love to show you their magical, uplifting surroundings as well as talk to you about the exceptional range of opportunities offered to them.

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