General News Archive


Day three

After lessons on Wednesday, the girls had some time to soak up the sun and try some of the local dishes in the cafes along the beach… egg and chips, club sandwiches, Fanta, Coke 😉 All of which gave them the energy they would need to complete the afternoon activity. In pairs, they had to approach real life Spanish people and ask them questions as part of a cultural quiz. The girls learnt a lot from the locals (los malagueños) including the typical flower of Málaga, the traditional dance and the names of some of the members of the Spanish royal family. The joint winners were Lucy, Alex, Natasha and Sally. ¡Enhorabuena!


We headed back to the school once the winners had been announced to cool off and watch a Spanish film, ´A tres metros sobre el cielo´. The girls loved the film so much, Miss Tomlinson had to buy it straight away along with the sequel – screening to be arranged on our return to school.



Day two

A cloudier day was ideal for our afternoon trip to Nerja! We visited the ‘cuevas’ which we learnt were discovered by accident by two boys from a nearby town whilst they were playing one afternoon. Whilst there, we saw naturally formed stalactites and stalagmites, one of which had joined in the middle to form a 32m high column! The girls were brave enough to enter the ‘sala de fantasmas’ (Ghost Chamber) where two skeletons were found when the caves were originally discovered!


We hopped back on the coach to make the short trip to the main town of Nerja where we stood on the ´Balcón de Europa´from which you can see Africa on a clear day. The girls had a wander around the souvenir shops and tried some more delicious flavours of icecream. Phoebe would like to add that she had a wonderful day and the sights were spectacular!


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Day one

I am pleased to report that the sun has had his hat on in Málaga today! The girls had their first lesson at school, where they popped balloons to guess descriptions of one another. The rest of the morning was spent on the beach at Pedregallejo soaking up the sunshine and eating our ‘picnic’ before we headed off for our guided tour of the centre. Icecream, shopping and a bus ride completed the day’s activities before the girls returned to their host families to spend the evening.

Pictures of the girls having fun in the sun to follow 🙂

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Le Collège Saint Benoît






Moulins at last

Here we are at Collège Saint Benoît after a long coach journey and a night’s stay in a hotel just outside Amiens (north of Paris).  Everyone was in good spirits, although a bit nervous when we arrived in Moulins.  It was time to renew friendships already made last November when the French pupils came to visit us in Bolton.

Today we had a very busy day.  Most of us had an early start, as we needed to be in school for 8 o’clock – poor Molly had to be up at 5.30 to make sure she wasn’t late!  We had a brief tour of the school and learnt about it’s history and most importantly, we found out where we’d be having lunch!  After that, we had a Geography lesson (in French) which taught us about the local river, the most important “wild” river in France – which just means that it has not had any work done on it by man (not as some of us thought full of scary animals!).  Certainly the teachers’ French was tested with the wide variety of animals and birds you can see around the river.

Later we went to the Centre National du Costume de Scène (CNCS) where we saw a range of costumes from stage and screen which showed how power was portrayed – Costumer le pouvoir.  There were some amazing costumes – the girls seemed to like those from Swan Lake which had Japanese influences.  But there were costumes from a whole range of operas, ballets and films including Astérix and Obélix as well as the Fifth Element and Joan of Arc.

This afternoon it was sport – canoë, VTT, javelot.  A kind of mini triathlon mixed with orienteering!  A number of pupils were put through their paces, but well done to Rachel, Molly and their corrès, Louise-Marie and Juliette who won the girls’ competition.  Fortunately, there were no mishaps and everyone stayed dry!


Lied der Woche 1: UNHEILIG – “Geboren um zu leben”



Mit einer großen Mehrheit wurde dieses Lied in unseren letzten Konversationsstunden gewählt. Wir haben uns das Lied ein paar Mal angehört, den Songtext dazu auf deutsch gelesen, analysiert und auf englisch übersetzt.


Wir waren geboren, um zu leben

mit den Wundern jener Zeit.

Sich niemals zu vergessen

bis in alle Ewigkeit.

Wir waren geboren, um zu leben

für den einen Augenblick.

Bei dem jeder von uns spürte,

wie wertvoll Leben ist.


Das Lied ist auf dem Album Große Freiheit zu finden, welches in Deutschland den Titel als Bestes Album aller Zeiten verdient hat und damit die Band UNHEILIG sehr erfolgreich gemacht hat.





UNHEILIG ist eine deutsche Musikgruppe,  die von Popmusik und elektronischer Musik beeinflusst wird. Der Frontmann der Gruppe ist Bernd Heinrich Graf (“der Graf”), der sie  zusammen mit Grant Stevens und  José Alvarez-Brill in 2000 gegründet hat. Allerdings besteht die Gruppe heute aus dem Graf und drei anderen Live-Musikern: Licky, Hennig Verlage und Potti. Sie haben acht Alben veröffentlicht, von denen Große Freiheit und Lichter der Stadt die erfolgreichsten gewesen sind. Im Jahr 2010 hat Große Freiheit den Rekord des am längsten auf Platz 1 platzierten Albums gebrochen, als es für 23 Wochen in den deutschen Verkaufscharts war. Die beliebtesten Singles von UNHEILIG sind “Geboren um zu leben” und So wie du warst, die jeweils Platz eins in 2010 und Platz zwei in 2012 erreichten.

Vor UNHEILIG hielt der deutsche Sänger Herbert Grönemeyer mit seinem Album Ö den Rekord mit 14 Wochen auf Platz 1 – das war im Jahr 1988.


Wie  findet ihr dieses Lied? Was gefällt euch daran: die Melodie, der Text, das Video?

Gibt es noch andere Lieder von UNHEILIG, die ihr mögt?


Sixth Form Students’ German Club – “Deutsche Gesellschaft”


German flag

At last term’s Open Evening the Year 12 Girls had the great idea of creating a joint German Club for and by the Sixth Formers in the Girls’ and Boys’ Division of Bolton School. As a result, the Deutsche Gesellschaft AG (German Society club) was founded in Dec 2012.

Offers and aims of Deutsche Gesellschaft AG (Arbeitsgemeinschaft):

Curricular content:

  • Possibility to study and revise your German language skills
  • Deeping your learning skills by working together
  • Support all the way from this year’s German Assistant

Extra-curricular content:

  • Enrich your knowledge about Germany: culture, language, literature, film, food, sport, music, etc.
  • Improve your German speaking by exchanging ideas and interests with your fellow students and your German Assistant
  • Simply learn German with more fun! 🙂


When does Deutsche Gesellschaft AG take place?

Week A + B: 1:30 – 2:00 pm

Wednesdays: Girls’ Div – Pink Palace, Room M1

Thursdays: Boys Div – Room change, tba (until then meeting place is B13)


“Textiles Gestalten” – Introducing German with Arts & Creativity

Our German club Textiles Gestalten was created for all Year 7 – Year 9 girls who are interested in learning something about Germany and want to get a first impression of the German language and culture (especially helpful for choosing German as your foreign language).

In every session you are introduced to a piece of German culture (festivities, music, games, etc.). You then can create something crafty related to this topic, can learn some German words and extend your knowledge about Germany in a very fun and easy way. No previous knowledge of German is needed!

We keep a calendar with the words you have learned, so at the end of the year you can remember what we have done and  keep it together with all the wonderful things you have created in the club!

Come and join us in our German club! Deutsch macht Spaß! (German is fun!) 🙂


When does Textiles Gestalten take place?

Every Tuesday (Week A + B): 1:30-2:00pm

In Room: B9


Take a look at our first session back in Sept 2012 here:

Die Schultüte (the school cone)



German Carnival – “Helau!”



 What is “Karneval / Fastnacht / Fasching”?

The colorful, fun, and crazy German Carnival (Narrenzeit = fool’s time) celebrated every year, seven weeks before Easter in February – it is also called the “Fifth Season”. In the cities of Köln (Cologne, with the largest and most famous  German Carnival) and Düsseldorf (north-western part of Germany) people say “Karneval”, in Mainz and Frankfurt (southern part) they say “Fastnacht” and in München (Munich, far south of Germany) it’s called “Fasching”.

The German Carnival originates in the traditions of the fasting period / Lent, when Catholic people don’t eat meat (Carne vale = lat. Goodbye meat) and don’t drink alcohol. So, before then people like to celebrate and eat everything they want one more time. Today, many people have moved away from this strict tradition, but some still continue.

The first day of Fastnacht starts on 11 November at 11:11 o’clock in the morning (meeting of the Fastnachts Council to organise the upcoming festivities), but the main events take place in the mid of February. People dress up in all kinds of funny, crazy or scary costumes, celebrate and do funny events in schools, clubs, costume balls, and on the street. Traditionally and especially during the Middle Ages, the scary costumes (mostly in the southern part of Germany) were used to scare away the winter. Nowadays, the German Carnival has become more of an entertainment event for children and adults.

The Fastnacht’s atmosphere begins on a Thursday, the Weiberfastnacht (“Women’s Carnival”) where women can kiss any man after cutting off his tie. On the holiday Rosenmontag there are big Fastnacht parades in most German cities (up to 6 or 7km in Köln, begins at 11:11 o’clock and can take up to more than 4 hours.

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Every parade has a funny motto, many dance, carnival and music groups perform. People ride on big colorful floats decorated with huge caricatured figures of politicians and other famous personalities, throw candy, pretzels, and little toys to the audience while shouting: “Helau” (Mainz) or “Alaaf” (Köln, Düsseldorf), which can be seen as the Carneval way of saying “Hello” or “Hurray”.


The party continues one last time with many costume balls and parties on Faschingsdienstag (“Carnival Tuesday”). On Aschermittwoch (“Ash Wednesday”) everything is over and goes back to normal – after this the Lent period begins.


Follow these links to see and learn more about Karneval / Fastnacht / Fasching:

(short German video about the Carnival, includes text)

(Impressions of the 2013 Carnival celebrations in Germany)


National French Spelling Bee – Stage Two

Well done to all of the girls who took part in the second round of the National French Spelling Bee competition. You showed nerves of steel standing up on the stage in front of all of your friends and classmates. Congratulations to the winners – Fatima, Annette, Eleanor and Lucy! I look forward to working with you before the regional heat at Manchester Metropolitan University in March!

Miss Tomlinson