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 Revamped library opened by children’s author
Pupils at Pocklington Prep School, Yorkshire, have a restocked and revamped library to enjoy after children’s author Clementine Beauvais visited to open it.
Prep School teacher Jonathan Ott and Pocklington School Librarian Angie Edwards spent many months selecting a new book list for the library, as well as the right shelves and furniture to make it welcoming and comfortable.
To celebrate the launch of the new collection, they invited York-based Ms Beauvais to cut the ribbon and of cially declare the library ready for visitors.
Ms Beauvais, author of the Royal Babysitters series (aimed at children
aged 7+), as well as the Sesame Seade mystery series (aimed at 9-11 year-olds) and young adult novel Piglettes, talked to pupils in assembly about being a writer and what inspires her.
She then spent the morning in the library signing books, answering children’s questions, and making bespoke autographs for pupils from her own special collection of coloured pens and stamps.
Ian Wright, Head of Pocklington Prep School, said: “A bright and appealing library is vital to foster a love for reading in children. It has been both a delight and pleasure to see our pupils respond to the work undertaken to modernise our library – and to Ms Beauvais’ visit.
Book tells the story
 Pictured: Author Clementine Beauvais cuts the ribbon to reopen the Pocklington Prep School Library. Also featured: Front L-R: Pocklington Prep School Year Four pupils, Anna Stephenson and Thomas Haeney. Back L-R: Head of Pocklington Prep School, Mr Ian Wright and Pocklington Prep teacher, Mr Jonathan Ott
Eric Fairweather, Archivist at Bolton School, has written a new book which charts the chronological history of Bolton School Girls’ Division. ‘Pride in the Past; Con dence in the Future’ traces the genealogy of women’s education and the formation of Bolton Day School for Girls in 1877, one of the  rst girls’ schools in the country. The 140 year history of the School, including its merger with the Bolton Grammar School for Boys to become Bolton School (Girls’ Division and Boys’ Division) is told through a series of chapters focussing on the life and times of the School during the tenure of each Headmistress from Miss Kean (1877-1880) to present day Head Sue Hincks.
Re ecting on the writing of the book, Mr Fairweather, who is also a governor at the School, said: ‘The book was produced at the request of the Headmistress, Sue Hincks,
to mark the centenary of the Girls’
Division at Chorley New Road in 2015. It was fascinating to track the School’s evolution from its humble beginnings in a single room in
the Bolton Mechanics’ Institution
to the outstanding School of the present day. My research into the history of girls’ education was particularly interesting in that I had not previously been aware that the Bolton Day School for Girls, as it was  rst known, was perhaps the second oldest girls’ school in the North West. Nor did I realise how many links there were between
the School and Newnham College, Cambridge. On a lighter note it was amusing to think of Miss Richards receiving a standing ovation after her last assembly, when she roller skated out of the Great Hall to “A new dawn, a new day, a new life for me”, courtesy of Nina Simone!’
The illustrated book can be purchased from the Bolton School Merchandise web site for £15.00.
Pictured: Headmistresses – Gill Richards (2005-2011), Sue Hincks (2011 – present day) and Jane Panton (1994-2005).
 Betjeman’s schoolboy poems at Centenary
Poet Laureate, writer, personality, documentary maker and campaigner Sir John Betjeman arrived at Dragon School, Oxford 100 years ago. At an event to celebrate the famous poet, a Betjeman Society memorial plaque was unveiled by headmaster John Baugh.
The wry, comic, schoolboy verse of Sir John Betjeman (‘poets never write about the dawning when it rains’), delighted a large gathering of Betjeman Society members for their AGM held at the Dragon.
Sir John attended the School between 1917 and 1920. The Betjeman Society chose to mark the popular poet’s formational years at
the school with the gift of a plaque to inspire future generations of Dragons ‘to have a go at writing poetry’. Sir John’s time at the Dragon awakened a lifelong love of Oxford, where he later studied and which featured often in his poetry and prose.
The school has always encouraged poetry and creativity. The School magazine ‘the Draconian’ published his work and he was much praised for his performances on the
stage: from Gilbert and Sullivan
to Shakespeare. These experiences began a life in television, as a producer and presenter, and on vinyl as he combined music with verse. Likewise, as a poet, journalist and writer, his collections of poetry
had unusually broad appeal, some selling over 100,000 copies.
John Baugh, Dragon Headmaster read a message sent by Tim Betjeman, Sir John’s grandson, who said: “A lot of my grandfather’s
love of architecture began here, and a lot of his fond boyhood memories are stored here. It is a great and  tting tribute that he should now be formally anchored into the brickwork of the Dragon”.
 Pictured: Headmaster John Baugh and pupil Charlotte Austen
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