A Day In The Life

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A Day In The Life
TV and the drama Wayward Pines
➢Which player are you?
End Of Year
Events
➢Prize Giving
➢House Day
➢The Year in
Pictures
The Fifa Scandal
The
BOLT
Football Quiz
2014-2015
A Day In The Life
Magazine, 6th Edition 2015
Final Edition
Welcome to the final edition of the Bolt of this academic year. In this edition we feature a day in the life of Mr Wadsworth, discuss the Death Penalty and report on the final events of this year including Prize giving and House Day. As this is the final edition of the year I would like to take the opportunity to look back over this year and to look forward to next year. In September, the Boltonator was restarting under myself, Miss Brearley and Mr Martin Mathews. Our first decision was to rename the magazine The Bolt and to make it a digital magazine which I think has made accessing the Bolt much easier and has worked well in conjunction with the introduction of iPads to the school. Also Aqeel Suleman designed our first distinctive front cover complete with logo and the first edition was released in October. The response was very positive and encouraged us to work hard to improve the quality of the Bolt and broaden our reach, Miss Brearley set up our twitter feed @bolton_thebolt and throughout the year our reach has broadened further as the magazine is now also available on the Bolton School website as well as on the Headmaster’s email. Following these initial successes, The Bolt said farewell to Mr Martin‐Matthews, and Miss Brearley took over on her own. I also appointed Luke Cavanaugh as my deputy editor, a role he has taken very seriously. Luke has worked extremely hard this year and I would like to thank him for his excellent contributions. During the Easter period the school began it’s commemorations of those who lost their lives in World War One and the Bolt released a commemorative edition to help us remember the sacrifices of those involved in the war. Most recently this year the school hosted a mock election which gave us plenty of opportunity to interview candidates and publish manifestos and this resulted in our longest edition yet. That bring us to this, the final edition of the year and looking back I am incredibly proud of the achievements we have accomplished in establishing the Bolt as a professional magazine. Looking forward to next year, I am delighted to announce that I will remain the Editor of the Bolt, Luke will continue as my deputy editor and Miss Brearley will continue to supervise the magazine as we hope to continue this journey next year. I would also like to thank everyone who has supported the Bolt this year and wish Mr Jones, our academic assistant head, a fond farewell as he leaves us this year. Finally, I would like to ask any budding writers in any year to see Miss Brearley or myself to join our team for next year so that you can have a say in school media and write about what matters to you. Enjoy and Thank You for all of your support. Sam Warburton, Editor 1. What is your current role within school? Sports Host until I retire at the end of the school year 2. How long have you worked here? 41 years 3. Where is your favourite place in school? Great Hall 4. What is your favourite book and why? Death In Venice –evocatively intense 5. What is your favourite film and why? Moulin Rouge – different mood but also evocative and moving 6. If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go and why? Barcelona is my favourite city; different on every visit – Berlin is top of my To Do list –history, nightlife, atmosphere 7. Where do you get your inspiration for your House speeches? My brain, I guess –and years of experience; I enjoy writing short hopefully amusing pieces 8. What do you enjoy most about working here? Over the years, pupils for their character, intelligence, friendliness… 9. Which house do you belong to? None –but originally Harwood –there’s a name you didn’t expect 10. If you could have any superpower what would it be? Invisibility 11. Where is the weirdest place you have visited? One that comes to mind is the Capella dos Ossos in Evora, Portugal –church of skulls and bones 12. Describe yourself in 5 words. Loyal, self‐deprecating, friendly, accommodating, overweight 13. What is your favourite subject and why? Economics – theoretical interest in money matters and how people re‐act to it 14. What advice would you give to new pupils at school? Become the next generation of true Boltonians – well‐
mannered, giving, humorous, inquiring 15. What is your favourite food and why? Peppered pork steak – taste!! What other reasons are there? 16. Coke or Pepsi? Neither 17. If you could be any animal, what would you be and why? Owl – believed to be wise ‐my school’s motto is ‘dare to be wise’ and school badge is an owl –sums up what we should be! A summary of the final, major events of this year #1 Prizegiving On Thursday 25 June the school hosted it’s centenary prizegiving. The guest speaker was Mr Giles Lever, an old boy and British ambassador to Vietnam. Alongside Mr Lever, both Mr Britton and the chair of governors Mr Griffiths spoke and reflected on the year as well as our new School Captain Chris Pantelides who summarised his ambitions for the coming year. The Prizes were varied with each prizewinner receiving a white coronation and a cheque, some prizes include The Popplewell Scholars, The Stoner Prize, The Religious Studies Prize and the Headmaster’s Essay Prize. After the event a reception was hosted in the Riley Centre and was thoroughly enjoyed by all. th
#2 House Day Our final house day of the year was held on Friday 5th June and involved boys competing in all sorts of events including Debating, Cricket and Various Quizzes. We now all eagerly await the results to be announced soon by Mr Wadsworth. #3 Foundation Family Festival On Sunday 28 June the school hosted it’s Foundation Family Festival to mark the 100 year anniversary of the Bolton School Foundation and 500 years of education in Bolton. Lasting from 12 noon until 4pm, the event was a huge success with families enjoying such events as guess how many balloons will fit inside the Headmaster’s car and abseiling down the Clock tower. Well done to all those involved in organising and setting up the event. th
Should we enforce the Death Penalty? On April 15th 2013, two bombs went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three spectators and wounding more than 260 other people. Four days later, after an intense manhunt, the police captured one of the bombers Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, and fatally wounded the other, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, after a shootout with the police. Over two years after the bombing took place, Boston bombings Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to death for his part in the bombings. It is clear that a man as evil as this should never be allowed back into the public but is it ever justified to take a life with a deliberated, cold‐ blooded execution? A key reason why the death penalty should be introduced is because capital punishment is a deterrent towards offenders. People are less likely to commit a premeditated murder or rape if they know that they will be executed for their crime if they were to be caught. But, as with most of the points I am going to raise, there are two sides to the argument. If someone is sick and twisted enough to want to kill someone, knowing full well that they will face life imprisonment for it, do you think that the threat of capital punishment will stop them? Another reason why we could possibly have the death penalty is because it stops re‐offenders. If these terrorists and murderers are executed, then they can never come out of prison and hurt people, and the families of their victims can have peace of mind. However, people can make bad mistakes like joining terrorist organisation and, when they are in prison, they often realise how wrong they were to do such a thing. If the death penalty was enforced, these people who would’ve come out of prison changed men and women would never have the opportunity to take their second chance at life, because they would be dead. Obviously, prisons in this country are overcrowded, and it is our parents ‐ and in a few years, us ‐ as taxpayers that are paying for the murderers to live in prisons. The death penalty would mean that this money wouldn’t be spent on them as they would be dead. On the other hand, appeals against the death penalty take years before the criminals are actually executed, so the prisons will still have all these prisoners in them for up to ten years. Finally, a lot of people talk about the morality of killing someone who may be innocent, but the problem there lies with the judicial system. If someone is found guilty, they are expected to be guilty, and therefore must face consequences for Lethal injections are the preferred their actions. method of execution Now I’m going to give some reasons why we shouldn’t enforce the death penalty before making a conclusion. I have already touched on the obvious one: you can never be sure if somebody is innocent or guilty of their crimes. Even someone who confesses to it may not be telling the truth for some reason. Appeals are successful against prison sentences all the time, when new evidence comes to light, but if someone has already been executed, it is too late. However, more cynically, innocent people die all the time in war for the greater good, and is this not the same thing? If we do not kill these terrorists and murderers, it is entirely possible that they would re‐offend, so we have to kill a few innocent people in order to protect the rest of us. Secondly, it is very expensive to kill someone ‐ almost as expensive as putting them in prison. The drugs used in lethal injections are very expensive as well as difficult to get hold of; a lot of countries refuse to produce and sell them anymore for moral reasons. Furthermore, the appeals and trials that will undoubtedly take place before someone is executed cost a fortune, so in the long run not much money is saved at all. Finally, the quotation ‘an eye for an eye, would make the whole world blind’ is suitable here. Executing somebody in cold‐blood is not justice, it is calculated revenge and by murdering someone in revenge, surely you are committing a crime just as they did. I am going to finish by giving my own personal opinion on the matter. I don’t think that we should enforce the death penalty, and I think that we should spend our time and money trying to work out what drove these people to committing the crimes that they did, as well as making sure that the same thing doesn’t happen again. I also think that prisons should be tougher ‐ not so bad that things like the Strangeways riot happen again ‐ but I don’t think that prisons should have libraries and table football. Prisons are meant to be correctional facilities, not hostels. I think prisoners should be made to work for five days a week, just like everyone else in the country who haven’t committed crimes. They should be made to do the jobs that no one else wants to do, like cleaning graffiti off walls, not easy jobs that are relatively enjoyable to do. However, I am undecided as to what we should do to people like Tsarnaev, who kill and injure hundreds of people and show absolutely no remorse. Surely these people can’t change and become good people, and surely they can’t expect people to forgive and forget the heinous crimes that they have committed? By Luke Cavanaugh Surely men like Tsarnaev (above) can’t change The Year in Pictures As they say: a picture speaks a thousand words. Go‐karting on House Day Abbey Road, staff style German Exchange 2015 Taster Session in Chemistry