Good news Friday: Tower of London poppy dedication to 81 old boys of Bolton School and Exploding paint at Hymers College

The Telegraph, 20/03/15, two HMC members featured in the newly launched 'Good news Friday' column which gives schools the chance to share their stories: Philip Britton, headmaster of Bolton School and David Elstone, headmaster of Hymers College.

Tower of London poppy dedication to 81 old boys of Bolton School

Last week, tribute was paid to 81 old boys of Bolton School, who lost their lives during World War One. The ceremony took place in the same week, 100 years after the first former pupil – Albert Wilson – died in the conflict aged 25.

Mr Wilson was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Manchester Regiment and attached to the Indian Expeditionary Force. He was killed in action on 12 March 1915 during the first British offensive of the War.

The 81 names were read out by Philip Britton, the headmaster, as sixth form pupils planted a poppy; which had previously been on display at the Tower of London.

Exploding paint at Hymers College

Year 10 pupils at the independent school in Hull were treated to an explosive photographic experience thanks to professional liquids photographer, David Lund.

Pupils covered balloons with brightly coloured powders and liquids before bursting them in different places to see what effect it would have on the spray pattern of the contents.

The pupils were, thankfully, protected from the exploding balloons by a tent which captured all the liquid. The resulting images, taken at the exact moment the balloon was popped, were pretty impressive.

David Elstone, head teacher at Hymers, watched some of the photographs being taken. He said: “David’s demonstration was absolutely fantastic, our year 10 pupils have never seen anything like it and neither have I. The images they produced were outstanding. Everyone was so grateful to him for giving up his time and producing such an engaging display."

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