The annual prize day.
The whole school assembles at the school and parades across the town, to take their seats at the ‘Centenary’ to receive prizes and receive wisdom and inspiration from alumni.
Please arrive at the chapel at 2pm for refreshments.
unam libertam scolam gramaticalem in bostona
The “School Charter” – its place in our history and its meaning for our future.
The school charter is one of the great icons of BGS. The annual Charter Day celebrations, along with the school song Floreat Bostona, the three crowns and Beastmart, is a cherished part of our common identity. But what is this document? In fact, neither a “charter” nor a blueprint for a school on the Mart Yard, it was only one of a number of legal enactments which led to the establishment of what is still BGS.
This talk will begin with a tour of the document itself, exploring what it is, and what this densely scripted, off-brown single page can reveal of the intrigues, land-grabs, executions and upheavals which affected Boston in the turbulent and dangerous period of English history in which the school was born. It will then look at what it was the early pupils studied – a curriculum based on Latin grammar rooted in an educational tradition going back through the Middle Ages to the Romans. Why was Latin so central to education? What did this education mean to the early pupils? The school was also founded at one of the most important and dynamic periods of change in the history of English education. What can this tradition mean to us today? Is there a case for studying Latin in the twenty-first century?
While a number of thoroughly researched books now offer detailed histories of Boston and of BGS, this talk will aim to set the history of the ‘charter’ and of our school in the national and international contexts which affected its growth and survival, and which the school has in turn affected through its generations of alumni, and will suggest that the continuity of education here on this site over the centuries offers something far more important than pretty heritage or nostalgia to the town and to its pupils.
Dr Julian Haseldine attended BGS between 1977 and 1984, before going on to study history at St Peter’s College, Oxford, and to study for his PhD in Medieval History at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. He is currently Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Hull.
The talk will commence at 14:00 BST and should last around an hour, with questions to be taken at the end.
There is no fee to enter per se however, we will be asking for donations to the BGS Alumni Association to raise funds to support school alumni in need. To see what we do, please click here.
That said, space is strictly limited, so please CLICK HERE TO BOOOK YOUR PLACE
|Guest speaker, Danny Butterfield|
You can order your dinner tickets on-line using the form at the bottom of this post.
Former professional footballer began his career as a youth with Grimsby Town. He then made 232 appearances for Crystal Palace before moving to Charlton Athletic, Southampton, Bolton Wanderers, Carlisle and Exeter City.
Danny was primarily utilised as a right back but often appeared in midfield. However, due to Palace’s financial problems that saw them put into administration, he was converted to a makeshift striker. Butterfield scored a hat-trick in the space of 6 minutes 48 seconds during a 2009-10 FA Cup fourth round replay 3-1 win against Wolves; he scored with his left foot, right foot and his head which is described as the ‘perfect hat-trick’. This is the club’s fastest ever hat-trick.
Danny made a total of 488 appearances in the Premiership and Football League and now a coach to the under 18 squad at Premiership Southampton.
OBA Annual Dinner
Saturday 24th March 2018- 6:30pm for 7:30pm
Boston & County Club, Parkgate, Boston
Please order your tickets as soon as possible. There are three ways to do so:
- by sending the following details to Peter Sharman together with, or followed soon after by, a cheque payable to “Old Bostonian Association”
- by using the form below to order your tickets via PayPal
- via BACS; please contact Peter Sharman for the OBA bank account details
- Your name
- Your years at Boston Grammar School
- Number of tickets required
- Your menu choice (each of three courses as above)
- Your address and contact telephone number
- Your email address
- Your guest’s name
- Your guest’s menu choice