On Wednesday 22nd November twenty-five Walton High students took part in the Cross Country event at Campbell Park.
Hannah Lord from our Brooklands campus put in a brilliant performance and came 3rd in the YR 8 & 9 girls race. Ellie McManus and Freya McManus also ran excellently and finished in the top 10. The YR 7 boys race saw Kiyaan Khan finish 4th and Joel Pantsil cross the line in 5th place after a determined run by both students.
Everyone who took part represented our school in a remarkable way and showed great spirit on a cold day in November.
YR12 student, Ethan, has returned justifiably very happy from Prague, Czech Republic, where he represented England at the U17 2017 Badminton European Championships.
He won Silver in the Men’s Doubles and Bronze in the Team Event.
Ethan can be seen on court with his doubles partner and on the podium (second from left).
The success in the Men’s Doubles was particularly exciting, as it was not expected. He and his doubles partner were not seeded and far exceeded all expectations, by beating the 2th, 3th, 4th, 5th and 8th seeds before they eventually lost to France in the final.
This was Ethan’s first ever European Championships, which are held bi-annually. It is likely that in future, he will concentrate his focus on the Doubles game, as that is where his strengths lie.
There will now follow a period of training before major competitions start again in the spring of the new year.
Well done Ethan.
Talented clarinet player Georgina Lee has been selected as this year’s winner of the Christopher Hopkinson Memorial Music Bursary. Georgina plans to spend the money on a better clarinet as her current instrument is not good enough for the orchestral music she loves to play. Georgina, who was described as “brilliant” at her audition, was presented with the bursary at Milton Keynes City Orchestra’s performance at the Venue, MK on Friday 24 November. Georgina is a superb musician currently studying Music A level and she participates in the award winning Walton High Jazz band and Walton High Orchestra. She has also recently been awarded a place in the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain.
Georgina maintains the Walton High legacy of winning this bursary following in the illustrious footsteps of previous bursary winners Tim Dawson and Louis Grao. Congratulations Georgina.