On Friday 29 March, Walton High shared the magic of reading with a 24hour Readathon at both Brooklands and Walnut Tree.  The event not only included non-stop reading of the Harry Potter series, but also offered students an opportunity to engage in some wizarding fun, completing an array of activities from Herbology classes to Divination, designing new socks for Dobby or practising their own patronus.  Our libraries were magically transformed with the reading chairs taking pride of place for the event.

In the evening at Brooklands our students,  with their wands at the ready, continued the challenge until 8.30am on Saturday.  They successfully worked in groups to ensure that we made it through the 24 hours.  Students also had the opportunity to decorate their own Harry Potter themed cupcake or complete a wizarding quiz.  The witches and wizards survived the night shift and there certainly was a magical reading buzz throughout and into the witching hours of the morning!

Thanks to all students and staff who contributed to this fantastic event!

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gracespencerbbcAt Walton High we like to take pride in the students who go above and beyond with extracurricular activities, in particular those working towards helping the local community and environment. Grace Spicer (Year 12) is exceptional in this respect and has been taking part in various schemes around Milton Keynes in addition to studying at Post 16.

We asked Grace to elaborate on what she has been up to:

‘As well as studying, I also participate in several activities outside of school. I am proudly a member of the Parks Trust Youth Rangers and the Milton Keynes Youth Cabinet’

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Walton High’s Year 11 Young Enterprise team has won the ‘Overall Best Company’ award and a host of other awards for the fifth consecutive year at the Milton Keynes finals. The team is now through to the regional finals on 10 May in High Wycombe.

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Sixteen students from the Walton High’s Walnut Tree campus designed and produced a book about mental health, targeted at primary school aged children. The team carried out market research including a focus group to identify a gap in the market and used ideas gleaned from Year 7 students as input for their final product. Other awards won by the team included best company report and runner up for best presentation. Centre lead, Charlotte East commented “to win five years in a row is an amazing achievement and a reflection of all the hard work that students have put this year and in previous years”.

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In total three teams were entered for this year’s finals. Walton High’s Year 12 team won the award for ‘best customer service’ whilst the Brooklands Year 11 Team won the runners up prize for ‘best trade stand’. Congratulations to all students and centre leads who took part in this year’s competition.

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