geographyFieldTrip6The 2018 Year 12 Geography field trip started with an early morning four hour trip to Snowdonia in North Wales. Upon arrival we were given a brief introduction to the course before heading out to nearby Penmachno to start our data collection. Here we carried out a variety of different data collection and sampling techniques to try and work out how the small village had changed over the years. We found that Penmachno had changed remarkably, from a busy mining village with many services to a very sleepy village with none of the services which were once there! It was also interesting to see how the atmosphere, infrastructure and services differed to areas in Milton Keynes. Many of us had never been to such a quiet village before! This initial investigation was in preparation for our own independent investigations that we would be carrying out later in the week. We then headed back to the field centre where we had our first on-site meal. We were catered for incredibly well, providing vegetarian and vegan options too!

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year12inductionOn the Monday 2 July, after having finished their Year 11 exams, potential Year 12 students were invited to experience Walton High Post 16 for Induction. The two taster days began with a 45 minute assembly held by Mrs Read, whereby she outlined Post 16 as a whole in terms of school expectations, roles of staff, the dress codes and what to expect from their time here. Later on, the induction students were given the opportunity to try out their chosen subjects before taking them on in September.

In the Post 16 Study Area there were displays and noticeboards designed to help students realise the change in work ethic as well as the step up from GCSEs to A-level such as the importance of independence in higher education and homework for each subject which they could do during their independent study periods.

On Tuesday towards the end of their induction, all of the students were invited to a short goodbye message from Mrs Read on the Post 16 decking and shortly after, two musical acts were performed by Sampurna Ganguly and Georgina Lee. In addition, there were many activities set up on the decking to conclude their induction week; these activities included a Tin Can Alley, Jenga, Giant Bubbles, Giant Dominoes and even a Photo Booth where students could take some memorable photos.

Induction this year was a great success and we look forward to welcoming our visitors back in September.

Congratulations to the students who have participated in the year 11 netball league this year.  Your commitment, skill and team work has resulted in an undefeated season.

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Hannah Moore, Jessica Scott, Jessica Sheridan, Rebecca Rose, Star Maafo, Alanah Hancock, Oriana Cunnington Lola Adesanya, Lucy Carmichael, Rhiannon Maddocks, Natalie Low, Deria Okang, Azheemah Awoyemi, Ellie Rowlands

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