Last year 12 Post-16 student completed the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award expedition – a challenging but stunning four day, 70km route through the Lake District. On Monday 13 May, five of those students collected their Gold Awards from Buckingham Palace having also completed 120 hours of volunteering, physical activity and developing skills. Congratulations to them all and we hope that their experiences benefit them Post-Walton High!

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year13awardwinnerThe Fred Roche Travel and Study Awards consist of three £500 awards to support those studying or looking to study horticulture, landscape design, architecture, urban design or arboriculture. Vanessa Gurung was successful in winning one of the awards and this now gives her an opportunity to broaden her subject knowledge through travel, either in the UK or abroad during the summer holiday.

Vanessa said: I want to study architecture, hopefully in Newcastle University. Architecture involves studying past structures to inspire and build new ones. Therefore, learning by travelling is an important aspect in architecture, as different ideas can be seen through structures in different countries. I have decided to spend my prize learning about architecture in Italy, as their different culture and history is reflected through their structures. It will give me a good foundation for my first year at university.

callumwill10.fwCallum and William from YR10 are both enthusiastic members of MK Cyclones Dodgeball Club, based at Woughton Leisure Centre. They not only play for the Men’s team in a league, but also the U16 team who they have just won silver medals with at the British U16 Dodgeball Tournament in Stafford.

To do this, they won every game against the 10 teams entered, except the last one, narrowly losing to “Virtue Empire” (who are based in Worcestershire) in a sudden death finish following a 3-3 draw.

They confess to having been a “little bit gutted” to have come so close to winning gold, but were ultimately very happy to have won silver. It’s their best result yet.

Callum has represented Walton High at the MK Schools Dodgeball Tournaments previously and was part of the title winning team both this and last year.

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