U14 GIRLS MK SCHOOLS DODGEBALL TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS 201920Miss South and the U14 Girls Dodgeball team travelled to MK Academy to compete at the annual MK Schools Dodgeball Tournament. The girls managed to win their league games beating Brooklands and MKA to qualify for the final. They then took on SBE in the final match where they demonstrated passion, skill and determination to win the title of Dodgeball Champions 2019/20 and remain unbeaten.

Well done to Tayla, Amy, Emily, Edith, Rebecca, Elise, Nyanzobe.

A fantastic effort and one Walton High are very proud of.

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AWS 2Year 8 students have had an amazing start to the year by taking part in the AWS Women in Technology app competition. They were invited to participate in an inter-school app-building competition to solve a real issue faced by their school or community, with the winning idea built, maintained by AWS but free to download by all users. It is important to encourage more females to consider a career in technology as sadly, only 17% of the people working in technology are women - and this competition has helped towards this.

Students have attended assemblies at both campuses with a female guest speaker from one of the Just Eat, a leading global hybrid marketplace for online food delivery. The aim was to get students to be creative, innovative, and diverse and thinking of ideas towards developing a great app idea to help tackle local issues in our community.

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Students had this to say about the competition:

“This was an experience I took very seriously. It was great being able to see how to design an app and what people working for Amazon do. We are now working on an app to present to the ambassador”- Holly Sargent

“My experience of my time taking part in this event and at AWS has been one I will never forget. I even got to see the “Alexa wall”. I learned how to create flowcharts and was able to design my own. Many of the other schools had ideas of apps such as ours, but all sounded excellent. I hope I can carry on this journey and show our improved app to Amazon”- Elizabeth Reynolds

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Students have been regularly attending enrichment sessions and improving their app ideas while awaiting the next visit from the AWS ambassador before submitting their final entry. They are all aiming to be in the final round of the competition and will hopefully achieve their aim. We wish them all the best.

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Our Post 16 Computer Science/IT students had yet another great opportunity given to them at the @Google careers event which was well represented by famous leading IT and Tech multinational companies.

They had in-depth conversations with representatives from top technology employers, the recruitment team and current apprentices, and took part in interactive sessions, all aimed to help kick-start their career after sixth form. Apprenticeships provided by partner companies at the event covered areas such as software development, digital marketing, IT technician, project management, digital technology solutions and infrastructure technology.

The employability networking event enabled our students to get first-hand information from recruiters on what their apprenticeships involve, advice on application processes, and useful hints and tips that they can’t find online. Apprenticeship managers were impressed by our students’ questions.

google20191Attending this event also held advantages for students as it may enable their application to be fast tracked through an event partner’s application process.

Students had this to say about the trip:

“I found the day very useful, lots of companies provided useful information, and I feel more confident choosing one of them now.”- Samuel Ritschel  

"It was an enlightening experience that helped me to look at other options outside of university and it has given me more options for further education."Ashraf Said

“After realising the benefits of attending this event, I am more open to apprenticeships. Today has been very informative. An amazing experience"- Minhaj Ali

“Valuable, Useful. Further appealed to me”- Harry Daniels

By attending @Google IT careers event our students already proved that they were the type of students event partners are looking for. They have already secured express invites to future IT events. -Ms Edike

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