The library has just taken stock of over 100 new and exciting fiction titles for teenagers. These books all appear on the 2012 long-list for the Carnegie Medal which is awarded annually to the writer of an outstanding book for young people.

From this set of books six will be chosen by the judges for the short-list. When this list of finalists is published in March you will be able to take part in activities, competitions and events related to the books. These opportunities are part of The Big Read 2012 and will be supported and promoted by Mrs Keiller, the librarian and the English team. Read the new books and begin to make you mind up which one should receive the award.

DFID Global School Partnerships are an exciting and effective way of providing learners with an understanding and knowledge of the world. Joint curricular work between partner schools and exchange visits widen perspectives and change attitudes and values. The programme aims to raise young people's awareness of global development issues and equip them with the skills and knowledge to become active global citizens.

Despite a number of setbacks including cancelled flights and the High Commission in Accra we were able to welcome 18 Ghanaian teachers to the UK earlier this month through this Global Schools Partnership. The project, which is funded by the British Council, is an opportunity for schools from around the world to work alongside each with the aim to improve the learning and experience of young people.


Mr Pledger - Assistant Principal


The Year 12 Enrichment Fair certainly ended the most amazing Induction day with a fantastic buzz. Once again there were many stalls offering a vast variety of Enrichment activities, building on what was offered on our previous programme. Some of the new opportunities included: Microsoft Technology Associate, Cooking at University, Be a Great Scientist and Golden Time.

The Post 16 Enrichment programme at Walton High offers Year 12 & 13 a chance to develop a wide range of skills and talents that compliment students' learning studies and provide that 'little extra' when applying for work or further education.

Enrichment activities are looked on favourably by employers; universities recognise they show dedication and often allow students to focus on developing skills that are not always touched on during academic studies.

We believe that by offering an exciting range of enrichment activities the students' whole experience at Walton High will be that much more rewarding and directly relate to skills required in real world situations.

Post 16 Enrichment Team

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