February 10th saw Walton High Performing Arts present the first ever Night Of The Classics at The Venue.

Featuring classical Music, Drama and Dance the evening proved to be a huge hit. Hosted by Sharon Alexander and Melvyn Letts the show featured high class acts such as stunning solos from Joshua Atkinson, Peter Neale, Anthony Nevin, Ruth Parsons and Abi Taylor. The audience also enjoyed a beautiful Opera piece from music teacher Amy Ryan accompanied by John Croker. Groups took to the stage with the Brass Ensemble and the Walton High Orchestra filling the theatre with their sound. Dance was represented by Upstage Juniors adorable ‘Nutcracker’ and a senior take on ‘Rite of Spring’. But the true highlight of the evening had to be Walton High’s adaptation of ‘Carmen’, A highly stylised, colourful and high energy take on Bizet’s classic full of emotion and excitement.

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.


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