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Congratulations to Year 11 student Maddie Irwin, who has successfully secured a ballet scholarship for next year. Maddie has immersed herself within our school community, whilst balancing a busy academic schedule with her commitment to dance. Following a rigorous and highly competitive audition process, Maddie received the fantastic news that she will be studying at Elmhurst Ballet School; Birmingham Royal Ballet next year.

Maddie is a huge advocate of ballet and from her involvement in the Culcheth-2-Soweto exchange project, she managed to even instil her passion for ballet within one of the South African students. Maddie took him to her ballet class whilst over here, something that he would never have experienced in his culture and then went one step further and sourced a ballet school in Johannesburg for him to attend upon his return home. He has attended ballet ever since and even performed in front of the entire school and local community on Cultural Day when we visited last year- all as a result of Maddie’s influence.

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