The Webber Independent School in Milton Keynes celebrates its Shining Stars

The Webber Independent are particularly proud of all of our students this year, having faced a year like no other. The students have adapted to online learning quickly and are thriving all whilst being away from their teachers and friends.

Over the Christmas period two students in particular went above and beyond and as a result have been awarded The Webber Independent Shining Star.

12 year old Eva De Gorter, a student at The Webber Independent School in Milton Keynes braved the shave this December to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

‘Brave the shave’ is a fundraising campaign run by Macmillan, where willing volunteers shave their heads to raise much needed funds for the charity.

After watching a video of someone else braving the shave to raise money for Macmillan. Eva asked her mother Julie if she would be allowed to do the same. Julie agreed but asked Eva to wait 6 months to make sure she wanted to go ahead with it.

6 months passed and Eva was as keen as ever. Having previously donated her hair to the Little Princess Trust, Eva wanted to go one step further and raise as much money as possible to help people with cancer and their families.

The day of the shave arrived and by this point Eva’s brunette hair was well past her shoulders. But selfless as ever she didn’t look back and now sports a very chic looking shaved head. Eva says she has no regrets following the shave and is very proud of herself.

Hilary Marsden, headteacher of The Webber Independent School expressed what a lovely student Eva is and how everyone at the school is very proud and very humbled by what she has achieved.

Having raised over £2,400 from over 120 sponsors Eva is keen to raise even more money to help those effected by cancer and every donation is appreciated.

You can donate to Eva via her brave the shave fundraising page: https://bravetheshave.macmillan.org.uk/shavers/eva-de-gorter

16-year-old Lewis Johnson, former head boy at the Webber Independent School made his debut league appearance and became the 250th player to pull on an MK Dons shirt during their 2-0 match against Bristol Rovers on boxing day.

Lewis first started playing football at just 6 years old and his first club was the City Colts in Middleton.

Despite his recent success Lewis found the sport hard at first. “I wasn’t very good and I didn’t really enjoy it to start with but with the help of my supportive parents I persevered and kept going.”

Lewis’s perseverance paid off and he has played football competitively from the age of 9, whilst always being extremely proud to represent his Webber school team.

Having joined the MK Dons Academy from Aston Villa in 2019 Lewis quickly caught the eye of the first-team manager Russel Martin. “I watched Lewis in the FA Youth Cup last month and he was outstanding. We wouldn’t have put him on the pitch, if he haven’t have earned it.”

When asked his aspirations for the future Lewis replied with “Firstly I’m grateful for the support that my family, the manager, coaches and club, teammates and Webber community have given me. I now want to kick

on, establish myself in the first team and contribute to the success of the club in the best way I can. I want to play for my country and finally to use my platform to help and inspire other people.”

Hilary Marsden, current headteacher and all the staff and pupils at The Webber Independent School are extremely proud of Lewis, his achievements, and his dedication to the sport. We know he has a very successful future ahead of his and will continue to support Lewis throughout his career.

For more information on The Webber Independent School and nursery please visit http://www.webberindependentschool.com

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