Monday 03 July

July Speech Day a Success

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Speech Day on Saturday was a day of many ‘firsts’:  first Speech Day to be held in July, first time the OWBA were challenged to a basketball match and the first time the pupils, parents, OWBA and governors of West Buckland School had the privilege of listening to the inspiring and moving words of Mr James Shone, our guest speaker.

James, a former school master, suffered a life-changing brain tumour at just 43.  Refusing to give in to it and after numerous hours of brain surgery and two strokes, James set up the charity ‘I Can and I Am’, raising awareness of mental health in young people.  In his speech he described the effect that his diagnosis had on his family and his own emotions but went on to say how he had embraced his new found status using his faith and his family as his inspiration.

After prize-giving and a great rendition of the ‘cup song’ by Anson Tai, Ella Clifton, Jake Davies and Issy Fincher, and following an excellent lunch, the focus turned to outdoor activities, namely the Summer Fete and a number of hotly contested OWBA v WBS events.  And here we enjoyed the second of our ‘firsts’ when our ‘in form’ basketball team took on a wily and well-tuned OWBA team.  An exciting match ensued with the youngsters winning by just two goals!

Equally closely contested were the cricket, shooting and tennis competitions and many thanks to all the staff who organised them all. 

The Summer Fete was extremely well attended and many thanks to Pru Maskell and her PA team for providing such a good array of stalls and activities.  Later in the afternoon, the focus moved from the bouncy castles to the cricket pavilion and the OWBA BBQ and bar.