The senior boys are enjoying some great tennis this season. Having beaten Blundells and Wellington School, a first and second team were in action against Queen's, Taunton at the weekend. Always a tough fixture, this was no exception. The firsts won 5-4 and the seconds lost 4-5. Pair 1, Captain Brad Phillips and Harry Sampson have not dropped a set in the last two years. This very young squad, with others unavailable for this fixture, consisting of Years 9-12, as well as some younger players in Years 7 and 8 coming through means the future of boys' tennis is looking great!
It has been a fantastic few days for individual achievement at school, with pupils being selected for elite programmes in music and hockey.
Year 10 student, Emma Rawicz-Szczerbo has gained a place at Junior Guildhall, part of the world famous Guildhall School of Music and Drama, which is notoriously difficult to get into. Emma has been recognised as having huge potential on the saxophone. Emma will be going up to London every Saturday to have lessons, masterclasses and to participate in ensembles. This is essentially training for a future in music at one of the top music colleges in the country. Well done Emma.
On the hockey front, Year 8 Henry Cooper and Yea 9 James Tyson have been selected for the U13 and U15, respectively, Hockey Performance Centre Assessment Day in Taunton in June, which is part of the England Hockey Player Pathway. There are seventeen Performance Centres across England to maximise opportunity and player development. Through this model England Hockey aim to move talent development to a higher level. We wish both boys the best of luck.
The Prep School Chamber Choir has once again been invited to sing on the main stage at the Devon County Show this year on Thursday 18th May at 2pm. Mr Carter and a small group of Prep 5 and 6 will make their way down to Westpoint for what we hope will be a somewhat drier occasion than last year.
To tie in with the "Devon Remembers" theme and Vera Lynn's centenary celebrations, the choir will sing some wartime classics, including We'll Meet Again and There'll be Bluebirds over the White Cliffs of Dover. The children have also requested a couple of their favourites so the repertoire could include anything from Disney to Fleetwood Mac!
We had great parental support last year so it would be fantastic to see some of you there again. The school will be positioned on Stand 47/Avenue A so please feel free to pop in for a cup of tea and a chat.
It was an excellent Ten Tors year for our pupils taking part this year, with both 35-mile teams having reasons to celebrate.
The boys came home amongst the top ten finishers out of a total over 250 35-mile teams who started, finishing at 0918 on Sunday morning. Team leader Nathan Chambers was very pleased to get his whole team across the finish line in one piece and in such good spirits. We believe the girls are celebrating the first all girls team for many years from West Buckland School. They worked hard through training as a team to improve their fitness and navigation in some pretty adverse conditions.
Jade Freeman did an excellent job of leading the girls' team over the finish line at 1215. Both teams looked extremely smart in their team tops and carried their school banners across the line with pride.
The greatest part of the day for the team manager, Mr Hathway, was having both teams safely back at base camp, swapping tales and sharing laughs and stories from their tremendous efforts. The headmaster Phillip Stapleton, who cycled the 34 miles from school to the event, with four other parents, shared in the comraderie with parents and family members celebrating the achievement of their sons and daughters. Mr Stapleton, on his first visit to Ten Tors, was impressed by the scale of the event and the outstanding logistics and safety procedures put in place by the Army. He also commented at how Ten Tors is such a family affair with many parents doing the event themselves. Rosie Higgs can now join this exclusive club with her other two sisters who have gone on to do 45 miles and 55 miles.
Many thanks and congratulations must go to all pupils, parents and school staff that have supported Ten Tors. For more photos, visit our Facebook page or contact Mr Hathway. We will be having an Adventure Society supper on June 21st to celebrate the success of the Ten Tor teams and all the activities of the Adventure Society. There will be a light supper followed by guest speaks to inspire pupils to do more adventurous activities. More information to follow.