Pupils and staff from West Buckland have joined the campaign to abolish single-use plastics that find their way into our oceans and are a major threat to wildlife.
On Friday last week, a group of Year 9s attended the Surfers Against Sewage “Plastic Free North Devon” launch and will be taking part in beach cleans as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award volunteering section. This comes on the back of further work that they have been doing to highlight this serious problem, by making suncatchers to raise money for the charity and its campaign. Pupils from Years 7 and 8 have also been making a display out of plastic in an after school art club to raise awareness of the problem of plastic pollution in our seas. The plastic was collected by Nurdle.org.uk a company set up by ex-West Buckland School pupil Joshua Beech (back right) with funding from Plymouth University.
The launch event, held in Braunton, was a phenomenal success and the venue was packed. The pupils managed to raise £35 on the evening by selling their sun catchers, which they presented to Surfers Against Sewage to help them raise funds for their Plastic Free Schools project.
‘Bake Off’ came to West Buckland today as a selection of the Year 10s were tasked with researching, writing up and then cooking their favourite Victoria Sponge recipe, to present to the eager judges (Mr Stapleton and Mr Ford) for the coveted prize of the WBS Baking Champ 2017 wooden spoon.
In addition to producing mouth-watering bakes, the students had to also produce a short piece of prose whose aim was to entice the discerning judges to pick their prize patisserie over the others.
Competition was fierce and the standard incredibly high and the judges enjoyed a moment off from their busy working day to delight in some soft sponges, succulent strawberries and comforting cream, with not a soggy bottom in sight.
In the end it was a close run thing but Lilly Payne’s culinary delight won the hearts and taste buds of the judging panel and she was duly presented with the wooden spoon by the (rather full) Headmaster.
Congratulations to all those who took part: James Tyson, Emily Davies, Harvey West, Lilly Payne, Izzy Nickell, Curtis Braddick and Carl Howlett. Many thanks, also, to Mr Minns for providing the engraving for the prize!
Earlier in the month a group of Year 13 Biology students enjoyed a trip to Exeter University and spent the day in a microbiology lab, doing some interesting research, as well as having a chance to look around the university. Ethan Cobb and Dom Cork describe what they were did:
During our trip to Exeter University we took samples of our saliva and performed a PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) to amplify a specific part of our DNA. We spent the day in the lab using the university's apparatus including some new equipment such as the PCR machine which provided an interesting insight into what lab work at university may be like. At the end of the day, we analysed our results using ultraviolet light to see if we were AUX-/AUX+ Homozygous or Heterozygous. Throughout the day, we were also given a tour of Exeter University’s facilities such as the sports centre. In conclusion, it was a really engaging and insightful day.