Year 12 Kian Hayles-Cotton has been selected for the RCAC Leadership and Challenge Course in the Rocky Mountains this summer. This is a fantastic achievement which will see Kian spend six weeks in Canada in July and August.

Kian, who is a Cadet Corporal in the West Buckland CCF, attended a selection weekend at Cwrt-y-Gollen training camp, Crickhowell and was chosen from a very strong field of more than 80 of the Army’s top cadets from across the country.  He was selected for the once-in-a-lifetime trip after showing ‘commitment and physical achievement’.

The Canada Exchange will involve the cadets being based at the Rocky Mountain Cadet Training Centre for six weeks, during which they will be taking part in some exciting exercises in the mountains and also being guests to the Canadian Cadets.

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Students from Years 8 ato 10 enjoyed plentiful snow and sun during the school ski trip to Austria last week.

The trip catered for students ranging in ability from absolute beginners to mini-Franz Klammers, including staff members who had a few tricks up their sleeves!

The party enjoyed some of the best conditions that the Alps have produced in years, with metres of fresh snow, even to lower levels, as well as some fun apres-ski in the form of games, bowling and cultural trips.

No doubt more stories will emerge from the trip in the next week or so, and we are awaiting the result of 'best wipe-out' from the holiday!

More photos can be found on our Facebook page.

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Well done to the U11 boys who played some fantastic hockey at the West Regional Finals, and really showed how much they have improved this season.

The boys earned excellent victories against The Elms 1-0 and Mousehole 2-0, a tough draw against Castle Court 0-0 and narrow losses to King Edwards of Bath, Dean Close and Millfield.

Overall, it was a great day where the boys rose to the occasion and showed real determination against the best hockey schools in the South West. Well done, boys!

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Jono Lethaby fascinated the audience with his articulate and well-research speech on ‘Why is the grass always greener on the other side?’ on his way to winning the first part of this year’s Guy Hopson Cup. 

The judges were particularly impressed with Jono’s combination of humour and powerful argument, alongside his articulate style.

The standard of all fourteen entrants, whose brief was to give a five minute speech on a randomly selected topic, was extremely good, with the entrants speaking eloquently and lucidly on a range of topics.  In second place was Will Wardle, who outlined ‘Robert Mugabe’s place in history’ with Jules Brown third with ‘The most important person in the world is….’

The Guy Hopson Cup, named after a former teacher at West Buckland, is open to all Sixth Formers and comprises an 800 word essay on an academic topic and a five minute speech on a randomly selected topic.  The essays are currently being assessed and overall winner will be announced on Speech Day in June.