Last week three Year 11 pupils studying GCSE Design and Technology attended the North Devon Manufacturers Awards evening at the Barnstaple Hotel. Jess Thompson, Mona Wafai and Ben Unwin finished in the top six from the region for their projects, with Jess being awarded overall second prize and the work of Mona and Ben being highly commended.
Projects entered into the awards are judged by industry professionals for quality, innovation and commercial viability. Our pupils impressed judges with the level of computer-aided design, evaluations and technical craftsmanship in their work, who commented on the overall high quality of both written and practical design pieces.
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.