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The final race of the Gliddon & Squire cross-country series was held last weekend at West Buckland School. The Parent's Association very kindly provided bacon rolls for the runners and spectators, with over 600 people converging on the School. Many thanks must go to the ground staff for all the magnificent work they did to make the course useable and the day a success after a deluge of rain in the days preceding the event.

In the end the West Buckland runners put in some good performances and all those who ran should be proud of their efforts. The U9 boys won their team event and the U11 girls were third.

Thanks also to Director of Sport Mr Turner, the many Prep Staff and a number of willing volunteers who came in to marshal. A full list of the results is in this week’s North Devon Journal.

Thursday 09 February

U15s End Season on a High

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The U15 girls’ hockey team ended their season on a real high by winning last week’s North Devon tournament, held at Park School.  Despite some awful weather conditions, the girls kept their focus and conceded only one goal in the tournament.

After good wins against Park B, Pilton and Holsworthy in the Pool stages, the team beat Park A in the semi-finals before coming through 2-1 in a close final against Kingsley.

Hockey coach, Mrs Thompson, was impressed by the team’s versatility.  “Over 50% of the team scored a goal, which shows the strength in depth of the team and their ability to change formations with ease.  This was a really good performance and a great way to finish our season.”

Tuesday 07 February

More LAMDA Successes

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Further to our recent news item about the achievement of many of our International students, there was added cause for celebration with further LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts) exam success this week with many more of our students achieving Distinctions and Merits.

The exams were in Public Speaking; the Speaking of Verse and Prose; Acting; Mime and Devising Drama. 

Of particular note are Year 13s Elizabeth Baker and Claire Rhodes, and Year 11s Isabella Brooks and Constance Williams, who all achieved Distinctions in their Grade 8 (Gold Medal) exams, whilst Year 11s Robert Stirzaker gained a Distinction in his Grade 7 (Silver Medal).

In addition, three of our Prep school pupils took their Grade 2 exam, with Chloe Hall and Evie Ford achieving Distinctions and Anna Jefferies achieving Merit.

Headmaster, Mr Phillip Stapleton, was delighted with these results. “We had a record breaking number of students taking their LAMDA exams this year and the students should be extremely proud of their success.  Drama continues to go from strength to strength at West Buckland and is so important in building confidence in young people.  Many thanks should go to our dedicated drama teachers who have worked so hard with the students.”

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Our English as an Additional Language (EAL) department was delighted this week, when they received some exceptional results from both the internationally recognised Cambridge English Assessment exams, and the LAMDA Public Speaking exams, which a number of the pupils took part in last December.

Cambridge First Certificate is one of the most widely taken of all the exams provided by Cambridge English Language Assessment and is accepted in commerce, industry, universities and higher education institutions as proof of everyday written and spoken English for work and study purposes.

Four students sat the exam, with two of them achieving an outstanding A grade, including Rebecca Iseke, pictured here, whilst the other two achieved a very commendable B grade.

In addition, 27 EAL students, from seven different countries (China, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Russia, Ukraine and Spain) took part in the LAMDA Public Speaking exam, back in December, with the results coming in this week.

Out of the 27, there were 14 distinctions and 13 merits.  Whilst the majority of students took their Grade 3, 4 and 5 exam, Anson Tai achieved a Merit in his Grade 8 exam, with Douglas Syed similarly achieving a merit in his Grade 6.

Head of EAL, Guy Monk, is delighted with the results. “This in an amazing achievement for international students to succeed in a public speaking exam designed for native speakers.  I must congratulate Mrs Pip Cartmell for her hard work, excellent tuition and guidance to get our students to this level.”