Preparations are under way for this year's Ten Tors Challenge which starts tomorrow at the military base at Okehampton and will take the teams on a gruelling hike across Dartmoor for Saturday and Sunday. Base camp has been set up and awaits the teams' arrival tomorrow afternoon.
As with last year, we will be entering two teams into the event. Team A will be led by Nathan Cambers and Team B by Jade Freeman.
We wish both the Ten Tors teams all the best this weekend, their progress can be tracked at http://www.tentors.org.uk/ Our team number is 1371 and the boys' team is Team A and the girls' Team B.
Head of Outdoor Learning, Richard Hathway, feels confident that the teams are well prepared. "They have trained in some very harsh conditions, completed a mountain training hill skills course, their Silver DofE practice and assessed expeditions and are ready to take on the beast of Ten Tors! Many thanks to all the staff members who have helped with the preparation of the teams, especialy Martin Bohl."
We were delighted to welcome former student, James Gedling (90-03G) who visited the school last week for one of our series of Careers Lunches. James delivered a talk to students in Year 11 about his life as a pilot as he is currently a First Officer with British Airways.
After delivering a talk to Year 11, he then met potential pilots and aerospace engineers amongst others, in Years 8-13 to pass on his experiences and offer some excellent advice.
We are always pleased to welcome former pupils, as part of our extensive Higher Education and Careers advice, to come back and talk about their careers and the paths that led them there.
West Buckland School, in coordination with the North Devon Astronomical Society, will once again host the Sir Patrick Moore Memorial Lecture and Black Tie Dinner on Friday 23rd June. This year’s lecture will be given by BBC Stargazing Live’s Dr Lucie Green, who will be sharing the latest result from her research into our nearest star – the Sun. The annual event is always popular with students, parents and the wider community and this year's event promises to be no different.
Lucie is a Professor of Physics and a Royal Society University Research Fellow based at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory, UCL’s Department of Space and Climate Physics and studies activity in the atmosphere of the Sun. She is also married to stand-up comedian and Maths communicator Matt Parker.
When asked where her love of space science came from, Green has said, "As a child, I remember hearing my parents say that they thought I was going to be an astrophysicist when I grew up. Not actually knowing what an astro-thinga-me-wotsit was, I agreed with them because I thought it sounded impressive. Really, at that time I wanted to look after animals. People used to bring me injured birds and I would stay up all night feeding them worms!"
Tickets for the black tie meal and lecture, served in The Karslake Hall at 6pm, are £25 for a single and £45 for a double ticket. For those just wanting to attend the lecture, which takes place at 7.45pm in the 150 Theatre, the price is £5 and free for students.
On Saturday, 30 girls and boys took part in the National U14 Road To Wimbledon tennis competition.
There was a great standard of tennis being served up, as well as the obligatory strawberries and cream, with Martha Macdonald (year 8) and Jack Prickett (Year 9) winning each of the competitions. Evie Burrows (Year 9) and Toby Watts (Year 7) also did very well, both coming Runners Up.
Martha and Toby will now be representing West Buckland School against winners from other schools and clubs in the next County Round of the competition.
We wish them both every success with the next round as, from there they could go on to grace the courts of the All England Club, Wimbledon and eat strawberries and cream at the home of tennis!