CCF cadets enjoyed camping under frosty nights, range shooting and some interesting survival training during a busy weekend on exercise.

On Friday night, a talk on survival techniques included identifying some rather unappetising, but edible creatures that could be added to the menu, including crickets and worms.  This was followed by a night under the stars in bashas.  Despite the cold, the cadets coped well and were ready for a day on Dartmoor on Saturday.

The next day’s training on the range was very successful and resulted in a number of the cadets achieving first class and marksman awards.

Despite the very cold conditions, the cadets remained in good spirits and no doubt enjoyed their warm beds once they got home.

Friday 20 January

Postcards from Paris

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Pupils in Prep 6 were excited this week to receive very creative and colourful cards from their pen friends in Paris, in a joint exchange to welcome in the New Year. 

The pupils have been communicating with Ecole Elementaire Richomme, situated in the 18th arrondissement of Paris, where their current teacher is former West Buckland Modern Foreign Languages teacher Aleth Vanderheeren (née Pascaud), who taught here for five years before returning to France to train as a Prep school teacher.

Whilst the Prep 6 pupils have been corresponding in French, the Parisian pupils have sent their cards in English. 

Madame Vandeheeren remembers her years at West Buckland fondly. “I taught MFL in the Senior school for two years -back in 2006!- and have kept great memories of the place. Since then I have come back to France and trained as a Prep school teacher, which I have now been for five years.”

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The Year 8 French students produced some delicious Galette de Rois cakes this week, as part of their studies, looking at French traditions and customs.  Translated as “The King’s Cake", this delicious French almond cake is found in all bakeries in France shortly after Christmas to celebrate Epiphany. 

Tradition dictates that a little charm is put inside the cake and whoever finds it in their slice is the king or queen for the day and has to wear a golden crown.

The pupils were given the task of making the cake at home and their teacher Mrs Joly-Bloodworth was extremely pleased with the results. “I was lucky as several children brought me a piece of their fabulous cake to taste and I am pleased to say that they were all delicious! Bravo to all of them!”

Wednesday 18 January

Oxbridge Success

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Whilst many of our Year 13 students are still in the process of waiting to hear from their choses universities to see whether they have offers, we can congratulate Tom Perry, who has received a conditional offer from St Peter’s College, Oxford to do a four-year Physic course.

On the back of his successful application, Tom has taken time to recount his experience of the Oxbridge interview process, something that can be seen to be a rather daunting prospect for prospective Oxbridge candidates.  To read Tom’s account, visit our blog page.

This is an interesting insight into the two-day process and important reading for our younger students who might be thinking of applying in years to come.