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Congratulations to Year 10 Ellie Braddick who has successfully led a team of young investors through to the semi-final of the London Institute of Banking and Finance share trading competition.

The competition challenged young teams to invest £1,000 of imaginery money, on the stock exchange for a month.  The idea was for them to make as much money as possible during that time.

Ellie and her team's shrewd investment choices meant that they defeated the majority of the other five thousand teams from around the country.

Not only that but they defeated their business teacher Mr Jansen!

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Despite the weather threatening to spoil the party, a staggering 22 netball fixtures were held over the weekend, from U9s up to U18s, with some excellent results, most noteably from the U13s, whose A and B teams remained unbeaten in all four of their matches, against Exeter School and King's Hall.

In the Prep school, despite losses for the U9s and U10s, the U11A and Bs managed convincing wins against King's Hall.

Further up the school, the U12s and U13s played in a triangular tournament with Exeter School and King's Hall.  Whilst the U12s had a mixed day, with some good wins and narrow losses, the U13s were the team of the day, winning all their matches.

The U14Bs and U15Bs both had good wins against Exeter, but sadly the U15A match had to be cancelled due to a flu epidemic at Exeter!

The Senior squads had very close matches, the Cs winning convincingly, whilst the As were agonisingly beaten 22-23, being denied a last goal attempt as the whistle blew!

A fantastic day of sport for the girls and well done to all the staff involved for managing to keep the fixtures alive despite the rain.

All the results from the weekend, including some great wins for our hockey boys against Shebbear, can be found on My School Portal. 

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Social Psychology and, in particular, bystanders in violent situations, was the theme of this term's Aldiss Society lecture, given by Professor Mark Levine from Exeter University.

Members of the Sixth Form were joined by Psychology students from Petroc and Bideford for what was a fasctinating talk on human behaviour and the influence of group dynamics.

The Aldiss Society was formed to promote knowledge and discussion on topics covering a wide range of subjects and interests and is open to Sixth Form students.

The Society was named after the late author and poet Brian Aldiss, an old boy and former Vice President of West Buckland School, who sadly died last year.



Year 10 CCF cadets visited Barnstaple Army Reserve Centre to experience the training simulators for the Challenger 2 battle tank.

Sgt Alan Clegg from the Kings Royal Hussars, currently attached to the Royal Wessex Yeomanry, passed on his experience to the year 10 cadets explaining and demonstrating the simulation system.

All 14 cadets got a chance to use the simulators and practice their skills on engagements and observation involved with military doctrine, all Cadets worked hard achieved good results, Saskia Vickery and Eleanor Voce was singled out for their excellent scores moving on to moving target shoots.

The is was a great afternoon enjoyed by all cadets.