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The weather was absolutely perfect for this year’s Field Day, when the whole of the Senior School is involved in activities and trips that aim to broaden their education and inspire curiosity, thought and creativity.

Whilst the Year 9 pupils were involved in an exciting outdoor education camp, based at the army camp in Okehampton, either with CCF or Duke of Edinburgh, the Year 8s took a trip to the coast and Exmoor Zoo and the Year 7s enjoyed themselves at Skern Lodge.  The Year 10s enjoyed a trip to the beautiful Buckfast Abbey, where they were subsequently asked to produce a piece of creative writing about the experience.  They also visited the Dart Rock Climbing Centre.

For the older year groups, Field Day offers the students an opportunity to take part in some interesting and important Enrichment and PHSE events.  The Year 13s looked at UCAS and the university application process, whilst the Year 12s, after a morning of talks, were able to take part in a ballroom dancing lesson!

We are extremely grateful to our staff for organising and co-ordinating what is a very complex and varied schedule of activities.

dave smith

Pupils at West Buckland are going to be enjoying a busy term of visits from some of the country’s top creative writers.

Last week,  Year 10 students were thoroughly entertained by former stand-up comedian turned writer for TV, radio and magazines, Dave Smith (photographed), who came to talk to the group ahead of their Field Day trip to Buckfast Abbey tomorrow, to inspire them to produce a piece of creative writing about their experience.

Next Wednesday children’s author Christopher Edge is coming to talk to the whole of Year 7 as part of the Appledore Book Festival Schools Programme.  Also next week, the author Gill Lewis will be coming in to do a creative writing workshop with some Year 8 students. 

These are fantastic opportunities for our pupils to hear first-hand from some of our most creative and successful writers.

Tuesday 03 October

Good Weekend of Hockey

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The U12A and B hockey teams showed huge promise with convincing wins over Wellington last weekend as part of a very busy weekend of fixtures.

The U12As had a convincing win of 5-1 with notable performances from Bethany Gay and Mimi Heath who scored 4!

The U12Bs also enjoyed a convincing win and the girl's worked hard to play as a team both in defence and attack.

The U13A and Bs had very close and exciting matches, with the As hanging on for a 4-4 draw, while the Bs came back from two goals down to win 4-2, showing a lot of grit and determination.

There were also wins for the U15s and 2nd XI, but the 1st XI suffered a defeat at the hands of a very well organised Wellington team.

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harriet wins poster prize

Year 8’s Harriet Wilson-North, has been presented with a new ipad by Barnstaple Mayor, Mrs Julie Hunt, after winning first prize in the 12-16 age category in the recent poster competition celebrating 50 years of the North Devon branch of the charity Samaritans.   The winners of all three age categories saw their posters displayed in Barnstaple library over the summer.

In addition to Harriet winning her category, Year 8s Summer Culverhouse, Tyler-Paige Beckley and Jasmine Jefferies were presented with highly commended certificates for their stunning poster designs and a plaque to be hung up in the school in recognition of their girls’ achievements.

The competition, which was open to 99 schools in North Devon, was run to raise awareness of the charity’s invaluable work.  Volunteer Anna Flynn was delighted to attend the prize giving at West Buckland in assembly.  “This positive and fun activity was aimed to highlight to students from as young as eight, the importance of emotional health and the role of the charity in supporting those in emotional distress.  All these girls have put a great deal of thought into their designs and Harriet’s was particularly striking and poignant. Well done to all of them.”