The West Buckland School CCF is celebrating after a select team of eight returned having taken part in the gruelling Cambrian Patrol Exercise, last weekend, achieving a very creditable Bronze medallion award.
The Cambrian Patrol is an annual event, taking part in the Cambrian Mountains of Wales. It is a nationally recognised exercise that tests Cadets at Section level, in a demanding environment, on leadership, teamwork, endurance, navigation and cadet military knowledge. This was West Buckland School CCF’s first ever entry into the competition and therefore their Bronze award is all the more impressive.
The successful team was:
John Hancock (Section Commander)
Kian Hayles-Cotton (2I/C)
West Buckland CCF Instructor, Dave Flynn, was extremely proud of the team’s efforts. “To achieve a Bronze award in their first ever attempt at this extremely testing exercise, is a magnificent achievement. Before the event, each member of the team was trained to step up to Section Commander or 2I/C if needed, and each one of them proved that they were more than capable of doing so.”
At the end of the Spring Term we said goodbye to a number of our German, Spanish and French pupils across Years 10, 11 and 12. They joined us in the Autumn and Spring Terms on short term study placements, enabling them to receive a comprehensive teaching and learning programme, develop their English language skills and participate in the wide range of extra-curricular activities at West Buckland.
We wish them the very best for the future as they continue their studies in their home countries and look forward to all the new pupils joining us after Easter.
A group of Year 10 students from West Buckland, along with those from other Devon schools, recently visited Flybe for a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) event. Four employers ran interactive sessions for the students, including the Met Office, EDF and South West Water. The Met Office focused on climate change science and the role of STEM in their everyday work, while South West Water focused on river catchment management and water supply. EDF ran a simulation exercise whereby the students had to maintain 100% electricity output at one of its nuclear power stations.
Throughout the day, employers took note of students whom they found to be particularly engaged and motivated. Four students were chosen from approximately eighty and they will be invited back to Flybe in July for a pilot simulator experience and a full tour of Flybe and the aircraft hangar. We are delighted that Cade Simpson from West Buckland was one of the four students to be chosen; we are sure he will have a fantastic time in July. Well done Cade.
Last Saturday’s North Devon Schools’ event was the final competition of the season for our gymnasts and although some of the team were unavailable, others were still flying the West Buckland flag extremely high.
As well as a number of individual medals, our teams won three trophies- u13 Mixed Novice, u19 Girls’ novice and u19 mixed intermediate. In addition, Year 7, Ellie Prickett was awarded the Laycock Endeavour shield which was a great achievement.
The gymnasts have performed really well all season and should be proud of their efforts. Many thanks to Katrina Venner for managing the teams and for taking them to the competitions all around the country.