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The Year 13 Leavers’ Ball took place at High Bullen Hotel on a gloriously warm evening under blue skies. The evening is the culmination of their final year at West Buckland and is a chance for parents and pupils alike to look back with a certain amount of nostalgia at their school life and celebrate what lies ahead as they prepare for their university and career experiences.

The Ball is always an opportunity for the students to get dressed up and the students all looked fabulous which was nothing less than the evening deserved.

A highlight of the evening was a fantastic and very entertaining presentation by Head and Deputy Head of School, Katie Hevingham and Anson Tai, including a slide show of photos from the year group’s early years, video messages from teachers who were not able to attend the evening, mentions of achievements, sporting and otherwise, over the years and a nod to those former contemporaries who were no longer at the school.

Many thanks must go to everyone who organised the evening. For more photos, please visit our Facebook page.

 

 

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Whilst a record breaking 40 pupils are currently working towards their Gold Duke of Edinburgh awards, six Year 13 students this week received their Gold Award badges prior to being invited to Buckingham Palace to receive their certificates later this summer.

Congratulations to Lucy Friend, Yasmin Wafai, Anson Tai, Tabby Waldron, John Hancock and Holly Comer.

The Outdoor Learning department has been extremely busy this year and, in addition to entering two teams for the recent Ten Tors Challenge, this year has seen 120 students working towards either gold, silver or bronze awards, which is an extremely impressive number.  Many thanks to Mr Hathway and his team of staff who have done such an excellent job organising the expeditions this year.

 

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Our successful tennis season continued with the U15 Boys Aegon Division 1 and U13 Girls Aegon Division 1 getting through to the Devon Final to be held later this term.

In addition, the U15 Boys Division 2 are through to the Devon semi-final.

All the teams have enjoyed some exciting and, in some cases, nail-biting matches.  Last Friday was no exception and we were treated to a great evening of tennis with the U15 and U13 Boys Division 1 teams both beat Colyton Grammar School.  The U13 matches were particularly close and well done to Toby Watts and Ollie Heath who clinched the match in a Championship tie break!

 

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Congratulations to the international students who achieved excellent results in the IELTS (English for university entry) examination in April. Particular mentions go to Derek Kong, who scored a maximum 9 in the reading component and Natalie Fikarova, who scored 8.5 in the listening.

 These results compare favourably with the previous two years with all candidates achieving an overall score which would gain entry to university and with a significant majority achieving a score of greater than 6.5.  They are to be congratulated on their efforts.