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The West Buckland Foundation had a very difficult job picking the winners of this year's competition for Prep children, to design the Foundation's Christmas cards.

The standard for entries was very high with the children using all kinds of methods and materials to design their cards, but in the end the Foundation picked four winning designs, which will be used to create the Christmas cards to be sent to all the Foundation supporters and friends of West Buckland School.

In a celebration assembly, Foundation Manager, Mrs Amanda Reynolds, showed off all the entries and presented the winning artists, Emily Mather, Alice Poole, Archie Shawcross and Oscar Perry, with their prizes.  

Congratulations to everyone who took part in this annual competition.

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Once again, we were delighted to welcome World Slam Poetry Champion, Harry Baker, and the superbly talented Chris Read to perform in assembly and to run workshops with a range of age groups in the Senior School.

 Performing as Harry and Chris (apparently it scans better like that), who recently performed on BBC2's Russell Howard's Good News, the students were treated to a fantastic performance of their poetry, rap and songs, including the cheery “The End of the World” song and “Waddyawannado”.   Here, Year 9, Martha MacDonald, recalls her morning with them:

 “Chris and Harry started the day with a mix of songs in Assembly, in particular a special tribute rap to Mr Ralph, who shall be leaving at the end of term.  The workshop, that took place during our English lesson, started with more  humorous songs leading into an exercise about puns; in which you  are asked "what's your job?" and then "how's your job?" to which you reply with a pun relating to the job title you chose. 

 After many attempts, we were then asked to write down five things that we like and explain what we liked about them. Once we had picked the one idea we thought was the best, we continued to write a poem about it.  After five minutes of poem writing some of us decided to share them with the rest of the group, these included poems about family, Jamaica, and even pick-up lines.  Overall it was a funny and extremely enjoyable workshop. Thanks Chris and Harry!!”

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Thursday 30 November

Prep Tennis Pairs Dominate

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Three pairs from West Buckland Prep School took part in this week's North Devon Schools' Year 5 and 6 doubles competition at the Tarka Tennis Centre.     Now at an age when they are playing on the full court and using their physical and mental attributes to perform to the best of their ability, the pairs were competing in three competitions to accommodate for a variety of ability.

With over 30 teams taking part, all three pairs did extremely well, going through from the pool stages to their respective semi-final rounds, with Evie Ford and Ellen Pugsley, the only 'all girl' pair to make it through.

In the C competition, Henry Willes and Oliver George defeated Our Lady's School in the semi-final to face Ilfracombe in the final.  A nail-biting match, our pair gained victory 11-9.

The girls faced some tough opposition in the B competition, but did remarkably well to finish in 3rd place overall after defeating Kingsacre School.

The A competition also saw some fantastic tennis, but Rodrigo Anzules-Argote and Edward Wilson, after comfortably finishing top of their pool, fought off the opposition of the A teams from Woolacombe, Southmead and Goodleigh in the final stages to be crowned North Devon champions.

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Pupils and staff from West Buckland have joined the campaign to abolish single-use plastics that find their way into our oceans and are a major threat to wildlife.

On Friday last week, a group of Year 9s attended the Surfers Against Sewage “Plastic Free North Devon” launch and will be taking part in beach cleans as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award volunteering section.  This comes on the back of further work that they have been doing to highlight this serious problem, by making suncatchers to raise money for the charity and its campaign.  Pupils from Years 7 and 8 have also been making a display out of plastic in an after school art club to raise awareness of the problem of plastic pollution in our seas.  The plastic was collected by a company set up by ex-West Buckland School pupil Joshua Beech (back right) with funding from Plymouth University.

The launch event, held in Braunton, was a phenomenal success and the venue was packed.  The pupils managed to raise £35 on the evening by selling their sun catchers, which they presented to Surfers Against Sewage to help them raise funds for their Plastic Free Schools project.

Further beach cleans are planned next year and anyone intersting in joining in, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit