It was an excellent Ten Tors year for our pupils taking part this year, with both 35-mile teams having reasons to celebrate.
The boys came home amongst the top ten finishers out of a total over 250 35-mile teams who started, finishing at 0918 on Sunday morning. Team leader Nathan Chambers was very pleased to get his whole team across the finish line in one piece and in such good spirits. We believe the girls are celebrating the first all girls team for many years from West Buckland School. They worked hard through training as a team to improve their fitness and navigation in some pretty adverse conditions.
Jade Freeman did an excellent job of leading the girls' team over the finish line at 1215. Both teams looked extremely smart in their team tops and carried their school banners across the line with pride.
The greatest part of the day for the team manager, Mr Hathway, was having both teams safely back at base camp, swapping tales and sharing laughs and stories from their tremendous efforts. The headmaster Phillip Stapleton, who cycled the 34 miles from school to the event, with four other parents, shared in the comraderie with parents and family members celebrating the achievement of their sons and daughters. Mr Stapleton, on his first visit to Ten Tors, was impressed by the scale of the event and the outstanding logistics and safety procedures put in place by the Army. He also commented at how Ten Tors is such a family affair with many parents doing the event themselves. Rosie Higgs can now join this exclusive club with her other two sisters who have gone on to do 45 miles and 55 miles.
Many thanks and congratulations must go to all pupils, parents and school staff that have supported Ten Tors. For more photos, visit our Facebook page or contact Mr Hathway. We will be having an Adventure Society supper on June 21st to celebrate the success of the Ten Tor teams and all the activities of the Adventure Society. There will be a light supper followed by guest speaks to inspire pupils to do more adventurous activities. More information to follow.
The new marquee, acquired with the help of generous donations from the Parents' Associatin and OWBA, graced the cricket field for the first time this week. Under beautiful blue skies and with tea laid out ready for the cricketers, it was a quintessential English scene, captured in the words of Head of Sport, Geoff Turner, who was umpiring the match.
"It is always a pleasure to host the XL club. A fixture where the manner of the game and the spirit of cricket is highly celebrated. Wednesday’s game proved no different with the result going down to the very last over. Unfortunately for the school they were unable to cling on as they were bowled out with just 2 deliveries remaining. As is customary the XL awarded a small bat to the man of the match on the school side and this went to Patrick Colville, for his fine bowling, 2 for 12 of 5 overs, backed up by a valuable innings of 19. Despite a disappointing result, a close and competitive game was enjoyed by all."
Preparations are under way for this year's Ten Tors Challenge which starts tomorrow at the military base at Okehampton and will take the teams on a gruelling hike across Dartmoor for Saturday and Sunday. Base camp has been set up and awaits the teams' arrival tomorrow afternoon.
As with last year, we will be entering two teams into the event. Team A will be led by Nathan Cambers and Team B by Jade Freeman.
We wish both the Ten Tors teams all the best this weekend, their progress can be tracked at http://www.tentors.org.uk/ Our team number is 1371 and the boys' team is Team A and the girls' Team B.
Head of Outdoor Learning, Richard Hathway, feels confident that the teams are well prepared. "They have trained in some very harsh conditions, completed a mountain training hill skills course, their Silver DofE practice and assessed expeditions and are ready to take on the beast of Ten Tors! Many thanks to all the staff members who have helped with the preparation of the teams, especialy Martin Bohl."
We were delighted to welcome former student, James Gedling (90-03G) who visited the school last week for one of our series of Careers Lunches. James delivered a talk to students in Year 11 about his life as a pilot as he is currently a First Officer with British Airways.
After delivering a talk to Year 11, he then met potential pilots and aerospace engineers amongst others, in Years 8-13 to pass on his experiences and offer some excellent advice.
We are always pleased to welcome former pupils, as part of our extensive Higher Education and Careers advice, to come back and talk about their careers and the paths that led them there.