Prep 5 and 6 boys travelled to Plymouth and Exeter last Friday for their eagerly anticipated rugby tour. The weather was kind during their two-day stay, allowing the boys to take part in some great rugby matches, as well exciting outdoor activities.
After an early start from school, the boys arrived at the Mount Batten Activity Centre, Plymouth and enjoyed kayaking on the River Plym. It was most impressive seeing the ability of the children as there were some confident kayakers on the water.
In the afternoon the U10s played a very strong Plymouth College team and while the score wasn’t close the boys learnt a lot in their first match of the season. The U11s remained at Mount Batten and were surprised with their afternoon activity as they took to the water in powerboats navigating and driving their boats before the instructors took over the driving and gave the boys a thrilling ride around Plymouth Sound.
The boys enjoyed ten pin bowling in the evening in Plymouth before returning to Mount Batten.
There was another early start on Saturday as the boys set off to play Exeter Cathedral. Both the U10s and U11s were in action and began to apply what they had learnt from their previous matches. The U11s in particular showed their progression with a narrow 20-15 loss. Well done to all the Prep 5 and 6 boys.
West Buckland School was very well represented at this year’s Barnstaple Half Marathon which took place on Sunday, with Year 13 boarder James Eke, together with Houseparents James Conlon and Shaun Morrison and Housemistress Louise Pugsley, all completing the course in very respectable times.
Shaun Morrison, who is Houseparent of boy’s boarding house Boyer, and James Eke, came 36th and 49th respectively, with excellent times of 1:36:35 and 1:39:05.
This was a particularly good performance by James, currently studying for his A levels, who has never run a half marathon before. “The Barnstaple Half Marathon was my first, and I really enjoyed it. I beat my expectations which was an added bonus! I think I’ll be tired of running for a very long time, however I will push myself to do a full marathon within the next few years.”
Shaun was also very impressed with James’ performance: “It was fantastic seeing James running so well and completing his first half marathon. There aren't many seventeen year-olds who'd have the determination and fitness to run their first thirteen-miler sub 1:40:00. My personal goal for next time is perfecting my 'hydrating whilst running technique'... I think 99% of the water ended up down my face!"
Louise Pugsley, who is Housemistress of Fortescue, came a fantastic 61st in a rapid time of 1:41:52.
Also running in the half marathon was Somerset first class cricketer and former pupil, Craig Overton, who managed the course in 1:48:52. Craig (05-12C) was running on behalf of the mental health charity Mind, in memory of North Devon cricketer Tom Allin, who died in January.
The annual general meeting of the Parents’ Association takes place on Wednesday 21st September at 7pm in the JESC Clubroom.
The Parents Association works to enhance the educational experience of the pupils by providing practical assistance and funding for additional academic and extracurricular activities at the school. It also aims to enhance relationships between the staff, parents and families associated with West Buckland. This is done by organising a number of social events each year, and offering support for other events organised by the school.
All parents are welcome to attend.
The U10s and U11s netball teams enjoyed a great start to the season this week against a combined St Petroc’s and Shebbear team at Bude. As always, we enjoyed a warm welcome and our girls were very excited to play, especially as some had never played in a match before!
The U10s match, in which all the girls in Year 5 took part, was played in great spirit and Mrs Ralph, the team coach, was very pleased with the way the girls battled, coming out 2-1 winners.
The U11s also enjoyed success after an excellent performance, which saw them win 11-2, despite a rather slippery court. The girls were somewhat rusty at first but quickly got into their stride and the goals flowed!