boys hockey

Our boys’ hockey teams and senior girls’ netball teams battled hard against the elements this weekend in their sports fixtures, with the boys’ showing some excellent match skills to produce an impressive set of results against Downside, winning three of their four matches.

The first and second hockey teams both won, keeping a clean sheet in both matches, whilst the U14s also managed a good win.  The U15s fought hard but came up against a very strong team and unfortunately lost.

The senior netball teams enjoyed a new fixture for this term, against Taunton School, and again had to endure driving wind and rain during their matches.  Despite losing two matches and drawing one, the matches were very exciting, the 3rds in a nail-biting 15-15 draw, and the 2nds being extremely unlucky, losing by just two goals.  This is a fixture that we hope to continue with in the future.  

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The Art Department at West Buckland continues to go from strength to strength and two of our A level Art students have recently received unconditional offers to further their artistic careers from their chosen universities.

Year 13’s Scarlet Tang has received no less than two unconditional offers to read Animation from Falmouth College and Plymouth University, while Paige Porritt has had an unconditional offer to read Fine Art from the University of Gloucester.

Most impressive has been the feedback to their applications.  A letter received by Paige said, “ I thought your portfolio was outstanding; I loved the range of media and your natural tendency to experiment and explore. Some of your work shows a maturity beyond your years.”

Head of Art, Cameron Main, is delighted with his students’ achievements. “I am so proud and pleased for both Paige and Scarlet not only for their success but the praise they have received for their portfolios. The maturity of their ideas and their individuality really shone out.”

Both A-level and GCSE students are working hard to complete their final exam portfolios and are making the most of the department’s ‘open door’ policy which enables them to use any free time to come in and work on their pieces.

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Eleven West Buckland School pupils have been selected to represent Devon Hockey in the Academy Performance matches in March after standing out in the recent training sessions for their respective age groups. From this, they may be selected into the Performance Centres which is the next stage of the England Hockey Single System, where they will join Isaac Windley, who has already been selected for this level.

Head of Hockey, Grant Ward, says "This is fantastic news for the school and the individuals. It is great for these pupils to be recognised at county level with some looking to progress to regional level. It is just reward for all their hard work on and off the pitch over the past months and they can be extremely proud of their efforts".

The pupils are:

Henry Cooper - U14

Saffy Ayara Ekpe - U14

James Tyson  - U15

Saskia Vickery - U15

Esther Cooper - U16

Jess Thompson - U17

Molly Helicon - U17

Harry Sampson - U17

Eluned Davies - U17

Isaac Windley - U17 Perfromance Centre

gymnasts news

The West Buckland Gymnastics Team has reached the National Finals after the U13, U14 and U16 teams all achieved second place in the recent South West Schools’ Milano event, where they had to perform a floor routine, two vaults and a group routine.  The National Finals will be held at Stoke on Trent on 9th to 11th March.

There were strong performances from all the team members and, in particular, Mia Morris and Olivia Sullivan did extremely well, both coming in the top 5 and 10, respectively, in vault and floor, out of 35 and 70 gymnasts.

Team manager, Katrina Venner, puts their success down to some extremely hard work. “The gymnasts have attended up to four holiday training sessions to be able to use the gymnastics equipment and learn their routines. They have then practised independently and have improved tremendously. I’m really proud of their achievements and to reach the National Finals is nothing less than they deserve.”

Our gymnasts are: Jasmine Jefferies, Lottie Wakefield, Annabel Maskell, Ellie Prickett, Lola Bacon; and those representing WBS at the National Finals: Martha MacDonald (10th), Ellen French (8th), Mia Morris (5th & 8th), Olivia Sullivan (2nd & 9th), Charlie McClure (3rd), Flinn Vipond (3rd), Ed Broggio (2nd).

Brackets are their highest individual position in a competition if they reached the top 10.