The West Buckland Pre-Pupil children provided an afternoon of great entertainment when they performed their Nativity play and Snow White to a packed 150 Theatre yesterday afternoon.   The children acted and sang with great confidence and gusto, accompanied on the piano (and trombone at times) by Director of Music Dominic Carter.

Children in the Nursery and Reception performed a Nativity play with a twist, featuring a team of slightly reluctant Bethlehem builders who were called upon to mend the roof on an innkeeper’s stable, before the unexpected arrival of Mary and Joseph.  Needless to say, their attempts to delay the job and their persistent requests for cups of tea, were ignored! 

The cast also included a flock of very adorable sheep, led by a delightful shepherdess who treated the audience to a beautiful solo.  The gathering around the crib was completed by the three wise men and some learner-angels, equipped with L-plates on their wings.

Following this, Prep 1 and 2 performed Snow White, which also featured a slightly untraditional storyline!  Whilst abandoned in the woods after the very convincing White Witch condemned her to death, Snow White stumbled across some unfortunate and hungry dwarfs who had lost all their money on the horses.  However, after careful consultation with the Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, their luck changes in the West Buckland Champion Stakes when their horse comes in first!  And the moral of the story?  Probably best not to go there!

Many thanks to Mrs Steel and her team of staff for producing two such entertaining plays and some truly stunning and inventive costumes!

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winter 2016

West Buckland Tennis Team had an extremely impressive performance at this week’s North Devon Schools’ Winter Tournament at the Tarka Tennis Centre in Barnstaple, with our pairs reaching the final in every category.

Going one better, Martha Macdonald, with partner Millie McLintock, and Sacha Chunilal-Moberley and Greg Tully, played really well to win the U13 Girls’ and U15 Boys’ sections respectively.  Martha and Millie managed to hold off the other West Buckland pairing of Emily Jakes and Chloe Parry in a close fought final.

Other runner-up pairs were Holly Crosbie and Ester Cooper, in the U15 Girls’ and Eddy Pope and Toby Watts in the U13 Boys’.

Head of Tennis, Rachel Thompson, was impressed by the team’s attitude.  “Against some very tough opposition from other schools, the whole team held their nerve and kept their heads, playing some really good tennis at times.”

cross country

West Buckland’s Cross Country runners did themselves proud, achieving overall first place in the intermediate Girls' and Minor Boys' sections of the North Devon Cross Country Championships, held here at the school last week.  In addition, our runners came overall second in the Minor Boys', Junior Girls' and Intermediate Boys' sections.

Under beautiful blue winter skies, and in almost perfect running conditions, the turn out for the event was very impressive, with representatives from schools all over the region.

As well some excellent individual performances, including George Thomas, who won the Minor Boys' race, beating a field of 51 and Fi Corrick who came second in the Intermediate Girls', from a field of 25, solid performances across the board led to the high overall standings in so many of the categories.

Many thanks to all the schools for coming along and competing, and to the organising team and Year 11 marshals for the smooth running of the event.

oscar c b news

West Buckland School Year13 student, Oscar Carter-Burns, has been selected to play rugby for the U18 South West Lambs squad.   The Lambs is run by the Independent Schools RFU and offers the opportunity for talented rugby players to compete at a representative level.

Oscar will play for the South West Lambs in a warm up match against Somerset U17s, before playing in a tournament against the South East, Northern and Midlands Lambs in January.  At this event, there will be an opportunity to be selected for the England Lambs who will go on to play teams from the likes of Saracens and Northampton Saints academies.

West Buckland School, Head of Rugby, Dominic Ford, said “This selection is well deserved and is testimony to the hard work that he has put in on and off the pitch.  He has played out of position for the school for most of the year in order to make the most of his ability and this has undoubtedly helped him to grow as a player, improving his ball carrying ability and importantly, his knowledge of the game.  He is now a much smarter player and will gain invaluable experience with the Lambs.  We wish him every success in the forthcoming matches.”