As part of the school's recent international week, a celebration of the sixth form's diverse nationalities was held last Friday evening.
A dozen boarders became chefs for the evening and served up some glorious dishes from around the world: Peru, Luxembourg, Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Hong Kong, Thailand and the UK. As well as dinner, teams of students and staff attempted a tough international quiz and then learnt a Moldovan dance!
Head of Sixth Form, Matt Brimson, said "Our Sixth Form has a rich diversity of nationalities and it is right to celebrate their food, culture and traditions. It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening and nobody will forget the outstanding food our boarders prepared."
Year 10 Ben Lee has been invited by the Royal College of Music, to perform in a concert this weekend.
The invitation comes on the back of the quality of a composition that Ben produced having attended the RCM's Sparks Springboard Composition Saturdays this term.
"I attended a composition course run by Rachel Leach with the Royal College of Music which took place over four weekends at St. Paul's School in Hammersmith. On the final weekend a selection of the compositions were chosen to be played at the Royal College by their students. I wrote a piece of Jazz music called 'Traversing at the speed of Jazz' which was selected to be played. The course was very helpful for GCSE music as we got to work with RCM students, so we could hear how are compositions would sound when performed. We also received lots of advice from the composers and I would do defiantly do this course again."
We wish him every success this weekend.
Both the U13 A and B netball teams took the North Devon titles yesterday, under sun-drenched skies at Bideford College.
Both teams played in separate competitions. The B team played in one large group, and had a clean sweep of results which leaves them still unbeaten this season. Notable results for the B team were 12-1 against Braunton, 7-2 against Park School, 10-2 against Holsworthy and 12-0 against Pilton. As always the squad played with control but also with a tenacious flair running from defence to attack. They worked hard together to produce some excellent passages of play, and the defensive unit allowed only five goals to be scored against them all tournament. Coaches' player went to Daisy Cotton who worked tirelessly all day, defending hard and producing lots of attacking options.
The A teams route to the top spot was not quite so straight forward. The squad had an excellent opening game against Braunton winning 13-1, but they next came a draw against Shebbear which meant that both teams would be fighting it out for first place in the groups, and needed to play for goal difference in the remaining games. The girls pulled together and managed to win their next three games against Bideford College, Chulmleigh and Ilfracombe, scoring 81 goals and only conceded six, leaving them top of the group and into the semi finals against Pilton. A narrow victory took them to the finals, where they would meet Shebbear again. Both teams started the final playing some excellent netball and the game was 6 goals each at full time. After extra time the score was 8-8, and the match then went to ‘golden goal’ where captain Amelia Day scored the winning shot. A great end to an exciting tournament.
West Buckland School has been rated in the Top 100 co-educational boarding schools in the UK. In fact, the school is rated as high as number 67 in the league table, produced by Educational Advisors Ltd.
The award is based on A-level results, A* and A grades and number of pupils with exam success for 2017.
Headmaster, Phillip Stapleton, is delighted with this recognition. "This is a fantastic achievement for a small school to be recognised like this and reflects the hard work that the pupils and staff put in to ensure that our results continue to be among the best, not only in the region, but on a national scale. This is especially impressive when you consider that, unlike us, many of the schools in the league table are extremely selective on admissions. We continue to believe that we can encourage our pupils and make them the best that they can be."