Congratulations to Year 13, Ella Clifton who progresses to Phase 2 in the trials for Skeleton.
Ella was selected to continue her Olympic journey when she achieved great results in Phase 1 trials - 30m sprint, vertical jump and standing long jump. Just 50 people, both girls and boys will be moving forward to the Phase 2 trials, which take place at Bath University during the summer. Ella will have the opportunity to train with a team of Bobsleigh and Skeleton professionals to see if she has what it takes to progress even further. Good luck!
Governors of West Buckland came into the school towards the end of last term to sit in and view various lessons ranging from Geography, Maths, DT, Chemistry, English, Art and many more. Governors interacted with pupils throughout the sessions and were given insight into the day-to-day lessons, content and teachings. This is a really important part of their governorship and we thank them for taking the time to join us in a busy West Buckland School day.
Our Charities Committee, run by Sixth Form students, have raised £8,318.81 for their nominated charity 'Everything Ellie' - the highest amount ever achieved.
“The charity trustees are so very proud of the students and staff at West Buckland School. The grand total is a testament to how they have got behind the charity’s aims and were touched by Ellie’s story. This amount will make an everlasting difference to families having the most difficult time and I hope that the students continue to keep in touch to see the joy of their efforts.” Justeen Easton, Ellie’s mum.
The school ran a Fashion Show, put together a special edition calendar, have sold beautiful glass ‘Ellie’ beads and even busked in South Molton to raise awareness and funds for the charity.
Ellie sadly lost her battle with Leukaemia in 2015 and the charity, ‘Everything Ellie’ offers an amazing beach hut at Saunton Sands, North Devon, providing a simple day at the seaside and short breaks away. It is a welcome respite from hospital rooms for young people or parents and guardians with young families undergoing treatment for long term, life threatening or terminal illnesses.
Staff and students are so pleased to have been able to support 'Everything Ellie' this year and will follow the progress of the charity going forward.
This year saw Grenville Blue win the Southcomb Shield for a fifth consecutive year. Students in Years 7 to 13 have taken part in House music, drama, art and sporting competitions.
"...proud to wear blue pants and to take part in events outside of their comfort zones, this remarkable 'bUnch' can be most proud of their achievements." Mrs Rachel Thompson, Housemaster of the Grenville.