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West Buckland pupils were asked to contribute to a professional dance and spoken word installation being screened at the renowned Sidmouth Science Festival. The installation is an Arts Council funded project called 'Unkindest Cut', choreographed by Subathra Subramanian of Sadhana Dance which entwines dance, peformance, text, film and an intricate light installation.

Subathra came into school to lead a creative workshop where our pupils were taught yoga, the beginnings of Bharata Natyam (classical Indian Dance) and were given the opportunity to use their voices, text, rhythm and to move freely in an unpressurised environment. Thoughts and feelings were also shared on what it is like to be a young person in the world today and all of these sequences and ideas will play an important part in contributing to the installation, which were very lucky to have been asked to participate in.

 

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Congratulations to our Prep 2 tennis teams who competed in the North Devon Schools' Winter Tournament last week at the Tarka Tennis Centre. Both the A and B teams progressed to the quarter finals with the A team going on to the semi finals where they faced tournament winners Ilfracombe A. Players showed great spirit and determination throughout and the tournament gave all three teams plenty of opportunity to practice their skills and to learn from the competitive environment.

In other tennis news, our Prep 4 boys, Lincoln, Bradley, Eric and Freddie have been selected to represent Devon at under 9 level and are in preparation for the winter training programme - a fanastic achievement.

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Ranger Russ came to visit a Year 8 group with a collection of his animals as part of their Outdoor Learning curriculum. Pupils were able to learn, observe and even handle a variety of different creatures including snakes, a giant snail, a gecko and a tarantula!

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Our Year 12 students had to draw on all their creativity and critical thinking when they were set the challenge of delivering a marketing campaign, as part of an exciting day devised in association with local Marketing agency Bray Leino.

The exercise was aimed at simulating what it takes to deliver a brief outlined by a globally important client selling kitchen appliances such as kettles and toasters.

The activity got the students thinking and experiencing what is required in the world of higher education and employment, including the soft skills that will be required in an ever-changing labour market.

The brief, outlined by Bray Leino staff, asked the students to plan and deliver a marketing campaign for different media including print, television and social media. With about six hours to complete the task, thirteen groups – which had been devised using a personality test – got together to deliver the brief.

Six groups made it through to the final presentations stage having shown impressive ideas and teamwork. These students then made their pitches to a panel of senior Bray Leino staff and an audience comprising their peers and teachers.

The panel were unanimous in their view that the best creative idea centred around the theme of Audrey Hepburn’s film Breakfast at Tiffany’s. This group, comprising of Tom, Beth, Kitty-May, Bolin and Lucia, received book vouchers for their efforts.

There were also awards for a number of the school’s 7Cs categories. Nicole won the creative award for her outstanding story board, Tajwar was the most impressive critical thinker, Isobel was the most committed and Kitty-May displayed outstanding confidence and courage.

Finally, the most outstanding individual was Alex who impressed the Bray Leino judges with her creative ideas, excellent teamwork skills and the way in which she lucidly explained the ideas her team had developed.