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Four Year 9 pupils visited Park School in Barnstaple, along with a number of other secondary schools, to take part in this year’s Carnegie Shadowing Event. All the schools will have been shadowing the shortlist of this prestigious children’s book award since the list was announced in March. The Schools Library Service who organise the event then give each school one book off the shortlist to make a presentation on.

This year West Buckland were presenting on Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk. Alfie Howard, Rebecca Hassall, Charlotte Turner and Katie Woods produced a fantastic presentation on why the book should win as they had all read and enjoyed the book. Before and after the presentations we were treated to an author talk from children’s author Emma Carroll (pictured here with our team) whose new book Letters from the Lighthouse was Waterstones Book of the Month in May this year.




Thursday 15 June

Nature At Its Cleverest

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These may look like two twigs, but in fact, whilst one is, indeed, a twig, the other is a buff tip moth!

These, and other exciting discoveries, were just part of the Reception and Prep 1 children's fascinating day studying moths that they had caught in the moth net.  Learning about their life cycles, bodies, food and camouflage, the children also had a chance to handle the moths and see their markings and clever body forms up close.

Many thanks to Head of Biology, Noah Shawcross, for providing such an interesting session for the children.


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Four of our team of eighteen athletes who qualified for, and took part in, the County Athletics Championships last weekend, have come away as County Champions.

Anna Wilson (Javelin, Minor Girls); Ed Broggio (Javelin, Minor Boys); Sion Grand (Shot, Minor Boys) and Ella Clifton (Triple Jump, Inter Girls) beat some very tough opposition to win their sections and take the Devon titles.

Overall, West Buckland was very well represented across all ages and all disciplines, having competed extremely well at the North Devon Championships earlier in the term. 

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West Buckland Prep entered four teams into last week's North Devon Year 2 Tennis Tournament at the Tarka Tennis Centre in Barnstaple, with the A and B team doing exceptionally well, overcoming all opposition in their respective pools and semi-finals, to meet each other in the finals.

Twenty two teams entered the competition, with teams playing round robin matches in their pools before the top teams meeting in the semi-finals.  Having won their pools, the A team then had a good win against Ilfracombe to reach the finals, with the B team doing similarly with a win over North Molton.

Head of Tennis, Rachel Thompson, wants to encourage more of our students to play as often as possible over the summer, with a number of excellent initiatives available.

"Summer holidays are just around the corner and I hope the sunshine makes you want to pick up a racket and get out on court!

#GoHitIt is all about helping you to make that happen.  The LTA is helping the nation to find courts, but look no further as West Buckland School is also helping you with this.

Outside courts at the Tarka Tennis Centre in Barnstaple are free for you to book throughout the year.  This 'school family' initiative is there to help make playing tennis easy.

Pupils with less tennis experience - Years 7-10, have, this term, been enjoying some extra coaching at school during lunch time with Lucy from Tarka.  It's surprising how quickly your skills can develop.

Develop the basics, play singles or doubles, spend time as a family #GoHitIt

Have a great summer!"