Well done to Eddy Pope and Toby Watts who were crowned North Devon U13 champions in the North Devon Schools' Secondary Tournament at the Tarka Tennis Centre last week.
Eddy and Toby were part of a strong U13 and U15 boys and girls team entered into the tournament which featured a large number of teams and the usual strong competition.
The U13 Boys A team won all the pool matches against a range of opposition. In the semi-final they met a strong Braunton A. Using their experience and good shot selection, they outwitted their opponents to face - for the second year running - Ilfracombe A. In a nail biting match, the advantage changed throughout the match, but a very pleased West Buckland Pair eventually came out on top to become North Devon winners.U13 and U15 girls' and boys' competitions.
The U15 West Buckland teams played well throughout the day, winning the majority of matches. Both girls and boys made it through to the semi final stages where match play was at its best!
Jack Prickett and Greg Tully faced a very strong Ilfracombe A team and although they narrowly lost 5-7, it was a fantastic display of tennis from both teams.
Martha Macdonald and Millie McLintock were successful in the semi-final comfortably beating Pilton A. In the final they met Bideford A and were unlucky to concede the match 5-7.
The annual Pre-Prep Christmas Concert is always a highlight in the calendar and this year was no exception! The audience were treated to an afternoon of terrific singing and acting, taking them on a journey from An Alien Christmas - performed by the Nursery and Reception children, to The Wizard of Oz, featuring pupils from Years 1 and 2.
As always, the costumes, set designs and make-up were a delight and the children themselves performed brilliantly, even down to the last Munchkin! Mr Carter guided the cast through the very jolly repertoire of songs and members of the staff were on hand, in the background, to guide any lost sheep or lonely angels.
Well done to all the children who took part and a big thank you to the staff for all their hard work in making this a Christmas spectacular!
More photos are available on our Prep Facebook page.
Year 11, Tom Whiteley, finished as runner-up in last weekend’s U17 Devon Junior Squash Championships and is officially Devon No.2 in his age category.
In what was a very successful tournament, Tom won all of his U17 matches 3-0 until the final, where he eventually lost 3-0 to the No.1 seed, although was in a position to take 2 of the 3 games.
Tom also entered the U19 boys competition and was beaten by the No.1 seed and eventual winner, 3-1, in the group stage, but then won his remaining group matches, including a win against the Devon U19 No.3 seed, 3-0, to reach the 3rd/4th place play-off final against the No.2 seed. This was a terrific match, with Tom sneaking the first 2 games to take a 2-0 lead, but then narrowly lost the next 2 games, with the result going to a deciding fifth game. Tom eventually came through, 11-9 in the decider.
This was a fantastic performance for Tom, who will still be eligible for the U17 age group next year, when he will hope to take the No.1 Devon position.
Students in the Prep and Senior school displayed an extraordinary variety of performing arts skills in last week’s 150 Theatre Speech and Drama Festival. Altogether, over 50 students participated and we were delighted to open our Festival this year to students from other local schools. We welcomed eight students from Chulmleigh Academy and Pilton Community College.
Performances included public speaking, mime, verse speaking and modern and classical drama. The very high standard was demonstrated in numerous performances including a scene from ‘The Importance of Being Ernest’ by Oscar Wilde, which earned Fraser O’Brien and Ciaran Maunder a Distinction and Restoration Comedy from ‘The Country Wife’ by William Wicherley which earned performer Robert Stirzaker Honours (over 90%).
Many students demonstrated their creative inventiveness to the full in performances of original work, created through improvisation in speech and drama classes. Most notably Chloe Hall, Katie Watts and Louisa Cotton all gained Honours for their Devised Drama. The year 7 lunchtime drama club excelled themselves by performing spontaneous improvisation scenes, created in just thirty minutes. Years 9 to 13 EAL (English as an Additional language) students bravely joined in with public speaking, which included such widely varying topics as ‘Snakes’ to ‘The Perils of Dog Poo’!
Our Adjudicator was Gail Ratcliffe who has been Head of Drama at various schools throughout the UK, both within the state and private sectors. She told us that she was very impressed with the high standard of work on display in the Festival and she saw fit to award a record number of students with Honours this year. In addition to those mentioned above, these included Anna Davies, Flora Boyles, Loveday Williams, Daisy Cotton and Maddy Brent for drama and for Public Speaking Tom Spear and EAL students Lis Thelson and Adrian Chan.
The Overall Festival Awards will be presented next week in Cup Assembly.