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OWBA Henry, has progressed in football having been signed for Notts County Academy. Henry has also been selected to represent the Independent Schools' national team (ISFA) this season in their U15 squad. His upcoming fixtures are against Chelsea and Brighton and we wish him the best of luck.

Fantastic results in cycling with Year 9 Amy and Year 12s Dominic and George having been selected from cycling collective, Propello to represent the South West in the School Games at Loughborough University. The strenuous weekend, with track race, sprint road races and a closed road circuit race, saw the group compete against 11 other national teams from various regions. Back in May, the trio all took part in the Isle of Man national cycling race, where top class riders from all over the country competed. George and Dominic came 17th and 18th respectively out of 70 and Amy came in 7th out of 21. 

Congratulations is also in order for Year 12 Hector, who won the Sailing Youth Champion title at the Sprint Nationals. Hector came 7th overall, which is an incredible accolade considering the top six were experienced adults with national level sailing records.

Friday 14 September

Summer Successes

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There were some great successes over the summer break.

Following a gruelling selection process, Year 9 pupils Finlay, Sion, Ted and Year 11 Tom have been invited to attend the Exeter Chiefs Rugby Developing Player Programme (DPP). This is a key part in the Exeter Chiefs' Academy Pathway developing and engaging players from 13-16 years old. Congratulations to all the boys, who will now go on to be professionally coached by DPP, Academy, Club and County coaches, with the opportunity for a positive future in rugby.

In sailing, Year 12 Hector competed at the Sprint 15 Nationals at the National Sailing Academy, Weighmouth. Hector performed exceptionally well over the 8 races, competing against 45 other experienced entrants from across the country. With three top-ten finishes, Hector finished in 13th place in the overall fleet and was awarded trophies by olympians, Ben Saxton and Nikki Bonniface. Well done!

Congratulations to Year 8 Tom, who particpated in the Southern Cable Wakeboarding competition. His combined successes in each heat resulted in him winning the Rookie League with 240 points (80 points clear of 2nd place).

Our budding tennis stars have been gaining valuable experience around the South West with Year 7 Rodrigo playing in many tournaments, notably winning in Newquay, Bridgewater and Ivybridge. He finished the season as the Devon U12 Number 1. Meanwhile, Year 7 Evie has also notched up success, winning the U14 singles competition at Ilfracombe and also playing in the Devon U12 girls' county cup. The Tennis programme is now in full swing so please contact Mrs Rachel Thompson if you require more details.

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West Buckland students, staff and friends took part in a major beach clean at Croyde last Sunday, in collaboration with Nurdle.org.uk. The event, organised by Ms Jo Beech, was a great success with many in attendance to help try and rid our beaches of rubbish. Thank you to Mr and Mrs Hare, parents from the Prep School, who very kindly offered our volunteers parking on site.

OWBA, Josh Beech from Nurdle, brought along his invention - giant sieves that separate microplastics from sand and other debris. Josh was featured on Countryfile showcasing the machine and highlighting aims for the future. Please take a look at the website for details.

The school is also working on reducing our plastic footprint, with caterers, Holroyd Howe looking into plastic-free alternatives for various items. You can help reduce our footprint further by stopping use of straws, plastic cutlery, drinks bottles, takeaway cups and sauce sachets - REDUCE. RECOVER. RECYCLE.

 

Monday 03 September

Great Start to Rugby Season

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The rugby season got off to a cracking start this weekend when the 1st XII won both their matches in a triagular tournament against Monkton Combe and Bideford RFC.

Will Wardle scored the only try in the match against Monkton Combe, having been set up beautifully by Magnus Carter-Burns.  Freddie Maskell duly converted.

In the second match, there were tries for James Given, making his debut for the team, and Isaac Windley.

The team had benefitted from some excellent pre-season training and these opening matches were extremely pleasing, boding well for the rest of the season.

We are all looking forward to the OWBA sports day next Saturday, everyone is welcome to see our rugby, shooting and netball teams take on some old school greats.....