West Buckland School’s U13 first XI were crowned county cricket champions on Wednesday 21st June after defeating Mount Kelly in the Devon Cricket U13 T20 Cup Final. Played at Sandford Cricket Club near Crediton, the West Buckland boys won by 32 runs, after making 132-8, with Ed Broggio in Year 7 top scoring with 27 runs not out. Henry Cooper in Year 8 then took three wickets for 15 runs as Mount Kelly were reduced to 100-9. Man of the match was Henry Cooper who also contributed 22 runs with the bat, in addition to his three wickets.
Our U14 cricket team also made their county final after an excellent win against local rivals Shebbear on Monday 19th June. The final was played at West Buckland on Thursday 22nd June against Blundell’s School. Despite some good performances, West Buckland finished runners up after Blundell’s put in a strong batting display, scoring 167-5, with the West Buckland XI managing 103 in reply.
This was the first year any West Buckland teams had progressed to the finals of this tournament and both teams can be proud of their excellent achievements.
With the changes to the A-level structure, and the removal of the AS exams, students in the Sixth Form will be undertaking the EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) to run alongside their A-level studies.
The EPQ, which is a research-based project, is highly favoured by many universities and employers and carry the equivalent of half an A-level. In addition, they are seen to be a very useful introduction to university studies, developing time management and an approach to independent learning.
Our Year 12 students, embarking on their EPQ journey, yesterday enjoyed a day learning about research techniques and referencing, including interesting talks on how to construct and structure an EPQ from Emma Thompson, from the University of Southampton.
The U13 Cricket team have reached the finals of the Devon County Cup competition, after a closely fought victory against Exeter School on Friday. The team will play either Torquay Grammar School or Mount Kelly in the final, to be played on Wednesday.
Exeter batted first and reached 138 -7 with Sion Grand taking an excellent 5 wickets for just 11 runs, accompanied by some really good fielding.
West Buckland then produced a very solid top order batting performance, with Henry Cooper reaching 53 not out as the team reached their target of 139 for 3 with just three balls remaining.
The team will play the final at Sandford Cricket Club from 1pm on Wednesday and will find out who they face later today.
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.