Our Charities Committee, run by Sixth Form students, have raised £8,318.81 for their nominated charity 'Everything Ellie' - the highest amount ever achieved.
“The charity trustees are so very proud of the students and staff at West Buckland School. The grand total is a testament to how they have got behind the charity’s aims and were touched by Ellie’s story. This amount will make an everlasting difference to families having the most difficult time and I hope that the students continue to keep in touch to see the joy of their efforts.” Justeen Easton, Ellie’s mum.
The school ran a Fashion Show, put together a special edition calendar, have sold beautiful glass ‘Ellie’ beads and even busked in South Molton to raise awareness and funds for the charity.
Ellie sadly lost her battle with Leukaemia in 2015 and the charity, ‘Everything Ellie’ offers an amazing beach hut at Saunton Sands, North Devon, providing a simple day at the seaside and short breaks away. It is a welcome respite from hospital rooms for young people or parents and guardians with young families undergoing treatment for long term, life threatening or terminal illnesses.
Staff and students are so pleased to have been able to support 'Everything Ellie' this year and will follow the progress of the charity going forward.
This year saw Grenville Blue win the Southcomb Shield for a fifth consecutive year. Students in Years 7 to 13 have taken part in House music, drama, art and sporting competitions.
"...proud to wear blue pants and to take part in events outside of their comfort zones, this remarkable 'bUnch' can be most proud of their achievements." Mrs Rachel Thompson, Housemaster of the Grenville.
Pupils from the Prep School put on an excellent Summer Concert, 'De Animals Are Comin'! performing to family and friends last Wednesday. They showcased a range of different songs and dressed up as animals - the theme of the evening.
Notable highlights included 6B's, 'The Ugly Duckling', 'Tiger Feet', sung by Preps 5 & 6 and a self-composed song by Dulcie Carless and Mischa Hanson. Prep 5 sung 'Count on Me' with a solo spot from the departing Zoran Plummer and Prep 6 leavers performed solos on their chosen instruments. All-in-all a very enjoyable evening filled with entertainment. Well done to all involved.
More photos are available on the Prep Facebook page.
After 40 years at West Buckland, Mr Bob Clarke taught his final Chemistry lesson before retiring at the end of term.
"Teaching my last lesson gave me that same thrill as teaching my first, except I wasn't quite as worried about how the lesson would go this time."
Bob Clarke's teaching spans generations - pictured here with Year 12 students, Ayaka Watanabe and Emily Jellard, having taught their fathers. We thank him for all of his hard work and dedication over the years and wish him the very best for the future.