Monday 20 February

Molly Makes Devon Squad

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Year 11 student, Molly Down was part of a winning formula, when the Devon Academy netball squad beat Cornwall on Sunday 19th February in a very close match, held at Truro College.

Molly was the only representative chosen from the North Devon area and played extremely well, both in defence and attack, in a nail-biting 36-34 win over their rivals.

She will resume her role in the West Buckland 1st VII when they take on Queen’s Taunton this coming weekend.

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The final race of the Gliddon & Squire cross-country series was held last weekend at West Buckland School. The Parent's Association very kindly provided bacon rolls for the runners and spectators, with over 600 people converging on the School. Many thanks must go to the ground staff for all the magnificent work they did to make the course useable and the day a success after a deluge of rain in the days preceding the event.

In the end the West Buckland runners put in some good performances and all those who ran should be proud of their efforts. The U9 boys won their team event and the U11 girls were third.

Thanks also to Director of Sport Mr Turner, the many Prep Staff and a number of willing volunteers who came in to marshal. A full list of the results is in this week’s North Devon Journal.

Thursday 09 February

U15s End Season on a High

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The U15 girls’ hockey team ended their season on a real high by winning last week’s North Devon tournament, held at Park School.  Despite some awful weather conditions, the girls kept their focus and conceded only one goal in the tournament.

After good wins against Park B, Pilton and Holsworthy in the Pool stages, the team beat Park A in the semi-finals before coming through 2-1 in a close final against Kingsley.

Hockey coach, Mrs Thompson, was impressed by the team’s versatility.  “Over 50% of the team scored a goal, which shows the strength in depth of the team and their ability to change formations with ease.  This was a really good performance and a great way to finish our season.”

Tuesday 07 February

More LAMDA Successes

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Further to our recent news item about the achievement of many of our International students, there was added cause for celebration with further LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts) exam success this week with many more of our students achieving Distinctions and Merits.

The exams were in Public Speaking; the Speaking of Verse and Prose; Acting; Mime and Devising Drama. 

Of particular note are Year 13s Elizabeth Baker and Claire Rhodes, and Year 11s Isabella Brooks and Constance Williams, who all achieved Distinctions in their Grade 8 (Gold Medal) exams, whilst Year 11s Robert Stirzaker gained a Distinction in his Grade 7 (Silver Medal).

In addition, three of our Prep school pupils took their Grade 2 exam, with Chloe Hall and Evie Ford achieving Distinctions and Anna Jefferies achieving Merit.

Headmaster, Mr Phillip Stapleton, was delighted with these results. “We had a record breaking number of students taking their LAMDA exams this year and the students should be extremely proud of their success.  Drama continues to go from strength to strength at West Buckland and is so important in building confidence in young people.  Many thanks should go to our dedicated drama teachers who have worked so hard with the students.”