West Buckland has a long and enviable tradition of excellence in drama and this was emphasised with the recent release of the results from the Vanguard exams that some our pupils took part in earlier in the year.
Formerly The Poetry Vanguard, the exams are designed to encourage the love of Poetry and the Spoken Word, and students can choose to be examined on a number of subjects ranging from Poetry and Prose and Shakespeare Solo to Bible Reading and Spoken Word.
Pupils from West Buckland performed extremely well in the recent exams with Daisy Cotton and Loveday Williams achieving outstanding Honours results, which means that they achieved 90% or more.
In addition, Flora Boyles and Amelie Preston achieved Distinctions, with scores of 85%.
Our Gold Duke of Edinburgh students have returned safe, well and successful after their expedition to Snowdonia this week. The teams had to cope with some very varied weather conditions but all conquered Mount Snowdon.
The school has seen record numbers of students take part in the Duke of Edinburgh scheme this year and we look forward to a very busy time next year.
Our U15 and U13 girls and boys tennis teams have been in action this week in the North Devon School Tournament. There was some great tennis played and once again the strength of boys’ tennis across North Devon was very evident.
The U15 boys won the majority of their matches and finals places came down to score differences, with Tom Whiteley and Jack Prickett finishing third.
The U13 boys played to a high standard, with Ollie Heath and Ben Pugsley as a new combination and Eddy Pope and Toby Watts once again needing to find their best tennis to stay within reach of the top. After winning all their matches, they faced the eventual winners Ilfracombe A, losing in a championship tie break 9-8.
At the end of their pool matches, the U15 girls had to play each other to decide who would be winners and runners up. Holly Crosbie and Fiona Corrick held their nerve to overcome Grace Wilton and Charlie Hall. Winners and Runners up respectively.
In an extremely tough field, the U13 girls played in a pool competition. Chloe Parry and Mia Morris finished a credible third, whilst Millie McLintock and Martha Macdonald retained their crown from the winter tournament.
Our Sixth Form Charities Committee have been celebrating breaking the £4,000 barrier in their fund raising efforts this year. The money will be presented to the Committee's chosen charity for the year, namely Teenage Cancer Trust, to help them with their invaluable work with young cancer sufferers and their families.
The committee have organised a number of fund raising initiatives during the year, including cake sales, a vintage clothes sale, busking in South Molton on a Saturday afternoon and, most recently, a very successful raffle and stall at last Saturday's Summer Fete. The total raised, to date, now stands at £4,013, the highest amount raised by any Charities Committee.
Many thanks must go to Mrs Tracy Hill who has been instrumental in guiding and managing the committee.