Monday 24 April

Video Wins Top Prize

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Congratulations to Year 11 Jono Lethaby, whose video ‘Waves’ has won first prize in the Year and 11 category of the #LovePhysics competition run by the Exeter and East Devon Ogden Trust Physics Partnership.

The video was shot and edited by Jono, a keen video maker and features fellow Year 11 student Archie Guildford as presenter, as well as cameo roles from members of Jono’s set one English class!

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The Easter holidays was a very busy time for our Outdoor Learning department with 27 pupils from Years 10, 11 and 13 out on Dartmoor doing their expedition requirements for their Gold and Silver Duke of Edinburgh award. The groups walked a collective 200 miles over Dartmoor National Park.

Sixteen pupils walked for three days to complete their Silver Assessed expedition with most of them also hoping to gain a place in this year’s Ten Tors teams. Despite some very cold nights, the dry conditions underfoot and sunny days made the going slightly easier.

In addition, five pupils made up the team who successfully completed their Gold Assessment that completed their final expedition. The team included four of our international students. One of whom, Tim Peng, commented that this was a very different environment from his home city in Taiwan where most people only take a walk in the local park!

The D of E Assessor, Chris Tym, was very impressed with the physical robustness of the West Buckland pupils, their skills to navigate and to wild camp on the Moor.

Also, included in the group, were another five pupils who were doing their Gold practice expedition, during which they also completed their Hill Skills award.

Well done to all teams, as well as their families back at home for supporting this expedition.

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Towards the end of the Easter break, a group of 32 Year 8 and 9 girls enjoyed a fantastic trip to Paris for a five day sports tour. They spent their days playing high quality netball, and their evenings enjoying the thrills of Eurodisney.

The travelling netballers played against 30 different schools and clubs in four separate competitions. Each of the four teams had varying success, with notable victories and a second place finish from the West Buckland Wildcats, captained by Emily Davies.

The players stayed at Eurodisney, which meant they could enjoy long evenings in the Disney park queueing for rides!

Head of Girls Sport, Alice Brown, was very proud of the travelling group. “The quality of netball played, the behaviour of all in attendance, the inspirational team spirit, and general ‘good-fun’ attitude from all those who travelled away meant it was a special and memorable trip for all involved.”

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The tennis season got off to the best possible start over the Easter holidays when Year 7s Toby Watts and Eddy Pope achieved the runners up position in the U14 North Devon Spring Open competition at Tarka Tennis Centre.

They overcame all the local opposition beating Ilfracombe rivals Joe Cooper and Cassius Clay in a thrilling 10-9 Championship tiebreak semi-final. In the final, the number one seeds, Chris Denton and Owen Young, from Cornwall proved just a little too strong winning in a Championship tiebreak 10-6. Toby also reached the semi-finals of the U12 event, losing out to the eventual winner, Harry Hunting, from Surrey 10-8 in a close run contest.

West Buckland’s tennis is going from strength to strength, thanks to a large extent to the on-going morning Tennis Programme that has seen pupils developing their skills and match-play from Prep age. We are hoping for a really successful tennis season, with a large number of excellent fixtures across the age groups, as well as the Aegon Championships.