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Social Psychology and, in particular, bystanders in violent situations, was the theme of this term's Aldiss Society lecture, given by Professor Mark Levine from Exeter University.

Members of the Sixth Form were joined by Psychology students from Petroc and Bideford for what was a fasctinating talk on human behaviour and the influence of group dynamics.

The Aldiss Society was formed to promote knowledge and discussion on topics covering a wide range of subjects and interests and is open to Sixth Form students.

The Society was named after the late author and poet Brian Aldiss, an old boy and former Vice President of West Buckland School, who sadly died last year.



Year 10 CCF cadets visited Barnstaple Army Reserve Centre to experience the training simulators for the Challenger 2 battle tank.

Sgt Alan Clegg from the Kings Royal Hussars, currently attached to the Royal Wessex Yeomanry, passed on his experience to the year 10 cadets explaining and demonstrating the simulation system.

All 14 cadets got a chance to use the simulators and practice their skills on engagements and observation involved with military doctrine, all Cadets worked hard achieved good results, Saskia Vickery and Eleanor Voce was singled out for their excellent scores moving on to moving target shoots.

The is was a great afternoon enjoyed by all cadets.

Tuesday 23 January

Bushcraft and Marshmallows

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Year 7 and 8 pupils made the most of a dry afternoon to enjoy building fires and camps and roasting marshmallows, during the second part of their Bushcraft skills course.

As part of the extra-curricular programme on a Monday after school, and open to all Year 7 & 8's, the Bushcraft sessions cover basic survival skills including shelter building, lighting fires, cooking basic foods and always finishes with a bush tucker trial.

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Although it is hard to believe, with half of North Devon currently sweeping up after last weekend's floods, summer is just around the corner, and our tennis players are gearing up for another successful season.

Pre-season training will be starting in ernest, but our younger tennis players have already been blazing a trail in the region with some impressive tournament wins.

Read Head of Tennis, Rachel Thompson's report on their successes and ways to get young tennis players  involved in exciting coaching, either through the school programme, or by joining a local club.