At the end of the Spring Term we said goodbye to a number of our German, Spanish and French pupils across Years 10, 11 and 12. They joined us in the Autumn and Spring Terms on short term study placements, enabling them to receive a comprehensive teaching and learning programme, develop their English language skills and participate in the wide range of extra-curricular activities at West Buckland.
We wish them the very best for the future as they continue their studies in their home countries and look forward to all the new pupils joining us after Easter.
A group of Year 10 students from West Buckland, along with those from other Devon schools, recently visited Flybe for a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) event. Four employers ran interactive sessions for the students, including the Met Office, EDF and South West Water. The Met Office focused on climate change science and the role of STEM in their everyday work, while South West Water focused on river catchment management and water supply. EDF ran a simulation exercise whereby the students had to maintain 100% electricity output at one of its nuclear power stations.
Throughout the day, employers took note of students whom they found to be particularly engaged and motivated. Four students were chosen from approximately eighty and they will be invited back to Flybe in July for a pilot simulator experience and a full tour of Flybe and the aircraft hangar. We are delighted that Cade Simpson from West Buckland was one of the four students to be chosen; we are sure he will have a fantastic time in July. Well done Cade.
Last Saturday’s North Devon Schools’ event was the final competition of the season for our gymnasts and although some of the team were unavailable, others were still flying the West Buckland flag extremely high.
As well as a number of individual medals, our teams won three trophies- u13 Mixed Novice, u19 Girls’ novice and u19 mixed intermediate. In addition, Year 7, Ellie Prickett was awarded the Laycock Endeavour shield which was a great achievement.
The gymnasts have performed really well all season and should be proud of their efforts. Many thanks to Katrina Venner for managing the teams and for taking them to the competitions all around the country.
There were no losers in yesterday’s Exmoor Run, just a host of extremely resilient, rather muddy and triumphant winners, as the school hosted the annual cross-country challenge in bitterly cold winds and distinctly ‘heavy going’.
In addition to the runners from Years 8 to 13, we were delighted to be joined by over 60 adult entrants consisting of OWBA members, parents and supporters, all gamely tackling what is undoubtedly one of the toughest of school cross-country runs.
Exmoor Day has become a highlight of the school’s calendar since it was first run in 1859, when pupils from Year 8 upwards represent their houses in the cross-country race that crosses farmland and villages throughout the surrounding countryside.
This year produced some outstanding running and congratulations go to Emily Wilson-North and Dominic Cork, respective winners of the Senior Girls’ and Boys’ race, and to Fiona Corrick and Toby Boyles, winners of the Junior races. Also, well done to Robert Cooper and Helena Freeman, who won their respective OWBA categories.
Amongst the runner was also our own Headmaster, Mr Stapleton, who performed extremely well, as a ‘new boy’ to ‘the Exmoor experience’.
We must not forget the admirable effort of staff and Year 7 marshals who deserve a mention for the invaluable support and encouragement that they offer to the runners on their way around the course and to all those who organised what is such a fantastic event, behind the scenes.
More photos are found on our Facebook page.
Junior Girls: 1st Fiona Corrick
2nd Mia Morris
3rd Jade Freeman
Junior Boys: 1st Toby Boyles
2nd Josh Pilkington
3rd Henry Cooper
Senior Girls: 1st Emily Wilson-North
2nd Yasmin Wafai
3rd Emma Cobby
Senior Boys: 1st Dominic Cork
2nd John Dalton-Morgan/James Eke
OWBA women: 1st Helena Freeman
2nd Layla Farmer
3rd Caroline Wilson
OWBA men: 1st Robert Cooper
2nd Stephen Baker
3rd Tim Davis