Last Thursday, West Buckland played host to a number of Oxford and Cambridge student hopefuls from secondary schools around the region, for a workshop aimed to prepare them suitably should they be called to interviews in December.
The workshop was led by a member of the Oxford Outreach department and involved students from Petroc, Bideford College, Blundell’s School, Mount Kelly School and Cornwall's Callington Community College, as well as our own students. Those attending were grouped together with students from different schools who were applying for similar courses which gave them the opportunity to discuss the types of topics that they might be asked to discuss in interview.
Feedback from the students was very positive and all felt that it particularly helped them to understand what the interviews would be like, in terms of structure and content, as well as feel more confident about the problems they may be asked to solve.
It is very much hoped that this will become an annual event, hosted here at West Buckland.
Our U19 and U16 Netball squads recently returned from a exciting weekend mini tour of Cornwall, during which they took part in training sessions and practice matches against a number of local clubs and schools.
The weekend activities included fitness and team-building activities on Perranporth beach which proved to be a lot of fun as well as being beneficial, blessed with some fairly kind weather!
The girls played practice matches against two strong local clubs (St Agnes & Storm), Penair School and Penair Old Girls, and as well as Penwith College and Truro High School for Girls.
As well as being useful for coaching staff and players to practice, it was a thoroughly enjoyable weekend with a group of students who were excellent ambassadors for West Buckland School.
Our U16 netball team retained their title of North Devon Champions at a tournament hosted at Park Community School on Monday 7th November.
The twelve-strong squad started well against Great Torrington School and, after some outstanding shooting, they dominated their first match 14-1. They next came up against an athletic Holsworthy side, and were two goals down at half time. Although they reduced their deficit by one goal, Holsworthy came out on top.
The West Buckland girls recovered quickly and needed to re-group to ensure they secured victories in the next three matches. They were successful against Shebbear, winning 16-4 before going on to beat South Molton 20-3 and a 16-4 victory over Chulmleigh. This meant they came second in their group, meeting Pilton in the semi-finals. After a nail-biting first half, they went on to win by a convincing 11-4 score line, taking them through to the final where they, once again, met Holsworthy.
West Buckland kept their composure and discipline throughout the match, coming out victorious and proceeding to the County round at the end of the month, as North Devon champions.
This year’s Kathy Kettle Inter House Poetry Competition, held annually in the Prep school, produced some truly memorable performances by a number of pupils.
The theme for Reception, Prep One and Prep Two was Water and we were treated to some wonderful recitals with Reception’s George Wilkinson giving a performance of particular note.
Equally, in Prep Three, William Sweetland produced a polished performance of The Sea by John Foster and in Prep Four, George Sweetland and Zoran Plummer spoke equally beautifully with their respective poems.
The Prep School audience was captivated by Prep Five’s Christopher Kenaan’s rendition of The Dragon Who Ate Our School by Nick Toczek. The same poem was delivered cleverly, almost in song, by Milo Fausset.
Prep Six provided a tremendous interpretation of Mr Moore, Mr Moore Creaking Down the Corridor by David Harmer, to the delight of the rest of the school. In addition, Tom Murdoch left the rest of the school absolutely speechless with a flawless and incredibly moving delivery of Wilfred Owen’s Dulce et Decorum Est.