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Over half term, a group of Year 12 and 13s were lucky enough to go on the Geography trip to Iceland, a country described by Year 13 student, Claire Rhodes, as ‘one of the most amazing places on earth’. 

Among the fascinating places that the group visited were the Bridge over Two Continents - where the Eurasian and North American plates meet at the Mid-Atlantic Ridge; mud pools and geothermal springs; stunning waterfalls and lava fields; glacial lakes, giant icebergs and, finally, the famous Blue Lagoon.

To read Claire’s report on this once in a lifetime trip, visit our blog page and go to our Facebook page for more amazing photos.

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We are delighted to announce the first of what we hope will be a series of creative workshops that we will be running in the fabulous 150 Art Studio going forward.  We are offering people the opportunity to enjoy some really exciting courses, under the tuition of our very experienced staff in our fabulous facilities.  This course is open to anyone over 16.

Linocut Printmaking Weekend

Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th December

10am - 4pm


Come to West Buckland School and learn all the basics of making a beautiful linocut, and create your own hand-printed Christmas cards, Fine Art print or wrapping paper. Suitable for both beginners and those with some experience. The price includes materials, lino and inks. (Mince pies included!) There is a maximum number of 8 people per course and this course is 16+ only. Full evening workshops coming in the new year. 

For more information contact: 

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07934 905765

Wednesday 02 November

Rugby Tour Clean Sweep

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The recent rugby tour to Holland was a terrific success and the teams came away with a clean sweep of wins from all their games, which had consequences for the accompanying staff, as Head of Rugby Domonic Ford explains:

The tour set out on Wednesday 19th October with 22 boys from Years 8 and 9, plus three members of staff.  We made our way to Hull for the overnight crossing to Rotterdam. The first matches were against “The Ducks” and “The Dukes” in 20 minute match format.  Some excellent support play meant that both matches resulted in comfortable wins for our teams. At this point, Mr Allin laid down the challenge to the boys that the staff wouldn’t shave until they lost. The following day was spent going bowling and eating Dutch pancakes followed by another game against Haarlem near Amsterdam. Although slightly tougher opposition, the boys still come out as winners and the beard growing contest was on!

The last game was against “Haagst”, the oldest and largest club in Holland, which resulted in another win and meant that boys were unbeaten on tour. The last day in Holland was spent Go Karting and sightseeing in Rotterdam followed by an overnight trip on the ferry back to Hull and the long journey back to West Buckland. As promised the staff still had beards until the return to school a week later.

The boys all really enjoyed themselves and played some excellent rugby throughout the tour whilst learning a great deal about their host country.  More photos are available on Facebook.

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Our students and staff have been lucky enough to have been on some truly wonderful trips over half term.  Reporting back from a four day art trip in Tintagel, Cornwall, is Year 13 student Lucy Friend.

This year’s art trip, 14 students and four teachers, all headed off to Tintagel in Cornwall for four days. The small and cosy youth hostel was located right on the edge of the cliff, overlooking the stunning headlands and sea which gave us ample opportunity to record from real life.

In the day time, we were given tasks which ranged from illustrating the power of the waves using bleach and white paint to sculpting plaster moulds of rocks we had found on the beach. It was a great opportunity to try all types of art and discover individually what we like doing the most. We were particularly lucky with the weather as one of the tasks included spending most of the day outside illustrating the historic church in Tintagel.

The evenings were a great time to relax and socialise as one big group. Following the evening meals, which we took in turns to cook, there was much laughter as we played games and on Thursday night, it being nearly Halloween, we dressed up in costumes and performed our 'quirks' and sketches that Mr Main had given us the week before.   We couldn’t have asked for a better location for an art trip and it has definitely been a highlight of the year so far.  More photos from the trip can be found on Facebook.