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On Wednesday evening St. Peter’s Church in Bratton Fleming played host to our annual evening of string music. Under beautiful blue, Spring skies, the large audience of local community and parents enjoyed just over an hour of music followed by supper.

Soloists Reuben Windley (violin, Y8) and Emma Cobby (‘cello, Y13) gave a super account of themselves but a highlight of the evening had to be Nick Loat (violin, Y13) and David Davies (violin, Y13) playing the Bach Double Violin Concerto.

Director of Music, Emma Kent, paid tribute to Nick and David. "These two gentleman have been stalwarts of the music department for the last seven years and their commitment and enthusiasm for music has been richly rewarded. Thanks guys!"

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.”