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The Year 9 cadets enjoyed their first 24-hour exercise last weekend on the West Buckland Plantation.  They brushed up on some of their camp skills including basher building, marksmanship and cooking their ration packs! 

After a night sleeping under the shelters that they had built, the next day was spent on basic field craft skills and ended with a ‘catch the flag’ exercise.  The senior and junior NCOs were also able to practice their teaching skills course (CFIT).

All the Year 9 cadets worked really hard throughout the weekend making it a very successful 24 hours.

Tuesday 18 October

Two Selected for Devon U18

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We are delighted to announce that Jack Chapman (Year 12) and Oscar Carter-Burns (Year 13) have both been selected to represent Devon at U18 level in rugby.

Jack has also been selected for the developing player programme run by Exeter Chiefs.

This is a great achievement for both pupils who will play their first county match of the season against Gloucestershire this weekend and we wish them the best of luck.


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The West Buckland School Girls’ U16 hockey team have qualified to represent Devon in the Regional Preliminary tournament next month, after coming runners-up in the County Tournament yesterday.

In the group stages, they started with a win against Kingsley School, followed by a draw against Exmouth College, before losing to Blundell’s School. However, a good win against Mount Kelly saw them progress out of the group stages and into the semi-finals.

The semi-final match was a nail-biter, with the West Buckland team finally coming through 1-0 against Plymouth College, setting up a final against Blundell’s, with both teams qualifying for the Regional Preliminaries, to be held on 10th November.

Head of Hockey, Grant Ward, felt the girls deserved their place in the Regionals: “The girls showed great determination and levels of skill throughout the tournament, which they will need to take to the next stage.”

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The Prep School was awash on Friday with Tiggers, Dalmations, Darth Vaders, Mini Mouses and Woodies as the school dressed up for Disney Day and raised a tremendous £506.12 for Special Olympics North Devon. The children donated money in exchange for having an opportunity to dress up as their favourite Disney character and through a very enjoyable coffee morning and cake sale.

Special Olympics North Devon was formed in 2015 to offer training in a number of sports for children with special needs. The group meet at the Tarka Tennis Centre on Saturdays and offer Tennis, Boccia, Table Tennis and Badminton to competitors who range in age from 12 to 48! The organisation aims to send 15 athletes to the National Special Olympic Games in Sheffield in 2017.

During assembly, the Prep children learned about where their money was going and how it can help young people with special needs to achieve their dreams.

But it wasn’t just the children who enjoyed dressing up as their favourite characters as Mrs Witheridge looked resplendent in her Tigger onesie, something that was definitely worth paying money to see!