Another busy week of sports fixtures, including some impressive wins, was capped off by the news that Henry Cooper, in Year 8, has been selected into the South West ISFA (Independent School Football Association) squad. Many congratulations to Henry.
After some close netball matches mid-week against U13 Braunton and U15 sides from Exeter School, which ended up largely with honours even, there was a busy fixture against Exeter School on Saturday, with half the teams playing at home, with the others travelling to Exeter. Whilst there were wins for the 1sts, 3rds, U14Bs and U12Bs, the U13A and B and U12A teams were very well matched, resulting in draws for all these matches. The U13s and U12s also played Kings Hall, where they won three of their four matches.
Meanwhile, the boys’ hockey teams enjoyed a clean sweep of wins against Shebbear at home, conceding only one goal in all of their five matches.
CCF cadets enjoyed camping under frosty nights, range shooting and some interesting survival training during a busy weekend on exercise.
On Friday night, a talk on survival techniques included identifying some rather unappetising, but edible creatures that could be added to the menu, including crickets and worms. This was followed by a night under the stars in bashas. Despite the cold, the cadets coped well and were ready for a day on Dartmoor on Saturday.
The next day’s training on the range was very successful and resulted in a number of the cadets achieving first class and marksman awards.
Despite the very cold conditions, the cadets remained in good spirits and no doubt enjoyed their warm beds once they got home.
Pupils in Prep 6 were excited this week to receive very creative and colourful cards from their pen friends in Paris, in a joint exchange to welcome in the New Year.
The pupils have been communicating with Ecole Elementaire Richomme, situated in the 18th arrondissement of Paris, where their current teacher is former West Buckland Modern Foreign Languages teacher Aleth Vanderheeren (née Pascaud), who taught here for five years before returning to France to train as a Prep school teacher.
Whilst the Prep 6 pupils have been corresponding in French, the Parisian pupils have sent their cards in English.
Madame Vandeheeren remembers her years at West Buckland fondly. “I taught MFL in the Senior school for two years -back in 2006!- and have kept great memories of the place. Since then I have come back to France and trained as a Prep school teacher, which I have now been for five years.”
The Year 8 French students produced some delicious Galette de Rois cakes this week, as part of their studies, looking at French traditions and customs. Translated as “The King’s Cake", this delicious French almond cake is found in all bakeries in France shortly after Christmas to celebrate Epiphany.
Tradition dictates that a little charm is put inside the cake and whoever finds it in their slice is the king or queen for the day and has to wear a golden crown.
The pupils were given the task of making the cake at home and their teacher Mrs Joly-Bloodworth was extremely pleased with the results. “I was lucky as several children brought me a piece of their fabulous cake to taste and I am pleased to say that they were all delicious! Bravo to all of them!”