Some members of the Sixth Form took a well earned break from their exam studies to spend a few hours busking in the market square in South Molton last weekend.
Despite a few showers, the group attracted a good deal of attention and, by all accounts, provided some light entertainment for shoppers and market traders.
The result of their fantastic initiative was that they managed to raise a very respectable £130 for the school's chosen charity for this year, Teenage Cancer Trust.
Last week three Year 11 pupils studying GCSE Design and Technology attended the North Devon Manufacturers Awards evening at the Barnstaple Hotel. Jess Thompson, Mona Wafai and Ben Unwin finished in the top six from the region for their projects, with Jess being awarded overall second prize and the work of Mona and Ben being highly commended.
Projects entered into the awards are judged by industry professionals for quality, innovation and commercial viability. Our pupils impressed judges with the level of computer-aided design, evaluations and technical craftsmanship in their work, who commented on the overall high quality of both written and practical design pieces.
The senior boys are enjoying some great tennis this season. Having beaten Blundells and Wellington School, a first and second team were in action against Queen's, Taunton at the weekend. Always a tough fixture, this was no exception. The firsts won 5-4 and the seconds lost 4-5. Pair 1, Captain Brad Phillips and Harry Sampson have not dropped a set in the last two years. This very young squad, with others unavailable for this fixture, consisting of Years 9-12, as well as some younger players in Years 7 and 8 coming through means the future of boys' tennis is looking great!
It has been a fantastic few days for individual achievement at school, with pupils being selected for elite programmes in music and hockey.
Year 10 student, Emma Rawicz-Szczerbo has gained a place at Junior Guildhall, part of the world famous Guildhall School of Music and Drama, which is notoriously difficult to get into. Emma has been recognised as having huge potential on the saxophone. Emma will be going up to London every Saturday to have lessons, masterclasses and to participate in ensembles. This is essentially training for a future in music at one of the top music colleges in the country. Well done Emma.
On the hockey front, Year 8 Henry Cooper and Yea 9 James Tyson have been selected for the U13 and U15, respectively, Hockey Performance Centre Assessment Day in Taunton in June, which is part of the England Hockey Player Pathway. There are seventeen Performance Centres across England to maximise opportunity and player development. Through this model England Hockey aim to move talent development to a higher level. We wish both boys the best of luck.