Following on from the winning the Devon boys’ U15 Division 1 League in the National Schools' Tennis competition in the summer, West Buckland had a fantastic, nail-biting, win against Truro School in the Regional knock-out rounds in Newquay on Friday 30th September to become Champions of Devon and Cornwall.
Playing at the Heron Tennis Centre in Newquay, the West Buckland team knew that they were in for a tight battle against the highly-ranked team from Truro.
Tom Whiteley opened up with a tough singles game, going down 3-6 6-2 8-10 in the tie break. Jack Prickett and Sacha Chunilal-Moberley also lost their singles games but with Harry Sampson winning his 6-1 6-2, the boys went into the doubles round 3-1 matches down.
However, the boys knew that doubles is their strength and consequently saw a turn-around of fortune.
Tom and Harry won their match 6-2 6-1 and Sacha and Jack kept their nerve, winning 6-1 4-6 10-8 in the tie break.
Tied at 3-3, tensions were high and a championship tie break needed to be played to settle the fixture. Using one player from each pair, the West Buckland boys kept excellent focus, finally prevailing 10-6, emulating the success of the girls’ team last year, in becoming Regional Champions.
The boys will meet Millfield School in the next round and will play the match at the Tarka Tennis Centre in Barnstaple.
We were delighted to welcome back three of our former students, who returned to the school for Field Day last week. They each gave enlightening talks to the Sixth Form and Year 11 about their chosen career paths and their personal journeys to achieve their goals.
The three included entrepreneur Jake Withecombe (06-11F), and barrister Charley Pattison (92-03C), who, despite starting off in public relations, turned to European Law and is currently the Justice Spokesperson for the Green Party and is about to undertake a post at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.
Charlie had some great advice for her audience. “Just do what you love doing...do something that will get you out of bed in the morning.”
Jake currently runs his own business, AgriCamera, which provides CCTV to be installed in calving and chicken sheds. Jake’s entrepreneurial streak started whilst he was still at school, when he set up his own hedge trimming business. His message to the audience was “If you’ve got an idea, that’s enough to get you started. You don’t have to come up with your master plan for the very first version… you can work on that!”
We are very grateful that our former students found the time to come and talk to the school and we will be following their careers closely as they go from strength to strength.
West Buckland’s U16 girls’ hockey team got their season off to a very good start by winning the Area Tournament and progressing to the Devon county rounds in October.
Despite a very wet day and difficult conditions, the team started with a good win over Park Community School, 5-0, followed by a 2-0 win over Holsworthy Community College. They were then held to a very tight draw against Shebbear 0-0 but this was enough to see them through to the next round.
The County round will be held at Blundell’s school on 12th October.
The new Year 9 CCF recruits spent the weekend down at Okehampton Camp for a Field Weekend, during which time the group were given an introduction to some of the skills that are taught throughout their first year of CCF.
During a very busy weekend, as well getting a good overview of camp life, the group was given introduction to, and training for, the L98 and No8 Rifle systems, improvisation on shelter building, field equipment and packing, introduction into the 24-hour single person rations plus safety using the one man stoves and basic foot drill.
The year 9 group worked extremely well and had a great weekend. Just as importantly, they looked very smart in their new Multi Pattern Uniform displaying the West Buckland School logo!