West Buckland School, in coordination with the North Devon Astronomical Society, will once again host the Sir Patrick Moore Memorial Lecture and Black Tie Dinner on Friday 23rd June. This year’s lecture will be given by BBC Stargazing Live’s Dr Lucie Green, who will be sharing the latest result from her research into our nearest star – the Sun. The annual event is always popular with students, parents and the wider community and this year's event promises to be no different.
Lucie is a Professor of Physics and a Royal Society University Research Fellow based at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory, UCL’s Department of Space and Climate Physics and studies activity in the atmosphere of the Sun. She is also married to stand-up comedian and Maths communicator Matt Parker.
When asked where her love of space science came from, Green has said, "As a child, I remember hearing my parents say that they thought I was going to be an astrophysicist when I grew up. Not actually knowing what an astro-thinga-me-wotsit was, I agreed with them because I thought it sounded impressive. Really, at that time I wanted to look after animals. People used to bring me injured birds and I would stay up all night feeding them worms!"
Tickets for the black tie meal and lecture, served in The Karslake Hall at 6pm, are £25 for a single and £45 for a double ticket. For those just wanting to attend the lecture, which takes place at 7.45pm in the 150 Theatre, the price is £5 and free for students.
On Saturday, 30 girls and boys took part in the National U14 Road To Wimbledon tennis competition.
There was a great standard of tennis being served up, as well as the obligatory strawberries and cream, with Martha Macdonald (year 8) and Jack Prickett (Year 9) winning each of the competitions. Evie Burrows (Year 9) and Toby Watts (Year 7) also did very well, both coming Runners Up.
Martha and Toby will now be representing West Buckland School against winners from other schools and clubs in the next County Round of the competition.
We wish them both every success with the next round as, from there they could go on to grace the courts of the All England Club, Wimbledon and eat strawberries and cream at the home of tennis!
West Buckland Nursery and Pre-Prep children raised a phenomenal £848.02 for the charity, Care for Kids, by having a sponsored race against the clock to complete as many circuits as possible in an hour.
The Pre-Prep and Nursery children have a fundraising activity to support a different children’s charity each year. Not only does this raise considerable amounts of money, but encourages the children to empathise with and care for others, as well as giving them a sense of achievement.
Care for Kids (North Devon) provides instant financial assistance for local families with a child diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. It has also contributed money to make the Caroline Thorpe Ward in North Devon District Hospital a more child friendly and less daunting environment by providing toys, equipment and furniture.
The children had a sponsored race against the clock to complete as many physical activities as possible in an hour. All the children who took part had a wonderful time and made a very valuable contribution to helping others.
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!"