In October half term, some of our Art A level students went on a fantastic four day field trip to Tintagel, Cornwall, staying in a cosy hostel right on the cliff edge! We are delighted to be able to share a video that was made during the trip - filmed and edited by our Artist in Resident, Zoe Roberts.
The annual trip is a fantastic opportunity for the group to get out of the Art study and explore different materials and methods, from illustrating the power of the waves using bleach and white paint to sculpting plaster moulds of rocks they found on the beach.
As the video shows, the trip was also a great time to relax and socialise as one big group.
We are delighted to announce that tickets are now available for what promises to be a fabulous night of opera and 18th century chamber music, featuring the Exmoor String Quartet, along with our own West Buckland 6th Form Singers and Senior String Quartet.
As we near the end of the Autumn term we will sadly be saying goodbye to some of our short term boarders who have spent the term with us. One such is Luise Kausch from Germany, and we thought it would be nice to share her thoughts on her experience at West Buckland. We hope that she will stay in touch with the school and hopefully visit one day.
Hello Everybody! My name is Luise, I am from Germany and currently in Year 10. This is my first and unfortunately my only term here at West Buckland School.
I live in Bamfylde and I share my room with Rosie, an English girl, who is boarding for three nights per week. She is very nice.
I really like Bamfylde because everybody is friendly, and especially when I arrived in the summer everybody tried to welcome the new boarders and include them. We treat each other with respect, and because we are all in the same situation we understand each other very well.
There are different activities for boarders every day of the week, so after we finish prep at 8 o’ clock, you can decide whether you want to spend the evening in the boarding house with your friends or if you want to take part in an activity. I usually go to singing on Mondays, swimming on Tuesdays and dance on Fridays. On Saturdays there is a bus to Barnstaple and on Sundays there is a different Boarder’s activity every week. My favourite one this term was when we went surfing.
It is very easy to make new friends in the boarding house because you spend your whole time together. I have found some really good friends and it feels like I’ve known them a lot longer than three months. I am sure that we will stay in contact when we all go back home.
I would recommend boarding to my friends because I really like that there is always someone around who is free and I think that you learn a lot about respect for others because you live together with so many people.
To find out more about what our boarders hav been up to over the term, read Houseparent Shaun Morrison's very entertaining blog.
After a very busy term in the Outdoor Learning department, it is time to get an update on what the various Year groups have been up to.
The main focuses of the term have been on Ten Tors training and Duke of Edinburgh activities. Over the last 10 weeks, the Year 9s have been busy with the volunteering aspect of their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Awards. Their activities have included leading sport sessions after school for Year 7 pupils, teaching CPR and first aid skills in school assemblies and raising funds for Teenage Cancer Trust by selling hot chocolates and home-made cakes in the quad on the chilly nights to pupils and staff travelling home on the buses. Others have been fund raising by washing cars and have been practising their skills on the school minibuses! So far they have raised over £100.
On Wednesday 25th January, families of the Year 9 will be invited to the school for the afternoon to see their volunteering projects at first hand.
We have 16 Year 10 pupils currently training for the Ten Tors event in May 2017, as well as their Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award and they have spent the last two Sundays on Exmoor and Dartmoor working towards their Hill Skills certificate, a nationally recognised course endorsed by mountain training. The skills learned include planning and navigation for hill walking but also what to do in an emergency. The hill and mountain skills courses now form an essential part of expedition training for the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, which a record 41 pupils are currently working towards.
We look forward to a very busy and successful 2017.