Year 8’s Harriet Wilson-North, has been presented with a new ipad by Barnstaple Mayor, Mrs Julie Hunt, after winning first prize in the 12-16 age category in the recent poster competition celebrating 50 years of the North Devon branch of the charity Samaritans. The winners of all three age categories saw their posters displayed in Barnstaple library over the summer.
In addition to Harriet winning her category, Year 8s Summer Culverhouse, Tyler-Paige Beckley and Jasmine Jefferies were presented with highly commended certificates for their stunning poster designs and a plaque to be hung up in the school in recognition of their girls’ achievements.
The competition, which was open to 99 schools in North Devon, was run to raise awareness of the charity’s invaluable work. Volunteer Anna Flynn was delighted to attend the prize giving at West Buckland in assembly. “This positive and fun activity was aimed to highlight to students from as young as eight, the importance of emotional health and the role of the charity in supporting those in emotional distress. All these girls have put a great deal of thought into their designs and Harriet’s was particularly striking and poignant. Well done to all of them.”
West Buckland School will, once again, be well represented at county level in Hockey, with nine students being selected at various different age levels.
Ollie Heath and Ed Broggio will be playing in the U14 squad, Henry Cooper, James Tyson, Bella Dalton-Morgan, Joe Thompson and Luke Cleary for the U15s and Saskia Vickery and Esther Cooper at U17 level.
Director of Sport, Geoff Turner, is impressed by their level of commitment. “All these students have worked really hard at their hockey over the years and are now reaping the rewards. This bodes very well for our school teams as the hockey season progresses in what is always a very busy schedule of fixtures.”
After winning the Devon competition of the AEGON schools championships in the Summer Term, the West Buckland girls’ U14 team drew Truro School - winners of the Cornwall competition - in the first of the Regional Rounds.
In yesterday's fixture, the team had convincing wins in both singles and doubles matches, resulting in a fantastic 12-0 victory. They will take a good deal of confidence into the next Regional Round.
The U14 team members are Martha Macdonald, Millie McLintock, Chloe Parry and Mia Morris.
Year 6 pupils from five local primary schools, together with our own Prep 6 pupils, enjoyed an exciting and innovative day testing their creative thinking and technical problem solving skils. The day, organised in collaboration with North Devon-based international marketing agency, Bray Leino, involved the pupils working in teams to build and program a robot, made using Lego Mindstorm sets, and drive it through a 'maze'.
The teams worked really hard and also collaborated well to share information across teams, to get a result. The purpose of the day was to expose children to digital technology in a fun and innovative way and the climax came at the end of the day when the teams had to 'drive' their robots through the maze. Apart from a few directional problems, all the teams did well.
Headmaster, Phillip Stapleton, is delighted with the opportunity to collaborate with Bray Leino for this event. “Bray Leino’s renown for creative problem solving chimes with our vision for education and we are excited to be launching a broad programme of events, across the age groups, that introduce students to the concepts of critical and creative thinking and technical problem solving. These are qualities that innovative companies, such as Bray Leino, seek, more and more, from their workforce.”