Some of our Year 11 and 12 students have been up in Oxford this week for the third of our Open Day visits to universities, the first two being to Bath and Bristol. The trip included a visit to Somerville College, the alma mater of the late Margaret Thatcher amongst others, as well as a trip to the world famous Ashmolean museum.
As part of the work of our excellent HE and Careers department, pupils are encouraged to go to as many university Open Days as possible before they embark on their A level studies. It is felt that, as well as giving clarity on their career path, it raises their aspirations for the future.
Pupils from the Prep School raised a staggering £360 though a charity cake sale last week. Prep 6’s Megan Brown and Daisy Watts, with support from their friends raised the money for two charities close to their hearts, one local, one global.
Daisy wanted to raise money to ease the plight of children in Africa and Megan raised money for the Joel Prince Starlight Fund.
Joel was the son of Megan’s family friends. He was diagnosed with an atypical teratoid/rhabdoid tumour on his spine on July 10 2014. It was just two months after his second birthday. Sadly, Joel lost his battle and passed away on Sunday 25 January 2015 at home. All funds raised for the Joel Prince Starlight Fund will support atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumour research through CCLG. Megan and her friends gave a very moving presentation about Joel in an assembly ensuring the whole prep school community was on board.
There were a fantastic number of cakes of all shapes and sizes sold on the day. Thank you to all those who contributed.
Year 8 pupils took part in a House debating competition as an introduction to the art of formal debate. Each of the four Houses had a first, second and summary speaker, as well as a time-keeper. Those who are not speaking formally, formed part of the floor debate. The debate took place in front of an independent judge with points going towards the House.
The motions were: “This house believes that computers should replace teachers” and “This house would introduce school on Saturdays”. Both produced lively and engaging discussion and some excellent responses however, in the end, both motions were rejected (producing some relief amongst the attending staff…)
The pupils seemed to really enjoy the experience which is excellent preparation for more formal speech and presentation making as well as the GCSE Spoken Language study.
On Wednesday 21st June, it wasn't just the Queen who visited Parliament to deliver her speech as part of the State Opening of Parliament, but also a group of West Buckland A-level economics students.
The students met with local MP, Peter Heaton-Jones, who outlined his roles as an MP and Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Department of Work & Pensions and their links to economic policy.
Mr Heaton-Jones was then gave the students a mini-tour of the Palace of Westminster, which included privileged access to the unscreened gallery during the Queen's Speech debate.
The trip to London also included a visit to the Bank of England Museum, a briefing on the economy from investment fund managers Smith & Williamson and concluded with taking in panoramic views of the City of London from SkyGarden.