Prep 6 pupils have been studying World War One this term and in recent weeks have focussed on the trenches and old boys of West Buckland who fought and lost their lives in the war. Each pupil chose an old boy - one who lived near them and whom they felt they had something in common. They researched these fallen soldiers and created information sheets and displays as well as performing poetry and presenting artwork in an assembly of Remembrance.
At our Remembrance service, Prep pupils will each wear a poppy bearing the name of their West Buckland old boy.
During half term, Sixth Form art students travelled to St Ives on their annual trip. They had the opportunity to take in the sites and the artwork in the Tate Gallery and Barbara Hepworth Museum and completed series of physical drawing tasks in their sketchbooks. Other activities included completing a range of studies, each with a specific link to art and artists of St Ives.
Taking inspiration from the 1950s Crypt Group, students are now challenged to create a name for their artistic group, create a body of work, prepare a space in the department, mount their work and finally, to create posters and invites, all in preparation for an impromptu exhibtion this Christmas.
Thanks to Mr Main, Mrs Morrison, Mrs Conlon and Joseph for organising such an enjoyable weekend for the students.
More photos can be found on our Facebook page.
Year 8, Tom M spent some time over the half term break visiting the Houses of Parliament and met local MP, Peter Heaton-Jones. Tom's keen interest in Politics stemmed some fascinating discussions ranging from Brexit to current party politics and their similarities to Animal Farm - the book currently being studied by Tom.
Mr Heaton-Jones was impressed with Tom's comments and his analogy of social media as propaganda, which could be used in one of his future speeches - watch this space.
Our Boarding community came together last week for one big Halloween night starting in the Art department with some creative and creepy face painting. There was dinner followed by apple bobbing and games in the Karslake and the evening finished off with a disco or a film in the Memorial Hall - both options proved popular with our boarders.