Wednesday 21 November

Prep Nature Detectives

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Prep pupils spent some time outdoors learning about nature and their local wildlife. They cleared a little pond to make a home for tadpoles and insects and also went in search of spiders, trying to identify the different types. The group have been looking at wildlife charities and now face the important choice of which one they would like to subscribe to.

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All Year 7 and 8 pupils took part in the Samaritan's Purse shoebox appeal, the aim of which is changing the lives of disadvantaged children all over the world through the power of a simple gift.

Charity representative, Julia Harvey came into a school assembly and explained to pupils what the charity does and how we can become involved. Years 7 and 8 have done incredibly well, with 8b filling  24 shoeboxes - a great effort. Thank you to parents, family and pupils for your contributions.

Tuesday 20 November

Annual Phoenix Debate

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Last Friday saw the Sixth Form take on the OWBA in the annual Phoenix Debate, held in the 150 Theatre. Former President of the Society and OWBA, Harry P, returned and teamed up with the Reverend Sutcliffe to challenge Years 13s, Molly M and William W on the motion "It should be an offence to offend anyone." The house overwhelmingly voted against the motion, however when it came to the speeches, Molly and William, who argued that it should be an offence to offend, won in a landslide victory of 55 to 5 votes.

Many thanks to both sides for an exciting and thoughtful debate.

More photos are available on the Facebook page.

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There were top finishes for Prep pupils in the Rock and Rapid climbing competition, which took place in South Molton on Saturday. 8 pupils from Prep 3 and 4 competed with Tom W, Harry W, Toby B and Suzanna H starting their event in the bouldering room. Callum V, Megan B, Caitlin B and Ed W began with the top rope competition.

Over 100 children competed with WBS achieving excellent results - Toby B came in 3rd place with Tom W close behind in 4th in the Year 3/4 category and Megan B finished in 4th place in the strongly contested Year 5/6 girls' category.

Challenging events were met with great determination, concentration and skill from our climbers - well done to all.

More photos are available on the Facebook page.