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Ranger Russ came to visit a Year 8 group with a collection of his animals as part of their Outdoor Learning curriculum. Pupils were able to learn, observe and even handle a variety of different creatures including snakes, a giant snail, a gecko and a tarantula!

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Our Year 12 students had to draw on all their creativity and critical thinking when they were set the challenge of delivering a marketing campaign, as part of an exciting day devised in association with local Marketing agency Bray Leino.

The exercise was aimed at simulating what it takes to deliver a brief outlined by a globally important client selling kitchen appliances such as kettles and toasters.

The activity got the students thinking and experiencing what is required in the world of higher education and employment, including the soft skills that will be required in an ever-changing labour market.

The brief, outlined by Bray Leino staff, asked the students to plan and deliver a marketing campaign for different media including print, television and social media. With about six hours to complete the task, thirteen groups – which had been devised using a personality test – got together to deliver the brief.

Six groups made it through to the final presentations stage having shown impressive ideas and teamwork. These students then made their pitches to a panel of senior Bray Leino staff and an audience comprising their peers and teachers.

The panel were unanimous in their view that the best creative idea centred around the theme of Audrey Hepburn’s film Breakfast at Tiffany’s. This group, comprising of Tom, Beth, Kitty-May, Bolin and Lucia, received book vouchers for their efforts.

There were also awards for a number of the school’s 7Cs categories. Nicole won the creative award for her outstanding story board, Tajwar was the most impressive critical thinker, Isobel was the most committed and Kitty-May displayed outstanding confidence and courage.

Finally, the most outstanding individual was Alex who impressed the Bray Leino judges with her creative ideas, excellent teamwork skills and the way in which she lucidly explained the ideas her team had developed.

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OWBA Henry, has progressed in football having been signed for Notts County Academy. Henry has also been selected to represent the Independent Schools' national team (ISFA) this season in their U15 squad. His upcoming fixtures are against Chelsea and Brighton and we wish him the best of luck.

Fantastic results in cycling with Year 9 Amy and Year 12s Dominic and George having been selected from cycling collective, Propello to represent the South West in the School Games at Loughborough University. The strenuous weekend, with track race, sprint road races and a closed road circuit race, saw the group compete against 11 other national teams from various regions. Back in May, the trio all took part in the Isle of Man national cycling race, where top class riders from all over the country competed. George and Dominic came 17th and 18th respectively out of 70 and Amy came in 7th out of 21. 

Congratulations is also in order for Year 12 Hector, who won the Sailing Youth Champion title at the Sprint Nationals. Hector came 8th overall, which is an incredible accolade considering the top six were experienced adults with national level sailing records.

Friday 14 September

Summer Successes

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There were some great successes over the summer break.

Following a gruelling selection process, Year 9 pupils Finlay, Sion, Ted and Year 11 Tom have been invited to attend the Exeter Chiefs Rugby Developing Player Programme (DPP). This is a key part in the Exeter Chiefs' Academy Pathway developing and engaging players from 13-16 years old. Congratulations to all the boys, who will now go on to be professionally coached by DPP, Academy, Club and County coaches, with the opportunity for a positive future in rugby.

In sailing, Year 12 Hector competed at the Sprint 15 Nationals at the National Sailing Academy, Weighmouth. Hector performed exceptionally well over the 8 races, competing against 45 other experienced entrants from across the country. With three top-ten finishes, Hector finished in 13th place in the overall fleet and was awarded trophies by olympians, Ben Saxton and Nikki Bonniface. Well done!

Congratulations to Year 8 Tom, who particpated in the Southern Cable Wakeboarding competition. His combined successes in each heat resulted in him winning the Rookie League with 240 points (80 points clear of 2nd place).

Our budding tennis stars have been gaining valuable experience around the South West with Year 7 Rodrigo playing in many tournaments, notably winning in Newquay, Bridgewater and Ivybridge. He finished the season as the Devon U12 Number 1. Meanwhile, Year 7 Evie has also notched up success, winning the U14 singles competition at Ilfracombe and also playing in the Devon U12 girls' county cup. The Tennis programme is now in full swing so please contact Mrs Rachel Thompson if you require more details.