West Buckland students, staff and friends took part in a major beach clean at Croyde last Sunday, in collaboration with Nurdle.org.uk. The event, organised by Ms Jo Beech, was a great success with many in attendance to help try and rid our beaches of rubbish. Thank you to Mr and Mrs Hare, parents from the Prep School, who very kindly offered our volunteers parking on site.
OWBA, Josh Beech from Nurdle, brought along his invention - giant sieves that separate microplastics from sand and other debris. Josh was featured on Countryfile showcasing the machine and highlighting aims for the future. Please take a look at the website for details.
The school is also working on reducing our plastic footprint, with caterers, Holroyd Howe looking into plastic-free alternatives for various items. You can help reduce our footprint further by stopping use of straws, plastic cutlery, drinks bottles, takeaway cups and sauce sachets - REDUCE. RECOVER. RECYCLE.
The rugby season got off to a cracking start this weekend when the 1st XII won both their matches in a triagular tournament against Monkton Combe and Bideford RFC.
Will Wardle scored the only try in the match against Monkton Combe, having been set up beautifully by Magnus Carter-Burns. Freddie Maskell duly converted.
In the second match, there were tries for James Given, making his debut for the team, and Isaac Windley.
The team had benefitted from some excellent pre-season training and these opening matches were extremely pleasing, boding well for the rest of the season.
We are all looking forward to the OWBA sports day next Saturday, everyone is welcome to see our rugby, shooting and netball teams take on some old school greats.....
Our new Year 7s enjoyed a day of activities and team building, enabling them to make new friends and find their way around the campus.
Assisted by their Headmasters and Headmistresses, as well as Head Girl and Head Boy and senior prefects, the pupils covered all 90 acres of the campus, playing games and having to solve puzzles.
There was definitely a spring in their step when they started school on Wednesday!
For photos are available on our Facebook site.
West Buckland hosted 30 pupils for a day's hockey on a newly laid astro pitch last week. Coach, Mr Rudge along with support from students, Harry Sampson, James Tyson and parent, Mr Lansley ran the session covering a number of skills including Hockey Golf, the Tennis Ball Challenge and some small-sided games. Due to its success, Mr Rudge will be looking at other opportunities to organise camps in the future.
Pupils have also been training as part of the Devon Development Centre at Kingsley School with Year 5 and 6 players progressing to represent North Devon and Exeter at the South West Games. Megan Thomas, Etta Vipond, Luke Stapleton, Isaac Worthington, Archie Shawcross and Sandy Carrick all took part with brilliant performances resulting in the girls coming away with the gold and the boys, the bronze. Congratulations to Luke Stapleton, who was selected to compete in the Year 7 World Cup event and gained nomination for County selection on the 23rd September.