News Archive - December 2015
Representatives from local charity Encompass SouthWest were overwhelmed by the scale of the school's donation to their Christmas appeal. This year we asked pupils and parents to give generously to elderly members of the North Devon community who are living alone and often in isolated rural locations. Donations of food items, Christmas luxuries and everyday necessities were packed into festively wrapped shoeboxes. Most tutor groups collected items to complete a shoebox, and some boxes were donated by individuals and families. A typical box contained various tinned goods, chocolates, fruit cake, warm gloves or hat and a toiletry item. Pets were not forgotten, and dog or cat treats were added to many boxes. In all the school piled over 50 boxes into the car that came from Encompass to make the pick up.
A Contraption Challenge - Heath Robinson style - was set by the Rotary Club of South Molton. How hard can it be? As it turned out, very hard! The Technology Department's most talented year 9 pupils were put into four teams and given the challenge to make a marble roll around all corners of a cube, using the most creative and ingenious methods possible. The real challenge was to get everybody working together to meet the tricky problem-solving brief. Pupils were given a day in the workshops and nothing but piles of recycled materials to achieve their goal. After much head-scratching and plan-changing, final testing on the day saw two of the teams create contraptions good enough to be put forward for the grand final. Creme Brulée Team: Jessica Swinton, Joel Kirby, Hannah Webster & Josh Tucker. Arcadians Team: Timmy Moore, Dan Gray, Alice Hood, Emma-Louise England & Amber Bradley. Both teams spent their own time during lunch breaks refining their contrap...
Year 9 pupils Harry Shaddick and Jack Robinson recently received awards from the Encephalitis Society in recognition of their fundraising efforts. The boys took the initiative in raising money in memory of their Design Technology teacher, Olaf Rinvolucri, who died last February after contracting encephalitis. They each ran, kayaked then cycled in a triathlon of their own design, supported along the way by their parents. Firstly they ran the 3½ miles from their homes in Braunton to Crow Point, then kayaked across the estuary to Bideford, which added another 5 miles. Lastly, they switched to bicycles and travelled back the 15 miles to Braunton with pedal power. Between them, the two boys raised £247.50, a brilliant effort. The boys should be very proud of themselves; we at school are very proud of them.
More than 50 runners represented Braunton Academy in the North Devon Scools Cross Country Championship which was held at West Buckland School on 3rd December. About 40 students from across the region competed in each of the six races, the top-placed fifteen runners gaining provisional qualification for the North Devon Schools cross country team. The Braunton team did extremely well, with thirteen pupils placed in the top 15 of their respective races, including six top five positions. Pictured are Joe Hill, Callum Hill and Sean Duffield who were all placed in the top 15 of the Year 7 boys' race.
Former pupils, their parents, staff and governers gathered at the Barnstaple Hotel on Thursday 26th November for the annual presentation of awards and prizes. Alison Jenkins, a former pupil who is now Head of Human Resources in a multi national corporation, spoke to the pupils about her career and how she got to land such an exciting job which takes her all over the world. She also presented all the trophies and GCSE certificates to our leavers. Prizes are awarded annually in all academic subjects, and there are also many other presentations for service to the school and community, outstanding overall achievement, greatest progress, great endeavour in the face of adversity and more. A new award was presented this year in honour of Olaf Rinvolucri, our former Head of Technology, who tragically passed away earlier this year. The trophy is for Innovation in Technology and was presented in this, its inaugural year, by Olaf's wife, Lucy. Mr Holmes gave a moving speech about the immense influence Mr Rin...
19 students from year 7 have been learning and practising new songs throughout October and November, as part of North Devon Outreach workshop's autumn initiative. On November 14th they joined singers from many other local schools for a fabulous performance in Exeter Cathedral. Congratulations to all involved.