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News Archive - May 2017

Bat Viewing area is opened

Posted: 15th May 2017
Following on from last June's Challenge Days when the whole of year 7 learnt all about the Greater Horseshoe Bat (see news item from June 2016), students from Braunton Academy attended the grand opening of a bat viewing platform. The platform is situated on top of Braunton Beacon, and was partly funded by the fund-raising efforts at Braunton Academy last summer, when bat-shaped biscuits were sold to pupils and staff. The opening ceremony also included the introduction of a brand new initiative from Braunton Countryside Centre whereby the public are able to follow an interactive map along a special "bat route" and listen to a commentary and bat sounds along the way. Sadly, the decline of hedgerows and flower meadows in Britain has led to a sharp decrease in bat numbers as their habitat and food source is disappearing. The hope is that the public will make good use of the new and exciting resources at the Countryside Centre (located in the village carpark) and enjoy viewing and hearing bats at ...

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Dylan impresses on Costa Brava

Posted: 15th May 2017
Year 7 pupil, Dylan Yeadell, was recently selected to represent Southampton FC at the Mediterranean International Cup 2017 held in Spain. This was a fantastic achievement for Dylan, and he was honoured to walk in the footsteps of previous participants such as Lionel Messi, Cesc Fabregas and Philippe Coutinho, all huge names in the world of international football. The tounament, one of the most prominent in youth football, featured 250 teams from 40 nations - teams including Manchester Utd., Atletico Bilbao and Real Madrid as well as representatives from the Americas, Australia and the Far East. Matches were played all around the Costa Brava in front of large and enthusiastic crowds. Southampton progressed through their group round and two further knock-out rounds before being beaten in the semi-final by eventual champions, Real Madrid whose team included the son of a certain Zinedine Zidane!  The football experience was a very new one for Dylan: full size pitches; size 5 footballs; full stadia and ...

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