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News Archive - December 2017

School donates to Freedom Centre

Posted: 20th December 2017
The annual collection of items for those less fortunate than ourselves has just taken place. An appeal was sent out to all families for non-perishable items which can be used by the Freedom Centre or distributed to their clients. The Freedom Centre in Barnstaple is a day centre for homeless, disadvantaged and vulnerable people, including those experiencing problems with substance use. As well as cooking a daily lunch, the centre can help with basic skills and employment related advice, housing advice, referrals to hostels and mental health issues. Braunton Academy has a proud record of helping this worthy cause, and this year's appeal brought in some very generous donations from our pupils and their families. Jess Crocker and Finn McAuley of the senior leadership team delivered four large boxes of donated goods to The Freedom Centre on the penultimate day of term.

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Memorial sculpture arrives

Posted: 12th December 2017
A brand new sculpture has arrived at school. Created by local sculptor Jonathon Rodney-Jones in collaboration with Braunton Academy's Art and Technology Departments, the forged iron tree is a memorial to a long-serving and well-respected teacher, Olaf Rinvolucri (Head of Technology), who tragically passed away in service almost three years ago. Wanting to find a fitting memorial for Mr Rinvolucri, the Art Department worked with Jon Rodney-Jones and came up with the idea of tree on which we could hang "fruits" made by pupils and which represent their hopes and aspirations. GCSE Art students attended workshops with the sculptor, during which they designed their own fruit, moulded them in clay and finally cast them in aluminium. The finished fruits will soon be attached to the tree, and the hope is that in the future more and more will be added. We are indebted to Jon Rodney-Jones who has not only given his time to this project for free, but has also donated many of the materials or sourced t...

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