Huge thanks to all those students and family members who supported UCC through the sale of raffle tickets in out Autumn Draw last term. The prize draw took place on Wednesday 17 December 2015 at the closing night of our school production, ‘Animal Farm’. The winners of the top four cash prizes were as follows:
£500 Mr M King
£250 Miss L Lancaster
£150 Mr J Rankin
£100 Mr A Sokotowski
There were 40 other prize winners alongside these and most of the additional prizes were sponsored by community groups, businesses and friends of the school, for which we were very grateful.
A grand total of £4700 was raised from the draw and, once prize money and Tanzania trip sales were deducted this leaves £2900 for International Links and for the School Social Spaces project. £1450 is therefore available for each project.
The School Council is going to help decide on the areas around school that would benefit from some outdoor seating. Mr Hutchinson and the Construction groups have also offered to help with the School Social Spaces project and British Gypsum has kindly suggested they buy one or two benches for the project. Thank you everyone for supporting this fundraising project.
In other news, on Saturday 17 January 2015 18 students represented UCC at the County cross-country championships on a very cold and wet Kirby Stephen cross-country course! All the athletes ran superbly in very difficult conditions and two outstanding performances on the day earned selection to the Cumbrian Cross-country team: James Salt in Year 8 won the junior boys’ event (which is a combination of students in Years 8 and 9 ) and Mia Sullivan-Simpson came 5th in the minor girls’ race (for Year 7 girls). They will compete in the North-East counties event next month.
Also of note were the performances of Rhys Preston and Joe Newby, who finished 15th and 16th, respectively, in the junior boys’ event and so are reserves for next month’s fixture.
Headteachers Blog 9 January 2015
Happy New Year to all our staff and students and welcome back to our Spring Term. Whilst Christmas Holidays are always a real pleasure, it’s always good to get back to the routine of the school year.
A Level Certificate Presentation Evening.
This week we had our A Level Certificate Presentation Evening at The Roundthorn and it’s good to see all our Year 13 students from last year together again after 19 weeks out there in the big wide world. The sense of occasion was also enhanced by the presence and input of our speaker, Dr Theo Weston MBE who talked about his own career and life, inspiring those present to aim high and set their sights on being the best.
Year 9 Options.
Our Year 9 students are now in the middle of the Options process and thinking hard about which subjects to take in Years 10 and 11. This is both a daunting and exciting time for all students and no doubt they’ll be quizzing other members of their family, teachers and friends for guidance on what subjects make most sense for their chosen career. There’s so much to choose between so we wish all of Year 9 good luck in getting their preferred subjects.
Invitation from Secretary of State for Education.
At the end of last term the Secretary of State wrote to me to ask if I would nominate two exceptional teachers from Ullswater Community College to attend a reception with her on 20 January 2015. The school has been selected for this honour as a result of its “great improvements over the past few years, as reflected in your most recent Ofsted rating”. The Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, Secretary of State for Education will greet our teachers at the reception in Lancaster House, London.
The two teachers we have nominated are Mrs J Thompson, Head of English and Mrs J Rutherford, second in the maths department. It was a hugely difficult decision which teachers to nominate because we have so many whose results are significantly higher than others nationally.
Jack and the Beanstalk
Finally, it’s Panto time again. Tickets are on sale for this unique annual event. Performances of Jack and the Beanstalk take place on Thursday 29th, Friday 30th and Saturday 31st January 2015. Tickets cost £3.00 for adults and £1.50 for concessions and these performances always sell out so get your tickets early to avoid disappointment.
The UCC Music Department are going on tour to London in February half term and we cordially invite you to London - The Concert! This is on February 10th at 7pm in Cumberland Hall. Tickets are £5 for adults and £4 for concessions and are available from Lakeland Music, the LRC or the Music office. It's sure to be a great night of musical entertainment featuring some of the music that the Orchestra will play on their tour.