There is now only one week to go until the end of our 2014 Branch Out with Books competition. There's still time to get reviews, in as well as any art entries. Reviews can be dropped in to the LRC or submitted online via the Branch Out web-apps (Years 7-9, 9-11, or 11-13). The Kindle Fire HD, the VIP meeting with our Prize Day celebrity, Penrith Alhambra cinema tickets and Cadbury's gift boxes will all be awarded soon!
We finally arrived at the chateau after a long journey which was fun but tiring. We were sat on the bus for around 18 hours, so by the end of the journey as you can imagine we were very tired. We arrived late evening on the Friday to be greeted kindly by the friendly staff.
Saturday arrived and we had an early awakening at 7:00am. Firstly we had breakfast and then off to the town to have a look around the markets. We worked in teams to make our dinner in a master chef style. We purchased foods from various markets, which helped us practice our French. We came back to the chateau to make the food with a time limit of 10 minutes.
After our dinner we went to a dairy farm, to look around at the number of animals they had and we also got to make our own butter. We tried the butter and apple jam they made at the farm. The farmers were very friendly towards us. We got to hold and learn a little bit of information about each animal. As the farmers only spoke French this helped each of us learn some more vocab and conversational skills.
After the farm we came back to the chateau and had dinner. Following this we went to a crepe making class where we learnt about crepes and made and ate our own yum!
By Becky Spurrett and Louise Mayhew"
"LE VOYAGE: Nous sommes partis à dix heures et quart de Cumberland yard. Nous sommes arrivés au Château à cinq heures et demie. Le voyage était long.
MARCHÉ: Samedi, nous sommes allés au marché à Fougères en Bretagne. Nous avions deux euros pour acheter le déjeuner qui était jugé dans trois categories: présentation, rapport qualité/prix et valeur nutritionnelle.
FERME: Ensuite, nous sommes allés à la ferme et nous avons vu des cochons, des poules, des cochons d’Inde, des moutons, des chevaux et des lapins. Nous avons fait du beurre. C’était amusant.
Après, nous sommes allés au supermarché et Jamie a acheté un sandwich au jambon et fromage. C’était délicieux.
Par Callum et Jamie"
It’s been a busy term, but a productive one.
On 27 March 2014, the Year 8 U13 Rugby team beat QES Kirkby Lonsdale 28:12 to progress to the county cup final. The whole squad played very well but Jamie Fawcett, Alex Verrall and Ronan Erasmus were superb. Aidan Young also led very well, as did Captain, Billy Waistell.
The U13s played Keswick in the final of the Cumbria County Rugby Cup at Penrith RUFC on 2 April 2014. Ullswater won 38:0 in a thrilling game in which Captain Billy Waistell scored four tries. Jamie Fawcett and Dylan Cowperthwaite were also outstanding in a team that commanded all aspects of play to make them this year’s county champions.
The U15 team lost 32:7 to an enormous St Benedicts’ squad, despite showing proficient ball skills. The team played well and the result means that they finish as this year’s county runners up.
On Thursday 27 March the Music Department under the direction of Head of Department Steven Bryant
thrilled a packed audience in Cumberland Hall with a magical ‘Night at the Movies’. This was simply the best music event I have had the privilege to attend and soloists Helen Southernwood, Beth Robinson, Emily Richardson, Rebecca
Kirkby, Joshua Jackson and Megan Harrison were superb, as was Henry Jennings, the ‘film director’ who compered the evening. The various ensemble pieces were outstanding and the orchestra of over 60 students and staff performed ‘Pearl & Dean Asteroid’, ‘Skyfall’, ‘The Great Escape’ and ‘Final Countdown’ brilliantly. This fabulous evening set new standards for school music productions.
On 1 April Mrs Ivinson held this year’s Year 10 Mock Interview day with all students taking part and a fantastic number of local employers and supporters of the school acting as interviewers. The students had been well prepared and, despite their nerves, performed superbly. There were lots of very positive comments from employers at the end of the process and the experience will stand students in good stead for the next occasion when the interviews for jobs or
university/college places will be ‘for real’.
Events still to come next term include the UCC Dance Show ‘Musical Madness’, which takes place on Thursday 8 and Friday 9 May 2014.Our Dance Shows are always breath taking so I can’t wait for this!
Last Thursday we distributed our latest edition of sUCCess magazine. Every time our Learning Resource Team, under the direction of Michelle Lewin, produces another edition it is better than the last. I hope all students and their parents enjoy reading the wide range of articles in this edition. Further copies are available from the school or in Booths, Penrith.
Finally I hope all students, parents and staff enjoy a very relaxing Easter Holiday. For my part, it’s lambing time so I
shall exchange my school suit for wellies and Flexothane over-trousers and hope that the process is without too much stress. I have the telephone numbers of a number of more experienced students should I need a bit of advice and guidance with a difficult delivery in the early hours of the morning!
The Spring edition of our termly Success Magazine is out today! Featuring many stories from across the school, this term's Success will be issued to students over the next few days as well as being avaibable in Booths, Penrith. The online version of the magazine is available by clicking here.