We were very lucky to have Wind Espirito come in and perform for a selection of primary schools, GCSE and A Level musicians and all of the year sevens. The musicians had all trained at the Royal Northern College of Music and inspired a number of people to learn an instrument and pursue their passion for music!
In the lead up to May half-term, Mr Forrest has written to parents and carers to confirm the exam revision session arrangements for half-term and to clarify the final arrangements for students as they enter these final weeks of Year 11. You can view the letter in full here and the half-term intervention revision sessions calendar here.
Good luck in the next few weeks Year 11!
We are pleased to announce that Rian Harris, Chief Executive of Lakeland Arts, will be the keynote speaker at our Cumbria's Schools Arts Conference in June.
The day of CPD will incorporate a mix of school performances, presentations and practical workshops with the aim of showcasing the importance of embedding creative education in a school's curriculum.
We would like to invite teachers, cultural colleagues and school leaders from the region and the North West to join us for the day.
Further details and booking information can be found on the evenbrite page here; the conference will take place on Wednesday the 26th of June and will run from 10am until 3pm.
Please contact us for future information or view the Event page.
Cumbria County Council have this week informed us that the deadlines and arrangements for applying for post-16 transport have been revised. A letter has been issued to update students and parents on the process of post-16 transport applications for the Penrith Catchment Area for September 2019. This is a vital issue for those who will be in Year 12 and 13 from September; please read the Transport Letter here for key information.
We have been informed by Ofsted that they will be carrying out an inspection of UCC this week. They have provided a letter for parents and carers with information about the Inspection that you can view here, as well as an Inspections Guide for Parents that can be viewed here. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact us.
45 students and 5 members of staff travelled to Claviere in Italy during the Easter break. Students skied two different countries and three different resorts on ice, slush and even powder at the end of the week. Students skiing skills improved hugely, with all students (even the beginners) completing red runs by the end of the week. Overall a fantastic week had by all.
On 14th May a team of 4 yr 8 students, (Keiran, Alee, Tiegan, Paul) travelled to the Fusehill Street campus of the University of Cumbria to take part in Salters' Festival of Chemistry. The students competed in two mini chemistry competitions judged on their practical chemistry skills and problem solving abilities. The judges praised everyone's careful working technique and placed UCC third in one of the competitions. The teachers underwent staff development learning how to use an Infrared Spectrometer and everyone enjoyed an excellent chemistry magic demonstration at the end of the day. We're all looking forward to next year's event.
UCC U15 girl’s football team finished off the season on a high by winning the county cup final beating Ulverston Victoria High School 6-3. Having played some tough competition in the knock out stages the girls were nervous to play in their first county cup final for the school. The girls started well passing the ball through the central midfield with Jess getting early success down the left wing and playing Cara through on goal. Lola made some fantastic saves in the net. Cara completed her hatrick and ended the game scoring four goals, a fantastic achievement.
"Young people of all ages from across Cumbria came together to discuss their concerns about climate change with local councillors attending to hear what they had to say. The event was attended by representatives from 30 schools, and was hosted by Learning, Education and Development Centre, University of Cumbria." Thanks to Robert Ferguson Primary School in Carlisle for the information and the below film:
Year 10 and 11 Child Development students have enjoyed hearing about Liz and Carina’s journey to become Mummies. We have watched the journey from conception through to the arrival of baby Sadie, who visited us in class recently. Their treatment option was IVF with donor sperm at The London Women’s Clinic. This enabled motherhood to be a shared experience right from conception.
48 students took part in the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh qualifying expedition around Ullswater. Students walked in small groups carrying heavy packs containing all of their food and camping equipment needed to be totally self-sufficient for 2 days on the fell. The sun shone as promised though the temperature did drop to -2 overnight which made for a chilly camp. Students successfully navigated themselves to the finish point at Glenridding and were able to indulge in a well-earned ice cream.
Students were inspired by their visit to James Rennie School, a school for children with severe and profound learning needs. They learned about special communication and interaction including Makaton, symbol exchange, social use of language and alternative technologies as well as the importance of partnership working in order to meet children’s individual and holistic needs.
Megan who is a Year 10 pupil at Ullswater Community College was awarded a netball golden globe award at the North-West prize giving. Megan who plays her netball for Westmorland Wanderers was nominated by her club for the Performance Award in memory of Chris Brien. All clubs in the North West were required to nominate a player for their performance and attitude towards netball. Megan has been a fantastic asset to the netball club and has been part of the County and Team Northumbria development squads. She has an excellent attitude towards netball both in training and matches. She works hard on the feedback she is given and thoroughly deserves the award. Megan was the first winner of this new award and the first winner of a golden globe from a pupil at UCC.
Pictured Megan with the Chris Brien Award and the Netball World Cup
We are pleased to be hosting Cumbria's Schools Arts Conference in June. We'd like to invite teachers, cultural colleagues and school leaders from the region and the North West to join us in a day of CPD which will incorporate a mix of school performances, presentations and practical workshops with the aim of showcasing the importance of embedding creative education in a school's curriculum.
Further details and booking information can be found on the evenbrite page here; the conference will take place on Wednesday the 26th of June and will run from 10am until 3pm. Please contact us for future information or view the Event page.
We are pleased to say that a new club is on offer on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday lunchtimes for Year 10 and 11 Agriculture students to be able to work on their written assignments and to chat about what they are doing on their farms or the farms where they work outside school. The club takes place between 12.35-1.35 in the ALC in the Applied Learning Centre.
Lucy, Harry, Devonne, Connagh and Ben have been involved in the creation of a film and an e-book entitled 'Take Time To Allow Time'.
The film and e-book were created in collaboration with NHS England, Triple A (All About Autism), Cumbria County Council and North Cumbria Clinical Commisioning Group.
Our students were part of a focus group that identified the key themes that should be included in the project, they took part in the film and four of them attended the launch at 'The People First Conference Centre' in Carlisle. Unfortunately Harry was unable to attend the launch because he was diligently preparing for his GCSE exams.
At the launch they were able to see the final version of the film as well as listen to the inspiration behind the project. They were invited up to say a few words and it was lovely to hear Ben describe the experience as 'the best in his life so far' and Devonne talk about the importance of teachers being aware of the difficulties that autistic students face in the classroom.
If you would like to see the film click here or view it below and for the ebook click here or below.
UCC Year 9 netball and rugby have just returned from a successful tour to Holland. They spent the week staying at the Limburgse Peel Centre Parcs and travelled out for training and fixtures. The netball team spent the morning having coaching sessions from England netball coaches before going up against other English schools in the afternoon. Having finished the first day in first and third place both teams were moved up into the Year 10 competition for the following day. The teams finished 2nd and 9th out of 22 teams in total having stepped up to play the older teams.
Fresh from their county cup success the under 14 rugby team have enjoyed a great cultural experience playing rugby in Holland. After an overnight ferry taking us to Amsterdam the tour group have a fantastic day at the Toverland theme park before the boys played Bokkerijder Rugby club. The under 14s played some superb running rugby to win 61 – 10. Two mornings of coaching with Dutch coaches helped to hone to boys skills and with swimming and cycling to help them relax they were ready for the challenge of Eindhoven rugby club in their second match. After a very strong start it became apparent that UCC were far too strong for the opposition and the teams were then mixed to create a worthwhile rugby experience with only 1 try separating the teams.