This year's A-Level Art exhibition in the Pig Pen is one of the largest for some time, and includes both fine art and textiles. Work ranged from the relatively traditional and representational to abstract and installation; all in a wide range of media. The visiting moderator was especially impressed with the maturity, ambitiousness and range of work that students produced and have presented to maximum effect.
The Art Show film is now available here, and the gallery can be viewed in the Art Showcase on the Art page.
Year 7 English classes visited the stone circles of Long Meg and Castlerigg to explore their ambience and gain inspiration for creative writing. The written pieces wil be submitted to a travel book on the North Lakes and Eden Valley, which is being compiled by a local writer. A great opportunity for budding authors!
On Tuesday the 8th July our new Sixth Form intake came to UCC for a day of taster lessons and team building activities. All students left with a portfolio of summer projects to help them make the transition from Year 11 to Year 12 a successful one. Have a great summer and we look forward to seeing you in September!
I just wanted to give you an update on the Green Power racing team’s success yesterday. We set off at 06.00 bound for Croft Circuit, Darlington. We arrived at 07.30 and quickly found that our race car was the first there, so we made our way to technical scruitineering. The car passed and the team soon started making preparations for the first test session of the day. At 09.00 with 90 minutes testing at their disposal they organised themselves so that each driver got three laps of the circuit and that the pit crew had a chance to practice some driver changes. We were back out on circuit at 11.30, with only 30 minutes to change batteries and check the car over, the team also decided to make some adjustments to the cars steering system so that it would work better with our new tyres; these adjustments soon paid off. We were on the third row of the grid for race one, Luke Pattinson Y8 started the race. As to be expected we dropped from 12th to 22nd within 10 minutes due to the speed of other cars. At 30 minutes we made our first pit stop and swapped driver for Jamie Braithwaite Y8, our driver change and pit stop was the quickest in the pit lane. We joined back in 15th place with 55 minutes remaining. One by one, we made our way through the field before making our final pit stop at 60 minutes. Alexandra Verrall Y8 drove the final 25 minutes, as other cars started to slow down we still maintained good pace (mainly due to those steering adjustments made earlier!) and we were in 10th overall, 3rd in class. On the final lap with my old school ahead of us, with about ¾ of a lap to go, we flew past the Car of Bede Academy to secure 2nd in class and 9th overall.
The team were now faced with a dilemma, as we had four drivers for the second race. Do they stay competitive and run a three driver strategy? Or do they run all four drivers and potentially loose a few places due to the additional pit stop which they would have to make? I left them to decide amongst themselves. They decided on the latter and we started race two with one of the lightest drivers (Matthew Black Y10) in first to try and gain some time with our new fully charged batteries. We made our first pit stop at 20 minutes and in 17th place, we changed drivers to Aide Hodgson. Once again we were the fastest in the pit lane so we re-joined the track in 15th. Aide drove well and gained one place before making our second stop at 40 minutes. The car was passed to Oliver Raine Y9 who had only driven the car that morning. Oliver drove very well whilst taking another place within the ranks, placing us in 14th with 20 minutes to go. Our final driver and secret weapon was Lewis Hunter, he took over with the batteries at their lowest charge but he maintained great pace whilst managing his way through the competition to finish the race in 10th overall and 3rd in class.
The organisation, team spirit and maturity displayed during the day was just fantastic. They made the decisions on car, drivers and strategy and it paid off. Two top ten finishes overall and two top three finishes in class is something to be very proud of.
Following Mrs Richardson’s appointment as Head of Year 10, Mrs Foster and Ms Jansz take over the role of Assistant Head of Sixth Form with responsibilities for Student Performance. She joins Mr Jackson (Head of Sixth Form), Mrs Hird (Assistant Head of 6th Form) who is in charge of Student Progression (UCAS & Jobs), alongside Mrs Burford in the Sixth Form team.