Welcome to the Ullswater Community College annual Christmas Carol service. May I begin by thanking Phil Jackson as ever for his hospitality in allowing us to celebrate the end of term in Penrith’s Methodist Church.
What a year it has been. Fantastically busy, exciting and rewarding; We’ve had a visit from actor John Hurt to
award prizes in our Branch Out Competition: 21 February 2013
Senior Citizens’ Tea Party: 7 March 2013
Thirteen Year 8s took part in a Mock Trial at Kendal Magistrates’ Court in the Law Society’s North-west Region competition.
Multicultural day: two Y7 workshops with Islamic artist (including music, dance and rhythm): 1 May 2013
School Council drive to make us all more aware of the importance of wearing seat belts Seat-belt awareness week: 29
April to 3 May
Art shows –A level & GCSE
Primary Schools’ Year 5 Science Days: 24 to 28 June 2013
We had one of our Y12 science students representing the North of England at the London International Youth Science Forum (organised by an ex-UCC student, Richard Myhill): summer holidays
National Poetry Day:with a visit by the Dreadlock Alien: 3 October 2013
Prize day: 25 October 2013 with Hollyoak’s Rob Norbury
2 sixth form students visited to Auschwitz as part of their History studies: November 2013
We had 20 dancers at the Winter Droving event: 30 November 2013
· Paris: February 2013
· Year 9s: Walker and Tate galleries, Liverpool: 13 December 2013
· Sixth form London art trip: 21 to 24 October 2013
English Dept trips to London: February and December 2013
· KS4 to Normandy: 29 March to 1 April 2013
· La Rochelle – Years 7 & 8: 5–13 July 2013
· Venice– Year 7, 8 and 9: 14–19 July 2013
· Theatre Royal, Newcastle
· GCSE trip to the Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal
· Manchester Royal Exchange “Sweeney Todd”: 27 November 2013
Music –Manchester Opera House “Singin’ in the Rain”: 13 November 2013
Taiwan trip: 27 May to 8 June 2013
Tanzania: 10 July to 2 August 2013
· Aladdin: 31 January – 2 February 2013
· Cinderella: 11,13 & 14 December 2013
· Alice in Wonderland: Christmas 2013
Badminton –Key Stage 3 Eden Tournament – part of the National Badminton Tournament
Rugby –Newcastle – Y7 & 8 – 8, 8, 10 March 2013
Cross-country– Greg Hall & Flora Blackburn – qualified to represent Cumbria in the English Schools’ National Cross-country final
Cross-country: Year 7 champions: October 2013
Cheer camp: 22–24 March 2013
Cheerleading National Championships, the Velodrome, Manchester: 23 June – 2nd in all categories.
Triathlon event with Amanda Coulson, Sky Sports: 5 June 2013
Benison–Thwaites mile: 16 July 2013
50 students took part in the Duke of Edinburgh: Bronze, Silver & Gold expeditions throughout the year
Show-jumping team competed throughout the year.
39 Steps: 2–4 July 2013
UCC concert: 21 March 2013
UCC Band Smash: 6 December 2013
Penrith Schools’ Music Association: carol concerts – choir, orchestra, etc: St Andrew’s Church: 9 and 10 December
Eden District Council carol service: choir: St Andrew’s Church: 16 December 2013
Dance show – “Around the World”: 19 & 20 March 2013
Performance and dance workshop by the Rambert Dance Company: 4 July 2013
Trip to Theatre Royal, Newcastle: 17 September 2013
Performance at Winter Droving event in Penrith: 30 November 2013
· Year 11 Prom – Rheged – 28 June 2013
· Sixth form ball – The George – 21 June 2013
To top it all of Ullswater Community College surpassed all previous best A Level, AS Level and GCSE results
with new school records. Our GCSE performance has attracted national recognition making us one of the highest performing schools in the country.
It’s been a fabulous year and as we come to the end of the term and 2013 I would like to congratulate you all on
your achievements and to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.
As the Autumn Term draws to a close and the Christmas holidays rapidly approach, I think we can be pleased with
another term’s work in the school. We have enjoyed a wide range of sporting successes, ranging from horse show-jumping through trail running, gymnastics, football, rugby, hockey and cross-country running. We’ve seen dance shows and drama events, musical performances, art displays and cookery competitions. We also held the second of our ‘new-style’ Prize Days with a VIP guest from the world of TV – Hollyoaks.
We finish term with our school pantomime on Wednesday 11th, Friday 13th and Saturday 14th December, carol concerts in St Andrew’s Parish Church on Monday 9th and Tuesday 10th December and, of course, our own school carol services in the Methodist Church on the last day of term – Wednesday 18th December 2013.
At the end of this long, busy and highly productive term, I feel very proud of what our staff and students have achieved. All students in Years 9 and 11 have completed formal examinations and await results early in the New Year. The pupils’ approach to all examinations has been exemplary.
Attendance in the school continues to show a very positive upward trend. Comparisons with the same period last year
shows an overall increase of 0.5% to 94.9%.
There will be some staff changes at the beginning of next term. Mrs Jane Reardon leaves us after 6 years teaching in
the Drama Department. We wish her every happiness in her life after UCC.
Arrangements for the final day of term (Wednesday 18 December) will be as follows: buses will leave school at 3.15
p.m. – after the afternoon carol service – and the school day will end at 3.15p.m. Students who live in town can go home directly after the afternoon carol service. Students who catch the Patterdale bus service will attend the morning
carol service and will be able to catch their bus at lunchtime. Those students who catch the service bus to Shap will not be able to leave school at 3.15 p.m as the bus will be running at its normal time of 4.00 p.m. These students will
be supervised in the Cumberland Hall if necessary, or parents can make their own arrangements to collect them. Please note that the bus companies have raised their level of scrutiny of bus passes recently. All pupils should ensure that they carry and present their bus pass on each journey.
Finally, let me thank all of you – students, parents, staff and governors – for your hard work and support over the last 12 months and wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a productive New Year.
The new term (for all pupils and staff) starts on Monday 6th January 2014.
One of the highlights of the Autumn term was the 2013 Prize Day. To see a review of the whole day visit the Prize Day page or watch the Review Film below.