Recently, Year 10 Art students took a visit to the local art gallery at the Rheged Centre. It was an amazing exhibition; the largest of its kind in the UK with over 350 framed prints. Students took advantage of the great wealth of work on show and the huge breadth of techniques, styles and processes to use as inspiration for their own GCSE coursework. We spent time exploring the work, watching films about processes and sketching in the main gallery. A wonderful afternoon!
The elections for the new student council are fully underway with an announcement of the newly elected body after Christmas. Well done to all who have been nominated and we look forward to welcoming the new Student Council in the new year!
The GCSE ICT Revision Material is now up on the Revision website. Click here
On Monday the 10th July 10 students travelled down to London to go and watch LTA Wimbledon Championships. After a 6 am train we arrived at Wimbledon at 10:30. The students got to watch Venus Williams and Andy Murray on centre court. As well as world number 1 Angelique Kerber on centre court. The students had a fantastic day enjoying the atmosphere and watching some incredible tennis. They even bumped into David Walliams who was happy to get selfies with them.
Former pupil Isaac Telford has recently taken part in an International Citizen Service placement. Isaac volunteered to go to India at the end of October 2017, and had to raise £800 for Voluntary Service Overseas in order to secure a place on the project. UCC was very happy to help a former pupil by giving him £200 towards his fundraising.
After spending a short period of time training in New Delhi, Isaac and his counterparts went out to the village of Bakarwaliya on Saturday 4th November. Through the project work and meeting key stakeholders in the village, Isaac had to negotiate several challenges. From the Indian caste system, to troubles in local schools, or simply the stark change of culture and traditions, Isaac has faced a plethora of aspects to volunteering that have been difficult and often unexpected.
His group have been helping to organise a Women's Group, and have conducted a survey on education provision for children in the area. Isaac has been surprised to hear about how unreliable and unresponsive the local government (Panchayat) have been. Isaac's group are looking to facilitate change with a people first perspective. Using the women's group and other organisations to give voice to the concerns people have, and to apply pressure to the necessary institutions, hopefully Isaac and his team can affect real change.
On his return Isaac will be applying to University in order to study politics, and is sure his experiences volunteering overseas will help him enormously with that.
Isaac and his volunteer team, celebrating Children's Day with a local school.