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.
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.
Last term saw geography and art coming together to work with Year 9 students on an exciting project about Brazil. Students focused their studies on the 'Favelas' and as part of their learning they designed and constructed their own cardboard favela buildings. The buildings were then curated into an exhibition by 6 Year 9s in the Pig Pen exhibition space. At the opening event the amazing UCC Street Band filled the space with wonderful Brazilian samba sounds. All the materials for the project were diverted from landfill and donated by the Ragtag Arts Scrapstore in Mealbank near Kendal. A sensationally sustainable project!
Vingt-trois étudiants, deux professeurs, huit galeries et cinq jours de soleil. What a privilege to take so many talented sixth form artists to Paris to study from the greats in a range of galleries. To be able to introduce them to the delights of Europe and all the benefits was a joy; students came away enthused, enlightened, and enriched.
January saw the realisation of Grease the Musical, 40 years after its cinema release. To rave reviews the cast and crew delivered five showing stopping performances over four nights to an exceptional standard. To say that we are proud of them would be a significant understatement! The group of students who took part really brought their energy, imagination and drive to turn the show into the success it was. They were, in short, a credit to the departments involved and a credit to the school.
We are excited to announce the following Art Clubs:
The UCC Creative Futures Festival is from Monday 25th June - Saturday 21st July. But in the meantime why not check out the calendar, for events happening before the festival and events during with many taking place in and outside of the school.
Creative Futures Calendar
Following two fantastic events, Branch Out has now launched! On Thursday we welcomed Orlando Weeks, lead singer of The Maccabees and author/illustrator of the book 'The Gritterman', to UCC to speak to students about writing and illustrating. The next day, we welcomed The Bookshop Band who performed to a LRC packed with students from across the school.
The books are already flying off the shelves and reviews, and art entries, are coming back in. The usual chocolates are on offer for each review and entry into our prizes including a Kindle Fire, Carlisle United FC tickets, Cadburys Gift Boxes and Penrith Alhambra cinema tickets. Thanks again to Carlisle United and the Alhambra for sponsoring the event.
You can view our 2018 Branch Out film above and you can access the Branch Out Apps below. Pop in to the LRC and grab a book!
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!
If you missed the Spring Edition of Success before the Easter holidays, you can now view it online here. This edition is full of the latest news and success stories from UCC including coverage of the fantastic production of Joseph, the recent french exchange visit, our Branch Out with Books competition, the English Department's Harry Potter Night and much more.
I couldn’t have been more proud of the students and staff or more impressed with the way they showcased their work. We showed off our Hair & Beauty, Motor Vehicle and Agricultural Engineering, Construction, including Dry Stone Walling and our links with Tanzania where students, last year spent two weeks in Morogoro Hospital as Gap Medics. His Royal Highness also met some of our students, one studying to be a Norland Nanny, an award winning Sheepdog and her owner, Cumbria’s top Holstein judge and the county’s top Cumberland U12 Wrestler. The tour then made its way through the waiting crowds with His Royal Highness stopping to talk to many of our students before entering Fred’s Bar to meet Co-Head Prefects, Catering staff and their students and to see a small display of Art and Design Technology work. In Cumberland Hall The Prince of Wales was treated to a stunning display by some of our award winning Cheerleaders and the cast of Joseph performing one of the numbers from their recent sell-out performance of Joseph & his amazing Technicoloured Dreamcoat.
After a few words to the assembled Year 11 students His Royal Highness unveiled a slate plaque commemorating his visit before signing the visitor’s book. Finally The Prince was presented with a spectacular acrylic painting of Craig Farm, Garrigill done by ex-student Cathy Beaumont.
His Royal Highness departed to the cheers of students and staff after what was a wonderful hour and a quarter. He left the school in great shape and we will remember this event for many years to come.
At Easter our Year 11 and Year 13 students did an extra 500 pupil days in school to improve their examination chances and the programme of intervention activities will continue for the remaining weeks before exams. We are hopeful that results will be, as usual excellent as a consequence.
The Easter Holidays also brought the annual Lambing time up at the Pattinson home and so far we have delivered 26 healthy young lambs with another 6 Ewes still to decide when to produce. Although the mathematics of Tupping should deliver the new-born in the Easter Holidays sheep are a law unto themselves and the last ones to deliver will no doubt decide on some unearthly hour on a school day to get started.
With little more than a month to go before the exam season swings into full speed school feels like a very busy place. I wish all of our students the very best of luck in their preparations and I hope they all get the questions they would prefer in the programme of examinations to follow.
Ticket's for UCC's Joseph extravaganza, with music, drama and dance, are now on sale. The show will be on from Wednesday the 2nd of March through to Saturday the 5th of March (see the below poster for more details). Tickets can be booked by email. To do this you need to email at email@example.com using the following checklist:
Chosen Performance Night:
Number of Adults:
Number of Concessions:
Any specific seating requirements, e.g. Ground Level/Wheelchair:
Once we receive your email, a member of the team will message you back to confirm your booking and the cost. Payment can be made by cash or cheque (made payable to "UCC Fund") and can be submitted at Reception or to any of the Performing Arts staff. Your tickets will be delivered or available for collection upon receipt of payment.
The latest of our UCC success magazine has hit the stands this week with a bumper edition from a busy term. From Prize Day, including a visit by Strictly star Georgia May Foote, through to the Panto, Dick Whittington, and winter play, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, this term's magazine is full of stories and updates from across the school. Copies can be picked up from the school, Booths or the magazine is available to view online here.
Welcome back to the second half of our Autumn Term – week 8 of the “new” academic year.
This week, at Year 7 settling-in parents’ evening, I was asked how things were going in the school. I didn’t have to think about my reply for long because it’s very clear to me that, although the school continues day by day and week by week to fine-tune its practice to become better, it’s at the changeover from one academic year to another that the biggest surge forward seems to occur. I suppose results over the summer, the culmination and reward for a year’s hard work, coupled with the arrival of a new set of Year 7 students and arrivals in Year 12 mean that all the improvement and fresh enthusiasm re-define the school once more.
…and, of course, it’s been Prize Day! At the end of last half term, on Thursday 22nd October, we held the fourth of our new-style Prize Days with guest Georgia May Foote, star of Strictly Come Dancing and Coronation Street. Once again, the event created a huge amount of interest with Border TV and BBC Radio Cumbria both covering the whole event. Our performers were mind-blowingly good, with the Year 10 drama group performing a brilliantly good physical theatre representation of Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky. Our dancers performed Top Hats, a superb 1930s tap dance routine; the cheerleaders once again showed why they are in the top few schools nationally and our Big Band created a real stir with Bruno Mars’ Uptown Funk and Bon Jovi’s Livin’ on a Prayer. Mr Smith’s Year 9 gifted and talented artists created a superb art installation, which was produced in the school colours and derived from images of the physical structures around the UCC site.
The event was concluded with warm congratulations and thanks from Head Boy Chris Martin and Head Girl Alicia Brittle. Following Prize Day, the school Twitter feed has been full of “it was amazing”, “bucket-loads of talent”, “It’s all Hannah’s talked about…”, “UCC is a wonderful school”, “Fantastic Prize Day celebrations”, “Great afternoon – well done”, and – from Georgia herself – it was “What a beautiful place Ullswater CC is. Met some inspirational people today. Well done to all of you and thanks for having me”.
Huge thanks to our sponsors and to all the staff and students who made it such a special occasion.
The new half term has got off to a great start. Plenty of interest in our new “print solution”, which will, hopefully, reduce waste and contribute positively to our environment.
Congratulation too to our cross-country teams, who competed in a major competition just before the half term holiday. They boys came 7th out of 30 schools and the girls came 2nd, with Martha Richards coming 2nd overall in the girls’ race. Brilliant performance! Both Martha and Beccy Stamper will now go on to run for the County team.
Here we are in week 3 of the new term already – it’s hard to believe that the autumn term is already well under way.
Our Year 7 students – all 254 of them – have made a great start and the new Year 12s have settled into the demands of A level study with confident ease. This year we have 16 extra-catchment students in Year 12, some of whom travel great distances to and from school each day.
Last week we held our annual open evenings to showcase the work of the school; to launch our beautiful new prospectus and the introductory film, now in pride of place on the website; and to begin the induction of next year’s intake. Many thanks to my Head Boy and Head Girl, Chris Martin and Alicia Brittle, for their brilliant contributions, and to all the staff and students for their work in departments and on tours during each event.
It was great to hear from one of our ex-students, Czarek Flak, this week. Czarek is currently studying Fine Arts at Kendal College and so successful has he been there that he’s beginning an open exhibition at the Josephina de Vasconcellos gallery on 26 September 2015 and hoping to progress on to the Royal College of Art in London next academic year.
All of the usual extra-curricular events have got under way again this term so there’s plenty for students to get involved with both inside and outside school. Last weekend, 51 students and almost as many staff headed for the Lake District to begin their Duke of Edinburgh award training.
Prize Day too is approaching rapidly and our guest this year will set the pulses of our students racing. A Coronation Street star and celebrity dancer, our visitor should allow the school to celebrate the achievements of 130 students on the big day with dance, music, drama and plenty more to wow the audience of over 2000 guests.
A big thank you to the Inner Wheel for inviting me to talk to the group on Thursday 3rd September 2015 about progress at UCC, and to the Penrith & District Gardener’s Allotment Holders for allowing me to open their 73rd annual produce show. On a more agricultural note, this season’s lambs head off to the auction mart tomorrow to continue their development elsewhere in the country. The 32 lambs, some of whom featured in the April/May blog, have grown considerably and will hopefully do well at Lazonby tomorrow.
Teachers have been busy this week compiling summer projects for the students who will be leaving Year 11 this summer and returning to us in September as Sixth Formers.
Students can find these on the Curriculum page of the subjects they will be studying.
The 2015 Exhibition of this last year's A-Level, AS and GCSE artwork took place at the end of June. Students exhibited a variety of pieces of art including the final work of our Year 13 A-Level students. Many visitors came to view the show but if you missed it, you can catch up on the exhibition by checking out our feature in the latest edition of the Success magazine or watch the film below. Congratulations again to all who took part.
The 2015 Exhibition of this year's A-Level, AS and GCSE artwork will be taking place next week on Wednesday the 24th of June. The show includes a variety of pieces from our students including the final work of our Year 13 A-Level students. The exhibition will take place in the main Art rooms here at UCC, as well as in the Pig Pen studio, from 6.30-8.30pm. We would like to invite members of the school and the general public to enjoy this year's exhibition.
Half term went in the blink of an eye for everyone involved with UCC I suspect.
School was open for the entire 5 days of the holidays with Art and English GCSE revision classes running. Over 100 students reaped the benefit of the extra help and, despite the interruption of the well-earned break the time spent on extra classes will pay dividends in the summer.
Of course, half of the school was on tour elsewhere during the week too – either in mainland Europe or the capital city.
The Art Department set off, on the Tuesday before half term, on their annual artistic pilgrimage – via Eurostar – to Paris, where students visited the Musée Picasso, Musée de l’Orangerie, Sacre Coeur and Montmartre, the Galeries Lafayette, the Pompidou Centre, the Musée des Arts Decoratifs, the Musée de la Mode et du Textiles, the Musée Rodin, the Musée d’Art Moderne and the Eiffel Tower, before setting off back to Penrith via the Gare du Nord and St Pancras.
At 2.45 a.m. on Saturday 14 February, 20 Year 10 and 11 students set off on the long journey by air to Berlin with members of the History Department. The visit included the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag Building, the Holocaust Memorial, a concentration camp, a nuclear bunker, Check Point Charlie and variety of other exhibitions. They sampled local delicacies such as currywurst and pretzels as well as a wide variety of German pastries. They returned to the UK and Penrith via the Berlin Zoo, which – judging by the number of Twitter messages – was clearly a high point for students.
On Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 February, French teacher Miss Dale set off with nine Year 12 and 13 A-level French students to Paris. The visit included staying with Parisian families – a daunting experience because there was no escape from speaking French. During the trip they visited the Champs Elysees, climbed the Eiffel Tower, braved the top of the Tour Montparnasse and visited the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay. All students had a fantastic time, and improved their French too.
On Monday 16 February, Mr Bryant organised a Music Department tour to the capital city London, Fifty-three students and 6 staff performed in “the Actors’ Church”, Covent Garden and the Abbey Centre in Paddington. The trip also included ice-skating and bowling, as well as taking in the West End production of Wicked, a trip on the Thames and the London Eye. There was also the opportunity for a talent contest and the chance to celebrate the contributions of a number of Year 11 and 13 students who leave the department and the school after several years involvement with this fabulous department. Plans are now in progress for a trip to Paris in 2016.
As we return to school, you’d think things would settle down to a more predictable pattern – far from it. We had a visit by Jan Renou, the North of England Schools’ Commissioner, on Monday 23 February. She told me how impressed she was with what she managed, in her brief visit, to see of UCC and commented in particular on the warm relationships and total commitment by pupils she saw here.
Coming shortly – on 26 and 27 February 2015 – Physics staff are taking 17 sixth form students on a visit to CERN in Geneva, the home of the large hadron collider. A marvellous opportunity to see the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator – most recently in the news for shedding further light on the properties of the Higgs Boson.
As for Headteachers – what do they spend their time doing during half term holidays? Well this time I had 18 tonnes of manure to spread –by fork – to get ready for the new growing season! At least that’s a change from the normal term-time activities.