This year the Creative Futures Festival has a had a theme: 'Think Global, Act Local' and it has proved to be bigger, better and more outward looking than before. The UCC Street Band kicked off our eclectic month of activities with a rousing set, followed the next day by a film screening of 'Tomorrow' to Year 9, and later in the week by a Repair Cafe and Free Shop delivered by PACT and a plastics presentation by CAfS. UCC also hosted their first ever 'Cumbria's Schools Arts Conference'. There has been face painting, circus skills and zumba, music concerts, dance shows and our fantastic pop-up cinema in the lecture theatre. Alumni students have shared skills and experiences. Week 3 saw an amazing food festival which promoted healthy living and new tastes for all to try. In the final week non-uniform day proceeds will go to 3 environmental charities and fabulous arts prizes for the best costumes have been provided for the second year by Specialist Arts & Crafts. It truly has been a festival of an extra special kind!
Check out the latest Success Magazine to see all that's been going on!
Yesterday, 22 year 8 students had the exciting opportunity to participate in a 3 hour long workshop with Kelly McLelland from the Centre of Advanced Training(CAT). The workshop gave them an insight into how the Manchester-based programme runs, allowing them to take part in both a technique and a creative workshop. The students were a credit to the school and showed enthusiasm and passion for dance. This will hopefully encourage some of our students to audition for the CAT scheme in June.
Alongside being a GCSE dance student, Daniel's hard work and passion for the subject have enabled him to gain a place on the 'The Lowry Centre of Advanced Training Scheme' based in Manchester. After a tough audition, Daniel was selected to be part of the scheme last September and is involved in regular performances at various different venues both in Cumbria and the North West of England. Daniel is also part of Eden Youth Dance, a fantastic platform for young dancers to be part of performances within Eden. An excellent achievement.
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.
There are many opportunities for you to take part in Dance with clubs running every week throughout the year in preparation for the annual dance show, and also every other year for a school musical etc.
It's been a little over a month since our Prize Day 2017 - what a day it was! We've produced a variety of films from across the day which saw so many wonderful performances and moments. Once again, thank you to all who sponsored, attended and took part in the day. A big thank you also goes to our fantastic 2017 VIP guest Joey Essex.
Rehearsals are under-way, the band is warming up and bookings are open for the UCC production of Bugsy Malone.
The show will be on Thursday the 9th of February, Friday the 10th and Saturday the 11th with a 7pm start in the Cumberland Hall.
Tickets are £8 or £6 for concessions if booked or will be £9 and £7 for concessions on the door (subject to availability).
Please see the poster here or contact email@example.com for further details and to book your tickets!
For those attending rehearsals - you can see the schedule here.
We held our fifth annual Prize Day celebration this Thursday with over 130 prizes awarded to students by our special guests Union J. The day was fantastic with wonderful performances from the dance, drama and music students as well as tremendous display from our Nationals-winning cheerleading squad the 'UCC Wolves'. As well as awarding prizes to our students, Union J also gave us a burst of song as well as answering questions from the audience.
Mr Pattinson, our Headteacher, summed up the day: "You always know when it's prize day at UCC, with students in their smartest uniforms and staff in their glitter make-up! this was our most anticipated prize day yet, with guests boy-band Union J. Josh Cuthbert from Union J told me that they'd had a brilliant time, were blown away by the talent of the student dancers, musicians, cheerleaders and performers and that they'd enjoyed the day so much they would love to come back to UCC. They were great guests who warmly congratulated each prize winner, really entering into the spirit of the prize day ceremony. The highlight for the audience was the lads singing an a capella version of the Shawn Mendes song 'Stitches'. The response I've had so far is that this year's prize day is the best yet. I can't tell you how proud I am of all the prize winners and of all the work that goes into making this phenomenal event truly unique to UCC."
Our usual Review Film will be available soon after half-term, but in the meantime you can re-watch the Prize Day 2016 Film here:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
It’s difficult to find words to describe the overwhelming brilliance of our Prize Day celebrations on 23 October 2014. It was always part of the plan that these events should be entertaining, uplifting and of outstanding quality. Indeed, pupils receiving prizes and those watching in the audience ought to get as much pleasure from the event as one another.
This year the staff and pupils of the school excelled themselves and we enjoyed a stunningly good pair of Prize Day ceremonies. The opening sequences of film showcasing a new 3D graphic of the school crest, a year in the life of UCC and some of the TV appearances of our guest, Adam Thomas, got the events off to a great start. The Year 13 drama students performed a cheeky look at the history of theatre, our wind band of 50 students blew the audience’s mind with Katy Perry’s Firework, our dancers had people open-mouthed with the fusion of ballet and street choreography and our national championship-wining cheerleaders brought the house down with their performance.
Since the big day I have had a steady stream of e-mails and letters, all positive, about the event and as the dust settles on this year’s proceeding we’ve already begun thinking about how we can make next year’s Prize Day even bigger than this year’s.
A huge thank you to all staff, students and parents who are playing their part in selling raffle tickets for this term’s Grand Christmas Draw. Proceeds will support a “social space” project for students at UCC as well as contributing to our overseas development work in Tanzania. A good number of pupils have requested additional books of tickets so we hope we can raise a good amount of support for these two interesting ventures.
With half term beginning in just one week’s time it’s hard to believe that on Friday this week more than half of the Autumn Term will have passed. It’s been another very busy 8 weeks and fortunately the weather for almost all of this time has been wonderful.
Duke of Edinburgh expeditions have, for once, been able to enjoy the Lake District in full sunshine. With 45 pupils enrolled on the Bronze Award and 9 teachers in attendance the weekend expeditions on 27 & 28th September was a terrific success.
On 2nd October, Year 8 pupils presented the poetry they’d written whilst in Year 7 in a project sponsored by Ian Loftus and the Caldbeck Arts’ Festival. The writing was inspired by a trip organised by Emma Cummings, to Castlerigg Stone Circle. The quality of the writing was awesome and a number of the students read out their pieces to the audience who assembled at The Oddfellows Arms in Caldbeck. Prizes and certificates were presented by Ian Loftus and the judging was done by local writer Mike Smith.
Our Open Evenings, once again proved enormously popular, with 650 visitors attending the school on the evenings of 16 and 17th September. The evening tours were also supplemented by individual tours of the school during the school day. Over 50 visits were conducted over the two weeks beginning 22nd September 2014 and, in the week beginning 5th October 2014, more than 150 families toured the school as larger groups. With our recruitment into Year 7 this year being approximately 25 greater than the figures indicated by the Local Authority we are expecting another big intake in September 2015.
On 2nd October 2014 it was National Poetry Day. As usual the Learning Resource Centre organised a visit by a nationally acclaimed poet to inspire poetry writing amongst students. This year it was Huddersfield-based poet Donovan Christopher. Year 7 pupils had a great time creating their own ‘Raps’ and the overall winners for the best performance were The Memories from 7NB.
On Friday 17th October we had a non-uniform day. Most of the pupils joined in and paid their £1 to raise funds for the British Lung Foundation and our next Tanzania visit in the summer of 2015.
In addition to all of the above, the extra classes for GCSE and A-level revision have already started; the Drama Department is in full flow with rehearsals for the Christmas production, Animal Farm; Mr Shearer is working with pupils to create another Christmas Single following the previous release, which was such a massive success; the Music Department is planning a music tour to London and a Wind Band/Orchestra tour to Paris; there are dance trips to Newcastle, English trips to London, drama visits to the Theatre by the Lake and a psychology department trip to The British Psychological Society conference in Sheffield.
On top of all of this, this Thursday is our third annual Prize Day. This is one of the major events in the school year and presents an important opportunity for the College to celebrate all of those qualities that we value so much in our pupils. The range of talent, academic potential, sporting prowess, musical ability and artistic flair across the College is stunning. Added to that there are pupils who make outstanding progress during their time here and still others who do remarkable things in the service of their community or who display a super attitude towards others. We are delighted that our celebrations will be enhanced by the presence of ITV actor Adam Thomas aka Adam Barton from Emmerdale. I’m sure all of the 2000 pupils, parents, visitors and sponsors of prizes will be entertained by Adam and the tremendous performances we will see from pupils. The Drama Department is presenting a short piece entitled A History of Theatre, written by Matthew Forrest; dancers are performing a fusion piece blending traditional ballet with street dance; the Music Department is featuring the wind band of 45 pupils who will perform Firework by Katy Perry and finally there’ll be a performance by our very own National Schools’ Champions Cheerleading Squad ‘UCC Wolves’.
I can’t wait. It’s the highlight of the entire school year.
You can now view the Summer Edition of UCC's own magazine, Success, online or pick one up from the school. This issue is our largest ever and features reviews of the Year 11 Prom, trips, the DT Showcase in the New Squares and much more. The online version of the magazine is available by clicking here.
Week 34 of 39 was quite an exceptional one. We had our Year 8 parents’ evening on Wednesday evening, which was attended by 74% of Year 8 parents. Reports for the pupils were posted out at the beginning of the week and I know from the number of congratulatory letters I sent out that there was plenty to be pleased about at parents’ evening.
Friday saw the visit of the Permanent Secretary at the Department for Education, Chris Wormald, who had lunch at the school whilst being entertained by Megan Harrison, Josh Jackson and James Milne in a performance of Amy McDonald’s “Let’s Start a Band”. After lunch he saw the Year 12 Drama AS performance of “The London Bombings”, an event that has personal resonance for the Permanent Secretary, who employs over 2500 civil servants in London. A visit to the A-level Art exhibition (open to all on Wednesday 25 June 2014 at 6.30 p.m.) was followed by our Year 12 dance students’ performance of Bob Fosse’s “Sing, Sing, Sing” before a visit to Modern Foreign Languages,
where Year 7 students were teaching a selection of Year 6 pupils from Penruddock, Plumpton and North Lakes primary schools.
Chris Wormald expressed his admiration for all he had seen at UCC and wished the school well in its further
developments. See our interview at https://vimeo.com/98621454
Also on Friday 13 June 2014, our Year 11 students finally came to the end of examinations and enjoyed their leavers’ assembly, in which, as well as being shown images from the last 5 years, they also received leavers’ certificates written by form tutors.
On the sporting scene, a number of our students competed at the Sheepmount, Carlisle, last weekend and won places on the county team: congratulations to Jake Burrows in the triple jump, Rachel Byers in the long jump, Ellena Hayhurst in the high jump, Robbie Hebson in the javelin and Tara Simpson-Sullivan in the hammer. They will be competing at the inter-counties event in Durham on Saturday 21st June.
…And finally, a bit thank you to Joe Kidd, who left Year 11 last summer and who popped round on Friday evening to clip my sheep. They look much neater, having had a short back and sides and are enjoying the warm sunshine much more as a result.
It’s been a very busy start to the second half of the summer term. Once again, Year 11 students have spent the best part of their half-term holidays in school continuing to revise their maths and English for examinations in the near future. In total I think Year 11 students and staff must have completed over 100 extra days in school over the examination period as students drive their performance to the highest levels. We are looking forward to the end of exams and to some superb results in the summer holidays.
Year 10 students have also completed their examinations and we are looking forward to the results day on June 5th, when they will be able to see how much progress has been made this year.
Visits to our primary feeder schools, to meet Year 5 students considering their future choice of schools, are now almost complete. It’s been great meeting all of the young people across the Eden Valley and we wish them well in the difficult choices they will have to make in the autumn as they consider their future secondary school careers.
17 GCSE Health and Social Care students took part in an open day at the University of Cumbria on Wednesday 14th May. They had the opportunity to do some ’hands-on’ work including learning about aseptic techniques, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), recording vital signs and measuring blood glucose levels. This was an exciting opportunity to see what happens on health and social care courses at university and students were introduced through a case study to occupational therapy, working with children and families, physiotherapy, radiography as well as nursing
Ullswater athletics teams have also enjoyed considerable success in a variety of athletics competitions this year. The junior boys and the junior girls teams have qualified for the North-west Regional Finals in Stanley Park, Blackpool, where the junior boys are hoping to be the top school in Cumbria in their age group, having been narrowly beaten by Cockermouth in the qualifying rounds. In the process of this, James Salt a Year 7 pupil, broke the school 1500 m record with a time of 5 minutes and 7 seconds, beating Sam Dudson’s previous record by 4 seconds.
Ullswater athletes will also be competing in 28 different events on 14th June at the Sheepmount stadium in
Carlisle, when they represent Eden at the inter-district meeting. We are hoping that a number of them will progress to represent Cumbria if they perform well enough.
On the cricket front, despite the mixed weather the school teams are progressing well. Dan Morland, in Year 10, scored a century in a defeat of QEGS, in an exciting match where one of the QEGS pupils also scored a century!
Both the Year 7 and Year 9 teams are through to the quarter-final stage of their respective cups, the Year 7s winning a thrilling last round game against Queen Catherine school with Kyle Strand hitting a 4 off the second last ball to win
the game and Robbie O’Neill scoring an unbeaten 51 not out. The Year 7 team has also qualified for the county finals of the 8-a-side competition, having comprehensively won the Eden district tournament.
This week the tennis teams will be completing their final league games. The Year 10 boys are undefeated and are strong contenders to will win their league.
On Friday 13th June 2014, UCC welcomes Chris Wormald – the Permanent Secretary at the Department of Education – who has asked to see some of the work of our school. He’s here for lunch, which will give him a chance to meet many of our members of staff and new Head Girl, Maisy Ward, and Head Boy, Hal Atkinson, as well as seeing something of the work of our dance students, A-level artists, drama students, musicians and a class of Year 7 linguists teaching French to some of our Year 6 primary pupils.
On Monday 2nd June 2014 we finally saw the erection of our new polytunnel for the use of pupils on Environmental and Land-based GCSE courses. The new structure will give our students chance to grow a range of plants to support their studies in this important new GCSE course.
The half-term holidays gave me the chance to catch up with essential jobs on the land. With 36 lambs being born
this year there’s a real need to ensure a good supply of grass so I’ve been ‘fertilizer spreading’ in my time off! I’m sure I’ll feel the benefit of all the extra exercise and, hopefully, the sheep will be grateful for the extra grass later in the summer.