We are now into our fourth year of the French exchange with Lycée Saint-Sauveur in Redon, Brittany. It was bigger and better than ever before this year, with 25 French students joining us to be hosted by families at UCC, Keswick and William Howard School. Our guests experienced family life, lessons in school and a day out at Keswick Film Festival before making their tearful goodbyes. We won’t have to wait long to see our French friends again, though, as we’ll be welcomed by them in Brittany next month!
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.
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.
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.
Sunday (Written By Harry and Van (7SQ and 8SCT).
We had a good breakfast of cereal, yoghurt, bread with Nutella, hot chocolate and orange juice. Then, we got on the coach and went to catch the ferry across the water. After a short journey, we arrived in Torcello, a small island, where there is an ancient place of worship. Inside this church, there were olf tombs made of marble and gold. There was also a special marble chair which, if you sit on it, legend has it that will be married within the year. After visiting the church, we took the ferry across to Burano, a larger island with canals, and only boats have access to get around. There was also a leaning tower, colourful buildings and lovely ice cream!
Later that afternoon, we came back to Lido di Jesolo to have lunch. Then, we went to the beach where we played volleyball, paddled in the sea and dug a massive hole in the sand.
This evening, after dinner, we went out into the town to buy more ice cream and strolled down the main street back to our hotel.
Tomorrow, we visit the heart of Venice, which we think will be awesome.
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.
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.
We finally arrived at the chateau after a long journey which was fun but tiring. We were sat on the bus for around 18 hours, so by the end of the journey as you can imagine we were very tired. We arrived late evening on the Friday to be greeted kindly by the friendly staff.
Saturday arrived and we had an early awakening at 7:00am. Firstly we had breakfast and then off to the town to have a look around the markets. We worked in teams to make our dinner in a master chef style. We purchased foods from various markets, which helped us practice our French. We came back to the chateau to make the food with a time limit of 10 minutes.
After our dinner we went to a dairy farm, to look around at the number of animals they had and we also got to make our own butter. We tried the butter and apple jam they made at the farm. The farmers were very friendly towards us. We got to hold and learn a little bit of information about each animal. As the farmers only spoke French this helped each of us learn some more vocab and conversational skills.
After the farm we came back to the chateau and had dinner. Following this we went to a crepe making class where we learnt about crepes and made and ate our own yum!
By Becky Spurrett and Louise Mayhew"
"LE VOYAGE: Nous sommes partis à dix heures et quart de Cumberland yard. Nous sommes arrivés au Château à cinq heures et demie. Le voyage était long.
MARCHÉ: Samedi, nous sommes allés au marché à Fougères en Bretagne. Nous avions deux euros pour acheter le déjeuner qui était jugé dans trois categories: présentation, rapport qualité/prix et valeur nutritionnelle.
FERME: Ensuite, nous sommes allés à la ferme et nous avons vu des cochons, des poules, des cochons d’Inde, des moutons, des chevaux et des lapins. Nous avons fait du beurre. C’était amusant.
Après, nous sommes allés au supermarché et Jamie a acheté un sandwich au jambon et fromage. C’était délicieux.
Par Callum et Jamie"
“Today we went on our coach to the boat dock and gor a boat to an island. On the island we went into a Murano glass factory and shop. We watched a bowl and a horse being made. It only took a minute. Afterwards we had some free time and looked around. The only bad thing that happened was that we lost Mrs Richardson, she had walked off and not come back. After that we got back on our boat and went to Venice. We went to St Mark’s Square and then we walked to Campo San Stefano and got some ice-cream (I got pizza). We cam to a bridge the Acaademia bridge, there were lots of paddlocks locked to it with comments on left by lovers who wanted to keep their love safe and true. Later that day we went to the beach for a while and went back to our hotel for tea – it was pizza.”
We visited Aqualand for the day, the biggest water park in Italy. Highlights of the day were the awesome flumes, the terrifying wave machine and being attacked by pirates. There were also lots of shows to see and plenty of rays to soak up. We have seen Aztec basketball stunt men, an amazing dancing parrot, Peter Pan diving of the high board and some bungee jumpers. Not too bad on the sun burn side of things, we were pretty careful. Tired now but still ready for the delights of Jesolo by night.
“Today we went to Aqualandia. We walked there with much complaining. The slides were amazing, we’re pretty sure most of the slides would be banned in the UK. One of the slides was pretty much vertical. When we were sat waiting to leave the water park, after 8 hours of fun, we got attacked by a mob of pirates. The pirates were holding long swords at us. Emily found this extremely scary. However too much fun in the sun leads to sun burn and Emily won the prize for that. We are all tired by having a great time.”
Emily B, Nathan B, Courtney S, Adele K, Amy H, Ryan H, Adam S.
“Today we went to Aqualandia, I had a great time by going in the wave pool and going on the rides. My favourite thing was the wave pool because the waves were massive.”
“Today we went to Aqualandia and it was amazing! Gemma and I went on the Crazy River 9 times and got stuck on the 8th go. We also went on the Toboggans 8 times.” Caitlin
“I had a really good day today! Swimming was amazing. I enjoyed it so much. My favourite part of the day was going down one of the water slides. We are all very sunburnt but that didn’t stop us having a great time.”
Ruby, Lucy, Jess, Chloe, Becca, Alice, Julia
Today was our trip to Venice itself. Here are some of the diaries:
“I had a cold meat sandwich from a vintage sandwich shop on the canal of Venice. I bought an oil painting of Venice for my dad and a boat in a bottle for my brother. Today we also saw some very nice houses, the houses in Italy are beautiful. We are travelling by boat very often which is very relaxing and different to England. The hotel food is delicious and serves every taste.”
“Today we went to Venice and St Mark’s Square which had very beautiful buildings. Then we went to the Doges Palace which was really interesting.”
“I have had a good experience so far. I have learnt a lot about Italy and I’m getting better at learning my Italian language. This trip has had mostly ups but I have had some downs by standing on my roommate’s straightners and the next day getting stung by a jelly fish. I can’t wait for what‘s coming next, I’m looking forward to it.”
“Today we went to Venice on the boat and in Venice we had pasta for dinner and we went to St Mark’s square and took photos of the tower. After that we went to the beach which is full of people trying to sell you sunglasses and bracelets.”
“Today we went into Venice. We went on the boat which was great. In Venice we went into the Doge’s Palace, which was filled with amazing art work and where I learnt about exciting parts of Venetian history.”
In the evening, at supper, we celebrated Ryan Hogg’s birthday, the hotel staff brought him out a huge birthday cake, we all sang loudly and the cake was delicious.
"Firstly we got up in the morning and went down to a breakfast of cereal, yoghurt, bread, jam, meats and cheeses. Then we caught the 9 o’clock coach to the harbour and a launch to the islands of the Venice lagoon. It was very sunny and hot. The first island we visited was Torcello where we visited a 1000 year old church. Then we sailed to Burano for lunch. Burano was very pretty with colourful houses and lots of shops selling lace. We were allowed to go off by ourselves and we went to a restaurant and sat outside in the sun eating pizza. Next we went back to the beach near our hotel to have some fun in the afternoon. Finally we had tea at the hotel and then went out into town for some shopping and more ice-cream! Tomorrow we are going to Venice but for now, bed as we are very tired! Good night.
By Katy Snaith, Molly Dargue, Sally and Ellis Braithwaite.
Got here safe and sound. Everyone on the plane with us wanted to know exactly which hotel the 43 English children were staying in! Had a huge feast on our first night of pasta, chicken and chips. Very warm at 28 degrees at night. Looking forward to tomorrow.
Good luck to the Normandy trip as they leave tomorrow - for updates during the trip, see the blog here: http://gcsefrenchtripucc.blogspot.co.uk/
Bon Jour! After some traumatic weather, Gordon our heroic driver took us safely through torrential rain both in France and England. The ferry was an experience for us all as both pupils and staff had to battle through the maze of corridors to get to our rooms. The journey itself was particularly smooth, taking into account the weather before and after. We arrived fresh faced and bushy tailed to an overcast La Rochelle after our Pixar sponsored journey. Our dinner was a gentle introduction to French life and cuisine with roast chicken and chips. Pupils were lulled into a false sense of security and at this early stage were starting to ask for their food preferences in French! Sunday consisted of a stroll around La Rochelle and taking in its architecture and culture. Again showing off their bilingual prowess, as pupils started tentatively ordering local ice creams and viewing the traditional Sunday market. Monday has brought the aquarium which fascinated everyone with the range of activities and attractions. Everyone was amazed at the range of wildlife the sea had to offer, however some started to question their desire for fish and chips on their return home! The weather has been steadily improving since our arrival and we are looking forward to sampling more of the local culture and cuisine over our upcoming days here. Santé Team La Rochelle