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.
KS4/5 Entry Performing Arts Group took part in a Puppet, Props and Drama workshop. Prism Theatre Group visited UCC bringing with them skills in the art of puppet making. The students listened to a story then made their own shadow puppets and props to recreate a puppet show of the narrative. Later that week they visited The Theatre by the Lake to watch a production given by the Prism Theatre Group, entitled, The Four Treasures. It was an all inspiring experience delivered with such professionalism. A Journey through a magical world enhanced by music and special effects.
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.
The performing arts students took their audience on a journey, behind the moon, beyond the rain, ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’, a song sung beautifully by Dorothy. The talented students took part in their 2018 production, ‘The Wizard of Oz’. As Dorothy travelled along the yellow brick road, to meet the Wizard of Oz, she met her friends, Scarecrow, Tin man and Lion, who, each in turn, won the hearts of their audience. The students incorporated singing and dancing as well as drama at its best. A production full of fun and laughter, proving that there really is ‘No Place like Home!’
In addition to thriving clubs and ensembles, our Music Department is a key subject of our curriculum. For the GCSE students this means studying a range of styles and genres that includes the song 'Defying Gravity' from the musical Wicked. As part of their course, students visited the UK tour in Liverpool. Mr Bryant said that it was great to hear 'professionals performing this work' and that they had all 'really enjoyed it!'
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for further details and to book your tickets!
For those attending rehearsals - you can see the schedule here.
ITV Border News will be featuring our brand-new 2016 Christmas Single 'Will it Snow this Xmas?' on their programme tonight at 6pm. The single has been created by students and staff at UCC and recorded in our new studio. You can pick up a copy of the single in school or online here.
Staff and students also took part in the music video for the song which you can view below or on our Vimeo channel.
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.
It is now possible for students and staff to view the photos from the visit of HRH Prince Charles to UCC, as well as the images from the recent production of Joseph. The galleries are both online here and students can request the passwords from their form tutors. If you have any questions at all, please contact our photographer here.