Meeting for the first time this week, Year 12 Council hold a unique place in the school. The members meet with a Sixth Form focus every month, but in addition to this they also help lead the councils of the other year groups in the school. The leadership opportunity this provides adds weight to any CV or UCAS personal statement they may write in the future. Good luck to the Council!
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!
Huge thanks to all those students and family members who supported UCC through the sale of raffle tickets in out Autumn Draw last term. The prize draw took place on Wednesday 17 December 2015 at the closing night of our school production, ‘Animal Farm’. The winners of the top four cash prizes were as follows:
£500 Mr M King
£250 Miss L Lancaster
£150 Mr J Rankin
£100 Mr A Sokotowski
There were 40 other prize winners alongside these and most of the additional prizes were sponsored by community groups, businesses and friends of the school, for which we were very grateful.
A grand total of £4700 was raised from the draw and, once prize money and Tanzania trip sales were deducted this leaves £2900 for International Links and for the School Social Spaces project. £1450 is therefore available for each project.
The School Council is going to help decide on the areas around school that would benefit from some outdoor seating. Mr Hutchinson and the Construction groups have also offered to help with the School Social Spaces project and British Gypsum has kindly suggested they buy one or two benches for the project. Thank you everyone for supporting this fundraising project.
In other news, on Saturday 17 January 2015 18 students represented UCC at the County cross-country championships on a very cold and wet Kirby Stephen cross-country course! All the athletes ran superbly in very difficult conditions and two outstanding performances on the day earned selection to the Cumbrian Cross-country team: James Salt in Year 8 won the junior boys’ event (which is a combination of students in Years 8 and 9 ) and Mia Sullivan-Simpson came 5th in the minor girls’ race (for Year 7 girls). They will compete in the North-East counties event next month.
Also of note were the performances of Rhys Preston and Joe Newby, who finished 15th and 16th, respectively, in the junior boys’ event and so are reserves for next month’s fixture.
Welcome to the Ullswater Community College annual Christmas Carol service. May I begin by thanking Phil Jackson as ever for his hospitality in allowing us to celebrate the end of term in Penrith’s Methodist Church.
What a year it has been. Fantastically busy, exciting and rewarding; We’ve had a visit from actor John Hurt to
award prizes in our Branch Out Competition: 21 February 2013
Senior Citizens’ Tea Party: 7 March 2013
Thirteen Year 8s took part in a Mock Trial at Kendal Magistrates’ Court in the Law Society’s North-west Region competition.
Multicultural day: two Y7 workshops with Islamic artist (including music, dance and rhythm): 1 May 2013
School Council drive to make us all more aware of the importance of wearing seat belts Seat-belt awareness week: 29
April to 3 May
Art shows –A level & GCSE
Primary Schools’ Year 5 Science Days: 24 to 28 June 2013
We had one of our Y12 science students representing the North of England at the London International Youth Science Forum (organised by an ex-UCC student, Richard Myhill): summer holidays
National Poetry Day:with a visit by the Dreadlock Alien: 3 October 2013
Prize day: 25 October 2013 with Hollyoak’s Rob Norbury
2 sixth form students visited to Auschwitz as part of their History studies: November 2013
We had 20 dancers at the Winter Droving event: 30 November 2013
· Paris: February 2013
· Year 9s: Walker and Tate galleries, Liverpool: 13 December 2013
· Sixth form London art trip: 21 to 24 October 2013
English Dept trips to London: February and December 2013
· KS4 to Normandy: 29 March to 1 April 2013
· La Rochelle – Years 7 & 8: 5–13 July 2013
· Venice– Year 7, 8 and 9: 14–19 July 2013
· Theatre Royal, Newcastle
· GCSE trip to the Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal
· Manchester Royal Exchange “Sweeney Todd”: 27 November 2013
Music –Manchester Opera House “Singin’ in the Rain”: 13 November 2013
Taiwan trip: 27 May to 8 June 2013
Tanzania: 10 July to 2 August 2013
· Aladdin: 31 January – 2 February 2013
· Cinderella: 11,13 & 14 December 2013
· Alice in Wonderland: Christmas 2013
Badminton –Key Stage 3 Eden Tournament – part of the National Badminton Tournament
Rugby –Newcastle – Y7 & 8 – 8, 8, 10 March 2013
Cross-country– Greg Hall & Flora Blackburn – qualified to represent Cumbria in the English Schools’ National Cross-country final
Cross-country: Year 7 champions: October 2013
Cheer camp: 22–24 March 2013
Cheerleading National Championships, the Velodrome, Manchester: 23 June – 2nd in all categories.
Triathlon event with Amanda Coulson, Sky Sports: 5 June 2013
Benison–Thwaites mile: 16 July 2013
50 students took part in the Duke of Edinburgh: Bronze, Silver & Gold expeditions throughout the year
Show-jumping team competed throughout the year.
39 Steps: 2–4 July 2013
UCC concert: 21 March 2013
UCC Band Smash: 6 December 2013
Penrith Schools’ Music Association: carol concerts – choir, orchestra, etc: St Andrew’s Church: 9 and 10 December
Eden District Council carol service: choir: St Andrew’s Church: 16 December 2013
Dance show – “Around the World”: 19 & 20 March 2013
Performance and dance workshop by the Rambert Dance Company: 4 July 2013
Trip to Theatre Royal, Newcastle: 17 September 2013
Performance at Winter Droving event in Penrith: 30 November 2013
· Year 11 Prom – Rheged – 28 June 2013
· Sixth form ball – The George – 21 June 2013
To top it all of Ullswater Community College surpassed all previous best A Level, AS Level and GCSE results
with new school records. Our GCSE performance has attracted national recognition making us one of the highest performing schools in the country.
It’s been a fabulous year and as we come to the end of the term and 2013 I would like to congratulate you all on
your achievements and to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.
Just over a week ago we had a fabulous afternoon in school in which we were able to showcase some of our students’ work in the new Applied Learning Centre and to involve local businesses and community groups in a display of the ‘Vitality of Penrith’. We had VIP visitors galore including executives from Eden District Council, Directors of Education – both past and present – District and County Councillors and the manager of the new Sainsbury store. Our guest of honour was Mr Edwin Booth – Chairman of E.H. Booths – who will shortly be opening the new Booths store in Penrith. It was a good opportunity to show what our students can do and we had an introduction to the vitality of UCC from our cheerleaders, dancers and school choir. Year 9 students were superb in engaging with the business/community group displays and our School Council talked with guests and visitors. In the Applied Learning Centre, students showed off their skill in hair & beauty, bricklaying, motor vehicle engineering and retail work; Mr Booth had his photograph taken having his hair done by students. The Year 10 catering students really ‘wowed’ our visitors with their catering skills – making canapés and drinks for over 100 visitors. They impressed all the visitors with their skills. Edwin Booth was very impressed and questions about future employment in his company were raised by several students. All in all then, a really good day that will lead on to other possibilities for further business links at UCC. Finally, watch this space for more information about an even bigger event coming up in the near future. Breaking news… Congratulations to our Dance teacher Miss Dixon, who was awarded Best Cumbria new teacher of the year at the CN Group Newspaper awards at Lillyhall last night.