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.