This week in school…
…24 of our cheerleaders left school to go to their Cheer Camp for the weekend, accompanied by Mrs Keen, Mrs Castle and sixth former Shannon Twiddy. They are preparing for the upcoming National Cheerleading competition, where previous UCC teams have achieved so much.
…13 mathematicians in Years 9, 10 and 11 achieved national acclaim in the recent UK Intermediate Maths Challenge with top prize “gold awards” going to Jason Smith-Raynes and Liam Bentley.
…After winning the area finals, UCC’s Key Stage 3 Badminton Team represented Cumbria in the North West Regional Badminton finals in Liverpool last weekend. Alice Christie (Year 7) won 3 out of the 4 singles matches she played and the whole team performed strongly against independent schools with competitors 2 years older than themselves. The team consisted of Yasmin Bowness, Alice Christie, Ellen Robinson, Tara Simpson-Sullivan and Isla Souter.
… Year 11 student Jodie Talbot and Year 12 James Bowness have once again been selected to represent Cumbria in the Harrods Inter-Counties Badminton tournament at Nottingham University.
…In the re-run of the President’s Cup the UCC team, in which several of the UCC were 2 years younger than their competitors, lost to QEGS 40:7. They played with great character and determination.
…On Thursday lunchtime I attended orchestra rehearsals and was blown away by the enthusiasm and talent on display. With over 35 students and staff playing “The Great Escape” and other pieces, the quality of
playing made the hairs on the back of my head stand on end.
Next week – Thursday27 March 2014 – we have “A Night at the Movies” hosted by the Music
Department, which promises to be a knock-out evening with over 60 musicians performing live!
…Last week our Year 11 students were involved in two afternoon “learn how to revise” sessions organised and run by Mr Ellery, Mr Jackson, Mr Moss and Mrs Cooper. This week, Year 11s undertake final mock examinations in maths, English and science in preparation for GCSEs in a few weeks’ time.
…On the home front, I’m happy to announce that Mr Pattinson Junior recognised the work pressures I was under and completed the ploughing last Saturday. What with only 3 weeks until lambing, 7½ weeks until GCSE and A levels start and so many great things happening at school, what else could he do?