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.