Welcome back to the second half of the summer term … with two sunny days behind us it’ll soon be time for the nights to start drawing in! Despite the typically mixed weather, our pupils here have continued to shine and there’s plenty to report. In April, our show jumpers competed against other local secondary schools in an event at Blackdyke Equestrian Centre. In the 75-cm class, Amy Miller (riding two horses), Tamar Miller and Hannah Parkin were placed 3rd out of 15 teams – a fantastic result; in the 90-cm class, Hannah Parkin, Amy Miller, Romana Wilson and Anna Holliday came 5th out of 10 teams. In addition, Sarah Halliwell, Annabel Rawlinson, Amy Idle and Megan Rudd competed for the first time this year and performed superbly well. On 15 May, our Year 12 drama students performed monologues and a group performance of the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time in front of an enthusiastic audience of friends, parents and teachers … and the examiner. This was a superb evening showcasing tremendous individual talent and amazing dramatic technique. I’m sure results from this practical performance will be excellent.
On Sunday 2nd June, Motor Vehicle Engineering students took part in a ‘production car trail’ at Blagill, Alston. On rough terrain, and with Mr Hardy as co-pilot, they had to drive and navigate their way through a short course, which was both up hill and very uneven. The objective was to reach the top of the hill without hitting any of the marked posts; the higher up the hill, the lower the points they scored. The person ending the day with the lowest score was the winner. Students and parents often had to help to push the car out of trouble and although the car suffered a small amount of damage (front bumper and indicator now missing!) it was a most enjoyable day. The students were a credit to the college and over the course of the day they vastly improved their driving skills.
Liam Braithwaite = 62 points
Harry Parkin = 69 points
Joe Glendinning = 77 points
Adam Fishwick = 107 points
Over half term we’ve had huge numbers of students from Years 11 and 12 in school to undertake extra revision. Exams are back in full force now we’re back in term time. The Year 11 Prom takes place on 28 June at Rheged and the Year 13 Ball in on 21 June at the George Hotel … but for now students are working their socks off to get the right results. Good luck to all Year 10, year 11, 12 and 13 students in their examinations. At least we won’t have a long period of sunshine to take their minds off revision.