It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, life is never dull for a Headteacher. Although Years 11 and 13 have now completed the bulk of their exams and are beginning to enjoy their long break from school, the rest of the pupils ensure that life remains busy.
Last week we enjoyed the annual Art Exhibition, which was –as ever – sensational with hundreds of exhibits showcasing the work of GCSE and A-Level students in this exceptional department. There really was something for everyone with painting, film installations, textiles and ceramics on show. The turnout of parents was encouraging and it’s always great to see how many pupils past and present attend to be inspired or to remind themselves of their time working with the Art staff in years gone by.
Year 7 Parents’ Evening
Pupils in Year 7 had their Parents’ Evening on Thursday 26 June. The quality of their reports promised plenty of positive comments from their teachers. The turnout was excellent, with over 70% of parents attending with their sons or daughters. As the school continues to progress, it’s fantastic to hear the very complimentary feedback from the parents of all who attend.
Year 13 Leavers’ Ball
On Friday 27 June evening we enjoyed the main event of the year for Year 13 as students and staff dressed up in their finest for the Leavers’Ball at The George Hotel. With well over 120 in attendance it was lovely to be able to celebrate all that the students have done for the school and to wish them good luck as the exam markers process scripts ready for results day on 14th August. In between the Leavers’ Ball and results day, I’m sure that all students will enjoy a well-earned summer holiday to prepare for the next stage in their careers, whether that is at university or in employment. The evening also gave us all the chance to say one final farewell to Head of Sixth Form, Rob Dawson, who left earlier in the term to take up an Assistant Head’s position at QEGS. A massive thank you goes to Anna Burford for organising the evening, which was, as ever, splendid.
Some superb athletics performances saw the Eden District team win the inter-district county competition. This fully inclusive event saw able-bodied athletes compete alongside those with special needs. Ullswater can boast county champions in the following events:
· James Salt: County 1500 m runner with a time of 4 minutes 57seconds. A personal best and beating the school record for the 3rd time this year.
· Joe Newby: County 800 m champion with a personal best of 2 minutes 27 seconds.
· Luke Hunter: County High Jump Champion with a height of 1 m 34 cm, a personal best.
· Dan Dickinson: the second fastest 100 runner in the county.
· Ethan Brough: County Champion of the inclusive 100 m.
· Jonathan Eddington: County Champion of the inclusive javelin and shot putt events.
· Megan Fawcett: County Champion of the inclusive 100 m and the shot putt.
A superb team performance saw many Ullswater athletes picking up second, third and fourth placings to contribute to the team’s victory.
At 6 a.m. on Sunday 22nd June 2014, 32 of our students left UCC for the United Kingdom Cheeleaders’ Association Schools National Championships in the Manchester Velodrome. With thousands of onlookers in the audience, our students delivered a flawless routine to be crowned National Champions. We are hugely proud of our Cheerleading staff and students, who always inspire and impress. See them performing once more at the School Sports Day at 9.30 a.m. on Tuesday 15th July 2014.
..and finally, a mystery. I make no apologies for the fact that, like many men of my age, I have developed a number of eccentricities, one of which is a passion for growing far too many tomatoes. Over the last week I have watched 6 tomatoes gradually ripening and tonight I set my mind to harvesting the first of this year’s crop…only to find that they had gone missing! I’ve asked around those most likely to have been tempted to help themselves but to no avail. Somewhere out there is a tomato thief and I’m not at all sure that it’s human. What sort of wild animal has the ability to neatly pick off these fruit and what’s the risk to the rest of the crop as they too become ripe? Will all my efforts in the greenhouse this year be in vain?