Vingt-trois étudiants, deux professeurs, huit galeries et cinq jours de soleil. What a privilege to take so many talented sixth form artists to Paris to study from the greats in a range of galleries. To be able to introduce them to the delights of Europe and all the benefits was a joy; students came away enthused, enlightened, and enriched.
Ullswater Community College U14 netball team travelled to Formby High School on Saturday to take part in the North West Regional qualifying round. Having previous won the Eden district tournament where the team were unbeaten against, Kirkby Stephen, Appleby and QEGS they progressed to the county round. They were in a difficult side of the draw having to play tournament favorites Sedbergh. The girls got off to a good start playing and beating Dowdales School 10-3. They then went on to play West Lakes Academy and Austin Friars beating both schools before leaving a tough battle with Sedbergh. The girls played some fantastic netball with Kenza and Caitlin rotating well in the shooting circle. The girls won the game 5-3. This set up a semi-final against Keswick. The nerves took a while to settle with Neve and Lucy combining well to give UCC the win. This set up a final against Sedbergh who had also won their semi-final. With a strong crowd the girls went goal for goal until the final minutes where the Sedbergh experience of big games came through with UCC eventually losing 7-5. However with the top two teams in the county qualifying this meant Ullswater would be representing Cumbria for the first time in recent years.
The girls gained valuable experience playing some of the top schools in the country with many girls playing at super league junior teams. They developed as the day went on and will take confidence in their performances. Top performances on the day were Mollie and Jess. The girls will use this as a platform to push on to the next level and keep developing as they are currently training for their trip to Holland where UCC are taking two netball teams and a rugby team to test their skills against different opposition.
Ullswater Community College teamed up with Kirkby Stephen Grammar school on a visit to Liverpool echo arena to experience 'A day in the life of an international netball player.' The day consisted of different workshops all with the view to give a behind the scenes experience of a match day and what a professional netball player's life is now like. The girls got to be involved in a session on the netball court with England netball coaches, followed by a behind the scenes tour of the dressing rooms. They acted out interview scenes and discussed the role of media and how it can promote netball. The final morning session was learning more about the umpiring role with England's own professional umpire Gary Burgess. The day concluded with the highlight of England Roses taking on Uganda. The girls could see first-hand what the highest level of the game looks like and left feeling inspired.
Last week, three teams of UCC pupils attended the annual design competition organised by the Kendal Rotary Club. Students were tasked with building a working model of a vehicle which could be used to remove hazardous material from a derailed train. Students learnt about gearing and reversing motors and worked well in their teams to produce the vehicles in a very tight time scale. Pupils really enjoyed the experience with some already asking about being on the team next year!
Last week, students enjoyed a magical evening of Hogwarts-style fun for this year's Harry Potter Book Night. Over the course of the evening, students were sorted into houses by the sorting hat, made fantastical wands and chocolate frog boxes (complete with real chocolate frogs!) and even tried their hand at writing using ink and feather quills. The night was rounded off with a hearty, Hogwarts feast.