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?
The Branch Out with Books competition is gaining momentum again this year. To launch the event, there are brand-new web apps for each of the age groups and a new trailer for 2014. Once again the book choices are varied and the prizes are exciting, including the Kindle Fire HD and meeting our Prize Day VIP. You can access the Branch Out Apps on our LRC page, or you can view the trailer below. Students can sign up online via the apps or by going to the LRC.
Results of the Ofsted inspection 13th-14th February 2014
At the end of the two day inspection, requested by the school, the Ofsted team have now provided us with a judgement. The written report can be found here. We can see that this judgement is a very positive one for the school! Congratulations to all the teachers and support staff, along with our pupils, governors and parents
who have worked so hard to achieve this excellent outcome.
Having said our goodbyes to the Ofsted team who visited UCC on Thursday 13th and Friday 14th February 2014 we might expect the pace of life in the school to ease up a bit. That’s certainly not been the case. At half term, Peter Lee took 31 students and staff to the Italian Alps ski-ing and half of Year 11 were in the school doing additional lessons to prepare for their exams.
Since the beginning of term we’ve seen Key Stage 3 students dominating the County Badminton scene with Yasmin Bowness, Alice Christy, Ellen Robinson, Tara Simpson-Sullivan and Isla Souter achieving success in the Center Parcs Badminton competition. This superb victory takes them to the North West finals in Liverpool on 14 March 2014.
Year 9 students under Mr Kent’s supervision created a strong impression on Friday 28 February 2014 in their “Penrith Futures” presentation to Eden District councillors in the Methodist Church. The task was to look carefully at the way in which Penrith provided for its young people and the students made a series of fascinating points and responded to a range of probing questions from their audience. I was impressed with the confident and self-assured way they dealt with this task. The students involved were Rachel Glendinning, Jacob Hulme, Lauren-Ann Oates, Caitlin Poulson, Oliver Raine, Elizabeth Seaton and Mollie Slattery.
On Friday 7th March we are raising funds for Ataxia UK with a non-uniform day. The £1 donations will go to this charity at the request of the Year 8 organisers: Poppy Dixon, Edie Fairlamb, Beth Morton, Chelsea Twiddy, Sally Waistell and Beth Walsh. We hope to raise at least £1100 for this worthy cause.
I hope the recent improvement in weather will at long last allow the school fields to dry out. I’ve still got my potato and carrot field to plough and before too long we’ll be lambing again. We’ve a busy spring ahead of us and another examination season to look forward to.