On Wednesday 21st March, 16 lower sixth students attended the Oxford and Cambridge student conference at the Aintree Racecourse in Ormskirk. With a wide variety of talks and seminars on offer, from Anglo Saxon and Norse studies through to Zoology, student finance and how to create a competitive application, there was something for everyone. It was a long and busy day but the students all felt more informed about the Oxbridge application process afterwards and inspired to start thinking about where their A levels could take them after sixth form. It was also great to catch up with some of the student ambassadors from the two universities; in particular, ex UCC student Rebecca Crisp currently studying Law at Keeble College, Oxford and Connor Willmington-Holmes, schools liaison officer at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge who recently delivered a talk to both our students and parents about applying to Cambridge.
Following two fantastic events, Branch Out has now launched! On Thursday we welcomed Orlando Weeks, lead singer of The Maccabees and author/illustrator of the book 'The Gritterman', to UCC to speak to students about writing and illustrating. The next day, we welcomed The Bookshop Band who performed to a LRC packed with students from across the school.
The books are already flying off the shelves and reviews, and art entries, are coming back in. The usual chocolates are on offer for each review and entry into our prizes including a Kindle Fire, Carlisle United FC tickets, Cadburys Gift Boxes and Penrith Alhambra cinema tickets. Thanks again to Carlisle United and the Alhambra for sponsoring the event.
You can view our 2018 Branch Out film above and you can access the Branch Out Apps below. Pop in to the LRC and grab a book!
In addition to thriving clubs and ensembles, our Music Department is a key subject of our curriculum. For the GCSE students this means studying a range of styles and genres that includes the song 'Defying Gravity' from the musical Wicked. As part of their course, students visited the UK tour in Liverpool. Mr Bryant said that it was great to hear 'professionals performing this work' and that they had all 'really enjoyed it!'