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Year 10 students took part in an Interview Day this week where they all produced a letter and CV prior to their interview which was with an employer, governor or member of the business/local community. In spite of initial nerves for many of them it was a really positive and valuable experience for all involved. We are very grateful to all our interviewers for the time they give to this successful day.
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Ullswater Community College’s under 15 boys rugby team enjoyed a fantastic winning streak in the NatWest Vase Schools National Cup, which has taken them to the quarter finals. Previous wins have included Hutton Grammar School, Standish Community High School and Queen Elizabeth Grammar School. During this cup run they even travelled across the Irish Sea to the Isle of Man, to take on Castle Rushen School who they beat 24-12.They managed to win the North A region with a victory over Harbadashian Adams Grammar school 38-5. Unfortunately this cup run came to an end after they were beaten 22-13 but Arden Academy, Solihull. In a fantastic game of rugby played at an incredibly high level.
Each and every player have been superb ambassadors for their school, Penrith and Cumbria. They should be extremely proud of their achievements. All our younger students that play rugby came out to cheer them on and were inspired by their performance. They have been on an incredible journey throughout the competition and are not only fantastic rugby players but outstanding young men.
Mr G Key
All results below;
Ullswater Community College under 14 finished an excellent season with a comprehensive 31 – 5 victory in the county cup final. The route to the final had seen some great performances in the early rounds with the highlight being a 46 – 0 defeat of Kirby Kendal in the semi-final. St.Benedicts were the opponents in the cup final and UCC started very brightly pressurising from the kick off with Ritchie making good ground supported by Charlie and Josh. It was against the run of play that St.Benedicts scored first with a long range try from their dangerous centre who brushed off many tacklers to score. This galvanised the Ullswater team defensively with Adam’s tackling on the wing ensuring that this was their only score of the game. UCC levelled the scores after excellent forward play lead by Tom and Tom and a good break by Ed lead to Ollie feeding the hard Running Ritchie who crashed over from close range to level the scores.
UCC took the lead almost immediately when excellent pressure on St.Benedicts from Mark Mason and Oli resulted in them kicking away possession. Mackenzie from full back fielded the kick on half way and showing fantastic awareness outpaced the cover to score in the corner, Rob adding the extra points with a superb touchline conversion. The final play of the half saw Makenzie steal the opposition ball in contact and good unselfish play saw Rhys exploiting the space and to give Harvey an easy try. The conversion was added to make the score 19 – 5 at half time.
UCC started the second half brightly with Jack freshly returned from injury putting in a massive tackle on the St.Benedicts second row as he caught the kick off. Bennison also managed to steal the ball and great continuity in midfield by Josh resulted in the ball being switched back to the blind side where Bennison was on hand to finish off a great start to the second half and give UCC a 26 – 5 lead. Great defence by UCC, especially Jayson meant that St.Benedicts were pinned in their own half and Harvey was unlucky not to score after excellent interplay between forwards and backs. The final score of the game came after Alfie and Josh had done some superb work in the loose to secure the ball. It was whipped out to the midfield where Billy secured the ball, it was quickly transferred to Rob who muscled his way over from close range. After adding the conversion the ref. blew for the final whistle and a score of 31 – 5. Men of the match for the superb support play and defence were Mark and Ritchie, An excellent team performance has set the under 14s up nicely for their Easter tour to Holland.
One of UCC's budding chefs Jenni has returned from a trip to London! Jenni did extremely well to get through to the finals of the Teflon Young Cooks competition and received her winner’s certificate from TV Chef Lesley Waters, who demonstrated and cooked lunch. Although she did not win with her ‘local ingredient tasty meatloaf', Jenni loved her experience at the fabulous Waitrose Cooking School and is ready to enter again next year… so watch this space!
UCC’s gymnasts had another successful outing to the County Gymnastics Championships at Carlisle Gymnastics Club. Twenty four gymnasts took part in the two available categories of Under 14 and Under 19 age groups. All gymnasts had worked really hard to create their own routines which they performed alongside two vaults. They all rose to the occasion with polished performances all round. The U14 A team were successful in achieving team Gold with a particularly impressive performance from Amelia which won her the individual Gold medal. The Under 19 team achieved team Silver narrowly missing the top spot from Trinity by 0.3 points. Molly managed to control her nerves as reigning champion to once again perform a skilful, dramatic routine and be awarded individual Gold. The girls fully deserved this success as their skill and dedication paid off. To achieve 3 out of the available 4 Golds is a testament to this. A special mention should also go to our year 13 gymnast Katrina who was sad to compete for the school for the last time after 7 successive years of representing UCC.
At Ullswater Community College we are always looking to provide opportunities for our students to engage in meaningful and high quality revision. In these important, remaining weeks before the commencement of GCSE examinations, the school has adopted a unique online service which provides access to revision material for a wide range of subjects. This service is called SAM Learning.
For more information about this revision tool, please see this recent letter to parents.
The first ever UCC eSports FIFA Tournament has been won by Year 11 student Kacper. Kacper won it after beating Year 7 student Shay in a high scoring final, finishing 4-2. 64 students took part in the competition over a period of 10 weeks. Top effort from all involved and the challenge is now on to knock Kacper off top spot!
The sixth form students were delighted to welcome Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron to their tutor period this week. With a wide ranging and robust debate on a variety of topics from school funding and sixth form transport to Brexit and the Action on Climate Change protests, our students relished the opportunity to discuss current affairs with a member of parliament. They really appreciated the time Mr Farron took to visit them in a busy week for parliament.
Our A level Biology students travelled down to London last week to participate in a revision conference focusing on exam technique and the changes to the new reformed A levels. With an overnight hotel stay as part of the trip, the students were refreshed and ready for a day listening to keynote speeches from senior examiners and experienced teachers.
Mr Jackson, Head of Sixth Form
Earlier this month, 56 Year 7s travelled to Shropshire to enjoy the PE department’s annual football and netball trip. The students enjoyed a great weekend of adventurous activities such as raft building, high ropes and quad biking to name a few. As well as this the girls entered a netball tournament facing 10 other schools from around the UK with one team finishing 5th (narrowly missing out on the semi-finals) and one team finishing 8th. The boys enjoyed a coaching and skill development clinic where they worked with four FA coaches finishing the weekend with a tournament. The students were exceptional in their behaviour and attitude, they performed brilliantly in their chosen sport and really did UCC proud. Well done to everyone involved.
As a result of the crumbling UK government, young people like us are being blatantly ignored when it comes to the subject of our plant. As a result, the Eco-Council at UCC came together to host a formal event raising awareness of the ever growing issue which is Climate Change. This event along with interviews with local councillor, Rory Stewart, will hopefully help our world in the long run. #climatestrike #climatechange #strike4change
Ella, Year 12
We would like to thank Mr Stewart for giving up his time and displaying a clear enthusiasm for engaging with students, whilst offering an intelligent sense of realism to the discussion. We look forward to further meetings, as we aim to address this crucial issue.
Oli, Year 12
More than 50 Bronze D of E students attended after-school training where they honed their skills of plotting a route, estimating distances and walking times, and taking bearings. By the end of the session they had worked in their teams to plan their expedition route as well as producing maps and route cards. Excitement is building for their expedition in May!
Last term saw geography and art coming together to work with Year 9 students on an exciting project about Brazil. Students focused their studies on the 'Favelas' and as part of their learning they designed and constructed their own cardboard favela buildings. The buildings were then curated into an exhibition by 6 Year 9s in the Pig Pen exhibition space. At the opening event the amazing UCC Street Band filled the space with wonderful Brazilian samba sounds. All the materials for the project were diverted from landfill and donated by the Ragtag Arts Scrapstore in Mealbank near Kendal. A sensationally sustainable project!
An important part of sixth form life is the weekly tutor period, an opportunity for students to add to their sixth form experience. As our senior students prepare for life beyond UCC, be that university, apprenticeships or employment, these tutor periods are a perfect opportunity to gain a wide variety of talents. From developing their study and referencing skills, their financial planning and cooking on a budget knowledge, through yoga, meditation and board games, tutor periods are a time when the whole year group comes together and enjoys the opportunity to learn beyond the classroom.
RE is all about sex, death and all the stuff in-between" was how one student summed up their learning from the RE conference called 'Creation' attended by Y10 GCSE RE students; an interesting take away thought! Sedbergh school hosted the Dr Peter Vardy event and it was an action packed day exploring big, philosophical questions concerning the nature of existence. Although challenging, our student engaged brilliantly and were praised by Dr Vardy, and now feel more confident aiming for higher marks in their GCSE exams. Well done everyone involved. Mr Mc Canny