The examination season is now well under way and the weather plays its traditional role at this time of the academic year, becoming as hot and sultry as possible. Revision, classroom study and homework are just that bit more difficult in 27ºC heat. The Year 10, 11, 12 and 13 students, however, continue to focus on the task in hand, attending revision sessions (10 hours of extra Science last Saturday) and logging on to our revision materials on the website. Preparations are in full swing for the Summer Art Exhibition in June – an absolute must for anyone with the vaguest interest in art. Last week, our annual “Branch Out” competition came to a close with the judges examining over 300 entries to this reading and book review activity. The winners were Rebecca Mason, Bethany de la Mare and Amy Hullock. Art prize winners were Olivia Simpson, Sally Higgins and Shona Simpson. The winners received various prizes including massive Cadburys selection boxes, cinema tickets and iTunes vouchers. The overall winner was Annie Irving, who won a Kindle. The 300 students, from across all years groups, impressed the judges enormously in this terrific project, which was sponsored by the Alhambra Cinema. On 22 May, the following students completed their Young Fire Fighters Course at Penrith Fire Station. The final passing-out parade was witnessed by a range of dignitaries and included drill presentations and fire-fighting exercises. The students involved were Kyle Mason, Jordan Tyreman, Dan Scott, Charlotte Fabi, Emma Adams, Jacque Bowers Joe Glendinning and Harriet Jones. On Thursday 17 May, I attended the annual AS-level Drama exam in the Performing Arts Studio. The evening comprised six monologue/duologue performances followed by an enormously difficult group piece Pool (No Water). I was utterly impressed by the professionalism and the dramatic skills of all involved, and by the real sense of teamwork evident throughout. Well done, too, to Jane Reardon, their teacher. Thanks to Fran Braithwaite, Chloe Davidson, Sophie Fletcher, Lois McVey, Ellis Moffet, Laruen Moody and Jordan Summers for a highly entertaining evening. We hope that the current warm spell continues for a while longer before we’re plunged into an early autumn. This weekend I’ve fertiliser to spread and turnips to plant, so I shall enjoy doing that in the warm and dry rather than the cold and wet conditions we are so much more accustomed to.HT
On Friday 4 May, 90 students from all year groups, took part in the Carlisle heat of Rock Challenge. The theme for this year’s event was Monopoly based, drawing parallels with the current financial crisis. Out of eight competing secondary schools, UCC won awards for staging, choreography, video production and drama skills. Our overall position was second, which means that we now go on to compete in the Northern Open Finals in Grimsby later this term. Jordan Summers has created a video showing the making and staging of our performance.
Y8,9 & 10 Netball Tour 2012 – Shropshire Friday 11th May – Sunday 13th May 21 Students left UCC heading to Shropshire. After a 3 and a half hour journey we arrived at the spectacular location of Condover Hall! The weekend aim was to develop students’ confidence in netball, their competitive play and team work. Over the weekend we participated in a netball tournament against 6schools from across the UK. Thankfully the weather was blue skies and no rain! The year 8 teamplayed 8 games in total winning 2 and losing 6. They played some really good Netball and their development throughout the tournament was fantastic. Despite losing 6 fixtures the girls always battled and only lost each game by a few goals. The two games they did win were extremely convincing, 5-1 and 7-0. Our StarShooterswho were superb throughout, Alice Addison and Leanne Mair!The overall ‘Player of the Tournament’ was awarded to our Goal Keeper, Beth Luck who never gave up with herdefending, making it extremely difficult for every shooter she came up against. The year 9 and 10 students had a super first day in the tournament and won 2 out of their 3 games. Day 2 was a little tougher and the girls lost the next 2 fixtures. However UCC girls pulled it together and managed to get to the semi-finals against Wigan who had won every game they played. Unfortunately the girls lost the semi-final, but really stepped upto the challenge and competed heroically. ‘Player of the Tournament’ went to the superb Meg Wilson who also played Goal Keeper. The weekend wasn’t just focused on Netball, during the day the girls were allowed to participate in various outdoor adventurous activities inbetween fixtures. This included fencing, archery, trapeze, gladiator wall and absailing. The girls favourite had to be ‘Body Zorbing’ and they had the bruises to show for it. In the evening we attended the JCA silent disco, campfirelazermaze and went tunnelling. Overall the girls and staff had a brilliant time; the netballers played fantastically well showing great team work and sportsmanship. The whole group were outstanding ambassadors for UCC extremely polite, fun and a pleasure to take away. Miss Mead and the Netballers!
A massive “well done” to students in our Strategically Resourced Provision (Eamont Block) for their success in the Kielder Challenge 3 weeks ago. The team of William Hulme, David Allen, Chloe Crawford, Rebecca Opeszek, Sam Pryke, Adam Ewbank, Chloe Verrall and Heather Coulson trained hard for this event in several lunchtime sessions. However, the team had to make last-minute changes to personnel and the new formation came together for the first time on the day of the event. Conditions were cold but the team rose to the challenge, communicated effectively and collaborated efficiently. Gemma Whittam and Chelsea Cartmel from our Sixth Form accompanied the trip to support and also volunteered their services to an opposing team because they were a “man” down. UCC came second overall, narrowly beaten by Stainburn School, Workington. The Producer and Assistant Producer of “Educating Essex”, Channel 4’s highly acclaimed documentary about life in Passmore Academy, Harlow, visited UCC 2 weeks ago in their search for a second school to feature in a new series, presumably entitled “Educating Cumbria”. The production company only visit “outstanding” schools or those with a rapidly improving profile. Our visitors told me that they had very much enjoyed their visit to UCC and were impressed with the fact that the sun shone for the entire duration of their stay! On Friday 4 May, 90 students from all year groups, together with Mrs Reardon, Miss Dixon, Mr Smith and Mr Walkden set off the The Sands Centre, Carlisle, to take part in Rock Challenge. The theme for this year’s event focused on the topical issue of financial challenges. Nine secondary schools took part and UCC won awards for staging, choreography, video production and drama skills. UCC’s overall position was second, which means that they now go on to compete in the Northern Open Rock Challenge finals in Grimsby later this term. A fabulous achievement – well done UCC. Finally, last night our under 15 Footballers played in the final of the City Cup against Richard Rose Central Academy. UCC won 2–1, with goals from Johnny Murray and Lamin Cham. Man of the match, according to Mr Tromans, was Luke Boyle. Congratulations to the Year 10 footballers!