The UCC Uniform Guide and Price List for 2013/14 is now available to view here. To purchase items please go to the Shop located in the Applied Learning Centre.
Year 11, 12 and 13 students can now relax and enjoy the summer weather because exams are, for them, now complete. Year 11 students should achieve a new school record this year, with 95.8% of the year group looking likely to achieve 5+ A*-C grades, up from 95.5% last year. The headline figure of 5+ A*-C E/m results is also likely to be well up on last year’s figures, with over 60% of the year group looking to be on course for this achievement. Well done to all those students who have completed their exams after so much hard work and revision. Other year groups are also now completing their exams so good luck to them too. Our Cheerleaders were away last weekend at the National Cheerleading Championships. The two squads competed against the best cheerleaders in the country and finished in second place in every class. Congratulations on an outstanding result!
Last Friday evening we all enjoyed our Year 13 Leavers’ Ball at The George Hotel. As usual this was a glitzy evening with everyone dressed to kill. Congratulations to all those who attended what was a super evening.
On Saturday 6th June, 18 athletes from UCC represented Eden District at the Interdistrict Event at the Sheepmount, Carlisle. Of these:
· Rachel Byers won the long jump with a jump of 5.05 metres
· Robbie Hebson was 2ndin the javelin with a throw of 44 metres
· Liam Bentley was 3rdin the discus with a throw of 27 metres
All three were then selected to represent Cumbria at the Intercounties Event at Middlesborough on 15th June. Mr Greenwood also received the following message after the event:
“I am part of the Cumbria Schools Athletics Association executive committee and on Saturday I was involved in a situation that restored my faith in human nature. Invariably at this event there are errors by some of the schools who don’t select the right athletes for events, and this is sometimes a real problem for us as sometimes these athletes are good enough to have the potential to go to Nationals. At Saturday’s event I was recording the results for selection to the next round (NE Match – Middlesbrough 15th June) – by right the 1st- and 2nd-placed athletes go through to try and gain an entry standard for Nationals and represent the county. At the same time I was being made aware that a very good shot putter had entered as a guest as her school had missed her out! This would have caused a bit of an upset if she hadn’t been able to go. Your pupil Megan Wilson (Year 11) had clearly picked up on what was going and very selflessly offered to drop out even though she was available for the Intercounties Match. She knew she probably wouldn’t get entry standard and wasn’t available for Nationals, and so said to me that she would much rather someone who had a real chance should go and she would happily give up her place! I regularly see girls in athletics and sometimes their behaviour and attitude towards other athletes concerns me but this very generous gesture restored my faith and I felt that I must contact Megan’s school and tell them about it. You must be pleased that she represented her school on the day in the event but also in such a very positive and generous way. Please pass on my grateful thanks again to Megan and wish her well in her continued education. I’m confident with values like hers she will do very well in life.”
Two of the school’s athletics teams are also competing in the regional rounds of the TSB Athletics competitions on Thursday this week. The intermediate boys and the junior girls have qualified for this after superb performances in the first round of athletics meetings. Coming up in the near future, two arts events: the annual Art exhibition takes place this Wednesday evening, 26th June, in the Pig Pen, and the summer production of “The 39 Steps, an evening of Dance, Drama, Music and Art” takes place on Tuesday 2nd and Thursday 4th July in Cumberland Hall.
Our School Shop now has a range of uniform supplies for students joining the school in September and anyone looking to renew their kit. A brochure of all the available items, including sports’ kit and blazers, is available – together with the price list – on the school website.
Welcome back to the second half of the summer term … with two sunny days behind us it’ll soon be time for the nights to start drawing in! Despite the typically mixed weather, our pupils here have continued to shine and there’s plenty to report. In April, our show jumpers competed against other local secondary schools in an event at Blackdyke Equestrian Centre. In the 75-cm class, Amy Miller (riding two horses), Tamar Miller and Hannah Parkin were placed 3rd out of 15 teams – a fantastic result; in the 90-cm class, Hannah Parkin, Amy Miller, Romana Wilson and Anna Holliday came 5th out of 10 teams. In addition, Sarah Halliwell, Annabel Rawlinson, Amy Idle and Megan Rudd competed for the first time this year and performed superbly well. On 15 May, our Year 12 drama students performed monologues and a group performance of the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time in front of an enthusiastic audience of friends, parents and teachers … and the examiner. This was a superb evening showcasing tremendous individual talent and amazing dramatic technique. I’m sure results from this practical performance will be excellent.
On Sunday 2nd June, Motor Vehicle Engineering students took part in a ‘production car trail’ at Blagill, Alston. On rough terrain, and with Mr Hardy as co-pilot, they had to drive and navigate their way through a short course, which was both up hill and very uneven. The objective was to reach the top of the hill without hitting any of the marked posts; the higher up the hill, the lower the points they scored. The person ending the day with the lowest score was the winner. Students and parents often had to help to push the car out of trouble and although the car suffered a small amount of damage (front bumper and indicator now missing!) it was a most enjoyable day. The students were a credit to the college and over the course of the day they vastly improved their driving skills.
Liam Braithwaite = 62 points
Harry Parkin = 69 points
Joe Glendinning = 77 points
Adam Fishwick = 107 points
Over half term we’ve had huge numbers of students from Years 11 and 12 in school to undertake extra revision. Exams are back in full force now we’re back in term time. The Year 11 Prom takes place on 28 June at Rheged and the Year 13 Ball in on 21 June at the George Hotel … but for now students are working their socks off to get the right results. Good luck to all Year 10, year 11, 12 and 13 students in their examinations. At least we won’t have a long period of sunshine to take their minds off revision.