We are pleased to say that a new club is on offer on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday lunchtimes for Year 10 and 11 Agriculture students to be able to work on their written assignments and to chat about what they are doing on their farms or the farms where they work outside school. The club takes place between 12.35-1.35 in the ALC in the Applied Learning Centre.
Construction students spent a day working alongside the estate manager of Patterdale Hall, learning to undertake a variety of groundwork. The students worked hard, gaining experience and applying practical skills alongside professionals. Further students will be visiting in January to complete the projects.
This term, we welcomed CITB (Construction Industry Training Board) into the school where students were given the opportunity to explore careers, tasks and skills involved in an array of careers in the construction industry. This involved building scaled bridges working in teams, simulation and virtual reality equipment, a tetrahedron task and the opportunity to discuss and to be shown how to get experience to apply for apprenticeships.
It was a fantastic opportunity for the students, with lots of helpful insights into the industry and practical experience at different elements of construction. Thanks to all the companies and organisations that came in.
Just before Easter we were privileged to welcome His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales to our school for a tour of the Applied Learning Centre. We received the following letter from Clarence House in response. If you'd like more info on Prince Charles' visit please see the Headteacher's Blog here.
I couldn’t have been more proud of the students and staff or more impressed with the way they showcased their work. We showed off our Hair & Beauty, Motor Vehicle and Agricultural Engineering, Construction, including Dry Stone Walling and our links with Tanzania where students, last year spent two weeks in Morogoro Hospital as Gap Medics. His Royal Highness also met some of our students, one studying to be a Norland Nanny, an award winning Sheepdog and her owner, Cumbria’s top Holstein judge and the county’s top Cumberland U12 Wrestler. The tour then made its way through the waiting crowds with His Royal Highness stopping to talk to many of our students before entering Fred’s Bar to meet Co-Head Prefects, Catering staff and their students and to see a small display of Art and Design Technology work. In Cumberland Hall The Prince of Wales was treated to a stunning display by some of our award winning Cheerleaders and the cast of Joseph performing one of the numbers from their recent sell-out performance of Joseph & his amazing Technicoloured Dreamcoat.
After a few words to the assembled Year 11 students His Royal Highness unveiled a slate plaque commemorating his visit before signing the visitor’s book. Finally The Prince was presented with a spectacular acrylic painting of Craig Farm, Garrigill done by ex-student Cathy Beaumont.
His Royal Highness departed to the cheers of students and staff after what was a wonderful hour and a quarter. He left the school in great shape and we will remember this event for many years to come.
At Easter our Year 11 and Year 13 students did an extra 500 pupil days in school to improve their examination chances and the programme of intervention activities will continue for the remaining weeks before exams. We are hopeful that results will be, as usual excellent as a consequence.
The Easter Holidays also brought the annual Lambing time up at the Pattinson home and so far we have delivered 26 healthy young lambs with another 6 Ewes still to decide when to produce. Although the mathematics of Tupping should deliver the new-born in the Easter Holidays sheep are a law unto themselves and the last ones to deliver will no doubt decide on some unearthly hour on a school day to get started.
With little more than a month to go before the exam season swings into full speed school feels like a very busy place. I wish all of our students the very best of luck in their preparations and I hope they all get the questions they would prefer in the programme of examinations to follow.
It was with great pleasure that we welcomed His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales to Ullswater Community College. The Prince visited the school for a tour of the Applied Learning Centre and to meet students and staff. A full report will follow; in the meantime see the slideshow below for some photos of the splendid occasion.