This year the Creative Futures Festival has a had a theme: 'Think Global, Act Local' and it has proved to be bigger, better and more outward looking than before. The UCC Street Band kicked off our eclectic month of activities with a rousing set, followed the next day by a film screening of 'Tomorrow' to Year 9, and later in the week by a Repair Cafe and Free Shop delivered by PACT and a plastics presentation by CAfS. UCC also hosted their first ever 'Cumbria's Schools Arts Conference'. There has been face painting, circus skills and zumba, music concerts, dance shows and our fantastic pop-up cinema in the lecture theatre. Alumni students have shared skills and experiences. Week 3 saw an amazing food festival which promoted healthy living and new tastes for all to try. In the final week non-uniform day proceeds will go to 3 environmental charities and fabulous arts prizes for the best costumes have been provided for the second year by Specialist Arts & Crafts. It truly has been a festival of an extra special kind!
Check out the latest Success Magazine to see all that's been going on!
After months of planning and collaborating with 'Curious Minds - Champions of Cultural Education', UCC hosted its very first 'Cumbria's Schools Arts Conference'. We welcomed roughly 100 colleagues from arts, cultural and education backgrounds to learn more about Arts Award, Artsmark and funding as well as gaining new practical ideas for delivering creative projects. There were performances from Dowdales School dancers and acoustic performances from UCC musicians. A marketplace of arts and cultural organisations gave colleagues the chance to find out more about what is happening in the county as well as to initiate new partnerships. We hope that this is just the beginning of being able to offer even more rich and diverse cultural opportunities for our young people. The day ended with an explosion of sound provided by the wonderful UCC Street Band.
The Art Department was proud to present their annual Art Exhibition of A Level and GCSE work earlier this month. Once again, it was a stunning display of creativity. Thank you to everyone who came to the open evening and to all those who showed their work. The online gallery of this year's A level work can be viewed on the Art page or online here.
As we head into the summer months, Sixth Form teachers are putting together projects for next year's Year 12s to complete over the summer holidays. We will list the projects below.
We are pleased to announce that Rian Harris, Chief Executive of Lakeland Arts, will be the keynote speaker at our Cumbria's Schools Arts Conference in June.
The day of CPD will incorporate a mix of school performances, presentations and practical workshops with the aim of showcasing the importance of embedding creative education in a school's curriculum.
We would like to invite teachers, cultural colleagues and school leaders from the region and the North West to join us for the day.
Further details and booking information can be found on the evenbrite page here; the conference will take place on Wednesday the 26th of June and will run from 10am until 3pm.
Please contact us for future information or view the Event page.
We are pleased to be hosting Cumbria's Schools Arts Conference in June. We'd like to invite teachers, cultural colleagues and school leaders from the region and the North West to join us in a day of CPD which will incorporate a mix of school performances, presentations and practical workshops with the aim of showcasing the importance of embedding creative education in a school's curriculum.
Further details and booking information can be found on the evenbrite page here; the conference will take place on Wednesday the 26th of June and will run from 10am until 3pm. Please contact us for future information or view the Event page.
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!
Vingt-trois étudiants, deux professeurs, huit galeries et cinq jours de soleil. What a privilege to take so many talented sixth form artists to Paris to study from the greats in a range of galleries. To be able to introduce them to the delights of Europe and all the benefits was a joy; students came away enthused, enlightened, and enriched.
January saw the realisation of Grease the Musical, 40 years after its cinema release. To rave reviews the cast and crew delivered five showing stopping performances over four nights to an exceptional standard. To say that we are proud of them would be a significant understatement! The group of students who took part really brought their energy, imagination and drive to turn the show into the success it was. They were, in short, a credit to the departments involved and a credit to the school.
We are excited to announce the following Art Clubs:
The UCC Creative Futures Festival is from Monday 25th June - Saturday 21st July. But in the meantime why not check out the calendar, for events happening before the festival and events during with many taking place in and outside of the school.
Creative Futures Calendar
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!
Recently, Year 10 Art students took a visit to the local art gallery at the Rheged Centre. It was an amazing exhibition; the largest of its kind in the UK with over 350 framed prints. Students took advantage of the great wealth of work on show and the huge breadth of techniques, styles and processes to use as inspiration for their own GCSE coursework. We spent time exploring the work, watching films about processes and sketching in the main gallery. A wonderful afternoon!
If you missed the Spring Edition of Success before the Easter holidays, you can now view it online here. This edition is full of the latest news and success stories from UCC including coverage of the fantastic production of Joseph, the recent french exchange visit, our Branch Out with Books competition, the English Department's Harry Potter Night and much more.
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.
Ticket's for UCC's Joseph extravaganza, with music, drama and dance, are now on sale. The show will be on from Wednesday the 2nd of March through to Saturday the 5th of March (see the below poster for more details). Tickets can be booked by email. To do this you need to email at email@example.com using the following checklist:
Chosen Performance Night:
Number of Adults:
Number of Concessions:
Any specific seating requirements, e.g. Ground Level/Wheelchair:
Once we receive your email, a member of the team will message you back to confirm your booking and the cost. Payment can be made by cash or cheque (made payable to "UCC Fund") and can be submitted at Reception or to any of the Performing Arts staff. Your tickets will be delivered or available for collection upon receipt of payment.