As Branch Out draws to a close, a big shout out to all three of our Branch Out Alumni Illustrators who ran workshops for students across the school as part of the competition. All three artists offered different styles and skills to our students who loved the opportunities. Thanks to Emily Whiteford, Beccy Frost and Catherine Bell.
Happy World Book Day!
It’s a ‘bookish’ time of year for UCC at the moment – our Branch Out reading competition is in full swing and World Book Day has brought out some extra treats today. Staff and students can be seen around school celebrating their love of reading with book themed activities. Staff are also entertaining, and occasionally mystifying, students by dressing up as a favourite personality. Can you identify all the characters in the picture?
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!
Our annual reading event Branch Out with Books has launched again for 2017! Open to all the students in the school, Branch Out features a host of new books this year and brand-new prizes - including Penrith Alhambra Cinema Tickets and a Kindle Fire! The LRC have produced another set of film's this year featuring 'Billy' and some familiar faces (go to our Branch Out Vimeo page to see each Head of Year in action!).
The Apps are up and running here: Yrs 7&8, 9-11 & 11-13 with access to the book list, sign-up, upload and to check your accounts. You can also join in the conversation and tag your entries with #branchout17 on Twitter and Instagram (where we have some great videos of the Prize Draw Machine!).
Thanks to the Penrith Alhambra once again for supporting this event!
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.
The competition has been gaining momentum since then and will finish on the 17th of April - any students who haven't signed up yet can do so on the exclusive web apps (Years 7-9, 9-11 or 11-13) and its also possible to upload reviews there over the Easter holidays. The prizes truly are great this year with a Kindle Fire HD (and case!), Penrith Alhambra Cinema tickets, Cadburys Gift Boxes, iTunes vouchers and a VIP meeting with the Prize Day celebrity.
Check out our 2015 film for more information:
You can now view the Summer Edition of UCC's own magazine, Success, online or pick one up from the school. This issue is our largest ever and features reviews of the Year 11 Prom, trips, the DT Showcase in the New Squares and much more. The online version of the magazine is available by clicking here.
There is now only one week to go until the end of our 2014 Branch Out with Books competition. There's still time to get reviews, in as well as any art entries. Reviews can be dropped in to the LRC or submitted online via the Branch Out web-apps (Years 7-9, 9-11, or 11-13). The Kindle Fire HD, the VIP meeting with our Prize Day celebrity, Penrith Alhambra cinema tickets and Cadbury's gift boxes will all be awarded soon!
The Branch Out with Books competition is gaining momentum again this year. To launch the event, there are brand-new web apps for each of the age groups and a new trailer for 2014. Once again the book choices are varied and the prizes are exciting, including the Kindle Fire HD and meeting our Prize Day VIP. You can access the Branch Out Apps on our LRC page, or you can view the trailer below. Students can sign up online via the apps or by going to the LRC.
We were all delighted to welcome John Hurt, Great Britain’s most celebrated and consistently brilliant actor from stage, the big screen and TV to UCC on Thursday 21 February. John Hurt was simply the most thrilling, talented and inspiring guest we could have wished for to launch our annual Branch Out competition, an event that encourages students to read books and to write their review on what they’ve read. With a CV that is longer than anyone’s GCSE English coursework, John Hurt has received two Academy Award nominations, a Golden Globe Award and four BAFTA awards, the fourth being a Lifetime Achievement award. The afternoon of his visit was, therefore, a real treat. Year 10 students who arrived early into Cumberland Hall to secure a good seat welcomed our visitor with characteristic warmth and enthusiasm. Some students were sending messages of appreciation on Twitter before, during and after the event. What they didn’t know was that we had an extra visitor on the day, in addition to John and his wife Anwen. This extra visitor was the president of the John Hurt Fan Club so their Twitter messages were being received by the lady three rows in front. What’s more she showed me them all after the ceremony was over! As John Hurt was leaving he said to me ‘You’re a lucky man being Headteacher to so many wonderful students…’ and he’s right, the students were delightful and showed their appreciation in their applause and their conversation with our guest throughout the event. Non-uniform day The non-uniform day on Friday 8 February raise funds for a range of overseas development projects involving our students. The event raised £1006.19, which will now be divided up between the three main project areas, one for a Taiwan visit, one for Tanzania and the other for two year-long development visits to Uganda and Ghana. Photographic exhibition 2013 is the 60 anniversary of Moor House being declared a National Nature Reserve and to celebrate this milestone, our Year 8 Extra Art students were asked to take part in a photography project earlier this school year. This was a unique opportunity for our students to visit a National Nature Reserve and look at it from an artistic/photographer’s viewpoint. They were accompanied and ‘coached’ by a professional photographer, as well as a member of Natural England staff and each student took photographs at landscape and macro scale. Our students braved the Arctic conditions and captured some wonderful shots of wildlife and the environment on the fells. After editing, eight photographs were selected and exhibited at a scientific seminar ‘Research at Moor House NNR past, present and future’ at Lancaster University held in early February. On Thursday 21 February these students exhibited their terrific photographs in an exhibition in The Pig Pen. National School Badminton Championships On Thursday 7 February, four of our students took part in qualifying matches against Caldew, Cockermouth, Queen Elizabeth Grammar School and William Howard School. Amy Hullock, Charlotte Cousin, Yasmin Bowness and Jodie Talbot won all their games (20 in total) but two. Naturally, with so many comprehensive victories behind them, they are now going to compete in the Regional Badminton competition in St Helen’s, where they will represent Cumbria.
John Hurt Visit!
Feb 25 2013 John Hurt launches the annual ‘Branch Out’ reading event at UCC on this way to the Keswick Film Festival. The Learning Resource Centre were delighted to welcome star John Hurt to open ‘Branch Out 2013’, now in it’s third year. Students and staff alike were extremely excited to meet John, whose diverse career appeals to fans of all ages from 1984 and Alien, to Merlin and Harry Potter. It is this diversity, along with John’s commitment to story-telling and the arts, that made him the perfect person to open the event and inspire students to explore new stories through reading. Exclusive to UCC, Branch Out’s aim is to encourage adventurous reading through out the school. The event will run through until Easter, when winners will be announced for the Kindle Fire, Penrith Alhambra Cinema tickets and other prizes. Many thanks must go to John Hurt and Anwen Rees-Myers, and to David Miller and Ann Martin of the Keswick Film Festival.
One of the most important lessons I’ve learned over the last 14 years as Headteacher of various schools is that most of the best thing that happen in school have absolutely nothing to do with you; they are the product of exceptional staff or creative pupils or both.
Over the last two school days, we launched our ‘Branch Out’ project, designed to encourage pupils to read more. Michelle Lewin, Rachael de la Mare and Ruth Molloy, from our Learning Resource Centre (LRC) invited Daniel Blythe, author of the Dr Who books, into school to work with Year 8 pupils. They also created three incredible films based on Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl, and Dr Who. The films feature our very own staff and were massively warmly received by pupils. The films will go onto the website for everyone’s enjoyment but their impact on the take-up of books by students across the whole school was huge. Last week, student reporters for Sounds of the Beacon got the chance to interview actor John Hurt when he visited Penrith’s Alhambra Cinema. What a privilege – they proved to be well up to the task. Last week we hosted a number of pupils from Yanwath Primary School for work experience. The pupils, in Years 4 and 5, worked in Hair & Beauty, the LRC and elsewhere in UCC to gain experience of life in a busy secondary school environment. All of the students were excellent, a credit to their school, and we enjoyed having them here. Also last week we held a hugely successful Futures Day for Year 11 students. Representatives from Kendal College, Newton Rigg, Carlisle College and Booths – among others – talked to students and parents about future options and careers. On Wednesday 7 March 2012 we receive the latest update on our examination performance when results for Year 11, 12 and 13 are published. We wish all those students who are getting results the best of luck.