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Mr Greenwood has recently written a letter for Year 6 parents and carers including information about an additional PE kit sizing evening on Tuesday the 16th of July from 4-6pm. To read the full letter, please click here.
UCC U15 girl’s football team finished off the season on a high by winning the county cup final beating Ulverston Victoria High School 6-3. Having played some tough competition in the knock out stages the girls were nervous to play in their first county cup final for the school. The girls started well passing the ball through the central midfield with Jess getting early success down the left wing and playing Cara through on goal. Lola made some fantastic saves in the net. Cara completed her hatrick and ended the game scoring four goals, a fantastic achievement.
Megan who is a Year 10 pupil at Ullswater Community College was awarded a netball golden globe award at the North-West prize giving. Megan who plays her netball for Westmorland Wanderers was nominated by her club for the Performance Award in memory of Chris Brien. All clubs in the North West were required to nominate a player for their performance and attitude towards netball. Megan has been a fantastic asset to the netball club and has been part of the County and Team Northumbria development squads. She has an excellent attitude towards netball both in training and matches. She works hard on the feedback she is given and thoroughly deserves the award. Megan was the first winner of this new award and the first winner of a golden globe from a pupil at UCC.
Pictured Megan with the Chris Brien Award and the Netball World Cup
UCC Year 9 netball and rugby have just returned from a successful tour to Holland. They spent the week staying at the Limburgse Peel Centre Parcs and travelled out for training and fixtures. The netball team spent the morning having coaching sessions from England netball coaches before going up against other English schools in the afternoon. Having finished the first day in first and third place both teams were moved up into the Year 10 competition for the following day. The teams finished 2nd and 9th out of 22 teams in total having stepped up to play the older teams.
Fresh from their county cup success the under 14 rugby team have enjoyed a great cultural experience playing rugby in Holland. After an overnight ferry taking us to Amsterdam the tour group have a fantastic day at the Toverland theme park before the boys played Bokkerijder Rugby club. The under 14s played some superb running rugby to win 61 – 10. Two mornings of coaching with Dutch coaches helped to hone to boys skills and with swimming and cycling to help them relax they were ready for the challenge of Eindhoven rugby club in their second match. After a very strong start it became apparent that UCC were far too strong for the opposition and the teams were then mixed to create a worthwhile rugby experience with only 1 try separating the teams.
Ullswater Community College’s under 15 boys rugby team enjoyed a fantastic winning streak in the NatWest Vase Schools National Cup, which has taken them to the quarter finals. Previous wins have included Hutton Grammar School, Standish Community High School and Queen Elizabeth Grammar School. During this cup run they even travelled across the Irish Sea to the Isle of Man, to take on Castle Rushen School who they beat 24-12.They managed to win the North A region with a victory over Harbadashian Adams Grammar school 38-5. Unfortunately this cup run came to an end after they were beaten 22-13 but Arden Academy, Solihull. In a fantastic game of rugby played at an incredibly high level.
Each and every player have been superb ambassadors for their school, Penrith and Cumbria. They should be extremely proud of their achievements. All our younger students that play rugby came out to cheer them on and were inspired by their performance. They have been on an incredible journey throughout the competition and are not only fantastic rugby players but outstanding young men.
Mr G Key
All results below;
Ullswater Community College under 14 finished an excellent season with a comprehensive 31 – 5 victory in the county cup final. The route to the final had seen some great performances in the early rounds with the highlight being a 46 – 0 defeat of Kirby Kendal in the semi-final. St.Benedicts were the opponents in the cup final and UCC started very brightly pressurising from the kick off with Ritchie making good ground supported by Charlie and Josh. It was against the run of play that St.Benedicts scored first with a long range try from their dangerous centre who brushed off many tacklers to score. This galvanised the Ullswater team defensively with Adam’s tackling on the wing ensuring that this was their only score of the game. UCC levelled the scores after excellent forward play lead by Tom and Tom and a good break by Ed lead to Ollie feeding the hard Running Ritchie who crashed over from close range to level the scores.
UCC took the lead almost immediately when excellent pressure on St.Benedicts from Mark Mason and Oli resulted in them kicking away possession. Mackenzie from full back fielded the kick on half way and showing fantastic awareness outpaced the cover to score in the corner, Rob adding the extra points with a superb touchline conversion. The final play of the half saw Makenzie steal the opposition ball in contact and good unselfish play saw Rhys exploiting the space and to give Harvey an easy try. The conversion was added to make the score 19 – 5 at half time.
UCC started the second half brightly with Jack freshly returned from injury putting in a massive tackle on the St.Benedicts second row as he caught the kick off. Bennison also managed to steal the ball and great continuity in midfield by Josh resulted in the ball being switched back to the blind side where Bennison was on hand to finish off a great start to the second half and give UCC a 26 – 5 lead. Great defence by UCC, especially Jayson meant that St.Benedicts were pinned in their own half and Harvey was unlucky not to score after excellent interplay between forwards and backs. The final score of the game came after Alfie and Josh had done some superb work in the loose to secure the ball. It was whipped out to the midfield where Billy secured the ball, it was quickly transferred to Rob who muscled his way over from close range. After adding the conversion the ref. blew for the final whistle and a score of 31 – 5. Men of the match for the superb support play and defence were Mark and Ritchie, An excellent team performance has set the under 14s up nicely for their Easter tour to Holland.
UCC’s gymnasts had another successful outing to the County Gymnastics Championships at Carlisle Gymnastics Club. Twenty four gymnasts took part in the two available categories of Under 14 and Under 19 age groups. All gymnasts had worked really hard to create their own routines which they performed alongside two vaults. They all rose to the occasion with polished performances all round. The U14 A team were successful in achieving team Gold with a particularly impressive performance from Amelia which won her the individual Gold medal. The Under 19 team achieved team Silver narrowly missing the top spot from Trinity by 0.3 points. Molly managed to control her nerves as reigning champion to once again perform a skilful, dramatic routine and be awarded individual Gold. The girls fully deserved this success as their skill and dedication paid off. To achieve 3 out of the available 4 Golds is a testament to this. A special mention should also go to our year 13 gymnast Katrina who was sad to compete for the school for the last time after 7 successive years of representing UCC.
Earlier this month, 56 Year 7s travelled to Shropshire to enjoy the PE department’s annual football and netball trip. The students enjoyed a great weekend of adventurous activities such as raft building, high ropes and quad biking to name a few. As well as this the girls entered a netball tournament facing 10 other schools from around the UK with one team finishing 5th (narrowly missing out on the semi-finals) and one team finishing 8th. The boys enjoyed a coaching and skill development clinic where they worked with four FA coaches finishing the weekend with a tournament. The students were exceptional in their behaviour and attitude, they performed brilliantly in their chosen sport and really did UCC proud. Well done to everyone involved.
Ullswater Community College U14 netball team travelled to Formby High School on Saturday to take part in the North West Regional qualifying round. Having previous won the Eden district tournament where the team were unbeaten against, Kirkby Stephen, Appleby and QEGS they progressed to the county round. They were in a difficult side of the draw having to play tournament favorites Sedbergh. The girls got off to a good start playing and beating Dowdales School 10-3. They then went on to play West Lakes Academy and Austin Friars beating both schools before leaving a tough battle with Sedbergh. The girls played some fantastic netball with Kenza and Caitlin rotating well in the shooting circle. The girls won the game 5-3. This set up a semi-final against Keswick. The nerves took a while to settle with Neve and Lucy combining well to give UCC the win. This set up a final against Sedbergh who had also won their semi-final. With a strong crowd the girls went goal for goal until the final minutes where the Sedbergh experience of big games came through with UCC eventually losing 7-5. However with the top two teams in the county qualifying this meant Ullswater would be representing Cumbria for the first time in recent years.
The girls gained valuable experience playing some of the top schools in the country with many girls playing at super league junior teams. They developed as the day went on and will take confidence in their performances. Top performances on the day were Mollie and Jess. The girls will use this as a platform to push on to the next level and keep developing as they are currently training for their trip to Holland where UCC are taking two netball teams and a rugby team to test their skills against different opposition.
Ullswater Community College teamed up with Kirkby Stephen Grammar school on a visit to Liverpool echo arena to experience 'A day in the life of an international netball player.' The day consisted of different workshops all with the view to give a behind the scenes experience of a match day and what a professional netball player's life is now like. The girls got to be involved in a session on the netball court with England netball coaches, followed by a behind the scenes tour of the dressing rooms. They acted out interview scenes and discussed the role of media and how it can promote netball. The final morning session was learning more about the umpiring role with England's own professional umpire Gary Burgess. The day concluded with the highlight of England Roses taking on Uganda. The girls could see first-hand what the highest level of the game looks like and left feeling inspired.
On Monday the 10th July 10 students travelled down to London to go and watch LTA Wimbledon Championships. After a 6 am train we arrived at Wimbledon at 10:30. The students got to watch Venus Williams and Andy Murray on centre court. As well as world number 1 Angelique Kerber on centre court. The students had a fantastic day enjoying the atmosphere and watching some incredible tennis. They even bumped into David Walliams who was happy to get selfies with them.
It's been a little over a month since our Prize Day 2017 - what a day it was! We've produced a variety of films from across the day which saw so many wonderful performances and moments. Once again, thank you to all who sponsored, attended and took part in the day. A big thank you also goes to our fantastic 2017 VIP guest Joey Essex.
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.