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HEADTEACHER ’ S WELCOME Welcome to the Summer 2015 Edition of our brilliant news magazine sUCCess – produced as usual by our very own LRC staff Michelle Lewin & Rachael de la Mare with the cooperation of all those students & staff who make the task of getting the number of articles into 32 pages so difficult each term. This Summer term has been busier than ever. GCSE & A Level exams are now over as are the school internal subject examinations & you would imagine that folk would be too busy elsewhere to get involved in the planning & organisation of so many extra- curricular events. No such thing, we have had so many new events this term that I have hardly had the time to keep my hand in on the agricultural front because the evenings & weekends have been so full. We’ve seen visitors from The Prince’s Teaching Institute who thought that UCC was an inspiring place to come & see vocational courses being run for the benefit of students & the local economy. Pupils have visited Taiwan, Oxford, Normandy, Manchester, Ypres, The University of Northumbria & Place Fell. We’ve held our first UCC’s Got Talent event, a UCC Sports’ Personality of the Year Awards, our annual Art’s Exhibition & the second of our Design Technology Exhibitions. Year 11 & Year 13 students have celebrated the end of their courses in evenings at Rheged & The George Hotel. ‘Branch Out’ attracted over 300 student entries & celebrated as usual with attractive prizes for the winning book review entries. On the sporting front, our Cheerleaders have impressed once again at the nationals in Manchester & individual students have represented the school, Cumbria & their country in various sports events. It seems to me that the pace of life at this remarkable school continues to get faster & faster with so many exciting opportunities for pupils to get involved in new events & activities. On top of all of this we are, once again, poised to achieve remarkable results when examination outcomes are published in August. From all staff & Governors at UCC I wish you all a very happy and & summer break. Nigel H. Pattinson



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This year’s is an exciting exhibition, and certainly the first time a student has painted a portrait of the Headteacher – a wonderful rendition very much in the vein of Lucien Freud. The very high standard of work is a credit to the dedication and sheer hard work of the students, who are progressing in a number of directions: from setting up as a working artist, to foundation courses, to studying at Glasgow School of Art. Owen Smith

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The international organisation ‘Hope 4 Women’ has inspired UCC’s Year 9 Textiles students. The campaign focuses on supporting women who suffer from poverty, disease and low self-worth. Over 300,000 dresses have been made worldwide, crafted from old pillowcases. UCC students contributed to this, helping to make the lives of women safer and more hopeful for the future. Hayley Forknall

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YEAR 11 PROM AT RHEGED From stretch limousines with disco balls, a flotilla of Mod scooters through to vintage Massey Ferguson tractors, Rheged was the place to be seen for the Year 11 Prom! The students arrived in style and were greeted by a flurry of camera flashes from press and family alike. Thank you to Mrs Hall, the Year 11 team and all the staff at Rheged for such a wonderful evening! George McWilliams



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Forty-eight Year 7 artists visited The Whitworth and Manchester Art Galleries, where they enjoyed a wide range of art, including Cornelia Parker’s amazing Exploded Shed. Students enjoyed exploring the galleries and drew their own studies of the interesting art they found. India Campbell




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My English class – 7B2 – has won a national competition to record a radio advert highlighting the issues connected with fuel poverty. The class settled on a hard-hitting message that acknowledged single-parent families and voiced a script, with sound effects, that won them £250. How are you fuelling at home? Marc Shearer





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UCC’s first ever ‘Sports Personality of the Year’ took place on 1st July 2015. The winner of the big award – ‘Sports Personality of the Year’ – was Tara Simpson-Sullivan for her exceptional commitment to the PE department and school sport, as well as all her success in athletics. Well done to all those nominated and to the winners. We’re already looking forward to next year’s event. Greg Key



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Recently, Year 12 students attended the Oxbridge Conference at Newcastle’s St James’ Park. Hundreds of students from high-achieving sixth forms across the North attended the one-day event, which was designed to give students an insight into what it would be like to study at the UK’s most historic institutions. The event was a fantastic way for students to engage with and become more aware of the demands of top universities in the UK, and to gain an understanding of what it takes to be accepted as an undergraduate student at these institutions. Rob Jackson



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5 We are so proud of the many projects from Year 11 2015 Design & Technology students. These ranged from designing for children and pets, to multifunctional furniture, upcycled projects and multicultural foods in catering. It’s great to see the diversity in skills presented for this year’s exhibition. The photo shoot was entertaining – they say never work with children or animals, and Year 11 did just that! Rhonda Dockray







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45 Year 10s worked hard this year to pass their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award, taking part in two expeditions. The second of these was around Patterdale in April, with some groups encountering a fierce snow storm on the top of Place Fell!!! Several of the students spent 3 months completing a ‘young fire-fighters’ course at Penrith Fire Station as part of the ‘Skill’ section. Well done to all involved! Jenny Evans


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In just one week, around 300 primary school pupils visited UCC to take part in science sessions designed to solve a ‘real-life’ scenario – an expedition to an alien planet! Displaying impressive team-work skills, and using equipment not usually available in primary schools, the students had great fun designing parachutes to land their astronauts (eggs) and extracting DNA from an alien fruit (strawberries). Thanks to Booths for supporting the Primary Science days. A thoroughly enjoyable day for all involved! Alex Ford



Last term, Maeve Austin, Megan Kendal, Kitty Lund and Helen Southernwood took part in the Annual Maths Feast Competition for Year 10 students at Cardinal Newman College, Preston. The competition tested their analytical and numerical skills along with their spacial awareness; one round included making 3D shapes with origami paper. Around 20 teams took part but despite the strong competition the girls managed to win two out of the five rounds. They demonstrated great team work and strong maths skills throughout. Nadine Ford

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Success Summer Edition 2015  

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