17th July 2009 Dear Parents and Guardians Welcome to our new look newsletter. As we come to the close of another academic year, Uppingham Community College, its students and its staff have a great deal to be proud of and to celebrate. It has been a year of significant success both locally and nationally and I am sure that as you read the details of these in the newsletter you will join with me in congratulating all those who have worked so hard to achieve these successes.
It’s not black and it’s not in the country: Year 8 trip to the Black Country Museum On Wednesday 24th June the Humanities Department took Year 8 to the Black Country Living Museum. Everything here is set in Victorian times and is a perfect way of enhancing our unit on the Industrial Revolution. Even the guides are dressed in Victorian costume. Our visit included trips down a mine to hear about nineteenth century mining conditions when boys as young as 10 would be working down t’pit. We found out how dangerous working conditions were, a real eye opener in these days of health and safety regulations requiring goggles to be worn for a game of conkers.
Sweeping the board at the Rutland Sports Awards, reaching the national finals in the Young Apprenticeship Awards, the Young BritArt competition and the TDI Design competition and gaining SSAT award for significant attainment in academic results, demonstrates that UCC really does provide the opportunities for every student to achieve their potential.
The Black Country was particularly well known for the chain making industry and some of the anchors used aboard the Titanic were made here. Female chain makers were able to multi-task by suspending their baskets from the ceiling and rocking them with one hand and hammering chains with the other. In an age before state benefits and old age pensions, we learned that women as old as 79 were doing this (without the babies of course).
We say a fond farewell to a number of staff this term and we wish them all the best for whatever they may move on to in the future. Mrs Sleigh, our Librarian, is retiring, Mr Moore, Mrs Fletcher, Ms Darvas, Mrs Payne, Mrs Heyday, Ms Ferris and Mrs Kyle have all contributed a great deal to the college and will be much missed by staff and students alike. Mrs Trenwith is retiring from her current role but will still teach 2 days a week and Ms Harris and Ms Anslow are on maternity leave. Joining us will be Mrs Wanliss [SENCO], Mr Crompton (Learning Resource Manager), Ms Frayne [French & German], Mr Kinsella [ICT], Mrs Rollins, [SEN], Mrs Robson [Maths] and Mrs de Verteuil [Design]. Mr Beckett will be in charge of ICT.
Rounded off with a chance to experience the rides on a Victorian funfair we decided It was a great day out, not least because the weather was glorious (unlike at Warwick Castle) and provided a fantastic way for students to learn about history and how lucky we are to be living in the twenty first century. Trips like this are important in schools and are an extremely valuable way of enhancing history and bringing it to life in a way that is not always possible in the classroom.
I would like also to congratulate those staff who have achieved success this year. Mr Davies [Specialist Schools and Academies Trust – National Lead Practitioner for Product Design], Mr Redmond [County Lead Practitioner for Assessment for Learning], Mrs Robson [Graduate Teacher] and Mrs Burton and Mrs MacFarlane [Higher Level Teaching Assistants] The governors play an extremely important role in the college and their contribution is vital to the successful development of UCC. If you would like to be a governor could you contact either myself or Rob Sawyer [Chair] to discuss how you might be involved. I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the consultation process about the changes to the college day and to the curriculum. I appreciate the many positive suggestions and comments we have received and these have informed our decisions. I recognise that this is the first major change to the College in over 20 years and naturally there will be very tight monitoring over the first year. It may be that adaptations may need to be made but if the college is to continue to move forward and progress then change must happen. Well the sun is set to shine and the forecast is good so I wish you all a well deserved holiday and I look forward to seeing you in the new academic year. With all good wishes JAN TURNER Principal
The high street had a parade of shops including a chemist and sweet and chip shop which went down particularly well with most of our students. For me the best bit was the old fashioned cash registers with that wonderful ringing sound that you now only see in repeats of “Open all Hours”!
Mr Gumbeer Below is Melissa Nutley’s account of the trip. The Black Country Living Museum is an amazing educational school trip. There is a lot to do in the Black Country Museum. The best part for me was going down under ground in an actual coal mine. It was a bit scary at first but we soon got over it. We heard from a child’s point of view about what it was like, and what sort of jobs there were to do. For lunch we went to a courtyard with Victorian shops. There was a sweet shop, a cake shop, a shop that sold all sorts of food and material, a shop that sold hunting equipment and tools (well not for real) and even a pub. We were allowed around the courtyard to walk into the shops and buy sweets. After lunch we watched a man make a chain just like they did in Victorian times. We talked about how our life style would be if we lived in that day and age. Can you believe it, that because I am a girl I would be married to a 40 year old and would have 1 child by the time I was 16? Once we had finished we walked down a small street and at the end there was a small fair. My two friends went on a ride that spun you round so fast your eyes watered as if you were crying. It was so cool.
Sam Brogan from Year 11 was selected for the final of the TDI Challenge held on 15th July held at Yamazaki Mazak UK Ltd in Worcester. He displayed and gave a presentation of his DT GCSE design work to the panel of judges. He spent a very enjoyable and informative day with the design team there, looking at manufacturing and designing on an industrial scale. He came 3rd out of the 10 finalists and won a Sony PSP and a trophy . ‘The Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) which organises the awards has been taken aback by the quality of entries to this year’s Technology Design Innovation Awards, a sure sign that engineering is starting to capture the imagination of UK youngsters.’
UCC’s Musical Talent Competitions This year’s Rotary Club competition was seriously disrupted by snow. However, pupils from the College were still invited through to the final of the Rotary Young Musician of the Year held in Melton Mowbray on 3rd May, where Nicola Roberts, Rachael Male and Amy Spilner took part as finalists, Vanessa White, Irene Cameron and Andrew Redfern won the Ensemble class and Andrew Redfern won the solo instrumental. Andrew later played in a concert at Oakham Theatre as part of the Oakham Festival, as did the flute trio and the College Choir. Vanessa White has since taken part in a Music Masterclass at Great Bowden, where she was given a lesson by a professional string player. As a result of the disappointments caused by the snow-bound contest, we held an in-house competition, judged by Jo Conquest, a Leicester based musician, and the winners were Mary Thornber in the Year 7-9 Class and Lottie Rand in the Year 10-11 Class. In the Leamington Spa Music Festival, held on June 27th, we had a number of instrumental successes. Beth Seton and Sarah Boyd both came second in their classes, and were presented with their certificates at success assembly. Carrie Coningsby won a cup as the most promising flautist in her category, and Emily Copperthwaite won the cup for Best Flautist. Well done to all of those. The Choir The choir continue to go from strength to strength and have performed a number of concerts in the area and made their way into the local newspapers on more that one occasion. Recent concerts include the County Council Thanksgiving Service, Oakham Castle and Uppingham Feast Week. The final concert of the year was a joint concert with Opera Minima called Rainforest, which was performed on July the 9th in the Drama Studio. Exams I have listed below students who I know have taken instrumental exams this year. There may well be many more! Name Laura Williams Beth Seton Carrie Coningsby Liam Williams Irene Cameron Joseph Nerini Emily Copperthwaite Mary Thornber Hatty Fenby-Taylor Amy Spilner Vanessa White Anya Wickikowski Maria Katsipi Rachel Cawte Gemma Hall Jeffrey Lamb Katie Jones Vanessa White Jessica Turricki Esme Kirsty Beatrix Wignall Ella Steward Sophie Newbold Abigail Alexio James Agar Angus Cooper Irene Cameron Charlotte Gregg Arthur Cunningham Mariana Dickson Rebecca Porritt Grace Hodge Harry Wade Hollie Denney Grace Haracz Will Yallop Emma Price Olsen Will Yallop Emma Price Olsen
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Musical Theatre Catherine Crook Georgia Wedderkop Rhian Owen Tilly Jones Calypso Keightley Kim Webster Jade Newman Penny Kay
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“UCC are one of over 30 schools who enter a team in the Co-operative Fairtrade Challenge at Lincoln University. The students had to show they understood the business values of a cooperative and what the Fairtrade movement sets out to achieve. They also had to produce a promotion for a fair-trade product and present their idea, research and costings to a panel of judges. This year’s entry was praised for its intelligent marketing and well developed presentation skills. The girls enjoyed the day so much they actually forgot there were prizes and were overjoyed when they were each presented with a portable DVD player for coming 2nd. The day also included workshops about The Fairtrade, movement, The Divine Chocolate Co and University life. Mr Beckett
Level Pass Stop press Merit Merit Vanessa White took part in the Leamington Spa music competition over the past two Pass weekends. On Saturday 27th June she won first prize in the 13 and under clarinet class and Pass also won second prize in the Grade 5 and 6 class. On the 4th July she won third prize in the Merit 12—14 violin class and she is currently awaiting results of her Grade 5 music theatre singing Pass exam. Pass Pass Merit Pass ROVA/YAPPS Jack Pass Pass What a year it has been! All the Y10 students are thoroughly Merit enjoying their chosen courses and once again the UCC has scooped the awards for Student of the Year in Motor Vehicles, Merit Jack Dalby. Well done to him. The students were awarded prizes Pass at Brooksby Melton College on Monday June 22nd where all the Pass students received certificates and were congratulated for their Pass ongoing efforts. Family and friends, as well as several Pass members of staff from UCC were present to see Jack receive Merit his award. Merit Distinction The Y11 students had completed their course and will all gain Distinction qualifications, and some have been offered Apprenticeships on the strength Pass of their qualifications. Sadly Matt Morriss (Y11) was unable to attend the presentation Merit ceremony but was awarded the Best Student (YApp) 2007-09 so congratulations must go to him also. Distinction Merit At the award ceremony in NCS Briony Devereaux-Batchelor was presented with the Most Merit Improved Student Award—again congratulations. Merit In December, seven of our Y11 students were put forward for Young Apprentice of the Distinction - 138 Year. Mark Jefferson was chosen by an outside panel to go forward to the Area Pass Finals in Lincoln. He won the award and subsequently went forward to the Distinction National Finals in London in July. Mrs Borrows is going to give Pass Mark support and we wish him all the very best for the evening. Merit Merit The new cohort for 2009-2011 has been decided and though it Distinction - 137 appears that, once again, they will have a lot to live up to I am Distinction sure that being UCC students they will rise to the challenge Distinction - 137 and no doubt be as successful as the previous courses. Distinction Mrs Williams
Activity Days The final week of term is always jam packed with different activities – cooking, self defence, cycling round Rutland Water and dance to name but a few. O n Wednesday Year 9 had a day of multi cultural experiences in which they played African drums, learned to salsa, made samosas and played American basketball. We have had trips off site to Twycross Zoo, Exton Falconry Centre and Wicksteed Park. We really are trying to wear them out for the holidays for you!
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After a very successful season the Year 9 Cricket Team reached the final of the Lord’s Taverners Cup, the Leicestershire County Cup, beating amongst others, Oakham School’s 1st team. They beat Leicester Grammar School by 8 wickets to win the semi. The final will be played in September.
Plans are under way for a series of six Family Activity Days on Saturdays from 10am until 3pm Groups will have the opportunity to complete hands-on technology projects together.
Higher Education Visits The last few weeks of Year 10 provide a lot of new experiences. Just before Work Experience, all students visited either a University or a College. This year we went to Lincoln and Leicester University, and the feedback has been very positive—the students had a enjoyable visit. For the first time, we also visited Leicester College, catering for those students who intend to follow vocational pathways. This too proved successful and we hope to increase the variety of HE establishments in the future.
Refreshments will be provided and participants' will be able to take home anything they have produced.
All Adults must be accompanied by a Young person. All materials supplied Places are just £4 and will need to be booked in advance with the College.
Contact Joanne Wade on 01572 823631 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Future Dates: 28th November, 30th January, 20th March, 22nd May and 17th July
What a Dramatic Year!
Community Activities at UCC between 6pm and 8pm
Looking Back Looking back, the academic year 08-09 has been a packed and enjoyable first year for me in the Drama Department. With three full scale productions for the public, four theatre visits and the ‘Creative Transitions’ project with the Primary Schools amongst many other day to day projects.
Fitness on Wednesdays in the Sports Hall
Year 8 have gone from strength to strength, creating lovely Pantomime work before Christmas and this year, their inter-form Grace Hara cz & activity on Wednesday 8th July, involved Kitty Kirto staging a full play with different tutor groups n, taking different scenes. The performance was a huge success, with each tutor group making an invaluable contribution and the Year group’s support for one another in the audience was outstanding.
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A talented group of Year 11 Directors produced some lovely work with Year 8 & 9 students for ’3 Plays in 3 Months’ back in November. This is an opportunity we’re hoping to offer up to next year’s senior students who are keen to share their enthusiasm with the younger years.
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www.ucc.rutland.sch.uk or email Mrs Wade for more information on email@example.com You, Me and Mrs Jones’ The highlight of the year has certainly been the School Production of ‘You, Me and Mrs Jones’, which was part of this year’s Uppingham Fringe Festival. It featured 27 Year 9 and 10 students, who played to packed houses on both 24th and 26th June and audiences were highly entertained by the array of madcap characters portrayed by the students. There were some outstanding perform-
IMPORTANT REMINDERS NEW SCHOOL DAY – for timings see enclosed bookmark and Page 5. ENRICHMENT – ONE SESSION IS PART OF THE NORMAL TIMETABLE. IT HAPPENS EVERY WEEK UNIFORM – STANDARD SCHOOL SKIRTS ONLY. TIES FULLY FASTENED ances from Jade Blocksidge and Natasha Whearity in the lead roles and from Tom Johnson, Agnes Cameron, Becky Porritt and Kate Macleod in various roles. The whole thing would not have been such a smooth running show had various Year 11s and ex-students not come back to give their support in technical roles and back stage. 15 of the Year 10s from the cast gained their Acting Colours by proving their commitment and ability through this project. We look forward to building on this success next year.
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After last Newsletter’s appeal for news of your individual achievements in the Performing Arts, we have discovered that Emma Webber (8HS) has gained a speaking role in ‘His Dark Materials’ at Curve, Leicester. Performances have taken place this week.
Tuesday 21 July 2009 10am - 12am Community Room Uppingham Community College
SSYT – Visiting Production
A delightful opportunity to join this fun event making delicious food with fruit and vegetables. Admission FREE - Booking Essential Children must be accompanied by a parent.
Stamford Senior Youth Theatre brought a production called ‘Dress Up Day’ in for the whole of Year 10 to enjoy on 30th June. It starred two of our ex-students and was an extremely high quality. Through entertaining Dramatic forms, they tackled issues of teenage identity, relationships and the all important Year 11 prom! Five members of the company also led an engaging workshop with the GCSE Drama students in the afternoon, exploring character and relationships in the play.
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Creative Transitions Nine Year 7 students have been awarded the role of Transition Ambassador this year to work on a Creative Partnerships project with Year 6 pupils. They have worked alongside a professional artist, Theodore Price, to come up with and deliver a programme of creative workshops to aid with transition from Primary to Secondary School. All of our Family of Schools have been involved on some level, with the three smallest benefiting the most from the project. A final sharing of the work created took place on 7th July and featured Drama, Cultural Dance, Harmony Choir and ended in the burial of a time capsule and planting of a silver birch tree in the picnic area, which can be identified by a plaque.
Year 7 Street Dance Workshops In the Summer Term we invited Sarah Jaggard, our Extended Services Dance Teacher, into the Department to run â€˜Diversityâ€™ inspired workshops. They went down extremely well with all who participated and we were struck by the raw Dance talent of our Year 7 students. It was especially pleasing to see so many boys enthusiastic about dance.
Youf Arts Our in house extra-curricular Drama group, after many years of success are keen to get more of our students involved. They put on regular shows of a high quality and really offer excellent opportunities in the Performing Arts in the town. They hold rehearsals on Monday evenings in the Drama Studio, so if you love performing come and try it out. See Miss Ashwell for more details. Sailing at Whitwell A group of 16 students from Years 9 and 10 took part in a GCSE PE sailing course for 10 hours at Whitwell Watersports Centre. We were really pleased last week that all passed the RYA adult Level 1 Award. Next year we are hoping to complete Level 2 as students will be able to gain better marks towards their PE course.
NEW SCHOOL DAY
Students achieving this award were: Francesca Wilkinson Amelia Thompson Sam Fury Trafford McIvor Jacob Norton Katie Jones Phoebe Stubs William Hughes Josh Haynes Ben Sandy Rachel Harries Stephen Forrow Liam Fahy Charlie Cliff
Monday and Wednesday 08.30 Registration 14.50 End of School Day
Year 9 Industry Day Following on from the successful change of emphasis for Industry Day last year, this July we took our Year 9 students out of College for the day to visit a variety of industries. Students learned more about the retail industry at Fosse Park in Leicester, where the manager gave them a fascinating look behind the scenes of a shopping mall. There was also a wonderful day at RAF Cottesmore, visiting Air Traffic Control, the Harriers maintenance section, the fire section, the gym, the RAF Regiment and many other areas. Landsend in Oakham provided an insight into the logistics and retail industry, Wicksteed Park in Kettering the leisure industry, Rutland Water for utilities and conservation, and Normanton Lodge Farm to find out about farming in the modern world. If any parents could help us provide more visits next year, we would be very grateful.
Tuesday and Thursday 08.30 Registration 15.35 End of School Day Friday 08.30 Registration 14.00 End of School Day Supervised private study until 16.00 every day.
Rutland Sports Awards The Sports Awards were held at Greetham Valley Golf Club on Wednesday 8th July. Each school in Rutland, both secondary and primary, were asked to nominate students for their contribution toward sports in the following categories:
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Sporting Talent—Girl Yr 9 Sporting Talent—Boy Yr 9 Best Team Young Sporting Personality of the Year Contribution to School Sport Through Sport Leadership (KS4) Boy or Girl
Grace Hodge Brad Mowat Yr 9 Cricket Team Rachel Harries
We were very proud and extremely pleased that UCC students won the majority of the awards.
Rachel Harries and Grace Hodge with their awards
Year 9 student Tom Johnson is appearing in Stamford Shakespeare Company’s production of “A Midsummer Nights Dream”. He is “Cobweb” one of the Fairies. The production is running from 3rd—8th August and tickets are available from the Stamford Arts Centre.
Year 10s are coming to the end of their two week placements. We have had a huge variety of placements this year, and some wonderful feedback already. Most of our students have had some really valuable experiences. It makes all the hard work involved in placing our students worthwhile when we have employers who tell us how “delightful, fantastic and lovely” our Year 10s are, and that they have been “a real help”. Some students have actually been offered work in the future. We do try to visit all of the placements, and so many of our supervisors have commented on how professional the students look, and how grown up they suddenly become. We firmly believe that Work Experience is a hugely beneficial time for our students. They come back with a much clearer idea of where they want their learning to lead, and therefore with far greater motivation. Obviously we could not provide Work Experience without the good will of so many employers and we would like to thank them all for giving up their time to provide such worthwhile placements.
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Out of 12 matches they won 10 and only lost the one!
Ella Brahmachari, Charlotte Gregg and Lilly Hives represented Rutland in the Rutland Youth Games. Rachel Harries and Francesca Wilkinson from Year 9 play for in the Market Harborough Youth league and their team won the U14 Northampton Netball League. Rae Ellen Collins was presented with the Golden Ball Award by ex Liverpool and Wales star, Ian Rush and England Women’s International star Kelly Smith, for her performances in a recent football tour competing for Harborough Town Girls U15’s at Easter and at the Spring Football Festival in Skegness. It was awarded for the most talented moment of the tour for her goalkeeping/sweeping and was the only U15 girls section to receive the award.
The GCSE Art Show once again demonstrated the superb talent of our student as the exhibition of Year 11 arat work was staged here and then with other show case pieces at Catmose Gallery. The latter exhibition also included work by the Year 10 Creative and Media students. Well done to all involved.
S EW Did you know ……… N S Etamar Sapir in Year 8 is a member T R of West Academy.
Harry Hathaway in Year 7 swims for Leicester Penguins. The club is ranked 17th in the UK. He won a trophy for finishing 1st in the 200m Individual Medley for U13 in his club championships.
Adam Gill and Holly Cunningham from Yr 10 were shortlisted in the Guardian’s Young Brit Art competition. Out of the 1639 entries Holly’s entry (opposite) was featured in the Education Online Guardian.
Harry Hollis who left last year won gold at the Leicestershire Schools County Championships and qualified to attend the National Schools Championships held last week.
Following on from a series of golf coaching sessions, the three Rutland Colleges, UCC, Catmose College and CBEC organised a Golfing competition at the Rutland Water Golf Course. The winners of the competition were the 2nd team : Jack Flavell, Edward Bell, Dominic Horton and Will Thraves all from Yrs 7 & 8. Niall Quinn Jarvis, James Rowe and Pascal Risi were in the 1st team and came 2nd. Congratulations to all who took part.
Community Activities at UCC between 6pm and 8pm Dance Classes on a Thursday Former West End performer - Sophie Williams will lead street jazz and hip hop Whilst Susanmary Johnson will take us through our ballroom steps.
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The Winning team
RT Athletics—UCC won the triangular competition against SN EW Catmose College and CBEC. Many of students then went on to S compete in the Leicestershire Schools County Championships held at Saffron Lane Athletics Stadium. Ellie Hemings won the Gold Medal in the U13 High Jump and had her medal presented to her by Aisha Hansen, the British Triple Jump Champion. The other students who won medals were: Silver—Ella Brahmachari (U13 200m), Charlotte Cotter (Inter Girls 800m and Relay), Rebecca Wymant (Junior Girls 100m and Inter Girls Relay), Carrie Coningsby (Inter Girls Relay), Kieran Boyd (U13 Boys Discus) and Ryan Dunsmuir (Junior Boys 800m). Angus Green won Bronze in the Inter Boys Discus.
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I was delighted to receive so many applications from Year 10 students to be senior prefects, prefects, house captains, peer mentors etc. After a rigorous selection process involving interviews with staff and a governor and a formal presentation, the following students were appointed in the most senior roles: Edward Crouch and Anya Wicikowski as Head boy and Head Girl. Deputy Head Boys and Girls are Kate Macleod, Sophie Newbold , Oliver Horton and Marcus Parsons and members of the senior prefect team are Carrie Coningsby, Sarah Boyd, Ellen Gregory, Emily Barnacle, Edmund Moody, Edward Bishop and David Booth. Mrs Turner Principal
College Newsletter - July 2009