Principal's Weekly Bulletin

Dear parents and carers

This week I had the pleasure of attending the Design, Technology and Art Exhibition. This showcase of student work was truly astonishing and I was incredibly impressed with the standards on display. I loved watching the students show their parents and family members their work; everyone was simply beaming with pride. I also enjoyed seeing the D&T and Art staff proudly talking to our visitors about how students have developed their ideas throughout the past two years and how their final products have been shaped. The quality of work was extremely high and this is testament to the diligent approach taken by students and staff in these subjects. I’ve had many highlights in my first year at UCC and this was certainly one of them.

We received some good news this week when we were informed by Leicester-Shire and Rutland Sport (LRS) that we have been nominated for the Ernie White Commitment to School Sport award. The presentation will take place at Leicester Arena on Tuesday 3rd July – we will be keeping our fingers crossed and hoping our superb sporting provision is recognised by winning this award. However, regardless of whether we bring home this award, to even gain a nomination is a phenomenal achievement considering the number of secondary schools we are competing against in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

Mr Moloney took a group of talented art and design students from our Cookie Club to DeMontfort University this week and in usual UCC style our students represented the school magnificently.  They travelled to see the university’s art and design show which featured the best work of final year students before they graduate. Our students were given a guided tour of the workshops before being allowed to wander freely amongst the many floors of exhibits which varied from engineering designs through to textiles and fine art. The UCC students got to talk with many of the undergraduates about their work and about university life in general.

The Year 8 Boys’ Cricket team have made it through to the Melton & Rutland Varsity Cricket final after beating Catmose College by 8 runs on Friday last week. It was an impressive win considering the team only started the match with 7 players and finished it with just 6!

Also last week, the annual Maths Factor Inter-House Competition took place over lunchtimes. This annual event sees teams of talented mathematicians from Years 7, 8 and 9 join together to represent their house. Three competitive first round heats saw Babbage, Brunel and Stephenson make it through to the final which was held on Friday. The final consisted of three rounds of solving tough puzzles, tackling countdown number conundrums and a highly charged on the buzzer round. Babbage pipped Brunel to the post and were crowned Maths Factor champions for 2018 (pictured below).

I am extremely proud of the opportunities we offer our students and it never ceases to amaze me how talented and hard working our young people are. I always encourage students to get involved in some form of extra-curricular activity because these experiences are so important to the all-round development of young people.

It’s a slightly longer bulletin this week but I thought it was important to mention all of the wonderful activities that have occurred over the last week.

I hope you have a great weekend.
Mr Solly