Principal's Weekly Bulletin

Dear parents and carers

We’ve had another fantastic week with some great highlights we should all be proud of. The Business Enterprise day was a huge success on Wednesday; every single visitor or member of staff I spoke to was full of praise for the way our students conducted themselves. This event was the culmination of a significant piece of work by Mrs Hirst and she was very well supported by many people from across the school. It was a massive team effort and a very successful event; well done to everyone involved.  I would also like to thank our visitors who gave their time to support our students during the Enterprise Day. Some visitors were parents, some were governors and some had never been to UCC before. For our students, the opportunity to work alongside local business leaders, community members and regional dignitaries was incredible and this experience will serve them well in years to come.

Equally, all of the other activities from Theme Day were highly praised and thoroughly enjoyed. These events take an enormous amount of planning and this involves a range of staff from all areas of our school. The result is a series of wonderful experiences that our students will always remember and we should not underestimate the importance of this.

Our transition days were simply brilliant. We have received so many positive messages from parents and the students clearly had a great first experience of UCC. I spoke with our incoming Y7 students in assembly on Tuesday and talked to them about the importance of making positive first impressions – collectively we have made superb first impressions with these young people and their families and that is a critical aspect of ensuring their secondary education starts on a positive note. I would like to highly praise all of our current students who were superb role models during the transition days; starting secondary school can be a daunting prospect and our students made the Year 6 pupils feel at ease immediately. In particular, the UCC students from Year 9 who acted as tour guides and mentors throughout the two days were nothing short of exemplary and I was very proud of each and every one of them.

It was the Prom last night and it was lovely to see our Year 11 students enjoy their celebration event following the completion of their UCC journey. The students looked very smart and I hope they now enjoy a well-earned rest before collecting their results in August.

Sadly we say goodbye to Mrs Pearson and Mr Lewin this week, who will both be greatly missed at UCC. Mr Lewin has been exceptional and has given thousands of children a huge range of wonderful opportunities during his time here. You could not wish to meet a nicer man and I know his diligence, integrity, professionalism and humility are greatly admired by everyone here. Mrs Pearson has transformed our library provision and ensured that UCC students have access to a wonderful facility, full of exciting and inspiring literature.  Her commitment to making our library the best it can possibly be cannot be underestimated. We thank them for their dedication and their excellent work and we wish them all the very best for their future endeavours. I will provide some details in the bulletin next Friday of how our library and extra-curricular programme will be organised in 2018-19 and I can reassure you all that we will continue to offer UCC students a wide range of opportunities beyond the classroom.

Year 10 students have the opportunity to experience an A-Level taster day at Harington School on Friday 6th July. At the time of writing there are only a handful of spaces remaining, so parents need to complete the online form by clicking here if you wish your son or daughter to attend.

I hope you all have a great weekend.
Ben.