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Parent Bulletin 03/12/21

Please see the latest parent bulletin from Mr Solly below....

Dear UCC Families,

Royal visit to UCC
On Tuesday we were fortunate enough to welcome a very important guest to UCC. His Royal Highness, Prince Richard, The Duke of Gloucester (cousin of the Queen and 31st in the line of succession to the British throne) made a visit to Rutland and UCC was the last leg of this trip. He planted an apple tree in the ERP garden as part of the Queen's Jubilee Canopy and then unveiled a stone plaque (thank you Mrs Finnemore!) to officially open the new Humanities classrooms and PE Fitness Suite. We were not permitted to inform the school community about this visit unfortunately, so only a small number of people within the school were able to meet and interact with him.  He spent longer than we expected talking to people here and was very complimentary about our school. We even made it onto the official Royal Family Twitter account (link here), although I'm not sure HRH The Queen manages this herself. This was a wondeful moment in our school's history and we are very honored to have been part of his visit to Rutland. 

Careers week
Careers week has been a great success and our careers advisor, has been working with Y11 students throughout the week on their future plans and pathways. Her feedback on our careers provision has been very positive, and we have some great ideas about how to further enhance our offer for students. Equally, she has been full of praise for students and how they have conducted themselves during their meetings with her. 

Y10 Art Lesson: Linocut Printmaking - 29th November
We hosted a local professional artist, Gregory Millar, in school this week, who worked with Year 10 Art students on Linocut Printmaking. The work the students produced was outstanding! This was a great experience for our students and Gregory was a real inspiration to them. Well done to the DT&A team for organising such a fabulous opportunity for our students.

Christmas Jumper Day - Friday 10th December
It would be great to see lots of students in Christmas jumpers next Friday - I'll be dusting off the Nakatomi Plaza Hotel jumper for its annual outing. The message for students is below:

In aid of Save the Children, you can wear a Christmas Jumper over the top of your usual school uniform for a minimum donation of 50p. It is entirely optional but, obviously, it would be great to see students engage with a great cause.  Please remember that you are still expected to wear the normal UCC school uniform, including ties, with a Christmas Jumper over the top of your shirt. 

Christmas Lunch in a Box - Tuesday 14th December
Menu available via online booking form from 12.30pm today:
Orders to be placed by 5pm, Friday 10th December.

Christmas Breakfast - Friday 17th December
A traditional Christmas breakfast for students will be served between 7.30am - 8.30am at a cost is £2.70. This does not need to be pre-ordered, just turn up on the day.

Final day of term - Friday 17th December 
We finish at 1pm on the last day of term, with buses departing at 1:15pm. Students will have a mix of Christmassy activities and normal lessons throughout the day and it will be a normal school uniform day.

Finally, I would just like to re-emphasise the point I made last week about the temperature and our uniform expectations. It is very cold, so we strongly recommend students wear a warm coat to school, which they are allowed to keep on in lessons. However, hoodies and non-UCC are not to be worn in place of coats, or underneath blazers. Please can you support the school by delivering the same message at home. Some students have asked me if they can wear their navy PE sweater under their blazer on non-PE days and for the time being I have agreed to this, given that we are dealing with cold temperatures and have to keep windows and doors open. 

I hope you all have a great weekend.
Mr Solly