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College Newsletter - October 2010

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  • Once again we are supporting the Operation Christmas Child shoe box appeal. Mrs. Martins enrichment group are co-ordinating this on behalf of the school this year, and we are appealing for your help. We need to collect items to put in the shoe boxes

    which are then distributed to children in less developed parts of the world as their only Christmas present. Please could you help by either filling an empty shoe box of your own or bringing in a few items to help fill a tutor group box. The website has lots more information and includes a list of suggested contents. We would like to exceed our previous total of 185 shoe boxes please help us to do this! Please bring any contributions into school and deliver them to Ma 2 where the Enrichment team will co-ordinate the boxes.

    by Mrs Martin

    OperatiOn Christmas Childwww.operationchristmaschild.org.uk

    Uppingham Community College

    The Modern Languages Department organised a wide range of activities this year to celebrate the European Day of Languages which took place on Monday 27th September.

    Every student in Years 7 to 11 and all staff had the opportunity to take part in a variety of competitions with an international flavour. The main language being celebrated this year was Mandarin Chinese. During the day with the help of three native Mandarin speakers and a local expert, several UCC students were involved in activities ranging from Mandarin Chinese Language and Culture, Calligraphy, Cooking, preparing and tasting a range of Chinese delicacies to Tai-Chi.

    Furthermore, at breaktime and lunchtime a selection of Chinese snacks and hot meals including Spring and Chinese Rolls, Sesame Prawn Toast, Honey Soy Chicken, Vegetarian Hom Bao, Baked Caramelised Mango and Mooncake were available in the Colleges dining hall. At morning and afternoon registration students were asked to respond to their name being called out in Mandarin.

    At lunchtime all students were able to watch a DVD of the Shaolin Monks Theatre show - The Legend of Kung Fu in the Colleges Drama Studio. Throughout the day in the Colleges exhibition area PowerPoints were running, giving all students and staff the opportunity to brush up their general knowledge on the importance of languages in todays society of ever increasing globalisation.

    by Mr Duffin

    the eurOpean day Of languages

    The new systems introduced this year are working well: - attendanCeThe ability to send a text to parents on each day of student absence The opportunity for parents to advise the College on each day of absence by the following: e-mail absences@ucc.rutland.sch.ukvoicemail (01572) 823631

    - infOrmatiOnThe option to e-mail parents with important information or copies of important documents.The facility to text/e-mail parents in the event of school closure.We would like as many parents as possible to benefit from the above but in order for them to do so, we need to keep mobile phone numbers and e-mail addresses as up to date and complete as possible on our system. We thank you for your continued support. NB: For those who do not have any of the above facilities, contact will always be made via alternative routes.

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    OperatiOn ChristMas Child

    Do something marvellous this

    Christmas. Help fill a shoe box.

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    eCO-sChOOls aCtiOn teaM

    The Eco Team have introduced

    plastic recyling to the College.

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    Rutland Racing R 19 car kept

    running for the full four hours.

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  • Dear Parents and Guardians,Welcome to the new Autumn Term at Uppingham

    Community College. Once again it has been a busy start to the year setting off to a great start with best ever GCSE results for the college. 81% of the students achieved 5 or more A* -C grades and there were many individual successes within that. Our Year 10 fast track DT students all gained A*/A grades bar one and the majority of the subject areas in school were significantly above the national average. These headline statistics do not have many important details, in that the majority of the students gained 8 or more GCSEs at A* - C, not just 5. The number of the A*/A grades was also above the national average and all this was achieved through gold standard GCSE courses. Also all the vocational students passed their courses and all students have gone on to A-Levels, college courses or apprenticeships. So well done to Year 11 2010. They will return to collect their certificates and prizes in November where the guest speaker will be Sarah Outen the youngest person to row across the Indian Ocean and holder of 3 world records.

    The new Year 7 students are settling in well and are already making a full and active contribution to college life. Miss Achard goes on maternity leave at half term and Mrs Brooks and Mrs Wells will take over Year 7 until her return. We welcome Mrs Hodgson, a very experienced English teacher, who will be taking Miss Achards classes. Also this term we welcome Miss Bonner, Mr Joy and Miss Manship to the Curriculum Support Department and Mrs Duell, our new teacher of Food Technology.

    We have also this term been successfully redesignated as a Technology College by the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust and having focused on Design Technology in Phase 4 we now hope to develop the

    STEM subjects right across the College. We have been awarded International Schools Status for our outstanding work in the Languages department and we have also been awarded Healthy Schools status. We are a member of the GetSet Network, working with the Olympic preparations and UCC is also a Childrens University, a national organisation devoted to accrediting students for extra activities. More details about that in the next half term! A fantastic set of achievements and congratulations to all the staff and students who worked so hard to achieve those awards.

    I hope that you have all received the information pertaining to the proposal that we should convert to academy status. If you were not able to attend the meeting on 7th October and would like to ask specific questions of myself, the Senior Leadership Team or the governors there will be a supplementary meeting after half term. Alternatively please email academyconsultation@ucc.rutland.sch.uk and we will respond to your enquiries.

    Finally congratulations and thank you to Mr Wilkins who has now been a member of staff at UCC for 40 years! Mr Wilkins has seen the College through many different phases and he continues to be a much valued member of staff.

    As always at this time of year, enjoy the Halloween and Bonfire Night festivities but keep safe!

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    Yr8 Trip to AberglaslynYr11 Spanish Trip to YorkYr7 Tutors Evening (4pm-6pm)PE Team - Indoor Athletics (CBEC)Post 16 Careers Event (National Space Centre)Yr10 GCSE Drama Trip to SheffieldPresentation EveningYr10 Tutors Evening (4pm-6pm)

    Family Activity Day (10am-3pm)Y11 GCSE Drama Devised Performance EveningSuccess Assembly (9am)Celebration of Christmas (7pm Uppingham Church)Themed Family Breakfast (7am-8.30am)Christmas Holiday

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    Many thanks to all Year 10 students who have performed in a most sensible and

    mature manner for their first experience of controlled assessments. Please ensure that no out of school appointments are made when controlled assessments are taking place. A catch up session will be available on Wednesdays after school until 4pm for

    any student who has missed an assessment due to illness or extreme circumstances.

    by Mrs park

  • The Year 11 Geography Students took a fieldtrip to the North Norfolk Coast on Tuesday 28th September, to collect data for their GCSE Geography Controlled Assessment. The day involved a whistle-stop tour to West Runton and Cley. The students collected beach data and took photographs of the main coastal processes and the coastal defences that have been built over the years.The day began with a pleasant but long bus journey. On arrival in Norfolk it was clear that this

    thankfully was going to be a rain-free and reasonably warm day. Following our visit to West Runton we moved on to Cley spit followed by the glorious Cley Marshes caf and bird-watching centre. It was an extremely fun and interesting day that enabled us to complete our Geography work; and the students seemed to enjoy seeing the North Norfolk Coast. The students had a very successful day and they will shortly be writing up their findings in Geography lessons.by Mr redmond

    gCse geOgraphy 2010

    Uppingham Community College recently celebrated the fourth and a most successful visit of students and staff from its French Exchange link school - Lyces et Collge Gabriel Deshayes in Loire Atlantique, France.

    Between the 24th September and 1st October 2010 forty six Year 9 students from the College paid host to their French penfriends from St Gildas des Bois in Southern Brittany, France. This was a great opportunity for the French students to experience at first hand English customs, culture and the language.

    The French students were treated to days out in London, Alton Towers Theme Park, Cambridge and Leicester Space Centre as well as spending some time in school and having a farewell party for all participating families at the College on Thursday 30th September 2010.

    by Mr Duffin

    the frenCh exChange