UCTC Life May 11th 2018

logo.jpg                    UCTC Life - 11th May 2018                                   


We are delighted to bring you news that Joolz Earley and and her cheerleading teammates in Team Shadow with Zodiac Allstars are now World Champions! Many, many congratulations to Joolz and her teammates.  We hope to bring you the full story soon!

Race for the Line: Thursday 4th May was the date of the Regional Finals of the Year 7 Race for the Line rocket car competition inspired by the Bloodhound land speed project. We travelled to a school called Brambletye near East Grinstead where we rebuilt and raced our rocket car. We competed against 23 other teams, the best from Kent and Sussex. We had 90 mins to recreate a new foam body of the car and decorate it. Back at college we had designed some different wheels out of lighter materials to improve the car having tested different materials to see which ones shave off the most weight. We used carbon fibre for the axles, this was quarter of the weight of our last car. For our wheels, we had five spokes on  bamboo wheels. There were numbers on each rocket cars and we were number 14!

All the cars were raced before the results were announced. We achieved a speed of 33.761 mph on this track, placing us 2nd place out of all 24 teams, narrowly missing out in a place at the national finals. Although it was ‘May the 4th be with you’ day, it was not with us quite enough at that point in time!

Amy Overy 7I, Lucie Fowler 7I, Jack Wood 7F


Last weekend Miss Shipley and Mrs Levett took 15 of our students away on a netball tour at PGL Windmill Hill.  Both teams made huge progress in the short time they were there and won their first games ever! Tigers finished 3rd in their pool on day 1 and managed to retain their position on day 2 in the semi's to finish 3rd overall and bronze medal winners. Blaze narrowly missed out on 4th place.

Players’ player awards were voted by the teams and awarded to Lara, Becky, Elena and Lydia on respective days; player of the day voted by Mrs Levett and Miss Shipley were Lily, Mia, Jasmine and Grace; most improved was awarded to Tilly, Shannon, Emmie and Ruby.

When the group weren't playing netball the girls were challenging themselves on activities that included Trapeze, Abseiling, Rock Climbing, Rifle shooting, archery and giant swing. Two full on fun packed days and the sun was shining!  

On Friday 4th May, Ingrid Moore (12N) took part in an event at the Barbican Centre in London to celebrate the culmination of a six-month Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning project. Called ‘Tuning Into Change’, it examined the role young artists play in shaping society. Around 200 teenagers from the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Bristol Plays Music, Sistema Scotland, Sage Gateshead, and the National Youth Orchestra (NYO GB) were involved.

Ingrid played in the NYO Inspire orchestra: a programme run by NYO GB that allows teenagers to play the most challenging orchestral repertoire alongside some of the best musicians in the country, without joining the NYO itself. The orchestra was made up of 164 players - the biggest Inspire orchestra yet - including 10 players from the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles.

The orchestra performed the European premiere of ‘Danzon no. 9’ by Mexican composer Arturo Marquez. It was commissioned for the musical director of the LA Philharmonic, globally-renowned Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel, and had only ever been performed once before. The concert was filmed by Sky Arts for a documentary to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Barbican Centre in London.

Despite it being the European premiere, the performance was informal, taking the form of an open rehearsal, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel himself. Before the performance of 'Danzon no. 9', the orchestra introduced the presentation of the Tuning Into Change manifesto with a choreographed ‘creative piece’ that they had collaboratively written during their intensive rehearsal on the 29th of April. This was used to demonstrate how young people can come together to change the future of classical music and encourage a more open-minded, youth-driven approach to the arts in modern society.

 Ingrid found the experience incredibly rewarding and inspiring and hopes to play with NYO Inspire again in the near future. 

On the afternoon of Wednesday 9th May Georgia Allison, Year 12, attended Plumpton College with the Vice Lord Lieutenant and HRH Princess Royal. This was to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Hope in the Valley Riding for the Disabled Association.

As always we would love to hear from you if you have news of any achievements by our students in activities out of College.  Please email details to t.fletcher@uckfield.college.