UCTC Life March 29th 2018

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Sports Report: Uckfield Girls are National Trampoline Champions!

Enormous congratulations to Rosie Sullivan, Poppy Bisset and Millie Dadswell


For the full report please follow this link


Year 8 Students Speak Out for charity:  All Year 8 students recently took part in a charity speech day where they learned persuasive writing, speaking and presenting skills.


Students selected charities of their choice to campaign on behalf of. Working in pairs, they spent a busy day learning about persuasive speaking and writing. They produced a short speech in role as ambassadors for their charities.

Ten tutor groups competed in the afternoon to select finalists from each group to compete in a grand final in the LRC. The finalists performed in front of their entire year group and several staff too! Students then voted for the speech they thought was the most persuasive.

The year group winner was Dino Buckwell for his entertaining and very persuasive speech about WaterAid.

The runners-up were Mohammed Obaid and Tyler McConville (Syria Relief), and James Gurney and Will Gurney (Alzheimer's UK).

Donations brought in on the day were awarded to the winning charity.

Well done to all the year 8 students, who raised over £200 by speaking so eloquently about their chosen charities.



Well done to all those who Spoke Out

8U   Tyler McConville and Mohammed Obaid

8C   Ida Larkin and Anna Lucas

8K   Lorna Downing, Elmira Horthy and Holly Hemming

8F   Neve Beach and Aiden Kearns

8I    Sophia Smith and Varsa Jeyarajah  

8E   Rosie Muddle, Jodie Miles-Foster and Mia Moffitt  

8L   Rosie Fox, Tamzin Woolgar, Jess Cherry and Kayla Luck

8D   Ollie Dalmon, David Gyulai and Sam Coates

8M   James Gurney and Will Gurney

8N   Dino Buckwell


Following on from our news last week regarding the UK Maths Challenge Success, we apologise for omitting the following information regarding the UKMT Intermediate Challenge.


Year 9 Certificates:

Zachary Ruane

Ben Chevassut


The following students qualified and entered the European Round of the UKMT Intermediate.

Qualifiers to European round:

Jacob Doherty

Ander Harris

Joseph Irwin

William Dawson-Holgate

Zachary Ruane


Congratulations to all for their fabulous achievements!

The College Chess Club have completed the school’s part of this year’s UK Chess Challenge.  From 20 who started the Challenge no less than eighteen have qualified for the next stage, the Sussex Megafinal, to be held on a Saturday in May! This compares more than favourably with previous years; in fact it is a record number of qualifiers, partly due to the national organisers accepting all secondary age students who have completed the Challenge.


The qualifiers are:-

Under-12 Girls – Lydia Munn, Anna Sherriff & Zoe Mileman

Under-12 Boys – Bobbie Ridley, Seamus Harris, Fabian Orde, Reuben & Toby Burfield

Under-13 Boys – Oliver Christian, Rumi Ullah, Dino Buckwell & Zak Anderson Under-14 Boys – Oliver Burchett, Benedict Weis & Troy Southall

Under-15 Boys – Joshua Christian  

Under-18 Boys – Michael Stockham & Oliver Southall.  


It takes commitment and enthusiasm to qualify, as well as some skill.  Michael Stockham won the club championship with a score of 20/21, with Benedict Weis second and Troy Southall third.

Congratulations to Hollie Irwin in Year 13 who has been awarded the British Tennis Awards South East Area, Young Volunteer Award for 2018.  The South East Region judging panel for the British Tennis Awards consisted of representatives from Middlesex, Kent, Surrey and Sussex. The nominations this year were of an incredibly high standard, so Holly can be immensely proud of her achievement. We certainly are very proud of her!

Congratulations to Drama Students of the Term:

Year 7 Lyla Moger and Ashley Bleeker 7C

Year 8 Nicholas Woolley 8I, Becky Chapman 8F and George Coleman 8U

Year 9 Liam Ferris 9U, Rebecca Ikeson 9U and Rebecca Beer 9U

Year 10 Holly Smale and Jasmine Bolton

Year 11 Leo Ferguson and Josh Edwards

Year 12 & 13 Oliver Jordan

The Overland Hike Competition 2018:  The weekend of 24 & 25 March was the 51st Overland Hike Competition.  In teams of four, Scouts & Explorers took part in a challenging 25 mile incident hike over two days, carrying all their kit in rucksacks with a total weight of 40kg/44kg and camping overnight in the South Downs National Park.  Nearly 70 teams entered this year’s competition!

Ashdown District Scouts and Explorers from Uckfield, Buxted, Crowborough and Groombridge had been training together every weekend since the beginning of January; improving their map reading skills, distance and speed of hiking and doing some incident training along the way.  They had a practice expedition weekend at the beginning of March; there was very low cloud on the Downs testing their navigational skills on the Saturday, then beautiful sunshine on Sunday!

This year the Overland Hike Competition started in Poynings and at the 14 checkpoints along the way the teams were given incidents which tested their Scouting knowledge, such as first aid, rope work and pioneering, plus unusual skills like setting a formal dinner table, recording wind speed and changing a nappy!  Points were awarded for the incidents as well as for teamwork, camping skills, cooking nutritional meals and for hiking at 3 miles per hour. 34 Scouts teams and 24 Explorer teams made it to the finish in Hassocks on Sunday, which is a fantastic achievement. Ashdown District had 11 Scout teams and 5 Explorer teams entered.

A huge well done to all the students who competed from year 7 right through to year 13 and congratulations to 1st Buxted O’Brien’s Scouts as one of their teams came joint 1st!

Joint 1st    Buxted and Groombridge

Joint 4th   Uckfield ‘Alpha’ and Crowborough

8th    Uckfield ‘Alpha’

10th   Crowborough

12th Buxted/Groombridge

15th   Buxted

21st   Uckfield ‘Phoenix’

34th Crowborough


Tullis Explorers came 1st & 6th

272 Explorers came 2nd, 9th & 11th


1st Buxted O’Brien’s Scout teams:

Joint 1st place - Katie Pain, Nick Woolley plus Charlotte Hurst & Duncan Paterson

12th place -  Scouts from Buxted & Groombridge

15th place -  Elmira Horthy, Fran Mumford, Freya Jeffery, Tiger Innes


4th Uckfield Alpha Scout teams:

4th place - Esme Dode-Angel, Jack Jarvis, Louis Wood, William Varrall.

8th place - Ceri Price, Eloise Atterbury, James Moyes, Oscar Price.


4th Uckfield Phoenix Scouts:

21st place - Daniel Gooch, Jack Bulmer, Jayden Burgess, Owen Gibson.


Ben Todd in 7I was in the competition for the first time this year and his team from Crowborough Scouts came in 10th. Ben has been an active member of 1st Crowborough Scouting since the age of 5. He has always been interested in this particular event as his father competed when he was a teenager. Ben rose to the challenge of the training every weekend with enthusiasm and commitment.


272 Explorers teams:

2nd place - Austin Munn, Frazer Munn, Freya Stewart, Ollie Southall

9th place - Eleanor Mumford, Gabe Jones plus Angus Paterson & Matt Clare

11th place - Bree Nichols, Ben Haynes, Jess Molesworth, Tom Lines.

Finn Carlisle joined a team from Tullis Explorers which came 6th


Well done to all who took part!

Congratulations to Lily Larkin in 10N who achieved a DISTINCTION in her Grade 5 Drama Exam with a mark of 96 out of 100. This is a fantastic mark for such a high grade and her teachers, friends and parents are very proud of her. Well done Lily!

Congratulations to Tilly Ruane in 7M who represented Uckfield Gymnastic Club in her final gymnastic grade 1 at the Regional Competition at Guildford last Sunday - she passed with ‘Commended’ and won a Bronze medal.  Well done Tilly!


Congratulations to Luca Major-Owens who came 8th out of 22 when she travelled to Ireland last weekend to represent UCTC in the Elite category in the National Schools’ Trampoline Finals.  Well done Luca, we are very proud of you!

Last weekend Joolz Earley, Year 9, and her teammates from the Zodiac Allstars had an amazing weekend competing in the 2018 FC Brings it On Cheerleading Championships in Paris, France.  They competed against some of the best in Europe and we are delighted to be able to report that both of Joolz’s teams came first and they also got Grand Champions; what a fabulous result!

Taking part in the Disney parade was an incredible experience and they now have just 5 weeks until the Summit Championships in Orlando, Florida.  Many congratulations to Joolz and the team!


Kristy Scholler in 11D had her last rehearsal last weekend and will be competing at the finals for Topmodel Uk on Friday the 6th April at the London Hilton Metropole Hotel.  She has also raised so far £370 for Children with cancer through this campaign and is aiming to reach her target of £500 before the show. We wish Kristy lots of luck at the competition.


Poppy Damazer Recital: Since obtaining a first class degree in bio medicine at the UEA, Poppy has been working in the music department at the UEA in Norwich and continues to pursue her singing professionally. She is preparing this recital as a fundraiser but is actively trying to promote herself in the singing world. The performance will be about an hour followed by refreshments.  For full details please follow this link



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.