Cross country relays

To kick off the athletics season UVHS hosted the cross country relays. Each team consisted of one pupil from each year group. The teams were set and pupils were ready for the race around Mr Quints challenging course! The results are as follows:

UVHS (orange)
St Bernards 
UVHS (purple)
St Bernards
UVHS (blue)
UVHS (red)
UVHS (yellow)
UVHS (green)

Outstanding performance from all teams with a fantastic result! Well done UVHS!

Cumbria Schools Golf Championships Success for UVHS

Seven UVHS pupils attended Kendal GC during the Easter Holidays to take part in the Cumbria Schools Golf Championships.

Sixth form pupil Natasha Slater, fresh from her top 3 finish at the Scottish Girls Golf Championships a week earlier won the girls competition with a 72 (gross).  This score was 3 better than any other player in the field which was an excellent effort of a cold and blustery day.  On the boys side Sixth form pupil David Boardman and Yr 9 pupil Bradley Fell finished 6th & 7th respectively with scores of 82 (gross).  We also entered 2 teams into the 3 player team competition on the day, with the best 2 nett scores from 3 to count.  Our team of Luke Quint, Sam Beddoes & Ethan Cole came in one shot better that the rest to qualify for the English Schools National Team Championships in July.  Our other team of David Boardman, Bradley Fell & Callum McDougall finished 3rd.

With this Cumbria Golf Championship not having run for a decade, England Golf have stepped in to ensure the game of golf at school level within specific areas of the nation is reborn and will hopefully continue as the years progress with further individual and team comps organised within Cumbria.

Well done

Mr Quint

Yr 11 Rugby League County Final (Champions)

After beating Dowdales to win the Yr 11 Barrow Schools Rugby League final 28-10 back in December, the UVHS Yr 11 team had the chance to end their secondary school rugby league careers against West Lakes Academy the way they entered in Yr 7, by becoming County Champions again, only 5 years later.  After finally finding a venue and a date to suit both schools, the game took place at Dalton RLFC on March 27.

A cold and wet afternoon/evening met both teams, yet this did not bother either team as they literally threw the kitchen sink at each other for the best part of 60 minutes, as the game flowed from one end to the other.  The defensive efforts from both teams were huge and the large crowd who had turned up to watch were treated to a spectacle of school rugby league.  The UVHS team grabbed an early lead and this was a lead that they would never relinquish.  The boys worked for each other and although the final 10 minutes were tense as the West Lakes Academy team mounted a comeback with 2 late tries, the final score of 24-16 was a reward for pure hard work and effort from the entire 18 pupils who played that afternoon.  UVHS Yr 11 County Rugby League Champions once again.

Can I thank the Yr 11 boys over the 5 years for continuing to play and enjoy their Rugby League.  We still had 10 of the 18 playing from that early Yr 7 triumph and a number of our Yr 10 team playing too, which should give them huge confidence for next year.

Well done all.


Sport Relief week

As part of a weeks’ worth of Sport Relief activities and events, UVHS had a visit from a professional athlete. Stephanie Inglis competed for Scotland in the women’s 57 kg event at the 2014 Commonwealth Games where she won a silver medal in Judoka.

This was a fantastic experience for the pupils to hear Stephaine’s story and understand what it takes to become a professional athlete. The pupils listened to a presentation where Stephanie explained her training schedule, event history and how she overcame a tragic motorbike accident. The pupils were keen with questions gained an insight into her sporting life, then the hard work really began as Stephanie put the pupils through their paces in her training circuit. As a reward for their efforts pupils got to take pictures with her silver commonwealth medal, finished off with a signed poster.

Brewery Dance Platform

On Tuesday 20th March the UVHS Dance team performed at the Brewery dance platform in Kendal. This was a fantastic opportunity for the pupils to showcase their talents on a professional stage.
The pupils had been working on a group piece with the stimulus ‘the strength of the pack is the wolf and the strength of the wolf is the pack’. The piece aimed to show a pack of wolfs fighting to become the pack leader, and it did just that.

The pupils were outstanding and performed the piece brilliantly!
They should be extremely proud of their efforts, well done.