This week marks the halfway point in the school year as we look back on what we have achieved and forward to what we now need to do. It was good to see some new faces in school this week as we had children doing entrance tests in anticipation of joining us in September 2019 – we shall be doing a number of these sessions over the next few weeks as we continue to build the school.
It was also good to be out on the fells this week (as detailed below). It was difficult to believe that this was February as the weather was simply stunning: here is hoping that it lasts, and all the best for the half-term break.
Mr Gareth Seddon, Headmaster
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This Week at School – Cockermouth Mountain Rescue
This week our pupils achieved their first Wainwright summit by walking up Sale Fell – 3.8km in total.
The trip to Sale Fell also included a visit to the Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Base where we were given a talk and shown round the base, their ambulance and their operations room by Derek Tunstall and Chris Abbot. The pupils had a go on their climbing wall, heard the sirens on the ambulance and learnt about the new technology available to help mountain rescue teams locate and rescue casualties. The pupils also got to strap Miss Cole into a vacuum mattress that the rescue teams use if they suspect someone may have a neck or back injury to keep them still when being carried or airlifted. Maddie (Y7) said “I learnt how hard it is to carry people off the mountains, I tried lifting the stretcher and it is really heavy, people are even heavier!”.
The advice given to the pupils included having their phones in flight mode while out hill walking to save battery usage. They have a lot of cases where people run out of battery half way through making a 999 call and if they don’t know where people are it makes it very hard to find them in such a remote environment. Miss Cole said “We were all really impressed with the base and the amount of training they do especially when you consider they are all volunteers!”
Miss Cole said “We were all really impressed with the base and the amount of training they do especially when you consider they are all volunteers.”
Thank you to the team at Cockermouth Mountain Rescue for their time.
Half Term & Other Information
Please note it is half term next week (18th February – 22nd February). You can still contact us on 01946 828000 and email us here with any queries.
On Monday 18th February the whole School site will be shut in order to allow statutory checks to be carried out on the electrical systems. During this time there will be no staff on site. Any queries can be emailed to us on the address below and we will get back to you.
Get to Know Sessions
We have two more ‘Get to Know’ sessions coming up:
- Tuesday 26th February – 2.30pm – 6pm
- Thursday 28th February – 6pm – 7pm
Following these sessions we also have two Open Afternoons:
- Saturday 2nd March – 12pm – 4pm
- Saturday 9th March – 12pm – 4pm
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Can’t make it? Contact us and we will arrange a time suitable for you!