Our KS3 students from both Colleges competed in the annual Durham and Chester le Street Cricket competition this term. Seven schools attended the festival held at the Sacriston Cricket Club in gloriously sunny conditions. A really competitive event was divided up into two pools with the winners of each progressing to the County School Games later this year. Both teams played really well with several club cricketers showing their skills with bat and ball. Each game was an 8 over match and both teams managed to score over 50 runs each time. The final match was a Durham Federation derby, a very keenly contested affair which resulted with both teams halving the match and honours were even.
This week was National Schools’ Football Week which has been coordinated by the English Schools Football Association. Marking a celebration of schools’ football, this new initiative reflects the spirit of competition, fair play and team work. Schools around the country are staging football themed events and lessons throughout the week, utilising the popularity of football to inspire pupils both on and
helping boost the participation of boys and girls football. In this week’s PE lessons students are being given the opportunity to play small sided football games in Houses with every goal scored counting for 2 House Points. The overall scores are included below.
Race for Life is underway at The Durham Federation. Totals will be revealed at the end of the week but we’ve already had a huge contribution from years 10 and 11. Congratulations to our Race Winners Thomas Park, Shelia Hyde, Kyle Huberry and Antonia Smith. Award winning fundraisers so far are Kelsey Young and Mackenzie March. Thank you for your contributions. Some students chose traditional pink but others chose football shirts or blue to remember Bradley Lowery.
The Year 7 Federation 5 a side Football team played at Belmont school this week in the 1st round of the County Cup. The indoor version of the game is a very quick form of football with quick decisions and nimble footwork an essential skill. The Fed team played really well in all their games and showed fantastic sporting behaviour and attitude – a real credit to their College. Overall they finished in 2nd place – Congratulations.
Olympian, Commonwealth Games Gold medallist and BBC Sports Presenter Craig Heap visited College today as an Athlete Mentor for the Sky Sports Living for Sport programme.
He started the day by delivering an assembly to Key Stage 4 students with a message of working hard at school and following your dreams. Next he worked with a select group of GCSE PE students talking to them about his journey from a farming background in Burnley to being the first British male individual gymnast to compete at an Olympic Games – in Sydney in 2000.
He delivered some team building activities including sitting volleyball and then enjoyed a delicious school lunch. In the afternoon he mentored our students as they officiated at the Primary School Sports Hall Athletics competition with pupils from Langley Park, Edmondsley, Bearpark and Esh Winning.
The students helped set up the equipment and then measured, timed and counted as the primary pupils competed in a range of events. Primary staff were very impressed with their organisational skills and Craig thoroughly enjoyed his busy day saying that our students had been a credit to the College. We look forward to him returning in the New Year.
The Durham Federation PE Staff have become World Famous by being included in the 2017 edition of the Guinness Book of Records. If you turn to page 94 you’ll see the write up and a photo of their official World Record when they took part in the Largest Ever Pantomime Animal Race at Newcastle Racecourse.
We would like to wish our friend and Paralympic athlete – Gemma Collis – best wishes as she competes in the Wheelchair Fencing competition in Rio this week. She has visited both Colleges and we hope she can come back and see us with a Paralympic medal…!!! Best of Luck @GemmaCollis