All year long the DCBC tutor groups have been earning points for their attendance, their positive achievement points and for gaining the fewest negative behaviour points. There has been a really close competition since September in both Key Stage 3 and 4. Mrs Blanckley was delighted to award the prize to 8PB and Mr Donaghy awarded the prize (on a nail biting penalty shoot out) to 10SH. Both tutor groups were given an afternoon off timetable to take part in a session of Bubble Football. What fun was had by all and the staff themselves couldn’t resist trying the bubbles on for size. Games included a 6 a side match (Donaghy scoring the winner – a 38.5 yard screamer!) a game of piggy in the middle, cross the swamp, roly poly relay and then a last man/woman standing challenge. Well done to both tutor groups for working so hard all year.

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DCBC Sports Day

Another magical sportsday at DCBC this year to get us all in the spirit for Rio 2016.  So many students demonstrating a competitive spirit throughout the morning s field events and onto the afternoon s track events.  Total excitement prevailed with the relay events.  The staff themselves even taking on the running challenges! Congratulations to all medal winners but especially to Alex Ayre, winner of The Victrix Ludorum and Harry Renwick, winner of the Victor Ludorum.  The most exciting event of the day was the high jump with both Joseph Downing and Bailey Johnson breaking the college record in a close knit finish.  Well done to Bailey the overall winner! Radcliffe were house trophy winners and house captains Ben Patterson,Matthew Scurfield, Kimberley Heron and Logan Graham took great delight in lifting the trophy adorned with green ribbons.  Bring on 2017!!

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Get Set for Community Action


Seven Year 10 students from DCBC spent the afternoon at Ushaw Moor Nursery as part of an Olympic Legacy project called get Set for Community Action. Following a sporting visit by the young pupils last term, our students gave up their time to visit the nursery and help out for the afternoon. They offered to read books, play games in the yard and join in with activities including building towers, playing in the sand pit and with the water soakers. The staff at the Nursery were really thankful and gave all our students a bag of chocolates as well as a lovely homemade card.

A little birdie told me that the Staff Futsal Finals were going to be something special this week. Now I’m not the type of person who counts their chickens before they hatch but the sight of a pair of peacocks outside the Sports Hall made me really proud to be the player manager of this fantastic team. I’m often accused of running around like a headless chicken, sometimes a bit of an ugly duckling but we birds of a feather must stick together!

So off we went, like a bat out of hell, down the A167 to Park View School. It was a bit of a wild goose chase but actually only a few miles as the crow flies. As you all know the early bird catches the worm so we arrived with plenty of time to warm up. First game on the pitch was against the reigning Champions – was this the time to clip their wings? We knew the pecking order of the teams but this really would be a feather in one’s cap to defeat them in this competition. Unfortunately scoring goals against them can be as scarce as hen’s teeth and we lost the first match. This competition seemed to be an albatross around our necks but as regular readers will note, a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. Unperturbed we faced our next opponents – the eagle eyed Park View with the victors guaranteed a place in the final. Despite being no spring chicken, the manager had watched the opposition like a hawk and took this young team under his wing. A couple of early goals left us all as happy as larks and we started playing as free as a bird with goals flying in from all angles. It truly gave me goosebumps!

And so to the final of all finals against Oxclose – were we sitting ducks? Or would we soar like an eagle? We had certainly ruffled their feathers and perhaps now it was time for their chickens to come home to roost. Disaster struck early on as one of our flock became a lame duck and so bid farewell in what could prove to be his swan song. The Fed team picked themselves up like a rising Phoenix from the flames and looked as comfortable as a duck takes to water. Despite some fowl play by the opposition, missed by the referee who was as blind as a bat, the Fed team played gracefully, somewhat like a swan, not chickening out of any tackles while playing the ball about with touches as light as a feather. They could not cope with our level of skill and flew off the handle with some bird brained tackles; they appeared hen pecked and pigeon toed. We’d left them as dead as a dodo!

From our bird’s eye view there was only going to be one winner, as any wise old owl can tell you, and to kill two birds with one stone we won the game and collected a lovely trophy. As my old Uncle Robin used to say “What’s good for the goose is good for the gander” and the victory was ours! It was all over, we had done it, now was the time to fly the coop and so I gathered my geese and got the flock out of there. As we flew back home we spotted SIX Magpies on the side of the road – now how does that song go???

As Proud as a Peacock………..!

Your Avian Correspondent – Al Battross


Amazing Athletes

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On Thursday both colleges sent their Year 7 and 8 athletics teams to the Riverside Athletics Track in Chester le Street for the annual Junior Track and Field Championships. And what a day it was! It turned out to be the most successful championships ever with medals and certificates being awarded from all corners of the stadium. It didn’t matter if we were running, throwing or jumping the Federation team kept on finishing in the top three. In total the Durham Federation won SEVEN Gold medals, TWO Silvers and TWELVE Bronzes. The students were a real credit to themselves and their respective Colleges. Well done.

Bowled Over at Mini Olympics

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Today 15 Year 9 students from DCBC braved the elements and volunteered to help at the annual Primary Schools Mini Olympics at Maiden Castle. There were over 2,000 primary pupils taking part in 22 different sports throughout the day. The DCBC students – all hoping to study GCSE PE next year – were asked to help out with the cricket and dodgeball activities. After a quick warm up they met their school teams and were fantastic in explaining the rules and encouraging every child to try their best. Unfortunately the constant drizzle meant that rain stopped play at lunchtime but undeterred our students helped to tidy up and make sure all the equipment was collected in.
A massive THANK YOU to them all for being a real credit to the College.
Well Done.

Mighty Marines

On Wednesday the Royal Marines marched into Ushaw Moor to deliver some Physical Training sessions to the Year 10 students. Three officers were present and took our students through a wide range of circuits, exercises and physical challenges. The students worked really hard and were a real credit to the College.

Super Student off to World Champs

Kieran Fannan – a Year 9 student from DCBC is playing at the Junior Ball Hockey World Championships in Sheffield this week. Kieran is wearing the number 27 shirt and representing the Great Britain Under 16 team.
He will be playing against teams from Canada, USA, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Switzerland and all the scores and information can be found at the following website.
We would all like to wish Kieran all the best wishes and good luck for the competition.

Primary Olympic Festival at DCBC- June 2016

This week 11 Year 7 students from DCBC organised and ran a fantastic Olympic Festival for two local primary schools. They have been part of a programme called Sky Sports Living for Sports and have between having sports sessions all year to prepare for the big day. GB boxer Amanda Coulson has been their mentor and she came to school this week to support them and see them in action. The students were fabulous and were full of confidence demonstrating how the games worked and then keeping score. They also identified 2 boys and 2 girls who had shown a true Olympic spirit during the afternoon and then presented everyone with a certificate and a medal. What a great afternoon!! Attached a selection of photos.

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Perfect Performances Produce Purple Hoodies

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On Saturday 18th June two DCBC students rounded off a fantastic season of athletics by being selected for County Durham in the Inter Counties Track and Field Championships. This event – the 65th annual competition took place in Middlesbrough and was a highly competitive event between Northumberland, Cumbria, Durham and Cleveland.

Joseph Downing in Year 10 was competing against athletes a year older than himself and finished in a very credible 8th place jumping 1.55m.

Isabell Thornton in Year 11 competed in two events – she was 7th in the Long Jump with a jump of 4.28m and then a fantastic 4th in the Javelin with a throw of 24.16m.

They are proudly pictured wearing their Purple Hoodies. Congratulations from us all.