Crazy Cyclone Causes Chaos at Cross Country

Winter arrived with a howling wind and sleeting rain as our brave athletes from both Colleges arrived at a very wet and windy Framwellgate School on Wednesday morning at the Durham Schools Cross Country Championships. There were three age categories for our students, Year 10-11, Year 8-9 and Year 7. The courses ranged from 2 miles to 1 mile and the going was described as soft – heavy in places. There were puddles all over the course, hills of mud as well as driving wind and sleet which certainly made the races quite challenging! Our students bravely arrived at the start line wearing hats, gloves and full tracksuits and some even managed to finish the race with both of their shoes still on their feet!
Team Results out of 13 schools:-
Year 7 Girls
FCC – 6th
DCBC – 7th
Year 7 Boys
DCBC – 5th
FCC – 6th
Year8-9 Girls
FCC – 9th
DCBC – 10th
Year 8-9 Boys
FCC – 8th
DCBC – 9th
Year 10-11 Girls
DCBC – 7th
Year 10-11 Boys
DCBC – 6th
Physical Education Department

Sports Hall Athletics

The annual Schools Sports Hall Athletics Championships were once again hosted by DCBC this week with secondary schools from Chester le Street and Durham battling it out to qualify for next term’s County Durham Finals. The Chester le Street competition was first and the Year 7 and 8 athletes performed fantastically. The Year 8 boys and Year 8 girls teams both won their category as did the Year 7 boys, with the Year 7 girls finishing second. There were some outstanding performances with plenty of PB’s.

Next up was the Durham Schools competition – a highly competitive event with all 5 secondary schools involved. Despite being the smallest school there, the DCBC students performed admirably with some great performances in the field events. The Year 7 boys and girls plus the Year 8 girls all finished in 4th place and the Year 8 boys were 3rd. The students were a credit to both Colleges and we wish the winning teams all the best in the County Durham Finals.  

Children In Need

On Friday the federation raised £415.53 for Children In Need. Congratulations to everybody that was involved.

The County Durham Indoor Rowing Championships

The County Durham Indoor Rowing Championships took place at Maiden Castle last week. Secondary schools from all over the county sent students to compete in this very competitive annual event. Bobby Guy in Year 8 was representing the Durham Federation and his race was a three minute challenge to see how far he could row. In the qualifying round, Bobby managed to row 719 metres in the allocated time, this time he was up against 15 other students, many of whom row for clubs within the county. In a very close race, Bobby smashed his personal best and rowed for 734 metres finishing in a very credible 6th place. Bobby was presented with his certificate in assembly, Congratulations..

Federation House Cross Country Competition

The first College House competition of the year took place during the Autumn Term – and it was every student’s favourite – Cross Country. Each year group – wearing the coloured bibs of their respective Houses – participated in a one mile race to see who would claim the most points for their House. Every finisher earned a point for their team and the first team to get four finishers over the line took the maximum 30 points. 20 points for the 2nd team and 10 for the final team. There were some excellent performances and the top finishers in each year group will go on to represent the College at the forthcoming schools’ championships later this month at Framwellgate School.

DCBC  –  House Scores Autumn 1 – Cross Country

REDGRAVE

HEAP

RADCLIFFE

Year 7

46

39

74

Year 8

29

58

59

Year 9

55

52

49

Year 10

61

48

43

Year 11

38

55

48

TOTALS

229

252

273

Fyndoune – House Scores Autumn 1 – Cross Country

REDGRAVE

HEAP

RADCLIFFE

Year 7

54

101

47

Year 8

50

40

30

Year 9

70

30

80

Year 10

66

26

50

Year 11

20

20

20

TOTALS

260

217

227

Durham and Chester le Street Indoor Rowing competition

The annual Durham and Chester le Street Indoor Rowing competition took place at the Durham Amateur Rowing Club this month. A team of very keen Year 7 and 8 students had been practising every lunch time in the run up to the competition. The Year 7 competition was a 2 minute challenge and our students were up against some very strong rowers many belonging to rowing clubs. The Year 8 competition was a three minute challenge and  the best result of the evening came from Bobby Guy who finished in 3rd place in his race. In doing so he has qualified for the County Durham Finals on the 9th November at Maiden Castle where he will be representing Durham City.

ESFA Cup

The U16 Durham Federation football team reached the final 64 of the English School’s Football Association PlayStation National Cup. The match took place away at North Shore Academy in Stockton and turned out to be a game of two halves. The long journey there after school obviously took it’s toll on the College players as they were slightly sluggish out of the blocks in the first half. North Shore proved to be very strong and with some fortunate bounces and close decisions went into the lead early on. The second half was a different story entirely, with our boys in lime running, tackling, passing and shooting. For long stretches of the game, the Fed boys were the better team, shots rained in from all angles as their goalkeeper was forced to make save after save. Unfortunately, our brave team from Durham was unable to make a sufficient comeback and so returned to the school minibus with their heads held high having shown a fantastic fighting spirit, playing the game with great determination and sportsmanship.

Bonfire Night

​As we approach Guy Fawkes night County Durham & Darlington Fire and Rescue Service would very much like you to help them keep your pupils and their families safe from the potential dangers of fireworks and bonfires.  Attached are posters which can be printed out and displayed on school notice boards.  They are age appropriate for under 11s and over 11s.  There is also provided a brief advice note which could be printed out onto the rear of the posters to make an A5 / A6 leaflet which could be placed in the pupils’ homework bags.  Alternatively they could be placed on the school website or sent out to parents via e-mail / parents’ portal / etc.  They would also encourage you to contact your local fire station and arrange for them to visit the school to deliver a safety talk before 5th November.  All contact details can be found by following this link to their website and then clicking on ‘your area’ on the map https://www.ddfire.gov.uk/your-area

 If we work together we can hopefully reduce the number of injuries and incidents and help everyone enjoy a safe Guy Fawkes night.  If you require any further assistance then please contact Andrew Allison (Community Safety Manager) on 0191 3755611 or email aallison@ddfire.gov.uk.