On Friday afternoon students from both Colleges really got into the Christmas spirit by wearing festive clothing on non-uniform day and then bringing in money for local Charities. They were also given a Santa Hat to wear during the day and to help them run fast in the afternoon’s Santa Fun Run. Year 11 students also helped create a cracking atmosphere by dressing up as Santa, his helpful Elves and of course Rudolph..!! Great fun was had by all, spot prizes awarded and almost £700 raised for Charity.
Merry Christmas from the PE Department.
On Wednesday evening students from FCC travelled to DCBC for the annual Christmas Truce Football match in memory of the famous incident that took place on Christmas Day in the First World War. Almost 100 boys and girls played in a variety of football matches from Year 7 to Year 11 in a competitive but very friendly manner. After the games, all played in the correct festive spirit, the students headed indoors to swap gifts that they had brought with students from the other site. Christmas songs were sung and the Federation Trophy was awarded to Fyndoune as they just managed to win a couple more matches than DCBC. A great night was had by all.
On Wednesday evening the DCBC Year 10 Football team played in the Quarter Final of the County Cup at home to North Durham Academy. In blustery conditions the boys in black and blue could easily have been two goals to the good in the first 10 minutes had it not been for some fantastic saves by the opposition goalkeeper. NDA sneaked a goal just before half time against the run of play and lead 1-0 at the interval. The second half changed dramatically as a hurricane wind blew in and made the playing conditions very difficult. NDA scored a couple of wind assisted goals and ended the game victorious but our boys held their heads high and showed a great fighting spirit.
Mr Maitland and Mr Donaghy
On Wednesday morning members of the College Student Council went to visit the largest Foodbank Warehouse in the North of England. It is based in Chester le Street and holds over 25 tonnes of food which is then distributed to 27 different Foodbanks around the County Durham area. So far this year over 18,000 people have benifited from the donations made. Assemblies this week have focused on the work that Foodbanks do and on the last day of term the PE Department are organising a Santa Fun Run with all money raised going to the Durham Foodbank.
The Student Council asked loads of interesting questions and were amazed at the size of the warehouse – especially at how many tins of baked beans there were. The staff at the Foodbank were very grateful for our visit and are looking forward to receiving all our donations before Christmas.
On Thursday evening the Year 11 Federation Futsal team headed back to North Durham Academy for the second leg of the Durham Futsal League. Having won all four games last week the pressure was really on for the team in lime and black to secure their place in the County Durham Finals as well as into the College history books. First up were Tanfield who were dispatched 6-1, next hosts NDA who were defeated 4-0 and finally the icing on the cake a 2-1 victory against Park View. Played 7, Won 7, Scored 23, Conceded 4. A fantastic achievement and best of luck in the next round which will be early in 2017.
Mr Donaghy, Mr Maitland and Mr Walworth
On Wednesday afternoon 26 students from FCC travelled to DCBC to compete in the Chester le Street school Sports Hall Athletics Finals. The competition involves a series of running races, relays and throwing and jumping events with points awarded for each finisher.
The students have worked hard all term in lessons and at after school practices and were a real credit to the College. Overall the Year 7 team finished in 3rd place and the Year 8 team were second. Students will be awarded medals for their performances in assemblies next week. Well Done!
Award winning students from FCC and DCBC meeting Olympic bronze medalist Amy Tinkler. Thank you to Mrs Robbins and Mrs Ford for helping the students with their compositions. They were displayed for all to see.
Mrs Blanckley and Mr Donaghy .
Marc Milner and Ellie Harris competed in the County Durham Indoor Rowing Championships at Maiden Castle on Thursday evening and came away with stunning results. Competing against schools from all over the County including Durham School and Durham High School for Girls, Marc won the Year 8 boys race and Ellie was second in the Year 8 Girls race. They will now go on to represent County Durham in the North Of England Finals next year. A truly fantastic achievement.
On Thursday evening ten students from the Year 11 Federation team battled their way through two very tough encounters against Biddick School and St Robert’s School. Despite being a player short for both games the team battled valiantly and were only defeated by one goal in each match. Both opposition managers were very complementary about the team and once again they were all a great credit to the College.
Mr Maitland and Mr Donaghy
On Wednesday evening a Cross Federation Year 11 team headed up the hills to North Durham Academy in Stanley to play in the County Durham District Futsal Finals. This fast paced indoor version of football is very popular in Europe and is beginning to take schools football by storm. Matches were 10 minutes long and first up were Tanfield. A straight forward 2-0 victory. Next were Park View A – and another convincing win 4-1. Then came Park View B who were dispatched 3-0. And so to the final league fixture against hosts and only other undefeated team. Same story, different score as the Fed won 2-1.
A magnificent achievement in winning all 4 games scoring 11 and only conceding twice. The team will return to Stanley next Thursday to play the final round of fixtures.
Mr Donaghy and Mr Maitland