Head Boy and Head Girl on first official engagement

The new Head Boy and Head Girl visited the Durham Foodbank warehouse in Chester le Street today to hand over a cheque for ¬£350 which was raised from the College’s recent Santa Fun Run. The College had previously handed over almost 200kg of food after collecting tins and foodstuff last term. The ‚Äčstudents were a credit to the school and asked some very challenging questions. They will be writing a report on their visit shortly and have expressed an interest in doing some voluntary work at the warehouse in the future.

Craig Heap , Olympic Gymnast

Craig Heap , Olympic Gymnast and all round nice guy came into give an inspirational speech to the Year 11 before they sit their mock exams. He talked about taking all your opportunities, to have goals and to work hard to achieve your dreams. He then helped the PE students with some top tips on revision techniques.



A visit from Houghall College

This week saw a visitor from Houghall College, who led an assembly explaining the practical courses that are on offer including caring for dogs, horses and sheep. They also described the amazing new campus look together with the many new facilities offered at Houghall, following a 12 million pounds investment.


National Citizenship Service

The National Citizenship Service visited with a fantastic opportunity for students to have a two week adventure holiday and then come back and organise a local community project. More than 20 students signed up and we look forward to hearing how they get on



Durham 6th Form Centre

The Year 11 students have been getting lots of advice and helpful knowledge as they prepare to look at the next stage of their education. Durham 6th Form Centre came into both Colleges to lead an assembly on the types of courses that they offer including A levels in Criminology and Media Studies. Interviews followed the week after and almost all students were offered a conditional place.
6th Form Centre open evening 28 April

Badminton Bonanza

The Chester le Street Schools Badminton Finals were hosted by Fyndoune this month and their opponents were Hermitage school. First up were the KS3 girls, made up of 4 players who took it in turns to play singles and doubles matches. Points were awarded for each game won with the winning school going through to the County Durham Finals later this month. Hermitage were very strong and defeated our girls 4-1.
The KS4 boys competition was a cracking event, Fyndoune represented by a Year 10 team and a Year 11 team and both squads battled it out for the number one position. In a close competition it was the Year 11 boys who claimed the victory and they will attend the next round at Belmont School later this month.
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Futsal Finals

The Staff Federation Futsal team begin their defence of the County Trophy that they won last year and the first fixture is this Friday against Park View School.
Meanwhile the Year 11 team having beaten Oxclose School have progressed to the North East Finals and will be playing a school from Gateshead to see who will represent the area at the upcoming regional finals.
staff futsal team

These Girls Can

Both Colleges have been fortunate enough this month to have been offered masterclasses in cricket and football. England Women’s Cricket captain Danielle Hazell did some coaching with Y7 and 8 girls and they now have an after school session every Tuesday. A different type of football is taking place on a Wednesday after school where girls can try out the latest fitness craze – Soccercise – a fantastic keep fit class using football skills and activities.
Danielle Hazell

Record Rowers

This month two students from Fyndoune have been invited to Durham University to take part in the Junior High Performance Rowing programme at Maiden Castle. Marc Milner and Ellie Harris will be spending 8 weeks training with specialised coaches in the lead up to the North East Regional Indoor Rowing Championships taking place on Tues 7th March.

Ellie and Marc - County Rowers

Brilliant Badminton at Belmont

On Wednesday evening four Year 11 students from Fyndoune represented Chester le Street in the County Durham Finals of the U16 Badminton Championships at Belmont School. Teams from all over the County had qualified for this prestigious competition and it was a very close encounter. Each team play two single matches and 3 doubles matches with the school winning the most games gaining the points. Durham Johnston were very strong and won the competition so the big battle was for 2nd place against Sedgefield Sports College. They won both of the single matches and then Fyndoune won the next two double games leaving the whole competition relying on the final doubles match. It could not have been closer. Both teams edged towards the magic 21 score with the lead changing hands frequently. At 20-20 it was literally “next point is the winner” and the Fyndoune pair came out on top to secure the silver medals. Congratulations to the team – and some decent scores for their GCSE PE practical too…!!


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