Hope Returns

The Federation Snowdog has returned to its roots after spending the last few months on display at Washington Arts Centre as part of St Oswald’s Hospice’s very popular Great North Snow Dog trail. In total over £265,000 was raised when the large snowdogs were auctioned off, the 97 school dogs have been returned to their students.
The Federation dog – designed and painted by competition winners last year – is now on display at the main reception of Fyndoune Community College and is accompanied by photos from the event and information about the local charity.


Marc Milner Wins Bronze in London

THE NATIONAL JUNIOR INDOOR ROWING CHAMPIONSHIPS took place at Lee Valley Sports Centre in London earlier this month. It is the biggest indoor rowing competition in the world. Up to 3000 children and teens between the ages of 11-18 years race in individual and team events in the hope of being crowned National Champion. Marc in Year 8 had qualified through school rounds last October and then two regional competitions at Maiden Castle. There were about 150 Year 8 students in his particular race and in several heats they tried to row as far as they could in 2 minutes. Marc has been training with Durham University’s rowing coaches and finished in 3rd position – out of the entire Great Britain area. Congratulations to him and very well done for gaining a bronze medal.

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Girls across Durham will be provided with increased opportunities to play football after a new nationwide participation programme was announced.

The programme will see 200 SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football Clubs opening throughout England this spring, each run in conjunction with the local County FA and their key partners.   The move will provide girls aged from 5 to 11 with regular opportunities to play football and take part in organised sessions in a fun, engaging and safe environment over a minimum 16 week period.

SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football Clubs Details

Durham United F.C.
Venue: Sir Bobby Robson centre Ushaw moor, DH7 7NG
Start Date: 20th March 2017
Session Times: 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Contact: Matt Stevenson – E: mattstevenson@simplysportltd.co.uk T: 07904915207
Cost: £2.00 per session

Read more at http://www.durhamfa.com/news/2017/feb/girls-football-springs-up-across-durham

Fun Filled Feast for Federation Fitness Fanatics

The annual County Durham Sport Workplace Games of 2017 took place at Park View School in Chester le Street with ten teams of highly trained and motivated athletes competing in five different challenges. Firstly Fencing – an event that some of the team had not done since Summer Camp at the age of ten. Engarde and then fight like a pirate for two minutes trying to stab your opponent as many times as possible. A victory for the Fed Team. Next up was the Old School Sports Day – races of egg and spoon, three legged and wheelbarrow plus and an obstacle race. Fantastic technique shown and another victory. The next walk in the park was a game of Softball on the astroturf. Kitted out with gloves. helmets and bats it was strike after strike as the Fed Team batted away the opposition. Dodgeball was the penultimate challenge and this was the only defeat on the night. Plenty of ducking, diving and dodging on the court. Finally the athletic challenges with fast feet and team lunges. As is the case in all these sporting challenges, it doesn’t really matter who wins the trophy at the end of the day! The crowning glory was being awarded certificates for winning the Best Team Morale award.  A great team performance and the team are already in training for next year’s competition. What a day!!

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Fabulous Farmers

On Friday 3rd March we were very pleased to have our reception friends from Bearpark primary join us for a visit to Fyndoune Farm. Students spent the day learning about how to care for our animals and their habitats. We finished the day with our year 9 young farmers
delivering a great story time session.   
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The North East Futsal Champions Trophy

On Monday night, the Magnificent Seven once again rode off into the distance with a piece of silverware. This time it was the North East Futsal Champions Trophy as they defeated Heworth Grange School from Gateshead in a very close encounter. Harry Renwick was outstanding in goal making save after save to keep the team in the match. Defenders Dodds (C) and Smith were immense in defence with some great last ditch tackles. Graham and Lowes in midfield bossed the centre of the park with inch perfect passes. Dodds (L) and Barton up front took the glory with the all important strikes on goal in a thrilling 3-3 match. And so it went down to penalties… The team from Gateshead went first and hit the post, up stepped Graham and smashed it into the top corner, 1-0. They scored next but Luke Dodds put the lime greens 2-1 up. Their last penalty went in, leaving it for Callum Dodds to stroke the winning shot into the net and seal the victory in the most dramatic manner!! The team now move onto the Northern England Finals at the end of April where they will play teams from Northumberland, Teesside, Cumbria and North Yorkshire.


North East Regional Rowing Championships

On Tuesday afternoon two Year 8 students, Ellie Harris and Marc Milner, were selected to represent County Durham in the North East Regional Rowing Championships against students from Northumberland, Tyne and Wear and Teesside. Both students had to row for 3 minutes at Maiden Castle, the sporting home of Durham University and what a fantastic event it was. Both races were very close, Marc was off first and took an early lead. Slowly a couple of competitors starting catching up and as the final seconds ticked away Marc finished in 3rd place and won a bronze medal. Ellie was next and the top 6 girls all finished within a few metres of each other. Ellie battle all the way and finished a very credible 4th. Both students were a credit to the College and achieved fantastic results out of the whole of the North East of England..!!
Marc is heading down to London later this month to compete in The National Indoor Rowing Championships and we wish him well.

MFL ‘Mon Monstre’ Day

On Tuesday 28th February and Wednesday 1st March the Durham Federation welcomed 30 Yr 4 students to experience a fantastic language learning extravaganza! Lead by a certain well-known blue furry monster the intrepid translators discovered how to describe their name, age, height, appearance and personality, as well as their likes and dislikes. The linguists then used all of this information to create their own monsters ready to scare us with their language learning abilities! The students produced some magnificent creations and impressed all of the staff with their French descriptions, some even using over 100 words to describe their monsters! 

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