This week was National Schools’ Football Week which has been coordinated by the English Schools Football Association. Marking a celebration of schools’ football, this new initiative reflects the spirit of competition, fair play and team work. Schools around the country are staging football themed events and lessons throughout the week, utilising the popularity of football to inspire pupils both on and
off the pitch. This national campaign is also introducing a ‘Respect in Football’ element, whilst
helping boost the participation of boys and girls football. In this week’s PE lessons students are being given the opportunity to play small sided football games in Houses with every goal scored counting for 2 House Points. The overall scores are included below.
Emily Sarsfield – Team GB’s Winter Olympic Ski Cross athlete is preparing to compete in this month’s Winter Olympics in PyeongChang in South Korea. Our students have been getting a taste for this spectacular worldwide event in PE lessons by trying out curling, ski cross, ice hockey, biathlon and bobsleigh challenges.
Emily was extremely grateful for the support from our students and sent a message to the Colleges on twitter,
” This was special… thank you to the students at Durham Federation! My home town have been so supportive!
On Thursday evening four students from College arrived at Maiden Castle to take part in the Durham Schools Badminton Competition. This is a very competitive event against schools with County standard players. All four students are studying GCSE PE and will be getting a very good practical score out of 25 for their badminton skills and team play.They battled really hard in each game, winning several and coming a close second in many others. The four students were a credit to the College and played magnificently both as individuals and as a team.
Prior to our Winter Olympic lesson we managed to get in touch with Emily Sarsfield who was a PE teacher in Durham before turning into an Olympic athlete at Ski Cross. She very kindly sent our students a good luck message which is below.
Each year group took part in this half term’s sporting challenge which was Sports Hall Athletics. There were some great performances in the field events and some excellent teamwork in the relay races. The House points for this half term are attached. Congratulations to Redgrave House who just pipped Heap House to first place with Radcliffe House in 3rd position.
Today at Fyndoune we were presented with our NCS Citizenship award.
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
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
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.
On Friday the federation raised £415.53 for Children In Need. Congratulations to everybody that was involved.