Winter Olympics

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.

House Points

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.

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.  

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.

The DCBC Primary School Football League

The DCBC Primary School Football League came to an exciting conclusion last week with Esh C of E just pipping New Brancepeth to the Trophy after the final round of fixtures. Seven local primary schools have been competing each week and the matches were all played with fantastic spirit. We are looking forward to the next round of fixtures which will take place next February.

Sporting Superstar

During the Summer Holidays, Callum Wilkinson in Year 11 spent a week at the top sporting university in Britain as he was selected to take part in the Talent Inspiration Programme based at Loughborough University. The activities were specifically designed to engage and inspire aspiring young athletes and encourage them to start thinking about how they can reach their sporting potential and the impact that will have on their development as a young person. Throughout the programme experienced Athlete Mentors brought to life the world of an elite athlete and the journey it takes to reach the top. Athletes had the opportunity to get involved in workshops, put their performances to the test and an opportunity to experience what it is like at a multi-sport event, creating a dynamic learning opportunity which helped to highlight the talent pathways available and support required for young people at a local level to reach the top.

Callum had a fantastic time, met lots of new friends, learned some valuable life skills and was a credit to both himself and to the College.