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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…!!
And so the special date arrived, the romance of the league was upon us, it was time for the talking to stop and for some passion to be shown on the pitch. There was plenty of admiration between the teams, a special relationship, a bromance of sorts as Park View arrived in their red shirts ready to do battle.
The fondness and friendship soon went out the window and as quick as Cupid’s arrow the Fed boys found themselves 0-5 behind…Theirdesire had gone, the love and joy from last season had disappeared, they needed some tough love and devotion to get themselves back into the hearts of their beloved fans. Dear, dear, the lads needed a big hug at half time as well as a box of chocolates and some tenderoranges. It was time for a heartfelt message, a flame had been lit and the black and whites were on fire in the second half, as we all know, love is a flower and you have to let it grow. The end result was disappointing but where do broken hearts go? Don’t worry there are plenty more fish in the sea – we’ll be back!!!
The long dark nights of January were suddenly lit up by an amazing performance by our Year 11 Federation Futsal superstars last night at the Sir Bobby Robson Sports Centre in Ushaw Moor.
Following in the giant killing footsteps of the all conquering staff Futsal team, the plucky youngsters were faced with a County Cup Final against the defending champions from Oxclose School in Washington. And what a game it turned out to be!!
Football is a very simple game and the students were given just three easy to remember tactics – PASS, SHOOT, SCORE….! Within the first two minutes they found themselves 3-0 to the good. Perhaps an air of invincibility clouded their judgement as Oxclose came charging back to make it 3-3. Goals were exchanged up to half time with The Federation just edging the half 6-5. What followed was a true master class in the art of possession football. The second half – in a similar vein to the first half was 20 minutes long – yet not a single goal was conceded by the Lime Greens.
The tackling was tenacious, the passing was perfect, the shooting was sublime and as the final whistle sounded a resounding 10-5 victory was claimed. County Champions, the best of the best, remember these names, Renwick (injured), Graham (last minute reserve Goal keeper), Dodds, C (defensive rock), Smith (towering presence), Barton (2 goals) Lowes (3 goals) and Dodds, L (5 goals).
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.