Friday Update

Friday update – 6th January 2017

It’s a short week this week, but 2017 brings with it the start of a New Year and a renewed focus on progress for us all the Durham Federation.

Within our welcome back assemblies this week led by Mrs Jobling and Mrs Elliott, we have focused on what is needed to achieve our goals and the importance of resilience and determination.

This half term we have lots of exciting opportunities happening across college. We welcome Year 6 students this month from Brandon to a “Maths in Motion” race car extravaganza and Year 5 across the partner primaries to a Monsters Inc themed French adventure.

Within college we have higher education lectures and workshops from Newcastle and Teesside University this half term, looking at the impact of the work of Martin Luther King and careers in Humanities and Law. Year 11 will also take part in revision outings to Middlesbrough theatre with “Hitler on Trial”.

This week we have also had Amanda Coulson our Sky Sports Ambassador visiting DCBC working with Years 7,8 and 10 within our PE department.

Our new ” Friends of the Federation” community action group is also starting this term, so look out for exciting news on upcoming projects.

Attendance, behaviour, uniform and planners continue to be a high priority across both sites and we are delighted that students are trying their hardest at all times to ensure that our schools are places to be proud of.

 

Friday Update – 16th December 2016  

This week our assemblies were Celebration Assemblies led by Year Leaders and students were given rewards for their hard work this term.   Rewards for the Autumn Term Reading Quest were presented to Key Stage 3 students; over 150 students were rewarded for their efforts and progress in reading and received lapel badges, certificates and vouchers.  Well done to Beth Anderson (Y8 FCC) and Kelsey Young (Y9 DCBC).  In the new year our assemblies will focus on New Year’s Resolutions and the importance of setting new goals and new challenges.

This week has been a very busy one.  Further to their successes at our local primary schools last week the Federation Choir have been out and about every day this week entertaining and working in our local community, (please see the website for photographs).

For Year 11 we’ve had a second week of mock exams and a full Results Day will be held in January.  On Tuesday our Year 11 Art Students went to Bowes Museum for the day to gain inspiration and to complete some artwork; their behaviour and learning were impeccable. On Thursday DCBC Year 11 also had further Mock Interviews with Careerwave preparing them for post-16 transition. We have a Year 11 Parents’ Evening on both sites on Thursday 12th January 2017 from 4pm and there are also further Year 11 Mock Exams in February.

In sport , on Wednesday evening students from FCC travelled to DCBC for the annual Christmas Truce Football match in memory of the same famous event that took place on Christmas Day during 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 with students from the other site. Christmas songs were enjoyed 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!  

Also in sport two FCC Year 8 students – Ellie Harris and Marc Milner have been selected for the Junior High Performance Rowing Academy at Durham University. This eight week programme starts in January 2017. Congratulations to you both.

This afternoon’s Santa Fun Run was indeed fun – photos will be added to the website and an update on funds raised or charity will be provided in the new year.  Our donations to Star Radio’s Toy Appeal and to the Durham Foodbank have also been sent off this week, thanks to everyone who donated to these worthwhile causes.

On Thursday Evening we held our Year 7 Parents’ Evenings on both sites, thank you to all of the parents and families who joined us and well done to Year 7 for settling into our colleges so well.

Attendance, behaviour, uniform and planners continue to be a high priority and we’re delighted that students are trying their hardest at all times to ensure that our schools are places to be proud of!  Attendance of KS3 students continues to be amazing; well done to 7CC at DCBC and 11JC at FCC for the best attendance in our colleges last week.

This week Liam Smith and Sash-Mae Wilson (Y9) received the most Achievement Points at DCBC; at FCC Hannah Walton and Jay Wharton (Y9) achieved the most – well done!!  At the end of week fourteen in the Achievement Points Competition the top achieving students are as follows, there have been some changes at DCBC!!!

 

Year Group DCBC FCC
7 Sophie Simpson Isabelle Mortimer

(most points at FCC overall)

8 Hayley Lawson

(most points at DCBC overall)

James Hannon
9 Liam Smith Jamie Gardiner
10 Bethanie Reed Jade Osbourne
11 Byron Hardy Kim Beard

 

Finally, please note that we re-open on Wednesday 4th January.

Have a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

 

Friday Update – 9th December 2016  

Assemblies this week were led by members of the Humanities Team and were about the true importance of Christmas in terms of supporting those less fortunate than ourselves. Next week assemblies are being led by Year Leaders and will be celebrations of success for our students over the Autumn Term.

As you would expect in the run up to Christmas we are very busy.  Further to their successes at the Sacriston Christmas Extravaganza on Monday 28th November and the switching on of the Ushaw Moor Christmas Lights on Friday 2nd December, the Federation Choir have been out and about every day this week entertaining and working with our partner primary schools.  They are also out every day next week entertaining and singing for our local communities.

We’ve also had a week of outstanding Transition Activities with Year 6 students from our partner primary schools.  These were based around a Christmas Mystery for which the students involved had to locate the clues and solve the crime – the excitement was truly fever-pitched.

On Wednesday morning members of the Student Council visited the largest Foodbank Warehouse in the North of England. It is based in Chester le Street and holds over 25 tonnes of food which is then distributed to 27 different Foodbanks around the County Durham area. So far this year over 18,000 people have benefitted from the donations made. Assemblies this week have focused on the work that Foodbanks do and on the last day of term PE Staff have organised a Santa Fun Run with all money raised going to the Durham Foodbank.

The Student Council asked loads of interesting questions and were amazed at the size of the warehouse – especially at how many tins of baked beans there were! The staff at the Foodbank were very grateful for our visit and are looking forward to receiving all our donations before Christmas.

For Key Stage 4 students it’s also been Assessment week with full mock exams for Year 11 which will roll into next week.

This week has been also been a busy week in sport as usual.  We had our usual Monday and Thursday visits from the Sky Try programme.  On Wednesday we held Primary Sports Hall Athletics Events which as usual were great fun.  On Wednesday evening the DCBC Year 10 Football team played in the Quarter Final of the County Cup at home to North Durham Academy. In blustery conditions the boys in black and blue could easily have been two goals to the good in the first 10 minutes had it not been for some fantastic saves by the opposition goalkeeper. NDA sneaked a goal just before half time against the run of play and lead 1-0 at the interval. The second half changed dramatically as a hurricane wind blew in and made the playing conditions very difficult. NDA scored a couple of wind assisted goals and ended the game victorious but our boys held their heads high and showed a great fighting spirit.

Attendance, behaviour, uniform and planners continue to be a high priority and we’re delighted that students are trying their hardest at all times to ensure that our schools are places to be proud of!  Attendance of KS3 students continues to be amazing; well done to 7CC at DCBC and 7ET at FCC for the best attendance in our colleges last week.

This week Hayley Lawson and Reece Grainger (Y8) received the most Achievement Points at DCBC; at FCC Grace Turnbull (Y9) achieved the most – well done!!  At the end of week thirteen in the Achievement Points Competition the top achieving students are as follows, there’s been a change in Year 8 at DCBC!!!

Year Group DCBC FCC
7 Sophie Simpson Isabelle Mortimer

(most points at FCC overall)

8 Hayley Lawson

(most points at DCBC overall)

Emma Young
9 Dylan Sheen Abbey Mellor
10 Bethanie Reed Jade Osbourne
11 Luke Pearson Kim Beard

Next week we look forward to: Community Music Workshops all week; on Tuesday our Year 11 Art Students are going to Bowes Museum for the day to gain inspiration and to complete some artwork; on Tuesday we also have a Year 3 & 4 Strictly Come Dancing Transition Event with Esh Church of England Primary School; on Wednesday we have our annual Federation Christmas Truce Football Match – always a Christmas Highlight; on Thursday we have more Year 11 Careerwave Interviews at DCBC; on Thursday Evening we have Year 7 Parents’ Evening in both Colleges; and as usual we also look forward to our Sky Try Visits on Monday and Thursday.  

Finally Friday 16th December is our last day of term – students have been given letters this week to explain our expectations with regard to unform and the charity Santa Run in the afternoon.

Please note that our website remains under construction.

Have a peaceful weekend.

 

Friday Update – 2nd December 2016  

Assemblies this week were led by members of the Leadership Team and were about the importance of raising money for charity and helping others.  Next week assemblies will be led members of the Humanities Team and are about the true importance of Christmas.

This week has been a busy week in sport as usual.  On Monday and Thursday the Sky Try Team visited DCBC to work with students in PE Lessons, there were Sports Hall Athletics Competitions in both colleges on Wednesday, the Year 7 Football Team played away at Tanfield on Wednesday evening and the primary Netball League took place after school on Thursday at DCBC.  Also on Thursday evening the Year 11 Federation Futsal Team headed back to North Durham Academy for the second leg of the Durham Futsal League. Having won all four games last week the pressure was really on for the team to secure their place in the County Durham Finals as well as into the College history books. First up were Tanfield who were dispatched 6-1, next hosts NDA who were defeated 4-0 and finally the icing on the cake a 2-1 victory against Park View. Played 7, Won 7, Scored 23, Conceded 4. A fantastic achievement and best of luck in the next round which will be early in 2017.

All week (Mon- Wed at FCC and Thur & Fri at DCBC) we have welcomed the Durham County Council Healthy Lifestyles Bus to our colleges.  The bus has caused a great deal of excitement and interest and the staff on the bus have worked with many students to support our healthy lifestyles agenda.  

On Wednesday target Year 10 & 11 students from both colleges had an exciting day at New College Durham all about Medicine and deciding if this is the potential career path they wish to take in the future – thanks to new College for enabling this exciting event to take place.

On Tuesday (FCC) and Thursday (DCBC) Evenings we held Year 11 Progression & Mentoring Evenings for Year 11 students and their parents/carers.  Thanks to those who came to these crucial events to support their sons/daughters to achieve their very best in the forthcoming examinations.  Year 11 have also had their Mock Art Exam on tuesday at FCC and their Mock MFL Exams at FCC on Friday – a busy time for Year 11!!

Attendance, behaviour, uniform and planners continue to be a high priority and we’re delighted that students are trying their hardest at all times to ensure that our schools are places to be proud of!  Attendance of KS3 students continues to be amazing and well done to 7HJ at DCBC and 9AG at FCC for the best attendance in college last week.

This week Hayley Lawson (Y8)  received the most Achievement Points at DCBC; at FCC Ruby Anderson (Y9) achieved the most – well done!!  At the end of week twelve in the Achievement Points Competition the top achieving students are as follows, there’s been a change in Year 11 FCC and in Year 7 at DCBC!!!

Year Group DCBC FCC
7 Sophie Simpson Isabelle Mortimer

(most points at FCC overall)

8 Holly Napier

(most points at DCBC overall)

Emma Young
9 Dylan Sheen Abbey Mellor
10 Bethanie Reed Jade Osbourne
11 Luke Pearson Kim Beard

Next week we look forward to: Key Stage 4 Assessments and Primary Music Workshops in all of our partner Primary Schools all week; on Tuesday and Thursday we welcome Year 6 students from our partner primary schools to join is for a Santa Mystery Transition Event at FCC; on Wednesday some of our Student Council Members are visiting the Chester-Le-Street Foodbank which we are raising funds for this term and we are holding a Primary Sports Hall Athletics Competition at DCBC, as usual we also look forward to our Sky Try Visits on Monday and Thursday.  

Please note that our website remains under construction.

Have a peaceful weekend.

 

 

Friday Update – 25th November 2016

Assemblies this week were led by PE staff in each college; these were special assemblies all about success and how should all try our best to be successful in everything we do.Next week assemblies will be led by the Leadsrhip Team and are about the importance of raising money for charity and helping others.

This week has been a busy week in sport.  As well as the assemblies we had another session from our Sky try Team at DCBC on Monday, the students are really enjoying and getting a lot out of this fantastic opportunity.  On Wednesday evening the Year 11 Futsal Team headed up the hills to North Durham Academy in Stanley to play in the County Durham District Futsal Finals. This fast paced indoor version of football is very popular in Europe and is beginning to take schools football by storm. Matches were 10 minutes long and first up were Tanfield. A straightforward 2-0 victory. Next were Park View A – and another convincing win 4-1. Then came Park View B who were dispatched 3-0. In the final league fixture against the hosts NDA, the only other undefeated team it was the same story with a different score as the Fed Team won 2-1. A magnificent achievement in winning all 4 games scoring 11 and only conceding twice. The team will return to Stanley next Thursday to play the final round of fixtures.

On Thursday morning the winners of the Amy Tinkler Olympic Competition (15 students from each college) went to Sandhill View Academy for their Meet & Greet Event with Amy Tinkler, their reward for their winning pieces in the competition. They had a great time and really enjoyed meeting Amy.  Thank you to Mrs Robbins and Mrs Ford for helping the students with their compositions; they were displayed for all to see.  Also, on Thursday evening, Marc Milner and Ellie Harris competed in the County Durham Indoor Rowing Championships at Maiden Castle and came away with stunning results. Competing against schools from all over the County, Marc won the Year 8 boys race and Ellie was second in the Year 8 Girls race. They will now go on to represent County Durham in the North Of England Finals next year. A truly fantastic achievement.

On Thursday evening ten students from the Year 11 Federation Football Team battled their way through two very tough encounters against Biddick School and St Robert’s School. Despite being a player short for both games the team battled valiantly and were only defeated by one goal in each match. Both opposition managers were very complimentary about the team and once again they were all a great credit to our colleges.

On Wednesday FCC hosted a Road Safety Event led by external agency Gibber – it was great fun but some stark lessons were also learned.  On Thursday DCBC Year 11 students had their Mock Art Examinations and on Thursday and Friday Year 11 also had Careers Interviews with CareerWave – supporting future transition to post-16 education and success.

Attendance, behaviour, uniform and planners continue to be a high priority and we’re delighted that students are trying their hardest at all times to ensure that our schools are places to be proud of!  Attendance of Year 7 & 8 students continues to be amazing and well done to 7HJ at DCBC and 8SN at FCC for the best attendance in college last week.

This week Sheila Hyde (Y9) received the most Achievement Points at DCBC again; at FCC Leah Whittingham (Y8) achieved the most – well done!!  At the end of week eleven in the Achievement Points Competition the top achieving students are as follows, no changes to the table again this week:

Year Group DCBC FCC
7 Bryn Newland Isabelle Mortimer

(most points at FCC overall)

8 Holly Napier

(most points at DCBC overall)

Emma Young
9 Dylan Sheen Abbey Mellor
10 Bethanie Reed Jade Osbourne
11 Luke Pearson Chloe Koelling

Next week we look forward to: Key Stage 3 Assessment Week; the Durham County Council Grow Healthy Bus visit to both of our colleges; Year 11 Progression Events for parents/carers on Tuesday at FCC and Thursday at DCBC from 5pm; a cross fed Medicine Event at New College Durham for target Key Stage 4 students on Wednesday; Sports Hall Athletics Competitions in both colleges on Wednesday; the Primary Netball League at DCBC and the Year 10 & 11 Football Team playing away at North Durham Academy on Thursday; and Year 11 French Speaking Tests on Thursday and Friday – another busy week!!

Finally we raised £576.30 for Children in Need in our non-uniform day last Friday; well done to all involved.

Please note that our website remains under construction.

Have a peaceful weekend.

 

Friday Update – 18th November 2016

Assemblies this week were led by English staff in each college; these were special assemblies all about remembrance and the importance of remembering those who have lost their lives for us. Next week Assemblies are being led by our PE Staff and are all about success and how we can all try our best to be successful in everything we do.

A special thank you goes to Baillie Watson (Y8 DCBC) this week for his outstanding support for a new student to our college; he has really made them feel very welcome and has shown true skills in peer support.

On Thursday evening the Year 10 Football Teams from each college battled it out for the coveted Federation Cup. FCC who were resplendent in blue and yellow travelled to DCBC who were in black and blue kit. DCBC were easy winners in the first half but the second half was a totally different affair, a much closer game with shots raining in from all angles. DCBC scored a couple of tap ins but with time running out the International FIFA rule (13.b) was evoked and the call went out for “Next Goal is the Winner…!” As the seconds ticked by a blatant penalty was awarded and up stepped Isaac Smith to give FCC the victory. Honours were evened, although on goal difference DCBC did regain the Trophy. Well done to all the students involved and thanks to the few brave supporters who came out to cheer.

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We’ve had a busy day today with our non-uniform event to raise money for Children in Need – lots of yellow, spots and Pudsey ears and our Year 11 Mock Interviews running all day – phew we’re glad it’s Friday!

Attendance, behaviour, uniform and planners continue to be a high priority and we’re delighted that students are trying their hardest at all times to ensure that our schools are places to be proud of!  Attendance of Year 7 & 8 students continues to be amazing and well done to 8CK at DCBC and 8KH at FCC for the best attendance in college last week.

This week Dylan Sheen and Liam Smith (Y9) received the most Achievement Points at DCBC again; at FCC Andrea Wilton (Y9) achieved the most – well done!!  At the end of week ten in the Achievement Points Competition the top achieving students are as follows:

Year Group DCBC FCC
7 Bryn Newland Isabelle Mortimer

(most points at FCC overall)

8 Holly Napier

(most points at DCBC overall)

Emma Young
9 Dylan Sheen Abbey Mellor
10 Bethanie Reed Jade Osbourne
11 Luke Pearson Chloe Koelling

Next week we look forward to: a visit from Brandon Primary School to DCBC on Wednesday as part of our many transition activities; a Road Safety Event for Y9 at FCC and also on Wednesday night a full cross fed Football Team competition at North Durham Academy.  On Thursday the winners of the Amy Tinkler Olympic Competition are of to Sandhill View Academy to meet Amy Tinkler at a high profile awards event; there is also a full day Art Mock Exam for Year 11 art students and our Primary Netball League after school at DCBC – another busy week!!

Please note that our website remains under construction.

Have a peaceful weekend.

 

Friday Update – 11th November 2016

Assemblies this week were led by the Student Council in each college ensuring students know that they they have a voice that we want to listen to and about democracy – a good link to the US Elections!! Next week Assemblies are being led by English staff and are about Remembrance further to our 2 minutes silence today – remembering those who have given their lives for us.

Congratulations this week to: Saffron Hall Y8 FCC for following the Snowdog Trail around the North East (see the news page for more details and photos). Mr Donaghy will be presenting her with her reward in assembly next week.

Well done also to the 15 students from each college who have won a ‘Meet & Greet’ Event with the North East’s very own Olympic medalist Amy Tinkler on Thursday 24th November in Sunderland.  Their task was to create a piece of writing which explained how the 2016 Olympics inspired them; their work was truly amazing.  DCBC students involved are Regan Mickle, Joseph Downing, Bobby Donnelly, Sophie Cook, Nathan, Rose, Amy Holmes, Millie McGuelin, Ellie Smith, Candice Walker, Chloe Dark, Beth Nicholson, Georgia Smithard, Nicole Kirkwood, Evan Parton and Finlay Carr. FCC students involved are Kane Barron, Beth Anderson, Grace Turnbull, Abbey Mellor, Tamzin Scott, Corylee Wilkinson, Shay Clarke, Byron Jones, Emily Chatton, Jody Williams, Leanne Hammel, Alex Westgarth, Ellie Tasker, Kiera Smith and Georgia-Leigh Jones.  Well done to all you truly deserve this reward.

On Wednesday we held a fantastic Sports Hall Athletics primary transition event at DCBC and also this week in sport our Year 7 FCC Football Team played away at Belmont in the first round of the County Cup and came second and our Year 8 & 9 DCBC Football Team played away at The Hermitage and although they didn’t win it was a valiant effort with only 9 players!!

Attendance, behaviour, uniform and planners continue to be a high priority and we’re delighted that students are trying their hardest at all times to ensure that our schools are places to be proud of!  Attendance of Year 7 & 8 students continues to be amazing and well done to 8CK at DCBC for 100% attendance last week and to 8BH at FCC for the best attendance in college last week.

This week Dylan Sheen (Y9) received the most Achievement Points at DCBC again; at FCC Chloe Koelling (Y11) achieved the most – well done!!  At the end of week nine in the Achievement Points Competition the top achieving students are as follows:

Year Group DCBC FCC
7 Bryn Newland Isabelle Mortimer

(most points at FCC overall)

8 Holly Napier

(most points at DCBC overall)

Emma Young
9 Dylan Sheen Faith Lowes
10 Bethanie Reed Sara Scott-Hamilton
11 Luke Pearson Chloe Koelling

Next week we look forward to lots of Year 11 Transition Planning Activities with full day visits from New College Durham and full days of Mock Interviews in both colleges. Our Year 7-11 cross country champions are involved in a county cross country event on Tuesday and our Year 11 Football Team are playing away at North Durham Academy on Thursday.

Please note that our website remains under construction.

Have a peaceful weekend.

 

Friday Update – 4th November 2016

Assemblies this week were ‘Caring for Each Other’, enabling our students to really understand how important it is to help other people! We’ve also raised more money for the  Macmillan Cancer Charity; well done to 8KG who raised a further £21.50 !!

Congratulations this week to: Hannah Walton, Emily Ludlow & Brad Whiteman for coming 3rd in Sunday’s Young Farmers’ Speaking Competition; Alicia Bremner, Hannah Trewick & Saffron Hall for winning a recent poetry competition with Authors of the Future; and to Alicia Bremner Y8 FCC whose writing has been published by Authors of the Future.  It’s called ‘Your Own Worst Nightmare’  and we’re sure it’s bound to be a future best seller!

Attendance, behaviour, uniform and planners continue to be a high priority and we’re delighted that students are trying their hardest at all times to ensure that our schools are places to be proud of!  Attendance of Year 7 & 8 students continues to be amazing and well done to 8CK at FCC for 100% attendance last week.

On Monday we held a Hallowe’en Disco for Year 7 and Year 6 students from our Partner Primary Schools, a lovely evening enjoyed by all – but some of the fancy dress was shocking!!  We’re now planning our ‘Christmas Who Done It?’ for Year 6 students in our DCBC Partner Primaries.

On Thursday Olympian, Commonwealth Games Gold medallist and BBC Sports Presenter Craig Heap visited College today as an Athlete Mentor for the Sky Sports Living for Sport programme. He started the day by delivering an assembly to Key Stage 4 students with a message of working hard at school and following your dreams. Next he worked with a select group of GCSE PE students talking to them about his journey from a farming background in Burnley to being the first British male individual gymnast to compete at an Olympic Games – in Sydney in 2000.

He delivered some team building activities including sitting volleyball and then enjoyed a delicious school lunch. In the afternoon he mentored our students as they officiated at the Primary School Sports Hall Athletics competition with pupils from Langley Park, Edmondsley, Bearpark and Esh Winning. The students helped set up the equipment and then measured, timed and counted as the primary pupils competed in a range of events. Primary staff were very impressed with their organisational skills and Craig thoroughly enjoyed his busy day saying that our students had been a credit to the College. We look forward to him returning in the New Year.

This week Byron Hardy (Y11) and Dylan Sheen (Y9) received the most Achievement Points at DCBC; at FCC Emma Brown (Y8) achieved the most – well done!!  At the end of week eight in the Achievement Points Competition the top achieving students are as follows:

Year Group DCBC FCC
7 Bryn Newland Isabelle Mortimer
8 Holly Napier Megan Davies
9 Alisha Oliver Kian Haggan
10 Bethanie Reed Jade Osbourne
11 Luke Pearson Ashleigh Wilkinson

Next week we look forward to Assemblies led by the Student Council, an exciting Science Transition Event for Esh Church of England Primary School at DCBC on Tuesday, Week 2 of our work with the Sky Try Project in both colleges and our Y7 Football Team playing away at Belmont on Wednesday.

Please note that our website remains under construction.

Have a peaceful weekend.

 

Thursday Update – 20th October 2016

Assemblies this week were about Space; led by the Science Team they gave great food for thought!!.  We’ve also raised more money for the  Macmillan Cancer Charity with Cake Bakes and Sponsored Silences!!

Attendance, behaviour, uniform and planners continue to be a high priority and we’re delighted that students are trying their hardest at all times to ensure that our schools are places to be proud of!  Attendance of Year 7 & 8 students continues to be amazing and well done to 7ES (FCC) and 9PK (DCBC) for 100% attendance last week.

It’s been an uncharacteristically quiet sporting week.  However – medals were awarded to all the Year 7 and 8 rowers who competed last week – as they were the Champions of Chester le Street. Also all the entries have been sent off for the ‘How did the Olympics Inspire Me?’ competition. We should find out who is going to meet Olympian Amy Tinkler before the end of the month.

On Tuesday 51 Year 11 FCC students had a fantastic visit to WiseDrive and were an absolute credit to our college. They took part in a series of workshops to learn about the dangers of driving and there was also a Reaction Time Challenge to see who could react the quickest and press the brake pedal during an emergency stop. Well done to Lorna Carrick who won that prize!

This week Holly Napier (Y8) received the most Achievement Points at DCBC; at FCC Abbie Mellor Y9 achieved the most again – well done!!  At the end of week four in the Achievement Points Competition the top achieving students are as follows:

Year Group DCBC FCC
7 Bryn Newland Isabelle Mortimer
8 Holly Napier Emma Young
9 Alisha Oliver Kian Haggan
10 Bethanie Reed Jade Osbourne
11 Taylor Tolson Adam Smith

After half term week we look forward to Assemblies all about caring for each other, the Year 6 & 7 Hallowe’en Disco at FCC on Monday 31st from 5.30-7pm, Craig Heap (Olympic Gymnast) visiting FCC for the day on Thursday and New College Durham visiting DCBC on Friday to work with Year 11. Please note that our website remains under construction.

Have a peaceful half term.

Friday Update – 14th October 2016

Assemblies this week were about Progression; students thinking about what they would like to do in the future.  We welcomed staff from New College Durham into these assemblies and they have also led sessions for some Year 11 students.  In Tutor Time students have also been working on a project about the Macmillan Cancer Charity which culminated in a number exciting charity events today to raise funds for this worthy cause (more about this in the news area).  

Attendance, behaviour, uniform and planners continue to be a high priority and we’re delighted that students are trying their hardest at all times to ensure that our schools are places to be proud of!  Attendance of Year 7 & 8 students continues to be amazing and well done to 7HJ & 7CC (DCBC) for 100% attendance last week.

In sporting news, this week, on Thursday evening nine students from FCC headed to The Durham Amateur Rowing Club to take part in the Durham and Chester le Street Indoor Rowing Championships. Year 7 students had to row as fast as they could for two minutes and our students were fabulous. The results were:

Year 7 – 1st Devon Creighton 413m, 2nd Shay Clarke  406m, 1st Georgia Leah Clarke 348m, 2nd Kierra Smith 341m

The Year 8 students were also in a very strong competition and had to row for 3 minutes – 1st Marc Milner 798m, 2nd James Hannon 638m, 1st Ellie Harris 733m, 2nd Lauren Stevenson 690m, 3rd Emma Young 624m.

Both Marc and Ellie have now qualified for the County Finals to be held at Maiden Castle on 24th November. Congratulations to all our students they were a credit to our college and Champions of Chester le Street.

This week Ryan Blakey, Alisha Oliver & Liam Smith (Y9) and Taylor Tolson (Y11)  received the most Achievement Points at DCBC; at FCC Isabelle Mortimer Y7 achieved the most – well done!!  At the end of week four in the Achievement Points Competition the top achieving students are as follows:

 

Year Group DCBC FCC
7 Bryn Newland Isabelle Mortimer
8 Holly Napier Emma Young
9 Alisha Oliver Kian Haggan
10 Bethanie Reed Jade Osbourne
11 Megan McAvoy Adam Smith

Next week we look forward to Science Assemblies all about space, the Wise Drive for FCC and of course breaking up for half term.  Please note that we break up on Thursday 20th October, although there will be revision sessions running for Year 11 during the break.

Please note that our website remains under construction.

Have a peaceful weekend.

 

Friday Update – 7th October 2016

Assemblies this week were about Well-being, Achievement Points and attendance were also shared and rewarded.  Attendance, behaviour, uniform and planners continue to be a high priority and we’re delighted that students are trying their hardest at all times to ensure that our schools are places to be proud of!  Attendance of Year 7 & 8 students is amazing and well done to 9AP (FCC) and 10DF (DCBC) for the best attendance last week.

In sporting news, this week we received the certificate below or the finds both  colleges raised in March (cake sales, human hungry hippos and sponsored mile run). Well done to all of the student involved.

 

Sport Relief CertificateKMSC-Rishon-Hickey-won-five-of-five-again

Also our very own Rishon Hickey Y10 FCC as the reigning Scottish 125 Motostar Champion is about to make his Motostar debut at Brands Hatch.  Rishon has been offered the chance to ride Justin Waring’s Moto3 machine at the last round at Brands Hatch following his successful season in Scotland. Rishon has claimed both the KMSC and Melville 125 Championships this season after a strong year north of the border.  Well done Rishon we’re very proud of you!!
Finally in  sport both colleges received the School Games SILVER Kite Mark for their involvement in School Sport and Physical Education. This is a National Award and shows the dedication and hard work of the whole PE Curriculum Area – well done to all of the PE Staff for this amazing accolade!

On Wednesday we had a lovely afternoon, welcoming Y6 students from New Brancepeth Primary School to DCBC. The Y6 students were a pleasure during our Plastics session in Technology and showed amazing knowledge in our electricity experiments in Science.

This week Lennon Storey Y8  received the most Achievement Points at DCBC; at FCC Abbey Mellor Y9 achieved the most – well done!!  At the end of week four in the Achievement Points Competition the top achieving students are as follows:

 

Year Group DCBC FCC
7 Bryn Newland Isabelle Mortimer
8 Holly Napier James Hannon
9 Zara Minnis Kian Haggan
10 Bethanie Reed Jade Osbourne
11 Megan McAvoy Adam Smith

 

Next week we look forward to Progression Assemblies and work with New College Durham and Key Stage 4 Assessment Week.   We will update you on these events next week.

Please note that our website remains under construction and as time passes more and more information is being included upon it  – hopefully it will enable parents/carers, students and the community to be involved more in the lives of our colleges.

Have a peaceful weekend.

 

Friday Update – 30th September 2016

Assemblies this week were about MacMillan Cancer Care and Keeping Ourselves Safe, Achievement points and attendance were also shared and rewarded.  Attendance, behaviour, uniform and planners continue to be a high priority and we’re delighted that students are trying their hardest at all times to ensure that our schools are places to be proud of!  Thanks also to the many members of the community who have contacted us to say how wonderful our students look in their new uniforms.

In sporting news, this week saw the start of the new Year 7 Football Competitions.  The ‘Terrific Ten’ Y7 Federation Football Team had their first outing to Consett in The Under 12s John Brown Cup against schools from Derwentside, Durham. Chester-Le-Street and Washington.  Our red and black striped ‘Terrific Ten’  unfortunately did not progress to the next round but were a real credit to our colleges and conducted themselves magnificently.

On Wednesday we had our College Photographers in both colleges, individual photographs and Tutor Group photographs were taken and a full Year 11 photo was taken for the Year 11 Yearbook which we are already planning.  It was a busy day but we’re sure the photographs will be worth it, all students looked amazing and behaviour was impeccable.

On Thursday we had a lovely morning, welcoming Y6 students from Nettlesworth Primary School to FCC. The Y6 students were a pleasure during our bread making Ready Steady Cook session in Technology and showed amazing knowledge in our circulation experiments in Science. We look forward to working with them on the forthcoming joint STEM Project with Balfour Beatty.

This week Holly Napier Y8  received the most Achievement Points again at DCBC; at FCC there were three students receiving the most achievement points Shay Clarke, Jacob Liddle and Corylee Wilkinson all Y7 – well done to all.  At the end of week four in the Achievement Points Competition the top achieving students are as follows:

 

Year Group DCBC FCC
7 Bryn Newland Isabelle Mortimer
8 Holly Napier James Hannon
9 Dylan sheen Luke Hocking
10 Bethanie Reed Lauren Snelgrove
11 Megan McAvoy Luke Dodds

 

Next week we look forward to our annual Wise Drive event for DCBC on Monday, the first of our joint STEM Sessions with Balfour Beatty and Nettlesworth Primary School on Wednesday, a special transition visit to DCBC by New Brancepeth Primary Y6 students for a Science & Technology afternoon also on Wednesday, Key Stage 3 Assessment Week and Year 11 French Speaking & Listening Assessments. We will update you on these events next week.

Please note that our website remains under construction and as time passes more and more information is being included upon it  – hopefully it will enable parents/carers, students and the community to be involved more in the lives of our colleges.

Have a peaceful weekend.

 

Friday Update – 23rd September 2016

Assemblies this week were about the importance of keeping safe and making healthy and sensible choices.  Achievement points and attendance were also shared and rewarded.  Attendance, behaviour, uniform and planners continue to be a high priority and we’re delighted that students are trying their hardest at all times to ensure that our schools are places to be proud of!

On Monday night ex-Year 11 DCBC student received his 100% Attendance Award at a high profile Awards Event at Chester-Le-Street Riverside.  He is one of only ten students in Co Durham history to achieve 100% attendance from Reception all the way through to the end of Year 11 – well done Sam – here’s to the future.

In sporting news, this week St Oswald’s Hospice unleashed their Great North Snowdogs throughout the North East of England. There are 61 large statues dotted nearby the stations on the Tyne and Wear Metro system. There are also 97 smaller dogs (one of which is The Durham Federation snowdog called HOPE, painted by students from both of our colleges) these are hidden inside museums and art centres around the North East. Who will be the student or member of staff to take a selfie with our snowdog? There will also be a prize for the person who gets the most pictures with the snowdogs by the end of this half term. Happy Hunting.  For a picture of Hope please see our Twitter feed.

Our Year 6 Transition Day and Year 5 & 6 Open Evening at FCC on Thursday was a really enjoyable experience for students, staff and parent/carers.  Thanks to all of the families who joined us on the evening to find out about our unique school and our successes.

This week Holly Napier and Tia McManus Y8 at DCBC and Lauren Snelgrove Y10 at FCC received the most Achievement Points and at the end of week three in the Achievement Points Competition the top achieving students are as follows:

 

Year Group DCBC FCC
7 Sophie Simpson Isabelle Mortimer
8 Holly Napier James Hannon
9 Zara Minnis Tyler Russell
10 Bethanie Reed Lauren Snelgrove
11 Megan McAvoy Adam Smith

 

Next Week we look forward to our School Photographer joining us on Wednesday at both colleges and the Year 7 John Brown Football Trophy Match also on Wednesday taking place at Consett Academy. We will update you on these events next week.

Please note that our website remains under construction and as time passes more and more information is being included upon it  – hopefully it will enable parents/carers, students and the community to be involved more in the lives of our colleges.

Have a peaceful weekend.

Friday Update – 16th September 2016

Week two is already over – where does the time go? Our new Year 7s continue to settle well and uniform is outstanding. We are monitoring uniform, behaviour and planners very closely to ensure we maintain high standards both inside and outside the classroom.

This week Year 7 have completed their baseline assessments in all subjects and as an outcome there may be some changes to their timetables in English, Maths and Science, to ensure students are placed correctly in classes according to their ability and targets.

Assemblies this week were about the importance of reading and we also launched our new Reading Quest for Year 7 – 9 for Autumn Term.  The theme this term is Mystery and all students have been given their new passports for The Quest to record and review the books they have read.  Tutors will be monitoring this closely and especially on a Friday when we have Reding Friday in Registration time.  In these assemblies students also received their rewards for the Reading Quest last term.  Students who read 3 books received a Bronze Award and Quest Badge, students who read 6 books received a Silver Award and Quest Badge and a £10 gift voucher and student who read 12 books received a Gold Award and Quest Badge and a £15 gift voucher – many students received awards (too many to mention here (please see the news area of the website for photos of the happy recipients).

Congratulations also go to Jasmine Richardson (FCC) for being the first Year 7 Student Librarian and for her amazing work in the FCC Library.  Students were also rewarded for their involvement in a Young Writers Bookmark Design Competition.  Well done to all.

In sporting news, the Sky Sports Award Visit to London’s Olympic Village was also a huge success (again photos and more info can be found in the Sports News Area of the website and in our Twitter Feed).  The Year 11 students and staff involved had an amazing time.  They met many olympians and were even interviewed for TV.  A special thank you to Logan Graham for his outstanding contribution to this exciting visit.  Many special memories were made!!

Students who have made an exceptional start to the academic year in PE are as follows: Y7 Bryn Newland & Sophie Simpson, Y8 Bailey March & Brooke Meale, Y9 Ryan Chappell & Grace Laidler, Y10 Sam Winham & Sophie Cook and Y11 Logan Graham & Alex Ayre – well done to our sporting heroes.

Also The Durham Federation PE Staff have become World Famous by being included in the 2017 edition of the Guinness Book of Records. If you turn to page 94 you’ll see the write up and a photo of their official World Record when they took part in the Largest Ever Pantomime Animal Race at Newcastle Racecourse (see Sporting News for more info).

Our Year 6 Transition Day and Year 5 & 6 Open Evening at DCBc on Wednesday was a really enjoyable experience for students, staff and parent/carers.  Thanks to all of the families who joined us on the evening to find out about our unique school and our successes.

This week Bethanie Reed Y10 at DCBC and Katie-Beth Hancock Y8 at FCC received the most Achievement Points and at the end of week two in the Achievement Points Competition the top achieving students are as follows:

 

Year Group DCBC FCC
7 Bryn Newland Ebony Bates
8 Hayley Lawson & Holly Napier Robert Bates Holt
9 Aaron Collins Kieran Brown
10 Bethanie Reed Chloe Shaw
11 Megan McAvoy Luke Dodds

 

Next Week we look forward to our Year 6 Transition Day and Year 5 & 6 Open Event at FCC on Thursday 22nd September and the Durham County Council Awards Evening for 100% attenders.  This is taking place at The Riverside Cricket Ground in Chester-Le-Street and our ex-Year 11 student Sam Stewart will be rewarded for having 100% attendance throughout his entire school career. We will update you on these events next week.

Please note that our website remains under construction and as time passes more and more information is being included upon it  – hopefully it will enable parents/carers, students and the community to be involved more in the lives of our colleges.

Have a peaceful weekend.

 

Friday Update – 9th September 2016

Well here we are, it’s September again and we’ve already completed the first week of term.  Our new Year 7s have settled in well and the new uniform is outstanding, we are monitoring uniform, behaviour and planners very closely to ensure we maintain high standards both inside and outside the classroom.

As you know we were delighted that Fyndoune came out of Special Measures last term and was judged by Ofsted as Good in relation to Leadership & Management and Pastoral Care, we are striving this term to ensure both of our colleges achieve Good or Outstanding judgements in all areas.

This week we’ve been concentrating on the start of term, getting to know our new students and ensuring a smooth start for every year group.  Year 7 will all be completing Baseline Assessments in their lessons to ensure we have accurate information about their ability and to ensure they are in the right classes.  

Over the Summer the farm at Fyndoune welcomed some fluffy bunny, babies.  Some are ready for new homes and some will need to stay with their mother for a few more weeks.  Students and animal club members will have their hands full socialising the balls of fluff. If you are interested in giving a home to one of the bundles of fluff please contact Fyndoune Reception. Also on the farm Young Farmers Club starts on Tuesday 13/09/16 and the Animal Apprentice Club starts on 16/09/16 – all students welcome.

At the end of week one in the Achievement Points Competition we have four students in the lead at DCBC: Jack Charters and Callum Williamson (Y9) and Adam Leggett and Megan McAvoy (Y11).  At Fyndoune Ebony Haynes (Y8) has the most points overall – well done.  This information will be updated weekly.  Attendance this week has also been high.

Also in Rewards News before the Summer Y7-9 students had a piece of extended homework for which we promised that the best work would receive a grand prize.  In assemblies this week, Hannah Walton (Y9 FCC) and Holly Napier (Y8 DCBC) received their grand prizes; they were presented with a ChromeBook each – WOW and well done girls – your hard work really paid off!

Next Week we look forward to our Year 6 Transition Day and Year 5 & 6 Open Event at DCBC on Wednesday 14th (FCC’s is Thursday 22nd) and a Year 10 Sport’s visit to London.  We will update you on these events next week.

Please note that our website remains under construction and as time passes more and more information is being included upon it  – hopefully it will enable parents/carers, students and the community to be involved more in the lives of our colleges.

Have a peaceful weekend.

 

Wednesday Update – 20th July 2016

Well here we are, it’s the end of term and we’ve had a lovely day. A non-uniform day with a Race for Life this afternoon all to raise funds for Cancer Research UK; we’ll place photos on the website in the new year.

Yesterday, we had an amazing Reward Visit to Gravity Force for all students who had achieved 150 Achievement Points or more this academic year. Mr Picken and all of the students involved had a fantastic time. We also had Bubble Football on the Astro-Turf at DCBC or the highest achieving Tutor Groups in Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 which was lots of fun; I think the staff enjoyed it even more than the students!! (see the Sports Area of the website for photos).

Last night we had our Year 8 Parents’ Evening, thanks to the many parents/carers and families who joined us to share in and find out more about the progress their children are making in our colleges.

At the end of Achievement Points Competition James Hannon has been crowned conqueror at FCC and at DCBC Shannon Gallagher has retained her lead which she has held for much of the academic year; they both truly deserve this success as they have worked extremely hard.

 

Year Group DCBC Fyndoune
Year 7 Shannon Gallagher James Hannon
Year 8 Jack Groves Hannah Walton
Year 9 Jamie Wilson Benjamin Conlon
Year 10 Matthew Owen & Victoria Steel Ashleigh Wilkinson

In Attendance, both colleges have seen vast improvements compared to this time last year and our number of students with less than good attendance has greatly reduced. Attendance in both colleges is good and our numbers of persistently absent students has reduced. Overall, for the whole academic year 9CL has had the best attendance at Fyndoune and at DCBC 7TI has had the best attendance; well done to students and Tutors – your hard work has been worthwhile.
Please note that our website remains under construction and as time passes more and more information is being included upon it – hopefully it will enable parents/carers, students and the community to be involved more in the lives of our colleges.
Have a peaceful Summer Break – remember that students return to school on Tuesday 6th September.

Friday Update – 15th July 2016

As usual it’s been a busy week, 3 days left till we break up. Don’t forget that we break up on Wednesday 20th July. Wednesday 20th July is a non-uniform day we’re raising funds for The Race for Life with our annual sponsored Fun Run, letters have been sent home explaining this.

This week we’ve had truly outstanding Sports’ Days in both colleges – the students and staff involved were amazing and the weather was perfect – see the website for more info and photos.

This week we’ve also had two highly successful Geography Field Visits for our Year 10 geographers to complete their Controlled Assessment Fieldwork studies. Behaviour, attitude and fieldwork completed were outstanding – well done Year 10.

On Wednesday and Friday we also had the ‘If You Care Share’ Group in our colleges working again with our Year 9 students who are keen to help and support others. The students in these groups are simply amazing and we’re sure they will be excellent supporters for other students during Key Stage 4.

On Wednesday 7 Year 10 students from DCBC spent the afternoon at Ushaw Moor Nursery as part of an Olympic Legacy Project called get Set for Community Action. Following a sporting visit by the young pupils last term, our students gave up their time to visit the nursery and help out for the afternoon. They offered to read books, play games in the yard and join in with activities including building towers, playing in the sand pit and with the water soakers. The staff at the Nursery were really thankful and gave all our students a bag of chocolates as well as a lovely homemade card.

The Durham Federation snowdog, Hope is off to it’s kennels for the summer in preparation for the Great North Snowdog Trail which is taking place throughout the North East in Autumn 2016. Students from both Colleges have helped design and paint the sculpture and all funds raised will go to support St Oswald’s Hospice – a local children’s cancer charity. Students said goodbye and waved it off during assemblies this week and to find out where it will be displayed please follow the latest news via the following website;
www.greatnorthsnowdogs.co.uk

In the Achievement Points Competition at DCBC Shannon Gallagher (Y7) & Jack Groves (Y8) have the most points since September and this week Brooke Meale (Y7) received the most Achievement Points. At Fyndoune James Hannon is still in the lead with Megan Davies (Y7); Grace Haswell, Ellie Scott, Lauren Stevenson, Conor Ternent, Hannah Walton, Cody Jones, Emily Ludlow, Cait McGuigan & John Richardson achieved the highest number of Achievement Points this week.

 

Year Group DCBC Fyndoune
Year 7 Shannon Gallagher James Hannon
Year 8 Jack Groves Hannah Walton
Year 9 Jamie Wilson Anthony Hannon
Year 10 Matthew Owen & Victoria Steel Ashleigh Wilkinson

In Attendance, both colleges have seen vast improvements compared to this time last year and our number of students with less than good attendance has greatly reduced. Last week 9CL had the best attendance at Fyndoune and at DCBC 9CR had the best attendance.
Next week we look forward to the end of term but also to students receiving their new timetables in readiness for the new academic year.
Also please note that our website remains under construction and as time passes more and more information is being included upon it – hopefully it will enable parents/carers, students and the community to be involved more in the lives of our colleges.
Have a peaceful weekend.

Friday Update – 8th July 2016

As usual it’s been a busy week, can you believe only 8 full days of school left before the Summer Holidays – where is the sun??

All week students have been getting their assessment results back.  These results will be part of teacher assessment in the forthcoming reports.  Year 7 & 8 have also had their Celebration Assemblies and have received awards and rewards for their achievement and effort this year.

 

In sport there’s been lots happening.  On Wednesday The Royal Marines came to DCBC to work with Year 10; they really put them through their paces!! Also at the Durham Track & Field Championships we won 7 Golds, 2 Silvers and 12 Bronzes – wow well done to all of you!! On Monday 15 Year 9 students from DCBC braved the elements and volunteered to help at the annual Primary Schools Mini Olympics at Maiden Castle. There were over 2,000 primary pupils taking part in 22 different sports throughout the day. The DCBC students – all hoping to study GCSE PE next year – were asked to help out with the cricket and dodgeball activities; a fab time had by all even in the drizzle!! For more sports info and photos please see the News Area of the Website.

 

Kieran Fannan – a Year 9 student from DCBC is playing at the Junior Ball Hockey World Championships in Sheffield this week. Kieran is wearing the number 27 shirt and representing the Great Britain Under 16 team.  He will be playing against teams from Canada, USA, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Switzerland and all the scores and information can be found at the following website: http://www.sheffield2016.com/

We would all like to wish Kieran all the best wishes and good luck for the competition.

 

In the Achievement Points Competition at DCBC Shannon Gallagher & Georgia Appleby (Y7) have the most points since September and this week Alisha Oliver and Annabel Payne (Y8) received the most Achievement Points.  At Fyndoune James Hannon is still in the lead with Megan Davies & Mitchell Gray in second place (Y7);  Cait McGuigan (Y8) & Remy Lewis (Y7) achieved the highest number of Achievement Points this week.

Year Group DCBC Fyndoune
Year 7 Shannon Gallagher James Hannon
Year 8 Jack Groves Hannah Walton
Year 9 Antonia Smith Anthony Hannon
Year 10 Matthew Owen Ashleigh Wilkinson

 

In Attendance, both colleges have seen vast improvements compared to this time last year and our number of students with less than good attendance has greatly reduced.  Last week 9CL and 7ES had the best attendance at Fyndoune and at DCBC 7KH had the best attendance.

Next week we look forward to Sports Days, the Year 10 Geography Field Visits to the Lake District and continued work with the Anne Frank Trust.

Also please note that our website remains under construction and as time passes more and more information is being included upon it  – hopefully it will enable parents/carers, students and the community to be involved more in the lives of our colleges.

Have a peaceful weekend.

 

Friday Update – 1st July 2016

As usual it’s been a busy week, can you believe it’s July already!!

All week it has been Assessment Week for Year 7 – 10 students in every subject, they’ve done really well and have worked hard; here’s hoping their end of year reports reflect this.  

Our Year 11 Prom was at Lumley Castle on Wednesday, please see the main part of the website for further information and photos.  It was a lovely night with all students and staff looking amazing, fireworks, good food, singing waiters and a disco all served to see an amazing end to Year 11s time with us.  Prom King and Queen at DCBC were Brandon Urwin and Angel White and at FCC Thomas Ludlow and Josephine Binks – they all looked wonderful.

Well done also to Sam Stewart Year 11 DCBC (see twitter and the news area of the website) he has never had one day off since starting primary school 12 years ago – he will be rewarded for this valiant effort by Durham Local Authority and DCBC in a special Awards Event in September!! (There are not many people who can say this I’m sure).  Well done Sam; an amazing achievement!!

Today all of our Year 10 students from FCC went to New College Durham for a Careers based day already thinking about their plans for next year.

In the Achievement Points Competition at DCBC Shannon Gallagher, Ross Nicholson & Georgia Appleby (Y7) have the most points since September and this week Robson Kershaw (Y7), Kyle Hubery (Y9) and Georgia Appleby (Y7) received the most Achievement Points.  At Fyndoune James Hannon is still in the lead with Megan Davies & Mitchell Gray in second place (Y7); Jason Goff (Y7), Demi Johnson, Daniel Stephenson & Joe Williams (Y9) achieved the highest number of Achievement Points this week. Matthew & Victoria area really fighting it out for the DCBC Year 10 Lead!!!

Year Group DCBC Fyndoune
Year 7 Shannon Gallagher James Hannon
Year 8 Jack Groves Hannah Walton
Year 9 Antonia Smith Anthony Hannon
Year 10 Matthew Owen Ashleigh Wilkinson

In Attendance, both colleges have seen vast improvements compared to this time last year and our number of students with less than good attendance has greatly reduced.  Last week 7CK had the best attendance at Fyndoune and at DCBC 7TI had the best attendance.

Next week we look forward many sporting events including a visit from The Royal Marines, a Year 7 & 8 Athletics Competition and a Cricket Leadership Day, as well as last minute preparation for our Annual Sports Days in the following week.

Also please note that our website is currently under construction and a new one will be launched shortly – hopefully it will enable parents/carers, students and the community to be involved more in the lives of our colleges.

Information to parents/carers about our changes to uniform for September has been posted home and has also been placed on the website – any queries please do not hesitate to contact us.

Have a peaceful weekend.

Friday Update – 24th June 2016

As usual it’s been a busy week, happily for the Year 11s the exams are all now over and they are now looking forward to their Prom next Wednesday at Lumley Castle.

On Wednesday we had a day of sport with Year 9 students from DCBC involved in a Sky Sport ‘Living For Sport’ Event at Chester-le-Street Riverside.  Also on Wednesday our DCBC Sports Leaders led a Key Stage 1 Multi-Skills Festival at DCBC for children in our partner primaries.

On Thursday we had a very special day, we welcomed Year 6 students who are joining us next year in Year 7 for Transition Day.  It was a really fun day with a variety of exciting activities ranging from storytelling in English and Farm Visits to Literacy activities and sport.  DCBC even had a visit from Sky Sport’s Mentor Amanda Coulson.  Once the day had finished we opened our doors to the community for our Open Evenings in both colleges, many visitors as well as Year 6 parents/carers came to have a look around our wonderful colleges, talk to our students and staff and see how far we have progressed on our journey back to Outstanding.  Thanks you to everyone who attended this very successful event.

Today all of our Year 10 students from DCBC went to New College Durham for a Careers based day already thinking about their plans for next year.
Also a special thank you to our Year 11 Art students, Miss Nolan and Mrs Johnson for the wonderful Fine Art Exhibitions in each college, they are amazing and have attracted many visitors.

In the Achievement Points Competition at DCBC Shannon Gallagher (Y7) has the most points since September and this week Annabel Payne (Y8) received the most Achievement Points.  At Fyndoune James Hannon is still in the lead with Mitchell Gray in second place (Y7) and this week Charlotte Atkin (Y7) achieved the highest number of Achievement Points. No change to the overall totals – it’s now a real competition until the end of term!!!

Year Group DCBC Fyndoune
Year 7 Shannon Gallagher James Hannon
Year 8 Jack Groves Hannah Walton
Year 9 Antonia Smith Anthony Hannon
Year 10 Victoria Steel Ashleigh Wilkinson

In Attendance, both colleges have seen vast improvements compared to this time last year and our number of students with less than good attendance has greatly reduced.  Last week 8SP had the best attendance at Fyndoune and at DCBC 9LA had the best attendance.

Next week we look forward to our Year 11 Prom and Mini Olympics at Maiden Castle and more planning for our forthcoming Sports Days in July.
Also please note that our website is currently under construction and a new one will be launched shortly – hopefully it will enable parents/carers, students and the community to be involved more in the lives of our colleges.

Information to parents/carers about our changes to uniform for September has been posted home and has also been placed on the website – any queries please do not hesitate to contact us.

Have a peaceful weekend.

Friday Update – 17th June 2016

We’ve had another busy week with Year 11 exams History, resistant materials, Construction, Physics, geography and Health & Social Care – with only one exam left next week (History) the end is really in sight.  Well done to Year 11 who have really worked hard during the exam period.

Students from FCC – Alicia Fay Bremner, Luke Elliot & Caleb Hinnigan and from DCBC Amber Emery, Ellie Gillies, Brooke Meale, Millie McGuckin, Thomas Park & Kathryn White, have spent this week designing and painting the Federation Snowdog.  Once completed and varnished it will be sent back to St Oswald’s Hospice and then be displayed somewhere in the North East as part of the Great North Snowdog’s Trail.

In sport this week James Thornton (Y8) competed in the County Durham Schools’ Pentathlon Championships at Monkton Stadium. He took part in five events – Hurdles, Long Jump, Shot Putt, High Jump and finally the 800m.  James put in some fantastic performances and was always in the top few positions during the competition. Eventually when all the points were added up he finished in 8th place out of 70 competitors. Congratulations James – as always you’re a star.  Also in sport this week our Year 7 & 8 athletes competed in an Athletics Competition at Chester-Le-Street – news to follow on the website.

On Monday we held our Year 11 Leavers’ Assembly; an emotional yet happy event celebrating the five years our Year 11s have been with us. After Tuesday’s final exam next week – it will be prom preparation in readiness for 29th June at Lumley Castle.

In the Achievement Points Competition at DCBC Luke Wilkinson Y11, Shannon Gallagher, Ross Nicholson and Ben McKenna (Y7) have the most points since September and this week Jack Groves (Y8) and Ryan Knox (Y9) received the most Achievement Points.  At Fyndoune James Hannon is in the lead with Mitchell Gray in second place (Y7) and this week Andrew Wilkinson (Y7) achieved the highest number of Achievement Points.

Year Group DCBC Fyndoune
Year 7 Shannon Gallagher James Hannon
Year 8 Jack Groves Hannah Walton
Year 9 Antonia Smith Anthony Hannon
Year 10 Victoria Steel Ashleigh Wilkinson
Year 11 Luke Wilkinson Josh Young

In Attendance, both colleges have seen vast improvements compared to this time last year and our number of students with less than good attendance has greatly reduced.  Last week 11PA & 11RM had the best attendance at Fyndoune and at DCBC 8AL had the best attendance.

Next week we look forward to the last Year 11 exam for 2016.  We also look forward to a Primary Olympic Festival at DCBC, Year 11 Art Exhibitions in both colleges running for the week – please come along to see the outstanding art work and a Year 10 Careers Visit to new College Durham.

We are also holding a very high profile event in both of our colleges on Thursday Evening from 4pm, we have invited many people along to see and share in the improvements in our colleges of which we are very proud – please join us and if you are a Year 6 parent or carer there is a special event for you at 5.30pm. See the flyer on the website for more details.

Also please note that are website is currently under construction and a new one will be launched shortly – hopefully it will enable parents/carers, students and the community to be involved more in the lives of our colleges.

Information to parents/carers about our changes to uniform for September has been posted home today and will also be placed on the website – any queries please do not hesitate to contact us.

Have a peaceful weekend.

Friday Update – 10th June 2016

We have had a very busy week with Year 11 exams in History, Food Technology, Media, English Literature, RS, Geography, Maths, Biology, Business Studies and Music.  Year 11 are really working hard and can now see the end of the exams is in sight.

Our Snowdog Competition concluded this week, with many entries submitted by students; it’s now down to the hard work of picking the winners and who gets to work with Miss Nolan to sculpt their master pieces.  We’ve had assemblies this week about Food Banks and the importance of helping other who are facing food poverty and assemblies about the loss of the legend Muhammed Ali and how his words and actions should be an inspiration to us all.  We’ve also held a special Reward Assembly in both colleges to reward students who have really engaged with our Quest reading project this term. Students who have read 3 books have received a Bronze Quest lapel pin, those who have read 6 books have received a Bronze and Silver Quest lapel pin and £10 gift vouchers and one student Andrew Wilkinson Y7 FCC received Bronze, Silver and gold lapel pins and £20 gift vouchers.  Reading is really popular and the students know that if they read, they will ear and enjoy and will also be rewarded!!  A special well done to Andrew!!

This Saturday – 6 students from DCBC will be representing Durham City in the County Durham Finals in Athletics at Monkton Stadium. Isabell Thornton – Long Jump, Joseph Downing – High Jump, Logan Graham – Shot Putt, Liam Manners – Discus, Jonathan Tones – High Jump & James Thornton – Javelin; best of luck to them all!!

In the Achievement Points Competition at DCBC Luke Wilkinson Y11, Shannon Gallagher and now Ross Nicholson and Ben McKenna have the most points since September and this week Brooke Meale and Holly Napier (Y7) received the most Achievement Points.  At Fyndoune James Hannon is in the lead with Amy Evans in second place (Y7) and this week Saffron Hall (Y7) achieved the highest number of Achievement Points.

Year Group DCBC Fyndoune
Year 7 Shannon Gallagher Amy Evans
Year 8 Thomas Park Hannah Walton
Year 9 Antonia Smith Anthony Hannon
Year 10 Victoria Steel Ashleigh Wilkinson
Year 11 Luke Wilkinson Josh Young

In Attendance, both colleges have seen vast improvements compared to this time last year and our number of students with less than good attendance has greatly reduced.  Last week 9CL had the best attendance at Fyndoune – 100% and at DCBC 11CC had the best attendance yet again!!

Next week we look forward to yet more Year 11 and a Year 11 Celebration Assembly on Monday afternoon; we’ll be very sad to see this wonderful Year Group leave!! We also look forward to many sporting activities such as a Year 7 & 8 Athletics Competition at Chester-Le-Street and a Year 8 Pentathlon Competition at Monkton Stadium.

Have a peaceful weekend.

Friday Update – 27th May 2016

We really can’t believe that it’s May half-term and that we break up today for a well-earned rest.  This week we’ve had assemblies all about Art and how we can express ourselves in different ways depending upon the situation.  Also at Fyndoune, Gemma Collis GB Paralympian visited assemblies as part of Sky Sport Living’s ‘Living for Sport’ Programme.  Gemma also visited some Key Stage 3 lessons to discuss her career with students and explain how she has fought her disability to still be involved in sport and represent her country at Olympic standard level.

The Durham Federation have joined forces with local charity St Oswald’s Children’s Hospice to be part of an exciting new venture. In partnership with ‘Wild in Art’ we are involved in Tyne and Wear’s biggest ever mass-participation, public art event – The Great North Snowdogs!

The interactive trail will feature more than 50 large scale Snowdog sculptures, inspired by the much loved animated short film, The Snowman™ and The Snowdog. During Autumn and Winter 2016 students will be able to follow the trail, collect points with our dedicated app and to try to see as many of the sculptures as possible.

The Fed Snowdog, appearing in assemblies this week, will be on show for 10 weeks from September 2016, in locations across the North East. Our students have been set a challenge over half term to come up with the best design and the winning ones across both Colleges will then get to work with Mrs Nolan on painting the sculpture.  We hope that as many students as possible get involved.

In the Achievement Points Competition at DCBC Luke Wilkinson Y11, Shannon Gallagher & now Georgia Appleby have the most points since September and this week Brooke Meale and Reece McManus (Y7) received the most Achievement Points.  At Fyndoune Amy Evans is in the lead with Mitchell Gray and
Isabelle Moat in second and third place (all Y7) and this week Lauren Stevenson (Year 7) achieved the highest number of Achievement Points.

Year Group

DCBC

Fyndoune

Year 7 Shannon Gallagher Amy Evans
Year 8 Thomas Park Hannah Walton
Year 9 Antonia Smith Anthony Hannon
Year 10 Victoria Steel Ashleigh Wilkinson
Year 11 Luke Wilkinson Josh Young

In Attendance, both colleges have seen vast improvements compared to this time last year and our number of students with less than good attendance has greatly reduced.  Last week 7CK & 9CL at Fyndoune had 100% attendance and at DCBC 8AG, 10SH & 11CC also had 100% attendance – excellent!

To conclude, we are delighted that Fyndoune’s most recent full OfSTED Report is now available (see our Home Page or the OfSTED website), we are delighted with the outcome and pleased that all of our recent hard work has paid off.

Next week we look forward to a restful week off, although there are many Year 11 Revision Sessions happening over the break for all important last minute revision (the timetables are on the Student Page of the website). After half term there are yet more Year 11 exams in English Literature, Geography, Business Studies, Biology, Maths, Music, RS, Media, Food Technology and History and the end of the exams is nearly in sight!!  As usual there’s also a lot going on in sport with a Year 6 Cricket event at Brandon supported by our Sports Leaders on Thursday.

Have a peaceful and hopefully sunny (fingers crossed) Bank Holiday Weekend and half term.

Friday Update – 20th May 2016

This week we’ve had assemblies all about Faith in Sport and how we can use the lessons learned in sport in all aspects of our lives – tenacity, resilience and good team spirit will help us in whatever future we move into.

In sport on Monday, some of our Year 10 girls went to St James’ Park to take part in their Magic Monday Rugby Festival – they were well prepared, had a great time and put in some mighty fierce tackles. On Tuesday Amanda Coulson – British Boxing Coach and Sky Sports Living for Sports Athlete Mentor, visited DCBC for the day to give our students a taste of what it feels like to be a professional athlete. She ran a boxing circuit in PE lessons for students in Years 8 and 10 and worked them hard! She then spent an hour with the Year 7 Sports Leaders who are preparing to organise a mini Olympic Festival next month. This group of students are inviting St Joseph’s and Silver Tree Primary Schools to DCBC and will run the event – which Amanda has agreed to come back for and help hand out certificates.  On Thursday our students were involved in the Pentathlon Championships at Monkton Stadium. Congratulations to James Thornton Y8 DCBC for his great efforts – 1.25m in high jump, 8.07 in shot put, 4.46m in long jump, 15.4 sec hurdles and 3.50mins in 800m – he came 25th out of 61.

We also want to say a huge thank you to all of the staff at The Anne Frank Organisation who have worked with our colleges over the past few months to help our students learn more about Anne Frank and the horrors of the Holocaust during World War Two and the ongoing implications of prejudice, discrimination and persecution.  Well done also to the Year 9 students who got involved as peer mentors.

In the Achievement Points Competition at DCBC Luke Wilkinson Y11, Shannon Gallagher & Ross Nicholson (Y7) still have the most points since September and this week Nathan Davis (Y7) and Luke Wilkinson (Y11) received the most Achievement Points.  At Fyndoune, Isabelle Moat and Amy Evans are in the lead with Mitchell Gray in third place (all Y7) and this week Remy Lewis (Year 7) achieved the highest number of Achievement Points.

Year Group DCBC Fyndoune
Year 7 Shannon Gallagher Isabelle Moat/ Amy Evans
Year 8 Thomas Park Hannah Walton
Year 9 Antonia Smith Anthony Hannon
Year 10 Matthew Owen Ashleigh Wilkinson
Year 11 Luke Wilkinson Josh Young

In Attendance, both colleges have seen vast improvements compared to this time last year and our number of students with less than good attendance has reduced.  Last week 7TM had the best attendance at FCC and 10SH at DCBC had 100% attendance.

Next week we look forward to more Year 11 exams in English Literature, Geography, Business Studies, Physics and Maths.  As usual there’s a lot going on in sport with more rugby skill building with Newcastle Thunder at DCBC and a Sports Leaders Training Event at FCC on Friday.  We also have our third visit this year to Seven Stories in Newcastle for our Year 7 Literacy Group.

Have a peaceful weekend.

Friday Update – 13th May 2016

This week we’ve had assemblies all about Reading and how important it is to achievement and future success.  The Year 7 & 8 Quest Reading Project is certainly engaging our students to read more and we now have Student Librarians in place in both colleges.

On Wednesday, we had a lovely Primary Transition Event at DCBC, with students from our Partner Primary Schools joining us in our Construction Centre, it was called Design to Realisation and was a little messy but a good, fun learning experience. The children involved had a fantastic time in a setting they haven’t been in before; they didn’t want to leave!!

In Sport this week we had our usual visit from Newcastle Thunder to support with girls’ rugby.  On Wednesday we were part of the Year 10 Rugby Festival at Durham Johnston, our tenacious ten Rugby players from Years 9 and 10 went to Durham Johnston and played them off their own park!! Playing the small sided version of the game – the fast paced Rugby Sevens, our boys wearing a snazzy black and white strip from the 1970’s, ran out as worthy winners scoring four tries to Durham Johnston’s one! A magnificent and marvellous performance by all. They also went on to draw two matches against Fyndoune and St Leonard’s and also beat Park View to remain undefeated for the tournament. Achievement Points all round for the proud young men who did it – Josh Hanson, Thomas Griffiths, Harry Renwick, David Mortimer, Dane Wilson, Jake Simpson, Zak Agar, Brodie Gregory, Ryan Knox, Liam Manners & Kyle Hubery (more info and a photo on the Sports Area of the website).

Tonight Reianna Bregazzi (Year 11 DCBC) is going to the High Profile Chairman’s Medal Awards Evening at Durham County Hall; she was one of only 14 students in Durham to achieve this very high profile award for her outstanding and tireless volunteering work with children and the elderly in our local villages.  Well done Reianna, we are very proud of you!

In the Achievement Points Competition at DCBC Luke Wilkinson Y11, Shannon Gallagher & Ross Nicholson (Y7) still have the most points since September and this week Luke Wilkinson (Y11), Abbie Cowan & Ben McKenna (Y7) received the most Achievement Points.  At Fyndoune, Isabelle Moat is still in the lead with Amy Evans and Mitchell Gray (all Y7) are still in second and third place and this week Leah Whittingham (Year 7) achieved the highest number of Achievement Points.

Year Group DCBC Fyndoune
Year 7 Shannon Gallagher Isabelle Moat
Year 8 Thomas Park Hannah Walton
Year 9 Dane Wilson Anthony Hannon
Year 10 Matthew Owen Abigail Bradley
Year 11 Luke Wilkinson Josh Young

In Attendance, both colleges have seen vast improvements compared to this time last year and our number of students with less than good attendance has reduced.  Last week 8DS (FCC) and 11DF & 11CC (DCBC) had the best attendance.

Next week we look forward to more Year 11 exams in RS, French, PE, Chemistry and Hair & Beauty and the second week of The Anne Frank Exhibition at Fyndoune.  There’s also lots going on in sport, such as Magic Monday at St James’ Park, a Sky Sports Event at Fyndoune on Tuesday and on Thursday the Co Durham Pentathlon Championships at Monkton Stadium.

Have a peaceful weekend.

Friday Update – 6th May 2016

This week we’ve had assemblies all about Resilience and learning what it means to never give up.  The Student Council have also led assemblies at Fyndoune to discuss Student Council elections and what it means to be a member of the Student Council and make sure your voice and opinion are counted and listened to.

The visit to Amsterdam and Arnhem was a huge success, students and staff really enjoyed it, learned a lot and didn’t want to come back (more info and photos will be on the website soon).

We’ve had a full OfSTED Inspection at Fyndoune this week which went well, we will add the report to the website and share with parent/carers once it arrives (within the next 2 weeks).  Well done to all of the staff and students for their hard work during the visit and overall.

On Wednesday, 19 students from Year 8 to Year 11 took part in the Durham Central Schools Athletics Championships at the Riverside Track in Chester-Le-Street. They competed in a range of running events, throwing and jumping competitions. All athletes finished in the top 10 in their individual events and three relay teams qualified for the finals. Individually six students won certificates for finishing in the first three positions.
GOLD – James Thornton (Y8) won the Year 9 Javelin
SILVER – Liam Manners 2nd in the Year 9 Shot Putt
SILVER – Jonathan Tones 2nd in the Year 9 High Jump
SILVER – Joseph Downing (Y10) 2nd in the Year 11 High Jump
BRONZE – Isabell Thornton 3rd in Year 11 Long Jump
BRONZE – Logan Graham (Y10) 3rd in the Year 11 Shot Putt
Some of these students will now be picked for the County Durham Finals next month; well done to all

Also in sport Joshua Hanson (Y10 DCBC) had his first training session and matches for The Newcastle Falcon’s Academy at the weekend. A fantastic achievement; congratulations Josh (see photos on our Twitter feed and the sports area of the website).

In the Achievement Points Competition at DCBC Luke Wilkinson Y11, Shannon Gallagher & Ross Nicholson (Y7) have the most points since September and this week Luke Wilkinson and Cameron Greaves (Y11) received the most Achievement Points.  At Fyndoune, Isabelle Moat is still in the lead with Amy Evans and Mitchell Gray (all Y7) in second and third place and this week Amanda Crisp, Katie-Beth Hancock, Remy Lewis, Eleanor McHugh, Lauren Stevenson & Emma Young (all in Year 7) all achieved the highest number of Achievement Points.

Year Group DCBC FCC
Year 7 Shannon Gallagher Isabelle Moat
Year 8 Thomas Park Hannah Walton
Year 9 Antonia Smith Anthony Hannon
Year 10 Matthew Owen Abigail Bradley
Year 11 Luke Wilkinson Josh Young

Next week we look forward to more Year 11 exams and The Anne Frank Exhibition moving to Fyndoune for two weeks as well as our usual sporting activities.

Have a peaceful weekend.

Thursday Update – 28th April 2016

This week we’ve had assemblies all about Music – we even had members of the choir singing/.  Year 7 and 8 students have received their Reading Passports for ‘The Quest’.  Information has been sent home and the libraries in both of our colleges will be open every lunchtime from next week for Year 7 & 8 students.  We are also appointing Student Librarians who will have a very important role in this project.  We’ve already seen some completed Reading Passport Pages; the students are really excited about it!

This week we’ve had The Anne Frank Exhibition at DCBC all week again to develop the knowledge and lessons learned last week.  The Year 9 Peer Guides are really now excellent ambassadors for the Exhibition and our colleges.

Our Year 11 Art students have had their GCSE Art Exams this week and have worked tirelessly to ensure a good grade.  Our Year 10 PE students have also been Rock Climbing as part of their GCSE Practical work; they are doing really well.

As part of the Sky Sports Living for Sport programme a group of Year 7 students were lucky enough to get a trip to Maiden Castle to see all the sporting opportunities that are available within Durham University. They had a quick sprint on the athletics track followed by a warm up on the spinning bikes. Then they met Gemma Collis who is a Paralympic Wheelchair fencer who is in training to compete at the Summer Paralympics in Rio, Brazil. To finish off the visit the students were able to sit in the brand new rowing tank and have a go on the 8 seated boat (see photos on the Sports Area of the website).

The Student Councils in both of our colleges are having a face life this term to enable them to have even more of a voice in our colleges and to further support us in our improvement agenda.  We are also working on further developing Parent Voice so if you are interested please don’t hesitate to contact either college.
As we break up for a long weekend for May Day, we have had some very excited Key Stage 3 students leaving college to go to Amsterdam and Arnhem – they’ve been looking forward to this visit for a year!! We’ll update you on the visit once it returns – it’s sure to be both very enjoyable and very educational.
Next week we look forward to more Year 11 exams, an Athletics Competition at Chester-Le-Street and a Sky Sports Living Event for Year 9 at The Riverside Stadium where students will meet Paralympian Gemma Collis.

Have a peaceful weekend.

Friday Update – 22nd April 2016

This week we’ve had assemblies about our new Year 7 & 8 Reading Challenge ‘The Quest’.  Further information will be sent home to parents/carers next week.  The students are really excited about it!

This week we’ve had The Anne Frank Exhibition at DCBC all week and it will be with us all next week (it will be at Fyndoune next month).  This is a fantastic educational exhibition all about the life and times of Anne Frank.  Some of our Year 9 students have been trained as Peer Guides for the exhibition and have been teaching all Key Stage 3 students about the life of Anne Frank during Humanities lessons.

This week also saw a Newcastle Thunder Girl’s Rugby session at DCBC and our talented Year 10 cricketers from Fyndoune starting a Cricket Leadership Course on Friday in preparation for 3 Cricket Festivals in July.  Also in sport we had the excellent news that Kieran Fannan (DCBC) has been named as one of 6 North East schoolboys chose to represent the Team GB U16 Hockey Team at the World Championships in Sheffield in July – well done Kieran.

Thanks to all of the parents/carers of Year 9 students who attended Parents’ Evening on Thursday night – it was great to see so many of you; Year 9 are really trying hard this term in the run up to moving to Key Stage 4 in September and your support is appreciated.

To add to our busy week we also had an HMI Monitoring Visit at DCBC on Tuesday and Wednesday – the visit went very well.  Further information about this visit will be sent home to parents/carers once we receive the letter from the HMI.

In attendance last week at DCBC 11CC had the best attendance with 9CR following closely behind.  At Fyndoune 9CL had the best attendance again with the APEX Tutor Group following closely behind. Well done to all and keep it up!!

In the Achievement Points competition at DCBC Luke Wilkinson is still in the lead overall with Shannon Gallagher (Y7) in close second; Carl Brown and Luke Wilkinson (Y11) have achieved the most points this week.  At Fyndoune, Emma Brown and Chloe Harris (Y7) have achieved the most points this week and overall since September Mitchell Gray (Y7) is still in the lead with Megan Davies, Isabelle Moat and Amy Evans (all Y7) very close behind.

Next week we look forward to the second week of The Anne Frank Exhibition at DCBC, more Year 11 exams in Art and ICT and the departure of our Key Stage 3 Visit to Amsterdam and Arnhem – the students and staff are really looking forward to it!!

Don’t forget that we break up on Thursday 28th for a long weekend for May Day and return on Tuesday 3rd May.

Have a peaceful weekend.

Friday Update – 15th April 2016

This week we’ve had assemblies about our updated approach to Behaviour and the changes we’ve made to make the behaviour in our colleges even better.

Well done to all of the Year 11 students who attended the many holiday sessions held in our colleges over the Easter break; Year 11 are truly focused on achieving their very best results in the Summer.  Also a huge well done to all of the students who represented our colleges so well in the three New York Visits which took place before and during the Easter Break.  The students had a fantastic time and have many fond memories to treasure forever. Thanks to all of the staff who supported with these visits too. (More info on the New York Visits will be added to the website with photos in due course).

This week has been busy as usual.  We’ve had our Option Days when all of our Year 9s made their choices about what subjects to take next year.  We had Year 9 Enterprise Events to enable students to learn more about enterprise and employability.  Some Year 9s were also on a training day on Thursday with an organisation called ‘If You Care Share’ developing their peer mentoring, self-confidence and empathy skills; they really enjoyed it. On Wednesday Durham Sixth Form Centre came in to meet with and interview some Year 11 in advance of their moving on in September; we received a lovely email from them to say just how fantastic our students had been.  Year 11 also received their Leavers’ Hoodies this week – not long now until the exams!!

Special congratulations to Josh Dixon (Year 7 Fyndoune) who won two of his motocross races in an 11-13 Motocross Competition over the Easter holidays and Reianna Bregazzi (Year 11 DCBC) for being successfully awarded The Durham Chairman’s Medal Award for her outstanding work helping others in her local community.  The Award Celebration Evening is Friday 13th May at County Hall – sounds like a fantastic evening!!

In attendance last week at DCBC 9EG had the best attendance with 7EN following closely behind.  At Fyndoune 9CL had 100% attendance with 9AP and 11PA following closely behind. Well done to all and keep it up!!

In the Achievement Points competition Luke Wilkinson is still in the lead overall with Shannon Gallagher and Jack Groves coming closely behind.  At Fyndoune Mitchell Gray (Y7) achieved the most points this week with Isabelle Moat, Megan Davies and Mitchell Gray (Y7) having the most points overall.

Next week we look forward to The Anne Frank Exhibition coming to DCBC for 2 weeks (it will be at Fyndoune next month) and our Year 9 Parents’ Evening on Thursday from 4 – 7pm.

Have a peaceful weekend.

Thursday Update – 24th March 2016

We’ve had assemblies this week all about Easter; thinking about what Easter means to us and not just about the chocolate!!

This week has been busy as usual.  We’ve had Duck Day (an enterprise event) for Year 9 in both colleges, we’ve had The Fire Brigade in Key Stage 3 Assemblies at DCBC and Barclays Bank in Year 7 & 8 Assemblies at Fyndoune.  Our new York Trip One returned yesterday with a group of very tired students and staff who’d had a fantastic time and Trip Two left in the early hours of this morning; Trip Three leaves next Thursday morning so everyone will be back before the end of the Easter Holidays – we will ensure that there are lots of students reviews and photos added to the website!

In sport a total of £1,180 was raised for Sport Relief through sponsorship for our students running a mile, £37 was raised by a cake sale on Monday, well done to all involved.  Also well done to our Year 11 PE students who excelled yesterday in the GCSE PE Moderation day – excellent attitudes and fantastic ambassadors for our colleges!

A special well done to Rebecca Mortimer Y8 Fyndoune, who played her violin at The Sage on Saturday Night as part of a Durham Music Service Showcase with the orchestra she is in ‘Durham First Orchestra’.  Well done Rebecca!

Well done to the Year 11 students who got an Easter egg today for their hard work and commitment to their studies and for having no behaviour points!!
In attendance last week at DCBC 11CC had the best attendance with 7KM & 11DF following closely behind.  At Fyndoune 9AP and 9CL had the best attendance. Well done to all and keep it up!!

In the Achievement Points competition Luke Wilkinson Y11, Jack groves Y8 and Shannon Gallagher Y7 are now in the lead overall; Jessica Thornton and Carl Brown (Y11) achieved the most points this week.  At Fyndoune Emma Brooks (Y9) achieved the most points this week with Megan Davies, Mitchell Gray and Isabelle Moat (Y7) having the most points overall.

After the Easter holidays we look forward to: Year 9 Options Days on Monday 11th April at Fyndoune and on Wednesday 13th April at DCBC; Durham Sixth Form Interviews for Year 11 on Wednesday 13th April: and further work for Year 9 with ‘If You Care Share’ to plan their Peer Support Work.

Have a peaceful Easter break – we return on Monday 11th April.

Friday Update – 18th March 2016

We’ve had assemblies this week all about Science; thinking about what Science means and how important it is in our daily lives.

In Sport, Thursday night saw an emotional final competitive match for the U16 Boy’s Football team. After a passionate rallying call during this week’s assembly a record crowd turned out to watch the semi-final of the County Cup at home against Biddick Sports College. Biddick got off to a quick start and with their first two attempts on goal, found themselves 2-0 up. The DCBC team fought back strongly going close a couple of times but the score remained the same at half time. Into the second half, DCBC surged forward with Luke Wilkinson, Kye Maddison and Logan Graham all with near misses. Unfortunately the game finished 2-0. A very close encounter!  Well done boys.

Also in sport we held our Sport Relief Festival today which our Year 10 GCSE PE students organised.  We invited Ushaw Moor Nursery to bring up their 2-3 year olds and our Year 10s were magnificent. They led the event, kept score and created a wonderful atmosphere. The visiting staff were delighted with the event and very impressed by the maturity and caring nature shown by all of our students. In this week’s Sport Relief Competitions with every type of sport involve including Hungry Hippos the scores were as follows- 932 – Radcliffe House, 800 – Redgrave House, 850 – Heap House and 750- Holmes House; well done to all involved – we raised £300 at DCBC and we’re still counting FCC’s amount!!

Well done to the Year 11 students who all got an ice cream treat at break time (Fyndoune) and lunchtime (DCBC) today for their hard work and commitment to their studies and for having no behaviour points!!

In attendance last week at DCBC 8AG had 100% attendance with 8PD coming in a very close second with 99%. At Fyndoune 8DS and 11PA had the best attendance with 10JG coming in a close third– Well done to all and keep it up!!

In the Achievement Points competition Luke Wilkinson is now in the lead overall with Jack Groves and Channon Gallagher coming closely behind; Victoria Hanson and Angel White (Y11) has achieved the most points this week.  At Fyndoune James Hannon (Y7) achieved the most points this week with Isabelle Moat, Madalaine Stafford and Megan Davies (Y7) still having the most points overall.

Next week we look forward to Assemblies about Easter, Duck Day enterprise events for year 9, Art Masterclasses at FCC and GCSE PE Moderation – it’s going to be a busy four days!!
Don’t forget that we break up on Thursday 24th March next week – looking forward to the Easter break.

Have a peaceful weekend.

Friday Update – 11th March 2016

We’ve had assemblies this week all about Equal Rights; supporting students to develop their confidence and understand the true meaning of equality.

It’s been a very busy week for Year 11 as we draw ever closer to their final exams; on Monday French students had their GCSE French Speaking Controlled Assessments; on Monday and Friday PE students completed their PE practical work; on Wednesday afternoon ICT students sat their ECDL exams and on Thursday Art students had Art Master Classes to develop their skills as their work is moderated for their final results. Phew – they’ll need a rest after all that!!
Thursday saw our second visit for Year 7 students to Seven Stories in Newcastle which is the National Centre for Children’s Books.  They took part in reading groups and illustration classes and listened to writers talk about and read from their books – this work is proving to be successful as students’ engagement in reading is truly flourishing.

In Sport, the most eagerly anticipated Cup competition of the year took place again this week as the FCC v DCBC Federation Cup was once again up for grabs. This half term it was the turn of the Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 boys’ football teams. The Key Stage 3 tournament was all one way traffic until a late group of substitutions managed to restore some pride – the eventual result was a win for FCC. The Key Stage 4 match was truly a game of two halves with FCC winning the first half 5-0 and the second half resulting in a 3-3 draw. In the end football was the winner and despite the continual drizzling rain all four sets of students walked off the pitch shaking hands happy in the knowledge that they had represented their College with pride. Achievement Points all round!!
In attendance last week at DCBC 8AG had 100% attendance with 8AL coming in a very close second with 99%. At Fyndoune 9DB had 100% attendance with 8DS and 7CK coming in close seconds – Well done to all and keep it up!!

In the Achievement Points competition at DCBC Jack Groves is still in the lead overall with Luke Wilkinson 5 points behind and Zak Agar achieving the most points this week.  At Fyndoune Amy Evans (7TM) achieved the most points this week with Isabelle Moat and Madalaine Stafford still having the most points overall.

Next week we look forward to the Year 9 & 10 Celebration Evening on Tuesday Evening, the Mayor of Durham and Chairman of the Council, Councillor Blakey is attending both of our events to present awards to our well-deserving young people.  Next week also sees the first of our New York Visits depart on Thursday – we have some very excited students (and staff)!! Full visit reviews will be placed on the website after all three visits have taken place!

Have a peaceful weekend.

Friday Update – 4th March 2016

We’ve had assemblies this week all about Physical Well-Being; thinking about how we should look after ourselves and considering the best ways to do this.
In sport, the PE staff at both sites were privileged to have welcomed the Coldstream Guards to their sports halls and sports fields this week. Students from Years 9 – 11 spent several hours doing fitness sessions, press ups, crawling on the floor, pushing tyres, lifting tyres, carrying tyres. They also got to crawl in mud under netting, fire guns and find out about life in the armed forces. The students were shattered after the sessions and some slightly muddy, but they all went away with some great memories of a fantastic experience (watch out for photos in the sports area of the website).

We also want to say a huge thank you to all of the people involved in making our progression week such a success;  we learned a lot and more students now have a better idea of what they might like to do when they leave school.

In attendance last week at DCBC 7TI and 11DF had 100% attendance with 8KP and 10TN with 7KH coming in a very close second with 99%. At Fyndoune 8DS and 11PA had the best attendance with 10JG coming in a close third– Well done to all and keep it up!!

In the Achievement Points competition Jack Groves is now in the lead overall with Thomas Park only one point behind; Luke Wilkinson (Y11) has achieved the most points this week.  At Fyndoune Callum Rose (8KG) achieved the most points this week with Isabelle Moat and Madalaine Stafford still having the most points overall.

Next week we look forward to Assemblies on Equal Rights, Year 9 Options Day and Year 7’s second visit to The Seven Stories for their literacy based activities.

Have a peaceful weekend.

Friday Update – 26th February 2016

We’ve had assemblies this week all about Fair Trade; thinking about the reasons for buying Fair Trade products and how the world would be a different place if we did.

We had Year 11 Parents’ Evening on Tuesday in both colleges.  Thanks to all of the parent/families who attended.  The Year 11 students received the Mock Exam Results and there were many delighted students and parents/carers and some students who know they must work harder in the last push towards the real exams!!

In sport at both sites, Physical Education staff have created a WALL OF FAME with memorabilia from students who have represented their country at a variety of sports. At FCC Sam Stafford’s Gymnastic top is on display; at DCBC Abbi Greaves’ GB Acro-Gymnastic top and Kieran Fannon’s GB Ball Hockey shirt are also on display. We hope to add to the displays shortly.

This week the Primary School Football League recommenced after the winter break. Three GCSE PE students helped out with refereeing over 100 pupils on Thursday night; a big thank you to Logan, Harry and Ian for their great attitudes and excellent decision making.

On Thursday we held workshops for Year 9 by an organisation called ‘If You Care Share’.  The sessions were excellent and the students really got a lot out of it in terms of confidence, self-esteem and personal development and well-being.  The organisation are going to train some of the Year 9s involved in peer mentoring and listening skills so they are more able to help others and share their own concerns.

In attendance last week at DCBC 7PD had the best attendance with 7KH coming in a very close second. At Fyndoune 9AP had the best attendance with 7TM next in line!! – Well done to all and keep it up!!

In the Achievement Points competition Jack Groves, Thomas Peart and now Dylan Sheen (all Year 8) are in the lead at DCBC with Abigail Scott (Year 10) picking up the most points this week.  At Fyndoune Jason Goff (Year 7) achieved the most points this week with Isabelle Moat and Madalaine Stafford having the most points overall – they’ve reached 100!! Well done a massive achievement.

Next week we look forward to a week focused on CEIAG (Careers Education, Information & Guidance) with Collapsed Days for all students on Wednesday at DCBC and on Friday at FCC.  There will be many external agencies in our colleges who will all be supporting our students to think about and plan for the future.  The Army are also joining in with some assault courses and team building – let’s see who can really go the extra mile!!

Have a peaceful weekend.

Friday Update – 12th February 2016

We’ve had assemblies this week all about Progression; thinking about what we would like to do in the future and how we will achieve our goals.

Year 11 have been in mock exams again all week; they have worked really hard and won’t even be getting a break next week as many of them are already signed up for holiday classes.  We have lots of classes running during half term – see the timetables on the student page of the website.

In sport the Year 10 GCSE PE students from both sites were involved in a sporting workshop this week as part of a national programme called Get Set for Community Action – an Olympic Legacy initiative in the run up to the Rio Olympics this summer. The students have to plan and organise two events this year and invite members of the local community to take part. They are hoping to organise a fun run leading up to the Sport Relief weekend in March and invite a local nursery school to come along and join in. Watch this space!

On Wednesday we also sent a group of very keen Year 7 girls off to Kingston Park for a Rugby Festival, they thoroughly enjoyed the event and were outstanding ambassadors for our colleges.

Also, a huge well done to Jane Alice Seymour and Alicia Bremner from Fyndoune who have won a regional writing competition 100 words challenge. They have received a certificate and will be entered into a raffle to win other prizes.  Well done and good luck!

In attendance last week at DCBC 8AG, 11CC and 11SJ had 100% attendance with 8AL coming in a very close second with 99.5%!! At Fyndoune 9CL had 100% attendance again too – well done to all; we hope you are enjoying your prizes!!

In the Achievement Points competition Thomas Peart and Jack Groves both in Year 8 are still in the lead at DCBC whereas at FCC Lauren Walker, Mya Richelle, Chelsea Keegan & Ashleigh Wilkinson all Y10 received 7 points for this week – well done to all!!

Next week we look forward to half-term!

After half-term we have Year 11 Parents’ Evening on Tuesday 23rd February from 4 – 7pm and an exciting day planned on Thursday 25th for Year 9 students with a charity called ‘If You Care Share’.

Have a peaceful week.

Friday Update – 5th February 2016

We’ve had assemblies this week about Internet Safety and what to do and what not to do to keep yourself safe on the internet.

Year 11 have been in mock exams all week and have another full week of mock exams next week – they are trying really hard as the big push is now on towards their final exams in the Summer Term.

On Wednesday we had Year 5 students from Sacriston Primary School with us for an exciting transition day in our Construction Centre – they had a great time and learned about Health & Safety, practical construction and how and why things get built; thanks to Mr Hodgkiss for organising these days.

On Wednesday night both colleges sent a Year 9 team to the Durham and Chester-Le-Street Secondary Schools Basketball Competition. The other schools competing were Durham Johnston, Belmont and the hosts Hermitage. All of the games were close affairs and Fyndoune faced Hermitage for the honour of top Chester-Le-Street school. The final score was 2-2 and so they headed into a next basket wins shoot-out, which Sam Stafford scored which meant qualification for the next round. Well done to both squads.

On Thursday we held the Get Set for Action Training Day at DCBC for Sports Leaders from DCBC, Fyndoune and Durham Johnston; the focus was on planning a sporting event for their Award – it was a busy day for those.

On Thursday night we had our Year 7 Parents’ Evenings in both colleges.  The number of parents and carers attending was excellent and there were many happy Year 7 students leaving with extremely positive results.

In attendance last week at DCBC 9CR had the best attendance yet again with 10SH coming in a very close second!! At Fyndoune 7SJ had the best attendance again too – well done to all; we hope you are enjoying your prizes!!

Next week we look forward the Girls Rugby Festival at Kingston Park, more Year 11 Mock Exams and the end of half-term!

Have a peaceful weekend.

Friday Update – 29th January 2016

We’ve had assemblies this week about the Holocaust remembering those who have died and reflecting on the reasons behind such loss. On Wednesday our some of our Year 11s worked with the local Youth Club to create and deliver engaging and thought provoking Holocaust Memorial Day activities which were very well received by students.  There was also a special balloon release at lunchtime involving our students and those who were visiting from Our Lady Queen of Martyr’s in Esh Winning (more to be posted on the news area of the website).  Well done to Jade C, Reianna B, Victoria H, Ross D, Drew W, Joe L & Natasha L – a lovely day!

On Wednesday we also had Year 5 students from Our Lady Queen of Martyr’s in Esh Winning with us for an exciting transition day in our Construction Centre – they had a great time and learned about Health & Safety, practical construction and how and why things get built, next week Sacriston Primary School students are joining us for a similar Transition Day; thanks to Mr Hodgkiss for organising these days.

In sport the Under 16 Football Team have finished playing their league fixtures but on Thursday after school they were drawn against North Durham Academy in the 1/4 Final of the League Cup. They were 2-0 up after 5 minutes with both goals from Luke Wilkinson but NDA piled on the pressure, corner after corner – with Harry Renwick in goal producing a master class in goalkeeping! DCBC caught them on the break and made in 4-2 with seconds left on the clock. Undeterred NDA went straight down and made it 4-3 but time ran out as the referee blew for full time. Semi-Final here we come!!

In attendance last week at DCBC 9CR had 100% attendance for the second week running and 11DF joined the 100% club. At Fyndoune 7SJ had 100% attendance too – well done to all!!

In the Achievement Points competition: at DCBC Thomas Park Year 8 is still in the lead overall, Year 7 Ross Nicholson, Year 9 David Mortimer, Year 10 Matthew Owen and in Year 11 Luke Wilkinson still have the most points. This week 7EN have the most points with Tyler Poutney and Hannah McGovern receiving the most Achievement Points this week.  At Fyndoune Isabelle Moat in Year 7 still has the most points, Year 8 Harry Grey, Year 9 Jessica Todd & Anthony Hannon, Year 10 Abigail Bradley and Year 11 Sam Nixon; this week Jane Alice Seymour in Year 7 has the most Achievement Points at Fyndoune.

Next week Year 11 have their all-important Mock exams which will last for a fortnight and Year 7 Parents’ Evening on Thursday 4th February from 4pm.

Have a peaceful weekend.

Friday Update – 22nd January 2015

We’ve had assemblies this week about China in which students learned about different cultures and how our country shares important links with others such as China.

In sport this week the Year 7 Living for Sport Group started designing some activities in preparation for a summer Olympic Festival that they will be organising for local primary pupils. The 12 students involved will be devising games, making certificates and scoring a range of fun sporting challenges. Also the staff Futsal team are back in league action tonight away at Park View School.  Watch this space!

At DCBC two very successful Celebration Assemblies were held for Year 10 and 11 this week. There were 29 students with 100% attendance in Year 11 and in Year 10 awards were handed out for excellent achievement and for finishing in the top three in the House Cross Country competition. Well done everyone!

On Thursday our Year 7 Reading Group went on their first visit of the year to Seven Stories the National Centre for Children’s’ Books in Newcastle.  It was a lovely day which the students and staff involved really enjoyed.  They did lots of group activities and made up their own stories and characters.

In attendance last week at DCBC 9CR Mr Russell’s Tutor Group had 100% attendance again and received chocolates as a reward as well as an Achievement Point for every student in the group.  At Fyndoune 7TM had the highest attendance last week with 99.09% – so close to the magical 100!!

In the Achievement Points competition: at DCBC Thomas Park in Year 8 has the most in college, Year 7 Ross Nicholson, Year 9 David Mortimer, Year 10 Matthew Owen and Year 11 Luke Wilkinson, this week Hannah McGovern and Tyler Poutney in Year 7 received the most Achievement Points at DCBC.  At Fyndoune Isabelle Moat in Year 7 has the most points, Year 8 Harry Grey, Year 9 Jessica Todd, Year 10 Abigail Bradley and Year 11 Sam Nixon, this week Megan Davis in Year 7 received the most Achievement Points at Fyndoune.

Next week we look forward to our Holocaust Memorial Day led by Year 11 students on Wednesday.

Have a peaceful weekend.

Friday Update – 15th January 2016

A busy week as usual with assemblies for Year 11 from Durham Sixth From Centre and New College Durham in preparation for our students moving into post-16 education. Following the assemblies students spent time with post-16 staff planning and discussing their options and applications.

On Friday night four GSCE PE students tried out their skills at Belmont School in their first ever Badminton Competition. The four students Luke Wilkinson, Kye Maddison, Carl Brown and Harry Renwick had to play five matches up to 11 points against other Durham schools to see who would progress to the County Finals. There were two singles matches followed by three doubles games. The boys really enjoyed it and in the end won a Bronze Medal for their efforts – Congratulations.

We’ve also had our regular visits from Sky Try and Newcastle Thunder Rugby Team and tonight it’s Staff Futsal – always a highlight of the week.

On Monday at DCBC and on Tuesday at Fyndoune we held an enterprise event for year 8. It was called Cobblers and was a really fun educational activity designing and selling shoes!!

In attendance last week 9CR Mr Russell’s Tutor Group had 100% attendance and at Fyndoune 9CL Mr Lister’s Tutor Group also had 100% attendance – all students in these groups will receive an extra Achievement Point for their hard work and dedication!!

In the Achievement Points competition: at DCBC Thomas Park in Year 8 has the most in college, Year 7 Ross Nicholson, Year 9 David Mortimer, Year 10 Matthew Cooper and Year 11 Luke Wilkinson and at Fyndoune Isabelle Moat in Year 7 has the most points, Year 8 Harry Grey, Year 9 Jessica Todd, Year 10 Abigail Bradley and Year 11 Sam Nixon.

Next week we look forward to a Visit from representatives from the Sky Living for Sport initiative and our Year 7 Reading Group visiting Seven Stories in Newcastle as part of their reading programme.

Have a peaceful weekend.

Friday Update – 8.1.2016

Welcome back to 2016, we hope you all had a restful and happy break.

The first week back after a holiday is always busy with some timetable changes and new students joining us from other schools.

On Thursday Year 11 in both colleges had a visit from Learning Performance who conducted workshops in successful revision techniques, exam preparation and how to de-stress during exams. Year 11 really enjoyed this visit and get a lot out of it.

Thursday was also Year 10 Parents’ Evening in both colleges after school. Thanks to the many parents/carers and families who came into college to support their sons and daughters and met with staff to plan for the future. Well done to our New Head & Deputy Head Boys and Girls who were excellent ambassadors at this event.

In sporting news, the Staff Futsal Team have had a well-deserved rest over the winter break and are currently lying in second place in the North East Staff Futsal League.

School

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W

D

L

F

A

GD

Pts

Oxclose

4

4

0

0

34

17

17

12

DCBC

6

3

0

3

37

35

2

9

NDA

4

1

1

2

9

16

-7

4

Park View

4

0

1

3

21

33

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1

Newcastle Thunder have been into both Colleges to start a four week programme of Rugby League coaching sessions with the Year 7 girls. This will culminate with a festival of rugby on February 10th at Kingston Park. All the boys who took part last term have been offered FREE tickets to go to watch the Newcastle Thunder team play Widnes Vikings in a friendly match on Saturday afternoon.

Achievement Points

At Fyndoune James Hannon, Josh Dixon, Kieran Callcutt (Y7) and Rebecca Mortimer (Y8) have all achieved ten Achievement Points in just one week! At DCBC 5 students all in 8PB have achieved the most points – Amber Emery, Cameron McQuire, Eve Rice, Bobbi Simpson & Aaron Young – well done to all!!!

Next week Year 8 look forward to an enterprise event (Monday DCBC and Tuesday FCC) called Cobblers it sounds fabulous but we’ll let you know more next week! Also his week the SSP are organising KS4 Badminton competitions. Fyndoune’s teams have qualified for the School Games Finals in March and DCBC are sending a team to Belmont on Friday after school. Best of luck to all competitors!

Have a peaceful weekend.