During the Summer Holidays, Callum Wilkinson in Year 11 spent a week at the top sporting university in Britain as he was selected to take part in the Talent Inspiration Programme based at Loughborough University. The activities were specifically designed to engage and inspire aspiring young athletes and encourage them to start thinking about how they can reach their sporting potential and the impact that will have on their development as a young person. Throughout the programme experienced Athlete Mentors brought to life the world of an elite athlete and the journey it takes to reach the top. Athletes had the opportunity to get involved in workshops, put their performances to the test and an opportunity to experience what it is like at a multi-sport event, creating a dynamic learning opportunity which helped to highlight the talent pathways available and support required for young people at a local level to reach the top.
Last week 10 boys from across the Federation took part in the annual County Durham 6 a side Cup. 5 boys from each site were selected and headed up to Consett Academy on the school minibus to take part in the 12 team competition. The event was organised into mini leagues with winners then progressing to the knock out stages. Games were played against the host school Consett Academy and then eventual winners Biddick school. Both games were very close and the team were desperately unlucky not to score. The boys played the games with great spirit and enthusiasm and are looking forward to the rest of the season.
Both schools have achieved the National School Games SILVER award for PE and Sport delivery and competition from last academic year.
The School Games Mark is is a government led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. Participating in this process allows schools to evaluate their PE provision and assists them in developing an action plan for future progress.
Each School Games Mark application is divided into four sets of questions. They cover the following basic topics…
- Participation – how many young people at your school are being engaged in sporting activity?
- Competition – how many different sports are being played and how many competitions are being entered?
- Workforce – how many pupils are involved in leadership activities alongside taking part in competitions?
- Clubs – how many local links does your school have with clubs or establishments from the area?
Race for Life is underway at The Durham Federation. Totals will be revealed at the end of the week but we’ve already had a huge contribution from years 10 and 11. Congratulations to our Race Winners Thomas Park, Shelia Hyde, Kyle Huberry and Antonia Smith. Award winning fundraisers so far are Kelsey Young and Mackenzie March. Thank you for your contributions. Some students chose traditional pink but others chose football shirts or blue to remember Bradley Lowery.
In memory and respect to Bradley Lowery, our own student Stephen Thompson and all children who are fighting against illness, we will be holding a 1-minute silence today at 11 am. This will be followed by a whole Federation charity event next Friday when all students will be invited to share their kind thoughts and reflections as a community. If you are able to contribute a donation to this appeal please send 50p (or more if you are able to give it) into school with your child next week. Our sincerest thoughts are with all families affected by this. Thank you.