Frank Braddilley Award for Outstanding Community Work

Congratulations to Abbi Wheatley in Year 10 was awarded the Frank Braddilley Award for Outstanding Community Work by Brian Straughan – the President of the Chester le Street Rotary Club. Abbi has volunteered her time to help youngsters get into golf and has helped to fundraise for her local club at South Moor. She is also a House Captain and is helping to run the upcoming whole school sports day. She was awarded a framed certificate and a cheque at the ceremony for schools in Chester le Street.

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Five Hundred Miles

What’s It About?

For brothers Cole and Ruben it’s another rainy morning in the badlands of East London, selling dodgy paperwork for even dodgier motors. But arriving in a grimy pub on their latest errand, the brothers stumble across a trio of gangsters, a beautiful young girl and a monkey in a cage – and their entire day is knocked off course. They soon find themselves fleeing in a hot-wired car, girl and chattering monkey in tow, surrounded by police. Their final destination: Oban, five hundred miles north, where they hope to find sanctuary.

About The Author

Kevin Brooks had many interesting and unusual jobs – working in a zoo, a crematorium and a post office – before turning his hand to what he does best: writing hard-hitting and utterly compelling teen fiction. He has won awards for his brilliant novels, most notably the recent Carnegie winner, The Bunker Diary.

Year 7 and 8 Athletes are Champion at Chester le Street

70 students from the Federation attended the annual Year 7 and 8 Track and Field Championships at Chester le Street this month. The competition involves 11 schools from all over Durham and is a very competitive event with all disciplines of running, jumping and throwing involved. On a beautifully sunny afternoon our students were a real credit to themselves and the Federation and they all put in some amazing performances. In total seven awards were handed out for finishing in the top 3.

GOLD        Ellie Harris        Y8 100m

SILVER      Emma Young        Y8 Discus

BRONZE    Joseph Gregory    Y7 Javelin

BRONZE    Kody Agar        Y8 Discus

BRONZE    Marc Milner        Y8 Shot Putt

BRONZE    Ellie Harris        Y8 Shot Putt

BRONZE    Emma Brown        Y8 Long Jump

Two students from the Federation represented Durham City in the County Durham Schools Athletics Championships at Monkton Stadium in June. James Thornton in Year 9 was competing in the Junior Boys Javelin competition and finished in 3rd place with a throw of 31.95 metres. Ellis Harris in Year 8 was running in the Junior Girls 100m despite being a year young and qualified for the final finishing in 7th place in a time of 14.5 seconds, Congratulations to both students as it is a real honour to wear the purple vest of Durham.

Kick-Starting Football Careers across County Durham

A North East firm of elite football coaches is taking to Country Durham to uncover future generations of footballing talent.

Evolution Football Coaching believes the region remains a hotbed for Premier League talent and has joined forces with two County Durham schools to offer youngsters’ specialist coaching, which will not only develop their skills but also boost their education.

The firm is working with Durham Federation, which represents Fyndoune Community College in Sacriston and Durham Community Business College in Ushaw Moor to open two new Football Academies.


To read more click the link below.

European Sports Festival

Jo reggelt, Hodj vodj? (Good morning , how are you? as we like to say in Hungarian). On Wednesday and Thursday this week 12 students from across the Federation were selected to represent County Durham in the annual Anglo-Hungarian cultural exchange. The first day took place at Moor House Adventure Centre where teambuilding games helped the students mix and get to know their foreign counterparts. Despite the language barrier the English and Hungarian students had to work together to solve a host of tricky problems. After lunch gifts were exchanged and the Federation boys were taken aback by the generosity of their partners,
Thursday’s action took place at Consett Academy with competitions in Swimming, Netball, Tennis, Football and Indoor Athletics. The Federation students were competing in 5 aside, 9 aside and 11 aside football matches and found it tough going against slightly older opposition. They finished just behind the Hungarians and received medals for their efforts. The day finished off with pizzas and many new friendships have been made, perhaps they will meet up next year when the festival takes place in Europe.

Nagyon jol szerepelt (Well done!)

Awesome Athletics Achievements

On Wednesday this week students from both Colleges headed down to the Riverside Athletics track to take art in the annual Durham Central Schools Athletics Championships. This is a very competitive event with 12 schools from the Durham area taking part in the full range of track and field disciplines. The top two competitors in each event will then qualify for the County Durham Finals which take place on Saturday 10th June at Monkton Stadium. From Hurdles to High Jump, from Sprinting to Shot Putt, our students put in some great performances with many Personal Bests being recorded. Top performers were James Thornton who won the Javelin competition with a throw of over 32 metres, Ellie Harris who won the 100m sprint despite being a year younger than everyone in 13.1 seconds and Emma Brown 0 again a year young – who was 3rd in the 800m in a time of 2 min 58 seconds. Congratulations to all those who participated.

Mr Steele, Mrs Heron and Mr Donaghy
Athletics May 2017