Inter School Tennis Competition
On Friday 7th July Mrs. Hannon hosted an exciting and intense tennis competition for Class 4. We competed in our House groups. First, names were drawn at random to decide who each of us would be competing against. The first match began and the competitors were Kevin and James D – the win went to James D. Eleven more first round matches were played. The people who got through to the next heat were James D, Ben, Ellis, Charlotte, Charlie, Elsa, Francesca, Carmen, Naimh, Lucie, Bradley and Tess.
In the second round the first match was between Ben and James Dent, Ben won 10-3, then it was Ellis v Charlotte (10-1 Ellis), Charlie v Elsa (10-2 Charlie), Francesca v Carmen (10-6 Carmen), Niamh v Lucy (10-7 Niamh) and Bradley v Tess (10-6 Tess).
The next heat was even harder than the rest. It was the quarter finals and first up was Ellis and Ben. Ben won. Charlie and Carmen played next and Charlie won. Lastly Niamh played Tess. Tess took the win.
The final three players left were Charlie, Ben and Tess. Tess was C, Charlie was B and Ben was A. A played B and B won. Then it was A v C and A won. The last match was B v C and B won. The overall winner was Charlie and he won 18 points for Luke. Ben came second and won 15 points for John. Tess came third and she won 12 points for Luke.
By Tess, Francesca and Celina-Rose
Sports Day 2017
The whole school (and parents) competed with enthusiasm in our Sports Day again this year.
Final Football Match of the Season
On Wednesday 7th June 2017 it was our final game of the season against Tow Law Millennium. We had to finish without losing a game and that was what happened.
We passed it around and kept possession, and it was not long before Charlie scored our opening goal. After that the goals kept coming and the opposition never came into our half. In the remaining minutes of the first half Charlie scored another 4 and then it was half time.
In the second half Ellis and Tom came on, replacing Harri and Ryan. Later Harri came back on and scored 2 goals and then Ellis and Joe-Antony scored a goal each. We had scored another 4 goals making us 9-0 up. The final whistle went and we had won the league!!!
We ended the league with 8 games played, 8 games won, 39 goals scored and only 8 conceded. We achieved 24 points with a 31 goal difference. We were sprayed with champagne we cheered as if we had won the Champions League – everyone was as proud as punch! We were all presented with a medal and trophy for the school.
When we came back to school everyone was proud of us and all the lads were excited! We were awarded a trophy each from school too!
Well done boys you should be proud of yourselves! Good luck for next season.
GK: James Substitutes: Tom and Ellis
By James and Ethan
Basketball Tournament 2017
This year the Tournament took place at Bishop Auckland College on 6th April 2017. We took two teams, we expected to play on a small court but, because there were only four other schools, when we arrived we were told we were playing on a full sized court!!!
We found it really challenging because some of the other teams had really good players and the court was so big. One of the players was very tall and already played basketball so it was hard to beat him. Both teams played very well and we all shook hands at the end of every game. It was tiring because we didn’t bring any subs and were playing on a full sized pitch, also the basketball hoops were a lot higher than the ones we practiced with at school. The schedule was well organised because all of the teams knew when they were playing and who they were playing.
Mr Oldfield, the referee, gave us some tips on how to shoot through the hoop. He said we had to try and hit the board at the top in the middle so we would have a better chance of scoring. Before every match we had a practice on dribbling and shooting the ball. It helped us a lot!
Later On, Mrs Bowtell brought some substitutes which was good because Tess hurt her foot and had to go back. However we had more people to play so the others could have a rest.
We really enjoyed the Basketball tournament!
Reporters: Harriet Quinn and Scarlett Symes
School Played Won Lost Drawn Points
Woodhouse 4 4 0 0 12
Copeland 4 2 1 1 7
St Chads A 4 2 2 0 6
Howden 4 1 2 1 4
St Chads B 4 0 4 0 0
This year’s Netball Tournament took place at Bishop Barrington on Thursday 23rd March 2017. 8 schools took part. Harri, Harriet, Lucie, Francesca, Tess, Charlie and Ethan represented St. Chad’s.
All the games were refereed by girls from Bishop Barrington Netball Club. They all knew the rules; they were all fair and not too strict. They explained things we were unsure about so we learnt more about the rules of the game. For some of us it was our first time playing the sport in a competition so it was really helpful and made it more enjoyable.
Everyone passed to each other and we worked well as a team. We all enjoyed ourselves, we liked the fact that the games were really fair and winning the last match was great! We also liked shaking hands with the other teams at the end of each game.
We played four matches. Our first one was against Crook B team and resulted in a 0-0 draw. Next we played St Stephen’s and we won 2-1. Then, after a short break, Hartside beat us 2-0. Our last match was against Tow Law and we won 6-0! At the end of the tournament we found out that we had come second in our group!
We would like to take part again next year. In fact Tess enjoyed it so much she has now joined Bishop Auckland Netball Club!
By Lucie, Tess and Francesca
Wear Valley and Teesdale Cross Country
On Wednesday 1st March 2017 we took part in the Wear Valley and Teesdale Cross Country Races. It was a cold day and there were lots of people. 31 Schools took part! We were a little bit nervous and excited.
We took part in the Y3/4 Girls and Boys races and the Y5/6 Boys race. The people who took part were: Isla, Isabel, Lucy, Phoebe, Jessica, Cameron, Joel, Reece, Ryan S, Lewis, Tom, Harri, Ryan R, James T, Bradley and Charlie.
When it was our race and we were at the start line, our school name was called out and we had to shout. Then the man blew his whistle and we set off. Year 3 and 4 children ran 1000m and Year 5 and 6 children ran 1600m.
It was hard running on the grass because it was muddy and we were worried about falling over. No one did though. The worst part of the race was running up the muddy hill!
There were flag poles at the finish line. When we ran past them we were given a piece of paper with our score on.
Our results were:
¨ Y3/4 Girls – 18th out of 24 schools
¨ Y3/4 Boys – 18th out of 27 schools
¨ Y5/6 Boys – 25th out of 31 schools.
We really enjoyed it and we want to take part next year!
By Jessica Walton and Isla Davis
Sports Hall Athletics
On Wednesday 1st February 2017, Class 4, Mrs Brown and Mrs Hannon attended the Sainsbury’s School Games Athletics Competition at King James I Academy. In total 5 other schools attended.
When we got to the sports hall we took our seats and found that we were in Heat 2 in the yellow lane. The first race was the girls’ obstacle relay, run by Scarlett, Charlotte, Francesca and Elsa. They did well coming 2nd. Next was the boys’ obstacle relay. Joe-Antony, Evan, Ben and Charlie came 2nd too.
After these events, the boys made their way over to the field events while the girls stayed on the track. Ryan completed a whopping 50 speed bounces in 20 seconds and the girls all came 2nd in their heat!
Then the boys swapped onto the track while the girls went to do their field events. Ethan and Ryan did well and came 1st in the 1+1 relay. The triple jump ended up being re-done because no-one could quite get the hang of it. We got there in the end though.
After lunch we found out our positions overall. In 6th place were Prince Bishops, in 5th were St. Chad’s, 4th place were St. Andrew’s and 3rd place were Woodhouse. In 2nd place were Wolsingham and the winners were St. Wilfrid’s!
Although we only came 5th we had a fabulous time and would love to do it again.
By Niamh Dawson
Swimming Gala 2017
On Thursday 12th of January 2017 we attended in the level 2 Primary Swimming Gala at Woodhouse Close Leisure Centre. Our team included Gabrielle, Charlie, Lydia, Niamh, Tom, Yasmin, Reece, Elsa, Ethan, Lauren, Ryan, Francesca, Harri, Evan and Ben.
We were all nervous but ready for action as we walked through the doors of the leisure centre. Everyone knew it would be challenging because all the other schools had really good swimmers. There were 12 individual races and 5 team races. We took part in all the races except one individual race.
We got changed and sat down on our bench – there was huge excitement, but there was also a very nervous side to our emotions. The first race was announced, a 25m backstroke which was swam by Gabrielle (she did really well even though she was very nervous). Charlie and Lydia swam the other backstroke races – and Lydia came 1st!!!!
They were followed by Niamh who made a strong challenge in the breaststroke coming 4th. The other people swimming the breaststroke were Tom, Yasmin and Reece. In her first competitive swim, Yasmin came a fabulous first!! Elsa made a great start to the freestyle races and came 4th. The other swimmers in that category were Ethan, Lauren and Ryan.
Next we had a short break. We were all nervous entering the pool as the team races began. In the first team race were Niamh, Gabrielle, Francesca and Elsa, swimming the 25m freestyle. The second race was announced; a boys 25m freestyle including: Harri, Evan, Ben and Ethan. The nerves were awful but they were excited and did well for 4th place.
The next race was another 25m freestyle race swam by: Lydia, Lauren, Reece and Ryan. They did very well coming 6th; bearing in mind it was their first year. We were finally at the second to last race and we all stuck our heads together and decided that we were going to do well and we did our best with the help of Gabrielle, Niamh, Elsa and Francesca.
The final race had come – Charlie, Tom, Ethan and Ben got in their positions for a 25m mixed stroke. It was up to Charlie to start it off with his breath-taking backstroke; next Tom with his brilliant breaststroke, then 3rd was Ethan with his best breaststroke. Ben completed the last lap with his fantastic freestyle and all that really hard work paid off – we came second!
The score overall was 6th Stanley Crook, 5th St Chad’s, 4th Witton-le-Wear, 3rd Our Lady and St Thomas with St Anne’s and Wolsingham coming joint 1st.
We all enjoyed the experience very much and we would love to do it again.
Written by all the swimmers at St Chads
The children of St Chad’s always behave well when we attend sports festivals, but this year they were fantastic. They behaved impeccably, whilst school staff assisted as time judges during the races. Ethan who, like his sister Lauren, is a member of the swimming club, acted as coach, assisting his fellow team members to warm up for their races and all the children helped and supported each other. They were a credit to the school, as I’m sure any of the parents who came to support us would agree.
This gala was one of three, two of which were held in Wear Valley at Woodhouse Close Leisure Centre whilst the other was held at the Teesdale pool. The results from all three galas were compiled and we discovered that we had come 8th out of 20!!!
Mrs Hannon and Mr Barnham
Intra School Golf Competition
|Activity||Team 1||Team 2||Team 3|
|Chip over river||6||11||5|
|Chip river (distance)||8||5||6|
|Chip over into hoop||4||0||2|
Winners- Team 1
Fundamental Sports Festival
On Thursday 3rd November 2016, Class 1 and Class 2 headed off to Bishop Barrington to participate in a fundamental sports festival. Altogether there were 330 children and it was very busy with 16 different stations for us to complete which included agility, balance and coordination skill tasks. The activities started at 9:30am and we worked right through till 12:00pm and although it was freezing we got stuck in and did St Chad’s really proud!
All of the children thoroughly enjoyed each activity but our favourite ones were the zig zag running in teams and bouncing the ball between pairs. From all of the hard work and practise in school, we demonstrated great knowledge and competency of each task. We were that good we impressed the sports leader who commented saying ‘‘the children have displayed great technique and competency in their skills and they have been amazing throughout the festival’.
Well done Class 1 and 2!
First Match of the Season
The whistle went and Mr Jones exclaimed “Straight from the off!” Charlie went straight in and got the ball – it shot up the field! He smacked it, but despite this the keeper pushed it to one side. The match continued. The keeper took a goal kick but Harri stopped it with an amazing touch, playing it through to Ethan who drove it at the keeper banging it straight in the back of the net! Again Charlie got the ball, played it through to Ethan and he put it in the back of the net once more! This time Charlie got the ball and hit it with his right foot. The keeper saved it but pushed it back out to him and he hit it with his left – straight into the top corner!
Their team ran at our defence straight from kick off. Their midfielder played it through to their striker, but luckily for us Ben came in and blocked it on the line. It went out for a corner. They played it to the edge of the box and the opposition hit it first time. It went straight into the bottom corner of the net. They scored two in a crack and brought it back to 4-3. The game went on and it just got better for us, with another 2 goals from Charlie and Ethan. The match finished 6-3 to St Chad’s – well done lads!
GK: Ryan Substitute: James
LW: Ethan (4 goals)
ST: Charlie (2 goals)
By Ethan & Charlie
Tag Rugby Competition
To start the day we got on the minibus to Bishop Auckland Rugby Ground. Mrs Hannon and 10 children (who were chosen for the Tag Rugby Competition) went to spend the day there. First we went up against St. Anne’s. Unfortunately they were a really strong team so we struggled to beat them and, although Ellis scored two great tries, we sadly lost 4-2. The ref gave us a special mention for our great communication skills. In the second match we were up against Toft Hill but they were all very tall and very fast runners so we had a hard time trying to get past them. Sadly they won 4-1 although Francesca outran the opponents and scored a try. Then we had a lunch break (Elsa really enjoyed her salad).
After lunch we came back really hoping we could beat St Wilfrid’s. Fortunately we drew (although Ethan thought we could do better). We were starting to get tired and we lost 5-2 to Stanley crook A. We went for a quick drink and snacks then we were ready to go again. Later we played Stanley Crook B and had our first win of the day 3-0 to us. Back in the game – YES!
We were given the overall scores and discovered that we had come third out of six schools! Charlie, Ellis, Harri, Francesca and Ethan all scored tries – well done everybody!
Well done St Chad’s Rugby players! Thank you to all the children who took part: Ethan, Kevin, Charlie, James D, Harri, Elsa, Francesca, Ryan R, Ellis and Tess and a big thank you to Mrs Hannon for taking us and training us to the best of our abilities.
Thoughts from the players
- Harri thought it was a really fun experience.
- James D thought it was really good and he really wants to go again.
- Kevin thought it was quite tough but we did well getting to 3rd
- Francesca really enjoyed it a lot and she would like to go again.
- Tess is very glad she went and she had a great time.
- Elsa thought it was very hard and challenging but loved it.
By Elsa, Tess and Francesca
Inter-house Basketball Competition
Today, Tuesday 5th July 2016, was the final. Luke and Mark went head to head in an epic Basketball final. It was a very close game but Luke scored a basket inside the opening minutes, which gave them a good head start. Luke managed to get a sneaky one just before half time which gave them an even better lead.
The second half was very much the same; Mark had a couple of chances but failed and hit the rim of the hoop. In the 7th minute Luke hit the rim 4 times in thirty seconds but managed to get the basket they needed to put them 3-0 up. The final whistle went; that meant Luke were crowned champions of the Basketball Competition! Well done to all of our match officials, and Mrs. Hannon and Mrs. Bowtell for doing all this for St. Chad’s in their own time.
By Ethan & Charlie
2016 Primary Swimming Gala
This year we took a squad of 15 children to the Swimming Gala at Woodhouse Close Leisure Centre. We arrived to find that we were one of twelve local schools competing. As we prepared for our races it was great to look up to the viewing gallery and see family members arriving to support us!
There was a total of seventeen events; twelve individual and five team events. As in previous years we didn’t enter two of the team events because of our ‘small school’ status. However we have since found out that the rules have changed so we’re hoping to take part in all the races next year!
Races were organised in two heats due to the number of schools competing. Our races were in the second heat. Individual races were completed first, before the team events. Miss Wilkinson made sure that the children had the opportunity for a brief warm-up prior to starting – although lack of space on the poolside made it difficult. Everyone gave 100% and swam brilliantly. It was lovely to see the children supporting each other and pulling together as a team. Some children had even agreed to change the races they swam in to ensure that we had the best chance of winning. It was difficult at the time, but everyone was pleased in the end because we came 5th!
That wasn’t the end of the story though. We had to wait for a second gala to take place before we knew our final place. Twelve schools took place in the second gala too and when the results were finalised we discovered that we had come 7th out of 24 schools!! What an achievement – well done everyone!!
All the children enjoyed the day and commented on how well organised it was. They appreciated the support of the lifeguards and other officials, but what they thought was especially great was the sportsmanship between the schools. When their team wasn’t taking part, pupils showed their support for all the other schools which made the day even better!
Sainsbury’s School Games
We’re really pleased to be involved with Sainsbury’s School Games and have now dedicated a website page to keep you up-to-date as we try to attain the Silver Award.
Latest Sports News
St Chad’s Tag Rugby Tournament 2015
On 20th of October, St Chad’s entered a team of ten pupils: Eric, James, Charlie, Anna, Joanna, Leah, Johnny, Bradley, Ben and Ellis. Our first game was against Woodhouse Close Primary, but unfortunately we lost 3-1. After a long team talk we went into the next game with a strong mindset and won 4-0. Then we came to our next game which wasn’t the best of games. We played Oakley Cross and we lost 4-1. After that game we went into the next game with our heads down and unfortunately we got beaten by Escomb B team, 2-1. Our next game was quite good and we came out with a fantastic draw of 2-2 against Prince Bishop A team. We went onto our next game thinking we were going to get beaten because we were playing the best team there and because of that we got beaten 7-2 with tries from Eric and Ben. Then we went onto our last game with a bag load of confidence and WON 4-2.
After that all the teams gathered to see how well they had done. Mr Oldfield called out Group A positions first and the winners of Group A were Copeland Road. Then he called out Group B which was our group. We came 6th in our group and the winners of our group were St Anne’s A team. So in the final it was Copeland Road and St Anne’s A team. After a very, very tight match the winners were St Anne’s.
But none of this would of happened if it wasn’t for the volunteer referees and Bishop Auckland Rugby Club.
By ERIC AND JAMES
Our Tennis Tournament
8 children went to a tennis tournament. The children were Elsa, Charlotte, Francesca, Harri, Bradley, James, Ben and Tess.
Please view our Tennis Pictures
First we went to the tennis tournament at Bishop Barrington and then we went to the tennis ground.
The first school we played with was Cockton Hill. Then we played St Andrew’s and after that we went against Toft Hill.
Charlotte won one and Francesca two. Tess won three and Elsa won one. Then we went for lunch. Next we came back and went to the tennis court and there we played two by two and boys against girls.
Next we played with the teenagers and finally we heard our scores. Boys came 3rd, girls came 1st and all together we came second. Then we went back on the Mini bus and came back to school.
By Francesca and Charlotte
Thursday 14th May 2015
Primary School Swimming Gala – January 2015
It doesn’t seem that long since the last swimming gala, but it’s been a year! As always it was very well attended – St Chad’s was one of 14 schools at Woodhouse Leisure Centre last Wednesday, 21st January. However 23 schools entered altogether so a second gala took place two days later at Teesdale Leisure Centre.
Fourteen children took part altogether; six from Year 3/4 and eight from Year 5/6. Everyone eagerly boarded the bus with Miss Wilkinson and Mrs Hannon after an early dinner so that we arrived in good time and got to our allotted space by the pool. There were a total of twelve individual races (four backstroke, four breaststroke and four freestyle) as well as three team races. Those children swimming in freestyle events were allowed to use whichever stroke they preferred which gave them all a confidence boost.
Gala rules class St Chad’s as a small school (no more than a combined total of 50 children in curriculum years 5 and 6) so we were only allowed to swim in three team races. Year 3/4 children took part in one, fielding a team of two boys and two girls. Year 5/6 entered one all boys and one all girls race.
Before each race Miss Wilkinson made sure the children did a warm-up in preparation and then we made sure they were in position ready for starter’s orders! As soon as the whistle went the shouting began – everyone not swimming making sure that their team mates were supported! Every single person came back breathless after their race; without exception they gave their all and did St Chad’s proud!
Each race had three heats due to the number of schools taking part so coming first in your heat didn’t necessarily mean you were first overall. There was also a bit of confusion towards the end of the team races as to who should have been swimming when, but a quick word with the judges ensured we still got all the points we were due.
Everyone wanted to know how well they had done, but due to the fact that we had to wait for the results from Friday’s gala as well, no one could say. We had to wait for six days to find out, but the news was worth waiting for – out of 23 schools St Chad’s came 9th!!
Well done St Chad’s, once again you were FANTASTIC!!!
Tag Rugby Festival
On Monday 20th October 11 children from Class 4, accompanied by Mrs Hannon, attended the Sainsbury’s School Games Tag Rugby Festival at Bishop Barrington School.
Altogether 14 schools took part. They were divided up into two groups and each school played six games. The winner from each group then played each other to decide who will go forward to represent the Bishop Auckland Cluster Group. They will play the winners of the other clusters and the overall winner of their matches will then progress to regional level.
St Chad’s first game was against St Annes B Team who were very good and won the match 6-0. The next four matches were also difficult, however as the afternoon went on it was noticeable that the children began to work together, improving and becoming a proper team. The number of tries scored against them became fewer until, in their last game against Etherley Lane B team, they triumphed! They won 2-1 with tries scored by Eric and Ben! Fantastic!
Well done to Ben, Eric, Eve, Leighton, Lewis, Courtney, Edward, Lydia, Cameron, James and Anna!