Sport / P.E.

On Tuesday 24th June a number of students completed within a district multi-sports competition at Sedgefield school. The event included a range of different activities. St John’s competed at Under 15 boy’s 7’s rugby, Under 15 girls 7’s rugby, Under 15 girl’s rounders, table-tennis, Under 13 girls football and Under 15 boy’s football.

The year 9 athletics team participated in a District competition on Wednesday 18th of June at Shildon Stadium. This is an annual event which this year included 7 schools. St John’s, Woodham, Wolsingham, Bishop Barrington, Sedgefield, Parkside and Sunnydale.

The Year 9 football team won the county cup last night, beating Shotton Hall 2-0. Not only are they the first team from St John's to win the competition in Year 9, but also the first team to retain a county cup, having won in Year 8.

The Year 9 & 10 girls’ football team from St John’s School & Sixth Form College had a fantastic English Schools Cup run, making it all the way to the quarter finals in a competition that is open to every school team in the country.

The opportunity has arisen for the Physical Education Department to take 15 students to the Manchester United v Sunderland Carling Cup Semi- Final Second Leg, on Wednesday 22 January, 2014 at Old Trafford football ground, Manchester

This year the Catholic Partnership hosted the first ever Bellboating competition. 7 year 8 students (Tomasina Appleton, Megan Batty, Bernire Whitworth, Chloe Woodfine, Jake Morris, Peter Danks and Jack Maddison) competed for St Johns (with a little help from Miss Somers). With stacked hands and some detailed coaching we first competed and lost against St Aidan's school. In the second race with unbelievable communication and Coordination we beat St Bede's.

The cycling club took it's first outside ride with a tour around the pavements, tracks and roads of Bishop Auckland. Kitted out with fluorescent high Vis jackets and bands we were nearly as retro as the Sixth Form football team! It's still not too late to join the club. For information see Miss Somers

Thursday 12th September was St John's first ever Watt Bikes cycling competition. A Watt bike is an exercise bike that tracks speed and distance. Students and teachers had to cycle 1000m as fast as possible. Well done to all involved especially Mr Kipling who won the staff race (in his trousers and shirt) and Noah Ellis who won the year 7 boy's race. Winners received a cycle helmet! The School will now represent the area in a competition against Darlington Schools in the new year.

I am also delighted to announce an exciting new club that will be starting in September. The St John’s cycling club will start on a Thursday 3-4pm. Initially for the first half-term we will open it up for Year 7’s to Year 9’s. Students will need to bring their own bikes to school. During the 6 week block the students will also learn about bike maintenance and safety on the roads. The numbers are restricted to 20. Letters and information are available from Miss Somers.