Sport / P.E.

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.

Each term we give 16 students in Year 7 the opportunity to take part in the Kayaking club. Sessions take place in the school pool on a Monday night between 3-4 and 4-5. At the end of the term students will be given the opportunity to complete the 2* Award and may get the opportunity to complete in some competitions with Tees Tigers. Any students who are interested in taking part in this should come and get a letter from Miss Somers.

Four teams from St John’s competed in the first round of the English Schools’ Track and Field Cup at Monkton Stadium in Jarrow. A total of 56 students, ranging from years 7 to 10 competed. The Junior Boys’ squad qualified for the next round of the competition, finishing runners up in the ‘B’ final at Clairville, Middlesbrough. This means that the boys finished in the top 10 of all schools from the North East, Humberside and North Yorkshire. Congratulations to all!

On the 25th May over forty students and staff travelled to the Etihad Stadium in Manchester to watch the first day’s fixtures of Rugby League’s Magic weekend. The students had a fantastic day, watching four matches in glorious sunshine. The four matches included the Catalan Dragons against London Broncos; Castleford Tigers versus Wakefield Wildcats; a heated Hull derby between Hull FC and Hull Kingston Rovers and finally St Helens versus Warrington Wolves.

Before half term the Year 8s travelled to Parkside on a very wet and windy Friday night to play the League Cup Final against the host side. Despite the difficult conditions, St John’s started well and some excellent link up play created several early chances. St John’s scored the opening goal, with some strong running from Adam Dobson on the right, exchanging passes with James Hardy and leaving a simple tap in at the back post for Aidan Crooks.

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