The 1st XV capped an excellent season with a convincing win in the County Cup final. In front of a large crowd at Druid Park, the NSB boys played some superb Rugby to defeat King Edward's Morpeth 59-3.
With forwards and backs playing with huge intensity NSB scored some outstanding tries at regular intervals but at no time dampened the enthusiasm of a spirited KEVI team. Matt C was first to score after taking a Joe N pass before breaking three tackles to score. The same pair teamed up shortly afterwards as Joe d around Matt dive over. Tenacious flanker Matthew A capitalised on a loose KEVI breakdown to turn the ball over and score. Shortly afterwards a superb move was executed by the backs, William Mc providing the scoring pass for Tom Pa. Ever dangerous full back Jack A got in on the act next, using his pace and footwork to outwit the defence and dive over in the corner. The final try of the half was a superb team try from the kick off which ended up with centre Joe C sprinting 50m to score.
Our choral scholars and choristers play an important role in the Junior School in a number of ways. This term, not only have they represented the School in the St Nicholas’ Cathedral Choir, but also on the rugby field.
Josh Mitchell-Rayner, a choral scholar in Year 6, thoroughly enjoys the responsibility of performing: ‘Singing Evensong at the Cathedral is fun because people come to watch us perform. I really love an audience. I also enjoy running down the wing past the other team, and scoring tries in front of the crowd. The two are really similar.’
William Peutherer, a choral scholar in Year 5, has forced his way onto the NSB Under 10 rugby team through the kind of dedication and application he has displayed as a choral scholar. ‘I’ve improved my rugby this year really through just wanting to get better. Being a chorister has helped with my rugby. Learning to sing louder definitely helps me be loud on the rugby field, calling for passes and organising the team.’
William sums up the parallels: ‘Most of all I love the responsibility that comes with these roles. I love representing NSB at the Cathedral when I’m singing, and also when I’m on the rugby field.’
Cameron Macpherson in Year 4 is a Cathedral chorister and has been playing rugby for Northern for a number of years, captaining this year’s side in their regional Lexus tournament win. He is eagerly anticipating the start of the Under 9 season, saying ‘I really look forward to tackling people and knocking them off the ball! Being a chorister is a lot like being on a rugby team. Communication is really important and we all look to the conductor. He sets everything up, a bit like the captain or the scrum half.’
Thank you to boys and families who supported our Senior School charity day before half term. We raised over £1,000 in support of the friends of St Joseph’s School for the Hearing Impaired, Makeni, Sierra Leone providing relief and support for victims of the Ebola crisis. In addition, families’ generosity has provided over 50 Christmas boxes and a considerable amount of medical supplies that are now on their way to Makeni.
Particular thanks to Mrs Dacosta Evans and Oliver (Year 7); Mrs Davies (Year 8 parent); Mr Weir (Year 8 parent) and Newcastle PCT; and Mr Wilson (Year 10 parent) and Premier Healthcare and Hygiene ; and Oliver Holden (Year 13).