The Year 6 football team picked up their fifth trophy of the season after a convincing win in the King Cup. This is the end of season finale where the winners of the four Newcastle leagues compete to establish the best Under 11 team in the city. NSB were drawn against St. Bede’s from Denton Burn in the semi-final at Newcastle University's Coach Lane Ground and despite the scorching weather, played with pace and energy. This led to James Harper being given two chances, which, as usual, he put away for a 2-0 win.
The final was against St. Alban’s of Walker. George Riley's team played superbly, nullifying the opponents’ strong captain and creating multiple chances. It ended 3-0 scoreline with Harper, Max Miller and Cole Cartmell grabbing the goals. The contributions of Will Hodgson, Will Varley and goalkeeper Max Metcalfe ensured that St. Albans did not score. Well done to the whole squad: Cole Cartmell, Philip D'Agostino, Harry Dalkin, James Harper, William Hodgson, Max Metcalfe, Max Miller, Zac Munir, Sam Peter, George Riley and William Varley.
In an action-packed week in July, 40 of our boys mountain-biked, orienteered, canoed, trekked over moors, climbed walls, scrambled down a beck, and sailed dinghies during their stay at the Cranedale Centre near Malton on the northern edge of the Yorkshire Wolds.
There were also a number of activities designed to test teamwork and problem-solving, such as ‘high rise’ where teams of four were given three long poles, three short poles, several lengths of rope and challenged to construct something on which they could all stand a foot off the ground for 30 seconds. In the final survival exercise – a tamer version of The Hunger Games - Miss Weir joined Mr Clark as a herbivore and tried to evade dozens of blood thirsty carnivores all out to get them.
The sun shone every day. Year 8 were invited to Cranedale for the first time and followed an exciting new programme which included ‘coasteering’ at Filey Brigg. Under the watchful eye of two specially trained firemen, the boys leapt into the sea wearing wetsuits, gloves, boots, lifejackets and helmets. They then waded or swam through the surf from reef to reef, having to cling to rocks waiting for that seventh monster wave.
Congratulations to Will Hodgson (Year 6) Ben Gibson (Year 7) and Charlie Shepherd-Elliott (Year 8) who were this year’s winners of the Cranedale Challenge Shield awarded for demonstrating qualities such as determination, help for others and teamwork.
Thanks to the Cranedale Centre team, to the activity providers and to the six members of staff who attended – Miss Adelaide, Miss Weir, Mr Caulfield, Mr Clark, Mr O’Dwyer and the trip leader, Mr Drax.
25 Year 10 boys took part in the Bronze Qualifying Expedition last weekend in Teesdale completed a testing weekend which included the following daunting set of challenges: walk 30 km in uncomfortably hot weather, carry 15-20 kg backpack, eat and drink only what you carry, camp overnight in a three man tent,