Thursday’s GCSE results warranted extra cause for celebration for the boys school and its students this year, looking ahead to the opening of its new sixth form centre in two weeks’ time. The boys will now become the first year group to complete their full A level studies at the purpose-designed centre.
The school has seen ongoing academic success over the years, regularly producing exam results well above the national average and this year was no exception with a 100% pass rate across the board. Amongst the results were a number of individual successes including Mantej Hyare who received seven A*s, one A and a B, and Jack Heppenstall with six A*s, two As and a B.
Under 15 cricket v GSHS
The Under 15 team played George Stephenson High School indoors at South Northumberland Cricket Club on Tuesday and were set a challenging 183 to win.
Dan B, James M, Jack Peacock and Max W were the bowlers to take wickets, aided by some good fielding which saw NSB effect three run outs. The run chase saw Alex B, Arthur B, Anish D, Ally D and Alex L contribute well with the bat only to fall one run short on 182!
Under 14A cricket v MCC Hub Under 15
The Under 14A team had a comfortable victory against the Hub team. Setting the Hub 121 from NSB’s 20 overs thanks to 25 from James S, 22 from Rory N and 18 from Lucas D. In reply, the Hub finished on 79 for 7 after their 20 overs giving NSB a victory by 42 runs. Cole C took 2 for 7, Sam P 2 for 12, Lucas D and George R one wicket each and Josh L a direct hit run out.
The Under 12B team, consisting of Ibrahim A, Yazin A, Hamish A, Marni E Jock E, Oscar G, Max L, Jack P, Joe Tand Taylor T took on the Dame Allan’s U12A team on the Friday before half term.
It was a particularly warm day and to make it such a completive match against the Dame Allan’s A team is testament to the depth and progress within this team. NSB restricted the opposition to 88 from 20 overs with wickets shared between Ibrahim, Yazin, Marnie, Joe and Taylor. NSB’s run chase came up about 40 runs short but not before Hamish and Oscar in particular, impressed with the bat.
Last week, some boys in Year 9 visited the Theatre Royal to watch the much-acclaimed show The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night.
After having studied the novel in English lessons before Christmas, the class were excited to see how the story would translate onto the stage and it didn't disappoint. From the set up of the stage, to the use of sound and the stunning, very physical, performance by actor Scott Reid, the show was simply spectacular!
As always, the boys did themselves proud at a public event and had a brilliant time
The Under 13 team played in picture perfect conditions at Dame Allan’s on a pitch that wasn’t conducive to run-scoring but ultimately provided a tense, nail-biting finish.
Bowling first, Ed F took two wickets in his first over: one a smart stumping by Alfie B and the second, a good catch by Henry J. After being 12 for 2, Dame Allan’s recovered to 49 before losing their last eight wickets for 19 runs. Jagraj H took two wickets (one a terrific catch by James A), Ed F chipped in with another two, Harry D effected a run out and James A took two wickets himself, much to the delight of his teammates.
Set 69 to win, Alfie B (28) and Ed F (12) were flying along. After just five overs, NSB were 32 without loss and looking like this was going to be a formality. Losing both Alfie and Ed in quick succession and then Harry D shortly after, left NSB 48 for 3 and like Dame Allan’s, they collapsed losing the next six wickets for just seven runs. Fortunately, Jagraj H was still in and despite seeing five of his teammates come and go, he never gave up hope and it was with last batsman James A that the boys' last ditch effort began to get the 13 runs required for victory.
Slowly but surely, through determined batting against the quick opening bowlers who came back on for their second spell, both boys bravely stood up to be counted and eked out the runs over-by-over until the scores were level. James A was on strike. The next ball was a half volley on leg stump that James clipped beautifully but uppish over square leg. It was on its way to the boundary when the square leg fielder jumped up full stretch to pluck an amazing one-handed catch and the game was a tie!