Both sets of boys performed extremely well at the county rugby sevens tournaments before the Easter break, held at Bede Academy and Dame Allan’s.
The boys played some excellent sevens with the emphasis being on ball movement, support and creativity. Both sides scored a great number of tries in a variety of ways.
Star men for the Under 13s included James A, Max B and Will T. The Under 12 star men were Bruce D, Thomas N and Nicholas S.
Well done to both squads who represented NSB with pride
On the final weekend before the Easter break, ten boys from Year 11 took part in their silver Duke of Edinburgh's award practice expedition. As well as two nights camping at Akenshawburn in the heart of Kielder forest, the boys spent Saturday paddling on Kielder improving their canoeing and navigation skills.
On the Sunday, they embarked on their first river paddle on the North Tyne. During the day they encountered a lot of wildlife including deer crossing the river and an otter playing around the canoes. They also encountered their first rapids, which they all managed to negotiate without mishap. They are now looking forward to their final expedition in June on the River Tweed.
Thank you to Martin and Kirstie from Simonside Outdoor Activity Centre for their invaluable support over the weekend.
The senior school house music competition 2017 was held on Tuesday 4th April and was attended by approximately 80 parents in the main hall.
It was a fantastic event which demonstrated the strength of the community spirit in each house. We were fortunate to have Claire Delamore as the judge who is the lead singer of a local band The Clarions. Claire was very impressed by each house band and each overall house song. It was a tough decision but Claire decided that Ascham House were the best overall and they became house music champions for 2017.
We would like to thank all who attended and supported our two chosen charities , Maggie's and Doctors without Borders.
At the end of the spring term, a total of 33 teams packed into the hall at Durham Johnston School. To paraphrase JFK: “there hasn't been this much intellect assembled in a single room since Thomas Jefferson dined alone.” This was the regional final of the Mathematics Team Challenge.
It's official, NSB are world record holders.
On Wednesday, boys from across the school, with a little help from Alan Shearer, broke the record for the most selfies taken in three minutes. It wasn’t an easy challenge and we were still yet to break the record when we reached our third and final attempt. It was with great relief and anticipation when the Guinness World Records adjudicator revealed we had broken the record with a total of 134 selfies – that’s just one more than the previous record.
All 134 selfies can be seen, here.
Whilst boys and staff alike had great fun, it was also great to raise funds through the event which willbe donated to the Alan Shearer Foundation. The foundation was set up to support the Alan Shearer Centre in Newcastle: a highly specialist, disability, respite, residential and social provision for people with complex disabilities and acute sensory impairments.
A big thank you to all those who took part, parents who donated to the foundation, Mrs Woosnam for organising the event and to Alan for his time.