Staff v Pupil Rounders
During Thursday lunchtime (18th July), the whole school gathered on the field to watch a rounders match between staff and the Year 5/6 rounders club. It was a competitive game, with both sides trying their best to score rounders and catch the other side out. In the end, the staff were no match for the pupils, who had been expertly trained by Miss Kemp. The final score was 14-11 to the pupils. A thoroughly deserved win after weeks of training!
Inter School Sports Competition
Year 4 had a fantastic morning at St. Bede’s Primary School in Sacriston. They had to compete in a range of athletics events against pupils from St. Bede’s, St. Benet’s and Edmondsley Primary School. The children all participated well and the beautiful sunshine certainly helped to make it an enjoyable morning.
Well done to the following children who received these awards: George: 1st place 400m, Stephanie: 1st place 400m, Annalise: 1st place 50m sprint, Natalia: 1st place standing long jump, Katie and Oscar: Spirit of the Games Award
On Tuesday evening, 16 pupils from Key Stage 2 took part in the annual Durham Dash, held for the first time this year at Beamish. They participated in either the running or fielding events to represent our school and compete against other children. Despite the heavy rain, all of the pupils gave their all and supported each other throughout the evening. Well done to all of the pupils who took part.
School Games Values
A huge well done to St. Godric’s house on their successful sports day! You thoroughly deserved to lift the winners trophy! However, the trophy wasn’t the only award to be given out during our School Games Day. Here at St. Cuthbert’s, we know that there is far more to sport that winning. Throughout the day, teachers were looking for pupils who demonstrated the School Games Values of Honesty, Respect, Determination, Self-Belief, Passion and Teamwork. It was a very hard decision to pick only three pupils from each class, as all children showed excellent sportsmanship during the events. However, there were a few children in each class who ‘went the extra mile’, and you can see them in the photos below with their special awards. Well done. Keep up the sporting attitude!
At lunch and break times, the Playground Leaders have been keeping children fit and active by running activities on the MUGA. Under the guidance of Miss Kemp, they have been using lots of equipment to organise fun games and competitions. You can see some of the fun in the photos below. Thank you playground leaders!
Y5/6 Rounders Club
Our Year 5/6 Rounders Club have been learning the UK Rounders rules on Thursday lunchtimes. They have played rounders games, football rounders, cricket rounders and paired rounders. These sessions helped the team during the Cluster Rounders Festival where our Year 6 played matches against St Benet’s, Edmondsley Primary and St Bede’s and our Year 5 players umpired. Well done everyone!
Street Games Day
On Wednesday 26th June, St. Cuthbert’s had a ‘Street Games Day’. Coaches Andy and Chloe worked with the pupils in Years 2-6 to show them fun, safe games to play outside at home. The aim of the day was to encourage the pupils to make the most of playing outdoors, rather than spending increasing amounts of time on games consoles. The children had a fantastic time, especially when they were allowed to hide anywhere outside on the school grounds . . . even in the bushes! Hopefully you will see the children enjoying the sunshine this summer and playing the new games they have learned.
At St. Cuthbert’s, we strive to promote a healthy lifestyle and engage all pupils in sporting activities. Miss Kemp is running a ‘Fitness Fun’ club every Monday lunchtime for pupils in Years 3 and 4. The aim is to keep fit through fun games. Today the pupils played ‘Domes and Dashes’, ‘Toilet Tig’ and completed relay races. The photos show that fitness certainly can be fun!
Cluster Rounders Competition
On Monday 17th June, St. Cuthbert’s hosted the first event of our new Sports Partnership with St. Benet’s, St. Bede’s and Edmondsley Primary School. Year 5 and 6 pupils from each of the schools gathered on our school field to take part in a rounders competition. A huge well done to St. Benet’s who came top of the league in all three competitions!
The Year 5 Netball matches are now complete and we couldn’t be more proud of our team! We drew 4 matches against Cestria A, Cestria B, St Benet’s and Lumley. We then lost against St Margaret’s and Newker but we won against Red Rose and Ouston. Well done girls!
Bishop Cunningham Cup
The football team played their final match of the season on 23rd May, facing St. Mary’s Sunderland in the semi-finals of the Bishop Cunningham Cup. The boys played with their usual determination, sportsmanship and team spirit, but faced a 6-0 defeat. St. Mary’s proved to be tough opponents; the boys can hold their heads up high. We wish the boys in Year 6 all the best in their future footballing pursuits, and we look forward to seeing the Year 5 boys in action again next year.
Year 6 Intra-School Sports Competition
To celebrate the end of SATs week, Year 6 took part in a cricket themed intra-school sports event. They worked in their house groups and rotated around six different activities to earn points for their team. All pupils demonstrated the ‘School Games Values’ of self-belief, determination, honesty, passion, respect and teamwork. However, in the end, only one house group could win. Well done to St. Nicholas house who won with an impressive 290 points!
Year 5 have been keeping fit this week by taking part in an Intra-School Cricket Competition. The pupils worked in their house groups and rotated around six cricket themed activities to earn points for their teams. In addition to earning points, the pupils had to demonstrate the six ‘School Games Values’, which are passion, self-belief, honesty, teamwork, respect and determination. Six pupils received certificates for demonstrating these values. The overall competition was won by St. Bede’s House Group, with an impressive 249 points. Well done!
To kick off the summer term, a number of pupils from Years 4 and 5 have been taking part in an after school cricket club, funded by Sports Premium money. Under the expert guidance of coaches Josie and Will, the children have been practicing their throwing, catching and bowling skills, then putting these skills to good use in fun, competitive games. Check out the photos below to see what the pupils have been up to during the sessions.
Year 2 & Year 3 are working with Josie and Will from Durham Cricket Club in their PE lessons learning and developing their throwing and catching skills.
A huge well done to the Year 5/6 footballers who achieved second place in the Chester-le-Street District school football league. It was a tough evening of football against four very good teams, but two out of four wins was just enough to clinch the second place trophies. The season began all the way back in September with 22 teams. Throughout the season, the boys have shown commitment, team spirit and sportsmanship; their trophies are very well deserved. Well done, boys. You have made us all very proud.
And a big thank you to parents for supporting our school throughout the season.
The final scores were as follows:
St. Cuthbert’s 0 1 Lumley
St. Cuthbert’s 0 2 St. Margaret’s
St. Cuthbert’s 2 1 Cestria
St. Cuthbert’s 3 0 Belmont
Another well done to the football team who will be feeling pretty tired today after playing four matches last night (28th March). They faced Lumley, Red Rose, Ouston and Cestria in a good evening of football. The evening proved to be fairly successful with two wins and two losses. Most importantly, the boys played well as a team and showed good sportsmanship throughout the evening. Scores were as follows:
St. Cuthbert’s 0 2 Lumley
St. Cuthbert’s 1 0 Red Rose
St. Cuthbert’s 1 0 Ouston
St. Cuthbert’s 0 1 Cestria
The footballers made a strong start to the District Football season. The evening kicked off with a 2-1 victory over Ouston. In the second match against Newker, the boys clinched a 3-1 victory. The final match against Belmont proved a tough game. St. Cuthbert’s managed to add one goal to the scoreboard, but Belmont proved strong with three goals for their side. The boys played brilliantly as a team and it looks to be a promising season!
Bishop Cunningham Cup
The football team kicked off the second half of the season last night with a match in the Bishop Cunningham Cup Competition. The boys secured a 2-1 victory over St. Charles’, Spennymoor, which means they move into the next round of the competition. Well done, boys!
Y5 netballers have started preparing, with Miss Kemp and Mrs Loughlin, for the new netball season’s April matches.
Judo Dan was in school again on Wednesday 6th & 13th March to give each class, first week EYFS and Key Stage 1 and then 2nd week Key Stage 2, a taster of Judo. He came equipped with mats, judo jackets and of course his famous jokes! The children had a half hour session in the hall, with the chance to try out some moves used in Judo. The children thoroughly enjoyed the morning and have a leaflet with more information if they are interested in joining the club. A special well done to Bobby in Year 4, who was presented with his red belt during the session. A great achievement! More photographs and reports can be found on the individual class pages.
On Saturday 2nd March, seven pupils represented St. Cuthbert’s in the final Cross Country race of the season. The race took place at Langley Park, and thankfully this time there was sunshine instead of snow! After three races, the girls points total earned them 7th place in the competition (out of 14 schools). Fantastic! We only had one representative for the boys, finishing in an impressive fifth place. Well done to all of the pupils who took part, and thank you to parents for supporting this important event.
During January/February, pupils from Years 3 and 4 have been keeping fit and having fun by taking part in a Dodgeball club, led by Darren Curry, a coach from our schools’ sports partnership. They have learnt the rules of the game so that they can play it in a safe and fun way. There has certainly been lots of laughter; I just hope there weren’t too many bruises!
Staying fit and healthy is an essential part of the curriculum here at St. Cuthbert’s Primary School. The staff recognise how important it is for children to be active for at least 30 minutes during the school day, but they know it is just as important for the adults too. We can’t encourage children to lead healthy lifestyles if we don’t do it ourselves! Miss Kemp has been putting staff members through their paces on Thursday and Friday afternoons with Metafit sessions straight after school. If you’ve noticed the staff looking fitter and healthier than usual, you now know why! Thank you, Miss Kemp!
Well done to the football team who gave another impressive performance for the final session of the winter tournament. The first two matches saw defeats against St. Margaret’s A and B teams, but the final match was a 0-0 draw against Newker. All of the team played well and there were a few impressive saves from goalkeeper Seth. They have only just started playing together as a team and have a promising future ahead.
Here at St. Cuthbert’s, we understand the importance of staying fit and healthy. We are aiming to be active for at least 30 minutes each day during school time. To help hit this target, 20 brave pupils have been taking part in a running club on a Tuesday lunch time, in which they run to the Riverside Park to take part in training activities such as the Pyramid, FARTLEK and the infamous Pain Train! The sessions still went ahead despite the cold temperatures and the sleet! Well done runners. You are a tough bunch!
On Thursday 24th January, Year 4 took a trip to Durham City Gymnastics Club. Alongside three other schools, they took part in a carousel of gymnastic activities. The children were given the chance to perform different jumps on the trampolines, jump safely over large pieces of apparatus and take part in a range of obstacle courses. It was a fun, action packed morning of physical activity; there were a few sleepy heads on the coach back to school! (Have a look at the class page for more photographs)
The footballers braved the cold again on 4th Jan for the second week of winter football matches. They played three tough games against St. Margaret’s A, St. Margaret’s B and Cestria. Although no goals were scored by St. Cuthbert’s, the boys defended well and some excellent saves were made against tough opponents. Well done. boys. We look forward to seeing you in action again next week.
The Chester-Le-Street District Cross Country began on Saturday 18th Jan, with the first of three runs held at Bullion Lane. Six brave pupils from Years 5 and 6 faced an early start in the cold to race around the tough course. We had only one representative in the boys race, but this didn’t put him off, and he ran his way into 3rd place in a field of 75 runners! Well done to all of the pupils who took part and thank you to parents for supporting this event.
The footballers were back in action on 17th Jan for the first round of the Winter Football Tournament. For many of the boys, it was their first opportunity to represent the school team, and they certainly did us proud. Despite the cold and the snow, the matches went ahead as planned and all of the boys played with determination and good team spirit. The final scores were 1-0 to Cestria, 3-0 to St Margaret’s and a 1-1 draw against Newker.
Well done to all of the boys, we look forward to seeing you in action again next week.
Bishop Cunningham Cup
The football team were in action on 30th October for the first round of the Bishop Cunningham Cup. Despite the long journey, the cold and the rain, the spirit of the team certainly wasn’t dampened. They put on two impressive performances to achieve a 4-0 victory over St. Charles’ and a 3-0 victory over St. Agnes’, securing their place in the next round of the tournament. A huge well done to all of the boys involved, and a big thank you to the parents/grandparents who came along and showed their support.
The Tag Rugby team put on an impressive performance on Friday night 12th October for their final matches of the season. They had their first match three weeks ago, which was the first time they had ever played the game before! Since then, their skills and confidence have improved with each game. On Friday, they faced a tough game against Newker, with an 8-2 defeat. However, the team spirit didn’t dwindle, and they fought a close match against Lumley, with Lumley clinching victory by one point at the end. A huge well done to all members of the team for their commitment, dedication and enthusiasm throughout the season. They have been a true credit to St. Cuthbert’s!
The netball season is now over. The team played 9 matches over 3 weeks. We have had a successful season, winning 4 matches, drawing 1 and losing 4. The girls have played with great team spirit and passion. Well done girls.
The football team were in action again on 11th October for the final night of league football until the season picks up again next spring. The night started with a 1-0 defeat against C of E, but things soon started to pick up. The next match saw a 2-1 victory over Lumley Juniors, followed by a 4-0 victory over Stanley St. Joseph’s. Well done to everyone who represented our school last night. Here’s to a successful second half of the season next year!
Over the past six weeks, Year 4 have been receiving tennis coaching from Darren Curry, one of our School Sports Partnership coaches. At the beginning of the term, many children found it difficult to bounce a ball up and down on their tennis rackets. However, after weeks of training, they are now able to hold rallies and win points in tennis matches. The progress has been fantastic! Check out their skills in the photos below.
Netball season has started for our Year 6 girls. We will be playing a total of 9 matches over 3 Wednesdays. We are so proud of the team’s enthusiasm, dedication and hard work.
The football season started again on Thursday 13th September for our Year 5 and 6 footballers, and what an impressive start it was! The evening kicked off with a 2-0 victory over Stanley St. Joseph’s, followed by a 2-0 victory over Pelton. Excellent team spirit and skilfull passing, alongside great goals, helped to clinch these victories. In the final match, a tremendous save from goalkeeper and team captain meant that the team remained unbeaten, with a 1-1 draw against Ouston. It looks like the boys have a promising season ahead!