Sport / P.E.

Thursday 12th September was St John's first ever Watt Bikes cycling competition. A Watt bike is an exercise bike that tracks speed and distance. Students and teachers had to cycle 1000m as fast as possible. Well done to all involved especially Mr Kipling who won the staff race (in his trousers and shirt) and Noah Ellis who won the year 7 boy's race. Winners received a cycle helmet! The School will now represent the area in a competition against Darlington Schools in the new year.

I am also delighted to announce an exciting new club that will be starting in September. The St John’s cycling club will start on a Thursday 3-4pm. Initially for the first half-term we will open it up for Year 7’s to Year 9’s. Students will need to bring their own bikes to school. During the 6 week block the students will also learn about bike maintenance and safety on the roads. The numbers are restricted to 20. Letters and information are available from Miss Somers.

Each term we give 16 students in Year 7 the opportunity to take part in the Kayaking club. Sessions take place in the school pool on a Monday night between 3-4 and 4-5. At the end of the term students will be given the opportunity to complete the 2* Award and may get the opportunity to complete in some competitions with Tees Tigers. Any students who are interested in taking part in this should come and get a letter from Miss Somers.

Four teams from St John’s competed in the first round of the English Schools’ Track and Field Cup at Monkton Stadium in Jarrow. A total of 56 students, ranging from years 7 to 10 competed. The Junior Boys’ squad qualified for the next round of the competition, finishing runners up in the ‘B’ final at Clairville, Middlesbrough. This means that the boys finished in the top 10 of all schools from the North East, Humberside and North Yorkshire. Congratulations to all!

On the 25th May over forty students and staff travelled to the Etihad Stadium in Manchester to watch the first day’s fixtures of Rugby League’s Magic weekend. The students had a fantastic day, watching four matches in glorious sunshine. The four matches included the Catalan Dragons against London Broncos; Castleford Tigers versus Wakefield Wildcats; a heated Hull derby between Hull FC and Hull Kingston Rovers and finally St Helens versus Warrington Wolves.

Before half term the Year 8s travelled to Parkside on a very wet and windy Friday night to play the League Cup Final against the host side. Despite the difficult conditions, St John’s started well and some excellent link up play created several early chances. St John’s scored the opening goal, with some strong running from Adam Dobson on the right, exchanging passes with James Hardy and leaving a simple tap in at the back post for Aidan Crooks.

On Wednesday St John’s School and Sixth Form College held a unique celebration evening. In addition to the annual sports awards evening, the school wanted to recognise the outstanding achievements in football this year. Dick Malone, formerly of Sunderland FC was the guest of the evening bringing with him the FA Cup! He spoke warmly of the ‘support and team ethic that made the schools’ teams so successful this season’.  His attendance alone made it a great experience for any Mackem parents.

On Sunday 9th June Miss Somers, Mr Rhodes and Mr D Smith took the Year 7 boys to the International Futsal at Northumbria University. After becoming Northern Champions the boys year 7 Futsal team were selected to be the mascots. The boys accompanied the players onto the pitch at the start of the matches for the National Anthems and then watched the games. The first game was a close encounter between Poland and the USA which the USA won.

The boys had a fantastic Futsal campaign this year, winning the district competition without losing a game. This victory enabled them to qualify for the regional finals held in Leeds at the International Futsal venue. They competed exceptionally well in this competition competing against a number of Futsal clubs. After 3 victories, 1 draw and 1 defeat, they narrowly missed out on qualification for the national finals.