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    Celebration Reading – Spring 2018 – Games Captain’s Sport Report

    This year we have had many sporting successes throughout all year groups and Polam has really excelled in a variety of sports. 


    So far this year in football both the Year 8’s and Y9’s have competed extremely well in the Darlington Schools League. Some of the highlights for the U13’s included a 9-0 win against St. Aidan’s Academy & a closely fought game against Education Village where Nathan Dixon scored an impressive 4 goals. Well done Nathan. 

    The U14’s have just started their league campaign and started out with a fantastic 3-2 win over Longfield School. Sean from year 9 has been a star performer and the team have continued to make excellent progress year-by year. You should be very proud of yourselves. 


    In basketball the U18 Team have put in some excellent performances beating Teesside High School and closely just losing by 1 point to Education Village. Matthew Cheung and Curro Torres Gonzalez have been the star performers. Also the U12’s played their first game this term beating Wyvern Academy a fantastic 17-3. Henry Turnbull and Jack Sharp were the star performers but the team as a whole played extremely well and should look forward to more games to come. 


    Recently in rugby the team played brilliantly on a very wet and muddy Rugby Town Tournament, we started beating Wyvern 4 trys to 0, we then lost closely to Carmel and Hummersknott and finished beating Longfield 3 tries to 0. Try scorers were Sean, Adam, Curro, Thomas, Tom & Ben. Adam won so many rucks with great forward play and Thomas made some good quick decisions. Well done guys. 

    The team then progressed to the Tees Valley Finals in Redcar which is an excellent achievement when we are such a small school. The competition is on the 20th April, good luck boys from all of us.


    Badminton this year has seen the KS3 Boys team finish 2nd overall in the Darlington tournament and the Girls finish 1st qualifying for the Tees Valley Finals. The girls went on to beat teams from Redcar, Middlesbrough and Stockton in some close games and progressed to the Regional Finals at Thornaby Pavillion.

    Caitlin Minns, Lily Edwards, Megan Dean and Katie Bell played brilliantly against teams from Gateshead, Durham and Sunderland in the Regional finals and were unlucky not to progress to the National Finals next month. Bad luck compared to the national team of 2 years running consisting of Macie, Hannah, Anna and I. 


    In netball the U19s played in the South Durham and Cleveland College tournament and were successful for the third year running, beating Teesside High with a massive 38-13 win. With Millie Peacock and Maxine Bailey-Harland showing great leadership and confidence and a thank you to the L6 girls for stepping up and playing extremely well. 

    The U14s played in the Regional finals at Newcastle. They were up against tough opposition from Durham, Tyneside, Wearside and Teeside. Despite only being positioned 7th they played extremely well with Megan Humble and Caitlin Minns keeping the motivation of the girls high.  The U14 also fought a tough game against Durham School, where they were just beaten in the final quarter after dominating the first three. Some of these girls were also part of the Leadership Academy ran by Darlington School Sports Partnership. The following girls have successfully helped with junior and senior netball tournaments.

    Caitlin Minns; Lily Edwards; Felicity Edmunds; Megan Humble; Wika Lik; Emily Ogilvie-Donald; Millie Rorrison; Evelyn Watson; Maddy Summers.

     Also the U13’s A team came a tight third to Camel, with Hummersknott winning the Darlington Schools Tournament, they all fought hard and should be very pleased with their performance. Lastly U19s; U15 and U14 all played Durham School in friendly games, and despite a loss across the board, games were exciting, quick and entertaining, giving all students an opportunity to show off their flare.

    A massive well done from the pe department, keep it up girls. 

    Sports awards: 

    Sports awards –

    This years annual sports awards will be held on May 1st and will consist of some impressive achievements and rewards, but also some house charades and mini quizzes.  Anyone interested in sport welcome, please come along it will be a great night!


    Written by – Games Captain & Vice Games Captain – Macie Bisicker-Peacock & Priya Kaur