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Year 6 enjoyed an amazing morning as part of the PIE (Primary Inspiration through Enterprise) project.   This is one of the largest simultaneous STEM and Enterprise based activities taking place across a number of primary and middle schools.  Firstly, boys spent time reflecting on what enterprise is and then took part in a number of hands on activities to develop their repertoire of enterprise skills including building and flying model gliders and playing a very challenging coding game.

We were delighted to be joined by Professor Roy Sandbach who took time out of his busy schedule to join us for the morning and talk to the boys about enterprise and its importance locally and nationally.  Boys were fascinated to hear that Professor Sandbach had been to 10 Downing Street and the Houses of Parliament earlier in the week as part of his wider work in promoting the North East on the national stage.  On meeting the boys, he said “I have to say that I was very impressed by the enthusiasm of the boys and their interest in some of the enterprise stories that I recounted.”

Boys believe that they posted some competitive scores in the challenges and are hopeful of some success there.  Well done Year 6.

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The boys in Year 3 showed their potential with a fantastic performance at home to Bow.
 
They got off to a fast start thanks to two goals from Oliver Y. This was backed by solid defending from Jacques G and Ishwerjot S. The boys then further stretched their lead after Ahmed A calmly found the net when he was left unmarked in the box.

After half time, the boys spent time in new positions and continued to show their strength. Some fantastic passing amongst the boys led to two more goals for Yazdani with NSB eventual 6-1 winners.

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On a sunny day in Durham, NSB were straight away in the thick of the action against Cundall Manor in the first of their group games. A strong start from both teams saw opportunities hard to come by early on. Cundall's size advantage allowed them to break tackles for the first score of the game, Henry S's last ditch try saving tackle sending the boys 2-0 down at half time. The boys looked to move the ball more and were rewarded with a try of their own from Scott after a strong run through three defenders. NSB lost their opening match 4-1.
 
In the second game, NSB took on Choristers and found themselves 2-0 down early. As the boys found their feet and started to understand the game better they looked to pass and move the ball into space resulting in tries from Tom K and Angus S.  All square at half time. NSB continued their form in the second half and found the lead from more good passing which found Fraser R who put NSB in the lead. Some strong defence couldn't stop Choristers crossing with the last play of the game with the game ending in a 3-3 draw.
 
The boys saved the best till last in their group game against Terrington Hall. The boys played their best rugby in attack all day and looked to move the ball away from contact at every opportunity scoring eight unanswered tries in a dominant display, Hadyn C, Alexander C, Archie Mc, Adam R (3), Fraser R and Angus S all crossing in a 8-0 victory. The convincing win meant NSB finished second in their group on points difference.
 
The final match of the day saw NSB face off against the second placed team in the other group St Olaves. After some good early pressure by NSB, St Olaves scored the opening try of the game thanks to an intercept try when NSB looked more likely to score. The boys were well in the contest throughout but the good discipline of St Olaves led to them crossing the line twice more in the second half.
 
It was a fantastic day and the boys showed great improvement, ability and sportsmanship throughout the day. Well done boys.

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The Under 10 A team picked up their football season this Tuesday with a hard-fought 1-0 win against a strong Walkergate side. 

Playing in horrendously windy conditions at Goals, NSB were made to defend hard, with goalkeeper Benedikt V making some fine saves, alongside crucial tackles and blocks from Yureesh P and Matthew S at centre-back.  NSB did create chance after chance of their own in an end-to-end encounter but despite excellent movement up front from Hector A and, in his first match of the season after a broken leg, Jonathan B NSB couldn’t take the lead.  This was in no small part down to some inspired goalkeeping from the Walkergate keeper and some off-the-line clearances as NSB got more and more of the ball.

Come the second half, Harry B and Sam E started to take control of the game, playing ball after ball into the strikers and winning more and more possession in the Walkergate half.  The pressure finally told when Burbridge got an instinctive touch onto a Boneham corner, guiding the ball into the near post to secure the 1-0 win.  Defending desperately in the final five minutes, substitutes Kye C and Teppei T both played their part in winning the ball back and relieving the pressure.  An excellent team performance.

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Over 80 boys from Reception to Year 7, plus their parents, attended a busy and bustling football fun day this Sunday, aiming to raise funds for the Under 11 tour to Barcelona in the Easter holidays.

There was plenty of activities on offer for the boys to attempt, including a 3v3 football tournament, pay-to-play Fifa 17 on the big screen on the stage, table football, tuck shop, popcorn stand and a superb tombola event.  Further favourites were the speed-shot challenge, with medals given to the boys with the hardest shots from the infants (Matthew S), juniors (Alexander C) and parents. Parents and boys alike rolled back the years on Mr Asker’s Subbuteo table, whilst the centre-piece was a not-so-nail-biting parents vs staff football match on the AstroTurf, where the PE department plus Mr Gray proved that they still had what it takes with victory over the junior and infant parents.

Overall, the event was a huge success, with over £800 profit going towards extra events and trips when the boys are out in Barcelona.  A huge thank you goes to all involved, from parents and boys giving up their Sunday to support the event, to all of the staff who made the event possible.

Finally, a huge congratulations goes to Charlie A in Year 3 (pictured) for being announced as the winner of Mr Sander’s kit design competition – after 75+ entries, and hundreds of votes cast by the boys, Charlie’s kit was crowned the favourite and will be worn by the NSB players on their tour in April.  Well done Charlie!

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I thoroughly enjoyed the play this morning, so lovely to see the boys enjoying themselves and proud of their work. - Parent

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