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.
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.