Autumn Term 2010 - SSCo News



The annual autumn series of cluster events with a multi-skills theme have been delivered at Heworth Grange this term for Y1, Y2, Y3 and recently, Y4.

Y10 BTEC PE students develop leadership skills through helping to organise and supervise a circuit of fun activities on sporting themes ranging from golf putting to obstacle course running.  Schools that participated in these afternoons brought whole year groups with them, so the emphasis was very much on fun, inclusion and mass participation, although the Sports Leaders do track scores to add a competitive element to proceedings.  Well done to Bill Quay, Roman Road and Wardley Primary Schools for their great commitment to these events and the excellent performances of their pupils at each.


Premier League 4 Sport – BADMINTON CLUB – Thursdays 3.35 – 5.35  


A new Badminton Club began this term at Heworth Grange. 

Badminton England has joined forces with the Premier League, the Youth Sport Trust and Sport England and aims to get 25,000 young people, aged between 11 and 16, to join local sport clubs in the four Olympic sports of Badminton, Judo, Table Tennis & Volleyball during the scheme. Each Premier League club has a project co-coordinator to manage the scheme locally and work with badminton clubs and school sport departments to maximize opportunities for young people – and we have been successful in our bid to host one of these clubs at Heworth Grange.

The Head Coach of our new club is Martin Fagan a badminton professional with years of experience coaching and playing the sport at a high standard.  It is open to all Heworth pupils and happens every Thursday after school.  Martin and his team of coaches aim to get into all of our local primary schools soon and open up the club to more and even younger children.

 To get involved, Heworth pupils simply turn up ready to play on Thursdays after school.




Heworth boys U16 and U14 teams competed against Thomas Hepburn in the first round of the new format of the Gateshead Tournament.  Both matches were very competitive and a great way for all the boys to practise the shots they have been learning at lunchtime club or our new PL4S after school club.

Heworth were winners in both age groups and progressed to the group stage finals in late November where they faced even tougher opposition.

Our U16 boys fought hard and played well, beaten only by St. Thomas More, the eventual winners. 




 High Ropes - No Fear!

A number of PE groups have had the opportunity during the autumn term to try activities not usually possible during the school day.  Activities provided at Whickham Thorns by Instructor Andy Siddle have included archery, orienteering, climbing, the high ropes and assault courses.   Activities are always physically demanding, especially in the weather experienced this term, but they also often challenge participants’ problem solving, teamwork and communication skills, as well as testing their nerve.  Heworth Grange Y10 and Y11 students have relished the opportunities and look forward to expanding their adventure experiences in the terms to come.




Heworth Grange U15 boys and girls, Y8 boys and girls and Y7 boys and girls have all competed in their respective winter athletics programs.  The events took place at the newly refurbished Gateshead Leisure Centre and provided great out of season opportunities for our best athletes to compete with rivals from schools across the whole of Gateshead.  Earning team points for each performance in a similar way to the system used in decathlons and heptathlons our teams recorded respectable results in all age groups – the Y8 boys coming the closest to victory missing out on a place in the Tyne and Wear final by just three points.


U15 boys – 2nd       Y8 boys - 3rd     Y7 boys - 4th

U15 girls – 4th         Y8 girls - 4th      Y7 girls - 4th