PRIMARY pupils ran, skipped and jumped for joy as they took part in their first ever competitive sports day.

Macey Waligura, Harry Small, Kenzie Stephenson James Calvert Gracie Allan, Niamh Smith Mollie Scott


Children in Reception class at Bede Academy, in Blyth, joined in with egg and spoon races, bean bag balancing, speed walking and cone weaving, watched by dozens of parents, grandparents, siblings and carers.

The 91 pupils, aged four and five, competed in teams for house honours with all pupils taking part in each event.

Teaching assistant Emma Wilkinson said: “The children have been practising hard all week and have been really looking forward to taking part in all the different events – some of them said that they couldn’t even sleep last night as they were so excited.

“They love being part of a team and getting involved, especially with all their parents watching and they feel so proud regardless of whether they come first or last – for them it’s all about taking part.”

Refreshments were available for spectators, with proceeds going towards extra sporting equipment for pupils to use at break-times.

Parents also got in on the sporting action with a ladies’ race won by Lisa Keenlyside, mum to Jaden Keenlyside, and a dads’ race which saw James Musgrove, stepdad to Charlie Parker, first past the winning post.

Early years lead Maria Bulfin said: “All of the children have done so well, especially for their first sports day.

“They have been full of energy and enthusiasm and have really worked hard as part of a team to win points for their school houses.

“It’s fabulous to see everyone outside being active and enjoying themselves, including all the mums and dads.”


SEAFARING students have shared their adventures on the high seas after returning from a once-in-a-lifetime voyage.

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A crew of Year 9 students from Bede Academy, Blyth, and Emmanuel College, Gateshead, dropped anchor at Port of Blyth after a nine-day passage to Brugge on the British tall ship Stavros S Niarchos.

The young sailors formed part of a crew of 37 from the Emmanuel Schools Foundation with fellow students from sister schools, The Kings’ Academy, Coulby Newham, and Trinity Academy, Thorne, near Doncaster.

Bede biology teacher Dr Helen Edge, who is a volunteer with the Tall Ships Youth Trust which operates the 60m vessel, said: “This is our seventh ESF annual tall ship voyage and for many of the students it will have been a life-changing experience.

“A tall ship voyage really takes young people out of their comfort zone and as well as helping them learn life skills, confidence and team work on a practical level it also helps them learn first hand about sailing, geography and weather systems.

“Everyone has had an incredible time; some struggled a little bit in the beginning, others took to it straight away, but they all came through in the end.”

As well as living on board the young crew, who boarded the vessel at Canary Wharf, London, also took part in all ship duties including helming, scaling the 50 metre masts to set and stow sails, navigating, scrubbing the decks, cooking for fellow shipmates and night watches on the bridge.

They were also given the opportunity to row the longliners, which forms part of a yachting award and is the first step on the ladder for sail training.

Bede Academy student Louise Mclean, 14, of, Blyth, said: “It has been a great opportunity to learn to be a bit more independent.

“This was my first time on a boat and I did find it a little bit scary but it’s the best thing I’ve ever done especially the night watch and seeing the sun rise over Belgium.”

Emmanuel College student Morgan Fowler, 14, of Gateshead, added: “I applied to come on the trip because I really wanted to challenge myself and also to get over my fear of heights by getting to the top of the rigging – which I did.

“I really enjoyed sightseeing around Brugge but I didn’t like being woken up at midnight to do the night watch until 4am in the morning – but I would love to do it all again.”



Students at Bede have achieved outstandingly in their KS2 Tests.

2016 Key Stage 2 Test results: percentage of pupils attaining expected standard

Total number of children at the end of KS2:  90