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Newcastle Quadkids @Cragside

Over the last two afternoons, we have hosted the level two citywide Quadkids events. On Wednesday 12 schools competed in the Year 3/4 competition and 10 school this afternoon in the Year 5/6 event.

Our children were brilliant and gave their all. What was most impressive was the enthusiasm and ability to improve their scores from one attempt to the next. Although we will have to wait to find out the winners and qualifiers for the regional finals I am so impressed with the effort and attitude they all displayed. They are all winners!

Enjoy the pics!

OLT Football Competition

Yesterday our boys and girls from Year 4 took part in a football competition at Benton Park. They really enjoyed themselves and played with a great spirit despite some tough results… There was an exciting penalty shoot out victory for one of the teams in the play off stages. Well done to them all!

Cross country runners

On Tuesday twelve Year 3 and 4 boys and girls went to Blakelaw to take part in the Newcastle Cross Country event. There were over 600 children involved in four races on a beautiful afternoon. In both Year 3 and 4 races there were around 180 competitors. Daniel was our top boy finishing 15th and Edie was our first finishing girl in 20th position… All of our children were inside the top 100 runners which was a great effort and they did the school proud! In the team competition I expect we were inside the top ten schools but the official results are yet to be released…


A huge congratulations to all the team for a superb victory in the Bob Maddison Cup competition this evening! The match saw a resounding 3-0 win with first half goals from James and Patrick and a second half free kick from Jamie… However, this was an all round team performance just like those matches leading up to the final!

The game opened in an even fashion with no clear cut chances but gradually Cragside gained the ascendancy. Noah and Jamie were defending solidly and Max’s dribbling runs were starting to create chances for himself and others. One such break forward ended with Max hitting a post and the keeper saving the rebound. Daniel held a free kick from distance and did everything that was required of him between the posts. At the other end, the deadlock was broken when James met a cross and planted a firm downward header passed the keeper. Minutes later the lead was doubled as Patrick finished off a flowing move placing his shot low under the keeper’s body. With half time approaching, James, who had been playing so solidly in central midfield, was lost to a bad knee injury and the team needed to regroup during the break.


Jamie moved into midfield and put in a wonderful performance for the team and capped it off with a lovely finish after Max had been brought down outside the box for the second time. With Louis and Noah keeping things quiet in defence the opportunities kept coming and the team were unlucky not to add further goals with Ewan going close. The final whistle blew on a memorable night the typified the cup run as a whole! Each and every player had performed with great character and maturity and it has been a real pleasure to watch some of the quality football and team ethic that has been on display! Well done to you all…

The cup run saw the following results:
RGS (away) 8-2
St Lawrence’s (home) 6-2
Kingston Park (home) 10-2
Knop Law (home) 6-0
Gosforth Central (home) 3-1
St Albans 3-0

Newcastle Swimming Gala

Well done to all the swimmers today! In the morning, everyone went home with a medal (1 gold, 4 silver and 3 bronze) which culminated in the team being crowned champions by one point over St Theresa’s.

In the afternoon, the boys romped home in all but one event. The girls faced much stiffer competition and put in some very creditable performances. Were it not for three disqualifications we may have been close to winning the overall event but we came in third place. Apologies for not getting pictures of everyone in the afternoon! I had some technical malfunctions!!

Badminton OLT Competition

Well done to the Year 6 boys and girls who went to the badminton competition on Tuesday and represented the school so well! There were some close encounters and many victories as the team finished fourth. Miss Frobisher was extremely pleased with how you performed…

A big thank you to Miss Frobisher for organising the event!

Football update!!

A big congratulations to the Year 6 football team who finished runners up in the Simpson League. Out of our 11 games our record stood at 8 wins and 3 draws. We went into the last round of matches with a mathematical chance of catching the leaders but depending on other results. We drew with Gosforth Central, who won the league, but by that stage we knew second was our best hope…

The team performed admirably and should be proud of their achievements. On Monday we will have the chance to overturn this outcome in the Semi Final of the cup against Gosforth!

The Under 9 competition took place on a windy Wednesday evening and the team played four other schools, winning 3 and losing 1 game. This saw us finish second in our group and unfortunately not qualify for finals night. However, I thought that the team (including three Year 3’s) were excellent and scored some fantastic team and individual goals. Special mention to the three boys from Year 3 who did not look at all out of place against boys in the year above and Charlie D who managed 5 goals in the four games!

Busy sporting week

Last week was a very busy week in the life of Cragside sport! The weather was cold but our performances were hot!

On Tuesday afternoon the Year 5 and 6 hockey team played in the Newcastle School Competition. Two solid wins and a narrow defeat to Farne ended with a tough defeat to the excellent RGS (we won’t mention the score!) but the results were enough to see us through to the finals in a couple of weeks time.

On the football front, there were two great victories in the FREEZING cold at Gosforth. The boys came from a goal down to beat Kingston Park which really showed their character. A regulation victory against Gosforth Junior High followed.

The following afternoon, after two pitch inspections, we took on Knop Law in the quarter finals of the Bob Maddison Cup. After an entertaining but goalless first half which saw a couple of fine saves from Daniel M, the team turned on the style and ran out comfortable 6-0 winners over a very good Knop Law side. Gosforth Central await in the semis…

Finally, a very special mention to Jamie, Will and Jessie who represented Newcastle Schools in an indoor athletics competition last Saturday and helped the team to a silver medal! Well done you were a credit to the school!!