Life at St Mary's
At St. Mary’s we value the importance of sport and physical activity for all. Our inclusive approach ensures that whilst we celebrate the achievements and successes of our elite athletes and teams, we give every student the opportunity to participate and represent their school. Our Great Active Sunderland Charter and Sainsbury’s School Games Gold Awards are a reflection of this philosophy and could not have been achieved without the enthusiasm of the children.
We are currently part of the Farringdon School Games cluster and the St. Anthony’s Catholic Cluster, which gives children in Years 1-6 the opportunity to compete in competitions throughout the school year. In addition, we have 5-a-side, 7-a-side and 9-a-side football teams entered in the SPSFA leagues and cups as well as two Netball teams in the SPSNA leagues. One of our aims is to break down the gender barriers so often found in sport, to allow boys and girls to follow their individual interests and sports of their choice, which is why we have a high number of mixed teams representing our school.
We post regular updates on our website and Twitter account about recent sporting events, so keep your eyes peeled for the latest news on our sporting achievements.
St. Mary’s awarded School Games Gold
Our school has been awarded the School Games Mark Gold Award for the second consecutive year. The award, in its fifth year, is a government led initiative that rewards schools for their commitment to developing competition across a broad range of sports.
Schools must fulfill several strict criteria to achieve Gold, including having a varied and extensive sports programme in P.E. lessons, lunchtimes and after school, participating in a range of intra-school competitions, maintaining links with sporting clubs outside of school and showing a commitment to inclusivity for all when it comes to physical activity. We are proud of our achievement and congratulate all of our students for their outstanding attitude and enthusiasm towards sport in school.
Athletics stars into Sunderland final
Our Year 5/6 Athletics team put in an outstanding collective performance. Both the boys and girls teams won the team events, with the boys winning the Hurdles Relay, Target Throw and High Stepper team events and coming 2nd in five others. The girls were dominant in the field, coming out on top in the Vertical Jump, High Stepper, Chest Push and Javelin, whilst also dominating on the track in the 1 Lap and 6 Lap.
Year 5/6 cricketers a big hit!
The Year 5/6 Cricket team reached the final of the recent cluster festival at Ryhope Cricket Club recently, losing out to a very strong Hetton Lyons team in the final. The boys won their group games, beating Sunderland High, Barnes and Newbottle, before comfortably seeing off Richard Avenue in the semi-final. The Lyons though, boasting no fewer than 8 club players, were a step too far. Nevertheless, the lads thoroughly enjoyed their day.
The Girls team played in their festival the following day at Eppleton, but unfortunately didn’t make it out of a tough group, despite winning one and, incredibly, tying another of their group games. A win against Sunderland High was followed by a loss to Shiney Row, who were beaten finalists, before the girls finished level with Richard Avenue on the last ball of the game! Well done to all girls who, despite a lack of experience, represented our school with pride.
Tennis finalists 7th in the region
Congratulations to the Year 4 Tennis team, who came 7th out of 12 at the recent Regional finals at Sunderland Tennis Centre. The mixed team had won the Sunderland event earlier in the year in order to qualify and represented our school with pride against strong opposition.
There have been some mixed results in recent weeks for the 7-a-side and 9-a-side football teams.
The 9-a-side Year 6 team suffered back-to-back defeats for the first time this season at the hands of Hill View and New Silksworth, but gained revenge on the latter last Friday, beating them 3-1 in the reverse fixture, with goals from Lennon and Carter sealing a comfortable win.
The 7-a-side team remain unbeaten in their league after beating Highfield 1-0 and Bexhill 4-1 last Thursday. It was especially pleasing to see a number of Year 5 boys come into the team and prove their worth ahead of next season.
The season is still far from over, and it’s not just the 7-a-side title to fight for. The boys are still in the Quarter finals of the Bishop’s Cup, have Watson Cup semi-final and a chance to defend the Peter Lightle Trophy before the end of the year.
Second place finish for Netball stars
The Year 6 Netball team finished as runners-up in their second league competition of the season at Oxclose, narrowly edged out by a strong George Washington team. Unbeaten after six games (Won 3, Drawn 3), they unfortunately missed out on first place by just four points, but can be very proud of their efforts.
Year 5 and Year 6 teams have improved significantly since the start of the year, with the Year 5’s winning their first game against St. Paul’s in the same competition. They will be hoping to continue their improvement in the final competition of the year at Farringdon next month.
Tennis Silver Medalists
A big well done to the Year 3 and Year 4 Tennis teams who both won silver medals at the recent competitions at Sunderland Tennis Centre. They all enjoyed the event very much, taking part in a series of relay challenges and target practice before their singles matches against other schools in our local cluster. Their 2nd place finish now means they will represent Sunderland in the Tyne and Wear Level 3 finals in the summer.
Year 5/6 Hockey stars
Our Year 5 and 6 Hockey teams participated in the Level 2 competition at Sandhill View recently, with the Year 5s in particular doing a fantastic job. Well-marshalled by Miles, they won three and drew two of their five games and were very unlucky to finish 2nd in a group of 6 where only one school qualified. The 6s were up against some tough opposition, but still managed a win and draw, with Jude scoring a great goal to secure their only victory.
7-a-side and 9-a-side Football
The 7-a-side and 9-a-side leagues started up again this Autumn term and both teams have begun the season well, with some resounding victories mixed with battling performances.
The 9-a-side team got off to a losing start against a strong Fulwell side, losing 3-1, before bouncing back with two good home wins.
The mixed Year 5/6 7-a-side team’s reward for winning last year’s Peter Lightle Trophy was a place in the Daniel O’Hare Memorial semi-final which was held at Burnhope Primary School against other regional champions, Lanchester, Rowlands Gill and Ribbon Academy from Seaham.
The 7-a-side league kicked off with games against Farringdon and Redby Academy.
Year 4 have swimming lessons at Thornhill School every week