Sporting Success

Saturday 17th June – Inter-counties Athletics

The inter-counties athletics took place in Hexham, and a number of our students took part. Daniel Joyce (Y9) ran the 800m and qualified to represent the county at the English Schools Athletics competition in Birmingham on 7th/8th July.

Friday 16th June – Tyne & Wear Schools Athletics Championships

In the Junior Boys (Yr 8/9) event the outstanding STM team managed to come second overall (just two points below the winners). Daniel Joyce was the standout performer, winning both the 300m and the Discus.

In the Yr 7 Boys event, the STM team came third overall. There were two individual winners, Sam Gill in the hurdles and Steven Bessent in the shot put.

The girls were 5th overall and again there were some wonderful performances. Representing the year 7 girls, Laura Wood was 1st in the Long jump, for year 8 Cecilia Reid won the High Jump and finally Rebecca Wren took the victory in the 1500m for the year 9 girls.

The students were fantastic and all tried incredibly hard, there were some brilliant performances and as ever, they were an absolute credit to our school!

Netball Success this Season

We have had some excellent success in terms of Netball this season! The stand out performance of the year was from the Y10 team, who have remained unbeaten for the last four years, and did the league and tournament double. They also won the Tyne & Wear tournament.

All of the other four year groups were either second or third in their respective leagues/tournaments.

A special congratulations must go to the Y11 team, who have all played together for the last five years.

Caitlin Bowley (C)

Molly Brayson

Lucy Guariento

Chloe Smith

Beth Glenwright

Rachael Broadbent

Sophie Lockey

Rebecca Thorpe

Plus Rebecca Holmes and Olivia Farrell who have played when available.

Well done girls!

Tuesday 23rd May – Gateshead Schools Athletics Championships

Both of our boys and girls Junior athletics teams won yesterday at the Gateshead Schools Athletics Championships!

We had wins for the girls teams in the following events:

Anna Scott – Hurdles

Rachel Donnelly – 300m

Rebecca Wren – 1500m

Cecelia Reid – 800m

A strong relay team consisting of Anna Scott, Rachel Donnelly, Reagan James and Emily Walters won with impressive change overs and speed.

Not to be outdone, the boys also had some fantastic results with wins from:

Kerem Toprack – 100m

Dan Joyce – 800m and discus

Kieran Holland – Long Jump

Kerem’s 100m win was done in a time of 11.77sec, and is an outstanding achievement.

Again our relay team of Dan Joyce, Kerem Toprack, Jack Hillary and Kieran Holland came through after a horrendous first change over to win in a photo finish and secure the competition win overall.

Spring Term – Sports Report

St Thomas More had a very successful Spring Term with regards to Sporting activities, both in and outside of school, in a mixture of different events. Click here to read the full report.

Friday 12th May – Y11 Football League Cup Final Victory

On Friday evening our Yr11 team had their final game of the season, a League Cup final against Cardinal Hume. The team had already beaten them in the Quarter Final of the County Cup (3-1) however since then, Cardinal Hume had gone on to play in the English School FA Cup Final where they were unfortunate to lose on penalties. They were therefore effectively playing against the second best team in the country. As in the previous game, they triumphed 3-1, courtesy of a Matthew Law penalty before Jack Littlewood made it 2-0. Cardinal Hume did pull one back, but Matthew Law scored his second of the night to make it 3-1, which meant they could enjoy the final few minutes. We would like to thank the pupils, parents and staff who turned up to support the team in what was their last game together. Mr Robson has been fortunate to manage them for the last 5 years and they have been an absolute credit to themselves, their parents and the school.

The team consists of; Euan Gray, Matthew Turner, George Watts, Evan Peareth, Cameron Rowland, Anthony Inness, Sam Joyce, James McLeod, Matthew Slee, Matthew Miller, Elliot Bedford, Jack Littlewood, Matthew Law and Marcus Hall.

Y11 Football

Well done boys!

Thursday 11th May – Girls 7s Rugby Success

The STM U15 girls’ Rugby 7s team were crowned RFU North East champions at the North East 7s on Thursday at Hartlepool Rovers.

The girls started the afternoon off in Pool two with Longfield, Dyke House, High Tunstall and Charles Thorpe.

Pool results were:

High Tunstall 0 Vs 25 STM

STM 40 Vs 0 Longfield

STM 25 Vs 5 Charles Thorpe

STM 35 Vs 5 Dyke House

The girls topped the group and also scored enough tires to secure a bonus point in each pool game.

Winning the group gave the girls an easier semi final against Dene Community School, from Durham, who were the runners up in Pool One.

The girls took control of the Semi Final scoring two quick tries and never looked back, moving into the final by winning 45-5 and scoring 9 tries in the process.

Facing Harton in the final was easily the toughest test the team had in the tournament, with a number of County and North of England players in the Harton side, but the team did what they had done for the rest of the tournament. They all worked incredibly hard in defence, made a series of crunching tackles and when in possession of the ball looked like scoring every time.

The 14 mins of 7s rugby was end to end stuff and a real spectacle of 7s, with each team exchanging scores, but on the day STM were too strong for Harton winning 35-20.

Throughout the afternoon, the girls played some outstanding rugby. In particular the ferocity they showed in contact and when clearing out the breakdown was something which all the other schools and RFU staff commented on.

Winning a tournament like this is never easy, but what’s more incredible is winning like we did with a squad that was put together on Tuesday morning this week. Full credit must go to Anna Scott and Grace Metcalf (Y9) for coming to me on Tuesday with a list of names and asking if we could go.

The squad were a credit to the school and I couldn’t be prouder of them.

The girls involved were; Amy Youngman, Grace Metcalf, Rosie Bell, Anna Scott, Holly Thorpe, Lucy Simpson, Eliza McCall, Lara Stevenson, Poppy Richardson, Lucy Wood, Marley Butler-Aust, Grace Ramsey and Hannah Rollingson (Helping to coach, keep score and take pictures whilst Injured!)

Well done girls!

U15 Girls 7s Rugby

Monday 3rd April – Year 7 Boys Football Team win the County ‘Crompton and Harrison’ Cup

Last night our Year 7 football team played in the final of the County ‘Crompton and Harrison’ Cup, a competition we’ve only won once before in the competition’s history.

Having needed penalty kicks to get through the last 4 games, it was clear it would be a tight game against well-drilled opposition from St Joseph’s Hebburn, and so it proved. However, in the last 15 minutes of the game the resilience and work-rate of the St Thomas More players shone through leading to two well-deserved goals. The first a powerful, low strike from outside the box from Ethan Havery followed up by a well-timed header from a corner by David Newman. The game ended 2-0 leading to jubilant celebrations from the boys and the many parents who had made the trip to Darlington to watch the game.

The boys involved were Steven Bessent, Joseph Bullerwell, Charlie Atkinson, Louis Davison, David Newman, Dylan Lawson, Adam Barrett, Joe Le Patoruel, Elliot McClen, Harry Cosgrove and Ethan Havery.

Thank you to all of the supporters who joined us on the night.

Y7 football2

Monday 3rd April – Year 11 Boys Football Team are through to the County Cup Final

On Monday, our Year 11 boys football tea played in the County Cup Semi-Final against Lord Lawson. The boys didn’t feel too optimistic, but went with the determination to do their best.

In the first half, Matt Law scored the first, second and fourth goals, and Sam Joyce scored the third with a free kick even Beckham would have been proud of. At half time it was 4-1.

The boys cruised through the second half, with Sam Joyce scoring another goal, followed by another from Elliot Belford.

The final score was 6-1, sending the boys through the final at Maiden Castle in Durham on Thursday.

The team is made up of: Matthew Law, Matthew Miller, Marcus Hall, Sam Joyce, George Watts, Euan Grey, Evan Peareth, Cameron Rowland, Jack Littlewood, James McLeod, Elliot Bedford, Matthew Slee and Kieran Lee.

Thank you to Mr Evans for taking the boys, and to the parents who went to watch on the sidelines.

Monday 27th March – Year 8 Rugby have reached the final of the Tyneside Senior Schools U13 Rugby Competition

Well done to the Year 8 Rugby team who have reached the final of the Tyneside Senior Schools U13 Rugby Competition which will be played on Wednesday 3rd May at the Newcastle Falcons Rugby Club.

Wednesday 22nd March – Year 9 Netball Success

On Wednesday night, our Year 9 Netball team had their final match of the season, which they won 12 – 0.

The team is made up of; Emily Walters, Lucy Wood, Lucy Simpson, Anna Scott, Hannah Rollingson, Regan James, Grace Metcalf, Grace Ramsay and Rosie Bell. The player of the match went to Grace Ramsay for her continuous hard work and perseverance.

The girls give up their lunchtimes twice a week to practice, and we are so proud of their effort and dedication. Well done girls!

Wednesday 22nd March – Year 8 Girls County Indoor Cricket Competition

This was held at Gateshead Leisure Centre yesterday, involving 12 teams from around the County who had won their district round.

There were 3 groups of 4 teams who played a round robin competition to decide semi-finalists. STM were drawn against Red House, Stockton, Staindrop School, and High Tunstall. We defeated Red House and High Tunstall, but lost a high scoring game against Staindrop. This left us with a 2 -1 final ratio in our mini league, in which the top team went through to the semis, as well as the highest scoring second place from all the groups.

We finished 2nd in our group, but unfortunately lost out on a semi-final place on number of runs scored in our group matches.

Overall, therefore, out of 12 teams, we finished 5th. This is an excellent result, especially considering that for a Year 8 event, 9 of the competing squad of 10, were from Year 7, which bodes well for next year’s event.

As always, the girls tried really hard and were a credit to the School. Training continues on Tuesdays after school.

The players were; Holly Spoors, Molly Butler, Emmi Docherty, Molly Buchanan, Megan Elliott, Emily Kenny, Chloe McCauley, Laura Wood, Sophie Forrester and Millie Sutton

Saturday 18th March – English Schools’ Cross Country Championship, Norwich

Three of our pupils competed at the English Schools’ Cross Country Championship in Norwich, as part of the Durham County team. It is a national event with almost 350 competitors in each race.
Year 9 Daniel Joyce, ran in the Junior Boys race. He was 22nd and the first Durham team member to finish.
Y9 Rebecca Wren was 118th and Y8 Cecelia Reid 225th in the Junior Girls.

Thursday 17th March – Year 7 Qualify for the County Cup Final

Our Year 7 footballers have qualified for the County Cup final, having squeezed past Cardinal Hume in the semi-final on Thursday 17th March. After a 1-1 draw in normal play, with excellent defensive performances from Joseph Bullerwell, David Newman and Charlie Atkinson, the match went to penalties. Things seemed bleak after we missed our first 3 penalties, however some outstanding saves from Steven Bessent and well taken penalties from Joseph Bullerwell, Ethan Havery and Dylan Lawson saw us advance 3-2. The final is on 3rd April versus St Joseph’s, Hebburn.

Year 7 Football Team

Wednesday 15th March – Durham County Individual Schools’ Cross Country Cup

In the Durham County Individual Schools’ Cross Country Cup, held on 15 March, there was individual success for Rebecca Wren (2nd place) and Dan Joyce (2nd place) in the Junior Girls’ and Boys’ races. Top twenty finishes were also achieved by Esther Moffat (12), Lucy Thorpe (13) and Francesca Recchia (20) in the girls’ race, and Andrew Ranson (18) in the boys’ race. Furthermore, the girls came 3rd in the team race.

All 12 pupils who participated showed excellent resilience and effort, and were a credit to the School.

Saturday 11th March – Year 8 TSSSA Rugby Cup Match

Quite simply, the best game of rugby played by a STM year group in many years. This TSSSA Cup match against Newcastle School for Boys, played at Northern RFC on Saturday morning, was seen as a game to show how much the boys had progressed. 15 players turned out, and produced almost a faultless display of attacking rugby, together with strong defence, which resulted in the team scoring 10 unanswered tries, to win by 50 points to nil.

From the first whistle, STM players harried the NSB team, repeatedly pushing them back, to eventually surrender the ball, for an STM attack to unfold. The home team failed to enter the visitors half in the whole of the first period. Constant pressure resulted in five first half tries being scored. The second half showed no change in STM tactics, and a further five tries were scored.

This was as complete a team performance as has been seen in our time at the school, and credit must go to all fifteen players for the effort they made.Thanks must also go to the large number of parents who attended the game and supported their sons.

Autumn Term Report

St Thomas More had a very successful Autumn Term with regards to Sporting activities, both in and outside of school, in a mixture of different events. Click here for our Autumn Term Sports Report.