St Bede’s Catholic Primary and Nursery School, part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust, proved its sporting versatility with recent successes at the South Tyneside Cross Country meeting and in the Champion of Champions Regional Basketball Finals.

Runaway success for cross country runners in South Shields.

St Bede’s Catholic Primary and Nursery School, took part in the annual championships at Temple Park. A total of 42 children took part in the competition which included eight races for boys and girls from Year 3 to Year 6.

The Y3 boys, Y4 girls and Y4 boys won their class events while the Y3 girls claimed the silver.

Good performances from the Year 5 and Year 6 runners also helped St Bede’s claim overall victory at the event and claim the District Champions Shield.

The children had all shown dedication by regularly attending training sessions on Fridays after school in the build up to the event. This helped the St. Bede’s runners prepare and achieve personal best performances on the day.

Coach and Y3 teacher Brian McVittie said: “I was delighted how everyone supported each other at the event, with our Y6’s cheering on the Y3’s and vice versa. I hope the success of the squad will encourage more children to get involved in future school Cross Country events.

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Basketball bronze medal encourages more primary children to take up the sport.

St Bede’s Catholic Primary and Nursery School, took part in the event staged at the Vertu Motors Arena Newcastle.

After becoming District Champions in March, St. Bede’s represented South Tyneside against the champions of Newcastle, Northumberland, North Tyneside, Sunderland and Gateshead.

The games were closely contested and St. Bede’s players showed a lot of courage to fight back in one game from 6-0 down against Crookhill (Gateshead) to claim an 8-8 draw.

Although the team remained undefeated throughout their games, they took 2nd in their group, narrowly missing out on a place in the Grand Final.

St. Bede’s won the third place play off against Wellfield from North Tyneside to claim the regional bronze medals.

Y3 teacher and coach Brian McVittie said: “I am extremely proud of our team, as there were nearly 150 entered into the competition this season; to remain undefeated and claim third place in the North East region was an amazing effort.

The Hoops4health programme has had a positive impact in our school, with lots of boys and girls throughout different year groups choosing to play basketball at playtimes. Meanwhile, several have joined the local basketball club to become more involved in the sport.

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