Local athlete qualifies for World Championship
In mid-September, Ellie Spink, a member of Sedgefield Harriers competed in
a Duathlon World Championship qualifier.
Duathlon is a mixed sport event which takes the format run-bike-run. Ellie had
to run 4.8km then cycle 18.3km and finish with a 2.4km run. To represent
Great Britain at next year’s World Championship in her under 20 age group, she
needed to finish in the top four of the category and with a time that was no
longer than 115% of the winner’s. This is a tough endurance event which
needs the athlete to work at their threshold for just over an hour.
In order to prepare for the race, Ellie had spent many hours on the indoor
cycling app Zwift on her dad’s bike! And in the absence of a local athletics
track, she could be regularly seen running multiple laps of NETPark. Training
had been going well, until Ellie contracted COVID in the first week of
September. She was unable to train for a week and this dealt a severe blow to
her overall fitness, as no doubt many people have experienced. Unbowed, Ellie
returned to training and made it to race day.
After the first run, she was in third place in her category, 35 seconds
behind second place, but a speedy transition reduced this to just 9 seconds as
the bike leg started. The cycle leg is her strongest discipline and she
proceeded to take over 3 minutes out of both the athletes in front of her, so
that when she left transition she was in the lead, but only by a few seconds.
Ellie was able to hold onto the lead until 800m to go, but was pipped to the line
by her nearest rival. However, she comfortably held onto second place and
achieved qualification for the World Championships in the under 20
female category. This was a great effort, especially after such a tough setback
so close to the race.
Ellie now needs to raise money to fund her trip to the championships next year,
which are due to be held abroad – details to be confirmed. If any local
business is interested in sponsoring Ellie, our sports reporter
(email@example.com) can connect you to the Spink family, so get in touch.
Year of the Pig
Congratulations to The Impeccable
Pig which has been awarded the AA
Inn of the Year 2021 at this year’s AA
Bed and Breakfast Awards.
The venue has 10 extremely
comfortable rooms and each is
subtly themed with a pig related tale
and some extra special features.
As part of our commitment to the personal development of the
students at Sedgefield Community College, we have set up a ‘Diversity
Calendar’ of events that will take place throughout the academic year, in order
to ensure that our curriculum is inclusive of people of different backgrounds,
cultures and identities.
The first event in our diversity calendar was Black History Month, which takes
place every October. We held assemblies for each year group about this, and
in form time students were asked to consider whether ‘taking the knee’ is an
impactful way to make a stand against racism. Year 9 were also treated to a
special assembly delivered by Hashi Mohamed, via live link from the Royal
Grammar School. Hashi is the best selling author of People Like US, BBC Radio
4 Book of the Week. As a child refugee arriving in the UK in the 1980s, he was
raised on benefits and attended some of the lowest-performing schools in the
country. He is a passionate speaker and advocate of social mobility.
The highlight of the month was having Marsha Garrett (who is a researcher,
public speaker and historian on the creation of race and racism) in school to
run workshops for our Year 8s about Black history and the creation of race.
Marsha shared her expertise with warmth and humour and the feedback from
students and staff was very positive. We are hoping to continue working with
Marsha to support further developments.
Revolve and evolve - a class way to learn
With single subject
well underway at
Primary School, a
new pedagogy is
evolving within Key
Stage 2. The
classrooms are all
based around a
specific subject and
are all led by
within that field.
Each classroom has been renamed: the Studio will enable the children to
release their creative side through art and design and design technology; the
Lab will bring out the children’s inquisitive, scientific minds; the children will
travel across the world and through different time periods whilst they are in
the Orb and in the Hive, the children will explore technological advances in
Every three weeks, children will visit their new learning zone where they will
expand their learning horizons and learn how to instil, inspire and innovate in
every subject. “I love the new idea of moving round the classrooms because
each one is linked to a specific subject and the learning environments inspire
our creativity,” stated a Year 6 pupil.
Sedgefield schools’ partnership work
Partnership work between the two schools at Sedgefield and
Hardwick took place this week in both Year 2 classes.
Sedgefield Hardwick pupils visited Sedgefield Primary and
conducted mini interviews to explore healthy packed lunch options.
Pupils from both schools thoroughly enjoyed seeing established friends in
their school environment Also many used the opportunity to make new friends
from the local area.
"It was exciting because they were kind. We got to meet new people. I also got
to meet people I already know." Isaac W.
Sedgefield Primary pupils were wowed this week by the acclaimed
Scottish author, Stuart Reid. Stuart has performed in over 2,000
schools worldwide. He is the well-known author of the Gorgeous George
Lively creative writing workshops were presented to pupils from Year 2 – 6.
The aim was to engage all pupils further in a love of books. Sedgefield Primary
pupils thoroughly enjoyed this visit, alongside staff. Teachers were impressed
by Stuart’s ability to engage all pupils. In fact, some pupils were so inspired
that they have produced their own poetry and mini books based on this visit.
Perhaps these pupils will become famous authors later in life?
Combustion Engineering Association
Formed in 1933, the CEA is a registered educational charity based at
Sedgefield’s NETPark. Through education, representation, promotion and
specialist advice, the organisation aims to promote the science of combustion
engineering and to encourage best practice.
Office administrator vacancy
This office administrator (or apprentice)
will be involved in all aspects of running a
very busy office, dealing with daily data
entry into the accreditation schemes that
the CEA run, being involved in organising
and attending the conferences and
events we host around the UK (if
appropriate). Working with training
providers and assessors for the
meetings with other staff members and
taking minutes (if appropriate). Previous
experience is preferred but not essential,
general IT skills are required, good
telephone manner is required in dealing with the very mixed range of people
we communicate with daily.
Hours: 35 - 40 per week
Application deadline: 05/11/2021
Job Types: Full-time, Part-time, Permanent, Apprenticeship
Salary: £18,000-£22,000 per year
COVID-19 considerations: NETPark is a modern office and research complex, it
has COVID measures in place that we all have to adhere to including face
masks in general public areas, hand sanitiser and social distancing.
DCC Care Connect
We continue to operate as usual and
ask all customers to use our service
if you need it and to recommend it
to friends and family who may need
extra support at this crucial time.
If you have concerns regarding the
pandemic and your health, please
get in touch. Staff will ask you on
arrival if you have symptoms of
Covid-19 or have tested positive.
Our staff wear full protective
equipment (PPE) to protect both
themselves and you. They use
antibacterial gel for their hands and
sanitise vehicles after visiting
homes. We take all precautions to
stop the spread of the virus.
If you want to join the service during
Covid-19 restrictions and are
concerned about staff entering your
property, we can either deliver your
equipment to your doorstep for you
to plug into an electric socket or it
can be installed by our staff using
PPE and social distancing.
If you are
shielding, please let us know.
Get in touch today by emailing
calling 03000 262 195.
Christmas Tree Festival
The festive season may still be
months away but enterprising
members of Sedgefield’s St
Edmund’s Church are already hard at
work planning a Christmas Tree
Festival for the town while keeping
their fingers well and truly crossed
that there won’t be another COVID
“We’ve responded to requests from
several people who thought it would
brighten up their lives after all the
challenges they have had to face
during the COVID lockdown”, said
emeritus warden Brian Mutch this
And to kickstart the celebration,
festival organisers have decided not
to charge local companies and
organisations of various kinds who
want to dress a tree.
More than 30 have expressed an
interest in staging a display which all
things being equal, will be open to
the public from Friday 26 November
to Friday 3 December.
During the festival, it is hoped to
arrange a Civic Carol service and a
brass band concert.
Further information, including
expressions of interest in acquiring a
display site, can be made by
contacting Brian on 01740 622302
Sedgefield Christmas cards
Packs of Christmas cards with a
difference are now on sale in
Sedgefield as part of the ongoing
efforts by the Friends of St Edmund’s
Church to help preserve the fabric of
the centuries-old building.
cards depict the doorway
entrance to the church.
The cards come in a pack of five and
The Friends are also
offering a mixed pack of eight cards
in four different eye-catching
designs for £6 per pack or an option
to choose eight identical cards for
the same price.
They can be obtained from Brian and
Christine Mutch on 01740 622302 or
via firstname.lastname@example.org, any
member of the Friends’ committee
or at the Hive in Rectory Row.