Summer Themed Art Competiton

Our summer theme is the natural environment and flowering plants. We created a triptych – 3-piece art work as a group exploring nature and wildlife. We also explored the same theme creating art with using ICT software on iPads. These images support the main mixed media art work created in collage, pastel and paint.  Due to the severity of our young people’s special needs, they had support to participate and develop fine motor skills. We have entered a local competition and hope we have good luck.

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Gateway North East Boccia

Villa Real pupils took part in a Boccia Club Taster Day on Wednesday June 20th. They enjoyed playing Boccia Skittles, Parachute Boccia, Colour Match cone Boccia and then played a full Boccia game.

The club visiting to deliver the taster sessions were called ‘Gateway North East Boccia’ and they are based in Houghton-Le Spring. They run sessions on Fridays 5-6pm and it costs £2 per session. (See flyer on Parents Section for details).

We look forward to finding out if any Villa Real pupils attend the Boccia Club.

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Athletics taster session

On Tuesday June 19th, classes took part in a taster session of Athletics, delivered by Derwentside Disability Athletics Club. Pupils enjoyed trying different styles of jumping, throwing different implements and some fun running games.

Each pupil took a flyer home, advertising the Weekly athletics club, that runs on Tuesday evenings, 6.30-7.30pm at North Durham Academy, Stanley.  They would really like to get more members enjoying sessions at the club from Villa Real.

The club is free to try the first session and £2 thereafter and it is open to 8 to 19 year olds.

See flyer for your information on the Parent page \ Derwentside Athletics Club.

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Leadership Experience Day at Primary Athletics

On Monday 18th June, our Senior Sports Leaders had the opportunity to attend a Primary Athletics Festival at Maiden Castle in Durham, assisting the Athletics Coaches, by helping them to score, measure, record, time and encourage the primary pupils, during their carousel of athletic activities.

This was a good chance to apply all the skills they have learnt over the course of the year, whilst attending their training days and they put them into practice really well at the Athletics day.

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Primary Sport Start

10 Pupils from P1, P2 and P2A attended an Event at Maiden Castle, on the 12th of June, in Durham. They enjoyed a morning of activities such as football, dance and games. They then travelled to Grey’s College, where the University kindly provided a wonderful lunch in the student refectory, followed by an afternoon of Arts and Crafts, all organised by the university students, in conjunction with Easington School Sport Partnership.

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Sports Leaders Training Day

Villa Real Senior Sports Leaders attended a training day on the 6th of June to learn how to officiate athletics events. They measured long jumps, javelin, shot and discus throws, timed sprints and speed bounces and hurdles. They will apply these new skills by assisting officials at a Primary Athletics Festival in a few weeks time.

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PE Trip to Consett Academy

Some pupils from S1, P2A and S1A visited Consett Academy and enjoyed a game of Throwaway Rounders with pupils in Year 8 and some of their sixth formers. Teams from both schools mixed up, helping each other to score as many points as possible and they worked lovely together. It was a close match; final score was 20-18. Our pupils thoroughly enjoyed meeting new friends and we look forward to a return visit in July.

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On Wednesday May 16th, P2CE and some of S1CE enjoyed a day at Trinity School, to participate in their annual Panathlon event.

Activities included slalom races, target throwing, Table Polybat, Kurling and Target Boccia, skittles and parachute games.

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Dance shows

Villa Real recently performed two great Dance shows attended by other classes and parents. They worked so hard to remember and perfect their moves and synchronise the timing of their routines and everyone thoroughly enjoyed performing and spectating. Song choices varied from Disney classics of Under the Sea and Bare Necessities to Grease, Uptown Funk and some Bollywood.

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What’s my Line

On February 20th we were pleased to welcome the Durham Business Partnership ‘What’s my Line’ team.  Ambassadors from a range of local businesses gave clues as to what their job role is and pupils from Key Stage 3, 4 and 5 used their excellent skills, knowledge and understanding to guess the correct job.

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Sport Start PE

Senior 1 attended a Sport Start PE event at Maiden Castle, taking part in various activities led by students from Durham University such as Dance Aerobics and football. We travelled to Grey’s College where we had a lovely lunch, provided by the University and enjoyed a fun afternoon of games and crafts, such as giant jenga, twister, chess, pool, table tennis and painting.

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Inter-School Boccia competition

P2A visited Gibside School to compete in an Inter-School Boccia competition on January 29th. We managed to play 8 competitive games and pupils demonstrated good teamwork and determination during the match.

Pupils shook hands with each other at the end and congratulated each other on a ‘good game, well played’, which demonstrated good sportsmanship.


Christmas Sports Day

Villa Real recently enjoyed a Christmas Sports Day, which included Snowman Skittles and Christmas Pudding Boccia.All classes took part in this event, which was led by our sports leaders.Classes competed against each other for the fastest time to knock the Snowmen Skittles down and how close to the Christmas Pudding, they could roll their Boccia Balls.

P1CE and P2CE worked together to win both competitions, across the whole school, so very well done to both classes.They demonstrated good ‘Teamwork’ and ‘Determination’.

Values seen from other classes were ‘Passion’ and ‘Respect’.

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Youth Sport Trust ‘Step Into Sport’

Villa Real sports leaders attended the Youth Sport Trust ‘Step Into Sport’ Training day at Freemans Quay. They experienced how to play various sports such as polybat, goalball, boccia, football, new age kurling and athletics. They mixed with pupils from other schools in the county. Their next step, back at school, is to complete 10 hours volunteering in assisting leading in PE and sport.

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P2 Boccia Villa Real verus Croft

P2 enjoyed a morning out at The Croft School to play Boccia against one of their primary classes.

Although it was a competition, with scores and winning teams across two courts, the pupils really enjoyed playing the game with some new friends. We are focussing on demonstrating the Olympic and Paralympic values in all games (and PE lessons) by praising the opposition, trying our very best, shaking hands with each and every player, congratulating them on their performances, regardless of the scores. They all got to experience what it is like to captain their team too.

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Sportshall Athletics

A number of senior pupils attended a School Games Sportshall Athletics festival on Friday 17th of November. The all-day event was held at Spennymoor Leisure Centre. Pupils took part in various running, jumping and throwing activities, alongside other schools within the County. They thoroughly enjoyed their day out, meeting new people and trying new activities and having fun!

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Villa Real verus Gibside

P2A hosted a Boccia match against Gibside School, Whickham on November 20th 2017. Pupils played 6 games and learnt some very important rules, such as sitting still to throw the ball, trying to aim for the white ball, when it is their turn and the importance of team work. Pupils ended the game happy demonstrating good sportsmanship by shaking hands with the opposition and saying ‘well played’ to everyone. We look forward to our return fixture, at Gibside School, in the new year.

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Primary Sport Start Event

Some pupils in P1 and P2 were selected to attend a Primary Sport start event, organised and ran by students from Durham University, on Wednesday 1st November 2017. Pupils spent the morning at Maiden Castle trying physical activites such as Rhythmic Gymnastic, ribbon and hoop moves and also table tennis and skittles. They then moved onto Grey’s college for lunch and an afternoon of games and crafts. They had a great time.

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Inter-Schools Boccia Competition

Primary 2 class enjoyed a friendly Inter-schools Boccia competition against Gibside School on 17th October 2017. They managed to play 6 games in total and the scores were very close with Court 1 (on the left in the photos) drawing 6-6 and Court 2, (the right hand side court), lost 4-6. All pupils thoroughly enjoyed the experience and demonstrated good sportsmanship by shaking hands with the opposition at the end, saying ‘well done’ to all competitors’. The games were umpired by Leah Sayers, Cole Lopling and Euan Hall.​

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Leadership Training

‘Our senior sports leaders completed Day 2 out of 3, of their leadership training this week at Spennymoor leisure centre, alongside Trinity School and The Oaks. They improved their knowledge of the rules of Boccia and New Age Kurling. They developed their communication skills, their ability to organise small groups into teams, improved their confidence to use their big voices to deliver instructions and had the chance to meet and chat to other students, from other schools. Next week they are using these skills to deliver Boccia and Kurling within a Primary Schools Festival’.

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‘Villa Real classes took part in a Paralympic Boccia day on Tuesday November 1st. Classes paired up with another class to play matches throughout the day, in the school hall. Our existing sports leaders used the session to help train up some younger or less experienced sports leaders. It was lovely to see all the classes coming to the hall, to enjoy a friendly competition, learning the rules of the game and spending a bit of time together socialising’.

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Sleeping Beauty  Performed in school hall

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  World Peace Day 2016

img_1855a World Peace Day at Villa Real School this year was fantastic! Eachclass chose a country to explore. Pupils made masks and class displays with the flag of their country displayed decorated with colourful masks the pupils also included some language from that country. Pupils experienced some of the languages, food, music and traditions such as Irish dancing, baking soda bread and how to eat with chop sticks! Pupils also learned about some of the animals and creatures from their chosen country such as the 3 Toed Sloth from the Amazon Rainforest. This year’s Paralympics achievements in Rio were celebrated and 6th Form put on a brilliant performance about the different categories within the event. Villa Real School Hand chimers were also on hand to perform music some of the different countries chosen. A pupil from each class was nominated to put the ‘Dove of Peace’ onto the Peace Pole representing their chosen country from around the world Parents and Carers were able to take a look around school to admire the wonderful work of our pupils. Finally followed by well-earned refreshments of tea and coffee. International Peace Day  Celebration

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 Battle of the Somme  Centenary Visit