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At Levendale, we strongly encourage children to be physically active and to develop an understanding of the importance of exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle choice. We have a number of talented children in the sporting arena who represent the school in a wide range of sporting tournaments throughout the year.

Conyers cluster football tournament (Y5/6), November 2016

“On Wednesday 2nd November, three Levendale football teams competed at Conyers. Levendale City played Ingleby United, Bader United and Yarm Hotspur. They put up a fantastic fight against the three strong teams. Levendale United played Ingleby Rangers, Yarm FC and Layfield United. Rushil scored two goals against Layfield, but they sadly lost against Ingleby Rangers and Yarm FC. The goalies form each team (Leo, Mo and Alec) did us proud with countless saves. Levendale Rangers were successful in getting through to the next round. They won all of their matches, taking them to the semi-finals against Yarm FC, where they won 1-0, thanks to Joe scoring a golden goal in the extra time. Yarm Hotspur won the final match of the festival, however we wish Levendale Rangers good luck in the next round on 17th November. ”

Reporter: Libby McBride

Photos will appear over on the Photos page once uploaded! Thanks to Libby for her reporting skills.

Conyers cluster tag rugby tournament, September 2016

“On the 28th September, two teams called the Lions and Leopards played in the Conyers rugby festival.

In the group stages, the Lions played against Ingleby Hotspur and Yarm B, who they faced twice.

In the first match the Lions got off to a great start winning 10-0. In the second match they did brilliantly because their opponents couldn’t get through the defensive wall they were making.  Our two main scorers, Leo and Owen fought all the way to the end of the match, winning with a fantastic score of 40-0.

In the next match the Lions did exceptionally well but one of their star players injured his wrist halfway through the match.   They drew the match with Yarm B and the score was 10-10.

They reached the semi-finals but were unfortunately beaten at this stage.

In the group stages the Leopards won 15-0 in the first match against Layfield Lightening and the tries were scored by Olly and Jay.

In the second match the team were amazing and the match was won 15 – 5. The match was played against Ingleby Mill.

In the final group match against Bader, the Leopards again won 15-0 with scores from Olly and Jay.

Although they didn’t score tries, loads of the girls were brilliant at tagging and Emily McCourt was amazing!

The Leopards also reached the semi-finals but were beaten by a strong Yarm team and ended up playing the Leopards in the 3rd-4th playoff.  The teams played this fixture as a friendly, enabling all the players to participate.   A great end to the afternoon!

Roving Reporters – Maisie Fixter and Amy Pickering”

Stockton hockey finals, April 2016

On 20th April, our two hockey teams competed in the Stockton finals at Egglescliffe Comp, having qualified on the back of excellent performances at the Conyers cluster tournament in March.

The Lions ended up playing games against St. Francis (winning 2-0), Norton (winning 6-0) and Preston (winning 5-0): this ensured them ending up as group winners and qualifying for the Tees Valley finals.

The Leopards played against Myton Park (winning 1-0), Oaktree (winning 2-0), Holy Trinity (winning 2-1) and Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary (winning 2-0): the Leopards too topped their group and also qualified for the Tees Valley finals.

A huge thank you again to all the parents/relatives who were able to attend yesterday’s finals – your support is always hugely important to the children and to the school; thanks also to Mrs Loughran and Mr Sadler for accompanying the children to the event; a final thanks to the children themselves for impeccable behaviour and sportsmanship across the afternoon.

The Tees Valley finals will be held at St. Peter’s Catholic College in South Bank, Middlesbrough on Thursday 23rd June, with an opening ceremony to be held at the MFC Herlingshaw Centre in Eston at 9:30am. From there, the children will be walked down to St. Peter’s for the hockey.


Tees Valley swimming gala, April 2016

After the Stockton swimming gala held last term, Levendale only had one qualifier: Alec Gill qualified to represent Levendale as part of a very strong Stockton Northfield squad at Tees Valley level in both the Y5 medley and Y5 freestyle relays.

Fantastic performances from Alec and his team-mates saw them win silver in the Y5 freestyle relay (missing out on gold by a mere 0.25 seconds!) and then gold in the Y5 medley relay. Well done Alec!

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Y5/6 Tees Valley netball finals, April 2016

Our Y5/6 netball team travelled to Eston this afternoon to compete against the best netball teams from Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Darlington, Stockton and Redcar & Cleveland in the Tees Valley finals. Having finished as runners-up to Crooksbarn in the Stockton finals at Egglescliffe last term, we knew that the standard of netball played at Tees Valley level was going to prove a challenge …. and it did!

Our pool games were played against St Benedict’s RC (Redcar), Mowden (Darlington) and Stranton (Hartlepool). Despite playing some good netball, we had to concede the victories to far better teams, losing 0-3 to Stranton, 3-4 to Mowden and 3-8 to St Benedict’s.

This meant that we went into Pool 2 for the 5-8 place playoffs: we fared better in this round, playing against Stranton (again), Crooksbarn and one further team from Redcar & Cleveland. We won two games in this pool, both 2-1, then lost to Stranton 0-4 in the final game.

Overall, we came seventh from eight teams (missing out on 6th place only on goal difference from the last three games) and managed to beat our nemesis team from the Stockton finals, Crooksbarn.

The children were superb ambassadors for the school, played some excellent netball and demonstrated fantastic sportsmanship in the face of some very tough opposition indeed! Well done to Lottie Davies, Lucy Murphy, Lois Jennings (top scorer again with 4), Molly Lawson, George Gowland, Joe Fixter and Matthew Shields.


Y6 cluster hockey tournament, March 2016

On 23rd March, our Y6 hockey teams (the Lions and the Leopards) travelled to Conyers to complete in the cluster tournament. Playing against two teams from Yarm Primary and a further team from Great Smeaton, our children battled hard but fair, producing some excellent teamwork and skill along the way.

The net effect of this was that both teams have qualified for the Stockton finals to be held at Egglescliffe School on April 20th.

Well done to all those involved: Sophie Hyde, Caitlyn Hyde, Molly Lawson, Alice Montgomery, Evie Conway, Scarlett Carr, Lucy Murphy, Hannah Massey, Lois Jennings, Allysha Shafie, Joe Fixter, Elliott Heald, Matthew Shields, George Gowland, Matthew Rose, Connor Bruce-Hannah, Joshua Airey and Liam Green.

Special thanks also to Mrs McCullagh and Mrs Loughran for their expert coaching during our in-school sessions, Mr Simpson and Mr Healey from Conyers for their work in the after-school club and the ever-faithful Levendale travelling support from parents!


Cleveland U11 cricket trials

Three of our very talented Y6 boys participated in trials for the Cleveland U11 cricket team recently – Matthew Rose, Matthew Shields and Thomas Payne, all of whom play for Yarm Cricket Club outside school. Last week, Thomas was notified of his selection to play at County representative level. Very well done to Thomas for his selection and also to the two Matthews for participating in the trials.

Stockton netball finals, March 2016

Our triumphant Levendale Lions netball team (who won the Conyers cluster tournament a week ago) travelled to Northfield in Billingham to compete in the Stockton finals against all the other cluster winners from across the area.

These games were much tighter than those at cluster level had been but the Lions acquitted themselves well, winning four and losing one en-route to qualification from Pool A to the semi-finals. Victories came against Roseberry 2 (1-0), St Patrick’s Fairfield (2-0), Christ The King 1 (1-0) and Mill Lane (1-0) with only a 1-2 loss to Crooksbarn blemishing an otherwise impeccable winning streak!

We played Roseberry 1 (winners of Pool B) in the semi-final which finished 0-0 after regular time: going to Golden Goal, Lois Jennings stepped up with a fantastic net to win the game for Levendale. It must be said at this point that the Roseberry teams demonstrated exceptional sportsmanship and good grace in defeat.

Our opponents in the final were the only team to have beaten us in the pool stages – Crooksbarn. Another very close game ensued, which again went to Golden Goal. Crooksbarn managed to capitalise on a rare Levendale error to score and win the Stockton finals overall.

Our team had to settle for silver medals, but with the bonus of also qualifying for the Tees Valley finals on April 14th in Eston.


Massive congratulations to the team: Lottie Davies, Lucy Murphy, Molly Lawson, Lois Jennings (top scorer with 4) , Matthew Shields, Joe Fixter and George Gowland. Thanks to those parents who were able to travel to support the team and a huge thank you to Mrs Loughran for her team-management skills and tactical nous! More photos here!

Conyers cluster netball tournament, February 2016

We entered two netball teams into the Conyers cluster tournament this afternoon and (I am reliably informed by Mrs Loughran and Mrs McCullagh)the standard of netball on display was superb. Playing against two teams from Yarm Primary and another from Great Smeaton Primary, our two teams lost only  a single game in the qualifiers (winning with scorelines such as 4-0, 5-0, 6-0 with the only defeat being experienced by the Leopards, losing 0-1 to Yarm White: this meant that the Levendale Lions and Levendale Leopards played each other in the finals. A very close game saw the Lions emerge as overall tournament winners with Lois Jennings scoring the single goal in a 1-0 victory.

We are not yet sure whether the second-placed team will go through from this tournament to the Stockton finals (tentative date of March 2nd) but the Lions will certainly go through as overall cluster winners.

Lions: Lois Jennings, Molly Lawson, Lucy Murphy, Matthew Shields, Joe Fixter, George Gowland, Lottie Davies.


Leopards: Allysha Shafie, Hannah Massey, Alice Montgomery, Thomas Payne, Matthew Rose, Liam Green, Emily McCourt.


Well done to all the children for playing to the best of their abilities and representing Levendale so well. Thanks also to Mrs Loughran and Mrs McCullagh for accompanying the children to Conyers.

Stockton Northfield swimming heats, February 2016

On February 2nd, a number of Levendale children travelled to Thornaby to participate in the Northfield cluster swimming trials for the Stockton finals, held in Billingham in March. As part of the larger Northfield cluster, Levendale children were competing on the day against children from St. Joseph’s (Norton), Junction Farm, Barley Fields, St. Francis of Assissi and Yarm Primary.
Emma Rubal-Garcia – 2nd in heat, Y5 girls backstroke
Joe Cummins – 2nd in heat, Y5 boys backstroke
Evie Conway – 2nd in heat, Y6 girls backstroke
Matthew Rose – 1st overall, Y6 boys backstroke
Katherine Williams – 3rd in heat, Y5 girls breaststroke
Daniel Ogden – 3rd in heat, Y5 boys breaststroke
Hannah Massey – 2nd in heat, Y6 girls breaststroke
Thomas Payne – 3rd in heat, Y6 boys breaststroke
Emily McCourt – 2nd in heat, Y5 girls freestyle
Alec Gill – 2nd in heat, Y5 boys freestyle
Allysha Shafie – 4th in heat, Y6 girls freestyle
Sami Khelifi – 2nd in heat, Y6 boys freestyle

Team events:

Y5 girls medley relay – 3rd
Y5 boys medley relay – 2nd
Y6 girls medley relay – 2nd
Y6 boys medley relay – 1st
Y5 girls freestyle relay – 2nd
Y5 boys freestyle relay – 2nd
Y6 girls freestyle relay – 2nd
Y6 boys freestyle relay – 2nd

On February 23rd, we received confirmation from the organisers that a number of Levendale children have qualified from the heats to represent Stockton Northfield in Billingham on March 17th:

Emma Rubal-Garcia in Y5 girls backstroke;
Evie Conway in Y6 girls backstroke;
Matthew Rose in Y6 boys backstroke;
Hannah Massey in Y6 girls breaststroke;
Emily McCourt in Y6 girls freestyle;
Alec Gill in Y5 boys freestyle;
Sami Khelifi in Y6 boys freestyle.

In addition to these individual qualifiers, we also have some relay qualifiers:

Y5 boys medley relay team;
Y6 boys medley relay team;
Y5 boys freestyle relay team;
Y6 boys freestyle relay team.

A huge well done to everyone who represented Levendale at the Northfield heats and special congratulations to those who have gone on to qualify for the Stockton finals in March.

Stockton cross country finals, February 2016

Oliver Best and Thomas Payne both qualified to run for the Conyers cluster team at the Stockton finals after strong performances at the Conyers tournament in January. Running in incredibly heavy, muddy conditions, both boys put in superb individual performances at Preston Park. Ollie beat off approximately 63 other Y5 boys to claim first place and a gold medal whilst Thomas put in a fantastic effort to finish 10th in the Y6 boys race, beating his goal of Top 20 easily! Both boys have now qualified for the Tees Valley finals at Stewart’s Park, Middlesbrough on March 23rd where they will represent Stockton.

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Again, a massive thank you to the two boys for representing Levendale within the Conyers team and to parent/grandparents for giving up the time to come and support Ollie and Thomas. Well done!

Y3-6 cross country, Conyers cluster tournament, January 2016

On the afternoon of January 27th, thirty two children from Y3-Y6 went up to Conyers to compete in the Conyers cluster cross-country tournament. In boggy and windy conditions, the children needed a fair amount of grit and determination to make it round the course, especially into a vicious headwind for the last two hundred metres or so.

The top six from each race qualify automatically for the Stockton finals to be held on February 10th with the next two finishers held in reserve.

Levendale had some great individual results:

Y3/4 girls: Libby McBride (8th) – second reserve
Y5 girls: Sophie Brooks (7th) – first reserve
Y5 girls: Emily McCourt (8th) – second reserve
Y5 boys: Oliver Best (1st) – first qualifier
Y5 boys: Daniel Ogden (7th) – first reserve
Y6 boys: Thomas Payne (5th) – fifth qualifier
Y6 boys: Liam Green (8th) – second reserve

In addition to these fantastic results, the Y5 Girls won their overall event with the lowest cumulative points score from the first four finishers and the Y5 boys won their overall event too. A superb achievement, rewarding some very consistent finishing from each set of runners.

A huge thank you to Mrs Murphy and Mr Sadler for helping me walk the children up to Conyers and another huge thank you to the fantastic support we had from parents who were able to attend and watch their children competing. It is a great feeling to have such a large number of parents turning out for these events and the children get that extra little bit of pride in representing Levendale as a result.

Well done to everyone who competed:
Francis Bates, Lexi Brown, Danny Finegan, Maisie Fixter, Nina Gill, Max Hewling, Harvey Instone, Zeban Majid, Adam Swales, Lauren Tate, Addi Azam, Ollie Best, Sophie Brooks, Joe Cummins, Lottie Davies, Jay Forster, Emily McCourt, Daniel Ogden, Connor Rees, Leo Shepheard, Katherine Williams, Luke Coughlan, Joe Fixter, Liam Green, Caitlyn Hyde, Sophie Hyde, Lewis Johnson, Cooper Knowles, Molly Lawson, Lucy Murphy, Thomas Payne.

What really stood out for me was the pride and enjoyment on display, despite the increasingly cold and windy conditions, with some of these children representing their school for the very first time. Thanks to everyone involved.

Y5/6 football, Stockton finals, November 2015

Our Lions team, who qualified for the Stockton finals after finishing runners up at the Conyers Cluster tournament earlier in the term, played against the best that Stockton has to offer in the finals (held again at Conyers) on the afternoon of November 4th.

The team found themselves in League 2, playing against Myton Park, St Joseph’s Billingham and St Mary’s: strong performances in the group stages saw the Levendale boys win every game without conceding a single goal (v Myton Park 2-0; St Joseph’s 2-0 and St Mary’s 2-0).

As is always the case, the opposition was significantly tougher in the semi-finals and we faced Whinstone who got an early goal and ended up winning 3-0. Levendale therefore had to content themselves with contesting the 3rd/4th place playoff against Ingleby Mill. This was a much tighter games and, in the words of Mrs McCullagh, “could have gone either way”, but a solitary goal from Ingleby gave them the bronze medal and saw the Lions finish fourth overall. Given there are 60+ primaries in Stockton, finishing fourth is no mean feat and the team deserve our congratulations and thanks for representing the school so well.

Well done to: Ollie Best, Leo Shepheard, Elliott Heald, Matthew Shields, Joe Fixter, Matthew Rose, Thomas Payne and George Gowland.

Y5/6 Rugby, Stockton finals, October 2015

After triumphing in the pouring rain last week in the Conyers cluster tournament, the Levendale Lions and Leopards travelled to Billingham RFC this afternoon to represent Levendale in the Stockton Finals. This saw the strongest teams from across Stockton compete in four pools before the semi-finals and finals were played.

Unfortunately, both Levendale teams failed to qualify for the knockout rounds, with the Leopards finishing their pool with a W1 L2 record. The Lions came closest to qualifying for the semis, finishing their pool with a W2 L1 record, the same as Roseberry and Whitehouse.

Due to the rules of the competition, the three-way tie at the top of the pool was decided by comparing the head-to-head results of the tied teams: these were also level so it was ultimately decided by tries scored. Roseberry had scored 16 in their 3 games whilst Levendale had scored 15. SO CLOSE!

The children enjoyed a break in the weather and played some great rugby, working well as teams as well as putting in some fantastic individual performances. A huge thank you to the parents and other relatives who turned out in force to ensure we had some superb support; thank you to Mrs Loughran for the tuition she has given the children in their PE sessions and finally a massive thank you to the children who embodied everything that Levendale stands for in the two tournaments.



Y5/6 Rugby, Conyers cluster, October 2015

In truly atrocious weather, our two Y5/6 tag rugby teams went to Conyers this afternoon to compete in the Conyers cluster tournament. Facing some very talented opposition, the teamwork and sheer skill on display was staggering.

The Lions were in Pool C alongside Ingleby Hotspur and Yarm Blue, playing each team twice and, incredibly, not losing a single game to top the group and qualify for the semi-finals against Kirklevington.

The Leopards were in Pool B, playing against Kirklevington, Ingleby Rangers and Layfield Lightning. They didn’t lose a single game, drawing in their opener against Kirklevington then beating Ingleby and Layfield to qualify for a semi-final against Yarm White.

In a fantastic display of control and discipline, the Levendale Lions beat Kirklevington 25-10 to go through to the finals but who would they be playing?

The Levendale Leopards ended regular time drawing 4-4 with Yarm White so it went to a ‘golden try’ scenario. A fine attacking move from Levendale culminated in an outside break from Matthew Shields, touching down in the right corner to secure the win for the Leopards!

With two teams qualifying for the Stockton finals from this cluster, we already knew that both Levendale teams would be going on to represent the Conyers cluster next week. All that was left was bragging rights – the children were asked whether they wanted to play the final or just accept that both teams had qualified and head home, as everyone was utterly wet through and cold by this point. Inevitably, the children wanted to play the final, with the Lions edging it (the huge open gaps they had been running through at will earlier in the tournament being significantly smaller once the Leopards had all ten of their players on!) and taking the overall win.

What a fantastic afternoon of superb rugby! A huge thank you to the children, the parents who stood for two and a half hours in the rain and the staff/Y9 referees from Conyers.

Hannah Massey, Allysha Shafie, Lois Jennings, Lucy Murphy, Matthew Rose, Thomas Payne, Daniel Ogden, Ollie Best and Lewis Johnson.


Alice Montgomery, Scarlett Carr, Sophie Hyde, Caitlyn Hyde, Molly Lawson, George Gowland, Matthew “Golden Try Glory” Shields, Joe Fixter, Warren Finch and Charlie Thompson.


UPDATE: our two triumphant teams went to the All Blacks community event at the Northern Echo Arena on Thursday 8th October to see some of the current All Blacks RWC squad, including Jerome Kaino, Keven Mealamu, Sonny Bill Williams and Sam Whitelock.



Y5/6 Football, Conyers cluster, September 2015

On a fine, sunny afternoon, two Levendale teams of mixed Y5/6 travelled to Conyers to compete against a number of teams from other local primaries. Ingleby Mill entered three teams, Yarm two, Layfield two, Kirklevington one and Great Smeaton one.

Levendale Lions – Matthew Rose, George Gowland, Oliver Best, Joe Fixter, Matthew Shields, Thomas Payne, Leo Shepheard and Elliott Heald.

Levendale Leopards – Joe Cummins, Alec Gill, Daniel Ogden, Ayodeji Adeleye, Luke Coughlan, Liam Green, Lois Jennings and Jay Forster.

The Leopards won 1-0 against Yarm White but lost their next two games (0-3 to Ingleby Hotspur and 0-1 to Ingleby United).

The Lions lost their first game against Layfield United but rallied to win 1-0 against Yarm Blue and 2-0 against Ingleby Rangers. This meant they qualified from their group and beat one of the Ingleby teams 1-0 in the semi-final. As luck would have it, they came up against another of the Ingleby teams in the final and ended up losing 0-2.

However, the top two teams from each cluster will go on to represent their schools at the Stockton finals (date TBC) so the Lions will get the chance to roar once more (sorry, couldn’t resist the pun).

Well done to everyone who represented the school so well and demonstrated exceptional sportsmanship/sportswomanship.

Y6 Hockey, Stockton Finals, May 2015


Having qualified for the Stockton Finals after a strong performance at the Conyers Cluster event earlier in the year, the Y6 hockey team went to Egglescliffe this afternoon to compete against the best primary teams that Stockton had to offer.

Fantastic performances by the entire team, superb teamwork, support and determination paid off handsomely as our team won gold medals, emerging victorious in all four of their games (winning 6-0 in the 1st/2nd decider in the last game!) and earning a place in the Tees Valley Finals on June 25th.

This is a huge event, consisting of an opening ceremony then separate tournaments for lots of different sports. Further details will be sent out to the parents of the children who competed today as soon as they are finalised and made available to schools.

A huge “well done” to Liberty Foulger, Kate Murphy, Sophie Wall, Katie Wilkinson, Tom Morgan, Daniel Baker, Bailey Hodgson, Jack Annis and Dominic Green (captain). What a fantastic afternoon!

Y5/6 Tees Valley swimming finals, April 2015

Hannah Massey and Dominic Green went to the Dolphin Centre in Darlington today to compete as part of the Stockton Northfield team (having qualified through superb performances at both cluster and area finals). Dominic finished in fourth in his individual event (narrowly missing out on a bronze medal) and competed in the freestyle and medley relay teams. Hannah competed in the freestyle and medley relays, putting in two fabulous performances and helping her team win gold and silver medals on the day.

The level of competition at this Tees Valley final was frankly jaw-dropping and it was hard to believe that we were watching children in the pool, such was the speed and technique on show. Huge congratulations to both children for getting through to the Tees Valley level and for being superb ambassadors for the school and the Stockton Northfield cluster. A special congratulations to Hannah for her haul of gold and silverware!


Y3 tennis tournament, April 2015

The Y3 tennis team travelled to Conyers on Wednesday 15th April to take part in the cluster tennis tournament organised by Alex Braithwaite at Conyers and Anne Clayton from Yarm Tennis Club. We competed against four other local primaries in a range of competitive tennis games and some skill-based activities, finishing an excellent third to two superb Yarm and Ingleby Mill teams. A huge well done to the team: Libby McBride, Amy Pickering, Maisie Fixter, Isabella Brown, Arjun Pooni, Max Hewling, Eddie Gowland and Edward Baker.


Tees Valley cross country finals, March 2015

After two gruelling qualification finals prior to this, Ollie Best (Y3) and Lois Jennings (Y5) were the only two Levendale children to make it through to the Tees Valley cross country finals at Stewarts Park today. This event brings together the absolute best in terms of cross country running from across Hartlepool, Stockton, Darlington, Middlesbrough and Redcar & Cleveland.

Ollie ran a great race, coming in with a fantastic eighth place from fifty runners whilst Lois unfortunately finished her race in the back of the paramedic 4×4, spraining her ankle whilst out on the course.

A huge congratulations to both children for doing so well to get this far and thank you also to the parents/grandparents who have supported them so well along the way.

Y6 Haka world record attempt, March 2015

On the afternoon of March 25th, Y6 travelled to the home of Darlington Mowden Park RFC at the Northern Echo Arena to participate in a world record Haka attempt along with a huge number of other schools from across the region. The atmosphere was fantastic and the children performed superbly well: now we just have to wait 6-8 weeks for confirmation of whether a new world record has been set!

Please click here for more details.

Swimming Gala, March 2015

Our swimmers who qualified from the cluster gala went to Billingham last night to compete in the Stockton gala finals. A successful night was had with several medals being awarded:

Dominic Green – gold medal in backstroke
Hannah Massey – silver medal in breaststroke
Toby Norman – silver medal in breaststroke

Y5 boys relay – silver medal in freestyle
Y5 boys relay – bronze medal in medley

Y6 boys relay – silver medal in medley

Well done to everyone who represented Levendale; thanks to the parents who supported at the gala and thanks to Mrs Butterfield who attended on behalf of the school.

Y6 Cluster Hockey festival, March 2015

Our Y6 team went to Conyers on the afternoon of 18th March to play in the cluster festival against two teams from Yarm Primary. We played four games altogether, winning three and only conceding one goal in all four games. The children were superb ambassadors once again for Levendale and demonstrated excellent sportsmanship and teamwork. Well done to Dominic Green, Daniel Baker, Bailey Hodgson, Jack Annis, Harvey Bartley, Tom Morgan, Katie Wilkinson, Liberty Foulger, Kate Murphy and Sophie Wall.


More photos in the Photos section of the website.

Y5/6 Swimming Gala heats, February 2015

Mrs Farrar and Mrs Edemenson travelled to the gala heats in Thornaby with the children who had been selected to compete for Levendale on Thursday 26th February. The children performed exceptionally well (against nine other teams) and a preliminary list of heats results follows:

Evie Conway – 4th in Y5 girls backstroke
Sami Khelifi – 2nd in Y5 boys backstroke
Charlotte Harland – 3rd in Y6 girls backstroke
Dominic Green – 1st in Y6 boys backstroke
Hannah Massey – 1st in Y5 girls breaststroke
Matthew Rose – 1st in Y5 boys breaststroke
Katie Wilkinson – 2nd in Y6 girls breaststroke
Toby Norman – 1st in Y6 boys breaststroke
Allysha Shafie – 4th in Y5 girls freestyle
Matthew Shields – 3rd in Y5 boys freestyle
Kate Murphy – 3rd in Y6 girls freestyle
Ethan Downes – 2nd in Y6 boys freestyle

In the team events, the results were as follows:

Y5 girls medley relay – FIRST
Y5 boys medley relay – FIRST
Y6 girls medley relay – THIRD
Y6 boys medley relay – FIRST
Y5 girls freestyle relay – THIRD
Y5 boys freestyle relay – SECOND
Y6 girls freestyle relay – SECOND
Y6 boys freestyle relay – FIRST

We believe that one of the Y6 girls relay results will be declared void after a false start from one of our swimmers but we are awaiting official confirmation of that result!

Open butterfly girls – Hannah Massey came second
Open butterfly boys – Dominic Green came second

Once all the other clusters have had their heats, we will find out who has qualified for the finals.

Huge congratulations to everyone who competed for the school and worked so well, both individually and as part of a team. Well done!


KS2 Cross-Country Area Finals, February 2015


On a very cold afternoon at Preston Park, five Levendale children competed as part of the Conyers Cluster team in the cross country area finals. This event showcases the absolute cream of the Stockton area cross country runners and there were some very strong individual performances.

A superb strategic run saw Ollie Best romp home in first place for the Y3/4 boys race, the best result for the Levendale children. Lois Jennings came a creditable eighth in the Y5 girls race and the other children competed well in very strong fields. As a cluster, our local schools (Layfield, Ingleby Mill, Levendale and Yarm) did very well and must surely be in with a chance of winning overall, looking at the scores that were accumulated.


A huge well done to Ollie Best, Lois Jennings, Thomas Payne, Lucy Murphy and Kate Murphy. I would like to make a very special mention for Daniel Ogden who was second reserve for the event and therefore didn’t get to run but supported his team-mates throughout and never let his disappointment show. Well done Daniel.

A final thank you to the parents/grandparents who came along: thanks to some organisational issues, the help of the adults was absolutely invaluable in ensuring that the right children got to the starting line for the right races! Thank you all very much indeed.

Y5 squash tournament, 5th February 2015

After winning the Yarm/Egglesliffe cluster tournament last year, our Y5 squash team (expanded to five members for the regional finals) travelled to Norton Squash Club this morning to compete against eight other teams from other regional schools. This time round, the standard of competition was much, much higher (many children on other teams were already established squash players with some playing at country representative level) and we placed eighth out of nine teams overall, narrowly missing out on seventh place by a one-point defeat to a Bedale school in our final match. The children were fabulous ambassadors for Levendale, played well, enjoyed themselves and enjoyed teasing me with their treats in their packed lunches. A special mention must go to Liam Green for some fantastic individual performances against powerful and talented opponents but a huge well done to the entire team: Alice Montgomery, Sophie Hyde, Liam Green, Thomas Payne and Matthew Shields.


Y5 squash tournament, 3rd December 2014

Four Y5 children (Thomas Payne, Liam Green, Alice Montgomery and Sophie Hyde) went up to Yarm Squash Club to take part in a cluster tournament against children from Egglescliffe and Yarm primaries (Yarm had an A and a B team) – points were awarded based on performance in a serving exercise and then in one-on-one matches against other children from other schools: each child played three competitive matches as part of the scoring system.

After some VERY close games and some excellent play, Levendale came out on top by only one point from Yarm. A special mention should be made of the Egglescliffe team who were made up of Y4 pupils rather than Y5 – these children will be a force to be reckoned with next year!

Well done to Levendale who now go on as qualifiers for the regional final at the start of 2015.


KS2 Cross Country cluster festival, 2nd December 2014

On a bitterly cold afternoon at the start of the month, twenty-nine children went to Conyers to represent Levendale at the cluster Cross Country festival. There was a good deal of individual success to be celebrated, with several children qualifying for the area finals at Preston Park in January. Ollie Best came first in his Y3/4 boys race, qualifying for the area final. Daniel Ogden came eighth in the same race, going onto the reserves list for the area final. Lois Jennings came third in the Y5 girls race, qualifying for the area final. Lucy Murphy came fifth in the same race, qualifying for the area final. Thomas Payne came fifth in the Y5 boys race, qualifying for the area final. Kate Murphy came fourth in the Y6 girls race, qualifying for the area final. A huge well done to everyone who took part, represented the school and kept smiling, despite the awful conditions and some very tough competition indeed from the larger area schools. Other children who took part but missed out on qualifying for the area finals were: Jack Annis, Toby Norman, Dominic Green, Thomas Haggas, Joe Maloney, Tom Morgan, Joe Fixter, George Gowland, Liam Green, Lewis Johnson, Molly Lawson, Caitlin Lloyd, Alice Montgomery, Matthew Shields, Joe Cummins, Emily Banks, Francis Bates, Lexi Brown, Alexander Dawson, Jessica Lacey, Libby McBride, Amy Pickering and Leo Shepheard.

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Y3/4 Athletics cluster festival, 19th November 2014

Levendale sent a large contingent of Y3/4 children up to Conyers for the indoor athletics festival – the children participated very well indeed, coming third overall. Well done to: Beth Davies, Emily McCourt, Lauren Tate, Amy Pickering, Lexi Brown, Libby McBride, Jessica Lacey, Phebe Lancaster, Isabella Brown, Maisie Fixter, Lottie Davies, Keira Gresty, Addi Azam, Sophie Brooks, William Laird, Owen Tate, Leo Shepheard, Francis Bates, Max Hewling, Jay Forster, Alexander Dawson, Eddie Gowland, Charlie Thompson, Edward Baker, Will Dowson, Arjun Pooni, Harvey Instone, Oliver Best, Alec Gill. A special mention goes to Harvey Instone who received one of only three ‘Fantastic Effort’ awards given out across the afternoon – WELL DONE Harvey! HArvey

Y5/6 Football cluster tournament, 22nd October 2014

Levendale entered two teams for the cluster Football tournament at Conyers. A: Tom Morgan, Ethan Downes, Daniel Baker, Jack Annis, Bailey Hodgson, Alex McCourt, Joe Fixter, Sophie Wall. B: George Gursoy, Katie Wilkinson, Joe Maloney, Elliott Heald, Dominic Green, George Gowland, Matthew Rose, Matthew Shields, Thomas Payne. In a cruel twist of fate, the ‘B’ team were beaten 3-0 in the semi final by our ‘A’ team! The ‘A’ team then went through to the final where they were in turn beaten 3-0 by an exceptionally talented Ingleby Mill squad who qualified for the area finals.

Y5/6 Tag Rugby cluster tournament, 1st October 2014

Two teams took part in the cluster Tag Rugby tournament on the astroturf at Conyers against some very strong teams from other local primary schools. A: Matthew Rose, Kate Murphy, Charlotte Harland, Katie Wilkinson, Tom Morgan, Thomas Haggas, Joe Maloney, Jack Annis. B: Lucy Murphy, Toby Norman, Thomas Payne, Kian Kamyab, Holly Taylor, Caitlin Lloyd, George Gursoy, Matthew Shields. The ‘B’ team won 2 from 3 games in their pool stage but failed to qualify for the knockout stages whilst the ‘A’ team were narrowly beaten by a very strong Yarm team in the semi-final. Yarm went on to win the entire tournament and thus qualified for the area final the following week.