Wyvern Academy’s Year 8 football team sport their new sponsored shirts with Venture Properties manager Matthew Laverick-Elliott and lettings consultant Lynn Mullen
SCHOOLBOY football players have set their eyes on glory after a local business donated the shirts off its back. Wyvern Academy’s Year 8 football team will sport V for Venture Properties and hope for V for victory as it launches its campaign through Darlington league and cup football.
“The strips are great and also have the new school badge on the front,” said centre mid-fielder Kyle Caton. “They should help us score loads more goals.”
Venture Properties manager Matthew Laverick-Elliott said: “We are delighted to support the school which our director Carl Jenkinson attended in his youth. The players all look very smart, which should help put them at the top of their game.”
Head of sport Mike Hillary added: “It is fantastic for the students to have the support of a real sponsor. It can’t fail to raise their performance as they try and make Venture proud.”
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On Tuesday afternoon, as soon as the bell rang, a coach full of Wyverns football loving students hit the road. Destination, Manchester’s Etihad Stadium, the home of Man City who were playing host to Italy’s Napoli. Man City came away victorious with a 2-1 win in 1st leg of this champions league clash.
Even though the coach didn’t arrive back in Darlington till the early hours of Wednesday morning, our hardworking students still made it back in the classroom for a full day of learning.
As always Wyvern’s PE department have been working extremely hard on and off the field!!
Take a look at just a few things they’ve been up to so far:
BUDDING journalists have made their own headlines after presenting live on the BBC.
Pupils from Wyvern Academy, Darlington, were chosen from hundreds of schools across the country to broadcast live to the nation as part of the BBC’s School Report News Day.
Students Peter Gartland, Ryan Goldsmith, Jonathan Deery, and Joshua Jackson presented the 1.30pm and 2.30pm BBC sports bulletins, alongside presenter Tim Hague, before being interviewed live on air on their experiences as news reporters.
Wyvern Academy principal Mo Wilkinson said: “I am the proudest head teacher in the country at the moment.
“We had applied to go to the BBC’s Salford studios as part of the School Report News Day but had no idea that our students would be chosen to be put in front of the cameras to present the news– in fact I only found out about it five minutes before they actually appeared on the television.
“All four boys were absolutely outstanding and a real credit to our school. They were articulate, confident, totally professional and took it all in their stride.”
The BBC’s School Report News Day project aims to give young people from across the UK the chance to make their own news and broadcast it to audiences via school websites linked to the BBC.
On the box, Wyvern Academy students Ryan Goldsmith, 15, Joshua Jackson, 16, Peter Gartland, 15 and Jonathan Deery, 16
Year 11 students Joshua Jackson and Jonathan Deery presented the 1.30pm sports bulletin leading on the day’s top stories, including the sacking of Middlesbrough Football Club manger Aitor Karanka and the Cheltenham Festival.
Joshua, 16, of Darlington, said: “I’m already thinking about a career in journalism so it was really interesting to see how it all worked, both behind the scenes and in front of camera.
“We got to meet the producers, see how a running order works, plan the bulletin and present it, which was quite nerve-wracking at first. Once the camera was on and you were reading the auto-cue you forgot you were talking to millions of people at home.”
Year 10 students Peter Gartland and Ryan Goldsmith presented the 2.30pm report with stories on Arsenal’s Champions’ League hopes and news on the England rugby team.
“We didn’t get a lot of time to think about going on air so there wasn’t much time to get nervous,” said Peter, 15, of Darlington. “I was quite relieved when we didn’t make any mistakes.
“I already have a motoring blog and I write for our academy magazine, The Wyvern, so journalism is some- thing I’m thinking about in the future.”
Students at school also joined in the day’s events writing copy for the Wyvern magazine, and creating news broadcasts in the academy’s own TV studio, including reporting on the brave actions of Year 11 student Simon English, who raised the alarm when a man collapsed in his local Tesco.
English and drama teacher Gillian Batchelor, who accompanied the students to the Salford studios, added: “The students all coped really well under the pressure of being on live TV.”