This year we have achieved the Sainsbury’s School Games Gold Award which shows the school’s dedication to competitive sport. In order to achieve the award, we have participated in a number of inter- and intra-school competitions throughout the course of the year. Our school sports council and play leaders have organised and led different sports and activities. Mr Donaldson would like to thank all of the staff and children for their commitment to Sainsbury’s School Games.


9-a-side Football Finish Runners-up In Three Competitions

The 9-a-side football team have had a very successful season  finishing 2nd in the Sunderland Primary Schools Football Association League and reaching two finals.

The boys qualified for the final of the Watson Cup after beating a strong St Mary’s team 5 – 0. In the final, they faced formidable opponents Hill View who, going into the final, had already won three trophies this season including the Durham County Cup.

After the first 15 minutes, the score was 0 – 0 but then Hill View showed their quality. They began to dominate the game more and more scoring three goals in the last 10 minutes of the first half to go into the interval 3 – 0. The boys form South Hylton didn’t give up and tried their best to score a goal. However, as the game progressed, the boys became tired which allowed Hill View to create more chances eventually winning the game 9 – 0. Although it was a heavy defeat, the boys can hold their heads up high and be proud of their achievements.

As the 9-a-side team finished 2nd in the league, this meant that they qualified for the final of the Robinson Shield. In the final, they played Barnes on a warm Friday afternoon. Barnes are the only school to beat Hill View this season but this didn’t deter the boys. The beginning of the game saw the two teams battle it out and it was a close contest until Barnes scored two quick goals half way through the first half. South Hylton stepped up a gear and dominated the last 10 minutes of the first half and their dominance was rewarded with a fine strike from leading goal-scorer Harrison Dodds. This meant that the score at half-time was 2 – 1.

The second half was again a close contest and both teams were giving everything they had. Unfortunately, during the latter stages of the game, Barnes proved to be too strong and scored three more goals to win the match 5 – 1. Again, the boys from South Hylton showed great determination and a willingness not to give up.

This is the most successful season for South Hylton Primary Academy since winning the league five years ago. Mr Donaldson would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the boys who played for the team for their excellent attitude and commitment. He would also like to thank the boys’ parents for their tremendous support throughout the season. Finally, a massive thank-you must go to Mr Mollison and Mrs Collins for driving the mini-bus to the different venues.


South Hylton Primary Academy Qualify For Swimming Finals

The Year 5 boys’ and girls’ swimming teams both qualified for the Sunderland finals for the first time in the school’s history. Comprising of 4 boys and 4 girls, the teams competed against over 30 other schools. Both teams qualified easily in their heats but unfortunately, didn’t win any medals in the finals. The races involved individual and medley relays. Everyone at South Hylton Primary Academy are extremely proud of all of the children who took part in this event.


Year 3 Children Enjoy Competing In Gymnastics Competition

The Year 3 children competed in the City’s annual gymnastic competition earlier this term. The children have been taught by Jane Hughes, who is a qualified gymnastics coach, and they competed in both the floor and vault disciplines. The school entered 8 teams which allowed all of the children to have the opportunity to compete. Unfortunately, none of the teams won any medal but everyone involved thoroughly enjoyed the experience.


Year 4 Skipping Team finishes 3rd In Skipping Competition

The Year 4 Skipping Team competed in the Sunderland Primary Schools Skipping Festival, which was held at Academy 360. At the festival, the children took part in individual skipping events as well as team events. The showcase event was the skip-dance routine, which involved the children performing a range of skills to music. This year’s routine involved the children skipping to ‘Eye of the Tiger’. The children impressed the judges with their ‘double dutch’ skills as well as skills involving space hoppers. Unfortunately, the team could only manage 3rd place which was a massive achievement as the standard was extremely high.


Year 2 Skipping Team Enjoys Skipping Competition

The children in Year 2 took part in the annual skipping festival held at the University of Sunderland. At the festival, the children took part in individual skipping events such as the ‘speed bounce’ and the ‘double bounce’. Everyone involved thoroughly enjoyed themselves and a number of children won gold, silver or bronze certificates. Well done Year 2!


Year 4 Tennis Teams Enjoy Tennis Competition

South Hylton Primary Academy entered two teams in this year’s tennis competition held at Sunderland Tennis Centre. The teams took part in singles matches and a range of skills competitions against other schools but unfortunately didn’t qualify for the city finals. However, everyone involved thoroughly enjoyed the experience.


Year 4 Enjoy Intra-school Quadkids Competition

The Year 4 children participated in a Quadkids Athletics which was held on the school field. Using the School Games format, the children took part in 4 events: standing long jump; howler throw; 600m run; 75m sprint. Year 6 Play Leaders officiated the event and everyone had a wonderful afternoon.


Year 5 and Year 6 Children Compete in Intra-school Kwik Cricket Festival

Using the School Games Format, the Year 5 and Year 6 children took part in an intra-school Kwik Cricket Festival held on the school field. Year 5 and Year 6 Play Leaders officiated the matches and everyone involved thoroughly enjoyed the festival.