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County Level 3 School Games

Last week the Level 3 County School Games were once again held at Kettering Leisure Village. The Level 3 games are where schools represent their respective districts against other districts across the county. Bishop represented Kettering “Maroons” in four sports over three days and produced some fantastic performances.


The Year 7/8 boys Dodgeball team found themselves in a very strong group, finishing fifth. It was a steep learning curve, but the waterfall format of the tournament allowed them a further round robin of games in a group that proved to be more competitive.

The boys were fantastic and showed great resilience, team work and integrity throughout the day. The results, unfortunately, didn't go their way, but score lines were tight in most encounters. They were always ready to bounce back and get ready for the next challenge.

The Year 7/8 girls Dodgeball team did really well, tearing up the court in many of the games and making the tournament semi -finals! The way they had played throughout the day was worthy of a medal. They put all their efforts into these final games and pushed their opponents all the way. Unfortunately, they were edged out in the final game and finished in a very credible fourth position.


Handball made its debut in this year’s school games. The Year 9/10 boys have played the game for the last two years in the curriculum and relished the opportunity to play competitively.  The boys worked hard before the day, working on defensive and offensive structure and the practice played dividends.

Strong squad performances saw initial wins 4-0 and 5-0. A spot of complacency crept in against Brooke Weston after going 2-0 up, however Bishop fought back to claim the 3-3 draw. The final game brought a win with a strong 7-1 win.

The team then found themselves in the Gold Medal match against Brooke Weston again. The score changed hands countless times, with Bishop making the same mistakes as in the last game. Going 3-1 down, once again they brought the game under control and were winning 4-3 until the last moment, making it 4-4 at full time. Five minutes of extra time were played with the game still being tied at 5-5. The only way to decide the result was penalties. Bishop’s goalkeeping by their two keepers had proved to be outstanding all day, but penalties always means this could go either way.  After some initial confusion to how this would work the tension built. Alas, it was not to be our day.  Brooke Weston deservingly took the Gold with 2-1 on penalties.

Nevertheless the boys did themselves proud in winning the Silver medal and playing some impressive handball. The future certainly looks bright for the game.


The Year 10 boys Volleyball team did well in another tough competitive field losing 2 games and winning 1 in the group stages. The two losses were very close going which could have seen them in a very different position going into the play offs. The boys finished the day with a win and claimed 8th position overall.

A good standard of volleyball was played throughout the day and we look forward to competing again next year.

Indoor Rowing

Boys and girls teams competed in both categories of Year 7/8 and Year 9/10 competitions. The event involved an individual timed distance challenge with the rowers having to row for 2, 3, 4 or 5 minutes, dependent upon age. A number of races were held in each age group and a number of individual medals were won in this event:

  • Daniel Dickie (9P): Gold Year 9 Boys
  • Victor Ologan (9E): Silver Year 9 Boys
  • Emily Laskey (9S): Gold Year 9 Girls
  • Connie Cowley (9S): Silver Year 9 Girls
  • Will Singlehurst (10W): Bronze Year 10 Boys

Other results were:

  • Thomas Revell (7P): 3rd Heat 1
  • Gemma Freeman (7D): 4th Heat 1
  • Emma Tetley (7S): 4th Heat 2
  • Hayden Barber (7P): 6th Heat 2
  • Gerda Mhunduru (8P): 711 metres in 3 minutes
  • Henry Harvey (8S): 4th
  • Sophia Wiffen (8G): 5th Heat 2
  • Edward Keech (10G): 7th

Next up was the team relay challenge. This involved covering a distance of 2019 metres in the quickest time possible using 4 performers. The changeovers were crucial and once again the Year 9/10 girls team came away with the Silver Medal.  The team comprised of  Emily Laskey (9S), Connie Cowley (9S), Fleur Briscoe (10S) and Beth Cressey (10G)

The Year 9/10 Boys were not to be outdone and also won the Silver Medal.  The team comprised of Joel Michaelwaite (10C), Edward Keech (10G), Daniel Dickie (9P) and Victor Ologan (9E).


Mr Young