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St Peter's 13-18

14-15 season

Boys' sport tour to Canada - update, 17 July

The party split into two, with one staying in Abbotsford whilst the others crossed over the border into the US to Bellingham. The Abbotsford game was a very physical one but our forward were up to the task of supplying ball allowing the backs to use their skill to score some superb tries. The development of a strong kicking game also bore fruit within this game. The final score was (40-10)

Over the border (Thanks to Claire Hulmes) the game vs Bellingham was a little more one sided, with good ball our backs played fluently and as a result ended up with a (58-7) well deserved victory.

The next day both teams reunited at the local club in Bellingham and we headed for Seattle. Because of rugby commitments made by players of the next club we were due to play the game had to be moved forward and so both the As and Bs were to play the next evening. These were extremely tough games, played against big opponents with real physicality. The boys however did not waver in defence and held their own throughout the match. Efficient back play resulted in victories for both teams with results as follows.

A – (29-12)

B -  (31-5)

By this time the boys were in the swing of things and the tour was beginning to feel as if it really was underway.  Every Billet in both the US and Canada were friendly and welcomed us with open arms providing us with a real insight into how they live their loves over there.

One benefit of the Eastside match being moved forward a day was the opportunity to attend a baseball match, this particular game was between the Seattle Mariners and the Los Angeles Angels. It was a tremendous experience to be in a stadium so big, and experience a game; alien to most of us. It is hard to believe were over halfway through our tour as we set off back through the border to begin our second week back in Canada.

Our second week starts with a journey back into Canada and a beautiful, scenic ferry ride in to Swartz Bay. The lads are off to their third and final host, in an idyllic, quaint Canadian town. The morning saw us visit the Cowichan Cultural Centre and learn about native Indian life on the island. We then headed to the Beach for some rest and recuperation, volleyball, some very cold paddling and some good old English sunburn. We then headed to Cowichan Rugby Club to play our evening fixtures.  Our penultimate game was against the Tsunami select squad. Notorious in their area for physicality and grit, despite the heat our lads outclassed their opponents, resulting in wins in both games.  

A – (46-10)

B – (39-5)

Defence in both games was superb and from kick off we ploughed through their defence line and were consistently strong in attack. Sadly Rohan had to leave the field early, due to a split lip which eventually resulted in 14 stitches having scored a superb try out wide. Every available player was used in both matches and all players demonstrated great skill and commitment in the heat and against strong opposition. A huge thanks goes to those who made us feel welcome and made the experience a memorable one, for all the right reasons. Special thanks to Barkley Logan for his support and help.

We now embarked on the final leg of our tour, with an hour drive to beautifully sunny Victoria. That afternoon we set off in four very fast Zodiacs with the intention of finding some Killer Whales and we were not disappointed by either the whales nor the exhilarating ride in the Zodiacs. It was a very good job we were wearing survival suits as the majority of us got a good soaking on both the way in and out.

A relaxing night in Victoria followed, with the boys enjoying hearty meals at their restaurants of choice.

Boys' sports tour to Canada - a day's rafting

Rafting 1

Having been driven around in a hot old stereotypical Canadian school bus we weren’t expecting much of our day's rafting. However to our surprise it was hands down the best day of the tour. Surrounded by breathtaking nature the 48 of us paddled down the river in groups of eight making the most noise the valley has ever seen. Although not strictly part of the rafting “package” the lads didn’t hesitate to jump from raft to raft rugby tackling other tour members from their boats. All the guides were great company and the afternoon went off without a hitch. It was a truly amazing experience that none of us will forget in a hurry.

Early next morning we all departed for Sulphur Mountain to go to the top using the Gondola; how Graham and Lee enjoyed the experience!! Unbelievable panoramic views from the now closed cosmic ray station were breathtaking.

Now off through the  Rockies to Lake Louise  and beyond. The scenery was spectacular as was the heat, 37C outside and not a lot less in the Coach!!

We finally arrived in Kamloops to wonderful air-conditioned accommodation and an Olympic sized  swimming pool.

Our third chapter will come after our next games in Abbotsford and Bellingham and the Eastside Lions matches in Seattle.

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Best wishes from the tour party!

Boys' sports tour to Canada - Alberta Select     

Alberta 4

 U16 – Won – 39-0 

Man of the Match – Cameron Burdass

U18 – Won – 30-10

Man of the Match – Grayson Maguire

The first games on tour proved to be a great experience. We were up against big committed forward who tackled well and carried powerfully. The defence in both games from our boys was tremendous. The first team game turned around at 3-3.  Once we were able to secure decent phase ball, both sides scored some excellent tries out wide. The scrum went well and we will be concentrating on ball retention within the ruck and counter attacking the kick before our next games. A huge thanks goes to our opposition and the club for their great hospitality after the game.

Boys' sport tour to Canada - update, 8 July

Training in Canada

The squad have arrived in Canada for their tour. They have been training and getting used to the local surroundings.

Canada Tour

Canada Tour

7 July


St Peter’s has hosted an inaugural U15 cricket festival - a hotly contested event with play of a high standard. Competitors included St Peter’s, Oundle, Trent College and Cheltenham College. Cheltenham came out winners on points.

The 1st XI won against Kings School, Bruton for the fifth successive year, followed by the two day annual game vs. The Old Perterites. The 1st XI have had great summer of cricket, losing only one regular season fixture and playing some outstanding cricket throughout the course of the term.

OP cricket

St Olave's U13 team lost narrowly in the National Prep Schools cricket semi-final to Northwood Prep in the final over of the game. The other semi-final was Millfield v St Bedes (all highly regarded cricketing establishments).

Also, to add to their excellent season, the St Peter’s 1st XI reached the last 16 of the U18 National T20.

6 July

Girls’ Sports Round up – Summer 2015

Girls' Sports Dinner

8 teams, four of them senior, have been competing this term and tennis is thriving. The U18 team won the Aegon League in back to back seasons, without dropping a match in either the school’s fixture list or the league over a two year period. Our Upper Sixth regular 1st team players: Lauren Caley, Helen Taylor, Sally Hicks and Keira Barnard will be greatly missed on court, not only for their outstanding performances, but also their commitment.

Additionally, the partnerships of Hicks/Caley and Lapika/Tait must be congratulated on reaching the last 16 in the prestigious National Independent Schools Competition at Eton last week. Having progressed so far in the main draw, they were unable to compete in the consolatory plate for those who lost in the first round of the main draw.

The U15 Eton pairings of Maddie Bletcher/Tara Jones & Anabel Chan/Emily Macdonald progressed to the plate competition losing out narrowly to St Swithuns.

The U14A team has lost only one match this season and that was to finish runners up in their League. They again remain unbeaten in the school's fixture list. The U14B team has also made excellent progress this term.

The junior girls entered the Track and Field cup, and there were some excellent individual performances on the day.

Maddie Bennison, Lilly Naylor, Ellie Spencer and Megan Loney must be congratulated on their selection for the York & District athletics team.

Maddie also won the York Schools Cross Country Championships and Nicole Moir finished 2nd in the inter girls category, meaning they qualified to represent York Schools in the North Yorkshire Cross Country.

Several girls have been selected to represent Yorkshire at County or Satellite for netball; these are the first steps onto the England netball pathway. They will access between 14-16 hours a week of high-level training and competition, both in netball and strength and conditioning. They are:


Maddie Bletcher

Annabelle Blackburn

Rebecca Green

Katherine Robinson


Anabel Chan

Tara Jones

Alex Craig

Lucy Moss

Amy Webster

Lily Naylor

Girls’ Sports Dinner – Judy Murray announces captains for 2015/16

Girls' Sports Dinner

On Tuesday 23 June, the annual ‘Girls’ Sports Dinner’ was held, in the presence of the Head Master, Mr Winkley, and guest speaker Cara Lea Moseley, ex-Welsh International Netballer and Director of Mind in Sport. The evening was spent celebrating the success of the year and thanking our outgoing 1st team captains for their commitment and leadership.

22 June

Great North Swim

Great North Swim

Pupils, parents and staff have braced the waters of Lake Windermere to take part in The Great North Swim.

A mixture of first time challengers and more experienced competitors underwent the one mile event.

The water temperature had been 12°c earlier in the week, but rose to 16.5°c in time for the swim.

18 June


Clifton Rounders Victory

Congratulations to all of those who were involved in junior house rounders last Wednesday. Despite the weather, there were some excellent, and at times very close, matches.

The Final standings were:

4th = Queens

3rd = School

2nd = Grove

1st = Clifton

15 June


Girls’ rounders results against Giggleswick:

U15A team v Giggleswick 1st team won 28.5-22

U14A team v Giggleswick lost 7-23

U14/15 mixed team v Giggleswick lost 18.5-32

12 June


The Senior 1st team has won the league for the second year in succession, achieving back to back unbeaten seasons. Despite tough opposition from the independent circuit, the team has shown remarkable resilience and intelligent game play throughout, in both singles and doubles. Many congratulations to a dedicated team ably led by captain Lauren Caley.

In the U14 League, the girls remained unbeaten up to the final, finishing runners up in a very successful first season for the school.

Additionally, the Senior 2nd VI narrowly lost to Ampleforth’s 1st team 4-5 yesterday, whilst the U14A team defeated Pocklington 7-2 and the B team won 6-3.

10 June


Results from Saturday 6 June against Ashville:

1st XI

Ashville 60 all out (Will Huffer 6-14) 
St Peter's 61-2 
Won by 8 wickets


Ashville 40 all out 
St Peter's 41-2 
Won by 8 wickets


Ashville 112 all out 
St Peter's 114-3 (Marcus Taylor 64 no)
Won by 7 wickets


Lost by 12 runs


St Peter’s School is continuing its sporting tradition. The School’s former captain, Jonny Bairstow, was the first Wisden Schools Cricketer of the Year in 2007, and earlier this season, in a National Twenty20 round, captain Harry Stothard scored 94 not out from 48 balls, his fifty coming from 27 balls. On Saturday, William Huffer, aged only 16 and fresh from a heroic performance in England’s Under-17 football side (he came on in extra time and saved a penalty in the shoot-out), took 6-14 in six overs against Ashville. St Peter’s now plays Woodhouse Grove in the North-East section final of the National Twenty20 competition.

9 June


All of the rounders teams beat Ampleforth convincingly on Saturday at home. The results were as follows:

1st team won 25-13

U15A team won 16-9

U14A team won 20-9

18 May

Girls' Tennis - 1st team remains unbeaten in the League

Tennis v Pocklington

The 1st team was again convincing in their league match against Pocklington on Saturday, as they secured another win in their quest to retain the league title. With a singles and doubles format being employed, the pairings of Lauren Caley (Captain) and Helen Taylor, alongside Sally Hicks and Keira Barnard dropped only one match on their way to a 5-1 victory.  Their next league game will be against The Mount on Monday 8 June.

The 2nd senior team had a close 4-5 loss to Queen Margaret's, who were playing with the juniors away, as were the U15s and U14s. Both were unsuccessful on this occasion.


There were a number of rounders matches against Queen Margaret’s on Saturday 16 May.

Results were as follows:

U15A won 30-13.5

U15/14 mix lost 23-28

U14A won 17-15

All teams showed great progress from the start of the season, well done to all involved.

11 May

Girls' Tennis

Tennis v Ampleforth


The standard of tennis from the Senior 1st VI was outstanding over the weekend with a highly contested fixture against Ampleforth, with St Peter’s emerging as winners 6-3. The team features three strong pairs with the Caley sisters, Helen Taylor, Sally Hicks, Keira Barnard and newcomer Daria Lapika. The team has been focusing on tactical doubles play in training, specifically attacking net play. This is proving decisive when converting game points.

At the same time, two further senior teams were in action, showing equal commitment and enthusiasm.


The U15A team lost their 1st match in the Aegon League losing 1-5 to a very strong Ampleforth side, whilst the U15B team won 8-1. The U14A and B teams were winners in both of their matches. The results were as follows:

1st VI won 6-3.

2nd VI lost 3-6.

3rd IV lost 2-4 after conceding three games due to the absence of one pair.

Well played all.


Despite the weather the U15A and U14A girls’ rounders teams travelled to RGS Newcastle on Saturday for matches.

The U15A team won 13.5-4.5, and the U14A lost 6-11.5.

8 May

English Schools Track & Field Cup 1st round

English Schools Track & Field Cup 1st round

There were some tremendous performances in the English Schools Track & Field Cup on Thursday from the girls at St Peter's. Their combined scores resulted in a win for the team.

Track Events

Rebbecca Green           1st                   300m

Emily Booth                  1st                   200m

Megan Loney               2nd                  200m

Lucy Lawrence             1st                   800m

Maddie Bennison        1st                   1,500m

Lily Naylor                    2nd                  1,500m

Emilia Proctor              1st                   100m


M Hunter

Lucy Lawrence

Sophie Green

Lilly Naylor                   1st                   Relay team


Field Events

Amy Webster                1st                   Discus

Megan Loney                1st                   Triple Jump

Emily Booth                  1st                   Long jump

7 May

York Spring Regatta 

York Spring Regatta

With a record 40 crews racing St. Peter’s had a great day at the York Spring regatta. The weather was chilly with a strong head wind but no-one was put off.

There were many very good performances, with semi-finalists and finalists galore. The racing over 800 metres side by side was fast and furious from 9am to 5.45pm. The best performing squad in terms of wins was the J14 (Third Form) girls who were part of three great victories.

Winners were:

Mixed J14 Octs:  Zosha Johnson, Libby Kimpson, Lily Kirby, Pierre Herrenschmidt, Tom Raper, Harry Booth, Henry Brown, James Smith, Ewan Henworth

WJ14 double: Ellie Pyrah and Eve Gilbert

WJ14 1x: Hattie Doyle

WIM2 1x: Katie Hinton

WIM1 1x: Katie Hinton

IM2 2x: Maciej Psiuch, Ben Turvill.

Mix 8s: Jodi Smith, Alice Appleby, Jack Coulthard, Henry Graham, Joe Copley, Rob Croft, Pippa Simpson, Jack Robins, Min Lee.

York Spring Regatta

The boat naming took place in the middle of the day when four boats were named. Taniwha (a Maori sea monster), Class Action (for Andrew Jackson, solicitors), Dash (named after a speedy dog!) and Adam Janes, a remarkable OP who broke the British ergo record, raced for the England team in the Fifth Form, the GB J18 team in the Lower Sixth and the GB under-23 VIII in the Upper Sixth.

A big thank you to the record number of parents who came to support, all those who helped sustain us with hot drinks and cakes at the tea tent, and the coaches who put in so much time and effort.

6 May

Success at the York & District Athletics

Congratulations to the following students who were successful on Tuesday 5 May at the York & District Athletic trials:

Maddy Bennison - who achieved a personal best winning the Junior 1500m.

Ed Johnson - winner of the intermediate Boys’ 1500m.

Ellie Spencer - winner of the Junior Girls’ high jump.

Megan Loney and Lily Naylor – who finished 2nd and 3rd respectively in the 200m.

4 May

Senior 1st team tennis

The 1st team continued their winning ways over the weekend with a strongly contested victory over RGS Newcastle, 6-3.  The teams continue to find their stride with the second match of the season now under their belts.  Carefully constructed points and interjections at the net put great pressure on the opposition’s returns, as they were unable to convert crucial game points. This week we take on Woodhouse Grove on Wednesday and Ampleforth on Saturday.

The junior teams were also successful against RGS with the U15 VI winning 6-0 and the U14 VI 7-2.

Interhouse tennis

During the week we were also contesting the interhouse competition and congratulations to Grove who overcame the team from Queens in a ‘down to the wire contest’! Well played all.

Interhouse tennis











On Saturday the rounders teams faced Harrogate Ladies College:

1sts won 19-4.5

U15A won 30-7.5

U14A won 24-15.5

U15/14 mixed team lost 6.5-22.5

30 April

A strong start to the U18 league for girls' tennis

Tennis v RGS Newcastle

Following on from excellent pre-season training and a coaching match against RGS Newcastle on Saturday 18 April, the 1stteam was well-prepared to play their opening league match of the season against Queen Margaret’s.

The 1st IV was determined and sharp, with Lauren Caley and Helen Taylor combining alongside Sally Hick and Keira Barnard to play both singles and doubles. The team won 5-1 with a careful construction of points and aggressive net play paying dividends.

Overall, 40 girls represented the school across 4 teams in tennis matches on Saturday. The 2nd VI led by Daria Lapika & Ellie Caley also won 6-3 overall. The 3rd VI lost narrowly 4-5 and the 4th team lost 3-6. Overall, play was of a tremendously high standard, giving all senior squad members an opportunity for match play in an enjoyable afternoon. 

U14 Hepworth Cup

This tournament was played at Queen Mary’s School, Thirsk. Tara Jones & Georgie Lawrence competed in the ‘A’ Tournament finishing 3rd and Josephine Keijbroek and Grace Freshwater finished 2nd in the B tournament.  There were some very close matches, played in wet, cold conditions, where a few points here and there made the difference. Well played to all.

This weekend we take on RGS Newcastle and Harrogate Ladies College.

29 April

Congratulations to Harrison Savage who has been selected for the Yorkshire U15 Rugby team. He has played matches against Lancashire and Cheshire. He has also been selected for Yorkshire (Leeds) Carnegie and has played matches against Sale Sharks and Newcastle Falcons Academies. Good luck for the rest of the season.

Sam Dickinson was selected to represent Great Britain in the European Junior Duathlon Championships last week. Sam performed extremely well, however, unfortunately sustained an injury and was unable to finish. We wish him a speedy recovery.

Good luck to Will Huffer who flies out to Bulgaria this Friday to represent England in the U17 European Football Championships.

27 April


St Peter’s played their first rounders fixtures of the season against The Mount on Saturday. There was some excellent play by all three of the teams; particularly pleasing given the limited time which they have had to practise so far this term.

1st team won 43-8

U15A team won 21-9

U14A team won 14-5

A great start to the season for all involved!

25 April

Junior Inter-regional Regatta, Nottingham

Congratulations to our three crews which were selected to race for the county at the annual Junior Interregional Regatta in Nottingham on Saturday.

In extremely difficult and rough conditions the Girls’ J14 double scull (Ellie Pyrah and Hattie Doyle) did very well to secure 11th place against very strong opposition thus ensuring they got points for the Yorkshire team.

The J14 Boys’ double scull (Elliot Millman and Pierre Herrenschmidt) after finding the water very difficult in their semi-final ended in 10thplace having been in 8th place but sadly catching a crab very near the finish.

Both these crews learnt a lot from the experience and should be inspired to go further. They are the first Third Form pupils from St. Peter’s to represent the region at rowing which is an outstanding achievement.

Rowing a year above their age the J15 Girls’ VIII (Ellie Gath, Sophie Haslam, Jodi Smith, Lydia Theos, Maddie Day, Kat Bonner, Lucy Butters, Martha Horner and Amber Rose) managed second place in their heat only to find that the course timing system had broken. In the final race they came 7th overall, the best a Yorkshire girls’ VIII has ever achieved and a great portent for next year when, a year older, they can enter the same event again.

Very well done to all the team whose sportsmanship and behaviour was, as usual, exemplary.

23 April

Cricket v Yorkshire Gents

The 1st XI was in action in their first game of the season yesterday against Yorkshire Gents. Yorkshire Gents scored 160-8 and the School scored 161-3, winning by 7 wickets. Harry Contreras scored 60 not out and Toby Latham 70 not out.

Our development team played a Pro Coach XI; batting first we scored 225-4 with Cameron Burdass scoring 89. They were 205 all out, with Peter’s winning by 20 runs.

17 April

Ghent Rowing Camp and International Regatta

Ghent Rowing Camp and International Regatta

A bronze and a silver medal concluded the second day’s racing at Ghent International Regatta over Easter, no mean feat with eight nations and 1400 crews racing, many for national titles and national selection.

19 St. Peter’s rowers went on the annual senior rowing camp to Ghent, Belgium. Two days of intense training were followed by the International Regatta which combines with the Belgian National Championships. With eight countries represented the standard was, as usual, very high. Over the two days of the regatta our crews raced 2000 metres, the full international distance, between four and seven times. Compare this with the Olympians who race 2000m every second day. It was very intense racing and some of the events had huge entries e.g. the Junior 18 boys’ single sculls had over 70 entries, the girls 60.

After two beautiful days’ training the first regatta day was windy and wet. This made conditions challenging particularly later in the afternoon. Our best results were:

Silver medal: Men’s lightweight quad scull

4th / 20: Boys’ J16 single sculls (Jack Coulthard)

5th: Girls’ J18 coxless 4, boys’ J18 quad scull

6th: Girls’ J18 coxless 4 (Fourth Form girls)

7th / 23: Girls’ J18 double scull (Kat Bonner and Katie Hinton)

Other rowers produced very good crew and personal performances, particularly as several rowers had only started rowing in the autumn term and this was their first ever regatta.

Ghent Rowing Camp and International Regatta

On the second day, although tired for the first regatta day, there was a big improvement in most performances. The weather also improved with sunshine and a gentle following breeze. The fours’ and doubles’ performances stepped up relative to the Saturday races, showing that race experience overcame fatigue.

The top results were:

Bronze medal: Boys’ J18 quad scull

4th: Girls’ J18 coxless 4 (Fourth Form girls)

5th: Girls’ J18 coxless 4

6th: Boys’ J18 four

7th / 17: Boys’ J16 single sculls (Jack Coulthard)

11th / 19: Girls’ J18 double sculls (Sophie Haslam and Katie Hinton)

Throughout the trip behaviour and discipline on and off the water, sportsmanship and enthusiasm and effort were very high. Our thanks go to all the coaches and to Ian Doyle who managed the trip for us all. 

23 March

Netball - U15A and B teams crowned York & District Champions

Netball U15A & B Teams York & District Champions

The U15A and B teams were crowned York & District Champions on Wednesday 18 March, having won through their competitions unbeaten. This was an excellent display of fast and exciting netball in an event hosted at St Peter's. The B tournament was played as a round-robin event and the A draw was played across 2 groups. In the semi-finals, the A team defeated Queen Margaret's and went on to defeat Joseph Rowntree in the final. This is the second year in succession the U15s have won both competitions.

Fixtures v Queen Margaret's - Saturday 14 March

Netball v Queen Margaret's

There were tremendous netball performances against Queen Margaret's, with a full set of results exemplifying excellent team work. The results were as follows:

1sts won 32-17

2nds won 45-8

U14As won 53-11

U14Bs won 16-9

U15As won 47-6

U15Bs won 25-6

Independent Schools Invitational Tournament - Finalists Wednesday 18 March

Netball invitational tournament

Three of our senior netball teams competed in the Invitational Tournament at Queen Margaret’s on Wednesday.  All three teams were relentless in their approach to the day and played some outstanding netball. Our main focus was keeping a low error rate and capitalising on turnover balls. This ensured they stuck to our principles in attack, defence and through court. 

The standard of matches throughout the day was extremely high with the 1st VII and 2nd VII successfully finishing top of their pools after playing 4 competitive games. The results were as follows:

The 1st VII beat Ampleforth, Silcoates, Woodhouse Grove, Yarm, and Queen Margaret's before losing in the final to Hymers. The 2nd VII beat Hymers, Hill House, Ampleforth, Yarm, and Sedbergh before losing in the final to Woodhouse Grove

19 March

Women’s Eights Head of the River Race

Last weekend St Peter’s competed in two major inter-national events, both raced over the 7km Boat Race course in London.

On Saturday the Senior and Fourth Form girls raced in the Women’s Eights Head of the River Race, featuring 300 club and university eights from all over the UK and some for Europe. World and Olympic champions were racing in a variety of crews, all of them very impressive.

Against a strong head wind both crews raced extremely well. The Senior girls found a great rhythm and pushed hard all the way down the course. Min Lee, their cox, steered a great line on what is a very difficult river to steer. They came a very creditable 45th out of 142 in their category after only a few practice outings.

The Fourth Form girls were the youngest crews on the river by a long way and raced for the first time on this very long and challenging course. They rowed a really mature race, paced it well and fought hard all the way. Their instruction was to enjoy it, watch the great crews, absorb the atmosphere and see if they could beat 1 other crew. In the end they beat 70 of the other crews, a tremendous achievement which bodes well for their future. Again the cox, Jodi Smith, steered a brilliant course weaving in and out of other boats and keeping her crew highly motivated and staying in the fastest water.

Senior Girls’ VIII

Tracy Yip, Eleanor Ingram, Katie Hinton, Alice Appleby, Harriet Falshaw, Charlotte Jukes, Holly Harrison, Pippa Simpson, Min Lee

Junior Girls’ VIII

Ellie Gath, Lydia Theos, Kat Bonner, Sophie Haslam, Lucy Butters, Amber Rose, Martha Horner, Maddie Day, Jodi Smith

Schools’ Head of the River Race

The boys’ crews joined the girls in the Schools’ Head of the River Race, featuring 350 of the country’s top under-18 crews. Still with a brisk head wind the conditions were less challenging and the competition as tough as ever.

The Senior boys’ VIII raced hard and ended 33rd in their division with the Fourth Form boys’ VIII, in their first expedition on this big river, beating 6 crews in the Junior 15 category. The senior boys’ quad scull had an excellent race ending 22nd in their category.

The Senior girls four raced exactly to plan and ended 17th after a tough race. The best result came from the Fourth Form girls who built on their experience of racing the course 2 days previously. They made the top girls’ rowing school, Headington, work very hard to get past them and then went on to beat some very accomplished crews, ending in 9th place. Well done to Ellie Gath who coxed a superb line, kept the girls motivated and took all the advantages that the crew could expect of her.

The team is to be congratulated on its excellent behaviour, its great sportsmanship and helpfulness throughout the trip.

On Saturday we have the county trials for the Third Form with 3 crews entered. In the first week of Easter, the Third and Fourth Form sculling course will be followed a week later by the senior rowing camp in Ghent.

16 March


Over the past week the netball teams having been playing against Queen Margaret’s and Yarm; in the 11 matches that have been played all teams have been successful.

The 1st VII has really hit their stride as the end of season approaches. Quick through-play and decisive transfers between turnovers have helped the team to establish early leads, taking the initial pressure away and allowing the team to play their natural game. They continue to build in attack and have worked the circle well without forcing the ball forward. Best of luck for the remaining matches ahead this week. 

The 2nd VII continue their season equally strong and decisive team work has made this a very strong unit. The junior teams also continue their successful runs this season with some tremendous matches being played - well done to all. The results of late are as follows:

Netball v Yarm

1sts won 31-10
2nds won 40-7
3rds won 31-2
U15As won 20-17
U14As won 25-16

Netball v Queen Margaret's

1sts won 32-17
2nds won 45-8
U14As won 53-11
U14Bs won 16-9
U15As won 47-6
U15Bs won 25-6

Girls' Swimming 

The swim team was also in action on Saturday with some great individual performances against Ampleforth. Both junior and senior teams were successful, coming away 90 points to 70 in their favour.

Boys' Swimming

Went to Ampleforth on Saturday but ended up with a mixed senior and junior team, Alex Taylor, Christian Brennan, Matthew Jones and Anthony Lam.  The boys swam well but with no individual winners. The final result was:

Ampleforth:                                  54 points

St Peter’s:                                     42  points

Bradford Grammar:                     42  points


On Saturday 7 March the 1st XI travelled to Barnard Castle. Abdul Yahaya opened the scoring before James Bottomley and a fine header from Toby McGill ensured a 3-1 victory. Last Saturday the 1st, 2nd and 3rd XI's were in action against Ampleforth. The 3rds, led by George Langford, turned in an inspired performance to win 4-0 whilst the 2nds had to recover from a two goal deficit to draw 2-2, with Charlie Bellingall scoring both goals. The 1st XI played some excellent football in the first half and led through well taken goals from Tom Spearman and James Bottomley, before two second-half long range strikes from Phil Hodgson ensured a 4-2 victory.

9 March


Netball 1st team

On Saturday 7 March, the girls played a block fixture against Pocklington across all age groups, with all teams winning.

The 1st team played a fast attacking game indoors, taking advantage of some early turnover centres to push ahead in the first quarter. Settling into the game, the defensive combinations were very effective in keeping the opposition attack out of the ‘D’ to force errors. Quick transitions enabled the girls to force a comfortable lead and give St Peter’s the advantage in a physical and well contested game.  The eventual score line was 22-8 in St Peter’s favour.


The 2nd team had a closer contest, but through patient possession and quick hands around the ‘D’, they were able to retain their lead throughout the match.  Their strong performance closed the game 30-20. The 3rd and 4th teams were also successful, with the scores 16-10 and 20-8 respectively.

In the junior matches all teams played good attacking netball and were successful in turning over centres to retain possession throughout their games. The results were as follows:

U14A won 39-9

U14B won 29-3

U15A won 44-7

U15B won 24-9


Hockey 2015

1st XI v Pandas (Old Peterites) 

The School won the match 6-3 in a competitive fixture. Before the match both teams joined together in a one minute round of applause for Dick Hubbard who sadly passed away on Friday. Dick was responsible for running and coaching hockey at the school for many years and will be sadly missed. The game was a fitting tribute to him.

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Rugby Sevens

U16 Sevens Durham Sevens

Harry Vann kindly wrote these words about the team:

“The U16 VII gave an outstanding performance which epitomised teamwork, discipline and courage to win the Durham VIIs on Saturday, united under the exemplary and inspirational leadership of Joe Simpson and Will Fordy. After qualification from a tough group, they produced rugby of a quite different class to defeat determined and quality sides from Barnard Castle, in the semi-final, and, in the final, Woodhouse Grove, in a repeat of the Sedbergh final the previous weekend. Of the whole team's performance in the final, there are no better words than Cliff Morgan's in describing Gareth Edwards's try for the Barbarians against New Zealand in 1973: "If the greatest writer of the written word would have written that story, no-one would have believed it.” 



4 March


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The 1st and 2nd teams played against national finalists Bradford Grammar in a highly contested fixture on Wednesday 25 February. Both teams won with tremendous athleticism and commitment. Outstanding wins with 32-28 in the 1st team’s favour and 38-19 to the 2nds.

The girls have also been taking part in interhouse netball at both the junior and senior levels. These were two afternoons of highly contested game play alongside spirited rivalry. The results were as follows:

Junior Results:

1st Clifton

2nd Grove

3rd Queens

4th School

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Senior Results:

1st Temple

2nd Grove

3rd School

4th Hope

The U15 A team was also in action against Sedbergh senior 2nd team, winning convincingly 45-17 on Saturday 28 February. The U14B team comfortably won 22-13 and the U15Bs worked tirelessly despite losing 20-33 also against Sedbergh.

Swimming and Squash

Both teams have also been in action over the past week.  The Squash team have defeated David Lloyd in the Riley Rose Bowl knockout competition to reach the 3rd round, but struggled against a very strong York 2 team in the local league on Tuesday 3rd March, losing 1-4.  The swimming team fielded a mixed A/B team against a team of boys and girls from Bootham. After missing out on some very tight finishes, it ended 91-99.

3 March


The Interhouse Hockey competitions took place last Saturday.

In the Senior Competition final, School House beat Temple 4-3 to win the Mondal shield.

In the Juniors, Grove House beat Queens 4-0 to win the Hubbard cup.

The U14 XI played some excellent hockey in the County Tournament on Monday. They reached the semi-final losing a close game 1-0.

The U16 Boys' Hockey team progressed to the next round of the National Schools competition as runners-up at the Yorkshire tournament yesterday. They worked well as a team, and at times produced some very mature runs of ‘pass and move’ hockey. They achieved impressive results, beating Giggleswick 7-0, Hall Cross 3-0, Ilkley Grammar School 5-0 and Pocklington 9-0.

In their final game against QEG’s Wakefield, St Peter’s started slowly, and conceded a goal within the first 5 minutes. Despite ‘upping’ their game considerably in the second half, and producing a number of close chances, they were unable to score, and as a result finished the tournament as runners-up. The team will now go on to play the winners of the North East Competition with the winner of that game competing in the North Finals on 4 March.

Saturday results:

1st v Scarborough won 5-1

2nd v Scarborough drew 1-1

16B v Ampleforth won 9-0

15B v Scarborough won 5-4

14B v Scarborough lost 4-0

Rugby Sevens


The U14s played in the St Peter’s Tournament on Wed 25th Feb. Their first tournament was to be a learning experience with a loss in the Plate quarter final to Yarm. They the travelled to Bradford on Saturday 18th and were much improved. They beat RGS Lancaster, Stonyhurst, Ashville and Pocklington to win the group. They then beat Kirkham in the quarter finals and eventually lost to Ampleforth in the semi-final.


The U15s travelled to Bradford last Wednesday, they came second in the group with wins against Bradford, Wilmslow and Woodhouse Grove. They unfortunately lost to the eventual winners Durham in the quarter-final.


The U16s travelled to Sedbergh on Saturday for their first tournament. They finished second in the group with some impressive wins before playing RGS Lancaster in the semi-final. Some excellent rugby secured the win and a final against Woodhouse Grove. A tough, physical encounter with Peter’s coming out on top by one try.

Rugby Sevens

Second in Group 2

Cup Semi-final: Beat Group 1 winners, RGS Lancaster

Final: Beat Group 2 winners, Woodhouse Grove


1st VII

On Sunday the 1st VII travelled to the Durham Sevens. They played group matches at Kingston Park on the 4G pitch, home of Newcastle Falcons. Results were:

Kirkham                                   L24-12

QEGS Wakefield                      L22-21

Hymers                                     W24-7

Newcastle School for Boys      D24-24

It was an unfortunate day, losing players through injury in the early stages. A win in the last game would still have taken us through; however, it was not to be. There were some encouraging signs with some excellent sevens being played at times.

26 Feburary

English National Cross-country Championships

The English National Cross-country Championships were held last weekend at Parliament Hill, London.

Robbie Brown competed here finishing an outstanding 7th in the U17 competition and 2nd in the U16 competition.

13 February

Hockey Interhouse Tournament

Inter House Boys' Hockey

On a lovely, sunny afternoon last Saturday the Junior and Senior Inter House Hockey Tournaments were played. Some excellent hockey was played and the overall standard was very high.

The results in the final were:

Senior – School 3         Temple 2

Junior – Grove 3          Queens 0

12 February

Boat Club

Boat Club Half Term Report
The Boat Club has continued to thrive with once again over 80 students rowing this term.
We had a very successful and enjoyable Dinner Dance at the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall on Saturday 31 January. Our guest speakers, Captains of Boats and Rugby from 2005, told a stunned audience of their fascinating exploits running the 7 day “Marathon Des Sables” from which they raised over £47,000 for the NSPCC.
St Peter’s had a very successful day at the South Yorkshire Head on Saturday 9 February. The testing course of 4km attracted 200 crews from clubs, universities and schools. For the Third Form it was their first major event and they all raced and behaved very well over this long distance.

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St Peter’s had six 4th and 3rd places.
2nd places:
Third Form boys’ double and quad sculls and the girls’ double.
Fourth Form boys’ and girls’ double sculls the girls’ and boys’ Novice 4s and the senior boys’ VIII who missed a win by just one second.
Girls’ Fourth Form VIII who were the 4th women’s VIII in the whole event, and the
Senior Girls’ VIII.
There will be sessions on the river over the half term holidays as usual. After half term we are preparing for the huge Schools’ Head of the River Race, raced over the full Boat Race course in London, on Monday 16 March.

11 February

Sevens Match Reports

The 1st VII and U15 Sevens teams were in action in the first tournament of the season at Ampleforth. The 1st team won their group beating Hymers and Giggleswick, and drawing with Woodhouse Grove. The team then went on to beat Ashville in the quarter final, which resulted in a semi-final against Sedbergh. St Peter’s managed to score four excellent tries but unfortunately went down 34-22.

The U15s qualified second in the group, losing narrowly to Bradford and then beating Pocklington. We then played Hymers in the quarter-final, a win led again to a semi-final against Sedbergh. An excellent game from both sides saw the lead swap hands; unfortunately we just lost 21-14.

11 February


Three senior teams have been in action again against RGS Newcastle who also brought a badminton team and a swimming team.

The 1st VII dominated play with a 35-13 victory. The 2nd team played with equal conviction to close the match 34 – 19 our way, and the 3rdVII also won 32-11.

The swimming team found it tougher going in the pool and despite good individual performances; they lost overall 80 points to 130. They were also in action Monday evening against Queen Margaret’s. It was an encounter with some very competitive and tight finishes that didn’t always go our way, losing out 128-140.


The badminton team encountered particularly tough opposition from the first 2 RGS pairs, but the St Peter's team worked hard and the match ended 6 games to 3 in Newcastle's favour.

The girls squash team stepped up on Tuesday evening and were unlucky to lose 2-3 against Queen Margaret’s.

11 February

Football Team 2015


On Saturday the footballers took on Ampleforth. For the first time in history, we had enough boys to put out a 3rd XI and with Chris de Planta scoring two goals; they managed to claim a 3-1 victory. Tom Gill led the way for the 2nd XI, scoring two goals in a 2-1 win whilst the 1st XI played well to record a 6-2 victory, with two goals from Abdul Yahaya.

On Wednesday the 1st XI came up against a competitive Silcoates School and despite having some good chances, went down 2-0 whilst the 2nd XI travelled to Read School to play their 1st XI and lost 4-3 in a good match.

11 February

U16 Boys' Hockey

The U16 boys' hockey team progressed to the next round of the National Schools competition as runners-up at the Yorkshire tournament yesterday. They worked well as a team and at times produced some very mature runs of ‘pass and move’ hockey. They achieved impressive results, beating Giggleswick 7-0, Hall Cross 3-0, Ilkley Grammar School 5-0 and Pocklington 9-0.

In their final game against QEG’s Wakefield, St Peter’s started slowly, and conceded a goal within the first 5 minutes. Despite ‘upping’ their game considerably in the second half, and producing a number of close chances, they were unable to score, and as a result finished the tournament as runners-up. The team will now go on to play the winners of the North East Competition with the winner of that game competing in the North Finals on 4 March.

Congratulations to all involved, and good luck in the next round!

7 February 2015

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U16 Regional, National Schools Competition and block fixture V Ashville

On Saturday 7 February, 70 girls were engaged in netball fixtures with a mix of 4 senior teams and 4 junior teams playing a block fixture against Ashville, and the U16A squad competing at the Regional round of the National Schools Competition.

The U16s played with great commitment and as a relatively young squad gained huge experience against well-established sides. A significant win against Bradford Grammar (who eventually qualified for the national finals) was a highlight in a very tough competition. Really well done to all for getting through so many rounds to this stage.

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With a squad of 10 players missing including the 1st team defence, a mix of senior teams was fielded against Ashville on Saturday. The 1st/2nds fought hard against a strong Ashville 1st  team, losing 22-34 and a mix of 2nd/3rd team lost 17-38 to Ashville 2nds. The 4th team enjoyed a 16-24 win against a 3rd side and our 5th senior team stepped up to beat Ashville’s 4th team 18-14.

In the junior matches all 4 teams enjoyed success. 

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4 February 2015

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On Wednesday 4 February, 10 netball teams took to the courts to play a junior fixture against Central Newcastle and a senior fixture against Barnard Castle. The 1st team worked solidly throughout, keeping possession at key times and securing a couple of turnover centres to edge ahead and win the match 21-15. The 2nd team were decisive in their victory, communicating well and timing the ball through court with precision to secure a 39-20 result. The 3rd and 4th teams continued their successful runs, both winning too.  

In a highly contested afternoon the junior teams were well challenged in end to end games. The results were as follows: 

U14A lost 12-19
U15A won 31-17
U14B lost 10-17
U15B lost 6-14
U14C won 14-3
U15C lost 5-14

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4 February 2015

Interhouse Football 2015

Interhouse Football Report

The 2015 House Football competition was played out in excellent conditions on the 3G pitches at Roko, York. Excitement and passion were evident throughout every match and there were goals galore in the group stages. The tika-taka passing style that had been worked on in training flowed through every team and there were some outstanding goals scored, from ‘pass and move’ team goals to long-range ‘screamers’.

Fiercely contested group games led to the knockout stages where Linton defeated The Grove in the 3rd / 4th place play-off. The final was a tense affair and although Temple ran them close, it was The Manor who claimed a 2-1 victory to become House Football champions 2015. Congratulations to all who took part.

See more photos from the House football competition here.

28 January 2015

Nat West Cup

Rugby 1st XV Match Report

The 1st XV were in action yesterday in the last 16 of the Nat West Cup, playing Wilmslow High School away. In freezing conditions and at times in a blizzard it was a difficult match. The Wilmslow forwards dominated the tight exchanges and it was difficult for us to gain any possession and continuity.  The result was 32-3 to Wilmslow but a brave effort and an excellent achievement to reach the last 16 in a national competition.


Nat West Cup

A strongly contested, end-to-end game for the 1st VII against St Aidan's ended in a nail-biting draw 18-18. Trailing the first quarter 3 goals to 7, the team managed to close the 3rd quarter 4 goals ahead. A swing of momentum and a couple of turnovers by the opposition enabled them to edge back into the game to clinch a draw on the final whistle.

The U15s played with pace and shooting accuracy also against St Aidan's winning 29-5. The U14A team narrowly lost 17-18 and the B team 8-11 on this occasion.

Good luck to the U16A team who will be competing at the Regional Finals of the National Schools competition on Saturday - one step away from the national final. 

See more photos of the netball teams in action here.

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21 January 2015

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Netball Match Reports

The Senior Netball 1st and 2nd VII played a very experienced GSAL side yesterday in highly contested games. Both teams played with intensity and flare; resulting in an overall strong through-court attack and defence, with a focus of buying into our set principles of play. 

After four quarters of end-to-end netball, the 1st VII’s game finished 17-26 and the 2nds’ 17-15. Really impressive effort from all involved. We now look forward to taking this forward.