Cockburn John Charles Academy performance round up

Y10/11 Basketball at CJCA

The much-awaited Year 10/11 basketball finals competition took place at Leeds Becketts University.

The tournament brought together several high schools, all vying for the coveted trophy. Cockburn John Charles Academy finished second putting on a fantastic performance throughout the tournament, showcasing their incredible talent and teamwork. Despite their best efforts, the school team was unable to overcome their opponents, Cardinal Heenan who ultimately won the game by a narrow margin.

However, the school team’s performance was nothing short of remarkable, and they left the court with their heads held high. Maxwell and Javier, in particular, were standouts throughout the tournament, showcasing their incredible skill and leadership both on and off the court. They were deservedly named as the school team’s MVPs.

Mr Burnell said:

“The academy team’s performance throughout the basketball finals competition was nothing short of outstanding. They played with heart, determination, and skill, and they should be proud of everything they achieved.”

CJCA Mavericks

KS3 Basketball at CJCA

In a thrilling clash at Trinity, the CJCA Mavericks displayed their dominance and high energy to defeat the Trinity Kings convincingly with a final score of 32-10.

With this commanding victory, the Mavericks booked their place in the JR NBA Conference Finals. From the very beginning, the Mavericks showcased their intent to control the match. Their relentless pressure and disciplined defence made it difficult for the Kings to find their rhythm on offence.

The first quarter set the tone for the Mavericks’ dominance, as they quickly established a comfortable lead. Their solid defensive efforts restricted the Kings to a mere 2 points, while the Mavericks capitalised on their opportunities to secure a 12-point lead by the end of the quarter. The second quarter witnessed a similar narrative as the Mavericks continued to assert their authority on the game. Despite being faced with a significant deficit, the Trinity Kings refused to give up.

They showed great determination and resilience, attempting to mount a comeback in the third quarter. Mrs Roberts, Head of School, said:

“The basketball provision at the academy is incredible and due to this, students are thriving.”

The final is to be played on 28 June at Leeds Beckett University. We hope they’ll be able to bring the trophy!

Stateside: Connie

Dance Sensation at CJCA

An extremely talented Year 7 student, Connie, travelled across the world to compete in the Allstar World Dance Championships in America.

With her dance group, Leeds Dynamite TNT, she competed against a number of people from around the world. Incredibly, as South Leeds Life reported they came third in the World Championships, earning a well-deserved bronze medal!

Mrs Roberts said:

“Our academy is a community and we celebrate the successes of students. It was fantastic to see the school get behind Connie and we are thrilled about her achievements.”

We look forward to seeing Connie compete in more competitions throughout her time at CJCA.

CJCA students performed in York

CJCA Perform at York Theatre Royal

Students in Year 9 and 10 took part in Connections, a National Theatre festival that gives young people the opportunity to perform.

After months of hard work, the student travelled to York to deliver an awe-inspiring performance of ‘Is My Microphone On?’ at York Theatre Royal.

Miss Johnson said,

“Each member of the cast was incredible. The play deals with some sensitive issues and they tackled these with maturity which helped to elevate their performance. We have some extremely talented performers and I can’t wait to work with them on another piece.”

Miss Roberts added,

“Our students love to perform. They did an exceptional iteration of We Will Rock You, they did an incredible performance in York and the upcoming MADD Fest is bound to blow us away.

“We value the arts at the academy and aim to give the students as many opportunities as possible.”


This post was written by Jaz Sagoo

Main photo: CJCA Y10/11 Basketball team

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