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Headteacher’s Message

Dear parents and carers,

Well it is here!  The World Cup is upon us. There is a real buzz in school as each tutor group has been assigned a country and the matches have started at lunch time. Yesterday’s lunch had a Brazilian theme, and today as I went out to watch some of the matches there is a real sense in which the school community is celebrating this event. Of course there are other events across the curriculum where we can look at different countries and different cultures, learn from them and celebrate difference.

Sporting events such as this, and of course the Olympic Games, bring countries together and seek to unite us all. It is also events such as these in school which children remember when they are older and look back at their school years.

Once again we have had a busy week at Durham Johnston; I hope you enjoy reading about all of the events and successes of the last week.

Yours sincerely,

Michael Wardle, Headteacher


Dates for Your Diary

  • Monday 23rd June – Year 8 Parents’ Evening
  • Monday 30th June – Year 7 Parents’ Evening
  • Tuesday 1st July – Year 7 Parents’ Induction Session at 6pm,  (e-Safety)
  • Wednesday 2nd July - Information Evening for Battlefields Visit at 6pm
  • Wednesday 9th July - DJ Drama Club presents 'Robina Hood' at 7pm in James Hall
  • Term ends 17th July 2014


Durham Johnston World Cup Begins!


After a lot of anticipation and excitement in the buildup, the Durham Johnston World Cup kicked off on Thursday. There were some very competitive opening games producing some surprise results with two Year 7 teams beating their Year 8 opponents. There was a fantastic atmosphere with plenty of spectators armed with chants and banners. The big game of today saw Italy beat England 1-0 and it won’t surprise anyone to know that England missed a penalty. Let’s hope this doesn’t happen on Saturday night. 

Mr Garside, Mrs Jackson and Miss Granlund


Durham Johnston House Competition 2014

The winning House for 2014 is HEAVISIDE! Congratulations to the winning team; your consistent contribution to all activities throughout the year earned you the title for the second time.

The final ranking for the year is as follows:


Pupils from the winning house and all House Reps are eligible for a place on the trip which costs £35, this includes the price of entry into the theme park and transport. Places will be offered on the trip depending on pupils meeting the usual terms and conditions linked to behaviour, attendance and punctuality. There are limited places on the trip, so they will be filled on a first come first served basis.

In order to confirm your child’s place on the trip, please click here to complete the Behaviour Contract and return it in an envelope, with the full payment (cash or a cheque made payable to DJCS, with the pupils’ full name and form on the back) to the school office.  

Well done Heaviside House! 

Miss Bittlestone, House System Coordinator


South Korean Visitors to Durham Johnston  



Our South Korean visitors came into our French lesson to tell us about Korean culture and school life.   Finlay was the first to volunteer to dress up in traditional Korean clothing which he wore throughout the lesson.

Our students were presented with a traditional bookmark on which they wrote their name in Korean, along with a calligraphy pen.  It was a fantastic experience to understand more about school culture outside of the UK.

Ms Jackson, MFL Department



Maths Camp 2014 

Last weekend 46 pupils and 6 staff spent the weekend at Dukeshouse Wood near Hexham to prepare for the GCSE mathematics exams taking place this week.

The pupils spent the two days taking part in a range of mathematical activities as well as practising past paper questions and working on exam technique.

The weekend was a great success and the pupils gave lots of positive feedback.


“Doing work away from home has helped because I have stuck to the work, at home I’d be tempted to stop working.  I have also had teachers to help me when I’ve needed it.”


“Working hard by yourself for long periods and going through useful topics”


“Being able to work together on past papers questions and help each other.  I was able to do more than I would at home”


“It was laid back but hard work"


Many thanks to the pupils and teachers for all their hard work.


Mrs Slattery, Miss Rush and Mr Grogan – Maths Department



Visit to the School of Computing and Engineering, Durham University


Our Year10 Computer Scientists were invited to the School of Computing and Engineering at Durham University on Monday.  This was a fantastic opportunity to meet the lecturers and students and engage in University life.

Upon arrival we were met by Mr Bradley the course leader and other members of his department.  We were also introduced to the graduates who were showcasing their projects.

We then took part in a 'Speed Dating' style activity where projects produced by the third year undergraduates were displayed within the lab and many were accompanied by their creator.  We worked our way around the room, learning about each project in turn.  Each graduate tried to persuade our students that their project was the most interesting and dynamic idea in the room!  We learnt about hacking, cryogenic freezing, app and script readers to name but a few.

Our students were given tokens so that they could choose the three projects which they found the most interesting. The tokens were counted before a final vote determined the winner who had a superb program which read old script and converted it into editable text. 

Miss Forbes, Subject Leader – ICT Department


Information Evening for Parents -Battlefields Visit

Parents of students attending this year’s Battlefields visit are invited to attend an information evening in the school Hall on Wednesday 2nd July from 5.00pm until 6.00pm.

Mr Wilbraham, Subject Leader for History


Durham Johnston Drama Club presents - Robina Hood



Teams of the Week

Another week and another two County Trophies!

Our U15 boys tennis team beat Greenfield 6 – 0 in the County tennis semi-final. This set up a final against Barnard Castle which was also an easy 6 – 0 victory. They have now become County Champions without dropping a set.

Our U13 boys team were also in county cup action this week. Incredibly our B team beat Greenfield 6 – 0 in the semi-final to set up an all Durham Johnston County Final as our A team were already through. That should prove an excellent County Final.

We also won all the league games played this week. Our U15 B team beat Barnard Castle B team 4 – 2 and Whitburn 5 – 1.  Our U13B team also beat Whitburn 6 – 0.

On Wednesday our girls rounders teams were at Framwellgate.   Both our Year 8 & 10 teams recorded very easy victories.

Cricket has also gone well this week with a comfortable victory for our Year 7 team against Emmanuel College in the Tyneside Cup.  We won by nearly 100 runs!

Good luck tonight to our Year 8 cricket team who are facing Consett in the County Cup and also to our athletes who are competing on Saturday in the County Championships at Monkton Stadium.

Mr Hopper, Head of Department for PE