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Headteacher’s Message

It is with great pride that I can inform you all that a former head teacher of Durham Johnston is to receive a knighthood. Sir John Dunford is currently the government’s National Pupil Premium Champion, a role in which he works with schools and local authorities on the effective use of pupil premium funding in order to raise the educational achievement of disadvantaged pupils.

In a press release, Brian Lightman, the General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders said ‘School and college leaders throughout the country will share my delight in this tremendously well-deserved recognition of a consummate professional who has been an inspiration and driving force in the development of the education service over many years. Sir John Dunford has been a role model to the profession drawing upon his vast experience and profound understanding of the British education system working tirelessly to promote best practice, provide leadership to school and college leaders and to influence policy  – always in the very best interests of the young people in our schools and colleges.’

John himself commented ‘ Nobody can be awarded an honour entirely because of his or her own efforts and it has been my good fortune to have led some exceptional teams of people at Durham Johnston Comprehensive School, the Association of School and College Leaders and the organisations I have worked with in recent years. These people deserve a big share of the credit and I pay tribute to their skill and commitment to the cause of education.’

John’s leadership of our school helped shape our core values: academic excellence, social justice and global futures. Our school aims to ensure that every one of our students can excel; we work so that background is irrelevant to achievement and that aspiration is not limited by circumstance of birth.

I am sure that you will join me in congratulating our former headteacher, Sir John Dunford for this well-deserved recognition of his leadership and commitment to education and to children.

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 5pm
  • Term ends 17th July 2014

 

Durham Johnston’s Korean Visitors

 

For the past two weeks the school has hosted two visitors from Incheon, South Korea. Il Nam and Joo Hyum Kim are teachers of English as a foreign language and they have been researching the differences in school life and the education system between South Korea and Britain. They have been visiting lessons across the curriculum, and talking to students about life in Korea. Several of our students can now count in Korean!

Our visitors expressed their grateful thanks to all staff for allowing them to experience life in an English school.

Michael Wardle, Headteacher, Miss Brown, Mathematics Department

 

Code-breaking success for Durham Johnston pupils! 

Congratulations to Sofia Hryniv, Charlotte Kenyon, Terri Millington, Sally Nesbitt, all from Year 10, who have been awarded certificates by Manchester University for completing all six challenges in the 2014 Alan Turing Cryptography Competition.  This competition is open to all schoolchildren up to and including Year 11.

The story follows Mike and Ellie who must solve a number of increasingly challenging cryptographic problems as they go along.

The team would like to thank Mrs Graham for her support during the Monday evening code-breaking sessions.

Well done to everyone who took part.

More information can be found by following this link: Alan Turing Competition

Miss Rush, Head of Mathematics

 

Multi Skills Event held at Durham Johnston

This week we held the Key Stage 1 multi skills event at our school. Children from Browney, Bearpark, Nevilles Cross, St Margaret’s, St Oswalds and Bowburn infants took part in a range of activities including distance runs, jumping events, throwing events and team work activities.

Students from the Year 10 BTEC course acted as officials with help from the A level students. Many staff from the primary schools commented upon how professionally our students ran the event and how encouraging they were with the younger children.

Mrs White, PE Department

 

Year 7 PIP (e-Safety)

We will be presenting information about e-Safety. The idea of the session is to alert parents of the potential dangers that our young people face today through the use of technology, as well as offer practical advice on how to help guide your children on how to manage the risks.

The session is at 6pm on Tuesday 1st July.

Mr Garside

 

Duke of Edinburgh Award – Expedition Practice Weekend

Last weekend 11 of our Year 12 students undertaking their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (Gold) attended their first training and expedition practice weekend.

They developed skills in navigation, camp-craft, teamwork and planning whilst braving a very mixed set of weather, including rain, fog and blazing sunshine to successfully complete the training.

The second half of the group will have their training this weekend, ready for their practice expedition during wellbeing week.

Ms Clay, DoE Co-ordinator

 

Biology Field Trip

 

On Monday 51 Year 12 students arrived on a windswept but sunny shore at Whitburn, armed with quadrats, nets, transects, keys and miscellaneous other pieces of equipment.

Their task was to complete an ecological survey of all species present using a variety of techniques to amass a wealth of data for later analysis. The day went very well with several seaweeds, shell fish and crustaceans identified and a detailed survey of limpets in 2 areas.

The tide calculations were spot on to enable a series of readings from low to high tide marks. The group worked very hard and with genuine interest and of course it was very pleasant to be in such a lovely spot with reasonable weather!

Ms Swaine, Science Department

 

World Cup Update

The Durham Johnston World Cup is in full flow and the Samba spirit has reached fever pitch. The support for the tournament has been fantastic, with most forms coming out with custom made banners and t-shirts to support their team. Mr Blake brought out some speakers to proudly play the national anthem for Iran before their game.

Anyone wanting to get over the England defeat in Brazil can take comfort from the fact our England team (7C) managed to beat Uruguay (7D) 4-0.

Mr Garside, Mrs Jackson, Miss Granlund

 

Results are below:

7U

Brazil

2

vs

1

Croatia

8A

8U

Mexico

0

vs

1

Cameroon

7J

8J

Spain

0

vs

1

Netherlands

8D

8H

Chile

0

vs

1

Australia

8R

10D

Colombia

14

vs

0

Greece

9J

7D

Uruguay

1

vs

3

Costa Rica

7H

10C

Ivory Coast

11

vs

0

Japan

9D

7C

England

0

vs

1

Italy

8C

9C

Switzerland

2

vs

0

Ecuador

9U

9A

France

0

vs

2

Honduras

10H

10U

Argentina

0

vs

2

Bosnia and Herzegovina

9R

9H

Germany

1

vs

5

Portugal

9M

10R

Iran

1

vs

0

Nigeria

10M

10J

Ghana

2

vs

3

United States

10A

7M

Belgium

1

vs

5

Algeria

7R

7U

Brazil

2

vs

1

Mexico

8U

8M

Russia

4

vs

0

South Korea

7A

8R

Australia

2

vs

2

Netherlands

8D

7J

Cameroon

1

vs

0

Croatia

8A

8J

Spain

1

vs

6

Chile

8H

10D

Colombia

1

vs

3

Ivory Coast

10C

7D

Uruguay

0

vs

4

England

7C

9D

Japan

3

vs

1

Greece

9J

 

Music News

  • DJ Music Festival - Thursday 3rd July, James Hall

Class 1 (Grades 1-3) – 18.00

Class 2 (Grades 4-5) – 18.45

Class 3 (Grades 6+) – 19.45

Tickets are not required for this event.

 

  • Music for a Summer Evening - Friday 11th July, James Hall, 19.00

An evening for Y13 leavers and their parents and friends. Tickets are on sale now from the Music Department which cost £6 and will include refreshments. 

Mr Holmes, Subject Leader for Music

 

Teams of the Week

On Monday our girls athletics teams were in Hull competing at the English Schools regional finals. All the girls performed very well and after a long day of competition our Junior girls finished 3rd and our Inter girls 7th.

Also on Monday our U13 boys tennis team were playing Southmoor and St Bede’s. We beat ST Bede’s 5 – 1 but unfortunately lost an excellent match 4 – 2 to Southmoor. We now need to win our last game against Hummersknott to qualify for the finals.

Our Year 7 cricket team were in Tyneside Cup action against St Aidan’s. It was another comfortable victory for them as we bowled them out for 37 and scored the winning runs in only 6 overs.

On Tuesday our U15 boys and girls tennis teams were at Biddick with league games. The girls had an easy 6 – 0 victory but the boys were made to work harder before eventually winning 4 – 2.

Also on Tuesday the PE department were hosting a Key Stage 1 multi-skills event for around 100 primary children. It was an excellent experience for all. Special mention to our Year 10 BTEC PE group who were acting as leaders for the event and did an outstanding job.

The highlight of the week came on Wednesday when our Year 7 and Junior boys athletics teams travelled to Monkton Stadium for the Tyneside Schools Championships. This is a major competition which includes many of the best athletics schools from the Area. Going into the final event of the year 7 competition, the 4 x 100M relay, there was only 2 points between RGS Newcastle, Dame Allan's and ourselves. An outstanding relay performance saw us win the race and the competition. Our Junior boys also performed very well to finish in 6th place.

Also on Wednesday our Year 10 girls beat Durham School at rounders  65 – 2 5. Our Year 7 & 9 teams were also in action against Durham High both losing very close and competitive matches.

Finally back to last Saturday and the County athletics championships at Monkton Stadium, Around 15 of our students were representing Durham and produced some excellent results. The highlight of the day came in the triple jump where the 3 events were all won by Durham Johnston students. Harrison Whitfield won the Junior boys event, Joe Severs the Inter boys and Emily Gargan the Inter girls – quite possibly the first time that has ever happened.  

Mr Hopper, Subject Leader for PE