· Year 7 Parents’ Information Programme, Maths in Year 7 – Wednesday 24 September, 6.00 p.m.
· Thursday 25 and Friday 26, photographer in school to take student individual photos
· Year 6 Open Day – Monday 29 September 10.00 a.m., 6.00 and 6.45 p.m. please click here for further details
· Sixth Form Open Evening - Monday 6 October, 6.00 p.m. – 8.00 p.m.
· Year 11 Parents’ Consultation Evening – Monday 17 November 4.00 – 6.00 p.m.
· Year 13 Parents’ Consultation Evening – Monday 1 December, 4.00 – 6.00 p.m.
· Year 12 Parents’ Consultation Evening – Monday 8 December, 4.00 – 6.00 p.m.
Dear parents and carers,
This week I received a book in the post from Carolyn Roberts, former headteacher here at Durham Johnston. She has contributed to the title Knowledge and the Future School: curriculum and social justice. She describes the development of the curriculum here at school, and in particular the idea of a ‘knowledge driven school’. She describes some of the basis for our curriculum here and the development of schemes of learning in different departments. Knowledge is worthwhile in itself. We understand that exam results and outcomes are important to our students, as are their wider skills as they move into the world of work as adults, but we also teach that knowledge is intrinsically good and sparks the imagination and the interest of students and staff alike.
We encourage students to read around the subjects they are studying, and we encourage them to develop an interest in literature, politics and culture. You will notice on our website that our planning for the Festival of Culture 2014 is complete. Do have a look at the link on the front of the website to this end. There is a wide and varied programme of events planned and October is certainly going to be an exciting month at Durham Johnston.
Mr Wardle, Headteacher
This year’s annual Summer School, was held during the last two weeks of the summer holidays, with 27, Year 6 pupils taking part. Pupils enjoyed a very varied programme of activities including lessons in numeracy and literacy, music, computing and game design, creative t-shirt making, sport and fitness, languages, rocket making, exploding cola, tasting sessions, mini Olympics and a Dragons Den activity! We had 2 superb visits, one to Adventure Valley where we all got “crazy” on the golf course and another to the Centre for Life where we saw the Body Worlds exhibition – very interesting! New friends were made, the students got to meet many of the staff and a wonderful time was had by all! Roll on 2015!
Miss Forbes, Subject Leader – Computing
Durham Amateur rowing club entered in the J18 eights and won Gold. The crew included Thomas Jackson, Elliot Kay and Jamie Patterson from Durham Johnston School along with Richard Mathewson, Matthew Abbis, James Snowball and Jacob Lutz-Nattrass and was coxed by Elise Sanderson. After their normal slow start they rowed through all the other crews and were the fastest boat on the day.
Trials have been in full swing this week with excellent attendance at all clubs. Most challenging part of the week has been selecting the Year 7 football team from nearly 50 boys who attended trials on Monday. The standard was very high.
Also around 60 girls were at netball club on Thursday.
The first football league games also took place on Thursday as our Year 7, 9 & 10 teams travelled to Ferryhill. An excellent start for our Year 7 team saw them win 5 – 1. Also success for our Year 9 team who completely dominated the game to win 7 -1. Our Year 10 team also played very well but just couldn't find a goal despite dominating possession eventually having to settle for a 0 - 0 draw.
Mr Hopper, Subject Leader for PE
For Sixth Form students, we draw up a weekly notices / information sheet. It is an eclectic mix of opportunities, meetings, deadlines and events – and the occasional admonishment!
We emphasise the importance of developing effective communication throughout Sixth Form, and accessing and acting on the information on the notices is part of this process. Form Tutors and A level subject teachers are given a weekly copy and all Sixth Form students receive it by email.
If you want to keep up with what’s going on – please follow this link.
Mrs Lennon, Deputy Head of Sixth Form