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Dates for Your Diary

·         Monday  2nd March to Friday 6th March – Careers Week

·         Wednesday 11th March – Year 7 Parents’ Information Programme (Languages), 6 pm

·         Monday 16th March – Year 10 Parents’ Consultation Evening, 4pm - 6pm

·         Friday 27th March to 13th April – Easter Holidays


Headteacher’s Message

Dear parents and carers,

One of our articles in this bulletin is about World Book Day which is on March 5th. We know that reading every day brings many benefits. For example, its helps improve the memory, it develops our vocabulary and our knowledge. Reading can improve our levels of focus and concentration in addition to developing analytical skills.

However, it is the joy of reading that was as a school want to share with our students. Those moments when we are lost in our imaginations as we read, those times when we are so engrossed in the story and the plot that we simply cannot put a book down. I know that our parents encourage a love of reading among our youngsters. Do ask them about what they are reading this week.

Yours sincerely,

Michael Wardle, Headteacher


Year 7 Parents’ Information Programme - Modern Foreign Languages

We will hold the fifth session in the Year 7 Parents' Information Programme on Wednesday 11th March at 6pm.  We hope as many Year 7 parents are able to attend.

Members of staff in the department will describe how languages are taught to students in Year 7 and will provide you with an outline of what they will study in Years 8 and 9.

Mrs Wood Subject Leader MFL and Miss Schwaiger, Teacher I/C of KS3 MFL


World Book Day

Thursday 5th March is World Book Day.  Here at Durham Johnston, we are celebrating this through giving out book tokens to students, recommended book displays, reading lessons, promoting the value of reading.

World Book Day was designated as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and is marked in over 100 countries around the globe. World Book Day is a partnership of publishers, booksellers and interested parties who work together to promote books and reading for the personal enrichment and enjoyment of all.

A main aim of World Book Day is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own.

To mark the day, school children are entitled to receive a World Book Day £1 book token. The book token can be exchanged for one of ten specially published World Book Day £1 books, or is redeemable against any book or audio book of their choice costing £2.99 or more at a participating bookshop.  If your child has not received a book token please ask them to see their English teacher for one. 

£1 BOOKS for 2015

Elmer’s Paradeby David McKee (Andersen press)

The Dinosaur that Pooped A Lot!  by Tom Fletcher & Dougie Poynter, illustrated by Garry Parsons (Random House)

A Pirate’s Guide to Landlubbing  by Jonny Duddle (Templar)

Magic Animal Friends:  Lucy Longwhiskers Finds a Friend by Daisy Meadows (Orchard)

Goth Girl and the Pirate Queen  by Chris Riddell (MacMillan)

The Diary of Dennis the MenaceWorld Book Menace Day  by Steven Butler (Puffin)

Best Mates by Michael Morpurgo (HarperCollins)

Dork Diaries:How to be a Dork! by Rachel Renée Russell (Simon & Schuster)

Geek GirlGeek Drama by Holly Smale (HarperCollins)

Killing the Dead by Marcus Sedgwick (Orion)


Mrs Walton, Acting Subject Leader for English


Careers Week

Next week is Careers Week at Durham Johnston and we have a number of events planned for each year group on different days as follows:

Monday – Year 10

Tuesday - Year 7

Wednesday – Year 11

Thursday – Year 8

Friday – Year 9

For more information regarding careers please click here.

Mr Kennedy, (Guidance)


Maths News

Intermediate Maths Challenge

The department has just received the results of the Intermediate Challenge for pupils in Year 11 and below taken earlier this month. 

The competition this year was very challenging and we are very pleased that 6 of our pupils have been awarded a gold certificate. 30 pupils will receive a silver certificate and 20 pupils will receive a bronze certificate.

Y10 - Yuriy Tumarkin - Gold - Best In Year 10 and Best in School

Y11 - Zak Beattie - Gold - Best In Year 11

Y9 - Willem Davison - Gold - Best In Year 9

Y8 - David Matthias - Silver - Best In Year 8

Y7 - Harry Cookson - Silver - Best In Year 7

British Mathematical Olympiad Results

Distinction for James Timmins

Congratulations to James Timmins (Year 13) who took part in the second round of the British Mathematical Olympiad earlier this term and has received a certificate of distinction.

Nationally, 222 pupils took part in this round of the competition.  James’ results place him in the top 50 candidates in the country.

Miss Rush, Subject Leader for Maths


Drama Production - A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Congratulations to all our students involved in the drama production last night (Years 7-10) who all performed brilliantly and did justice to all their hard work.

Particular thanks to the co-directors of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Juliet Hague (Year 12) and Molly McKay (Year 13).

Hannah Booth (Year 12) for a thoroughly polished performance of Lady Macbeth for her Gold Arts Award.

Molly McKay for her solo direction of the Musical Theatre Club who provided the interval entertainment.  This is also for Molly’s leadership section of her Gold Arts Award.

Ms Ayrey, Department Head for Drama


Film Club 

Film Club will resume next Tuesday in the PE Classroom from 2.50pm – 4.00pm. 

Ms Smith, Learning Support Department


Music News

School Spring Concert Tickets

 ‘Stage and Screen’ on Thursday 19th March in James Hall at 7pm

Ticket Sales information:  Each pupil performing in this concert may purchase two tickets from either Mrs Sutton or a member of the Music Department and the remaining tickets will be on sale from Monday 9th March.

Tickets are £4 and £2 (Concessions – under 16 and 65 and over).


Spaces for Instrumental Tuition

We have space for new starters, or those that wish to resume tuition as follows:

·         One Trumpet

·         Three Orchestral Percussionists

·         Electronic Keyboard

Please see Mr Holmes, Mrs Sinclair or Mrs Holmes for more details.

The Great Charter

We are looking for a group of about 10 students, boys or girls, from Years 9 to 13, who would be interested in taking part in a specially commissioned musical based around the story of Magna Carta.

The performances take place in Durham Cathedral on 13th June and Middlesbrough Cathedral on 20th June.  Although the part is in unison, it’s quite tricky in places and some acting will be necessary. A letter containing more details may be collected from the Music Department.  This is an exciting collaborative between Durham Cathedral, Middlesbrough Cathedral, The Durham Singers and Durham Johnston School.

Mr Holmes, Subject Leader for Music


Lower Sixth Geography Field Trip 2015


Well done to the Year 12 Geography students who worked hard and, hopefully, learned a lot on the recent field trip to the Lake District.  They were highly praised by the tutors at the field centre for their impeccable behaviour, motivation, enthusiasm and academic ability.

Miss Cruise and Mr Ray, Geography Department


6th Form Notices

If you would like to keep up to date with what is going on in the Sixth Form please click on this link! W/C 02/03/15

Mrs Lennon, Deputy Head of Sixth Form


Sports News

On Wednesday our Year 8 cricket team were at Parkview in the first round of the Durham and Chester-le-Street league. We started with a comfortable victory against DCBC. Our second game was against a strong team from St Leonards. We bowled well and despite a below par batting performance we won by 4 runs. More games to follow next week. Also on Wednesday our 6th Form football team were in Tyneside Cup action against Hayden Bridge. Unfortunately we only managed to field 10 players and despite a battling performance we ran out of steam losing 2 – 1.

On Thursday our Year 10 basketball team were playing Biddick in the semi-final of the Tyneside Cup. After a slow start we eventually got going and dominated the game eventually winning 52 -21. We now face St Cuthbert’s in the final.

Also on Thursday our Year 8 netball team were at Durham High in the league tournament. Despite extremely cold conditions they played some excellent netball to finish as runners-up losing only one game to the eventual winners from Durham High.

Finally good luck tonight to our Year 9 football team who are taking on St Robert’s in the County Cup quarter-final. We will hopefully bring news of their success next week. 



Year 7 Rowing Programme Week 4

Week 4 of the ‘Learn to row’ programme for our Year 7 students at Durham Amateur Rowing Club.

This week our students were indoors due to rising water levels.  Students were given the challenge of achieving the furthest distance in metres within a set number of strokes.

A very well done to the student below who was identified as having the best technique and achieving the furthest distance in the ‘consecutive stokes challenge’.  Resulting in a prize and a medal for his efforts, well done!


Mr Kidd, PE Department