· Monday 25th May – Summer Half Term (1 Week)
· Saturday 16th May – Alumni Gathering Event
Our Year 11 students begin examination leave next week and soon sixth formers will join them. Students always have mixed emotions. I spoke to Year 11 during assembly and read out my entry in their year book. 'It has been a privilege to get to know so many of you over the past two years and I wish you all the best for the future. When you remember your time at the Johnston, think about what we taught you. Your teachers helped you see that all of you are different, but important. All of you can make it in life, no matter your background. You will look back on your time at school with fond memories. You are lucky to have had such good times together learning about life, and helping Durham Johnston to become such an exceptional place to learn.’
So as our students prepare for exams, they also approach the end of an era in their education. We all wish them the best.
We have had a busy week at the Johnston. Enjoy reading about some of our activities, including the school election.
Michael Wardle, Headteacher
New Late To School Procedure
School has a duty of care to address attendance and punctuality as part of preparing young people for adult life and the demands of an increasingly competitive job market where good punctuality is an expectation. From Monday 1st June, any student arriving into the school building without a valid reason will be issued with a break time detention for the same day.
Whether students travel to school by car or use a service bus, we expect that students set off from home on time. Repeated excuses of distance travelled to school or traffic congestion are not acceptable. However, we do accept that there will always be occasions where lateness is unavoidable and we would seek to be sympathetic.
If you feel that there are special circumstances that are preventing your child attending school on time then please contact your child’s Head of Year in the first instance.
We consider tutor time to be an essential part of the school day, allowing tutors to deliver a pastoral program that includes handing out messages and important information, forming discussions on topical issues as well addressing any academic or pastoral needs that your child may have.
Thank you for your continuing support in ensuring that you child arrives on time every day.
Mr Garside, Senior Teacher
There have been a number of activities in school this week related to the General Election and the manner in which the democratic process works in Britain. On Tuesday students considered some of the election materials produced by the main political parties and on Wednesday students completing a quiz regarding both the party leaders and the candidates standing in the Durham City constituency. Durham Johnston students live in a number of constituencies, but we chose the Durham City constituency because of the school’s location. Students were also encouraged to discuss party policies and the issues associated with the election at home and with their peers.
On Thursday morning we held an election in school, with each form acting as a constituency. The students were given the opportunity to vote for the Conservatives, the Green Party, Labour, the Liberal Democrats and UKIP. Each form chose a returning officer and the election was conducted in accordance with the electoral system: there was a secret ballot; close observation of the count and all constituency results were delivered by hand and then confirmed by email. 55 constituencies declared within the first 30 minutes of the vote opening, with Callula Smith, the returning officer for 10H, declaring first at 8.36 a.m. 39 constituencies voted Labour, 8 for UKIP, 7 for the Green Party and 1for the Liberal Democrats with 1220 votes being cast. The election clearly motivated and engaged students, with a number wanting to debate the issues associated with the election in more depth and to find out more about the electoral process. We intend to provide a number of additional activities in the coming weeks to encourage greater discussion.
Mr O'Sullivan and Mr Garside
Do you really know who your children are talking to online?
The NSPCC have provided us with advice to parents regarding e-safety. Please find below the most up to date guidance published.
Our Year 8 students have entered the Help a South African School competition which is organised by a leading South African fruit trade association. The students had the task of completing a collage which required them to research the importance of fruit farming in South Africa to families and the development of the country in the future. The entries will be judged by a panel in London.
Our students have worked extremely well to create a very detailed collage; we wish them the best of luck!
Mr Ray, Geography Department
Sleeping Bag Appeal
The Cathedral, The Salvation Army, St Nicholas' Church and North Road Methodist Church share a supply of sleeping bags which are given to homeless people who need one. These stocks are now running very low and if you happen to have a spare sleeping bag which you no longer require, please would you consider donating it to this good cause? These can be given to a member of the music department and they will be passed on to the coordinating team for distribution. With thanks in anticipation for your support of this very worthwhile cause.
Mr Holmes, Subject Leader for Music
Lunchtime activities from May 14th 2015
Single Lunchtime Activities
Thursday 14th May 2015 onwards
Aural Skills Sessions – sign up with Mrs Sinclair – MUS1
Theory Club – for Y7, 8 and 10 – MUS2
Theory Club – For Y9 – MUS2
Aural Skills Sessions – sign up with Mrs Holmes – MUS3
Guitar Club – Mrs Sinclair – MUS1
Keyboard Club – MUS1
Aural Skills Sessions – sign up with Mr or Mrs Holmes – MUS1/2
Entries are now open for the 2015 Durham Johnston School Music Festival. If your child plays an instrument, or sings please click here.
Mr Holmes, Subject leader for Music
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 11/05/15
Mrs Lennon, Deputy Head of Sixth Form
On Wednesday our U19 boys tennis team were playing Barnard Castle School in the County Final. We proved far too strong for them and played some excellent tennis to become County Champions with a 6 – 0 win. Well done to John Heppell, Jack Vaulks, Jack Brown and Orin Varley. Also on Wednesday our Year 10 cricket team were supposed to be in County Cup action against Egglescliffe. Unfortunately the weather meant it had to be postponed and will now be played next Wednesday. On Wednesday lunchtime a great number of our Year 7 & 8 pupils took part in a house Humberball competition. There were some very exciting games with Wakenshaw ending up winners.
On Thursday our Junior and Intermediate Athletics teams were at Riverside Stadium for the Area Championships. The standard was very high and we had some excellent results. Our Junior Boys won our Junior girls were 3rd. Our Inter boys also won and our Inter girls were 2nd. Congratulations to Sam Bradley and Liam Graham who won all 3 events they entered.
Also last night our Year 7 football team were playing at home in the semi-final of the League Cup against Sedgefield. This was an excellent game between two very good teams. We found ourselves 2 – 1 down with only 10 minutes to go. We drew level and with 3 minutes left Ollie Carse went through and scored an excellent goal to win the game 3 – 2 and put us into the final.
Finally tonight our Year 9 football team are playing against Parkside in the League Cup final. Hopefully we will be able to bring good news from that match next week
Mr Hopper, Subject Leader for PE