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Dates for Your Diary

  • Monday 25thMay – Summer Half Term (1 Week)
  • Monday 1st June - School Re-opens
  • Saturday 20th June– Information Open Day at Durham University
  • Thursday 9th July - UCAS and Higher Education Finance Information Evening for Year 12 Parents’ at Durham Johnston, 6.00 p.m.

 

 

Headteacher’s Message

 

Dear parents and carers,

Next week is half term. Students and staff are looking forward to recharging their batteries ready for the final seven weeks before the summer break. Our examination classes are working hard, and I thank staff, on your behalf, for all of the extra support they are giving students to help them in the last few days before the exams.

In preparation for next half term, could I ask for your support in the following areas?

Punctuality:   Please ensure that your children arrive to school on time. We have procedures in place to deal with lateness, but it does help if students arrive to school on time.

Uniform:  We remind students of the standards of uniform as they enter the building. Could you reinforce this by ensuring that, for girls, skirts are of an appropriate length, and for all students, that sleeves are not rolled up on the school jacket. Trousers must be trousers – not leggings, jeggings or treggings. Spot checks in tutor time will take place to this end.

Examinations:   Could Year 11 parents remind students that they are required to wear full school uniform during the exam season?

Break time queue. The break time queue will staffed by senior staff to remind students of the standards of behaviour I require. Do warn our students of this.

We value the support of our community and families, and I thank you for your efforts.

Enjoy the bank holiday.

Yours sincerely,

Michael Wardle, Headteacher

 

Pupil Transport

We have received notification from Arriva with regard to a change of route for the 57A service between Hartlepool and Durham.  The bus will no longer stop at the school and instead will leave from and drop off at the Bus Station on North Road. 

To compensate for the change in service the 854 school bus will now start in Coxhoe to pick up those pupils who would have used the service.

Please see below for the revised times pick up times for the 854 service bus:

Coxhoe Church - 0743

Crowtrees Lane - 0748

Bowburn Hall - 0750

Bowburn Estate Shops - 0752

Durham Johnston - 0815

 

Please click here for further information provided by Arriva on their website.  http://www.arrivabus.co.uk/north-east/updates/darlington--durham-service-changes/

Mr Weaver, Assistant Head

 

 

Year 10 Mock Exams

 

DATE

8.45 – 10.45

11.00 – 12.00

1.00 – 2.45

THURSDAY

11TH JUNE

 

 

HISTORY – 1 ¾ HRS

100 CANDIDATES

TUESDAY 16TH JUNE

ENGLISH PROSE  (2 HRS)

152 CANDIDATES - HALL

 

E&P FULL COURSE  (50MINS)

240 CANDIDATES HALL & SS2

 

 

THURSDAY 18TH JUNE

 

 

MATHS  1

240 CANDIDATES

(F – I – H)  1 ½ HRS

HALL

MON

22ND JUNE

 PE (1 ½ HRS) 42 CANDIDATES

 

 

 

HALL

LATIN  1 HOUR

14 CANDIDATES

ENGINEERING 1 (1 HOUR)

27 CANDIDATES HALL

FRENCH FOUNDATION

LISTENING 35 MINS –

46 CANDIDATES

READING 30 MINS –

46 CANDIDATES HALL

TUE 23rd JUNE

EL PRODUCTS (2 HRS) 13 CANDIDATES

FOOD STUDIES (2 HRS) 17 CANDIDATES

HALL

BUSINESS STUDIES (1 HOUR)

90 CANDIDATES HALL

 

FRENCH HIGHER

LISTENING 45MINS - 37 

READING  50 MINS - 37  HALL

WED 24TH JUNE

TEXTILES 13 (2 HOURS) CANDIDATES

HALL

 

GEOGRAPHY (1 ½ HOURS)

107 CANDIDATES

HALL

THUR 25TH JUNE

SPANISH FOUNDATION

LISTENING 35 MINS

50  CANDIDATES

READING 30 MINS

44 CANDIDATES   HALL

ENGINEERING 2 (1 HOUR)

27 CANDIDATES

 

 

HALL

MATHS  2

240 CANDIDATES

(F – I – H)  1 ½ HRS

 

HALL

FRI 26TH JUNE

 

 

 

 

 

Computer Science Live Tweet Chat Revision

Tuesday 2nd June 2015 18:00 - 20:00

On 2nd June, the day before Year 11 sit their Computer Science exam, Computing Academy will be hosting a live tweet chat revision session.  They will tweet exam questions and answers, field questions and provoke peer discussion and mentoring.

In order to take part students just need to login to Twitter before 18:00 on Tuesday 2nd June 2015 and use hashtag #compacadrevision and/or follow @comp_acad

Mr Garside, Computer Science

 

A Night to Remember – Durham Johnston Alumni Gathering

Saturday 16th  May saw a magnificent gathering of past pupils, staff and Governors at Durham Johnston’s inaugural Alumni Association event.

Three past Headteachers, representing over 30 years of school’s leadership, joined the current Headteacher Dr Michael Wardle in a wonderful evening of reminiscence and music.

Sir John Dunford OBE (Head from 1982-1998), Richard Bloodworth (Head from 1999 – 2004) and Carolyn Roberts (Head from 2004 – 2012) spoke to a large audience alongside past Head Girl and Boy Lydia Aers and David Elson (pupils from 1989 – 1995).

Current Head Dr Michael Wardle said

‘It was an honour and a privilege to launch our alumni network.'

Many of our past students ask how they can get involved and give something back to the school.

Our school is committed to social justice. Our school plan says that ‘we work so that background is irrelevant to achievement and that aspiration is not limited by circumstance of birth’. You can help us to do so in three specific ways.

You will not be surprised that one of these is financial. During a time of austerity

some of our families are finding it hard to make ends meet and, at the same time, funds to support extra-curricular opportunities are drying up. The school has a benevolent fund to which I invite you to contribute. If there are any generous benefactors out there, who seek wider impact, do get in touch!

It is not only your finances that you can share. Your time and your skills could be easily used to encourage individual students or to support the governing body.’

Past pupils are encouraged to sign up to the Durham Johnston Alumni Association to ensure they receive future mailings and event details.

Tel. 0191 384 3887 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Gymnastic Success 

We are delighted to hear of the success of one of our Year 8 students, William Bryson.  William, who trains with Deerness Gymnastics club, took part in the National Development Program finals in Stoke on Trent on Saturday where he competed in a men’s level 4 pair event.  The team won silver, missing out on gold by only .48 of a point.  The competition is an important national event in the Acro Gymnastics calendar and the team were representing the North East.  This is a wonderful achievement and the team are now ranked 2ndin the UK. 

 

Sports News

Tickets are now available for our 21st Annual Sports presentation evening. This year it will held at Ramside Hall Hotel on Wednesday 8th July starting at 7.00pm. As always this is an excellent opportunity to recognise the outstanding success of the students throughout the year. Children should have been given a letter to purchase tickets which can be bought from the PE office.

Last Friday afternoon our Year 7 cricket team were in County Cup action at St Thomas More. We batted first and scored an excellent 106 runs with Gabriel McCall top scoring on 34 not out. Some very good bowling saw them only get 54 runs in their 20 overs putting us into the quarter finals.

On Monday our U13 girls tennis team were playing Durham High in the County Cup semi-final. These games are always close but we had the edge this year winning 4 – 2 to progress to the final.

On Tuesday our boys and girls athletics teams were at Monkton Stadium for the U15 County Pentathlon. In this competition a team is made up of 4 athletes who all compete in 5 events over the day – scoring points in each event. Our boys produced some outstanding performances scoring just short of 6,000 points to win by over 700 points to become County Champions. Well done to Sam Bradley, Connor Slack, Liam Graham and Morgan Jobling. Our boys B team also performed well to finish in 4th place, as did our girls who finished in 6th place.

On Thursday our Year 7 & 8 rounders teams were playing Choristers School in league games. The honours were shared as our Year 7’s won 42 - 37 and our Year 8’s lost a close game 49 - 52.

Also last night our Year 8 cricket team were playing High Tunstall in the County Cup. We bowled well to restrict them 70 runs. We were always in control of the game hitting the winning runs with 4 overs to spare. Adam Crawford was top scorer on 23 not out.

Finally good luck today to our U19 boys tennis team who are travelling to Kirby Lonsdale to face Queen Elizabeth School in the North of England & Scotland semi-final. If we win today we will face the Scottish national champions for a place in the National Finals.

Mr Hopper, Subject Leader for PE