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Dates for Your Diary

  • School Music Festival – Monday 29th June, 6.00 p.m. in James Hall.  Tickets are not required for this event
  • Music for a Summer Evening, Friday 3 July, Atrium Café.  Tickets are available from the Music Department
  • Year 6 Induction Evening - Monday 6 July, 6.00 - 8.00 p.m.
  • Annual Sports Presentation Evening – Wednesday 8 July 7.00 p.m. at Ramside Hall (tickets available from the PE department)
  • UCAS and Higher Education Finance Information for Year 12 Parents – Thursday 9 July, 6.00 p.m., James Hall
  • Summer term ends - Thursday 16th July
  • Autumn term begins - Thursday 3 September
  • Year 6 Open day - Monday 28 September, 9.30 a.m. and 6.00 p.m.
  • Sixth Form Open Evening - Monday 5 October, James Hall, 6.00 - 8.00 p.m.


Headteacher's Message

Dear parents and carers,

It can be easy to rush through life without stopping to notice much. Paying more attention to the present moment – to your own thoughts and feelings, and to the world around you – can improve your mental wellbeing. Some people call this awareness 'mindfulness'. Good mental wellbeing means feeling good about life and yourself, and being able to get on with life in the way you want.

Our young people are under a lot of different pressures. Some of these pressures come from school, others from society and their peers and other pressures from home. Many young people deal with these pressures well, but some, at times, feel these pressures overpower them. The school has been asked to share some information about mental wellbeing with our parents and our students, and links to these are found under this message. Clearly, these concern students who are feeling a great deal of pressure. However, it is good for us all to reflect on our own thoughts and feelings, and to be mindful of all of the good things in our lives.

Yours sincerely

Michael Wardle, Headteacher



Coping with exams

Let's talk about it

Not just a cry for help

A parent's guide to depression



Visit to the DLI Museum

On Monday 8th June 30, year 9 students visited the Durham Light Infantry Museum. We have worked very closely with the DLI for a number of years and they very kindly offered the school the opportunity to participate in a new initiative entitled ‘Durham Duties.’ The students have studied the Great War as part of the year 9 curriculum and are currently studying World War Two. The session involved a tour of the museum galleries and then working in groups to investigate a variety of individuals from both world wars. The students were given information and artefacts concerning individuals associated with Durham. The individuals ranged from Prisoners of War to decorated soldiers; from women working on the home front to children affected by conflict. The students greatly enjoyed the sessions and we were very grateful to be invited. We intend to take all of our year nine students to the museum in the spring of 2016 and would like to thank Naomi Beeley and Carolyn Waterworth for an interesting afternoon.

Mr O’Sullivan, Assistant Head



Supporting Students with Special Dietary Requirements

The School Meals Service at Durham County Council endeavour to work in partnership with all families to ensure that we can provide specialist diets and menus for all pupils in school.   If your child has an allergy or intolerance to any food could you please complete the form and return to the school for the attention of Mrs Coady.

Please include written confirmation from a Doctor or Dietician confirming the allergy/intolerance.

Unfortunately special diets cannot be put in place without this confirmation.



Code Club – Digital Leaders Week 2

Last Wednesday we had a guest speaker come and talk to our digital leaders about some Python modules that he had written to encourage students to learn to code. Danny Goodall showed us how to use Python to send text messages, tweet to our twitter accounts, as well as write software to get directions from home to school.

We were very lucky to have Danny come and talk to us, especially as he travelled all the way from Southampton to run this session. For anyone interested, follow this link to see his website and how to use his Python modules: www.codefurther.org

Next week we will showing how to use a couple of Raspberry Pi add on boards (Pibrella and Explorer hat) as well as hopefully showing more code to use with Minecraft. After next Wednesday we will be asking our future digital leaders to start thinking of a project that they would like to develop that would be good to teach our younger students at code club next year. Code club will run for the remaining two weeks of this term for our Y10 digital leaders, but they can use that time have our help with developing their project.

By popular demand, below is a picture of the code we used last week to make our Jelly Babies scream.




Mr Garside and Miss Forbes, Computing Department



Music Notices


The Great Charter – Community Opera



On Saturday 20th June 10 Durham Johnston students participated in the final performance of ‘The Great Charter’ which took place in Middlesbrough Cathedral. Although very challenging for our students and all the other musicians involved, it was both enjoyable and a huge success and we would like to thank The Durham Singers, The David Boardman Trust, Durham Cathedral and Middlesbrough Cathedral for jointly facilitating this exciting venture.


School Music Festival – Monday 29th June – James Hall

There are three classes in the festival and the students who have entered have the opportunity to perform a solo to parents, friends and Mr Deryck Webb (who some of us might recognise of King John) who will be our adjudicator for the evening. Refreshments will be served in the Atrium during the deliberations after each round and following this, the winners will be announced and Mr Wardle will present the certificates and cup.

Class 1 (Grades 1-3) – 18.00

Class 2 (Grades 4-5) – 18.45

Class 3 (Grades 6+) – 19.45


Chamber Music Concert – St Giles Church – Friday 10th July.

Several Durham Johnston School pupils are performing in this concert, which is being organised by the Durham Music Service. For further details, please follow this link


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 29 June.

Mrs Lennon, Deputy Head of Sixth Form



Sports News

Last Friday our Y10 cricket team had a comfortable victory in the Tyneside cup against Parkview. A victory against St Aidan’s on Monday will now see them reach the final. Also on Friday our U13 boys tennis team were due to play Hummersknott in the league decider. Unfortunately at the last minute they conceded the game so we now go on next week to represent Durham in the north-east finals.

On Tuesday our year 7 & 8 boys and girls athletics teams were at the Riverside Stadium, Chester-le-Street for the Area championships. This was another great afternoon of athletics as we won all four competitions. The results were as follows:

Year 7 Boys

Durham Johnston – 97 points

St Leonards – 96 points

Whitworth – 77 points


Year 8 Boys

Durham Johnston – 108 points

Whitworth – 88 points

St Leonards – 87 points


Year 7 Girls

Durham Johnston – 102 points

St leonard’s – 89 points

Framwellgate – 72 points


Year 8 Girls

Durham Johnston – 101 points

St leonard’s – 91 points

Framwellgate – 77 points


On Wednesday our U15 boys’ tennis team were playing Parkview in the Tyneside Tennis final. This was a straightforward victory as we won 6 – 0 to become champions. Also on Wednesday our Year 7 & 8 rounders teams were at Durham High in league games. It was an excellent result for our Year 7’s who won 23 – 16 to secure the league title. Unfortunately our Year 8 team lost 32 – 64. Finally on Wednesday our Year 9 cricket team were very unlucky to lose a close County cup match v Monkwearmouth.

On Thursday our Year 8 cricket team were at the County “Chance to Compete” finals in Billingham. We were unlucky to have a difficult draw and only lost once. This unfortunately meant we failed to qualify for the semi-finals eventually finishing 5th.

Last night our U13 girls’ tennis team were playing Barnard Castle in the County final. It was a close match which we eventually won 4 – 2 to become County Champions. Unfortunately our U15 boys were not as successful in their County final also against Barnard Castle. The score ended 3 – 3 but we lost on games count-back.

Unfortunately the rain this morning caused the girls County “Chance to Compete” cricket being cancelled today.”  

Year 9 student Daniel Morley has been selected to represent the North East Division at the English Schools National Swimming Championships in Sunderland on 28 and 29 June.  Daniel, who trains with Durham City Swimming Club, is a talented swimmer.  He will swim freestyle in his events at the weekend.  We wish him every success.


Mr Hopper, Subject Leader for PE