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Dates for Your Diary

  • Year 6 Open Day - Monday 28 September, 9.15 a.m. and 6.00 p.m. For further information please cllick here.
  • Year 7 Visits to Durham Cathedral - Tuesday 29 September, Thursday 1st and Friday 2 October.  For further information please click here.
  • Sixth Form Open Evening - Monday 5 October, James Hall, 6.00 - 8.00 p.m.
  • Year 7 Parents Information Programme - Wedneseday 23 September 6.00 p.m.
  • Year 11 Parents' Consultation Evening - Monday 16 November 4.00 - 6.00 p.m.
  • Year 13 Parents' Consultation Evening - Monday 30 November 4.00 - 6.00 p.m.
  • Year 12 Parents' Consultation Evening - Monday 7 December 4.00 - 6.00 p.m.


Headteacher's Message

Dear parents and carers,

Tomorrow is the European Day of Languages. The European Year of Languages was launched in 2001, and was successful in involving millions of people across 45 participating countries. Its activities celebrated linguistic diversity in Europe and promoted language learning.  Following its success the Council of Europe declared a European Day of Languages to be celebrated on 26th of September each year. It is dedicated to alerting the public to the importance of language learning and to promoting the rich linguistic and cultural diversity of Europe. It encourages lifelong language learning in and out of school.

The school has a long and proud tradition of modern languages. Students have the opportunity to study French, German, Spanish, Mandarin and Latin here at the Johnston. Our belief is that the study of languages helps students to develop a deeper understanding of other people and cultures, and helps develop confidence in speaking and wider communication skills. Most of our students continue studying languages up to GCSE.

There have been a variety of activities in school today linked to language learning. Of note is the session that all Year 7s attended looking at different languages in a fun and engaging way.  There are lots of activities and interesting facts at website for the European Day of Languages http://edl.ecml.at/

Have a good weekend.

Yours sincerely,


Michael Wardle, Headteacher


Year 6 Open Evening

Our Year 6 open evening event is on Monday. Can I encourage any of you who will be attending (or know people who are) to come on foot if at all possible. Car parking is very tight at this event. It is also advisable to leave enough time in order to be seated in advance of talks which start at 6.00 and 6.45 prompt. 



School Photographs

The school photographer will be in school on the following dates to take individual student and group photographs.

Tuesday 29 September - individual photos for students in years 8, 9, 11, 12 and 13

Wednesday 30 September - individual photos for students in years 7 and 10.  Year group photos for years 11, 12, and 13.


Year 12 Biologists Visit to Newcastle University

On Thursday 17th September, eleven keen A2 Biology students enjoyed an afternoon at the School of Biomedical Sciences at Newcastle University. They took part in some exciting activities, helping the police forensically, analysing blood taken from a murder scene which was analysed by gel electrophoresis. Suspects were eliminated and the murderer was arrested after excellent techniques displayed by our students. Well done everybody. A busy, but fantastic afternoon!





Miss Murphy, Science Department


Music Notices

Music Rehearsals

All ensembles have made an excellent start to rehearsals the year. If your child would like to join a group, please do encourage them to come along and if they are a member of a group and need to miss a rehearsal, please ask them to send apologies to ensure that they keep their place in the group.  


Numbers at rehearsals this week were very healthy.

Junior Orchestra 44 (including 6 trombones!)

Junior Choir 26

Wind Band 46 (including 14 flutes!)

Senior Choir 96

Chamber Choir 30

Senior Orchestra 73


Spaces for Music Instrument/ Vocal Tuition

Most of our teachers have very full timetables, but we do have space for several new starters on Keyboard. If your child is interested in starting keyboard lessons, please would you encourage them to come and talk to me.


Prize Winner

Congratulations to Adam Heron in Year 12 who was invited to an awards dinner on Wednesday Evening at the Durham Masonic Lodge. Adam was named winner of the Under 16 Composition Competition, which is organised and funded by the St Cecilia Lodge, and is open to all schools between the Tees and the Tyne.  Adam was delighted to receive a trophy and a cheque for £50. 

Mr Holmes, Subject Leader for Music



Arts Award Successes

Congratulations to Molly McKay, one of our Year 13 leavers in summer 2015,  who has achieved the first Gold Arts Award in school.

Gold Arts Award is the highest recognition of students’ abilities as a creative arts leader. At Gold level, students work as an arts practitioner while broadening their horizons within the arts world.  Molly supported the Key Stage 3 Drama Club, learned tap dancing and ran the popular musical theatre club last year.This level is also a nationally recognised Level 3 qualification and is also recognised on the UCAS Tariff(35 points).

Congratulations also to Nathan Harrison in Year 9 who gained his Bronze Arts Award for consistently excellent work in technical theatre, providing the lights for all our shows for the past two years.

There are various sessions for other students to work towards their Arts Award as long as students regularly attend any other arts clubs in or out of school. These could include; drama club, stage school, music lessons, orchestra, choir, dance lessons or classes, technical theatre club, textiles club and creative writing club. Please see the school’s extra-curricular timetable for Arts Award Sessions or contact Ms Ayrey for further information.

Ms Ayrey, Subject Leader for Drama



Forthcoming Careers Event

In two weeks time we will welcome Joe Slater (Lennie from BBC Waterloo Road) and Dhillan Bhardwaj.  Dhillan is a fashion designer and entrepreneur who, at aged 18 has a business turnover of over £1 million.  Dhillan and Joe willl deliver an empowering careers message discussing their successes and experiences with students.  Joe is also a singer songwriter and will also be performing for our students. The performances will be watched by our Year 10 and Year 11 students.

Mr Kennedy, 2nd i/c Guidance



 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 28 September.

Mrs Lennon, Operational Head of Sixth Form


Amnesty Book Drive

Durham Johnston Amnesty International Group is appealing for book donations from pupils and staff for the North East Refugee Service as a response to the devastating humanitarian crisis developing as people flee war-torn Syria. The North East Refugee Service works with refugees who settle in our area, the numbers of whom are set to increase. The world has an obligation to meet the human rights of refugees and our campaign aims to help fulfil Article 26 of the UN Declaration on Human Rights, which states that everyone has the right to an education. Amnesty representatives will be visiting forms to collect books throughout the week commencing 28th September, with Year 11 forms visited on the 28th, Year 10 on the 29th, Year 7 on the 30th, Year 8 on the 1st October and Year 9 on the 2nd. Thank you for your generosity in what is a pressing issue,

Charlotte Austin, Chair of DJCS Amnesty International Youth Group



Sports News

On Monday our Year 8 rugby team had a friendly match at home to Harton. They are always a strong team and after a slow start we played some excellent rugby to lose by only one try.

It was a busy day of football on Tuesday as our Year 7, 8 and 9 teams faced Belmont and our VIth form team were playing Durham VIth form centre. Our Year 7’s won 10 – 1, our Year 8’s won 8 - 1and the Year 9’s won 7 – 0. To complete an excellent evening our VIth form team won a close fought match 2 – 0.

On Wednesday our Year 9 & 10 netball teams were at St Leonard’s for the first league games of the season. The Year 9’s started with an impressive 10 – 5 victory with Kirsty White being “player of the match”. The Year 10’s however lost 19 – 8 with Abby Burke “player of the match”. Also on Wednesday our U18 girls' football team were at Trinity College Middlesbrough in the ESFA CUP. They played some excellent football to deservedly win 4 – 0.

Thursday was a very busy night with 5 football matches and a rugby tournament. The Year 7 – 10 boys' teams were playing St John’s – always a strong challenge. The Year 7 team continued their impressive start to the season with a 8 - 0 victory. The Year 9 team also gained a hard-fought 2 – 0 win. Unfortunately our Year 8 team lost 6 – 2. The game of the night was the Year 10 match which ended in an incredible 6 – 5 defeat for us – after a last minute goal.

The U13 girls' football team were in Middlesbrough for an ESFA cup game. The came up against a very strong team losing 7 – 1 – the future looks bright though as most of our team were from Year 7.

Finally last night our Year 7 rugby team were in Jarrow for a friendly tournament. They performed very well throughout the evening winning 2 matches and losing one.

I can also bring good news from last Friday when our U13 boys tennis team were playing St Olave's School, York in the National knockout stages. They all played very well to record a 4 – 2 victory which now puts us into the last 32 schools in the country and only 2 more wins from the National Finals. Tonight the PE department have been nominated for a contribution to schools' tennis award – the result will be announced tonight at the Durham & Cleveland Awards evening held at the Stadium of Light.

Football Fixtures 2015-2016

Please click on the following link for details of league football fixture for the forthcoming season.   Football Fixtures 2015-2016

Mr Hopper - Subject Leader, PE