Dear parents and carers,
You will know that today is non-uniform day in aid of Children in Need. The vision of Children in Need is to work together so that that every child in the UK has a childhood which is safe, happy and secure and which allows them the chance to reach their potential. They provide grants to projects in the UK which focus on children and young people who are disadvantaged. Their website says that they ‘are local to people in all corners of the UK and support small and large organisations which empower children and extend their life choices’. Our school did our small part today in helping them in this mission.
For those of us visiting Durham to see Lumiere 2015, I know we will be impressed by what we see. I hope you have a good weekend. .
Michael Wardle, Headteacher
Next week is National anti-bullying week. Pupils across school will be involved in number of activities via their tutor groups. Across Key Stage 3, pupils will be creating anti-bullying posters and statements with prizes for the best 3 in each Year group.
The sixth form Equalities group are organising a bake off, for Years 10-13, as part of the national Educate and Celebrate competition – ‘ Educake and Celebake!’.
As a Stonewall Champion school, pupils will again take part in the No Bystanders campaign and I encourage parents to visit the Stonewall webpage to find out more.
Mr Weaver, Assistant Headteacher
The total raised so far from today's non-uniform event has reached a fantastic £1,332.77. Thank you to students, parents and staff for supporting the event. There are other fund-raising activities being held throughout the day which we expect will raise the final total even further.
University Interview Preparation - This week 36 students from 9 other schools joined our Year 13 applicants to Medicine, Oxford & Cambridge for presentations by outreach staff from Oxford and Cambridge.
UCAS – The deadline for our Year 13 to complete their UCAS applications for 206 entry to university is 11th December. So far over 50 places have already been offered.
Sixth Form Applications for September 2016 – by the November 5th deadline 228 applications had been received, more than last year at this stage. These students will be receiving decisions by January 2016.
Mr McArdle, Assistant Headteacher, Director of Post-16
Year 7 Code Club started this week. Students learnt about the importance of learning to code before getting their hands on a Raspberry Pi to play with. Students worked out what cables went where and booted up the computer. They were all quick learners and didn’t take long to work out how to get Minecraft up and running. There was just enough time to have a look at Scratch before we start with Python code next week.
We had 17 boys and only 1 girl. Coding is for everyone and we really hope that more Year 7 girls will consider coming next week. We’ve reserved the last six spaces for girls only.
Below is a link to an inspiring youtube clip showing how coding is for girls too!
Thank you to the Y11 Digital Leaders for being on hand to help the Y7 coders.
Mr Garside and Miss Forbes, Computing 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 Monday 16 November 2015
Mrs Lennon, Operational Head of Sixth Form
A busy week started last Saturday when our Junior and Intermediate cross-country teams were at Preston Park, Stockton for the North-east regional round of the English Schools cross-country. In appalling weather conditions they all performed well. Unfortunately on this occasion none of the teams managed a top 3 finish which would have put them into the National Finals. Our junior boys were closest finishing in 4th place and missing out by only 5 points.
On Monday our Year 10 basketball team travelled to Manchester for the English Schools northern tournament. The faced some of the best schools in the north and never gave up finishing in 4th place. Our best game was a 3 point defeat by the hosts St Peter’s.
It was the turn of our U13 basketball team to play in their English Schools tournament on Tuesday. They had a shorter journey to the imposing setting of Queen Ethelburgh’s College, York. Despite our team being made up largely of Year 7’s we dominated the opposition winning all our games including a 30 victory against the hosts. We are now only one more win from reaching the National knockout stages.
Also on Tuesday our U13 girls' cricket team were at home in the first round of the indoor cricket season. They started with two very easy victories against Fyndoune and Parkview.
On Wednesday all our cross-country teams were at Framwellgate for the Area Championships. We are still waiting for official confirmation of results but in an excellent afternoon it looks likely we won 6 of the 8 events. Congratulations to the following who won their race to become Area Champion: Emily Salmon, Will McKenna, Rina Sebastiao, Sam Gibson, Bridget Bradshaw and Rebecca Mott.
We were due to have Year 9 and 10 netball matches against Framwellgate on Wednesday but unfortunately they conceded the games at the last minute.
On Thursday our Under 16 basketball team were at home against Nottingham Academy in an English schools' match. This was an outstanding game which we were winning by 1 point with less than 5 minutes to go. Unfortunately we couldn’t quite hang on going on to lose by 9 points. Also on Thursday our Year 9 rugby team were at St John’s in a friendly game. Our Year 9’s are an excellent team and we completely dominated the game winning by 10 tries to nil.
Earlier today our Year 7 football team had been taking on St Leonard’s in the County Cup quarter final. It was a close game in difficult windy conditions but he battled hard to come away with a well-deserved 4 – 1 victory. That completes an outstanding first half of the season for our Year 7’s who have remained undefeated and still in contention for all four trophies available to them.
Finally tonight good luck to our Year 7 rugby team who are currently taking on Emmanuel College in a friendly match.
Mr Hopper, Subject Leader, PE
On Friday we hosted the primary sportshall athletics competition here at Durham Johnston. PE exam students from Years 12 and 13 acted as officials helping the event run very smoothly.
Teachers from all of the local primary schools commented on how fantastic the leaders were and that their pupils had such a positive experience.
The event finished with St Margaret's winning overall and they will now compete in the regional finals in December.
Mrs White, PE Department