Dear parents and carers,
Each year once Year 11 have sat their mock examinations Mr Bancroft holds an assembly. During this assembly our Year 11 students get the opportunity to open their results from the mock exams as if it were results day. They receive a printout containing all of their results on one sheet. For many students it is a sobering occasion, and forces reflection on their part. However, it gives students to opportunity to learn and consider their futures carefully. It brings their current attainment into sharp focus.
The process of reflection is of course very important for all of our students, and for ourselves as adults. Understanding our strengths and areas where we could perhaps develop is important. All of our students will be invited to do this over the next few weeks, as sixth form are doing their mock exams, and the data entry for our second term begins.
Of course, education is more about academic performance, and this weekly bulletin outlines some of the wider experiences that our students benefit from.
Michael Wardle, Headteacher
Ski Visit 2017
Next year's ski visit to Serre Chevalier in the French Alps will take place from 14 - 21 January 2017. May I remind parents and carers that the closing date for applications for a place on the visit is Friday 4th March. Copies of the letter issued last month are available from the PE office or by clicking on the following link.
Mrs Hopper, 2nd i/c PE
Please note that the deadline for handing in Year 9 Option Choice forms is next Friday 4th March. All forms must be returned to school by this date and can be handed in to staff on Reception.
Mrs Slattery, Deputy Head
We are delighted to hear that former student Ruth Augarde, who is studying Engineering at Cambridge, is one of 102 engineering students who have recently been awarded a Diamond Jubilee Scholarship by the Institute of Engineering Technology (IET).
The awards are part of an initiative by the IET and its partners who are investing £3million in the UK’s up and coming engineering talent over the next five years to tackle the lack of engineers. The IET Diamond Jubilee Scholarship scheme is now in its third year. The scholarships will provide each winner with at least £1,000 per academic year. Winners will also benefit from mentoring and work experience placements through the IET’s extensive networks, in an attempt to close the ever growing skills gap.
Naomi Climer, IET President, commented: “Research from the IET this year to launch its Engineer a Better World campaign highlighted some of the barriers facing the industry in its attempt to encourage and eventually recruit talented young people – particularly girls and women. In order to ensure we have the workforce that is able to meet the challenges of tomorrow, we need to do everything we can now to attract young people to our industry. With this in mind, we are really pleased to give financial help to the 102 young people as a result of our prestigious Diamond Jubilee scholarships. We hope that they will go on to become the leaders of tomorrow in an industry which offers a diverse range of exciting opportunities and challenges.”
The IET Diamond Jubilee Scholarship programme is open to all UK students hoping to achieve 3 ‘A’s at A Level, 3 'A' grade Advanced Highers, 5 'A' grade Highers or an International Baccalaureate Diploma at 36 points or above and who are applying to join an IET accredited engineering or technology degree course. Those who are selected receive at least £1,000 per year during their studies.
Prospective students who are wishing to apply for a Diamond Jubilee Scholarship can apply online soon. Further information is published on the following website. www.theiet.org/diamond.
Last night 3 students took part in the Regional Semi-Final of the British School Karting Championship (BSKC) at Warden Law circuit in Sunderland. Team captain Connor Toghill, Bradley Slater and Morgan Davies tried really hard and finished second on the night which meant they narrowly missed out on a place in the Regional Final by only 3 points.
On a more positive note Connor won both his races and managed fastest lap times on the day overall.
Better luck next year.
Mr Kennedy, Design and Technology Department
On Monday our Year 9 girls had the opportunity to take part in the Lego Mindstorms event at New College Durham.
The Lego Mindstorms series of kits contain software and hardware to create customisable, programmable robots. They include an intelligent brick computer that controls the system, a set of modular sensors and motors, and Lego parts from the Technic line to create the mechanical systems.
The robots ranged from trucks to sorters to elephants! The girls used an app on their mobile devices which allowed them to control the movements and individual parts of the robots – a real test of their ability. They also looked at how these devices could be used in the real world too. We considered helping those with disabilities, dangerous terrains and in industry.
A really interesting event and as always they did us proud – well done ladies!
Miss Forbes, Subject Leader - Computer
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 28 February 2016
Mrs Lennon, Operational Head of Sixth Form
Music Department News
North East Festival of Youth Choirs’, tomorrow at 7.00pm, Durham Cathedral - Chamber Choir
300 additional tickets have been released for this event and can be purchased from the Gala Theatre Box Office, priced £7.00 (£3.00 concessions).
Rehearsals at 1.10 p.m. and 3.20 p.m. in the Cathedral – sorry about this, but these times have been given to us and members of Chamber Choir need to be back at the Cathedral by 6.30 p.m. in school uniform and the concert will be finished by 9.30 p.m. at the very latest.
School Spring Concert - Thursday 17th March - James Hall
Following the success of the two-part Christmas Concert, we have decided to have the same arrangements for the Spring Concert.
First part (6.30pm) to include Wind Band, Junior Orchestra, Junior Choir and selected soloists.
Second part (7.30pm) to include Senior Choir, Senior Orchestra, Big Band, Chamber Choir and selected soloists.
Tickets for each part of this concert may be purchased from the Music Department. To ensure that as many parents, relatives and friends as possible can attend this event, we would encourage you, please, to purchase tickets only for the half in which your child is performing. There will be some pupils who are performing in both halves, in which case audience members will need to purchase tickets for both parts of the concert. Please note that pupils who have siblings in the other half will be able to attend that half of the concert without a ticket.
Tickets will be £2.50 or £2 concessions for each half. Payment by cash or cheque, payable to ‘Durham Johnston School.
Mr Holmes, Subject Leader for Music
On Monday our U13 basketball team were playing an English schools match against The Kings School from Wakefield trying to reach the last 32 schools in the country. This was an excellent game in which we played some very good basketball. Unfortunately the other team were much taller which worked to their advantage and we lost by 18 points. To have reached this stage was an excellent achievement, particularly as nearly all of our team are only in Year 7. Watch out for this team next season!
The Year 7’s continued a busy week on Tuesday as our football team travelled to Valley Gardens Middle School, Whitley Bay for the semi-final of the Tyneside Cup. They opposing team had a distinct physical advantage, but they couldn’t match our team's excellent passing skills. We went on to win the match by a comfortable 4 – 2 victory to reach the final.
Also on Tuesday our VIth form football team were at home for our local derby against St Leonard’s. Despite being 3 -1 down at half-time we never gave up and the match ended in 4 – 4 draw, thanks to an excellent goalkeeping display from Sonny Childs.
Finally on Tuesday our Year 9 rugby team travelled to St John’s for a friendly match. Despite not being at full strength we dominated the game to record a victory.
On Thursday our Year 7 and 8 football teams were in league action against Greenfield. Our Year 7 team maintained their unbeaten record in all competitions with a straightforward 10 – 0 victory. The Year 8 game was more competitive but we still finished with a 3 – 1 win which included a hat trick for Daniel Smith.
Last night the first rounders practice of the year took place and it was great to see over 40 girls attending in preparation for the season ahead.
Good luck this afternoon to our Year 9 rugby team who are representing County Durham at a “Three Counties Rugby Festival” in Newcastle. This is part of the pre-match entertainment for the England U20 v Ireland U20 match taking place at Kingston Park tonight.
Finally can I thank Geoff Edmundson of Annfield Auto Services for his generous sponsorship of a football strip for our Year 8 team. The picture below shows the strips worn by our Year 7 team. If anyone else would be interested in sponsoring one of our teams in any sport then please contact me at school.
Mr Hopper, Subject Leader for PE
The PE department is aiming to collect as many Sainsbury’s Active Kids Vouchers before the scheme ends on the 3rd May and would be grateful for the support of parents and pupils in collecting as many vouchers as possible again this year.
A collection box is located at main reception and vouchers can also be handed in at the PE office.
As an added incentive, there will be a ‘sporting’ prize for the most vouchers collected by an individual!
For those wishing to enter the individual competition, students should place their vouchers in an envelope with their name and form written on it and hand it to any member of the PE department.
House points will be awarded to the form groups which collect the most before the closing date (3rd May 2016).
Mr Humberstone, PE Department
Gilesgate Roundabout Roadworks
For up-to-date information regarding the forthcoming work due to start on Gilesgate roundabout please visit www.durham.gov.uk/gilesgate.