Dear parents and carers,
I expect that a great many of you will be looking forward to the long weekend. I can certainly confirm that the staff at school are!
May Day is an ancient northern hemisphere spring festival and usually a public holiday. It is also a traditional spring holiday in many cultures. Traditional English May Day rites and celebrations include Morris dancing, crowning a May Queen and celebrations involving a maypole. May Day has been a traditional day of festivities throughout the centuries in England. May Day is most associated with towns and villages celebrating springtime fertility and revelry with village fetes and community gatherings. Of course, perhaps the most significant of the traditions is the maypole, around which traditional dancers circle with ribbons. I remember doing so in primary school, not so many years ago.
I also hope that the weather is good for us all. It can only be in England at this time of year, where you can get sunburn and frostbite in the same day!
Have a good weekend.
Michael Wardle, Headteacher
Year 10 Mock Exams
Year 10 mock exams begin on Tuesday May 3rd and continue until Friday May 13th . Students have been issued with a personalised timetable which includes seat numbers. For your information a copy of the generic timetable is available here.
Mr Bancroft, Deputy Headteacher
Important information for Year 11 Students and their Parents and Carers
We are very keen to ensure that all our students have access to the best possible advice and support as they prepare for their GCSE exams.
Students have already been well prepared by their subject teachers and it is very important that they continue to seek clarification and guidance in class. There are also some very helpful revision materials on the school website that can be accessed via the following links: an overview of revision advice from each department; some sensible suggestions for students about how and when to revise and some thoughts for parents and carers, as we know that you will want to provide as much support as possible at home.
Mr O’Sullivan, Assistant Head
Bake Off: Crème de la Crème
Many of you may be regular viewers of the popular television series Crème de la Crème. Staff who are avid fans spotted that one of members of the team through to the semi-final of the competition is ex-pupil Stefan Rose who attended Johnston before going on to study at Leeds University in 2004. He discovered a love for cooking while entertaining friends during his time at university. After graduating, he embarked on a career as a pastry chef, working in professional kitchens in Leeds and going on to gain experience in a number of Michelin starred establishments around the country. He is now Head Pastry Chef for Crafthouse and Angelica restaurants in Leeds. We wish Stefan and his fellow team members the best of luck in the semi-final.
Our own budding pastry chefs in Years 7 and 8 will take part in a charity fund-raising Bake-Off competition in May. Watch this space for news and pictures!
Primary Maths Challenge
On Monday 25th April, Durham Johnston hosted a heat of the Durham Primaries Maths Challenge. We welcomed 48 students from 8 different primary schools. The 12 teams involved completed a poster competition and competed in various rounds during the day including a logic round and some maths games. The competition was rounded off with a fast and furious relay round.
The day ran very smoothly thanks to our student volunteers from years 7, 8 and 9. They were a massive help on the day and did a fantastic job of representing Durham Johnston. The primary school staff commented on their excellent manners and how helpful they were throughout the competition. Some of our sixth form students helped by organising the resources and keeping track of the scores.
The competition was fierce and with only one round to go we had a tie for first place and only 30 points between the top and bottom team. The overall winners were St Margaret’s CE Primary school with 179 points; second place went to Shincliffe CE Primary and 3rd Place to Belmont CE Primary. The poster competition was won by Easington CE Primary.
Miss P Urwin, Mathematics Department
On Thursday 28th April 120 pupils from Year 7 and Year 8 took part in the UKMT junior maths challenge. This is the last big challenge event of the year. The solutions are posted on the website today and we will receive official results later this term.
Miss Rush, Subject Leader for Mathematics
Diamond Jubilee Scholarship
The Engineering Training Centre North East are holding an Engineering Apprenticeship Programme Open Event in May. Further further information please click here.
Bread, Bubbles and Biotechnology
Our fourth science careers presentation, “bread, bubbles and biotechnology; chemical engineering in action” took place yesterday. Dr. Kit Erlebach, who works for Fujifilm, gave an informative and interactive presentation on the important role that chemical engineering has in the production of everyday items that we probably take for granted. The application of science, and particularly the science of bubbles, plays a major role in the production of bread, ginger beer and chocolate. Of course, sampling the products was also important in learning about the bubble effect. The presentation also included the role that Fujifilm now plays in the production of pharmaceuticals with interesting information about the role of clinical trials in drug development and testing.
Dr. Bolton, Subject Leader for Biology
6th Form Notices
Mrs Lennon, Operational Head of Sixth Form
May Bank Holiday Event: Fly the Tyne
A spectacular flyby is due to take place on the May Bank Holiday weekend where up to 50 aircraft will fly the length of the Tyne, starting from the North/South River Tyne intersection before flying over Hexham, Corbridge, Prudhoe and following the Tyne all the way down to Tynemouth to mark the 25th Anniversary Year of Streetwise Young People’s Project.
Further information is available below.
Last Friday our Year 9 football team were at Maiden Castle playing in the County Cup final against Easington. This was a very close and hard fought game with neither team able to score during normal time. The tension built as extra time went on with both sides having chances. However extra-time finished 0 – 0 so it went down to penalties. Both teams scored the first six before an excellent save from Luke Teggert gave us a chance to win it. Unfortunately our next penalty also missed. However more heroics from Luke gave us a second chance. This time Scott Bolton made no mistake to win us the County Cup. This is the first time since the 1960’s Durham Johnston has won a County Cup.
On Tuesday it was the turn of our Year 7 football team to play in the County Cup final against Hermitage. Our Year 7 team produced another outstanding performance to completely dominate the game winning 4 – 0 to become our second County football champions in 5 days. Please see a photo of the team below. They now have one more final to go trying to complete a clean sweep of all four competitions remaining unbeaten all season.
Our success continued on Wednesday as our Inter and Senior athletics teams travelled to Monkton Stadium for the Tyneside Championships. It was awful conditions but this did not stop us producing some excellent performances. Our senior boys won 7 events to become Tyneside Champions winning by 35 points. We last won this competition in 1975. The Inter competition was much closer as we ended up finishing in 2nd place losing to Dame Allans by only 8 points.
Unfortunately tennis matches and rounders matches were victims of the weather this week – hopefully the sunshine will return soon!
Finally good luck tonight to our cyclists who are competing in an Area competition trying to qualify for the School County Games.
Mr Hopper, Subject Leader for PE
This week Year 8 student, Mustafa Tameme joined a Year 10 Health and Social Care group to demonstrate how all of the equipment we have in school empowers him to access all his lessons.
The session finished with Mustafa and the group playing New Aged Kurling, boccia and seated baskeball.
Mrs White, PE Department
The work on Leazes Bowl roundabout (next to the Prince Bishops car park) as part of the Durham City traffic improvement scheme, will start on 11 April 2016 and will last for approximately 25 weeks.
The works will be carried out between 7.00am - 7.00pm, subject to some on and off-peak restrictions. We will aim to restrict the most disruptive work to off-peak hours, weekends and overnight, although there will be some significant unavoidable disruption and delays.
During part of the scheme the bus stops next to Leazes Bowl roundabout (at the end of Milburngate Bridge) will be closed and relocated to Claypath. There will also be disruption to the buses that take routes over New Elvet Bridge later in the project. Information about disruption to services will be available at Go North East and Arriva buses or at our public transport map and timetable finder.
Access will be maintained at all times for residents and businesses, however alternative routes and modes of transport should be used to avoid the area if possible.
The works will be carried out in five phases, starting with phases 1A and 1B which will be carried out concurrently over the course of one week. Diagrams of these phases are attached.
There will be an overlap between the beginning of the new works at Leazes Bowl and the end of the final phases of Gilesgate roundabout from 11 April 2016 until the beginning of May 2016.
For more detailed information please visit www.durham.gov.uk/leazesbowl or follow #leazesbowl
Gilesgate Roundabout Roadworks: Final Two Phases
Works will take place on Sunday 1 –Thursday 5 May, from 8.00pm-6.00am. During this work the eastbound carriageway (towards the A1M) from the city centre, over the roundabout to the dual carriageway will be open. There will be a signed westbound diversion in place.
Much of the work will be noisy and may cause some vibration, however for safety reasons the work will have to be done at night. The duration of works has been minimised as far as possible, however it is essential for maintenance of the road.
We apologise in advance for any disruption and disturbance caused and thank you for your continued patience.
For all the latest information please visit www.durham.gov.uk/gilesgate or follow #gilesgate
There will be an overlap between the beginning of the new works at Leazes Bowl roundabout (next to the Prince Bishops car park) and the end of the final phases of Gilesgate roundabout from 11 April 2016 until the beginning of May 2016.
For more information on the Leazes Bowl works please visit www.durham.gov.uk/leazesbowl or follow #leazesbowl
May Bank Holiday Event: Fly the Tyne
A spectacular flyby is due to take place on the May Bank Holiday weekend (either the 28th, 29th or 30th) where up to 50 aircraft will fly the length of the Tyne, starting from the North/South River Tyne intersection before flying over Hexham, Corbridge, Prudhoe and following the Tyne all the way down to Tynemouth to mark the 25th Anniversary Year of Streetwise Young People’s Project.
Further information is available below.