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Dates For Your Diary

  • Thursday 18 August 2016 - AS and A2 Examination results available for collection
  • Thurday 25 August 2016 - GCSE results available for collection
  • Term begins Wednesday 7 September 2016
  • Year 6 Open Day - Monday 26 September from 9.15 a.m to 10.30 a.m.  and 6.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.mp
  • Sixth Form Open Evening for Year 11 students and their parents - Monday 3 October 6.00 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.


Headteacher's Message

Dear parents and carers,


Thank you for your support over the past year. I wish you all a restful summer. Please read my end of year letter for details of staffing changes, uniform, term dates and other important information for next year.


Do enjoy this week's bulletin, where we celebrate much of what has taken place in well being week.  


Yours sincerely,   


Michael Wardle, Headteacher


Service 853 and 854 – Transport Arrangements from 5th September 2016

Please click on the following link for a copy of the letter which has been posted to all pupils who use the 853 and 854 school buses.



GCSE and AS and A Level Results

Examination results  will be available for collection on the following dates:

AS/A2  -      Thursday 18th August 2016

                     A2—8.00am        AS—10.00am

GCSE    -      Thursday 25th August 2016


Students may collect their results personally on the relevant dates above.  If for any reason a student is unable to collect their results in person they may either:

  • Leave a A5 stamped addressed envelope with Ms Gillham, Examinations Officer
  • Authorise a representative to collect results on their behalf.  The student's representative will be asked to produce a letter of authorisation signed by the student, before we release the results.
  • Please note that for reasons of security the school is not able to give out examination results over the telephone or email.


Visit to Austria 2016

At 9pm on Thursday 30th June 16 Year 10, 12, 13 students and staff set off on a journey to Bad Ischl in Austria.

The journey was long but the 10am ferry crossing was smooth and students had their first taste of adventure exploring the shops and cafés aboard the ferry. We arrived in Cochem, our first stop in Germany, welcoming us with a beautiful imperial castle, glorious weather and delicious ice cream.

The next day we continued our journey to Bad Ischl where the next five days consisted of early mornings spent at our Austrian partner school and late quiz, bowling and cinema nights, with fantastic days out in between exploring towns and cities such as Bad Ischl, Salzburg, Ebensee, Gmunden, St. Wolfgang and Hallstatt.


Students thoroughly enjoyed themselves and saying goodbye to our Austrian friends was extremely difficult.

Please click on the following link to read a full account of the visit written by the students.  Austria 2016

Miss Schwaiger, MFL Department


Year 10 Work Experience

This year we have encouraged our Year 10 students to find a work placement for the final week of the year. This is important as it gave them the opportunity to experience the 'world of work' and to consider the difficult choices that they have to make in Year 11 for their post-16 education.


As the students were tasked themselves to find a placement this gave them the opportunity to 'own' their work experience and understand the time and effort involved in finding a placement and then the follow-up work afterwards involving Health and Safety issues, security vetting and confirming dress code and starting times.


In total we had 115 students out on placement which is a fantastic effort on their part. we had students in most of the local primary schools, in Durham University, Passport Office, Land Registry as well as many local businesses within the community.


Mr Kennedy, 2nd in Careers/Guidance




Wellbeing Week 2016

Wellbeing Week has now come to an end and I am really pleased about how the events have been received by our students and how enthused they have been all week. The largest event was on Tuesday when firefighters joined 200 pupils from Durham Johnston School to run a busy day of activities focussing on water safety and physical fitness.

County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service (CDDFRS) sent a fire and swift water rescue team crew, a number of vehicles and appliances as well as their health and fitness advisor to put all of Durham Johnston’s year 8 pupils through their paces.

·         A look at the flood response unit and a chance to try on some of the rescue equipment (including dry suits) and opportunity to use throwlines

·         A look at the swift water rescue boat and a fire engine

·         A game where participants practiced hitting targets with water jets

·         A fitness session with CDDFRS advisor Joe Astbury; this included a warm up and a competition timing pupils to run out fire hoses.

·         Children also got the chance to go up in the fire service aerial ladder platform to take in views over Durham.

·         A chip pan fire demonstration showing the ‘explosive’ result if tackled incorrectly.

The event was organised by John Jameson, Assistant District Manager, Durham District, Durham, Spennymoor and Crook fire stations and our thanks go to him, Gary Broomhead and the rest of their colleagues who provided a day of fun and interesting activities for our Year 8’s to get involved with.

CDDFRS also offer a FREE ‘Safe and Wellbeing Visit’ where they will advise you on fire safety in your home and help make your home safer for you and your family. For more information please click on the following link:

For more information on County Durham and Darlington Fire & Rescue Service visit the website www.ddfire.gov.uk

Follow the Service on Twitter www.twitter.com/CDDFRS

Or Facebook www.facebook.com/CoDurhamAndDarlingtonFireAndRescueService

Other activities included having ‘If You Care you Share’ Foundation who worked with small groups of our Year 9 students and tackled the difficult subject of teenage depression, anxiety and suicide. 24 of these students volunteered and received a further day of peer mentor training, created their own presentation on Mental Health and then the following day presented this to each of the Yr7 form classes.

Year 7 students spent the day tackling Anti-Social Behaviour and the effects on the community with Durham Constabulary. We also held a Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) Event and Healthy Lifestyles Event for Year 7-9 which were all carousel activities focussing on Wellbeing.  At Johnston our aim is for our young people to gainself-knowledge and we aim to produce self-reflective, confident and articulate young people at ease in the world. We work to make our community safe and welcoming, happy and supportive.  We offer education to meet each student’s needs. We share a common commitment to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people.

All year groups spent half a day participating in a variety of sporting activities such as tennis, football and dance taught by couple of expert coaches who were supported by members of school staff. There were also sporting activities within the Durham Fire and Rescue Service event.

In addition students had the opportunity to try welding with chocolate, handle creepy crawlies, exotic snakes and also made sushi.   On the last day our Year 7's and Year 9's were involved with Stonewall events.

Finally, to complete the week we had live music from ‘I AM’who is a singer songwriter with the following message “I’m a singer/songwriter with a message of hope for the lost souls in our ghettos and communities. It’s more than music. It’s about helping others to see that at the end of the day, we are all very similar. We all cry, we all love, we all need help, and we all want to be somebody.”

'I Am’ is more than just a hit-record making act, it is a platform aimed at young people to discuss music, fashion and culture and cultivate their passions and ambitions.  The I AM website launched in Spring 2015 and include a national schools tour and exciting range of merchandise.

http://mobo.com/news-blogs/premiere-i-am-ft-allegra-im-miracle Audio premiere
http://uk.complex.com/music/2015/04/i-am-i-am-a-miracle-ts7-remix TS7 remix premiere

A selection of photographs taken during Wellbeing Week will be published in the first bulletin in September.

Mr Kennedy, 2nd i/c Guidance and Wellbeing Week Co-ordinator


Evolution Football Camp

This week we have had 25 students involved in partnership with 'Evolution Football' who ran a football training camp. The students received coaching and skills training from ex-professional football players who all have their  UEFA coaching badges in order to develop their footballing prowess. By the end of the week there were 25 very tired students who all looked like they have had a lot of fun.

A link to Evolution Football website is below:



Mr Kennedy, 2nd in Careers/Guidance




Future Business Magnates


Last week we reported on the success of the Year 8 Business Magnates team Podium who were awarded the winner's trophy, £2,000 for the school and individual prizes of £50 each. Not all the children who worked on the project were mentioned, and we apologise for the omission.  We are pleased to publish a full list of the team names below:

Conrad Rees, Ben Hadfield, Ben Donaghy, Jude Sellers, Theodore Glover, Ellen Moir, Madalyn Elmer, Magnus Bower.

Once again we congratulate the team on their success.


 (Photograph above -  courtesy of Stride PR)


KS3 English Information for 2016-2017

For information on the English Department’s  KS3 setting for the 2016-2017 academic year please click here

Mrs Walton, English Department


Mathematics Department News   

Junior Maths Challenge 2016

Congratulations to our Year 7 and Year 8 pupils who were invited to take part in the second round of the JMC this year.


Some very high scores (maximum 135) have earned the following pupils a certificate of merit, placing them in the top 25% of candidates eligible for this round.


Rosa Pollard-Smith, Evgeny Tumarkin, Noah Sauer, Peter Cook and James Tozer.



Junior Mathematics Olympiad


Congratulations to Fleur Smith (Year 8) who took part in the Junior Mathematics Olympiad and has received a certificate of merit for an excellent performance. 


Well done!  


Miss Rush, Subject Leader for Maths


Durham Secondary Maths Challenge

On Tuesday 13 July a team of four Durham Johnston students from Year 8 and Year 9 travelled to Wellfield School in Wingate to compete in the Durham Secondary Maths Challenge.  David Mathias, Adam Harrison, Tom Hughes and Noah Sauer competed against 21 teams from other secondary schools in the North East regions, completing several rounds, including creating a poster about the number zero, completing twelve speed challenges and a maths relay. The team took third place in a tightly fought competition, missing out on second place by just on  mark!  They were also awarded a trophy for their poster, which is on display in the maths corridor.  The students greatly enjoyed taking part in the competition and were a credit to both themselves and the school.


Mr Patterson, Team Manager



Music Notices

Children's use of musical.ly app


Durham County Council has drawn schools' attention to an app which allows uploading of music videos called musical.ly  They advise that as with most social media apps appropriate parental supervision is key to its safety. Please click on the following link for further guidance  http://parentinfo.org/article/a-parents-guide-to-musically

Pre-School GCSE Music 2016-17
Please note that lessons for pre-school GCSE music in both year 10 and 11 commence on Tuesday 13th September at 7.40.
Tuition from Durham Music Service

Many thanks for all the tuition charge reply slips, if any outstanding ones could be posted to school, it would be much appreciated.

Also, lessons from DMS begin in the w/b 12th September. Please ask your child to check the music notice board for times of lessons in the first few days of next term.

Music Rehearsals and Performances 2016 - 2017
Paper copies of the 'September Letter' will be available at the start of next term, but to aid planning, some families may find it helpful to have a copy of the document sooner than this.  
Mr Holmes, Subject Leader for Music