Dear Parents and Carers,
Every week my friends and colleagues put together a bulletin to share with you what we are doing together to build community and to help your children become good citizens and to share their successes. Every week over 1400 people receive and read (or at least scan through) this bulletin. My readers are many and I am sure they are varied! We are a diverse community, but we are united by wanting the very best for our youngsters, your families.
The world is watching as events in the US unfold. Much of the rhetoric that has been expressed over the last 18 months by the president elect is not what was expected and stands in opposition to the values of the Johnston. We teach our students that all of our students are equal and all of them have the right to be respected and to be treated equally. I know that this is what you also believe. Race, gender, religion or belief, ability, sexuality, gender identity, age and other differences are to be celebrated not used as a basis for discrimination. Assemblies next week were planned to consider the world a year past the Paris attacks. We will remind our students of what it is to be a citizen of the world, of the basic values in our society.
Enjoy reading this week's bulletin and have a good weekend.
Today the school community observed one-minute of silence at 11.00 a.m. in remembrance of those who lost their lives in the conflicts of the 20th and 21st centuries. School governor and local councillor Nigel Martin laid a wreath at the school’s war memorial in James Hall in memory of Johnstonians who fought in World War 1 and World War 2. We were joined in remembrance by a large number of primary school students, participating in our annual KS2 sporting event, and members of the local business community, here to offer their support at a Year 9 enterprise event.
Mr O'Sullivan, Assistant Head
Fundraising for BBC Children in Need
Next week, in addition to the non-uniform day on Friday 18 November, the following activities will take place:
· Poster competition for students in Years 7 - 11 - house points will be awarded to the best posters.
· Teachers v Sixth Form Humberball competition. The match will take place in the Sports Hall after school on Tuesday 15 November. Participants and spectators will make a donation of 50p.
· During 1st and 2nd lunch on Friday there will be a Teachers v Sixth Form Food Roulette Challenge in James Hall.
Last year we raised a total of £1,376.96. We are aiming to raise even more this year!!
Adam Kelly on behalf of the House System Team
This week we were sent a short film about Whinney Hill made by an ex-pupil, Gavin Salkeld, with music by his brother Paul. Whinney Hill was at the school’s lower site for Years 7 and 8 before we moved into the new school in 2009. It is now derelict. The film explores the site as it is now; it’s quite melancholy and will bring back memories for staff and students alike. We really appreciate the fact that Gavin has made this film and sent it to us.
The following is extracted from his email.
'I am a former student of Durham Johnston (I studied there from 1995 to 2000) and I wanted to share something with you that I am sure pupils and teachers, both former and current alike, would like to see.
My brother, also a former student, directed a short music video in April that documented the state of the old Whinney Hill site. I am a filmmaker and composer and I edited the film and composed the music for it, and I have uploaded it to YouTube where it is freely viewable. The link is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXxnB1Uoujw
To this day, I am proud to say that I was a Durham Johnston student'.
Ski Visit 2017
Reminder to parents of all skiers going on the Year 10 ski trip in January and the Year 8 and 9 ski trip in March, there is an important meeting in James Hall on Wednesday 16th November starting promptly at 5:45pm. You will get important information regarding travel arrangements, clothing requirements as well as meeting the staff who will be accompanying the visits
Mrs Hopper, Ski Visit Party Leader
At Durham Johnston we want our young people to be articulate and enquiring and we recognise the value of listening to their views and involving them in decision-making. By engaging our young people as active participants in their education we help them in making a positive contribution to their school and local community.
To reflect this, we are conducting a ‘Pupil Voice’ survey across all year groups asking ‘What do they consider important and also lacking in our RSE provision?’
This will identify what the needs of our young people are and will be used to plan the ‘Streetwise’ RSE events during Wellbeing Week. This survey will be held annually to ensure that these events are progressive and reflective of our young people.
We will include 4 classes, chosen at random, from each year group in the survey to provide us with the depth to ensure the ‘pupil voice’ is accurate.
Here is the link to the letter outlining the survey in more detail.
Mr Kennedy, Head of Guidance
Last year six scientists from different organisations kindly gave up their time to come to speak to a small group of pupils from years 10 to 13 after school about their careers. We had talks on scientific research, plastic surgery, pathology, chemical engineering and law.
We are hoping to continue these presentations this year and would be grateful to hear from anyone working in a science related career who would be interested in coming to school on a Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm to talk about their work. We are aiming to have one talk each month.
Dr. M. Bolton, Subject leader for Biology.
If you would like to keep up to date with what is going on in the Sixth Form please click on the following link 14 November 2016
Please click on the following link for further information regarding Sixth Form Societies.
Durham Johnston's Year 7 and 8 team had a great time last Wednesday evening at the regional finals of the Kids' Lit Quiz. They answered questions on a variety of themes from cutlery to superheroes and performed particularly well in the 'extra difficult' questions rounds, during which the team answered a question on Robert Burns at lightening speed!
Dr McKee, English Department
School Christmas Concert and Rehearsal Arrangements
An information letter which outlines both the rehearsal arrangements and ticket information for the School Christmas Concert on December 8th was distributed at all ensemble rehearsals this week. If your child couldn't attend the rehearsal this week, or the letter didn't make it home, a further copy may be obtained by following this link.
On Thursday evening the newly formed ensemble 'Johnston Brass' made their first public appearance at the Durham County Council Environment Awards Presentation Dinner at the Radisson Blu Hotel. They performed a set of lively pieces between the welcome speech and the awards ceremony. The rehearsal in the afternoon had gone very well, but after the event it was good to realise that their best rendition of this music was the actual performance, which was quite superb.
They look forward to further appearances.
Mr Holmes, Subject leader for Music
On Monday our U13 boys cricket team were at St Leonard’s for the start of the indoor cricket league. The first game was against the hosts and it was excellent game. They needed only 3 runs to win from the last over but an excellent maiden over from Ollie Stewart saw us win by 2 runs. The second match against Hermitage was also close as they needed 2 runs from the last ball which unfortunately they got. The league will now be decided when we take on Framwellgate in 2 weeks’ time.
It was the turn of the U13 girls cricket team on Tuesday as they took on St Leonard’s. This wasn’t as close as the boys as we ran out comfortable winners. Also on Tuesday our Year 7 boys football team travelled to Cramlington in the 3rd round of the English Schools Cup. Despite playing some excellent football we didn’t take our chances losing 3 – 1.
Netball took over on Wednesday and Thursday. Our Y9 team lost a close game 5 – 6 to St Leonard’s. Better news for our Y10’s who won 16 – 8. On Thursday the Y7’s beat St Leonard’s 9 – 0 while our Y8’s lost 7 – 11. Also on Thursday the Year 7’s beat Choristers 29 – 0 while the Y8’s lost 3 – 16.
Tonight our U14 girls team have just beaten Biddick 3 – 0 in the County Cup.
It continues to be pleasing to see so many children staying back for extra-curricular clubs, including about 150 children we had involved in clubs and fixtures last Friday!
Finally good luck tomorrow to our cross-country teams who are at Stewart Park, Middlesbrough for the Regional Round of the English Schools Cup. If they finish in the top 3 places they will reach the National Finals which take place in December.
Mr Hopper, Subject Leader for PE
Under 14 Girls Football
On Monday the Under 14 girls' football team travelled to Carlisle to play in the third round of the English Schools Football cup. After a very long journey the girls arrived fired up for a good match. The team dominated from the start with new signing Daisy Smith scoring a hat trick and Emily Salmon adding to the score with another 2 goals. The final score was 5-1 with the girls progressing to the 4th round.
The girls celebrated with a Macdonald's tea on the way home.
Mrs White, PE Department
PE Department Durham Johnston Football Fixtures for 2016-2017