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Dates For Your Diary

  • Year 7 Parents' Information Programme (Maths and Science), Wednesday 23 November - 6.00 p.m.
  • Year 11 Parents' Consultation Evening, Monday 14 November 4.00 - 6.00 p.m.
  • Ski Visit 2017 - Information Evening for parents and pupils, Wednesday 16 November 5.45 p.m. - 6.45 p.m. in James Hall
  • Non-uniform day to raise funds for the Children in Need Campaign 2016 - Friday 18 November
  • Year 12 Parents' Consultation Evening, Monday 28 November 4.00 - 6.00 p.m.
  • Year 13 Parents' Consultation Evening, Monday 5 December 4.00 - 6.00 p.m.
  • Christmas Concert, Thursday 8 December, James Hall - 6.30 and 7.30 p.m.
  • Annual Christmas Carol Service, Durham Cathedral, Friday 16 December
  • Term ends for the Christmas and New Year holiday on Friday 16 December
  • Term begins Tuesday 3 January 2017
  • Year 7 Parents' Consultation Evening, Monday 16 January 4.00 - 6.00 p.m
  • Year 9 Options Evening, Monday 13 February, 6.00 - 8.00 p.m.
  • Year 9 Parents' Consultation Evening, Monday 6 March 4.00 - 6.00 p.m.


Headteacher's Message

Dear Parents and Carers,

The work of the students in engaging with charitable giving and other wider development opportunities was evident when I spoke to the teaching staff in briefing this morning. I needed to announce several meetings and assemblies. There was an assembly for students involved in the Duke of Edinburgh scheme, collections for Children in Need non-uniform day, and meetings for House reps led by sixth formers in different locations across the school. At lunch time the Pride society is holding a cake sale, we have had a humberball match (a version of dodge ball patented by Mr Humberstone), and the students are looking forward to food roulette (ask your children).  It seems that male staff escaped leg waxing this year. It was certainly not high up on my agenda!

Last week for remembrance day the school collected £576.63 for the Royal British Legion - another example of thinking of others and giving to good causes.

Assemblies this week have reflected the year since the attacks in Paris. Inspired by the courage of Antoine Leiris whose wife Helena was a victim, the assemblies explored the events of the past twelve months and how we can respond to them.

Our  school community not only dares to be wise, it dares to hope.

This half term is long, and staff and students are working very hard. I am glad for a moment of light relief in the middle of November. I wish you all a good weekend.

Yours sincerely, 

Michael Wardle, Headteacher

Children in Need

At the final count this afternoon we have raised the incredible sum of £1,611.74 for Children in Need.  Proceeds from the non-uniform contributions totalled £1,350.52, the Humberball Event raised £40.35 and Food Roulette an amazing £220.86.  Thank you to pupils, staff and parents for supporting the appeal this year.  


Food Roulette

Today the sixth form house team ran the crazy food challenge.  What would the victims, sorry participants eat?  Only the wheel would know! Frankenstein mix, Hot Sauce, Ghost Peppers and Jelly Beans - everyone wanted the latter.  Roll up, spin the wheel - eat the food - hold on to your tummy!  The whole school helped to support this fantastic fund-raising event.  Well done to every involved!!




Miss Forbes, Subject Leader, Computing



Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal

We have been contacted today by the Royal British Legion to thank pupils and staff for supporting their Poppy Appeal campaign again this year and to confirm that the total money raised was £576.63.


Anti-Bullying Week Bake Sale

As part of Anti-Bullying week Pride Society took part in Educate and Celebrate's Great Rainbow Bake Off. Pupils were asked to decorate a cake on a Pride theme and the cakes were sold at lunchtime to the hungry masses. We were blown away by the sheer volume of entries received - Mr Weaver's office was overflowing with cake and we raised over £325 for the Pride Fund, which will be go towards projects across the school. Thank you to everyone who baked or bought a cake.

Evelyn Greeves, on behalf of Durham Johnston Pride Society



Amnesty Fundraiser

On Monday 14th November, sixth form members of the school's Amnesty society organized a charity football match for pupils in Year 7 and Year 8. We charged each player fifty pence to take part and raised a total of £30 for the charity.

For each player who scored a penalty, a point was gained for their house. Congratulations to the Annand, the house with the maximum points. 


Thank you to everyone who participated in this event. 

Alice Henderson on behalf of Durham Johnston Amnesty Society


Year 7 Parents Information Programme 

On Wednesday 23 November at 6.00 p.m. we welcome parents to the second session in the Year 7 Parents Information Programme.

Parents will be given the insight into mathematics teaching for the year group.  There will be  a presentation outlining the Scheme of Work and the content covered.  In addition there will be sample activities to illustrate how the department supports the abilities of all students. 

In science, staff will provide information on the structure of the science curriculum for Year 7 pupils, and parents will have the opportunity to take part in a typical practical activity.

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday.



Careers Information - Year 11 Open Evenings

Please click on the following link for details of Open Evenings planned at East Durham and Houghall College for the remainder of the academic year. Whilst many of the courses are also available at New College there are other specialist courses that are only available locally at Houghall. These include land-based courses such as Agriculture, Equine and Horse Care, Arboriculture and Forestry, Countryside and Environmental Management and also smaller animal courses such as Veterinary Nursing, Small Animal Care and Dog Grooming.

If your child requires any advice regarding career choices, please ask them to come and see me in school.

Mr Kennedy, Subject Leader for Guidance and Careers


The Sheroes Project - Women in Computer Science

We are delighted to have made links with the SHEROES Project in the USA. The SHEROES project is aimed at addressing the gender divide in the tech sector. Our female digital leaders are going to be involved in a Skype call next Wednesday to discuss ideas on how to encourage more girls to take Computer Science as a subject.

The SHEROES project will also help us to establish links with women holding executive posts in the leading technology companies in America such as LinkedIn, Microsoft, YouTube and Dropbox to arrange Skype calls to help inspire our students.

Mr Garside, Computer Science Department


School Health Information

ACWY Meningitis Vaccination Programme

All Y11’s will have the opportunity to receive the ACWY Meningitis vaccination in February 2017.  Consent forms have been given out to the year group today; please could parents return these to school as soon as possible. Further information regarding this vital vaccination can be found here 


Emergency Asthma Inhalers

Under a change in the law, UK schools can now hold an emergency salbutamol inhaler for pupils who have been diagnosed with asthma.   We recently contacted parents and carers of pupils we have on record as having asthma,  inviting them to consent to its use when their own inhaler is unavailable.   If you did not receive a letter and would like to give consent you can download a copy of the letter here.

Mrs J Coady - Attendance & Welfare Manager 



Music Fundraising Concert

St. Margaret's Primary School will hold a Music Fundraising Concert in James Hall, Durham Johnston on Thursday 24 November from 6.30 p.m. until 8.00 p.m. with performances by singers Chloe Castro and Olivia Lawson.  Tickets priced £8.00 (Adult) and £4.00 (Child) are available from  St. Margaret's School Office (0191 384 7331).



Sixth Form Weekly Notices

If you would like to keep up to date with what is going on in the Sixth Form please click on the following link 21 November 2016.

Please click on the following link for further information regarding Sixth Form Societies.

Mrs Lennon, Operational Head of Sixth Form


Sports News

On Tuesday afternoon our cross-country teams travelled to Ferryhill for the Area Championships. This was an outstanding afternoon for Durham Johnston as we achieved the following results:

Year 7 Boys – 1st winning by 81 points (Owen Davison – 1st, Callum Davison – 2nd, Thomas Johnson – 3rd)

Year 7 Girls – 1st winning by 67 points (Erin Keeler-Clarke – 1st, Holly Cook – 2nd)

Junior Boys – 1st winning by 63 points (Peter Cook – 1st, Sam Gibson – 2nd, Charlie Phillips – 3rd)

Junior Girls – 2nd (Emily Salmon – 3rd)

Inter Boys – 1st winning by 27 points (Ben Horsfield – 1st, Dan Silvester – 2nd)

Inter Girls – 1st winning by 6 points (Rina Sebastiao – 1st, Bridget Bradshaw – 2nd)

Sixth Form Boys – 2nd

Sixth Form Girls – 1st winning by 2 points (Kezia Dowsett – 2nd)

On Wednesday our Year 8 football team were due to play Longfield in the County Cup but unfortunately they conceded the game putting us into the quarter final.

Also on Wednesday our U19 boys tennis team were at David Lloyd, Middlesbrough for the U19 winter league competition. This was an excellent afternoon of tennis against the best 3 schools in the north-east. We beat Yarm School on a tie-break shoot out after the match finished 3 – 3. It was a similar story against RGS as the match also finished 3 – 3. We were successful in another shoot-out. Our only defeat of the afternoon was against Egglescliffe as we lost 4 – 2. We tied in first place with Egglescliffe but unfortunately they go through to the next round as they won the “head to head” with us.

Last night our Year 8 rugby team were at Kings School in the Tyneside Cup. We played some excellent rugby, particularly in the first half. Despite a fightback by Kings we hung on to win 25 – 10 and reach the semi-final.

Also last night we were hosting the first of the primary school netball tournaments which will be running over the next few weeks.


Finally congratulations to our Junior Boys cross-country team who produced an excellent performance last Saturday at Stewart Park to finish 2nd in the Regional round of the English Schools Cup. This means they now qualify for the National Finals which take place at Range High School, Formby on Saturday 3rd December. Well done to Peter Cook, Charlie Phillips, Will McKenna, Ollie McKenna, Joe Bennett, Thomas Johnson and Ollie Stewart.

Mr Hopper, Subject Leader for PE

Newcastle United Tickets

We are pleased to be able to offer discounted tickets for Newcastle United home games at St James’ Park.

You have the opportunity to watch Newcastle United vs Birmingham City, Saturday 10th December. Kick off 15:00pm. The scheme enables you and your child to experience the excitement and atmosphere of a match day at a special price offered to Durham Johnston:



To take advantage of this fantastic offer, please pay the amount in full no later than Wednesday 23rd November.  We have been informed that there is no limit to how many tickets we can purchase, however, tickets will be guaranteed on a first come first served basis.

Payment can be made by cash or cheques made payable to Durham Johnston School.

Mr Kidd, PE Department



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