Dear Parents and Carers
I am fortunate enough to be attending the annual conference for my own union, the Association of School and College Leaders. Speakers have included Her Majesty's Chief Inspector and the Secretary of State for Education. Although many different perspectives and thoughts are being shared, I am impressed by seeing so many colleagues committed to developing education and ensuring that young people all over the country are receiving excellent teaching in the classroom.
Education is so much more than simply exam results, although these are important. Our weekly bulletin highlights this so well. Enjoy reading!
Michael Wardle, Headteacher
English and Maths mock examinations for students in Year 11 will take place as follows:
8.30 – 11.00
11.00 – 1.00
MONDAY 27TH MARCH
ENGLISH LANGUAGE 1 ¾ HRS
MATHS 1 ½ HRS
TUESDAY 28TH MARCH
MATHS 1 ½ HRS
WEDNESDAY 29TH MARCH
ENGLISH LITERATURE 2 ¼ HRS
THURSDAY 30TH MARCH
MATHS 1 ½ HRS
Girls from Durham Johnston have recently been working with The Sheroes Project in the USA which aims to motivate, advise and encourage more girls to take an interest in Computer Science. On Thursday we were fortunate to have the opportunity to take part in a web chat with a lady called Sophia Viklund. Sophia is an entrepreneur, public speaker, advisor, mentor to startups, investor, and an advocate of women and girls in STEAM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics).
During the web chat the girls were able to ask Sophia about what it’s like being female in a male dominated industry, what she thought the barriers were to girls entering the industry as well as asking her advice about what we could do at Durham Johnston to ensure more girls take the subject at GCSE.
To watch the web chat please click on the video below:
Rachel, one of our digital leaders who took part in the web chat, runs a club called Social Coding which is held every Wednesday between 2:45pm-3:45pm. Any girls or boys who want to have fun by learning a little more about Computer Science are welcome.
Mr Garside, Computing
We are now ready to lauch the SIMS Learning Gateway (SLG) which will enable parents and carers to view information about their children online. A pack of information will be issued to students to bring home early next week.
The pack contains a general information letter, a SLG Usage Policy document and a parental access request form. Usernames and passwords will be issued on receipt of completed, signed access request forms.
Included in the pack is an information leaflet describing the Microsoft Office 365 suite of applications which we are now using in school. As part of the agreement with Microsoft, students will be able to download and install the full Microsfot Office suite at home for up to 15 devices free of charge, including apps for mobile phones and tablets). Full instructions are included in the leaflet.
Science Careers Talk
Reminder that on Wednesday 15 March, the second in a series of science careers talks for students will take place at 3pm in Lydia. The session will be presented by Dr. Diane Bolton from Chiltern International, a company involved in setting up and monitoring clinical trials for new drugs.
New Science GCSE's
Science letters for Year 10 students will be distributed to students next week containing useful information about the new Science GCSEs. Students will be provided with the letter appropriate to their course; combined science (two GCSEs) or triple science (three GCSEs). There is also a form to accompany the letter should any parent wish to purchase a textbook, revision guides or workbooks through the school. The deadline for return the form to school is Monday 20 March.
Any queries regarding the information can be addressed at Parents' Evening on Monday 20th March.
A copy of the letters and forms are available below:
Dr Bolton, KS4 Co-ordinator for Science
The Year 10 Work Experience Programme for 2017 was launched to Year 10 students in assembly this week. The programme will take place in school during Wellbeing Week from Monday 17th July to Friday 21st July. Students have been asked to arrange their own work placements which will help develop their confidence and allow them to take ownership of the experience.
Next week students will receive a list of the companies that offered our students placements last year and which will enable them to consider their choices. I will be available in school to help students arrange their placements, once they have made an initial contact with the employer, using the information they collect at their first visit.
Last year we had over 100 students on work experience and hopefully this year we will exceed that achievement.
Please click on the following link for further information.
Mr Kennedy, Subject Leader in Guidance and Careers
On Wednesday this week fifty Year 10 and Year 11 students who study BTEC or GCSE Engineering were taken to a visit to the Caterpillar plant in Peterlee. The visit included lots of career information from colleges and employers who offer apprenticeships within their establishments. The students also were able to see the final stages of production of the dumper trucks that are produced at the plant.
We will be trying to arrange for smaller groups to visit again later in the year to see the full production line in action.
Mr Kennedy, Subject Leader for Guidance and Careers
Sixth Form 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 13 March 2017.
Information regarding Sixth Form Societies can be found on the following link Sixth Form Societies.
Mrs Lennon, Operational Head of Sixth
Spring Concert – Thursday 30th March, James Hall
The musicians of Durham Johnston School boldly go where no concert has gone before!
First Half (6.30pm) to include Wind Band, Junior Orchestra, Junior Choir and selected soloists.
Second Half (7.30pm) to include Big Band, Senior Choir, Senior Orchestra, Chamber Choir and selected soloists.
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.
We shall ask everyone who does not have a ticket for the second half to vacate the hall at the end of the first half and then those with tickets for the second half will be admitted in time for the second half to start at about 7.30pm. Tickets will be
Mr Holmes – Subject Leader for Music
On Saturday our Year 7 and 8 boys cross-country teams travelled to Stafford Athletics Club, Manchester to take part in the Northern Schools Cross-country Championships. This is a major competition which has been running since the 1950’s and is dominated by private schools. As we had done so well in the National finals we were invited to take part for the first time.
In very wet conditions our Year 7 boys were outstanding winning by 29 points from St Anselm’s College, Birkenhead. All seven of our runners finished in the top 21 places:
Owen Davison – 3rd
Callum Davison – 7th
Jed Beveridge – 9th
George Wells – 11th
Tom Sadanandom – 14th
Thomas Johnson – 15th
Tom Horsfield – 21st
The Year 8 race was much closer as we battled against Ermysted’s College (who had finished 3rd in the National finals). In a very close finish we beat them by 1 point, this time with all 7 runners in the top 22 places:
Peter Cook – 2nd
Charlie Phillips – 5th
Will McKenna – 10th
Ollie McKenna – 15th
Ollie Stewart – 17th
Will Robinson – 19th
Joe Bennett – 22nd
All the boys effort and attitude was excellent throughout the day – they were a real credit to the school.
On Tuesday we were due to play football against Sedgefield but they had to postpone, so those games will be re-arranged.
Also on Tuesday several of our rowers were taking part in the North-east indoor rowing finals at Maiden Castle. To even qualify for this event they had already finished in the top 3 in the County. They all produced excellent performances finishing in the following places:
Luke Bradley – 7th
Tilly Stoddart – 10th
Dylan Swinburn – 3rd
Thomas Taylor – 5th
Owen Chaplin – 2nd
Ellie Hall – 6th
Stefan Szablewski – 7th
Sam Taylor – 8th
Bethan Hall – 6th
Harry Coe – 6th
On Wednesday our girls 5-a-side football teams were at Maiden Castle for a tournament. We had 3 teams in the competition and they all played very well against teams from Durham High, Ferryhill and St Leonard’s. In the end we dominated the competition finishing in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.
Also on Wednesday our Year 10 rugby team were at home taking on Bede Academy in the semi-final of the Tyneside Cup. This was an excellent game played in a very good spirit. We started well and took control in the second half going on to win and reach the final with a 29 - 17 victory”
Mr Hopper, Subject Leader for PE
Durham Johnston Football Fixtures for 2016-2017