Dear Parents and Carers
Christian traditions understand the meaning of Easter to be Christ's victory over death. Many people also believe that this allows ordinary people access to fresh starts, new life, and renewal. This aligns with other spring traditions also. The feast day of Easter is understood by many to originate from a pagan celebration of renewal and rebirth. As the year marches on, we can see renewal and rebirth in nature all around us.
The Easter break at school is also therefore an opportunity for the school community to refresh, enjoy the springtime weather, so that we join together once again in a couple of weeks with a renewed focus on our learning, and for many students the coming GCSE and A level examinations. Our students and staff have been working extremely hard this term, and I can appreciate the need for a recharging of batteries, and a time to reflect on the term that has just ended. We all did this through tutor intervention this morning.
I wish you a happy Easter and a refreshing break.
Michael Wardle, Headteacher
On Friday April 7th pupils discussed their Term 2 report with their tutor. Pupils were given a copy of their report to take home. This year, the school has been moving to a new IT information system. Therefore, the usual electronic reports will still not be available this time. I apologise for this. Any pupils who were absent will also have their reports posted out before Easter.
Mr Bancroft, Deputy Head
Year 10 mock exams begin on Tuesday May 2nd. This week’s Y10 assembly was an explanation of the arrangements by Mrs Gillham (Exams Officer), Mr Bancroft and Mrs Bell. They will be run in the hall under the same conditions as external exams. In tutor time pupils have been given a copy of the generic exam timetable a copy of which can be found on the following link: Year 10 Mock Exams - May 2017 (YEAR_10_MOCKS_-_MAY). This includes the rules for exams including conduct. After Easter they will receive an individualised version which includes seat numbers.
Mr Bancroft, Deputy Head
On Monday 3rd April, Durham Johnston hosted the Regional Final of the UKMT Team Maths Challenge. A total of 34 schools from across the North East took part in a variety of mathematical challenges throughout the day. The competition concluded with a fast and furious mathematical relay!
The winning school, we are delighted to say, was Durham Johnston. The team of Zhenya Tumarkin, Peter Cook, Harry Cookson and Joseph Bennett will now travel to London on 19th June to compete in the UK National Final.
Mrs R Cave, Maths Department
On Wednesday, a small group of budding Computer Scientists attended a Cyber Security Festival to pit their wits against local schools to “crack the code”. Our group spent the morning deciphering a number of hidden messages and codes to access a locked briefcase containing a secure laptop and defuse a fictitious virus.
The event, which was hosted by Tablet Academy at the Durham Leadership Centre, was designed to raise the awareness of the very real threat of Cyber Attacks and the importance of securing our own personal data.
The pictures below show our code breakers working through the clues to crack the passwords.