Dear Parents and Carers,
Politics is certainly in the air at the moment. We have just had local elections, and in various areas of the country mayoral elections. We hear politicians preparing their manifestos for the general election which is now less than five weeks away. Most of our students are aware of the political landscape, and many of them talk with a good level of understanding of the issues facing our region and the United Kingdom. Our students do have a healthy interest in politics and the world around them.
I am pleased to be in a school where students are able to shape some of the aspects of school life. Many students took part in the student voice survey a month ago and the results will be shared with you very soon. We are particularly pleased with the way that the house system is continuing to develop, and the ways in which house reps and form reps are able to guide the senior team in the way in which we engage with the local community, and support national charities. This is in place right across the school, and is guided by some of our sixth form leaders also. As I always say at open evenings, we are a big school, but we try to ensure that systems and processes allow the voice of each individual student to be heard.
I hope you have a good weekend.
Michael Wardle, Headteacher
Durham Johnston's Annual Public Speaking Competition will take place in school on Tuesday 9th May 2017.
The event starts at 6.00 pm and is expected to finish by around 7.30pm.
The ten finalists have reached this stage in the Public Speaking Competition out of two entire year groups (over 500 students!) and will be sharing their winning speeches to an audience and a panel of judges who will decide the ultimate winner and present the school trophy.
Speech topics are very wide-ranging and extremely entertaining, as are all of the speakers!
Refreshments will also be available.
Entry is free, so come along and support these very imaginative and daring students!
Mrs Scott, English Department
A reminder that the final instalment of £40.00 for the Bronze Level of the Award is due before half term. This should be £160.00 paid in total.
Good luck to the teams on expedition this weekend, may the sun shine on you!
Ms Clay, Duke of Edinburgh Co-Ordinator and the Duke of Edinburgh Team
Parents who have already signed up to the SIMS Learning Gateway will receive a letter over the next few days containing their login details and further information. Should any Parent not receive a letter who has returned their parental access request form please do not hesitate to contact the school.
Parents can still sign up to the SLG by completing the parental access request form in the following link - Parental_Access_Request_Form_March_2017
Dr Tapp, Data Manager
Last week on both Tuesday and Friday two skilled teams of Warhammer players were in Nottingham taking part in the National semi-finals for both the Warhammer 40k and the Age of Sigmar School Championship. On the Tuesday’s tournament we won 9 of our 12 games and nearly made a clean sweep of awards by winning best general, most sporting team, most honourable warrior as well as getting a best painted army nomination. On our return with a slightly different team on Friday’s tournament, we won 11 out of the 12 games and came first out of the 24 teams present, becoming the first team in the competitions history to qualify for both the 40k and AOS finals in July. With more practice around our exams, we aim to win in the final and try for a clean sweep of awards.
We had a great time and can’t wait to be back in the summer for our chance to win!
Tom Wilkinson, Jamie Watkins, Connor Toghill, Zak Beattie and Calum McClelland
We were privileged to play a rugby final at the Falcons' Stadium at Kingston Park on Wednesday evening. Our opponents, St. Thomas Ramsey, were very strong, having beaten top rugby schools in the run up to this final and we came into this match as the under-dogs. The match started with us receiving as requested by Mr Humberstone and we started strongly with Nathan Eddie scoring the first try in the first 10 minutes. They equalised shortly after but we did not let our heads drop and Nathan drove the ball over the line for our second try. At half-time we were ahead, 10-5. Into the second half our opponents got ahead so it was 10-15. With 5 minutes left Alex Lythgoe ran a try from the half-way line which made things equal. The full-time result was 15-15 and so we moved into extra-time. Everyone had played their part and there were some key tackles at the back. Extra-time finished with St Thomas More winning the match 15-25 but it was a great effort from our team, a class performance which we will hopefully will carry forward into next season.
Alex Lythgoe Year 8
An ePetition has been set up in by a Durham Johnston Parent.
This calls for the introduction of a 30 mph limit along the A167 and A690, a road safety review and the potential introduction of a 20mph limit on some estate roads.
A link to the ePetition can be found here:
It is open to anyone who lives, works or studies in the area and runs until the 30/6/2017.
Helen Charlton, Director of Resources
If you would like to keep up to date with what is going on in the Sixth Form please click on the following link: Sixth Form Notices May 8th
Information regarding Sixth Form Societies can be found on the following link Sixth Form Societies.
Mrs Lennon, Operational Head of Sixth
DJ ‘Bones – Acrobat for a good cause
On Thursday afternoon eight of our school trombonists performed together to raise money by playing ‘The Acrobat’ by John Greenwood, which some of you may remember as the theme tune for the TV programme ‘Jonny Briggs’. This was in response to a GoFundMe appeal for a treatment fund for a fellow trombonist Stephen Sykes, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2016.
A video of the performance was posted on Facebook and we were delighted to be able to send a donation for £40 to the appeal fund.
Durham Johnston School Music Festival
The School Music Festival will take place on the evening of Friday 30th June in James Hall and there will be three classes: -
Class 1 (Grade 1-3) Whinney Hill Music Cup 6.00pm
Class 2 (Grade 4-5) Crossgate Moor Music Cup 6.45pm
Class 3 (Grade 6+) Durham Johnston School Music Cup 7.45pm
The competition is open to all pupils who take music lessons outside school (including piano and singing) as well as those who receive tuition in school from Durham Music Service. Pieces, which must be solo (accompanied or unaccompanied), must last no longer than 3 minutes for Classes 1 and 2, and 4 minutes for Class 3. Pupils who play more than one instrument may enter a maximum of two different classes and the grades for each round refer to the standard of the piece performed and not to any formal qualification held.
For more details and an entry form, please click here DJ_Music_Festival Entry Form
On Tuesday morning our Year 9 cricket team travelled to Sedgefield to take on Barnard Castle School in the regional quarter-final of the Twenty20 Cup. We batted first and scored a credible 69 runs. We then produced an excellent bowling display to restrict them to 62 runs with only one over to go. An excellent over from Felix Collins saw them still needing 5 to win from the last ball. Unfortunately their batsman just swung his bat and hit a 6 to give them the victory by 1 run.
After school our Year 8 football team were at Maiden Castle taking on Farringdon in the County Cup final. The officials from Durham FA and all of the spectators agreed that this was one of the most exciting and incident packed games of school football ever seen. The score was 3 – 3 at full time – somehow we managed not to score a winner despite dominating the second half and missing 2 penalties and hitting both posts on several occasions. We then went 4 – 3 up in extra time only to concede two late goals to lose 5 – 4. All the boys were a credit to the school throughout the match.
Last night our Year 8 and Year 10 football teams were both playing semi-finals against Whitworth. Our Year 8 team got back to winning ways dominating the game to win 4 – 1. The Year 10 game was much closer as we fought back from 2 – 0 down to force extra time. Two more goals in extra time saw us reach the final with a 4 – 2 victory. The Year 8 final is on Tuesday and the Year 10 on Thursday – both games at St John’s.
Also last night our Year 8 and 9 rounders teams hosted Queen Ethelburga’s School, York in friendly matches. Both games were played in an excellent spirit and ended up very close with us losing both matches by only a couple of rounders.
Good luck today to our Year 7 basketball team who left school at 6.30 am this morning to travel to Manchester for the National Basketball Finals. This will be a great experience for the team to play schools from around the Country at the National Basketball Centre.
Finally good luck tomorrow to our U16 basketball team who also travel to Manchester for their National Finals. They are through to the last 4 schools in the country and face Evelyn Grace Academy, Brixton in the semi-final at 10.00am hoping to reach the National Final in the afternoon.
Mr Hopper, Subject Leader for PE
Durham Johnston Football Fixtures for 2016-2017