Head's Letter to Parents
Dear Parents and Carers,
I trust you had a good summer break. The beginning of the school year is always busy, but I am glad to have been able to speak to our new Year 7s and our new Year 12s to welcome them into the Johnston community. As another years starts I have reminded the staff and students of some of our expectations and aspirations for our students. These words have been crafted by successive school leaders, governors and cohorts of teachers over the years.
‘We work so that all our young people have the best education we can provide. We want Johnstonians to be confident and articulate, self-motivated and determined to succeed. We want them to enjoy and value learning for itself, not just as the means to an end. We work so that background is irrelevant to achievement and that aspiration is not limited by circumstance of birth. We want Johnstonians to be reflective, inquiring, tolerant, positive and respectful of the needs of others’.
Working with parents and carers, we know we have your support in these endeavours. Here’s to another successful year at the Johnston.
Michael Wardle, Headteacher
May 2017 Year 10 GCSE Science results will be issued to students in tutor time on Friday 15 September.
Mrs Gillham - Examinations Officer
The 4th instalment for pupils going on either of the the 2018 ski visits are due to be paid by Friday September 15th. Cheques for £155 should be made payable to Durham Johnston School.
Mrs Hopper - Ski Visit Co-ordinator
Having free school meals is a useful benefit for hard-pressed families. Our biometric tills mean that there is no difference in the way that children who have free school meals pay for their food – everyone is treated equally.
The school receives additional funding from the Government to cover the costs of providing education (known as the pupil premium) for pupils whose families receive certain benefits. This can include all school running costs, such as employing teachers and support staff, books and equipment, computers, expenses on our school building and free school meals.
If your child is under 19, in full-time education and you are in receipt of one of the following benefits they may be eligible for a free school meal.
· Income Support
· Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
· Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
· Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income, as assessed by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs, that does not exceed £16,190
· Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
· Where a parent is entitled to Working Tax Credit run-on (the payment someone receives for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit).
· Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.
· Universal Credit
Parents/carers can apply by using this form by clicking on the following link Free School Meals Application Form. When you have filled in the form please return it to school. Please rest assured that the information you provide will be treated in the strictest confidence and securely stored. For the whole of the time your child is in our school this is the only information we will need to check unless your surname changes. If your child is entitled to receive a free school meal we will let you know the outcome as soon as possible.
Mrs Coady - Attendance and Welfare Manager
Thornhill Primary School now administer the School Benevolent Fund on behalf of all schools across County Durham. This is a registered charity which offers a grant towards shoes and coats for school pupils.
A grant of up to £35.00 can be awarded towards a winter coat and up to £35.00 for a pair of shoes depending on parents/guardians meeting a number of criteria.
To apply for the school benevolent fund, complete and return the application form to:
School Benevolent Fund
Thornhill Primary School
Please note that the school is unable to respond to either post or telephone calls during the school holidays and applications will not be processed during this time.
Mrs Coady - Attendance and Welfare Manager
We are pleased to publish a list of lunchtime and after school activities that staff will be running this term. The majority of after school-clubs and activities begin next week, unless indicated otherwise. Additional clubs and activities may be added in the next few weeks and a revised copy of this document will be placed on the website.
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:
Music Enrichment Activities 2017 - 2018
Please click on the following link for information about Music Enrichment Activities for this academic year. If you have any questions or require further information, please ask you son or daughter to speak to a member of the music department. Please note that all activities and rehearsals begin in the w/b Monday 11th September.
Tuition from Durham Music Service and Music Works
Music lessons begin in the w/b Monday 11th September and timetables are displayed in the music corridor. Please do encourage your child to check the music notice board and ask their music teacher if they have any questions. I’m afraid that we are unable to share timetables electronically with parents/ carers, but if you could encourage pupils to note lesson times in their organiser that should assist them to remember times. If you have a year 7 child who is receiving tuition, please reassure them that it may take a few weeks to get into the swing of things and that they should not be too worried if they miss the occasional music lesson at the start of term.
Many thanks to those who have returned the reply slip and sent in cheques for this term, or even the whole year's instrumental/vocal tuition. If you haven't done so yet, please could you send them to the music department in an envelope marked ‘Music Tuition’? In case it has been mislaid, here is a copy of the original letter.
Each week over 150 instruments are brought into school by pupils and as many cases are very similar, please could I ask you to ensure that instruments are clearly labelled. I have a stock of name fobs and can supply these free of charge, if pupils need them. Also, musical instruments are usually covered by household insurance, but please could I ask you to check this as accidents do happen from time to time.
GCSE Pre-school Music
Please note that lessons for both the year 10 and 11 group begin at 7.40am on Tuesday 12th September.
Mr Holmes – Subject Leader for Music
An excellent start to this sporting year as we have already won our first County title.
On Tuesday our Year 8 cricket team travelled to play Barnard Castle in the County Cup quarter final. We bowled well to restrict them to 53 runs in their 15 overs. We batted steadily to reach the target with 3 overs to spare. We then stayed at Barnard Castle to take on St John’s in the semi-final. Again an excellent bowling performance to us bowl them out for only 30 runs. It only took us 7 overs to get the runs and reach the County Final.
This took place yesterday at Whitburn CC. We faced a strong team from Lanchester St Bede’s. We again bowled first and after a shaky start we started to take wickets eventually restricted them to 76 for 8 in the 20 overs.
We batted sensibly throughout our 20 overs eventually reaching the target with 9 balls to spare to become County Champions.
Also on Tuesday our Year 11 cricket team were at home in their semi-final against Parkview. We batted first and scored an impressive 105 runs in 15 overs. We then took early wickets and went on to secure a comfortable victory. They are taking on Hetton School this afternoon at Hetton Lyons CC in their county final – hopefully we can bring news of more success next week.
All our clubs get underway next week and football trials. A reminder to Year 7’s that football trials are as follows:
Monday 11th – Forms D, U, R & H
Tuesday 12th – Forms A, M, J, C & S
Those boys selected from these will be asked to attend a final trial on Wednesday
Year 8 & 9 football trials will also take place next Tuesday (12th). All finishing approximately 4.15pm.
Mr Hopper, Subject Leader for PE