Dear Parents and Carers,
We are heading into the final week of the first half term of the school year. As ever there have been so many activities within and outside of the formal school curriculum, and both staff and students have been working very hard. We can sometimes forget, since it is part of our daily lives, that so many members of our school community are working hard. The governors and I want to thank our staff for their hard work and commitment, Johnston parents for their support and our students for working with us, as we seek to support them today and in the future.
A quote from Ralph Marston 'Make it a habit to tell people 'thank you'. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, ... truly appreciate life.' The weekend is upon us, let us make sure we appreciate those near us, and those that support us.
Have a nice weekend.
Michael Wardle, Headteacher
We have amassed a very large amount of lost property since the beginning of term including items and bags which have been left in classrooms or left behind in the changing rooms in the PE department. Students are responsible for looking after their possessions, and the PE department in particular does not have capacity to store large amount of mislaid PE kit.
We recommend that all school uniform and PE kit is marked with students’ names to make it easier to return items to the rightful owner.
If your son or daughter has mislaid any items of clothing please can you ask them to call at Reception or the PE department either during break or lunchtime to check for any items they have lost before the end of term.
Any items of lost property which are unmarked, and remain unclaimed after three months will be donated to charity.
Our annual Festival of Culture started on Monday 9th October with a visit from Gulwali Passarlay, author of The Lightless Sky.
Over 90 of our YR11 pupils attended a private session with Gulwali, whose memoir The Lightless Sky is the story of him fleeing Afghanistan at the age of 12. His solo journey across Europe took him 12 months and on arriving in Britain he was eventually fostered and went on to win a place at Manchester University. He’s now an incredibly inspiring and moving public speaker and advocate for refugee rights.
Gulwali returned to school on Tuesday 10th October to deliver our first Durham Book Festival for Schools event which included visitors from four other schools as well as 100 pupils from Durham Johnston. Once again, Gulwali enthralled and inspired the audience and took a wide range of questions.
On Tuesday afternoon, over 150 primary aged pupils visited to hear children’s author and illustrator Tom Hopgood talk about his new book Wow! It’s Night Time. Tom drew a range of illustrations while the young audience drew alongside him, guided by images on our huge auditorium screen. Many pupils were delighted to take away their own artwork and signed books! Tom also provided a private Q&A session for Durham Johnston GCSE Art students.
On Wednesday morning, we were delighted to host David Almond, Carnegie-Medal-winning author of Skellig and the Fire Eaters. The event was sold out several weeks ago and attended by pupils from thirteen other schools as well as 100 Johnston pupils. David thoroughly engaged his audience, took questions and signed dozens of books; many of which were provided free to pupils as part of the Durham Book Festival Big Read initiative.
We welcomed back Mick Manning & Brita Granstrom on Wednesday afternoon. A huge audience enjoyed a talk about their new book; Books! Books! Books! in an event for primary aged pupils who also drew alongside the award winning authors and illustrators.
After another successful Book Festival for Schools, we look forward to our Theatre and Virtual Reality Grand Slam events which will commence on Monday 16th October.
Helen Charlton, Director of Resources
This week our Year 13 biology students have been celebrating "biology week." They have made biology themed cakes and as you can see there are many amazing entries. Students enjoyed sharing their cakes and the biology staff were delighted to be involved with the judging. We have also had entries for the Year 13 biology photography competition. The final deadline for entries is today and so we will reveal the winner in next week's bulletin.
Miss Murphy and Dr Bolton, Science Department
This week pupils in Years 10 and 11 have received information about their science GCSE course. They also have an order form should any wish to purchase revision guides or other books. The deadline for return of forms is Monday 16th October.
Dr. Bolton, KS4 Co-ordinator for Science
New College are holding an A level Open Day tomorrow, Saturday 14 October from 10.00 a.m. until 12 noon.
Bishop Auckland College will be holding an Open Evening on Tuesday 17th October from 5.30pm-7.30pm. and their Specialist Engineering Centre at South West Durham Training next Tuesday 10th October 5.00pm-7.00pm.
For information about future Open Evenings that Bishop Auckland College and South West Durham Training will be holding, please click on the links below.
Mr Kennedy, Subject Leader for Guidance and Careers
The last expedition has departed this afternoon.
Good luck to those taking part. We are hoping that the weather will be kind to us!
Miss Clay, Duke of Edinburgh Scheme Co-ordinator
After a fantastic first year for the VI house leaders it was time to recruit new like-minded people! After a series of meetings, formal applications and shortlisting we selected the new additions. The teams have now doubled in size and we look forward to another eventful year! Congratulations and welcome to the DJ House Leaders team pictured below.
What’s new for 2017? …….. watch this space!
Miss Forbes, Academic Enrichment
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:
Congratulations to Lydia Overall in Year 9 who last week competed in the Loulé Cup in Portugal. Lydia, who was competing in the British Gymnastics tumbling team (13-14 women's category) finished in 4th place, just missing a medal by a fraction.
On Monday our Year 9 football team were at home against High Tunstall in the English Schools Cup. Despite conceding an early goal we dominated the game going on to win 4 – 1. Our U16 girls were also playing High Tunstall in the English Schools Cup. This was also a comfortable victory as we progressed to the next round with a 7 – 0 victory. Finally on Monday our Year 7 rugby team were at home to St John’s. This was an outstanding game of high quality rugby which we lost 4 tries to 3.
On Tuesday our Year 7, 9 & 11 football teams travelled to Barnard Castle to take on Teesdale School. After an interesting journey with the coach breaking down we eventually arrived. This didn’t affect the performances as all three teams had comfortable victories. The Year 7’s won 4 - 1, The Year 9’s won 9 – 0 and the Year 11’s 5 - 0.
Also on Tuesday our Year 8 team were at home to St Aidan’s in the English Schools Cup. This was a very one-sided game as we won 12 – 0 to reach the second round.
Our U15 girls were also playing football on Tuesday against john Spence. This was a high scoring game which we eventually won 7 – 4.
Finally to complete a busy Tuesday our U13 boys and girls table tennis teams were at Belmont for the Durham City Championships. The standard was very high as after an excellent evening of competition our teams finished in 3rd and 4th place.
On Wednesday our cross-country teams were at Preston Park, Stockton competing in the first round of the English Schools Cup. This was an outstanding afternoon as we achieved the following results:
Junior Boys – 1st
Junior Girls – 1st
Inter Boys – 1st
Inter Girls – 2nd
This means that all four of our teams qualify for the North-east regional round which takes place on Saturday 11th November at Stewart Park.
Also on Wednesday our Year 11 rugby team travelled to Gateshead RFU for the county tournament. In the first game we took on a very strong and physical St Thomas More team. This was an outstanding game in which we were 2 points behind with only minutes remaining. Max Blackbourne kicked a penalty with seconds to go to give us the victory. Our final game was against St Robert’s. This was a more comfortable victory meaning we won our group and now go to the county finals.
Yesterday all five football teams were at home against St John’s. These are always close matches and last night was no exception. The results were:
Year 7 – lost 1 – 5
Year 8 – won 5 – 4
Year 9 – won 8 – 0
Year 10 - lost 0 – 1
Year 11 – won 3 – 2
Also last night our netball teams were at Parkview. We won 3 out of the 4 matches. The scores were:
Year 7 – won 14 - 1
Year 8 – won 24 -8
Year 9 – lost 7 - 16
Year 10 – won 14 - 11
Finally good luck tonight to our Year 10 and VIth form football teams who both have home games.
Mr Hopper, Subject Leader for PE
Boys' Football Fixtures and Match Reports 2017-2018
Please find below a link to the list of term and holiday dates up to the summer holidays 2019.