This school has a long and rich tradition, and its values stand the test of time. Generations of students, generations of teachers and staff have protected these values and these traditions. Generations of headteachers have helped enshrine these values and traditions. I believe I have played my part in this. I will be spending some time away from school working as an inspector of schools, and I am glad to announce that Andrew O'Sullivan will be headteacher during this time. A great many of you know him well through his time here as history teacher and senior leader. I know that he, Mr Bancroft and other leaders in school will continue to move the school from strength to strength.
Thank you for your support. I will be in school until the New Year, and hope to see a great many of you over the next few weeks.
Michael Wardle, Headteacher
The Year 11 Parents' Consultation Evening will take place on Monday 13 November from 4.00 until 6.00 p.m. Please click on the following link for a copy of the letter which was posted out to parents and carers earlier in the week. Students have been provided with appointment sheets in tutor time.
The English Department will be selling CGP revision guides for English Literature at the Year 11 parents' evening on Monday 11th November. Guides are for sale at £3.00 each and are available for: Romeo and Juliet; A Christmas Carol; Power and Conflict Poetry; Blood Brothers; An Inspector Calls; Animal Farm and Lord of the Flies.
Mrs Aiken, English Department
Durham County Council's SEND and Inclusion Unit have recently sent us information about training sessions they are running for parents who are supporting a child or young person with emotional or mental health problems. The sessions will take place in November and December. For further details please click on the following link.
60 Year 8 student spent a wonderful week in Lésigny near Paris on a study visit in the week before half term. They enjoyed visits to Paris, Fontainebleau, a market and the medieval town of Provins.
Evening activities included, pancake making, Dragons Den, a bin bag fashion show and the big egg drop. During the visit the students have had lessons in French, Art, History and D&T.
Please click on the following link to see pictures and videos taken during the week.
Mrs Wood, Miss McKenzie, Mr Atkinson, Mr Garside, Mr Rooney
We have recently received a letter from BBC Children in Need, thanking the school for our fundraising efforts in the past, and have been identified as one of the top 500 fundraisers out of 17,500 schools for 2016.
This year's The Big Spotacular appeal week will run from the 13 - 17 November and once again we plan to support the campaign by holding a non-uniform day on Friday 17 November. Additional fund-raising activities are at the planning stage and more information will be published in school after the half term.
We hope that we can count on the support of pupils, staff and parents to raise even more money this year to make a real difference to the lives of young people in the UK.
If you would like to keep up to date with what is going on in the Sixth Form please click on the following link:
On the evening of Saturday Oct 21st Durham Johnston Chamber Choir joined forces with The Durham Singers, County Youth Choir and three internationally renowned musical ensembles, I Fagiolini, The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble, and the Monteverdi String Band, for a performance of Monteverdi’s 1610 setting of the service of Vespers. The concert received a very favourable review from Gavin Englebrecht in the NorthernEcho. He wrote of our contribution to the performance as follows. ‘The psalm settings were punctuated by sterling plainchant antiphons from the boys of the choir, while the girls shone in a heavenly Sancta Maria.’
Chamber Choir very much enjoyed the performance and I would like to thank The Durham Singers and the director of the performance, Robert Hollingworth, for such a marvellous experience.
Please would parents and carers be kind enough to remind pupils that all instruments that come into school should be clearly labelled with their name and should go home, if possible, at the end of the day. Nearly 200 instruments pass through the department each week and I’m afraid that storage is limited and there is always a danger of damage to instruments when cupboards are over filled.
Quite a few pupils will be sitting performance examinations over the coming weeks and in order to leave site for these assessments they need a note in their planner, which either I, or their form tutor can sign, and then they can collect an off-site pass from reception. If this is the case for your child, you should also expect to be hearing a little more practice over the coming weeks.
Christmas Concert Tickets
These go on sale on Monday 13th November. For further information, please see the last Friday Bulletin (20.10.17)
Mr Holmes, Subject Leader for Music
PE Department News
On Monday our Year 7 basketball team travelled to Emmanuel college for their first match. We were playing a mixed year 7 and 8 team and competed well gaining some valuable match practice. We had a bad 3rd quarter but kept going eventually losing 34 – 20.
On Tuesday our Year 10 football team were at Parkview in the County Cup. This was an excellent match which we won 1 – 0 to reach the next round.
Also on Tuesday our U16 girls football team took on Macmillan Academy in the English Schools cup. We struggled to compete with their physical approach losing 3 – 0.
On Wednesday our Year 8 rugby team were competing in the first round of the County rugby tournaments. They played some excellent rugby to win all their matches and qualify for the County final later this year.
Also on Wednesday our Year 9 & 11 football teams were both in cup action. Unfortunately neither could find a win losing 3 – 1 and 7 – 0 respectively.
On Thursday it was the turn of netball as our Year 9 & 10 teams were at home against St Bede’s. Both games were good matches but we lost 5 – 9 and 4 – 15.
Good luck tonight to our U16 girls football team and our Year 10 team who both have cup matches.
Mr Hopper, Subject Leader for PE
Boys' Football Fixtures and Match Reports 2017-2018
Extra Curricular Activities
Term and Holiday Dates
Please find below a link to the list of term and holiday dates up to the summer holidays 2019.