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Dates For Your Diary

  • Ski Trip 2018 -  information meeting for parents and pupils  -  Tuesday 21 November, 5.45 - 6.30 p.m. in James Hall 
  • Year 13 Parents' Consultation Evening - Monday 4 December, 4.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.
  • Year 7 and Year 8 Santa Fun Run, period 5, Friday 15 December 2017
  • School breaks for the Christmas and New Year holidays on Thursday 21st December and re-opens on 8th January
  • Year 7 Parents' Consultation Evening - Monday 15 January, 4.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.
  • Year 12 Parents' Consultation Evening - Monday 5 February, 4.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.
  • School breaks for Spring half term holiday on Friday 9 February and re-opens on Monday 19 February
  • Year 9 Options Evening - Monday 19 February, 4.00 to 6.00 p.m.
  • Year 9 Parents' Evening - Monday 5 March, 4.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.
  • Year 8 Parents' Consultation Evening - Monday 19 March, 4.00 - 6.00 p.m.
  • School breaks for the Easter holidays on Friday 29 March and re-opens on 16 April
  • Year 10 Parents' Consultation Evening - Monday 23 April, 4.00 - 6.00 p.m.
  • May Day 2018 - school will be closed on Monday 7 May
  • School breaks for the Summer half term holiday on Friday 25 May and re-opens on Monday 4 June


Head's Letter to Parents

Dear Parents and Carers,

Each year at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, a Two Minute Silence is observed. Armistice Day on 11 November marks the end of the First World War and is a day to remember and honour those who have paid the price for our freedom. This act of remembrance matters as we believe strongly in remembering those who fought not only in World Wars, but the more than 12,000 British Servicemen and women killed or injured since 1945. I currently teach Year 8 English and we have been studying Private Peaceful. The accounts of life in the trenches, gas attacks, and the constant shelling have touched the students, as we have been reading. It is important that our students learn about our history, and learn from it also. On Saturday I was with my family in a café next to a park at 11.00, and was pleased to join in the silence with friends and strangers. The news seems to tell us of 'war and rumours of war' at the moment, so it is good to remember and reflect.

Have a peaceful weekend,

Yours sincerely,

Michael Wardle, Headteacher 


SIMS Parent App

We have been researching more efficient and convenient ways to share information with parents and carers about their child's school life and are planning to introduce a SIMS Parent App to all parents in 2018.

In the first instance we are trialling this with parents and carers who have a child in Year 11.   A number of parents took the opportunity to pick up an information pack at the Year 11 Parents' Evening on Monday.  We would like to ensure that all Year 11 parents have the opportunity to sign up and therefore an information pack will be distributed to students to bring home for your attention on Monday.  We are requesting that consent forms are returned to Reception in the envelopes provided in the pack so that we can begin issuing passwords as soon as possible.

Please click on the following links for copies of the letter, SIMS Privacy Statement and consent form.  

Invitation to Year 11 Parents


SIMS App Consent Form

Mr Garside, Strategic Leader of ICT


Lost Property

We currently have a large amount of lost property which has accumulated in the PE department and Reception and, despite reminders, still remains uncollected.  This is mainly clothing and includes outdoor coats, school uniform and PE kit, all of which is expensive to replace.   These items will be displayed in the foyer during break every day next week until Thursday.  Any items which are unmarked with a student's name and which remain unclaimed after this Thursday will be donated to charity.  Please could you urge your son or daughter to come down to the foyer during break to check for any items that they can identify as theirs.  

Students are responsible for looking after their possessions, and the PE department in particular does not have capacity to store large amounts of mislaid PE kit.  We recommend that all school uniform, bags and PE kit is marked with students’ names to make it easier to return items to the rightful owner. 



BBC Children in Need Campaign

Many thanks to parents, pupils and staff for supporting the non-uniform day held for BBC Children in Need Campaign 2017.  The total money raised was an amazing £1,358.06


Silent Disco

Friday November 17th saw our first silent disco!

We’ve danced our way through YMCA, Children of the night & Mans not hot.  We’ve Whitney’d, Gangnammed and Arctic Monkey’ed, basically we’ve had a thoroughly good time!

The photos above show some of those involved.  Yes one’s very dark…. It was disco time!

Thank you to everyone involved. Superb effort!

Thanks to headphonedisco.com.

Miss Forbes & The House Leaders. Academic Enrichment 



Senior Maths Team Challenge Regional Champions

On Tuesday 14th November four of our sixth form students; Yuriy Tumarkin, Matthew Edge, Joshua Erlebach and Sam Taylor competed against maths students from across the north east in the Durham heat of the UKMT Senior Team Maths Challenge.  I am pleased to report that our team came in first place, with Durham School as runners up and Queen Ethelburga's taking third place.  We extend our congratulations to all four students; who won certificates, mugs decorated with maths jokes and a place in the National Final in London in February. 

Mr Patterson, Maths Department



Word of the Week

Congratulations to Charlotte Hetherington for coming up with our first 'Word of the week' for KS3 pupils.


Mrs Walton, KS3 English Co-ordinator



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:

Sixth Form Notice w/c Monday 20 November 2017

Sixth Form Societies


Music Notices

DJ 'Bones performance

15 Johnston trombonists joined forces after school on Thursday for an unforgettable performance of Peter Warlock’s Basse-Danse. The ensemble contained members of most year groups and they made a magnificent sound. Afterwards there was a collection and we are delighted to say that the Music Department has been able to send £110 to St Cuthbert’s Hospice.



Durham Johnston School Christmas Concert - Thursday 7th December 2017

First Half (6.30pm) to include Wind Band, Johnson Brass, Junior Orchestra, Junior Choir and selected soloists.

Second Half (7.30pm) to include Big Band, Senior Choir, Senior Orchestra, Chamber Choir and selected soloists.

Two thirds of the tickets have already been sold for each half of this concert. Tickets are £2.50 or £2 concessions for each half and please note that these will not be for sale on the door. Payment by cash or cheque, payable to ‘Durham Johnston School’.

Christmas Concert at North Road Methodist Church – Saturday 9th December.

Chamber Choir, Johnston Brass and various soloists will be performing in this concert which starts at 2.30pm. Tickets are £5 and are available on the door.

Mr Holmes, Subject Leader for Music


Ski Visits 2018 and 2019 

Ski Visit 2018

Please could I remind parents and pupils that the information evening for those pupils going skiing next year will be held on Tuesday 21 November from 5.45 - 6.30 in James Hall.


Ski Visit 2019

The PE department will be launching the 2019 ski trip to pupils next week.  We realise this clashes with the 2018 Malaga launch. However the cost of the ski trip can be spread throughout the full year.

Letters containing information regarding dates and cost will be issued to pupils to bring home next week.

Mrs Hopper, Ski Visit Co-ordinator



PE Department News

Excellent news from last Saturday as our cross-country teams were at Stewart Park, Middlesbrough competing in the regional round of the English Schools Cup. Only Durham Johnston and the RGS, Newcastle had all four teams at the competition and after a great performance our Intermediate boys team qualified for the National Finals which take place on Saturday 25th November at Sevenoaks School, Kent. Well done to Sam Gibson, Peter Cook, Charlie Phillips, Will McKenna, Ben Dowsett and Joe Bennett. Also well done to our other teams who finished in the following positions:

Junior Girls – 4th

Junior Boys – 5th

Inter girls – 8th

On Monday our Year 8 cricket team were at St Leonard’s taking on Hermitage in the final game of the indoor league. We played well scoring over 70 runs to record a comfortable victory.

On Tuesday our U14 girls' basketball team travelled to St Aidan’s School, Harrogate in their first match in the English Schools Cup. After a nervous start we took control, playing some excellent basketball going on to win 44 – 17.

Also on Tuesday our U19 mixed tennis team were at the Puma Tennis Centre taking on the RGS and Yarm in the northeast Senior Students league. We have a comfortable 3 – 1 victory over Yarm. The match against RGS was very close and ended 2 – 2. We then needed a 10 point tie-break to decide the winner. Unfortunately we started slowly and never recovered losing 10 – 4.

Also on Tuesday our Year 8 football team were playing Framwellgate in the County Cup. This was a close, physical game in which we were 3 – 2 behind with 5 minutes to play. When pushing for an equaliser we conceded 2 late goals to lose 5 – 2.

On a busy Wednesday our U19 boys tennis team were playing their Senior Students league matches against RGS “A” and RGS “B” teams. This time we got the better of them beating their B team 6 – 0 and the A team 4 – 2. We now qualify for the regional knockout stages.

Our U14 girls football travelled to Macmillan College in the 3rd round of the English Schools Cup. This was an outstanding game we won 5 – 3 with 5 goals from Emily Salmon.

Our U15 girls rugby team were also in action on Wednesday taking part in the County plate competition at Mowden Park, Darlington. Their first match was an excellent game against Staindrop which was close until the last few minutes when we just ran out of steam to lose by only a few points. Our final match of the evening was our best performance as we completely dominated the game to finish runners-up in the competition.

Finally on Wednesday our VIth form football team were at Cardinal Hume in the league cup. A Josh Clifford header put us 2 – 1 ahead and as the light faded we hung on to progress to the next round.

On Thursday our Year 7 netball team were in league action against Durham High A and B teams. We have a straightforward 15 – 1 victory against their B team with Lucy Pinkney awarded player of the match. The A team match was an excellent game. We won the second half 2 – 1 but just lost out losing 4 – 6. Jess Khan was awarded player of the match. Mrs Bell would like to apologise for putting Sophie Khan as player of match last week. A busy week of netball next week as we have matches on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

Finally good luck tonight to our Year 9 football team who travel to Parkside in the quarter-final of the Bishops Cup and our Year 7 rugby team who have matches at home.”

Mr Hopper, Subject Leader for PE


Girls' Football

The girls' football teams are going from strength to strength with the Under 15 team beating Laurence Jackson School in Guisborough last Friday with a score of 3-2, with the match going into extra time.  On Wednesday the Under 14 team beat Macmillan Academy team 5-3.  In both matches, the teams demonstrated fantastic teamwork, with every member of the team working hard for each other.  Special mention must go to Emily Salmon who scored all five goals in the Macmillan game.  Her speed and skill is amazing!

Mrs White, PE Department



Nevilles Cross Christmas Lights Walk/Festival 

The school has received a request for volunteers to assist with forthcoming Christmas event which is being organised by the Nevilles Cross South Neighboroughood Watch.  Please see below for further details.


Who are we and why we need your help?  We are the friendly group called the Nevilles Cross South Neighbourhood Watch, we are aiming to unite our wonderful community in a display of festive lights, singing and hot food. We are in real need of volunteers to help put Nevilles Cross on the map and if the pilot event is a success we can make this an annual event, which would be great for the neighbourhood and for local charities.

 What are we planning?

  1. A Christmas lights street festival through Nevilles Cross, Friday 8th December 3:30 - 6:00 pm 
  2. Lantern parade - The route will be decorated with festive lights/decorations provided by the local people of Nevilles cross. 
  3. Carol singing and performances - Nevilles Cross Choir are kindly volunteering
  4. Lights - We are asking local people to decorate their gardens and provide installations or lanterns (Using battery powered lights) 
  5. Costumes - If possible we request that attendees wear lit-up costumes or hats. (We really want people to make a spectacle of themselves because we are looking for the face of Nevilles Cross for our 2018 website!)
  6. Police riot vans and uniforms - The perfect photo opportunity for you and your family.
  7. Winter Wonderland - Nevilles Cross Primary School have The National Institute of Physics for time lapse photography
  8. Hot food - The French Pop Up Creperie, The Green Guerilla and Earth & Fire Wood-fired Bakery & Street Food Pizza
  9. Fund raising for St Cuthberts Hospice

 We need your help to make this happen! Opportunities to get involved!

  1. Lanterns and festive decorations makers - to be submitted by the Thursday 7th December (These are lit up using battery operated fairy lights/fibre optics, glow sticks)
  2. Party hosts (This is optional but we hope people might get together with neighbours and friends before the event to create costumes and installations. A perfect excuse for a mum's night in or a family based get together)
  3. Poster/invitation designers (Urgent)
  4. Social Media Marketing and website creation (Urgent)
  5. Run craft workshops at schools, nursery or messy church etc.
  6. Entertainment - Actors, musicians, singers and choirs (festive themed and family friendly)
  7. Photographers
  8. Provide a stall for your business (Public Liability Insurance required) 

 When is the Event?

Friday 8th December 3:30 - 6pm.

 We are open to your big ideas and suggestions.

Please contact me as soon as possible if you would like to be involved or suggest an idea. Invitations and posters need be distributed within the next 7 days, so please do not delay if you would  like to get involved. With your help it will be spectular!

Many thanks


Mrs Mandeep Smith, Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator

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Facebook Group: Nevilles Cross South Neighbourhood Watch

Mobile: 07465 442474



Boys' Football Fixtures and Match Reports 2017-2018


Extra Curricular Activities - Autumn Term 2017


Term and Holiday Dates 

Please find below a link to the list of term and holiday dates up to the summer holidays 2019.  

School Holiday and Term Dates