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Dates For Your Diary

  • GSCE Mock Examinations - Monday 22 January until Monday 5 February
  • 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, 6.00 to 8.00 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 Thursday 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,

 

 

If you look very closely at the above photograph (left) you will see two small human figures; one man having his shoes cleaned by another. It is titled ‘Boulevard du Temple’ and was taken in 1838 by Louis Daguerre. It is the first known photograph to feature a person. A year later, in Philadelphia, Robert Cornelius produced the first self-portrait (right). Modern digital photography relies upon immediacy; in the 1830s the process was laborious and prone to error. Daguerre and Cornelius accepted failure and the need to keep trying.

One of the perks of my new role – aside from the opportunity to read the LA policy on gritting and snow ploughs– is that I can access the school archive. It contains collected memorabilia from 1901 onwards and amongst the cast lists, public speaking events and school reports are a number of photographs. Sports team and form classes. Musical ensembles and prize winners. Black blazers with red stripes. Orange PE kits. Quiffs, bobs, side burns and mullets. In each image the students look towards the camera and obvious questions occur to the viewer; Is it a treasured photograph that they have a copy of at home? Were they happy at school? Successful? Did they go on to lead a fulfilled life? 

 

In assemblies this week I have been sharing a number of the photographs with students. Whilst fashions may change, the pictured students are part of a continuum, stretching through 117 years. They too sat in assemblies; they too looked hopefully at falling snow. The difference being that former students can only look back; they can only reminisce. The school’s current students have the advantage of time; what they choose do now can alter the remainder of their time at the school. What will they think when they look back at photographs taken in 2018?

Mr O'Sullivan

 

GCSE Mock Examinations 

GCSE Mock Examinations will begin on Monday 22nd January until 5 February.  

Please click on the following link for general information regarding the examinations.  Students have been provided with individual timetables.

GCSE Mock Examinations Spring Term 2018

 

Parent Governor Vacancy

We have received four nominations for the role of Parent Governor and will therefore hold an election.  Ballot papers for parents and carers will be issued to the eldest child in each family next week.  

 

 

Congratulations to..

Congratulations to Yuriy Tumarkin on achieving a gold medal in the British Mathematical Olympiad.

1600 of the highest achieving students in the country entered this extremely challenging maths contest and Yuriy was awarded a gold medal. After scoring full marks in the Senior Maths Challenge to qualify, Yuriy was one of only 16 students to score full marks in the Olympiad.

Yuriy is currently in the Upper Sixth at Durham Johnston and  has already taken A levels in Maths, Further Maths, Russian and German. He is taking additional A levels this summer in Chemistry, French, History and Physics, for an astonishing total of 8! He has an offer to read Mathematics at Trinity College Cambridge next year. 

We are also delighted to hear of the progress of four of our former students who have successfully gained qualifications at a local FE college and have embarked on Higher Education programmes of study.

Chloe Anson -  Northumbria University - Children's Nursing

Hannah Ashton - Leeds City College - Fashion, Theatrical, Hair and Media Make Up

Lee Lambert - Askham Bryan College - Animal Management

Millie Rayner - Northumbria University -  Built and Natural Environment

 

 

Word of the Week

 

University Applications 2018

136, year 13 students have now applied for a university place through UCAS.  Between them, they have received 409 offers to choose from so far, including 11 offers from Oxford and Cambridge.

Year 12 students are about to begin their Preparation for Higher Education and Careers course which will be delivered in a one-hourly lesson, per fornight over the calendar year.  13, year 12 students also have places on Durham University's Supported Progression scheme.

Mr McArdle, Assistant Head (Director Post-16)

 

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  Monday 22 January 2018

 

Sixth Form Societies

 

House System Notices

Date Me Out

Date Me Out is back for a second year!

After the phenomenal success of last year’s Date Me Out we return with a new show in February! Let cupid strike!

Full details are with your form tutors.  Adverts are also on display around school!

If you’d like to take part see Miss Forbes in IT1 next week!

For further information please click here.

 

Design a House Emblem

We are looking for designers to create an emblem for their house, and the House System as a whole.  We have some very talented young people in school – graphic designers, artists and the like!  We welcome submissions from all year groups – originality is key!

Good luck!

 

Children in Need

A sincere thank you to all of our young people for raising £1441.41 for Children in Need!  Your generosity makes such a difference – well done.

Miss Forbes and the House Leaders

 

Music Notices

On account of both year 11 mocks and Associated Board exams, the rehearsal schedule for the next 2 weeks will be as follows.

 

Week Beginning

22nd January

Room

Notes

Tuesday

Junior Orchestra

MUS1

Wind and Brass

 

Wind Band

NO WIND BAND THIS WEEK

Wednesday

Junior Choir

MUS1

 

 

Senior Choir

MUS2

Sopranos and Altos

Thursday

Senior Orchestra

MUS1

Strings

Friday

Big Band

MUS1

 

 

 

Week Beginning

29th January

Room

Notes

Tuesday

Junior Orchestra

MUS2

Strings

 

Wind Band

MUS1

 

Wednesday

Junior Choir

MUS1

 

 

Senior Choir

MUS2

Tenors and Basses

Thursday

Senior Orchestra

MUS1

Wind and Brass

Friday

Big Band

MUS1

 


Mr Holmes, Subject Leader for Music

 

PE Department News

An outstanding achievement for our U15 girls football team on Monday. 256 schools started in the English Schools cup and we had reached the last 16 schools. We were at home taking on St George’s School, Sleaford. The girls played some excellent football to take a 2 – 1 lead at half-time, thanks to two Emily Salmon goals. Despite a few nervous moments in the second half we scored two more goals to win 4 – 1 and reach the National quarter-final. We now face Crompton House School, Oldham for a place in the National semi-final. Congratulations to all the team.

On Tuesday it was the first round of the Year 7 Area basketball CVL’s, held at Durham Johnston. We started with a 18 – 4 win against Framwellgate and went on to win the tournament with another impressive 16 – 4 win over Parkview.

On Wednesday afternoon our Year 7 5-a-side football team were at Louisa Centre, Stanley representing Bishop Auckland Schools in the County Finals. We played some excellent football throughout winning the tournament to become County Champions. They now go on to represent the County in the regional round.

Also on Wednesday our Year 9 rugby team were at Blaydon Rugby club for the County finals. Unfortunately we faced a very strong team from St Thomas More first and despite taking an early lead ran out of steam in the second half losing by 2 tries. Despite a few injuries and player unavailability we kept battling, winning our final game to finish in the top three schools in the County.

Mr Hopper, Subject Leader for PE

 

Boys' Football Fixtures and Match Reports 2017-2018

 

Extra-curricular Activities

Extra-curricular Activities - Spring Term 2018

 

Holiday and Term Dates 

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

School Holiday and Term Dates