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Dates For Your Diary

  • 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

A boy and his father are involved in a car crash. The father dies and the boy needs urgent surgery in order to survive; he will die unless operated upon quickly. He is rushed into the operating theatre. The surgeon enters at speed, ready to operate, but stops, stating ‘I can’t operate on him. He’s my son.’ Who is the surgeon?

Last week I referenced that Lydia Pearson was the first student to cross the threshold when Durham Johnston opened in 1901. A parent contacted the school on Monday because they had known Lydia and her sister in the 1970s. The parent had been a child in Langley Park and Lydia and her sister had been neighbours. Lydia had given the parent a present; the lunch basket that she had taken from Langley Park to the school on South Street each day between 1901 and 1904. (See below).

 

Lydia Pearson will have experienced the landmark events of the 20th Century. She was 30 years old in 1918 and will have been part of the first generation of women who were eligible to vote. The centenary of the Representation of the People Act is Tuesday 6th February and women voted for the first time in December 1918. Lydia may have voted as she met the age qualification. However, there is less awareness of the other factors taken into account as part of the Act. Lydia may not have been married to a registered voter. She may not have owned property or have studied previously at undergraduate level. Whilst 1918 represented significant progress for women, there were still limitations that slowed the rate of change. There are a huge number of events planned to celebrate the extension of the franchise. In addition to the books and films that are scheduled for 2018, there are also events and exhibitions planned.

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2018/jan/31/centenary-votes-for-women-anniversary-events-parades-exhibitions-suffragette-pankhurst

Gender can still have a significant impact in the classroom and upon options choices. There are a plethora of academic studies on gender that assert, amongst other things, that: boys answer questions far more than girls in class discussion; girls outperform boys at GCSE; girls internalise criticism and become anxious about perfecting work; boys miss deadlines and write less in exams; girls don’t study maths or  science at A Level in sufficient numbers. As a teacher I have seen these findings exemplified, but also contradicted with regularity. An understanding of how women have fought for equality is important for all young people and 2018 represents an excellent opportunity to engage with those initial struggles. Recent issues regarding pay and the public demeaning of women suggest that it would be naive to assume that gender equality has been achieved.

(The opening question is from a Brookline University experiment conducted by Deborah Belle. Only 15% of student and 14% of participating adults identified that the surgeon was the boy’s mother).  

A J O'Sullivan, Headteacher

 

Year 11 Mock Exams

Year 11 mock exams finish on Monday Feb 5th.  In the weeks either side of half term teachers will give feedback to pupils about their performance in individual papers. Pupils will then receive their overall mock results grades from tutors during the assembly on Monday Feb 26th.

Mr Bancroft, Deputy Headteacher

 

Maths Inspiration

On Tuesday afternoon 45 students from Years 11-13 travelled to the Northern Stage in Newcastle to watch the Maths Inspiration event.  Students saw talks on the uses of mathematics from Rob Eastaway about the fair way to share cakes, biscuits and other resources, Aoife Hunt about crowd management at stadiums and festivals, and Colin Wright about patterns, predictions and juggling.  Our students did not just watch the event: Sara Drummond-Curtis in Year 12 won a book for working out the number of tins of alphabetti sphaghetti it would take to spell out the human genome and Sam Taylor, also in Year 12, found himself onstage trying to find a guilt free way to share 4 chocolate biscuits and an oaty biscuit amongst 5 people who really love chocolate biscuits.  The hosts greatly admired the students' handling of this problem for its admirable lack of greed!  Students were very positive about all of the talks, and we are looking forward to next year's event already.

Mr Patterson, Mathematics Department

 

 

Environment Agency Workshops

Year 10 geographers have been taking part in workshops led by the Environment Agency this week in lessons. Students were given the challenge of deciding on the most effective approach to tackling flood risk in different areas around County Durham. Students had the opportunity to apply their learning from their GCSE studies to these real-life scenarios.  

Ms A Colquitt, Subject Leader for Geography

 

 

Word of the Week

 

 

Key Stage 3 Drama

A Day in Our School, a performance by Key Stage 3 drama students will be held on Thursday 8 February at 6.00 p.m. in James Hall.  Tickets will be available on the door priced £3.00 (Concessions £2.00).  

Please note that there will be no Drama Club that afternoon.  Students who are involved will leave school at the usual time of 2.45 p.m.normal time but are asked to return to school to prepare for the production at 5.20 p.m.

The production is estimated to finish at approximatly 7.30 p.m.

Ms Ayrey, Subject Leader for Drama

 

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 5 February 2018

 

Sixth Form Societies

 

Ski Trip 2018

 

53 skiers had a fantastic week in Serre Chevalier last week. Both Hotel staff and DJ staff alike were impressed with the conduct, behaviour and resilience of our young people. The instructors in particular congratulated students on being polite, well behaved and above all listened to instructions & advice to become much better skiers.

The weather was pretty much perfect all week and it was lovely to arrive to snow falling and the place looking snow white and pretty. That gave way to blue skies and excellent snow conditions, meaning beginners were blessed with the best start to the week. The resort was quite quiet meaning groups could ski without queues and got the most out of the time spent on those lovely runs. From beginner to advanced we really had the most amazing experience.

As well as the skiing (5 hours a day) there were plenty of evening activities to keep us entertained. These ranged from bum boarding (aka hurtling down the slopes on a "tray"), Quiz night that involved French Tukka Trials - eating frogs legs & snails, a great fun and well organised Games Night and a lovely night in watching the movie Cool Runnings. The most exciting part of this evening was the cosy environment we created with pillows, mattresses and duvets. However to top all that, the tweet that was posted by Mrs Hopper, with cosy looking environment, was actually seen by the Jamaican Bobsled team and they retweeted it. Now that is very cool!

The final days skiing ended with Instructors presenting each individual a badge and booklet meriting their progress. Many of our lovely skiers paid tribute to their instructors by giving them a little present each.

The final evening activity was the traditional "DJ's Got Talent". All week the pupils had worked with their "Passport/bank group" to accumulate points for their team, they also had to create & rehearse a performance based on the theme "Winter Olympics" in order to perform at our final event. All 5 groups gave us something very different with the winning team being the group that came together with torches to the song "Sweet Caroline" - not sure why that particular tune, but the audience & judges loved it and joined in.

Finally a word of thanks to the hotel staff and reps who looked after us all week and made it as much fun as it could possibly be. If you missed our tweets & photos follow @durhamjohnston and look for #DKSkiing.

Mrs Hopper, Ski Visits Co-ordinator

 

Ski Trip 2019

The second instalment for next year's ski trip of £144 for the 2019 ski trip is due next  Friday 9th February please. Cheques should be made payable to Durham Johnston School.

There is an opportunity for more pupils to sign up to the trip. Details are available from Mrs Hopper in the PE office.

Mrs Hopper, Ski Visits Co-ordinator

 

 

PE Department News

An outstanding week for sporting achievement.

On Monday our U14 girls football team travelled to St Mary’s College, Hull in the “last 16” of the English Schools Cup. Despite the long journey we started the game well taking control before going on to win 4 – 1. They now take on St Wilfred’s School, Blackburn next Tuesday in the National quarter-final – an outstanding achievement to reach the last 8 schools in the country.

On Tuesday our Year 9 Futsal team were supposed to be competing in the Bishop Auckland tournament but unfortunately it was postponed. Our Year 7 basketball team did however travel to Parkview for the second round of the Area CVL. They again remained unbeaten with victories over Belmont and the hosts. They have now qualified for the County final in March.

Also on Tuesday our Year 10 football team were taking on Framwellgate in the County Cup semi-final. This was an excellent game which was level at 1 – 1. Unfortunately we conceded a penalty and then as we chased the game conceded another late goal to lose 3 – 1.

On Wednesday morning our boys cross-country teams headed for Emmanuel College for the Tyneside Championships. It was an outstanding morning as we dominated all three races to become triple Tyneside Champions. This is the first time a school has won all three titles in the same year. Well done to Sam Gibson who won his race to become Tyneside Champion.

Junior Boys

SCHOOL

POINTS

POSN

Durham Johnston

28

1

Dame Allans

51

2

Park View

53

3

RGS

54

4

Durham Johnston B

77

5

Emmanuel

81

6

St Cuthbert's

97

7

RGS B

152

8

Emmanuel B

169

9

Bede

173

10

 

 

Inter Boys

SCHOOL

POINTS

POSN

Durham Johnston

12

1

RGS

43

2

Durham Johnston B

54

3

Emmanuel

58

4

Park View

75

5

St Cuthbert's

85

6

Dame Allans

119

7

 

Senior Boys

SCHOOL

POINTS

POSN

Durham Johnston

20

1

Bede

30

2

Dame Allans

34

3

Emmanuel A

53

4

Emmanuel B

76

5

 

During the afternoon our U15 girls football team were taking on Crompton House School, Oldham in the National quarter-final of the English Schools Cup. Despite very windy conditions this was an excellent game which was 2 – 2 as we approached half-time. Unfortunately we conceded just before half-time to go in 3 – 2 behind. Despite our best efforts we couldn’t get back into the game going on to lose 7 – 3 This was still an outstanding achievement for the girls to reach the national quarter-finals.

Also on Wednesday our Year 7 rugby team were at Consett RFC competing in the County Finals. This was another great afternoon for Durham Johnston as we remained unbeaten throughout the afternoon to become County Champions. The highlight was our final game against a strong team from Emmanuel College. We scored an early try and another try towards the end saw us pick up the trophy.

Finally on Wednesday our Year 9 basketball team were due to be competing in the Area basketball tournament. Unfortunately the other schools all withdrew leaving us as the only team willing to play. We therefore become Area Champions and go on to the County finals in March.

On Thursday afternoon our boys and girls Key Stage 3 & 4 badminton teams were at Belmont for the County finals. We dominated the opposition winning the Key Stage 3 boys, Key Stage 4 boys and Key Stage 4 girls without dropping  a set to become County Champions. Our Key Stage 3 girls beat Greenfield 4 – 1 to set up a final against St John’s. This was a very close match which went down to the last set. Unfortunately we lost to finish runners-up.

Our 3 County Champions now go on the North-east finals in March.

Also on Thursday we were hosting the Area netball tournament. 6 teams entered: Tanfield, St Leonards, DHS, Durham School, St Bedes, Durham Johnston

Our team of 7 – depleted by injury, won 4 out of 5 matches. In our only defeat we lost by one goal to St Leonards. However as other results went in our favour we ended up joint winners alongside Durham High who we beat convincingly 7-4. The champions were determined by goal difference and we scored 3 more than DHS – thus making our Y7 Netballer champions for 2018!! Well done all girls for battling so hard in freezing conditions, you remained skilful throughout and never gave up.

Sophia Hesselink (capt), Camille Beattie, Lucy Hetherington, Paige Henderson, Ella Dickinson, Lucy Pinkney, Ruby Phillips.

Good luck to our Year 9 and 11 Rugby teams who are at Harton for a friendly tournament.

Finally good luck today to our U14 girls basketball team who are travelling to Queen Ethelburga’s College, York for the final group game in the English Schools Cup. We have already won the group and will go forward the National knockout stages after half-term.

Girls Football

The U15 girls team played the quarter final against Crompton House in very windy conditions. Unfortunately it was not our day and the final score was 7-3. Well done to Crompton and we wish them every success in the future matches. We are still very proud of the girls to get to the last 8 in the country. 

 

The U14 girls' football played brilliantly on Monday,  beating Hull 4-1 in the English Schools Cup. They now progress to the semi finals with the last 8 in the country and will play Blackburn next Tuesday 12.30 KO on our 3G pitch.

 

Mrs White, PE Department

 

Boys Rugby

Congratulations to the year 7 boys rugby team on becoming the Durham County Champions.  Well done!

Mr Humberstone, PE Department

 

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

 

 

Neville's Cross Bridge - Essential Maintenance

Bridge maintenance and barrier works are planned to take place at A167 Neville’s Cross Bridge during February half term and Easter holidays.

Essential maintenance is needed on the bridge expansion joints to ensure the bridge remains safe and effective for the thousands using it every day.

To minimise disruption Durham County Council have planned the works to take place during the February half term holiday Friday 9 until Monday 19 February, when traffic is lighter.  Some delays are likely at peak times and we recommend people allow extra time for their journey. The works will take place in three phases, and one lane will be closed during each phase of the works to prevent the need for a road closure.

Our planned working hours are 7am until 7pm and access will be maintained for emergency vehicles throughout the works. 

Further works to the bridge safety barriers are scheduled for the Easter holidays 29 March until 16 April.

Full details and information on the current situation can be found at www.durham.gov.uk/nevillescrossbridge.