Dear Parents and Carers
We have had a very busy week with KS3 Celebrations, A UCAS open evening, the Sports Presentation evening and a very popular performance of the Lion King. I have written to all parents this week outlining some important information regarding the next academic year. I will expand on some of the themes of that letter in next week’s Friday Bulletin and will also outline the arrangements for our return to school on Wednesday 5thSeptember.
Please see below the publication dates for GCSE and A Level examination results, and the times they will be available for collection in school.
A level and AS examination results will be published on Thursday 16 August.
GCSE examination results will be published on Thursday 23 August 2017
GCSE results will be available in school from 10.00 a.m.
May we take the opportunity to remind students and parents that for reasons of security the school is not able to give out examinations results by email or telephone.
If for any reason you are unable to collect your results in person you may either:
Maths Challenge Winners
Durham Johnston maths team recently attended the secondary team maths challenge event at Wellfield Community school. The team came up against 18 other schools from the area and participated in a number of different activities. The team worked well together and scored well in a number of the rounds, overall the team came out on top taking the trophy back to Durham Johnston!
Congratulations to Zhenya Tumarkin, Rosa Pollard-Smith, Harry Ellis and Amy Zhang!
Mr Smith, Mathematics Department
Beating Cervical Cancer
The HPV vaccine is being offered to all 12 and 13 year old girls in school in September 2018.
Please click on the link on the following link to the e-letter which explains that the Childhood Immunisation Team is moving to electronic consent. Please note this form CAN be completed on smart phones and tablets.
Mrs J Coady, Attendance & Welfare Manager
At 9pm on Thursday 28th June 23 Year 10 and 12 students and staff set off on a journey to Bad Ischl in Austria.
The journey was long but the 5.50am ferry crossing was smooth and students had their first taste of adventure exploring the shops and cafés aboard the ferry. We arrived in Cochem, our first stop in Germany, welcoming us with a beautiful imperial castle, glorious weather and delicious ice cream.
The next day we continued our journey to Bad Ischl where the next five days consisted of early mornings at our Austrian partner school and late quiz, bowling and cinema nights, with fantastic days out in between exploring towns and cities such as Bad Ischl, Salzburg, Ebensee, Gmunden and Hallstatt.
Students thoroughly enjoyed themselves and saying good bye to our Austrian friends felt extremely difficult.
Miss Schwaiger (MFL Department)
On Friday 6th July, many year 7 and 8 students participated in a Colour Run.
Students enthusiastically took to the school field to run laps of an assault course whilst other students threw powder paint and water at them. This was a fantastic event, held in in memory of Gill Bittlestone, a very much-missed teacher at Durham Johnston. We were delighted that Gill’s daughter Sophia, also ran with us again this year.
We have raised just over £800 which will be donated to MacMillan – Gill’s chosen charity.
Mrs Jackson, MFL Department
Next year we will be releasing monthly newsletters relating to Online Safety. The newsletters aim to update parents on the latest developments online that may pose a danger to young people, as well as providing advise on how to support your child in keeping them safe.
Please click on the link below to view the first newsletter that we are releasing ahead of the summer break.
Mr Garside, Strategic Lead in ICT
As we rapidly move towards the end of another academic year, may I take this opportunity to thank pupils, parents and colleagues for their support, which has really made another year of music making here at Durham Johnston really very special. I would like to say special congratulations to those who are just starting out on their musical journey, who can now play a short melody on an instrument they have never picked up before last September, to those who have performed in public, either in an ensemble or as a soloist for this first time.
Last night was the final musical event of the year for some of our more advanced performers who play with County Orchestra and sing in County Choir. In the concert, which was held at Elvet Methodist Church, Felix Collins (Year 10) performed Vivaldi’s Guitar Concerto with sense of conviction that really impressed both the audience and members of the accompanying orchestra. Well done Felix!
Musical Instruments and Ensemble Rehearsals
Please ensure that all musical instruments are taken home at the end of this term and in order to help families plan for 2018 to 2019 here is our weekly after school (2.45 to 3.45) rehearsal schedule for next academic year.
Tuesday - Junior Orchestra and Wind Band
Wednesday - Junior Choir and Senior Choir
Thursday - Senior Orchestra
Friday - Big Band
And finally, lessons from Durham Music Service and Music Works start in the w/b Monday 10th September and extra Music GCSE classes begin at 7.40 on Tuesday 11th September.
Mr Holmes – Subject Leader for Music
World cup fever (despite Wednesday's result) has continued with the year 10 competition at Durham Johnston this week, each house have been chosen to represent a country and play fixtures against the other houses.
After 3 very close matches in the group stages meant that South Korea and Tunisia would play for 3rd and 4th place and Senegal would play Poland in the 1st and 2nd place final and become year 10 house football champions.
On Thursday, they year 10 final was played. Senegal played Poland in a very competitive match; it was very tight in both halves and the game ended 0-0 and meant the game would be decided by penalties. James King stepped up and won for Poland after a miss from Senegal. Poland were then invited to the end of term house event as a treat.
On Friday a 9 strong team of Tunisia beat an aa strong south Korea to finish 3rd overall with a 3-0 victory.
Mr Kidd, PE Department