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Dates for your Diary

  • Year 11 Parents' Consultation Evening - Monday 5 November 3.30 p.m. - 6.00 p.m. 
  • School closed - Friday 30 November - please click on following link for information regarding term and holiday dates up until July 2020 School term and holiday dates 2018-2020
  • Year 13 Parents' Consultation Evening - Monday 3 December 3.30 p.m. - 6.00 p.m.
  • Annual Carol Service - Friday 21 December
  • Christmas Holidays - Monday 24 December - Friday 4 January 2019


Headteacher's Letter

Remembrance at Durham Johnston. Commemorating the centenary of the Armistice and the 37 men who died during the Great War 


“Nothing is here for tears, nothing but fair and well, and what may quiet us in death so noble.” Milton 

On Friday 9th November 2018 we will commemorate those who lost their lives in the conflicts of the 20th and 21st centuries by observing one minute of silence at 11.00 a.m. The last post will be sounded in the Atrium at 11.00 a.m. and reveille will signal that the minute has passed at 11.01 a.m. During the  silence Nigel Martin and Elizabeth Scott, school governors and both current or former local councillors, will lay a wreath on behalf of the 108 Old Johnstonians remembered on the school’s war memorial. This is an important part of the school year and has added poignancy based upon it being the centenary of the 11.00 a.m. Armistice of 1918. We have focused upon the Great War as part of this year’s Culture Festival and will have a series of remembrance assemblies in the week beginning 12th November.

108 former students and teachers of Durham Johnston died during the First and Second World Wars and the school first observed a minute of silence in 1924, 3 years after the first panel of the war memorial was unveiled and blessed by the Bishop of Durham (See the Northern Echo headline above). 37 men died during the Great War and an additional 71 during World War Two. We have completed detailed research on the 37 men that lost their lives during the Great War, 13 of whom died in the final 5 months of the war as it became a war of movement.  The extracts below are taken from Mike Robson’s ‘History of Durham Johnston.’ (Mike was a former student and teacher of Art at the school).  His book states that:

Two masters were decorated for their services: Mr Cousins (Chemistry) received the Distinguished Service Medal and Mr Dann the Medal of the Victorian Order, which was the monarch’s personal award given to him for acting as interpreter to King George V during royal tours of France. Mr Crawshaw who was killed in action at Salonica received the Military Medal.  By the time the war ended, 37 former pupils, and one member of staff, Mr Crawshaw, had died in action. Most of the pupils had served in the D.L.I. while Captain Crawshaw, who died on the Salonica front, was in the Public Schools’ Battalion.

Messrs Hutchinson and Dent returned, to begin long teaching careers at Johnston, but others were unfit. Mr Cousins, who had been awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal, gave up his career in 1921, while Mr Ward founder of the school Swimming Club, died a short time later.  The school war memorial to the Old Johnstonians who died in the war was unveiled at 6pm on Saturday 22nd October 1921, by the Bishop of Durham.

The Durham Advertiser recorded the occasion in the following way:

The memorial has been erected by subscriptions from parents, staff past and present, and pupils of the school. It consists of mural panelling in light oak, of classic design, together with a memorial desk and chairs of similar character.  On the memorial desk is a brass inscription plate on which is engraved: ‘A tribute from the boys of 1918-1920 to the Johnstonians who served and fell in the war 1914-1918.’ The design and erection of the memorial have been ably carried out by the North of England School Furnishing Company.

The mural panel contains in bold relief the brass memorial tablet on which is engraved: In memory of the Old Johnstonians who gave their lives in the Great War 1914-191. Below is engraved:  “Nothing is here for tears, nothing but fair and well, and what may quiet us in death so noble.” The motto is taken from Milton’s Samson Agonistes.  The memorial has been erected in the school assembly hall and will daily remind the boys of the patriotism and self- sacrifice of Johnstonians during the dark days of war. The secretaries Mr L C Bramwell and Mr J D McIntyre and members of the memorial committee are to be congratulated on the completion of a very appropriate memorial which will serve as the inspiration to future generations of boys.

The war memorial was reinstated in 2011 after we moved to a new building at a cost of £2500. This was possible because of contributions from students, parents, staff and local businesses. The first pound raised was donated by Rachel Scrivens, who was in Year 7 at the time and is now studying Conceptual Games Art Design.

The following names are engraved on the Great War section of the memorial:

C.N  Crawshaw B. Sce. M.C.

P. Baston - J. R. Brass - A. N. Brown

C. Brown - A. Crawley - J. Crabb

J. Craig - P.J. Crinnion - W.A. Curry

E.W.S. Davison - J. Duke - W. Gibson

G. Grayson - H. Grocock - S. Hardy

H.W. Hardy - J.H. Hays - C. Heron

J.W. Hogan - W.H. Johnston - J.A. Laing

B. Moody - W.R. Moody - J.P.G. McCoombs

G.W.P. Peacock - H. Perrin - J. Pollock

T.S. Pratt -  J.A. Robson - W. Smurthwaite

J.C. Spraggon - S. Walker - S. Watson

C.H. White - G.F. Wood.

The graves of Christopher Brown, John Archibald Laing and Jacob Crabb are below. Each year the school’s History students visit their graves on the Western Front as part of the annual battlefields visit.  

We have a proud tradition of remembrance at Durham Johnston and I would encourage you to discuss this with you son and daughter. Do they have relatives that fought in the conflict? Might they be related to one of the men on our war memorial?

There are also some links providing extra information about the memorial below:




If you have any questions regarding the memorial, or believe that you may be related to one of the named men please contact the school.

Mr O’Sullivan 


Year 11 Parents' Consultation Evening

Year 11 Parents' Consultation Evening takes place on Monday 5 November.  

Students were issued with a letter providing an overview of of the coming months for Year 11 students.  A copy of the letter is available below and printed copies will be available on Monday afternoon.

Year 11 - Letter to Parents and Carers, 2nd November 2018



Festival of Culture 2018

La Salle des Énigmes

On Monday over 500 pupils who study French language enjoyed performances of ‘La Salle des Énigmes by Onatti productions.  The entire play was in French, extremely interactive and delivered by professional actors who are native to France.  Prior to the performance, pupils were given information sheets which contained a  brief synopsis of the play and useful vocabulary.  Mrs Jackson, MFL Teacher said after the performance  "La Salle des Enigmes was a wonderful opportunity for our students to immerse themselves in the French Language. They loved being a part of the production and were able to experience another side of Language learning."

Festival of Culture Events Team



Stand Up To Cancer

Four of our Year 9 students have, independently, raised £307 for Stand Up To Cancer. The boys have been awarded House points for their excellent effort and consideration of others. The four boys are Will Dracup, Dominic McCabe, Arthur Elmer and Alex Palmer. Below is Will’s explanation of what the four boys did:

This half term I decided to do something different, instead of spending hours on the X-Box for self-satisfaction I asked 3 friends if they would like to help me Stand Up to Cancer. So, at 10 a.m. on Wednesday 24th October Alex Palmer, Dominic McCabe, Arthur Elmer and I started a 48-hour X-Box challenge  to raise money and awareness. At all times at least two of us played. Money was raised via social media through the kind donations of family and friends. 12 hours in, it seemed easy; 24 hours in, it became more difficult; 36 hours in, I can’t remember. 48 hours later we had raised £307 for Stand up to Cancer! We’d like to give a massive thanks to everyone who donated!  

Will Dracup, Year 9


Maths Olympiad for Girls 

On Tuesday 2nd October, two of our Year 13 mathematicians, Courtney Ewart and Rachael Walton, took part in the Maths Olympiad for Girls.  The contest requires the submission of full written solutions to 5 very challenging problems. 

We would like to congratulate both girls on their excellent results, both managed to get full marks for some of their solutions (a significant achievement!).  Rachael achieved the highest score that we have had for some time in this competition, earning herself a certificate of distinction in the process. 

Well done to both!

Mr Patterson, Mathematics Department


Year 8 French Study Visit

60 year 8 students ventured to France from 15th to 19th October. We waved goodbye to Durham Johnston just after midnight and travelled to Lésigny just south of Paris. Highlights included a visit to Fontainebleau with a history lesson and garden trail, a visit to the market, town trail and an art lesson in Brie and of course a fantastic day in Paris when we climbed the Eiffel Tower, viewed Paris from our boat trip and sampled the delights of Montmartre – pancakes, waffles and watching the artists. Evening entertainments were varied and included limbo, pancake making and smash the orange!

An excellent visit with lots of opportunity to use the French we learned there and in school.

Clicking on the link below will take you to the study visit blog.


Mrs G Wood, Subject Leader, MFL



November Online Safety Newsletter

Did you know that the BBC have recently reported that the chat app ‘Kik’ has been 'involved in 1,100 child abuse cases'.  You must be at least 17 years old to download this application. 

Our monthly online safety newsletter for parents and carers is now available to download and read online:


Mr Garside, Strategic Leader, ICT


World Challenge Meeting - Vietnam and Laos 2020

There will be a World Challenge meeting on Thursday 15th November after school for any students that have signed up to take part in the expedition. The meeting will begin at 15.30 for pupils, in which they will be learning more about Vietnam and Laos as well as taking part in some team building activities and discussion of fundraising ideas. Parents/Carers/Guardians are asked to attend from 18:00, where Ali, our World Challenge representative will provide further information regarding the expedition.

If students or parents have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact either Miss Stannard or Mrs Hardwick.



House System Update

The House Leader board has been updated.  Please click on the link below to see who is in the lead.

Leader Board November 2018

The Spooktacular event at the end of term was a huge success and enjoyed by all who attended.  

Team Grim Reaper made it happen!


 Miss Forbes, House System Co-ordinator


Word of the Week




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 November 2018



Ski Trip 2020

The 2020 ski trip to France has been launched so far to Year7 (in assembly) and Year 9 in their PE lessons today. Year 8 will be provided with full details next week.  Please note that the early launch is to help families spread the cost of quite an expensive trip.

A copy of the letter is attached here for your information.   However if your son/daughter wishes to go on the 2020 ski trip there is a pack of paperwork to collect with the letter. The deadline for receipt of deposits is Monday 3rd December 2018.

Mrs Hopper, Ski Party leader


PE Department Notices

On Tuesday our Year 7 & 8 football teams were at home against King James. Both recorded comfortable victories as our Year 7’s won 7 - 4 and our Year 8’s won 9 - 1 Also on Tuesday our Year 7 boys and girls basketball teams played each other in a friendly. This was an excellent game which was level at 32 – 32 with 2 minutes to play. However a couple of late baskets from the boys saw them win by 4 points.

On Wednesday our Year 9 rugby team travelled to Horden RFU for the first round of the County tournament. They played some excellent rugby to win all their games and qualify for the County Finals after Christmas. Also on Wednesday our Year 10 football team took on a very strong side from Cardinal Hume trying to reach the County Cup quarter-finals. We never gave up trying but conceded 3 late goals to lose 6 – 0.

On Thursday our Year 9 & 10 netball teams were in league action against St Leonard’s. Despite a second half come-back from St Leonard’s our Year 9 team held on to win 14 – 11. Unfortunately we had several players missing from the Year 10 team as we lost 5 – 16.

It was a difficult night for our Year 7, 8 and 9 football teams as they all lost to very strong St John’s teams in the final league games for the first half of the season.

It was better news for our Year 11 team who were at home against UTC. We went 1 – 0 down but then took control going on to win 8 – 1.

Good luck tonight to our Year 8 and U14 girls basketball teams who are taking part in a friendly tournament against Emmanuel College.

Mr Hopper, Subject Leader for PE


Art Department News

Year 7 Collage Homework

This week I  have been extremely impressed with the effort, creativity and quality of Year 7's collage homework task which they completed over half term. The four examples shown below are some of the best.



Valentine Cooper 7AK - Pumpkin

Joshua Rimmer 7HH - Guitar

Abi Sadanandom 7HH - Camera

Ben Herdman 7HH - Colour Guitar

Eilidh Huddart 7AD - Fish

Well done to all pupils who completed their work with such a high level of effort.


Christmas Card Competition Reminder

Please could students submit their Christmas card design to me in the next two weeks.

Mr Devlin, Subject Leader for Art



Football Match Reports Link

Football Match Reports


Term and holiday dates 2018-2020

School term and holiday dates 2018-2020