Dear Parents and Carers,
As a history teacher at Durham Johnston it is always obvious that you have returned to school in January when, walking along the corridors, vigilant but thinking of tea, you are accosted by inquisitive 6th form students.
“Excuse me sir, how many economics ministers did Louis XVI have between 1774 and 1789?”
And, “Sir, in class the source that we used claimed that Louis XVI was welcomed by the people of Paris on 17th July 1789, but I read today that he was jeered by the mob. Which is accurate?”
This desire for more detailed knowledge is a common feature of school life in January as our older students gear up for mock exams.
January is a month that provokes this type of questioning; students look back at what they have achieved and consider what might be significant in the coming year. This is a normal part of adult life, but is something that young people develop gradually. In a world in which information can be immediately accessed and then forgotten, we encourage our students to believe that the patient acquisition of knowledge is important, essential even, to their development and success. For many of our older students this is something that they become increasingly aware of in January, as the academic year moves towards exams. As my inquisitive 6th formers would know, January probably provoked a period of questioning for Louis XVI too; he was publically guillotined on 21st January 1793.
I taught the French Revolution to year 12 students on my first day as a newly qualified teacher at Durham Johnston in September 1997. On Monday morning I discussed the key causes of the Revolution with my year 12 class, but this time as acting Headteacher. I am very proud to have been given that responsibility and will work hard to maintain the school’s high standards until Dr Wardle returns. In simple terms, if increasing numbers of students feel motivated enough to engage in discussion with their teachers in the year ahead, then the school will continue to do well.
Parent Governor Vacancy
The school has a vacancy for one parent governor on the Governing Body and we invite nominations from parents who are interested in contributing to the effective governance and continuing success of the school.
Please click on the following links for a copy of the letter and the nomination form.
The deadline for receipt of completed nomination forms is by close of business on Friday 19th January.
GCSE Mock Examinations
GCSE Mock Examinations will take from the 22nd January to 5 February.
Please click on the following link for general information regarding the examinations.
Year 11 students were provided with a personal examination timetable during form period on Wednesday.
The first session of an 8-week course Introduction to British Sign Language Enrichment started this evening after school. There are still some places left on the course. Students who are interested should contact Ms Clay to sign up to attend next week's session which will take place at 2.45, Science 4. A voluntary contribution of £40.00 is invited.
Ms Clay, Science Department
Word of the Week
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 15 January 2018
Head Student Team for 2018
We are pleased to announce that the following students have been elected by their peers and will serve a one-year term of office until December 2018.
Head Students: Sophie Garnett and Beth Neil
Deputy Head Students: Elise Goddard and Oscar Jelley.
A very successful start to the New Year with badminton and basketball success this week.
On Tuesday our Key Stage 3 boys and girls badminton teams were at Maiden Castle competing in the Area finals. Our boys dominated the opposition winning all their matches 5 – 0 to become champions. It was a closer competition for the girls however a victory over Framwellgate in our final match saw the girls join the boys as champions. Both teams now go on to the County finals next month.
It was the turn of the Key Stage 4 teams on Thursday. This time it was our girls who dominated the opposition to win all their matches to become champions. The boys competition was outstanding and ended up as a tie between ourselves and St Leonard’s. The number of games won then had to be counted and we had won one more game to complete a clean sweep of all four titles.
Also on Thursday our U19 basketball team travelled to Sheffield to take on Silverdale School in the English Schools Cup. We started slowly but took control towards the end of the first quarter. We had a 18 point lead at half-time and despite conceding a few late baskets won an excellent game 73 – 63. We remain top of the North-east group with only one game to go.
Good luck this afternoon to our Year 7 girl's football team who are in Ponteland taking on Richard Coates School in the English Schools Cup and our Year 10 rugby team who are at home against Emmanuel College in the Tyneside Cup.
Mr Hopper, Subject Leader for PE
Futsal is a five-a-side game which is normally played on a flat indoor pitch with hockey-sized goals and a size four ball with a reduced bounce. It is an exciting, fast-paced game which is played across the world and is officialy recognised by both UEFA and FIFA.
Congratulations to Sam Brunton in year 10 who is one of 12 young people aged between 14 - 25 from County Durham Scouts and Explorers, who have been selected to complete in the Tall Ships Race 2018.
The race departs from Sunderland in July and the young people will experience a once in a lifetime adventure, sailing from Norway to Holland aboard the James Cook vessel, supported by a crew of 6.
A marvellous opportunity!
Boys' Football Fixtures and Match Reports 2017-2018
Holiday and Term Dates
Please find below a link to the list of term and holiday dates up until the summer holidays 2019.