If you are a Year 11 student you might well look back on your first ever day as a Durham Johnston student. Nervously walking onto the school yard in your ill-fitting uniform, keen to meet up with friendly faces from your primary school, or from the June induction day. Form teachers met you in 2013 at 8.30 a.m. to walk to your new form room. At the same time today, many of those same form teachers were reaching up to sign your shirts. If you are a Year 11 parent, you will be struggling to process how quickly five years can pass. After primary school, an invisible accelerator is pushed, speeding up time.
You might also be surprised by the context of 2013. David Cameron was in the third year of a coalition with Nick Clegg’s Liberal Democrats, he had a manifesto pledge that in the next election he would offer a referendum on EU membership. Margaret Thatcher’s death was announced and she was given a state funeral. Manchester United won their last ever Premiership title under Alex Ferguson’s management. Pope Francis was chosen by Papal Conclave; same sex marriage was legalised in the Marriages Act and Barak Obama was inaugurated for his second term as U.S. President. You can make your own judgements about whether or not things have improved.
A lot can change in a five years period, particularly with regard to your children. We hope that our year 11 students leave us fully prepared for the next steps in their lives. We want them to be successful in exams and fulfil their potential. That is clearly very important, but it is equally important to be tolerant, fair and kind. We hope to develop these qualities too.
I explained our ethos to Year 6 students and their parents at our recent Induction Evenings; as one group leaves, another steps up to take its place. 267 individuals will join us in September and they met with our transition team. To demonstrate the balance that we are seeking to find, I shared an annual report written by Durham Johnston’s first Headteacher, Mr Whalley.
“High scores and successes are important because they show evidence of industry and progress, but we do not forget other important features, not as easy to measure or tabulate, which are nevertheless of vital importance to the formation of character and personality. The health of the students is good…and school societies, sports clubs, the musical society and orchestra are all in very satisfactory condition.”
Mr Whalley, Durham Johnston’s first Headteacher, Durham Advertiser 18th December 1908
This is still what matters to us, and is evident as Year 11 prepare to leave. We want students to be academically successful, but that is only one aspect of what schools are for. We also want to ‘build’ character in the language of 1908; to prepare students for a global future and to give them a keen sense of social justice. As Year Leader, Mrs Bell has worked hard to support and encourage Year 11 in their 5 years at the school, Miss Hardwick is just about to begin that same process with the students joining us in September. Attitudes may change, politicians rise and fall, but there are certain values that retain their importance.
Year 11 have made their mark and we will miss them.
A J O’Sullivan
Year 11 Intervention
Please click on the link below for the latest intervention timetable.
We are also running Maths and Pizza revision sessions which will take place the night before each of the maths papers. Please click on the link below to read a copy of the letter that has been distribued to students.
Please click the link below for important information regarding the forthcoming public examinations
The leaflet provides students with details of exam regulations during the examination period, dates when examinations results will be available to collect, dates when certificates and coursework can be collected and details of post-results services deadlines.
Students in Years 11, 12, and 13 will be provided with a printed copy of this leaflet.
We are proud to award official certificates and medals this week from the Royal Society of Biology to students who took part in the British Biology Olympiad challenge earlier this year.
Congratulations to them all.
Miss Murphy, 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 - Tuesday 14 May 2018
Durham Music Service Lessons reply slip
Many thanks to all parents and carers who have returned the reply slip at the foot of the letter which explains the new financial arrangements that will be in place from September. If you have mislaid the letter, or it never made it home in the first instance, please click on the following link. DMS Music Tuition 2018
Music tuition during study leave for years 11, 12 and 13
During study leave pupils are more than welcome to come into school for instrumental/ vocal lessons and they need not be in school uniform if they are on site for this sole purpose. If they are unable to attend lessons, please would you be kind enough to encourage them to inform their teacher, in order that this time can be reallocated.
Mr Holmes – Subject Leader for Music
PE Department News
Last Friday our U16 basketball team were taking on Phillip’s High School, Manchester in the quarter-final of the English Schools Cup.
This was an outstanding game which was close throughout. With only 15 seconds to go we were 2 points behind but two free-throws from Tom Hetherington saw us draw level and take the game into overtime.
A couple of early baskets saw us take control going on to reach the national semi-final with an 85 – 80 victory. They now travel to the National basketball performance centre in Manchester on Saturday for the National finals. We have been drawn against St George’s Academy, London in the semi-final.
On Tuesday our Junior and Inter athletics teams were at the Riverside Stadium for the Area championships. In perfect conditions the standard was very high. We had lots of Area champions and our teams finished in the following positions:
Junior Boys – 2nd
Inter boys – 1st
Junior girls – 2nd
Inter girls – 2nd
Congratulations to Liam Graham who was double Area champion winning both 200M and triple jump.
Also on Tuesday our Year 7 football team were at St John’s playing in the league cup final. The score was 1 – 1 with less than two minutes to play when we conceded a very late goal to lose 2 – 1 and finish runners-up.
Football continued on Wednesday as our U14 girls football team were back at the Riverside taking on St Bede’s in the County Cup final. This was an extraordinary game in which we dominated the first half but found ourselves 1 – 0 behind at half-time. The second half was more of the same as we attacked but just couldn’t beat a very good goalkeeper. With only minutes to go we eventually found a way past her to take the game to extra-time. Again chances came and went before they scored with minutes remaining to beat us 2 – 1.
The final football match of the week was last night, as it was the turn of our Year 8 team to compete in the league cup final against Sedgefield. Ryan Wright scored a first half hatrick to put us in control. He continued the gaol scoring in the second half eventually scoring 6 goals as we lifted the trophy with a 6 – 2 victory.
Finally good luck today to our U13 girls cricket team who are at the Riverside for the Area “Chance to Compete” competition.
Mr Hopper - Subject Leader, PE
Last night the Y8 boys were crowned league cup champions after beating a strong Sedgefield side 6-2, the team were 3-0 up at half time and despite Sedgefield scoring a couple of goals we were far too strong and finished the game on top. A great performance from all of the boys, especially Ryan Wright who scored all 6 goals adding to his 5 goals from the semi-final.
A fantastic achievement for the team, finishing the season both league winners and league cup winners.
Mr Kidd, PE Department
Extra Curricular Activities