Festival of Culture
Durham Johnston’s 6th Festival of Culture begins next week and we are very proud of both its longevity and the varied nature of the activities and events that we have hosted in that time. We also act as a venue for the Durham Book Festival and this year both Dave Shelton and Kate Pankhurst will be working with students from the school. This represents a wonderful opportunity for our young people and we hope that the different events might spark an interest in literature, theatre, film or music that develops into a life-long pursuit.
It is fitting that this year’s festival is focusing upon the Armistice of 1918 and the centenary of the Great War. One of the most notable exhibitions that we have had was when the school hosted Ray Lonsdale’s ‘The Last Cigarette of Michael Duffy’ in 2014.
People are more familiar with his ‘Tommy’ statue at Seaham, but I still have a very vivid memory of the students staring in disbelief from the upper deck of a school bus as they saw ‘Michael Duffy’ for the first time. The purpose of the festival is to expose students to the arts and to new ideas and this has characterised the festival in those 6 years.
Durham Johnston’s war memorial will be the focus of remembrance at the school in November and we will share the stories of some of the 37 men who had been either students or teachers at the school before losing their lives in that conflict. The festival features a new play, ‘Meet Tommy Atkins’, interactive workshops using artefacts from the DLI collection, free screenings of ‘War Horse’ and ‘My Boy Jack’ (for pupils over 12 and 15 respectively), The Muddy Choir’s musical about three young boys who joined the DLI in 1917 and the Theatre Centre’s performance of ‘Trench Warfare’, another newly commissioned play. Students will also have the opportunity to eat food associated with the Western Front and to learn about the conflict in lessons. It is important that we commemorate the centenary of the Armistice, but that students also engage with the conflict through art, theatre and literature. I would like to thank the Culture Festival team who have worked hard to create such an exciting programme and hope that all students take advantage of the wonderful opportunities being provided by the school.
My Boy Jack will be screened in James Hall at 2.55 p.m. on Wednesday 17 October 2018.
This is a ticketed event and screening is open to pupils over the age of 15.
Tickets are available from Reception or from the Sixth Form office.
It is fifty years since Martin Luther King Jr was murdered. Were he alive today, what might he make of the UK and USA?
We examined the experiences of the Windrush generation. People, from our former empire and new commonwealth who contributed so much to the rebuilding of our society after the second world war.
We looked at some of the amazing role models that Black Americans can look to today in the USA; individuals who inspire millions around the world. Martin Luther King Jr would have celebrated the first Black American President and his inspirational wife. Lebron James, basketball player who has opened a school for disadvantaged children in his home town. Laverne Cox, a champion of the LBTGQ community and the remarkable Tarana Burke, a powerful voice in the #MeToo. A voice needed at a time when too many leaders and powerful figures in US society resort to misogyny and bullying.
We finished off with a tribute to Frank Bailey who was Britain’s first black firefighter.
Pupils were encouraged to explore both the BHM website and find out more and also visit the webpage
of the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington.
Mr Weaver, Deputy Head
Year 9 Visit to Eichenkreuzheim
At 10pm on Saturday 22nd September 46 Year 9 students and staff set off on a journey to Eichenkreuzheim in Germany. The journey was long but as pleasant as could be expected.
The 6.40am ferry crossing was smooth and students had their first taste of adventure exploring the shops and cafés aboard the boat. We arrived early in Eichenkreuzheim giving us more time than expected to enjoy the glorious weather that awaited us – the only day it rained heavily.
The next four days consisted of early morning and late night lessons, with fantastic days out in between exploring towns and cities such as Vluyn, Düsseldorf, Köln and Kempen.
Students particularly enjoyed climbing the Rhine Tower, visiting the Cathedral and chocolate factory in Köln, the Düsseldorf food market and interviewing locals in Kempen.
Highlights included several cake and ice cream tasting sessions, finishing with a barbecue, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
All students were a huge credit to the school.
Miss Schwaiger, Languages Department
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 8 October 2018
Art Students of the Week
Honor Farmer, 13MK for her fantastic painting of her Gran and Ishen De Silva 7AD for his beautiful wire tree sculpture.
The art department are inviting all pupils to enter card designing competitions, with themes relating to festival & religious events. All entries will receive house points, with winning designs receiving art equipment prizes.
Mr Devlin, Subject Leader for Art
Music Department Notices
Ensemble Rehearsals during DJ Culture Festival
Because of reduced availability of James Hall during the next few weeks, our normal rehearsal schedule has been amended. Please follow this link for details.
National Youth Orchestra inspire days
Applications for the National Youth Orchestra Inspire Programme 2019 are now open. If your son or daughter plays an orchestral instrument at a high Grade 6 level right up to Grade 8 Distinction please click on the following link for more information. NYO Inspire Applications Over the past few years we have had several pupils who have successfully auditioned for a place on this scheme and have subsequently benefitted greatly from the experience. Applications from state school pupils are particularly welcomed.
If your child has an instrumental or vocal exam coming up later this term and they feel that they would benefit from some support preparing for the aural skills tests, please do encourage them to make a lunchtime appointment to see a member for the department. These slots are available on certain days during both first and second lunch.
Mr Holmes, Subject Leader for Music
PE Department Notices
On Monday our Year 10 football team were at home against Monkwearmouth in the County Cup. We conceded an early goal but started to take control in the second half going on to win 4 – 2 with a hatrick from Alex Lythgoe.
Our VIth form football team were also at home on Monday to St John’s. They continued a very impressive start to the season with a comprehensive 9 - 1 victory.
On Tuesday it was the turn of the girls to be in football action as our U14 team took on Houghton Keiper in the County Cup. This wasa fantastic 8-1 win. The team played outstanding football and put into practise some of the drills they have worked on in training. A great hat trick of goals from Rebecca Coatman, wonderful performances in goal from Grace Dale and Lucy Hetherington and a great all round team performance.
Our Year 9 boys football team were not as successful against Framwellgate in the County Cup. We trailed 4 – 3 early in the second half but conceded several late goals eventually losing 10 – 3.
Also on Tuesday our U15 girls rugby team were at Blaydon RFU for a tournament. They played very well winning comfortably against St Mary’s before losing a very close match against St Thomas More.
Rugby continued on Wednesday for the boys as our Year 9 and U16 teams travelled to St John’s for friendly matches. Our Year 9’s won an excellent game but our U16 team lost to a very big St John’s team.
Also on Wednesday we were hosting the U19 Area netball tournament. In an excellent display of netball our newly formed squad played 5 matches. A slow start against a very athletic Durham School team saw us defeated 1-6. We woke up and started playing and stormed to 4 victories. The climax was a thrilling close match against Durham High School. We led from the start and played hard to maintain the upper hand throughout. The High School managed to sustain more than half of our winning score at the final whistle however and as a result took a consolation point from the game. They had won all of their other matches. This meant they finished as Tournament winners. We were 1 point behind as Runners-up.
On Thursday, netball continued for our younger teams as our Year 7 & 8 teams were at home against St Bede’s. Our Year 8’s played some outstanding netball to dominate the game and win 29 – 6. Our Year 7 started slowly and were losing at half-time. However a great second half performance saw us nearly snatch victory, losing 7 – 8.
Also last night our Under 16 girls football team were out in force to start their National Cup Competition against High Tunstall school. The opposition struggled to field a full team so with our support we managed to play the fixture and progress to the next round. Great goals from Ellie Reid, Erin Jacques and Emily Salmon and a goal from Mille Curl for the opposition made it a great match.
Finally last night our Year 7 & 9 boys football teams were in league action against Whitworth Park. Our Year 9 dominated to win 8 – 0. The Year 7 game was much closer as we conceded a late goal to lose an exciting match 4 – 3.
Finally good luck tonight to our Year 7 & 8 rugby teams who are taking on St John’s in friendly matches and our Year 7 football team who travel to St Robert’s in the English Schools Cup.
Mr Hopper, Subject Leader for PE
The U14 girls football team started their County Cup fixtures this week with a fantastic 8-1 win against Kepier School. The team played outstanding football and put into practise some of the drills we have worked on in training. A great hat trick of goals from Rebecca Coatman, wonderful performances in goal from Grace Dale and Lucy Hetherington and a great all round team performance.
The under 16 girls football team were out in force on Thursday night to start their National Cup Competition against High Tunstull school. The opposition struggled to field a full team so with our support we managed to play the fixture and progress to the next round. Great goals from Ellie Reid, Erin Jacques and Emily Salmon and a goal from Mille Curl for the opposition made it a great match.
Mrs White, PE Department