26 April 2019

Dates for your Diary – Summer Term 2019

  • Preparation for GCSE Examinations - an information evening for Year 11 students and families.  Session 1 3.20 - 4 p.m.   Session 2 4.20 - 5.00 p.m.
  • School closed for May Day Bank Holiday - Monday 6 May
  • Year 8 Parents' Consultation Evening, Monday 10 June 3.30 p.m. - 6.00 p.m.
  • Summer Half Term - Monday 27 - Friday 31 May
  • Durham Johnston Music Festival – Friday 28th June, James Hall 
  • Music for a Summer Evening – Friday 5th July, Atrium Café
  • KS3 Celebrations – Monday 8th July, James Hall (Big Band and finalists from the Music Festival will be performing at this event)


Preparation for GCSE Examinations

We would like to invite all Year 11 students and their parents and carers to school on Monday 29 April for an overview of revision and to meet with senior staff.  Subject leaders will be available to discuss any subject specific questions.  

There will be two identical presentations.  The first will begin at 3.20 p.m. and will last until 4.00 p.m.  An identical presentation will follow from 4.20 until 5.00 p.m.

We feel that the session will be very useful for students and encourage all Year 11 students to attend.

Examination Timetables

Year 11 students will be provided with their final examination timetable in form time on Friday 3 May.

A J O'Sullivan, Headteacher


Durham Adventure Festival

Durham Adventure Festival is at the Gala Theatre this weekend and the Art Department has been working with a number of students across the year groups to prepare work to be displayed as part of the Festival.  Some of our more adventurous students have also created their own adventure films that will be played at the festival’s Basecamp at the Gala on midday Sunday before the family film session.  

Be sure to pop to the Gala throughout the weekend to admire their hard work and creativity. Well done to all the students involved.




Picture below is a piece of artwork submitted by Mia Jones in Year 12.  






House Easter Egg Competition Winners

After a very eggciting competition with some eggcellent entries (OK I’ll stop now) our winners have been chosen! 

In 1st place FrEGGY Mercury
In 2nd place Harry Potter
In 3rd place Mona Easter

Well done, we had some superb entries – very creative.  Please click on the link below to view the winners eggs.

Easter Egg Competition Winners 2019

Well done to all involved.

Miss Forbes & The Kenny Team


Music Department Notice

School Music Festival
The School Music Festival will take place on the evening of Friday 28th June in James Hall and there will be three classes: -
Class 1 (Grade 1-3) - Whinney Hill Music Cup - 6.00pm
Class 2 (Grade 4-5) - Crossgate Moor Music Cup - 6.45pm
Class 3 (Grade 6+) - Durham Johnston School Music Cup - 8.00pm

The competition is open to all pupils who take music lessons outside school (including piano and singing) as well as those who receive tuition in school from Durham Music Service.  Pieces, which must be solo (accompanied or unaccompanied), must last no longer than 3 minutes for Classes 1 and 2, and 4 minutes for Class 3.  Pupils who play more than one instrument may enter a maximum of two different classes and the grades for each round refer to the standard of the piece performed and not to any formal qualification held.

For a copy of the Music Festival Entry Form and further details please click on the link below. 

Music Festival Entry Form


Brass Masterclass
On Sunday afternoon, Mike Lovatt is leading a brass masterclass at Old Elvet Methodist Church. This event is free to attend. For more details please click on the following link. 

Brass Masterclass

Music tuition during study leave for Years 11, 12 and 13
You are still more than welcome to come into school for instrumental/vocal lessons, and you need not be in school uniform if you are just on site for this sole purpose.  If you are unable to attend lessons, please would you be kind enough to inform your teacher in order that this time can be reallocated.

Mr Holmes, Subject Leader for Music


PE Department News

An excellent start to the summer term as all summer sports clubs and trials have been very well attended.

This week our Year 9 football team had two cup semi-finals. Both were excellent, high scoring games, with 23 goals scored! Unfortunately we came out on the wrong side of both, losing 8 – 5 to St John’s on Tuesday followed by a 7 – 3 defeat at Sedgefield on Wednesday.

On Thursday our Year 11 basketball team concluded their season as they travelled to St Cuthbert’s for the Tyneside finals. We had a comfortable 32 – 4 victory against RGS. The competition was decided in an excellent game against the hosts. We were winning by 2 points with 2 minutes to go but couldn’t hang on as they scored the last 5 points to win by 3 points leaving us as runners-up.

Good luck tonight to our Year 7 cricket team who are playing their first match – a friendly against Castleview.

Finally Tommy Spraggon (Y9) travelled to Finland during the Easter holidays to play ice hockey for England (U14) in the Turka Tournament. England won the overall tournament, beating Finland 4-1, Russia 4-3 and Sweden 12-0; Tommy also scored two goals during the tournament.

Mr Hopper, Subject Leader for PE


Durham Johnston Rowers

11 Durham Johnston students have been selected to represent the North East in the Junior inter-regional rowing regatta which is taking place in Peterborough this weekend.  A fantastic achievement!.

Good luck to Francesca Suggett, Libby Morris, Maddy Elmer, Ella Sampson, Nathalie Einbeck, Ella Metcalfe,Thomas Wood, Lewis Davidson, Ellis Black,Thomas Crabtree  and Thomas Taylor.

Mrs Hopper, 2 i/c PE

UK's Strongest Kid

Year 10 pupil Lewis Askwith recently took part in the ‘UK’S STRONGEST KID’ competition which was in aid of the ‘Home Start charity’ on bank holiday Monday at St Albans. He competed in the 13 - 15 years category by doing a timed strength run. The top 3 fastest competitors were entered into Deadlift playoff where they had to do the most reps within a specific time.  Lewis achieved the most reps and won the title of UK’s Strongest Kid.

He received a medal, trophy, certificate, signed T-Shirt and a family pass to the final of the UK’s Strongest Man competition in July.

Well done Lewis!

Mr Simpson, Head of Year 10


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