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SAM Learning is now available in school. The service, which is accessible to all staff and students, covers a wide range of subjects across the curriculum and can be used both in school and at home. Students can log in and complete interactive tests, exam practice questions and exam papers, while staff can assign homework and monitor students’ progress. SAM has a proven track record: studies have shown that using the service leads to better exam results.

The Year 7 boys and year 8 girls won the Wear Valley Sports Hall athletics comps and went to represent the area in the County Durham Sports Hall Athletics competition on the 17th January. The boy's placed 3rd and the girls 2nd. The girls are now going on to represent County Durham in a regional event in Feb.

Year 13 assembly - Four Y13 History students who went to Auschwitz with the Holocaust Memorial Trust are delivering the main assembly next week. They will link up their experiences with Holocaust MemoriaL Day which is on Friday 27th January. Year 9 History students - A group of Y9 students will visit Durham Cathedral on Holocaust Memorial Day to participate in workshops on the Holocaust.


Following their refreshing ‘continental’ winter break, it was time for St John’s to burn off some of their mince-pies, roast dinners and various other festive fatteners with a TUC County Cup quarter final away to Houghton Kepier. A relatively large crowd were in attendance at Kepier’s impressive 3G pitch and the atmosphere was intensified by playing under the floodlights as the dark set in.

On the 19th of December, a selection of students represented the Music Department and visited The Butterwick Hospice in Bishop Auckland.  Singers and instrumentalists played a variety of Christmas repertoire to entertain a small group of residents during their Christmas party.

Over 100 performers took part in this year’s Christmas Celebration based on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.  Audiences were transported far and wide in the company of the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come as Scrooge learnt his lesson and was reminded of the true meaning of Christmas in this creative and atmospheric production.  A large team of staff, patient and good-humoured, supported the talented musicians, singers, actors and dancers in preparation and behind the scen

As the end of term approaches, we would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy and holy Christmas.  We would also like to thank you for your cooperation and support during this past term.  It has been a busy and hopefully enjoyable time for all students.

Students in Year 8 worked really hard to make and decorate a range of fabulous cup cakes, which they sold during their lunch break on 23rd November to raise funds for their chosen charity Tabitha’s Toys. 


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