January 2012

The Music Department would like to congratulate a number of musicians on recently passing their Music Grade Examinations. Charlie Frankcom and  Edward Stringer from Year 9 passed their Grade 3 Violin Exams, whilst Nimisha Norman and Kamran Fawad from Year 8 were successful in passing their Grade 2 Violin Exams.  Also, Freya Kalus from Year 10 was successful in gaining her Grade 4 Vocal Exam.  All students have been working hard in preparation of their exams.


Someone once said revenge is a dish best served cold, and St John’s served their dish straight from the freezer. Ruthless, skilful, energetic and full-blooded are merely a few of the adjectives you could use to describe ‘The Eagles’’ performance against a side who had inflicted upon them their only defeat of the season thus far, by 6 goals to 2.

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.