July 2012

In June, eight wounded servicemen undertook the challenge of a lifetime aided by the charity, ‘Help for Heroes.’ The men set out to cycle across America in the RAAM challenge in just eight days. The race itself is one of the world’s pre-eminent and longest running endurance cycling events, which is renowned as an extraordinary test for any able bodied competitor.

Dear Parents/Carers

I would like to take this opportunity to inform you that school will close for the summer break on Friday, 20 July at 1.15 pm, when the usual buses and taxis will arrive to take students home.  Friday, 20 July will be a non-uniform day and we are asking for a minimum contribution of £1.00, to go to the Year Charity, from those students wishing to come in their own clothes.

The school will re-open for all students on Wednesday, 5 September 2012.  

Over the course of three pulsating lunchtimes, a penalty shoot-out was held in order to raise money for student Tara Sowerby who has sadly taken ill with Leukaemia. Many students flocked to blast a ball in the direction of Mr Palmer, Mr Barker and Mr Smith who were great sports for allowing the students to do so. Entrants needed to score both of their spot-kicks to be entered into the raffle and the lucky winner of the £10 prize was Jabie Day, Year 8.

A group of Y8 students went to Newcastle University Robinson Library where they were able to access some unique original documents about Cholera in Gateshead in the Nineteenth Century.

Next students went to the Catherine Cookson Building to use the labs where they trialled different treatments of cholera from the original resources through to the modern day. 

Once again the Anne Frank Exhibition was welcomed into St John’s School. Students and staff visited the Exhibition during lessons and at lunch time in the History Department. Year 8 students were trained as guides by Jane Patel from EAL and showed visitors around the Exhibition explaining different aspects of Anne’s life.


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On Thursday 28th June we were lucky enough to have the Olympic Torch in school. Charlie Donaghy who carried the torch through Darlington brought the torch into St John’s over lunch time so that our students were able to get their picture taken with it. Over 75 excited students came to get their pictures taken with the torch and we managed to raise £75 for charity.