October 2012

On Wednesday 24th October, St John's hosted the Wear Valley Secondary Schools Biathlon. This is a GB Pentathlon Event which involves a run and a swim. 

Last week over 400 students took part in a range of activities to raise awareness of the difficulties and challenges faced by blind and partially sighted people and to raise money for RNIB to fund books and reading services.  


The Sainsbury's School Games is a unique opportunity to motivate and inspire millions of young people across the country to take part in more competitive school sport.

The Games are made up of four levels of activity: competition in schools, between schools, at county/area level and a national finals event.


30 Sixth Form History Students visited Durham Johnston School for a seminar with Bruce Kent, an International Peace Campaigner.

Dear Parent/Carers

Measles, Chickenpox and Shingles

Please can we ask for your co-operation in an important matter which relates to one of our students.

As you may be aware one of our students is currently undergoing treatment for Leukaemia and is responding well.  She will be returning to school shortly so we are asking for your co-operation in an important matter relating to her return.

Maddy Wood - Guitar Debut Grade - Passed

Holly Scott - Cornet Grade 3 with Merit

Sophie Dodds - Trumpet Grade 1 Passed

Jane Hayman - Baritone Grade with Merit

William Hughes - Trombone Grade 2 with Merit

Mark Hyatt - Clarinet Grade 5 passed

Toby Dart - Oboe Grade 3 Passed

Lucy Dart - Clarinet Grade 5 Passed

Last week St John’s held its annual sports awards to recognise the success of its students across the range of sporting activities they had undertaken during the year. Approximately 180 students and their families attended the event held at the school.  The activity awards were presented by many or the schools’ partner community clubs including; Bishop Auckland St. Mary’s JFC, Bishop Auckland Rugby Club, Wear Valley ASC and Durham County Cricket Board.


Year 8 Football won the District 8-a-side Tournament on Saturday. The boys didn't concede a goal all morning, and considering the no-offside rule it made defending very tricky. Zach Hemming was confident throughout, the nearest he came to conceding a goal was from a penalty in the final. The boys came out of a tricky group beating Parkside (3-0), Ferryhill (3-0), Sedgefield (1-0) and Durham Johnston 2 (1-0). The bulk of the goals were scored by Bailey Prudhoe and Aidan Crooks.

Come and hear Henry’s remarkable life story

How he experienced being the first black cricketer for Zimbabwe, how he wore a black armband in a Cricket World Cup match to protest against the policies of Zimbabwe's government (led by Robert Mugabe) and how his faith has helped him through it all - even when he had to flee the country.