November 2012

The Helen Goodman MP visit to our school Filmclub was a fantastic opportunity for our students to get first hand knowledge and feedback from someone woking in the political arena. Throughout the screening (The Hunger Games) and the Q and A session with Helen our students showed great interest in the current issues in our society and the importance of democracy. Thank you Filmclub for organising the event.

On Friday 16th November, 7J had an extra teacher for their RE lesson. Class member Nathan Sharp became Mr Sharp and took control.

On Tuesday 13th November, Head Boy & Head Girl (Jack Cullen & Suzanne Robinson) held the first, of what we no doubt will be many, Sixth Form Quizzes hosted in the main hall. 

Laurie Kalus will perform at the Royal Albert Hall on 13th November with his band Jazz In My Pants.
They were invited to perform as part of the Music for Youth Schools Prom event having been selected over many other young musicians to represent the north east at the national Music for Youth Festival Finals in Birmingham earlier this year.

Do you have an eye for design?


We are looking for someone to design an eye-catching poster to advertise the school’s upcoming production of Guys and Dolls.

All you need to do is design an attention-grabbing poster and hand it into Miss Kirkwood by 29th November.  
The winning poster will receive a prize and will have their design used as the main promotion material for this year’s production.

On Friday 19th October, a group of St John’s Students from KS4 and KS5 English classes visited the Gala Theatre in Durham to watch a poetry reading by the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy. The reading was followed by a performance of a ballet based on the fairytale ‘Rapunzel’, for which Carol Ann Duffy had written the dialogue. The trip was provided as part of the Hexham and Newcastle Catholic Partnership.

On the 1st October, eight students from Year 10 English classes travelled to London to participate in a Shakespeare trip as part of the Hexham and Newcastle Catholic Partnership. The students had a tour of the Victoria and Albert Museum and participated in workshops on Shakespeare’s life and texts in performance.