January 2013

Below are the amended rehearsal times for the lead up to the production. It is vital that all cast members attend the correct rehearsals, or let Miss Kirkwood know if they are unable to.





Cast members needed

The rescheduled private view for the Durham Cathedral “Gospel Stories” Art Exhibition is Thursday 31st 2013 6.15pm-7.30pm.

As the annual ski trip nears closer, here is a short video of the resort that we are staying in. More information can also be found on the Interski website or via Youtube. If you have any questions regarding the trip please feel free to contact Ms Somers or Mr McIntyre. 

Dear Parent/Carer,We are fortunate to have been given access to a workshop for our students, investigating areas of Emotional Wellbeing and Stress Management.  As part of our on-going monitoring and mentoring programme, some of our Year 10 and 11 students will be participating in this workshop.  Issues such as stress management, organising workload and dealing with anxiety leading up to examinations, as well as issues relating to self-esteem, will be covered in the workshop.

2013 will bring many challenges and the "Digital Leaders" program will give students the chance to inspire and lead their peers and teachers at St John's. This will involve working alongside students, teachers​ and technicians to develop resources and deliver training. We will be looking at using the iPads and their apps and many of our current software applications. This will offer you the chance to have some input on our school network, VLE and website.


In the event of severe weather conditions, information on emergency school closures will be reported in the first instance on the school’s website, VLE and Twitter, (@stjohnseagle) account but also through the following mediums:


'Jazz In My Pants' - AKA 'JIMP' - were invited to perform at the Winter Wonderland celebrations on Thursday 20th December. The band are made up of students from various schools across county Durham - including our own Laurie Kalus - and they have just recently performed at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The band performed a variety of pieces throughout the course of the afternoon in their high energy Jazz inspired style!



On Wednesday 20th December 44 students from 'Forte!' and 'Blown Away' were given the opportunity to perform on the main stage at the Metro Centre. The band and choir performed a selection of traditional and modern Christmas pieces from 2pm to 4pm and were well received by the audience. Any money raised from the event will be donated to Project Peru.

A selection of students were invited to perform at the Cumbria Lodge Retirement home on Tuesday 18th December 2012. The students performed a selection of Carols and traditional Christmas songs that were well received by the residents.

 On 14th December Forte! were invited to perform at the Bishop Auckland Choral Society annual Christmas Concert held in Bishop Auckland Town Hall. The students performed a selection of pieces from their repertoire, ranging from traditional carols to modern melodies.