On the final weekend before the Easter break, ten boys from Year 11 took part in their silver Duke of Edinburgh's award practice expedition. As well as two nights camping at Akenshawburn in the heart of Kielder forest, the boys spent Saturday paddling on Kielder improving their canoeing and navigation skills.
On the Sunday, they embarked on their first river paddle on the North Tyne. During the day they encountered a lot of wildlife including deer crossing the river and an otter playing around the canoes. They also encountered their first rapids, which they all managed to negotiate without mishap. They are now looking forward to their final expedition in June on the River Tweed.
Thank you to Martin and Kirstie from Simonside Outdoor Activity Centre for their invaluable support over the weekend.
At the end of the spring term, a total of 33 teams packed into the hall at Durham Johnston School. To paraphrase JFK: “there hasn't been this much intellect assembled in a single room since Thomas Jefferson dined alone.” This was the regional final of the Mathematics Team Challenge.
The senior school house music competition 2017 was held on Tuesday 4th April and was attended by approximately 80 parents in the main hall.
It was a fantastic event which demonstrated the strength of the community spirit in each house. We were fortunate to have Claire Delamore as the judge who is the lead singer of a local band The Clarions. Claire was very impressed by each house band and each overall house song. It was a tough decision but Claire decided that Ascham House were the best overall and they became house music champions for 2017.
We would like to thank all who attended and supported our two chosen charities , Maggie's and Doctors without Borders.