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The Eagle - Easter 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Parents/Carers

It is difficult to believe that we are at the end of the term.  It seems that only moments ago we wer wishing everyone a happy Christmas and now we are in the final preparations for Easter.  This term has been exceptionally busy, our young people have been involved in a wide range of activities including launching uor own radio station.

This term was marked by one particularly momentous occasion – the new ministry of  our Holy Father, Pope Francis.  During Mass on Palm Sunday he said to all young people:

“You bring us the joy of faith and you tell us that we must live the faith with a young heart always.”

To “live the faith with a young heart always” so that together we can experience the call of Easter which is the call to hope, to light, to right relationships and the joy of peace.

Wishing you all a very Happy and Holy Easter.

God Bless,

Fiona McLagan

 

Prayer for Pope Francis

Almighty and Everlasting God, have mercy on Your servant Pope Francis, our Supreme Pontiff, and direct him, according to Your loving kindness, in the way of eternal salvation, that with Your help he may ever desire that which is pleasing to You and accomplish it with all his strength. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

 
 
EASTER SCHOOL REVISION CLASSES
 
Standard Grade
 
Drama Tuesday 2nd April 10.00 - 12.00
Home Economics Tuesday 2nd 10.00 12.00
History Wednesday 3rd April 10.00 - 12.00
PE Wednesday 3rd April 10.00 - 12.00
Maths (Credit Level) Wednesday 3rd April 10.00 -12.00
 
 
HIgher & Intermediate 2
 
Music Tuesday 2nd April 12.00 -2.00
French Tuesday 2nd April 10.00 - 11.30
Spanish Tuesday 2nd April 12.00 - 1.30
Maths (H) Wednesday 3rd April 9.00 - 11.00
English (H) Wednesday 3rd April 11.30 - 1.30
Graphics Thursday 4th April 10.00 - 12.00

 

 

Modern Studies News

The department have been up to a few things lately…

Modern Studies PowerPoint Challenge. Held at the offices of Claverhouse Group in Dryburgh Industrial estate. A team of three of our S4 pupils competed against other schools to produce and present a series of slides on a revision topic. A rather nerve-wracking but ultimately useful and enjoyable experience for the lucky three St. John’s representative

s.

 

 

The Scottish Youth Parliament Elections

  Once again we were delighted to be involved as a polling station for young people to vote for their      MSYPs. A healthy turnout of St John’s pupils will help decide the city’s representatives in this influential forum.

Higher Modern Studies

As well as all the usual hard work in class we like to get out and about for learning occasionally too. In December we marched off to Abertay University for the annual UK Health & Wealth debate with around 200 other modern studies candidates from across the city. It seems our guys were not overly impressed by the “greedy bankers” of Britain and were keen to support measures to redistribute some wealth from the very rich to the poorest in society.

In April the Higher classes will take a Friday morning to revise some of their exam topics and techniques in essay writing and tackling paper 2 at the annual revision conference at Menzieshill High School. These

classes have also been undertaking a lot of work using co-operative learning strategies to work on these skills – especially on the key skill of writing good quality essays!

Some of our seniors volunteered to go along to the Scottish Liberal Democrat Conference at the West Park Centre. As well as brushing up on a few political topics, the boys observed a debate on cigarette packaging and met leaders Willie Rennie and Nick Clegg.

Keeping in Touch Using Social Media

We are delighted that Education Scotland have singled us out as being one of the leading departments to use social media in the country. Follow us on twitter.com/stjohnsmodstuds  to get all the latest.

Amongst other things we are using it to:

  • Link pupils, especially senior pupils, to the latest important news stories
  • Celebrate pupil achievement (see photo)
  • Keep pupils and parents updated with news about trips, homework & events.
  • Get pupils in touch with people who otherwise we could not speak to e.g. local police officers, politicians and even the editor of Channel 4 News!
  • Carry out surveys
  • Link pupils with revision websites and useful sites for them to visit.

We are continuing to use our bookmarks on delicious.com/stjohnsmodernstudies and of course we use the ever improving GLOW. We will have all our S1-4 classes using a GLOW Blog as part of their homework in the coming session.

 

MUSIC DEPARTMENT

The Spring Term has been a busy one for the department with pupils competing in the Arbroath Music Festival and the Dundee School Arts Festival.  We also had our Silver Leng Medal Competition judged by Alison Beck, a former pupil and singing teacher at the High School of Dundee. The winner was Laura Henderson (S1), she is now eligible to compete in April’s Gold Competition at the Bell Street Music Centre.

 We also welcomed Mr Derek Walker as our new Bagpipe Instructor.  Derek was formerly the Queens Piper.  Two of our pupils Nicole Vasey and Laura Henderson are currently involved in Dundee Operatic Societies Production of “Annie”.

There are also still places available for pupils to receive Instrumental instruction. A free trial period for a term (including free hire of an instrument) is available for all pupils. Please contact Mr Stewart in the Music department should you require further information on this. There are a number of extra-curricular groups that meet at lunchtimes in the department. 

Monday – Woodwind

Tuesday – Choic

Wednesday – Guitar Group

Thursday – Percussion

Friday - Brass

 

Forthcoming dates:

Friday 7th June at 7pm.

Brass Group performing with Forfar Instrumental Band at John’s  Church Forfar.

Wednesday 19th June at 7pm

Music department` summer concert

 

 

DUNDEE ARTS FESTIVAL 2013

 

COMPETITION CLASS

PUPILS NAMES

RESULT

Class 25

Brass Solos

Claudia Carena 2D3

Stephen Houghton 1D1

Cerys Duke 4J1

Gold

Silver

Silver

Class 40

Classical Guitar

 

Caitlin Nelson 4M2

 

Silver

Classes 4 & 5

Vocal Solos (s)

 

Megan Vasey 2M1

 

Gold

Class 6 & 7

Vocal Solos (s)

 

Tannith Matthew 6M1

 

Silver

Classes 26 & 27

Brass Solos (s)

Ronan Meikle 3J1

Bailey Brennan 2M1

Caitlin Duke 4J1

Eszter Csetenyi  4J1

Innocente Carena 4D1

 

Gold

Silver

Gold

Silver

Silver

Classes 20-22

TBC 21 Adv Clarinet

Kristen Tennant 4D1

Zyad Bjeirmi 1D1

 

Silver

Bronze

Classes 23

Woodwind

 

Rebecca Weightman 6J1

 

Silver

Class B

Secondary Choir

 

Choir

 

Gold

Class 47

Wind Ensemble (s)

 

Brass Group

 

Gold

Class 49

String Ensemble

 

String Group

 

Bronze

Class 53

Percussion Ensemble (s)

Matthew Gaughan 4J3

Josh Dundas 6J1

Rebecca Weightman 6J1

 

Silver

Class 33 & 35

Orchestral Percussion

 

Megan Vasey 4J1

 

Gold

Class 34 & 36

Orchestral Percussion

 

Rebecca Weightman 6J1

 

Silver

   

  

Arbroath Music Festival March 2013

Competition Class

Pupils names

Results

 

Drum kit elementary 96

 

Bailey Brennan

Amy Melville

Taylor Ramsey

 

Merit

Merit

Commended

Tuned Percussion

Advanced 101

Rebecca Weightman

Merit

Percussion

Ensemble 103

Rebecca Weightman

Josh Dundas

Matthew Gaughan

 

3rd Place

Commended

 

Drum kit

Intermediate 97

Declan Brennan

Matthew Gaughan

Merit

1st Place outstanding

Tuned percussion elementary 99

Megan Vasey

Merit

Solo Violin 79

Louis Barrow

 

 

2nd Place

Merit

 

 

Solo Violin 78

Olwyn Day

1st Place

Secondary

Schools choir 11

 

 

1st Place

Commended

 

Junior Soprano

Solo   24

Tannith Matthew

2nd Place

Merit

School Band 109

Bailey Brennan

Claudia Carena

Innocente Carena

Ezster Csetenyi

Caitlin Duke

Stephen Houghton

Dale McArtney

Ronan Meikle

Lynsey Ogilvie

Cerys Duke

Declan Brennan

Rory brennan

1st Place

Commended

 

Brass Solo

148

Bailey Brennan

Claudia Carena

Cerys Duke

Stephen Houghton

Ronan Meikle

Lynsey Ogilvie

Commended

Commended

Commended

Commended

Commended

Commended

 

Brass Solo

149

Innocente Carena

Eszter Cetenyi

Caitlin Duke

Commended

Merit

4th Place  Commended

 

Brass Ensemble

145

 

Bailey Brennan

Claudia Carena

Innocente Carena

Ezster Csetenyi

Caitlin Duke

Stephen Houghton

Dale McArtney

Ronan Meikle

Lynsey Ogilvie

Cerys Duke

 

1st Place

Distinction

Gilbert & Sullivan

50

Tannith Matthew

Merit

Light Popular Solo Voice 47a

Megan Vasey

Zoe Heggie

Commended

1st Place

Distinction

Light Popular Solo Voice 48

Tannith Matthew

Nicole Vasey

Commended

3rd Place

Commended

   

FRENCH  DRAMA  GROUP

 On Wednesday the 13th of March, St John’s French drama group attended the French Drama Competition organised by the French Institute in Edinburgh.

Our group of pupils won the second place and the first prize for best acting.

They received a certificate; prizes for the school (books, posters, dictionary) and they all got a tee shirt from the event.

We all had an amazing time! It was such a great experience for the pupils to go on stage and perform in front of other schools. They did exceptionally well and we are very proud of them!

Very well done to Weam Albeishy, Daniel Devin-Gibb, Claire Hendry, Lisa Hendry, Dylan McKaig and Jamie Robertson.

A very special thanks to Mrs McLagan, Mrs Coupar, Miss Millet and Miss Jones who encouraged and supported us throughout the year.

 

Learning Resource Centre - World Book Day

14 pupils from S1-S6 attended the Scottish Book Trust Children’s Book Awards ceremony at the Caird Hall on World Book Day 7th March 2013. The pupils had been involved in reading the shortlist, writing reviews and voting for their favourite title. Now was the time to discover who the Scottish children’s favourite was.

The pupils enjoyed meeting and chatting with the authors. Many pupils purchased their favourite books and asked the authors to sign them. Some received lovely, personal comments from the authors.

Magicians kept us entertained while we waited for the ceremony to begin.

The awards ceremony involved many school children from across Scotland in the presentation of the awards and the introduction of the books. Each author introduced groups of pupils from various schools who had prepared short drama presentations of their favourite books. Several of the presentations involved music and singing. The drama presentations where all well received by a very enthusiastic audience. It was a real treat when the esteemed author, Julia Donaldson and her husband performed the Stickman song which involved hysterical audience participation.

The winners of the awards are:

3-7 years – The day Louis got eaten by John Fardell

8-11 years – The world of Norm may contain nuts by Jonathan Meres (below)

12-16 years – The 14th Horseman by Barry Hutchison

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   Cybermentors                

Cybermentors are a group of pupils, fully trained in mentoring pupils who are in need of advice or just a listening ear.  We attended two days training to learn the effects of bullying and what caused people to bully, amongst other things.

In those two days we all learnt so much, bonded as a group and gained so much confidence - as mentors as as young people. 

We are here for mentoring sessions at lunchtimes between 1 - 1.30 in the room next to the nurses.  You'll recognise us by our light blue Cymermentor tee-shirts which we wear at break and lunchtimes and are always happy to chat!

If you don't wish to have a mentoring session face-to-face, check out our website at:

http://wwww.cybermentors.org.uk