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Time Capsule Opened April 2017

Mrs Laura Christie with current S6 pupils about to leave St John’s after the forthcoming SQA examinations. They held a lunch to open a time capsule, designed in First Year by the class under the guidance of Mrs Christie [then Miss Rourke]. The pupils deposited pictures, questions to their future selves and other memorabilia. The time capsule was opened at the lunch and the contents reviewed. All had a nostalgic time!

Burgess Short Story Prize Giving Ceremony 2017

St. John’s is delighted that two of our pupils were awarded prizes at the Burgess Short Story Prize Giving Ceremony in the City Chambers last night.  The competition, held annually by the City Burgess Charity, invites S3 pupils across Dundee to write and submit original short stories.  This year’s theme was Superheroes – Real or Imagined.  The judges commended the high standard of entries.  The assembled guests and dignitaries listened to Jessica Mannion read her wonderful story about women’s rights and the Suffrage Movement which was awarded Second Prize overall.  Lena Macaulay was awarded one of three prizes nominated for “Worthy Mention”.  Well done to both girls, maintaining the tradition of St. John’s success in this competition – we were the first winners four years ago.

 

 

 

Rotary Club Public Speaking Competition

 

Miss Cameron’s S1 pupils will be taking part in a Public Speaking Competition organised by The Rotary Club of Dundee. The event will take place on Wednesday 15th February 2017 in the Learning Centre here at St John’s. Good Luck!

Mary Slessor Writing Competition

Mary Slessor Writing Competition

S2 pupils have been invited to submit entries. There will be 2 categories-fiction and non-fiction. This is to reflect the new school curriculum.  It enables equal importance to be given to fiction and non-fiction in the new exam structure and to equalise gender differences. Word limit 800 words.

The aims are:

  • To promote a wider awareness of Mary Slessor, her life, times and her accomplishments through a fictional narrative.

  • To honour a Dundee weaver who gave a powerful example of the impact women can make in adversity.

  • To provide a personal insight into Mary’s struggle to be accepted as a missionary. To highlight the culture and practices she faced in Calabar.

  • To inspire pride in the City of Dundee in the young people taking part in the competition.

The choice of genre will be left to the writers. Some pupils may wish to enter a play script, poetry, a fictional narrative, newspaper article or other forms as it suits individual styles and strengths.

Good luck to all our entrants!