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Investing in Vocabulary

Did you know that children with wide vocabularies make excellent progress at school and in further education? We have invested in an innovative literacy improvement tool called Bedrock Vocabulary. The aims of the programme are:

1. To ensure students read aspirational fiction and non-fiction texts regularly.

2. To equip students with the deep vocabulary knowledge required for the increasingly demanding curriculum.

3. To build students’ confidence, cultural frame of reference and efficacy for life beyond the school gates.

Find out more here

George R Donald Schools Enterprise Challenge

 

The George Donald Schools Challenge creates a wonderful opportunity for local businesses to work with our young people, helping to ignite their passion for business and enterprise.

This year’s event took place on 31 October at Michelin Athletic Club, where 12 teams from various Dundee and Angus Secondary Schools tackled a live business challenge in a competitive environment and up against tight deadlines!

This year’s challenge was to come up with a business idea for a circular economy business.  Our team had to design 2 posters containing specified information, they were then asked to make a short presentation to a panel of judges representing the Chamber of Commerce GR Donald Fund.

We received support throughout the event from our local business mentor, Corah Edgar from Blackadders Solicitors

The winning team were Arbroath High School with their shell recycling scheme.  Despite not winning overall, the 4 participants from St John’s RC High School had a fantastic business idea, worked exceptionally well as a team and really enjoyed the experience.

India Village Newsletter 2018

View the India Village Newsletter 2018 here.

P6/7 Information Evening 7th November 2018 at 6.30pm


Our P6/7 Information Evening will take place on Wednesday 7 November 2018 at 6.30 pm.  Mrs McLagan will give a short presentation then parents/carers and young people will be given a tour of the school.

Parent Council Meeting on 6th November at 6pm

All parents and guardians of pupils are members of the Parent Forum and have the right to raise any issue with the Parent Council.

 

The Parent Council consists of up to 16 members, with at least 2 from each year group, and up to 8 co-opted members, including a representative of the Roman Catholic Church, and representatives of the teaching and support staff; members of the Pupil School Council are also invited to meetings.

 

Parent Council meetings are open to the public. 

The next meeting is Tuesday 6th November 2018

They are all at 6.00pm in the Conference Room.

Free Online Safety Workshop for parents and carers 13th November at 6pm

***Free online safety workshop for parents and carers***

Muddled by Minecraft or rattled by Roblox? NSPCC and O2 are running hour-long interactive workshops with tips, tools and advice on how to keep your child safe online. Talking about online safety with your child doesn’t need to be difficult –build your confidence to have those important conversations and learn where to go for help and advice.

Come along at 6pm on 13th November. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity! RSVP by responding to 

st-johns@dundeecity.gov.uk

Education Scotland: LAY MEMBER VACANCY

Do you have good interpersonal skills, sound judgement and a strong interest in education?  Do you easily engage in conversation with children, young people and adults?  Are you willing to give up some of your time to make a difference to the lives of children and young people across Scotland?  If so, then the role of Lay Member may be for you.

 

Education Scotland is actively recruiting members of the public to join our school inspection teams as Lay Members.  Lay Members take a particular interest in aspects of school life, including relationships between staff and pupils and schools’ partnerships with parents and the local community. You will spend one day in the school.  You will make a positive and valuable contribution to improving Scottish education bringing a new perspective to our work.  You will contribute to the overall work of a school inspection team, resulting in a published report for parents. The report identifies strengths and areas for improvement and help schools to improve the experiences and achievements of children and young people.

 

We are looking for people form a variety of backgrounds, with different skills, experience and knowledge.  Our Lay members team will benefit from a membership drawn from a range of life experiences. You should have no professional links to the education sector.  This means you must not have been employed in the field of education e.g. as a teacher, support assistant, lecturer or community learning and development worker.

 

Participation is on a voluntary basis although travel and subsistence expenses will be reimbursed.  You will carry out the role for a maximum of three years.

 

Successful applicants will be invited to a selection process. Those successful at interview will require a PVG check then undertake a two-day induction programme followed by further training as required. As a Lay Member, you will be expected to write your notes in clear, concise English. 

 

We are committed to building a team of lay members that fully reflects the diversity and plurality of modern Scotland. 

 

If you, or anyone you know would be suitable for the post please visit the vacancies section of our website for full details and how to apply at the following link;

https://education.gov.scot/who-we-are/Current%20vacancies

 

The closing date for receipt of applications is Monday 8th October 2018.

 

If you have any questions regarding the role please contact me.

Kind regards

 

Guch Dhillon

HMI

Education Scotland

The Optima

Glasgow

0131 244 3860

Parent Council Meeting 4th September

The next Parent Council meeting will be held on Tuesday 4th Septmber at 6pm.

Catholic Schools Good For Families 18th August 2018 Paisley

 Scottish Catholic Education Service Parent Group
Gathering of Parents
18th August 2018
St. Charles’ Church Hall, 5 Union Street, Paisley, PA2 6D

Places at this event are free, but booking is essential.
To book a place please contact: parents@sces.uk.com or telephone: 0141 556 4727

Click here for information

 

Timetable for the day:
 
9.30am  Registration, Tea and Coffee


10.00am Welcome from the SCES Parent Group


10.10am Opening Prayer – A reflection on the Icon of Jesus Our Teacher
  Reflective meditation and prayer using the image of the Icon


10.40am Bishop John Keenan – Catholic Schools Good For Families
  Encouraging children in their faith: The positive influence of the family


11.10am Answers for our children - Evangelisation in the world of multi media


12pm Lunch with time to visit stalls from charities and Church agencies who are there to assist parents


12.45pm Families in Faith – A Diocesan Perspective


1.15pm The SCES Parents– Who are we and how to get involved


1.30pm 20 things you didn’t know you didn’t know about Mass


2pm Mass