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Orienteering Challenge

Dundee Active Schools have been working in partnership with the Scottish Orienteering Association.  We have created lots of orienteering challenges all over Dundee to walk or run around.

Using a smart phone App, (MapRun 6) you can now take part in over 25 different orienteering courses around Dundee, from courses in our parks to post box challenges around our School communities.  

You can use your phone to navigate around different ‘controls’.  For the post box challenges these controls are mostly post boxes, but we’ve also added in other landmarks in that local area to navigate to as well. These could include your child’s school gates, commemorative plaques or distinguished landmarks. (to help, you can also download clue sheets from our website).  

Why not write a letter to a relative or friend that you haven’t seen in a while and post it when you are out searching for the controls in one of the post box challenges?  Take a picture and send it to us on Facebook at Dundee Active Schools or on Twitter at @DundeeActiveSch.  

Please be aware of all traffic and take care crossing roads. Children should always be accompanied by an adult and should not take part in these challenges on their own.  We hope you have as much fun as we did when we checked the courses!

This is the perfect activity for families to get involved in (especially for the Easter Holidays) where we still have to stay local.

For more information on our orienteering programme and to download the maps and clue sheets, follow this link:  

Active Schools - Orienteering (    

Stobswell Postbox map

Stobswell Postbox Clue Sheet

Have fun!

SFA JD Performance Schools Applications for August 2021

The programme is open to boys and girls who are currently in our P7 cohort of primary schools, who have shown exceptional talent in football and would benefit from an individualised programme. The programme is based at St John’s RC High School and will require the pupils to complete a placing request to attend the school if they are selected for the programme. This means that parents/carers are responsible for transporting the successful candidates to St John’s RC High School. The council will not be funding travel costs, however, the Scottish FA may make a contribution to travel costs in individual circumstances. The pupils' timetables will be altered to allow them to follow the programme during curriculum time.

The aim is to bring together the best young footballers from the area into a four year training and support programme designed by the Scottish Football Association and high quality specialist Performance Youth coaches (full time employees of the Scottish FA) and additional experts in fitness training and physical conditioning will deliver the programme to the players who are selected to join the programme. The Performance Manager and the Head Teacher at St John’s RC High School will have overall responsibility for the direction and organisation of the Performance School and will ensure pupils achieve the right balance between sport and academic life.

Applications for August 2021

The application process for the SFA Performance School at St John’s RC High School has opened today. 

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Friday 19 March 2021.

Information is available on the SFA website, please see link below.

Scottish FA JD Performance Schools Application Information | Scottish FA

Please also see links below to the online application forms

Grassroots & Recreational Players and Girls

Grassroots & Recreational Applications | Scottish FA JD Performance Schools | Scottish FA

Professional Clubs

Pro Clubs Application | Scottish FA JD Performance Schools | Scottish FA

If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me at St John’s RC High School 01382 307060.

Best wishes

Iain Jenkins