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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

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;


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


Education Scotland

The Optima


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: 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

Parent Council Meeting Wednesday 16th May at 6pm

The next meeting of the Parent Council will take place in the Conference Room at 6pm on Wednesday 16th May 2018.

Festival of Youth Conference 2018

Pupils attended the Festival Youth Conference 2018 in March held at Gardyne College, Dundee.

Dee Bleakley discussed growth mindset.

Successful local entrepreneurs answered our questions about starting up in business.


Dundee United Community Trust Weekly Sessions

The Dundee United Community Trust are trying to get as many people back into physical activity or trying a sport for the first time with some of their programmes.Pop along to one of their sessions

Adults Walking Football – Wednesdays 7pm - 8pm and Sunday 10am-11am at the GA Arena (£3 per session).

Adults Walking Netball – Fridays 11am – 12noon at the Lynch Centre (£3 per session). The Walking Netball will restart on the 20th April as we are having a two week break for the holidays!
16 years + Women’s Only Football – Fridays 7pm-8pm at Manhattan Works (£4 per session).

Senior Phase SQA Examinations 30th April - 4th June 2018

17 April 2018

Senior Phase SQA Examinations 30th April - 4th June 2018

I am writing to inform you that Dundee City Council’s Children & Family Services, has agreed that all pupils in S4 and S5 sitting one or more National 5 or Higher SQA examination/s will be entitled to examination preparation time during this year’s SQA Examination Diet, as will all S6 pupils. Pupils in S4 and S5 being presented at National 3 and National 4 levels do not sit a final examination and should attend school as normal throughout the SQA Examination Diet.

This year’s SQA Examination Preparation Period begins on Friday 4th May and ends on Tuesday 29th May (both dates inclusive). Senior pupils should return to school on Wednesday 30th May.  This will coincide with our change of timetable for academic session 2018-19, which will begin for our present S1-S3 pupils on Tuesday 29th May 2018.

If any pupil has an exam out with the exam preparation period then they are permitted to prepare at home the day before the examination and will be excused from classes on the day of the examination.  This comes into effect from Friday 27th April 2018.

Please note the following points in relation to the examination timetable:-

1.  During this Examination Preparation Period, pupils should use their free time for extra study and examination preparation. The Learning Centre (Library) will be available for any pupil who wishes to study in school.  

2. Since school is a normal working environment throughout the examination period all examination candidates are asked to ensure that they wear full school uniform for all examinations and all other visits to the school.

3. Friday 25th May is an in-service day for staff and a holiday for most pupils. Monday 28th May is a holiday for all staff and most pupils. Examinations are taking place on both days and your son/daughter may be involved.

Please check your son/daughter’s examination timetable carefully:- 

Friday 25th – N5 Accounting (am) / N5 Health & Food Technology (pm)

Monday 28th – N5, Higher & A Higher RMPS (am) / N5 Practical Woodworking (pm)

4. All pupils will be issued with the booklet “Your Exams 2018” this week, which provides information relating to SQA’s examination procedures which must be adhered. An electronic pdf version is available via the SQA website and will also be posted on our @StJohnsOfficial Twitter feed. Should you have any queries at all in relation to the SQA examinations then please contact the school. (01382 307060)

Please note that if your son/daughter is prevented from attending an examination due to illness it is essential that you contact the school office as early as possible on the morning of the examination and then arrange for a Fit Note to be obtained from your GP. This should be sent into the school within 3 days of the examination missed.

5. On no account must electronic devices (e.g. mobile phones, smart watches or tablets) be taken into the examination room.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all our young people every success in their examinations.

Fiona McLagan

 (Head Teacher)

Your Exams 2018

This SQA leaflets tells you what you need to know about your exams. Remember to prepare, stay calm and do your best.