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Mark Stewart meeting with our S1 SFA Performance Players

We were very pleased to welcome former pupil Mark Stewart to St John's on Tuesday 7th October 2014. Mark spent time speaking to our S1 pupils at assembly and made them aware of how rewarding hard work can be. Mark left St John's in 2012 having gained 5 highers and entry into university. He is an accomplished cyclist and has been Dundee, Scottish and is currently British Cycling Champion. His speciality is the 'Points' event which involves cycling 160 laps of the track, and every 10th lap is a sprint lap. Mark is hoping to join the Great Britain team in order to pursue his dream of making the British Olympic team. Good luck Mark...make it happen!

Extended Review - Thank you!

Many thanks for all the support provided by parents, pupils and staff during our recent extended review. Please see the report (accessed from the Extended Review tab), for details.
 
Fiona McLagan
Head Teacher

P6/P7 Parents Information Evening

Primary 6/7 Information Evening

Our Primary 6/7 Information Evening will be held on Tuesday 11th November 2014 at 6.30 pm. There will be a short presentation from Mrs McLagan our Head Teacher followed by a tour of the school. Parents, carers and young people will have the opportunity to visit our departments and speak to subject staff, our Support for Pupils Team and Senior Management.

Extended Review

EXTENDED REVIEW

Dundee City Council will be carrying out an extended review of your child's eduction. They will visit the school to review how well pupils are learning and achieving and how well the school supports young people to do their best. This is part of the continual drive to improve the performance of Dundee's schools and ensure that they provide the best education possible for our children.

As part of the review process the Department would like to find out parent's views of the school and the education experience your child receives in St John's. Your view are important and they will form part of the evidence collected in the review.

The online survey is available by clicking on the link below:

http://consult.dundeecity.gov.uk/school/index.php/722818/lang-en

The questionnaire will take approximately 10 minutes to answer and is available until 6 September 2014.

Thank you for your support.

Fiona McLagan

Parent Survey on New National Qualifications

As we complete the first year of offering the new National Qualifications, we would be very grateful if you could spare a few moments to complete a short survey about them.

The survey can be accessed by clicking on the link below:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FQN6Q57

Thank you very much for your continued support.

TSB U15 NATIONAL TROPHY FINAL - DUNDEE CHAMPIONS

Kieran Conway and Taylor Carroll of St John;s RC High School were part of the team who competed at at Broxburn as Dundee beat Ayrshire 4-2 to take the trophy for the first time since 1988.
 
After missing a few chances Dundee fell behind to Ayrshire in the 16th minute but were level three minutes later when a corner created havoc in the Ayrshire box and Taylor Carroll scored from close range. On the half-hour Ayrshire broke quickly through the middle to go 2-1 up.
 
Ben Mooney, recovering from a recent injury, came on at halftime and made an impact straightaway. Three minutes into the half he crossed to the penalty spot where Adam Brown shot in at the far post to make it 2-2. Ten minutes later Ben Mooney outpaced the central defence and beat the keeper to put Dundee into the lead for the first time. Ayrshire rattled the bar in an attempt to equalise. In the last ten minutes several substitutions were made to replace tiring players and in the 78th minute Kyle Anderson and Ben Mooney combined to set up Rory Faulkner, only on the park for two minutes, to net for 4-2. Ayrshire pressed hard in time added on and after five minutes won a penalty - David Beattie saved it and it was the final kick of the match as the full-time whistle sounded. Celebrations started immediately, then the medals were awarded and Ryan Smith lifted the trophy to spark off more celebrations.

FAO Catholic School Parents

Dear Parent
A number of parents have brought to our attention that SPTC (Scottish Parent Teachers Council) is currently surveying parents’ views on certain aspects of what they call “religious observance” in schools. However, this survey goes beyond religious observance; it deals with many aspects of schools in which there may be a religious component (e.g. Church reps on education committees, RC Church nominee on Parent Council).
The introduction to the survey states:
“The question of religion and its place in the education system has crossed our desks quite frequently lately, whether it be religious observance in schools, involvement of church representatives in Parent Councils and Local Authority education committees, or the way parents can exercise their choices in Relationships, Sexual Health and Parenthood Education (RSHP). We understand that many parents have strongly-held views on some or all of these issues – we have heard many – but we want to gain a better understanding of how you feel it is possible to accommodate these varying perspectives in our education system. We are aiming to find points of agreement rather than points of difference!”
We are concerned that there is room for some confusion in how to answer some of the questions e.g., question 9 suggests that children will be unable to reflect on their place in the world and values if they focus on "one particular religion", thereby misrepresenting the nature of religious observance in schools. We are also concerned about the purpose of this survey and the implied criticism of religion being part of education, with none of the questions implying any positive outcomes. Clearly this impacts significantly on Catholic schools. It is our concern that, in recent times, Catholic school parents have had occasion to express concerns to SPTC on its stance on a number of related issues.
In the light of these concerns we would urge Catholic school parents to respond to this survey and to take the opportunity to express their views and to use question 17 as an opportunity to comment on it the survey. This link will take you to the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NC3BR5D
Regards
Parental Involvement Group
Catholic Edcuation Commission

National 5 Revision Materials

The National Parent Forum of Scotland website, acessed from the link given below, provides links to all the revision notes available for National 5 subjects:

http://www.npfs.org.uk/national-5-revision-in-a-nutshell/

National "No Smoking Day"

Next Wednesday 12 March is National ‘No Smoking Day’
An event will take place over the lunchtime period in our school assembly hall. It is hoped that this will raise awareness of the negative effects of smoking to health in general and during this time smoking cessation resources will be available. Several outside agencies including Key To Change, Fairbridge and Young Carers, as well as NHS staff will be contributing to this event by promoting positive mental and physical health and wellbeing and young people will have the opportunity to take part in sports activities. Quizzes and word searches will be available with a number of small prizes to be won and fresh fruit tasters will be on offer for all pupils. ‘Lush’will be coming along to this event and the ‘Youth Bus’ will be on site with workers from Dundee City Council’s youth team.
All pupils and staff will be most welcome to attend.

ASN Curriculum for Excellence Awards January 2014

Additional Support Needs Department Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) Awards: