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Edinburgh Book Festival August 2016

A group of pupils from S4-S6 travelled down to the Edinburgh Book Festival in August 2016.

This year we attended two sessions involving 3 authors, Lisa Heathfield, Katherine How and Anne Cassidy.

Once again the sun shone on Charlotte Square Gardens in Edinburgh

"Sanctuary" November 2016

On the 23rd and 24th of November 2016 Glasgow Film Theatre’s Creative Learning department, comprising leader Annie McCourt and actors Katrina and Adam, brought their Dramatic Enquiry “Sanctuary” to St. John’s. The enquiry focussed on the plight of the Dragons, who were being supressed by the Sorcerers. The pupils were members of a council (Goodworld) and had to debate and make difficult moral and ethical decisions. This was an allegorical exercise to examine the plight of refugees and economic migrants. The experience was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended, and we hope to welcome GFT back next year with an enquiry on fair trade.

St John’s Welcomes Three Foreign Language Assistants 2016

This year St John’s is delighted to welcome three foreign language assistants to work with us in the modern languages department. They are Arturo Corujo Hernández, Judith Eisenauer and Jean-Baptiste Léonidas. All three language assistants have a passion for learning languages, one which they are currently sharing with the pupils they are teaching in both the primary and secondary sectors.


Arturo comes from La Laguna in Tenerife where he has very much enjoyed studying English and creative writing. When he is not working with pupils in several schools across Dundee, he enjoys sports such as archery and cycling, as well as exploring the environment in which he is living while in Scotland. Arturo is also an accomplished guitarist, participating in a variety of musical events in Tenerife.




Judith comes from just outside Paris and has studied both English and Spanish, amongst a number of other subjects.  In her free time Judith enjoys craft work, drawing and singing. She is taking advantage of her time here to visit villages, towns and cities throughout Scotland, which she is eager to discover.



Jean-Baptiste, known to staff and pupils as JB, comes from La Rochelle, where he has studied English, Spanish and History.
JB has several hobbies, amongst which is a love of amateur dramatics, which has provided him with excellent training in speaking to and in front of a large group of people with confidence. He also likes to keep fit by pursuing sports such as swimming, something he has done for the last eight years, and cycling.

Goodfellow & Steven 2016

On Friday 25th November 2016 Nikita Norrie and Adam Clarke  competed in the above competition. They had to prepare and cook a Bakewell Tart following a recipe provided by Dundee College. The judging was based on food preparation skills, food hygiene skills and of course, taste.

We are so delighted that Nikita Norrie who is in S6 took first prize!!! She received a cup which is engraved with the school name and a cash prize, Well done Nikita!!!

2016-17 ASN S1/2-grow your own grass head.

Pupils took to using their creativity to create a characterised container. Learners made use of their green fingers to top off the project. Taking responsibility for looking after their plants by watering them every week, the pupils have started to become a bit competitive in the race for the maddest mane.

2016-17ASN S1/S2 Traditional mask-making.

A collection of the fantastic masks created and worn by ASN S1/2 pupils from the Art department. Using a variety of materials to create texture and colour in their masks, pupils took influence from animals such as birds and insects. The group were extremely proud of their masks which they took home to show off to their families.

2016-17 DCA Trip

In September, Senior pupils visited the DCA to engage with the exhibitions on display and learn how to critically analyse the artworks. Working in groups and alongside other schools from the city, pupils got a close look at printmaking, sculpture, painting and installation. The event proved successful as proven in the discussions in class the following day with these approaches to critical studies being the main focus for preparation of their written exam early next year.


Growth Mindset Information Evening 27th September

The next City Wide Meeting will be held on Tuesday 27th September, 7pm at Downfield Primary School.
IInformation will be shared about Growth Mindset.

P6/7 Information Evening - Wednesday 9th November 2016

P6/7 Information Evening - Wednesday 9th November 2016

Our P6/7 Information Evening will be held on Wednesday 9th November 2016 at 6.30 pm.  Mrs McLagan, Head Teacher will deliver a short presentation and parents/carers and the young people will have the opportunity to meet our Senior Management Team and Support for Pupils Team.  Our senior pupils will take parents/carers and the young people on a tour of some of our departments, due to the time available it is not possible for all visitors to visit all departments.  The evening will end at approximately 8.30 am.

P7-S1 Transition Dates

P6/7 Information Evening - Wednesday 9th November 2016
Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th March 2017 - Business/Modern Languages Day
May 2017 (date to be confirmed) - Science Day
Wednesday 14th, Thursday 15th and Friday 16th June 2017 - P7/S1 Induction Days