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The Book Fair Is Here!

The Scholastic Book Fair has now arrived in school. 

The Book Fair has always been a great success at St John’s, and we hope this provides the opportunity for pupils to access a book shop and purchase books to keep and savour at home. Click here to access the Book Fair Leaflet

Please pay for all orders via ParentPay and remember to tell Ms Knox, the Librarian, the books you wish to purchase.

Enjoy the Fair!

Scholastic Book Fair

Dear Parent or Carer

Scholastic Book Fair

This week is Book Week Scotland and there will be lots of exciting competitions going on in the library for pupils to take part in. As part of our book celebrations, we will be holding our annual Scholastic Book Fair from Wednesday 25th November until Tuesday 1st December.

Due to current Covid restrictions, we will be using ParentPay for purchases from the Book Fair. I attach the Book Fair leaflet for you to browse with your child. If you wish to purchase a specific book, please pay on ParentPay. Please return the completed order form with your child’s choice of book and return it to Ms Knox by Wednesday 2nd December.

The Book Fair has always been a great success at St John’s, and we hope this provides the opportunity for pupils to access a book shop and purchase books to keep and savour at home. Click here to access the Book Fair Leaflet

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the me.

Yours faithfully

Ms E Knox





We Are Writers 2020

Our 5th edition of We Are Writers is now available to pre-order on ParentPay for St John's pupils and staff. £5.99

Here is our beautiful cover illustrated by Neha.


With new classroom face covering guidance coming into effect for Dundee senior secondary pupils and their teachers at from Monday (November 2), the city council is asking them to back the new safety push.

Families in the city are also being urged to play their part by wearing face coverings at drop-off and pick-up on school grounds, even if they don’t go into the building.

The updated Scottish Government guidance has been released following the confirmation of the coronavirus levels that council areas will be in from Monday November 2.

Dundee has been confirmed as Level 3.

The new guidance states that in local authority areas in Levels 3 and 4, pupils in the senior phase – S4-6 – and their teachers should wear face coverings in classrooms, as well as when they are moving around the school and in communal areas.

Full details can be found here along with updates for school staff and pupils at the highest clinical risk (shielding).

City council children and families convener Councillor Stewart Hunter said: “This new guidance is part of extra efforts to keep schools open and reduce the risk of coronavirus spread.

“I have been impressed by the responsibility that has been shown around face coverings so far in our schools and I would ask that people pay close attention to these new guidelines.

“Families should play their part as well at drop off and pick up times.”

Cllr Hunter added: “Dundee is facing new restrictions because of the worrying situation in the city.

“I would ask everyone to do their bit to help drive down the number of local cases.”

The guidance on face coverings does not apply to those with exemptions.

Dundee City Council has produced a Frequently Asked Questions page on its website to explain the new measures for the city and the implications they will have on everyday life.


As families prepare for the return of Dundee schools and nurseries from the October holiday on Monday (October 19), a senior councillor is asking them to think seriously about coronavirus safety for the new term.

Stewart Hunter, who is convener of children and families services, explained: “While new measures around home visiting have come in over the last few weeks which are designed to curb the spread of the virus, schools and nurseries remain open for learning and teaching

“So, this means we all have to be extra vigilant as the new term begins.

“To our pupils I would say look after yourselves and if you feel that you have any symptoms please stay away from school and get a test. We all need to act responsibly.

"There can be no let-up in our efforts to guard against the virus, and everyone has their part to play - including families who are dropping off and picking up their children.  National guidelines around issues like two metre physical distancing should be followed at all times.

“Hygiene measures will still be in place in our nurseries and schools including the staggering of breaks and lunches, as well as hand sanitising and the wearing of face coverings where appropriate.

“Secondary pupils should always wear a face covering when moving about in corridors and when they visit shops at lunchtime.

“All pupils over the age of five should be wearing a face covering when they are on school transport or public transport. It is vitally important that they do help stop the spread of the virus.

“We appreciate that some staff and children and young people who cannot wear a face covering for good reasons and that position will be respected.”


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As the new term begins, city council breakfast clubs will reopen, and school lunches will include a hot bagged meal.

Councillor Hunter added: “Cases that emerged in Dundee schools and nurseries last term were dealt with quickly by public health teams working closely with council officers.

“I would like to reassure families that we are all are committed to the welfare and education of every pupil.

“Since last term, the Scottish Government has confirmed that next year’s National 5 exams have been cancelled and that results will be confirmed through assessments and coursework.

“Schools will be providing more information to families in the new term about how this will go ahead and how teachers and school staff will support their children through this change.”


Police Scotland are confirming that they will be assisting in the city council’s school road safety campaign by deploying officers to areas surrounding schools as the new term starts on Monday (October 19).

The pledge comes as a senior councillor urges families to park sensibly at schools and nurseries and to observe speed limits.

Roads Policing Sergeant William Strachan said: "Road safety is quite rightly a significant concern for parents in many schools and Police Scotland is fully committed to reducing incidents on our roads and working in partnership with schools to provide support where required.

"Speeding is always a top concern in any community especially near schools therefore motorists should always drive cautiously and slow-down. I would remind those who do the school run to not obstruct driveways, and do not park on zig zag lines. Extreme caution is required when young children are in the vicinity, so please be alert.  

"Preventative activity is carried out in Dundee throughout the year by Police to send a clear message about the importance of taking care when driving or walking to and from school. It is absolutely crucial that pupils, parents and motorists alike are aware of the dangers of the road and that we speak to each other to raise awareness.”  


Councillor Stewart Hunter, children and families services convener, said: “I welcome this ongoing commitment from Police Scotland to our partnership to help prevent accidents on roads outside schools and nurseries.”

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Cllr Hunter continued: “I would urge families to pay particular attention to safety when it comes to parking and driving.


“Please observe the 20mph speed limits around schools and do not park illegally. Each of our schools has a Safer Route map which highlights parking zones that help cut congestion.” 

For further information and advice on road safety, visit the Police Scotland website – - or the road safety charity, Brake                                                            

Hands Up Scotland 2020

We took part in the Sustrans Hands Up Scotland survey.

By participating in the Hands Up Scotland Survey, our school provides valuable insight into school travel. 

Results are used to inform policy areas, monitor trends in school travel and provide information relevant to a variety of health, transport and education initiatives.



Common Cold and COVID-19 Symptoms - Professor Jason Leitch

Professor Jason Leitch, National Clinical Director


To Parents / Carers
31 August 2020

Common Cold and COVID-19 Symptoms

I understand these last few months have often been challenging, particularly for parents and carers. Now that schools and nurseries have returned I am writing to provide some advice where a child or young person in your care presents with symptoms of the common cold or similar bugs during this pandemic.
Following the return of schools after a prolonged break, it is common for colds and similar viral infections to circulate. In many cases, children will be well enough to attend school and continue their learning with little or no interruption to their education. In other cases, for instance where they have quite a heavy cold, they may need to take a day or two off to recover.
This is not the case for children and young people with potential COVID-19 symptoms, they are required to self-isolate and seek a test through or by calling 0800 028 2816.
In order to ensure your children do not miss out on their education, it is important to be clear about how COVID-19 symptoms differ from those of other infections that we normally see circulating at this time of year.
COVID-19 Symptoms

It is important that all of us – including those who make up the community around a school - are vigilant for the symptoms of COVID-19 and understand what actions we should take if someone develops them, either at school or at home.
The main symptoms to be aware of are:
 new continuous cough
 fever/high temperature
 loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste
If a young person or a child in your care develops any of the above symptoms, they should self-isolate and you should book them a test as soon as possible at, or by calling 0800 028 2816.
We recommend testing only for those with a continuous cough, fever, or loss of or change in the sense of taste or smell. The UK senior clinicians continue to keep the symptoms for case definition under review and will continue to use evidence to adjust these if it becomes necessary.

It is essential that people who have COVID-19 symptoms, or who share a household with someone who has symptoms, do not attend school, nursery or other childcare settings, and must self-isolate along with all members of their household. If the test is negative, self-isolation can end for everyone. If the test is positive, Test and Protect will give you further advice.
Cold-like symptoms

If, however, your child does not have symptoms of COVID-19 but has other cold-like symptoms, such as a runny nose, they do not need to be tested and they and you do not need to self-isolate. Your child can go to school if fit to do so.
The Scottish Government appreciates the huge effort being made by parents, carers and school staff to ensure the risk of COVID-19 is minimised and to support children’s education.

Further information
For further advice please visit the Parent Club website at:

Professor Jason Leitch
National Clinical Director
Scottish Government

Face Coverings

Dear Parent/Carer


My sincere thanks for your ongoing support over the last few weeks.  You will be aware that the Government’s guidance for schools has changed and I would like to share the information with you.


New National Guidance on the Use of Face Coverings


Following an announcement by the Deputy First Minister on Tuesday 25 August 2020, the guidance for school staff and pupils across Scotland regarding the use of face coverings is changing.

The new guidance will take effect from Monday 31 August.  It states that face coverings should also be worn by staff and pupils when:


  • Adults and young people in secondary schools (including special schools) are moving about the school in corridors and confined communal areas (including toilets), where physical distancing is particularly difficult to maintain;
  • Adults, young people and children aged 5 and over are travelling on dedicated school transport

It is understood that some staff and children and young people who cannot wear a face covering for good reasons and that position will be respected.

Staff and pupils should ensure they:


  • Bring their own face coverings to school;
  • Store these safely in a washable, sealable bag or container when not in use;
  • Wash reusable face coverings in hot water at the end of each day; and
  • Safely and hygienically dispose of disposable face coverings after use

We will also arrange for a limited supply of face coverings to be available.  If you think you may have difficulty in sourcing a face covering or if you feel that your child or young person should be exempt, please contact your school directly.


Further information on face coverings is available from the Scottish Government website:

Full face covering guidance is available via this link:


Our pupil protocol will be shared with our young people tomorrow along with a video on how to wear a mask properly and store it safely.  This video can be found on our website and twitter feed.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any further questions.


Stay Safe


Fiona McLagan (Head Teacher)