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Understanding The S4-S6 Years in Secondary Schools (Taletta's Resource)


A resource for parents and carers.

This resource is primarily intended to support parents' understanding of the secondary senior phase, information on the Broad General Education and the wider Children & Families Service is also included.

Click here to access the resource.

The resource, for example, will be of use to Primary Schools in explaining to parents what lies ahead.

Scholastic Book Fair

Scholastic Book Fair

Scholastic Book Fair 2018


The Scholastic Book Fair will run in the Library from Wednesday 27th November - Monday 2nd December

There are over 200 titles to choose from, and with prices starting from only £2.99, there’s sure to be a book for everyone! There will be books for teens, younger children, stationery and posters

Try our discounted Gift Vouchers available at You'll get an extra 20% for free when you buy online - that means you'll get a £6 voucher for only £5, a £12 voucher for only £10, a £30 voucher for only £25 and so on. They’re a great way to ensure your child doesn’t miss out.

Don’t forget that every book you buy can help to get FREE BOOKS for our school library!

2014 SFA Performance School Intake Graduation










We were delighted to attend a ceremony at Hampden on Friday 7 September 2018 to celebrate the graduation of our SFA Elite Performance Players who joined us in August 2014.  Malky Mackay presented certificates and medals to the young people to mark the occasion.  Mrs McLagan, Mrs Sinclair, Iain Jenkins and Liam McGraw were delighted to share in the celebration with the young people and their families.


George R Donald Schools Enterprise Challenge


The George Donald Schools Challenge creates a wonderful opportunity for local businesses to work with our young people, helping to ignite their passion for business and enterprise.

This year’s event took place on 31 October at Michelin Athletic Club, where 12 teams from various Dundee and Angus Secondary Schools tackled a live business challenge in a competitive environment and up against tight deadlines!

This year’s challenge was to come up with a business idea for a circular economy business.  Our team had to design 2 posters containing specified information, they were then asked to make a short presentation to a panel of judges representing the Chamber of Commerce GR Donald Fund.

We received support throughout the event from our local business mentor, Corah Edgar from Blackadders Solicitors

The winning team were Arbroath High School with their shell recycling scheme.  Despite not winning overall, the 4 participants from St John’s RC High School had a fantastic business idea, worked exceptionally well as a team and really enjoyed the experience.

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.


We Are Writers 2017

Copies of We Are Writers 2017 can be ordered at the Book Fair which arrives on the 22nd November. A letter will be sent home on Monday 13th November with order details. Payments can now be made via ParentPay.

Pupils included in the year's edition can be found here.


Scholastic Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair will run in the Library from 22nd November to the 28th November. More details to follow very soon.

Future Asset Conference September 2017

In September a group of business education students attended the Future Asset Conference in Edinburgh, this event was targeted towards S5 girls across Scotland, aiming to underline the fact that gender should never be seen as a barrier to progressing in whatever career you choose.

Our S5 girls who attended the event demonstrated their interpersonal skills, thinking outside the box, resilience, problem solving and inquiry skills.

There were talks, workshops and interactive experiences with successful, inspirational speakers from a range of careers and professions.  These included Jayne-Anne Gadhia (CEO of Virgin Money), Nicola Sturgeon (First Minister of Scotland) and Ross Jennings, (The First Piper) who is a Guinness World Record holding adventurer!

Jayne-Anne Gadhia (CEO of Virgin Money),

Nicola Sturgeon (First Minister of Scotland)

Ross Jennings, (The First Piper) who is a Guinness World Record holding adventurer!

St John's High School S5 Girls




On Wednesday 6th September, seniors from the Art and Design department visited the DCA. The experience at the venue saw pupils working alongside others schools in the community of Dundee, analysing artworks and sharing their own responses on paintings both weird and wonderful. One of the seniors commented that the event “helped with new vocabulary and understanding how to talk about different artworks”, whilst another said the visit to Dundee Contemporary Arts on the Perth road “helped me learn how to describe and analyse paintings and design. This will help me in my final exam and make my responses more sophisticated”. Visiting the gallery space, pupils worked with and beside their peers, bringing back some exciting discussions about the artwork on display back to the classroom that afternoon.

Seniors can continue their practice (both practical and critical) in the department at lunchtimes and evening study support sessions.