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St Clement's P6 Donation

On behalf of the India Village Project group we would like to offer many thanks to the pupils of St Clement's  P6 class who sent us a very generous donation of £245.00.  It is a fantastic amount that was raised by selling chocolate.

India Village Project Prize Winner


The India Village Project recently held a raffle to win £100.   The winner was William Jones.

Thanks to everyone for their continued support of this project.



Better Place – Better Health Project 2017

Eighteen of our S2 pupils worked with Students from The University of Dundee from November 2016 to February 2017 on the Better Places – Better Health Project. This project allowed the young people to investigate and deliver their ideas on the current issue -  how do we attract and include everyone to experience the aspects of the city that are emerging, and consider a holistic approach to environmental health and wellbeing?

Our Young people created two models and presented their ideas to Allan Watt, Director of the Waterfront Project and his team.  Our young people received positive feedback from Allan and he plans to speak with them again as some of the ideas presented by the young people are similar to the Waterfront Project’s plans for the city.

Slessor Gardens Mask Exhibition

Mental Health Awareness Week 2017

One of the main events of the Heart Tay Heart week will be the mask exhibition in Slessor Gardens, starting Friday 21st April at 12 noon.

More than 150 young people from St John's RC High have created masks to show the many faces of mental health and their masks will become part of the exhibition which will be open to the public.


Dundee & District Table Tennis Championships March 2017

Well done to Jacob Munro who won 3 of his age group titles at yesterday's (13/3/17) Dundee & District Table Tennis Championships.

Burgess Short Story Prize Giving Ceremony 2017

St. John’s is delighted that two of our pupils were awarded prizes at the Burgess Short Story Prize Giving Ceremony in the City Chambers last night.  The competition, held annually by the City Burgess Charity, invites S3 pupils across Dundee to write and submit original short stories.  This year’s theme was Superheroes – Real or Imagined.  The judges commended the high standard of entries.  The assembled guests and dignitaries listened to Jessica Mannion read her wonderful story about women’s rights and the Suffrage Movement which was awarded Second Prize overall.  Lena Macaulay was awarded one of three prizes nominated for “Worthy Mention”.  Well done to both girls, maintaining the tradition of St. John’s success in this competition – we were the first winners four years ago.




Modern Languages Parental Questionnaire

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Sportathon 2017

120 children and 11 members of staff endured a 12-hour stint of non-stop sporting activity last Wednesday night into the early hours of Thursday morning. (8th/9th February 2017)

All participants had a fantastic time and did exceptionally well by raining in excess of £3000.

A special mention to Tesco Kingsway and Domions City Quay for donating much needed refreshments during the night.

Business and Languages Workshops 2016

The Business and Languages workshops took place on the 9th December.  The workshops involved 120 young people in S3, all of whom are studying either French or Spanish, and most of whom are also studying Business.  They were supported by staff in the school, including Rosario Pacheco-Cobos, Principal Teacher of Modern Languages, Louise McCafferty, Principal Teacher of Business Education (me!), Louise Davidson, Teacher of Business Education, Nadège Millet and Julie McKinnon (Teachers of Modern Languages), Anneta Kata, Learning Support Department and Andrew Laing, Careers Advisor.

A series of talks and workshops was delivered by a range of businesses and organisations, including SCILT (The Scottish Centre for Languages), Dundee Rep Theatre, Tokheim, Michelin, Glamis Castle and Dundee, Angus College and Dr Gary Mulholland, Associate Director of Innovation and Enterprise at the University of Abertay Business School. There was also representation from Developing the Young Workforce.

The young people had the opportunity to hear a keynote introduction delivered by Dundee Rep.  They broke into groups and rotated around each of the talks and workshops delivered by the above businesses and organisations.  The intention of this experience was to enable young people to make links between the Languages and Business subjects that they are studying, and to recognise the relevance of the skills that they are learning.  They had the opportunity to develop their understanding of the role of languages in the business environment and to gain an understanding of some cultural differences when conducting business in different countries.  This will enable them to make links between the work they are doing in school and its purpose in their future careers.  Attending the talks and workshops also enabled them to develop a range of skills which will be essential for their future, including literacy, team-work and interpersonal skills, as well as languages and business skills.  

These workshops were a further development of work which Louise McCafferty and Rosario Pacheco-Cobos have been driving forward for three years now.  The original work was a partnership with the University of Dundee Humanities Faculty, and in conjunction with them, we organised a Business and Languages event in which all local authority secondary schools in Dundee participated.  We were awarded the British Academy Schools Language Award for Scotland for this work, and the funding which we received enabled us to run a similar event again earlier this year.  It has also enabled us to develop a partnership with the University of Abertay Computing and Business departments, and earlier this year a group of young people spent two days working with students and lecturers to develop and market an app for visitors to Dundee, which incorporated the use of European languages. This year we were also involved in delivering a Business and Languages transition event for our cluster primary schools, based on the event organised at the University of Dundee.


We are very keen to continue to promote the importance of studying Business and Languages  and the relevance of these subjects for the future workforce in the city.  Our work has also enabled us to promote Dundee as a city for work and leisure and the app which the young people started to develop generated considerable interest from the business community.

Harry Potter Book Night 2017

Harry Potter Book Night 2017

Ravensclaw Winners

On Tuesday 7th February we celebrated Harry Potter Book Night. The quiz tested the pupils' knowledge  of all the Harry Potter books. It was a hard fought battle but Ravensclaw came out top. Well done and thank you to everyone who took part.