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"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.

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.


Edinburgh International Book Festival

Monday 29th August 2016

Author Events include Lisa Heathfield, Katherine Howe and Anne Cassidy.

Bus leaves at 8am and should return by 4pm.

2012 SFA Performance School Intake Graduation

Mrs McLagan, Mrs Sinclair, Iain Jenkins and Liam McGraw attended the Graduation Ceremony of our first intake of SFA Elite Performance Players on Saturday 21st May 2016 at Hampden Park.


Since joining us in August 2012 the young people have developed into fine young adults.  We were very proud to join them and their families in celebrating their achievements.


The Players were presented with the medals and certificates by Gordon Strachan and Brian McClair

India Village Project - Fundraiser

After all our hard work fund-raising last year we are not doing too much this term. 

However, following the visit of our Indian Brothers we have been approached by a theatre company called Act IV to support their next theatre production and they will donate the funds raised from the sale of tickets and programmes etc. on the first night to our Project.

They have asked for us to sell 150 tickets, for the first night only for the show, on Wednesday 6th May 2015 in the Gardyne Theatre. The production that they will present on that night and for a further 3 nights is “UP POMPEII ", please see the attached poster. 

We have been allocated 150 tickets to sell, and we would be delighted if you could help either by selling tickets for us of by buying tickets and coming along to enjoy the show. 

As you can guess, the more tickets we sell the more profit we make. The show is on a similar vein to the Frankie Howard version and is designed to entertain. It is suitable for the family just not youngsters of toddler age. 

Tickets are available at a cost of £12.00 each from Charlotte Jones in St. John's RC High School:

We would be grateful for any support you can offer.

God bless

Brother Douglas and CJones


Mary Slessor Writing Competition

Mary Slessor Writing Competition

S2 pupils have been invited to submit entries. There will be 2 categories-fiction and non-fiction. This is to reflect the new school curriculum.  It enables equal importance to be given to fiction and non-fiction in the new exam structure and to equalise gender differences. Word limit 800 words.

The aims are:

  • To promote a wider awareness of Mary Slessor, her life, times and her accomplishments through a fictional narrative.

  • To honour a Dundee weaver who gave a powerful example of the impact women can make in adversity.

  • To provide a personal insight into Mary’s struggle to be accepted as a missionary. To highlight the culture and practices she faced in Calabar.

  • To inspire pride in the City of Dundee in the young people taking part in the competition.

The choice of genre will be left to the writers. Some pupils may wish to enter a play script, poetry, a fictional narrative, newspaper article or other forms as it suits individual styles and strengths.

Good luck to all our entrants!

India Village Project

A very big thank you to everyone for the support and help with all of the fund raising events that we have had in aid of the IVP since August. We at St John’s have boosted the projects funds by over £2,300 since the Brother’s visit in November (Staff Lunch, Christmas Fayre,

Calendars/Christmas Cards and Christmas CD). On Tuesday 13th January the trustees of The India Village Project transferred to the Marist Brothers in India £10,494.00.

This will purchase:

1 Science equipment for a Biology Lab - £1,164

2 Science equipment for a Physics Lab - £1,530

3 Desks and chairs for 2 new Class Rooms - £4,750

4 Equipment for a Computer Lab - £1,050

5 Matriculation fees for pupils to attend a new Nursery and Primary School - £2,000

All of the Brothers are extremely grateful for all our efforts and send you their best wishes. Brothers Chinna and Raj send their best wishes along with their gratitude and thanks for our kindness, friendship and hospitality afforded to them when they were over here visiting.

The dedicated website for the India Village Project can be accessed at: