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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.




St John's Cluster Dance Show

St John's Cluster Dance Show

Friday 17th March 2017 6:30 - 9.15pm

An opportunity to witness the up and coming talent our primary schools have to offer. As well as our hugely successful St John's dance teams.

Come along and support our revolution girls get to the National Champtionships in Stoke to defend their national title.

Free Entry - Donations appreciated.

Raffle Prizes to be won.


Dundee Parents Blog

I am delighted to inform you that we now have a Dundee Parents Blog.  This has been designed to share and celebrate news from Dundee schools, learners and parents.  This blog is to be another way of communicating between Dundee City Council and parents across the city and will share key pieces of information, upcoming events and achievements.

Scottish Open Junior and Schoolboy Boxing Championships 2017

St John's pupils performed well at the Scottish Open Junior and Schoolboy Boxing Championships in Motherwell. Lennon Mitchell is the 70kg Scottish champion  and John Reilly the 54kg Scottish champion. Another pupil, Sam Hickey. is currently in Russia at a three week training camp in preparation for the Junior Commonwealth games.


Dundee Secondary Schools Dance Festival 2017

St John's dance teams have completed a treble at the Dundee Active Schools Dance Competition in the Caird Hall on Thursday 2nd March 2017. Our dance groups performed in front of 900 spectators picked up gold in all three categories - Street Dance , Contemporary and Open. The girls work extremely hard and it showed on the night. What a fantastic achievement for the groups. Well done   

Playlist for Life

Pupils from St Johns having been working in partnership with United for All and Dundee United Football Club to create playlists for residents of St Joseph's Care Home. Residents (many of whom are dementia suffers) received suitable CD/MP3 players with individualised playlists. This project allows residents to enjoy their own personal music playlists to encourage mental stimulation and wellbeing by listening to familiar music.

A video of our pupils at St Josephs Care Home is available here

Playlist for life is a national project, More information can be found here

Modern Languages Parental Questionnaire

We are always looking for ways to improve in the MFL Department and we welcome parents’ feedback. We would appreciate you filling in the short survey linked below.

To log in use your child’s school log in with a ‘p’ in front and his/her password.
For example
ddjsmith123              becomes                 pddjsmith123

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.