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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:



Thank you from St Mary's SVDP

The following message has been sent to Mr Cecil who co-ordinates the SVDP in St John's RC High School:

A big thank you

Hi John Paul, Happy new year, and I hope you had a nice break.
Can you please say a huge thank you from St Mary's SVDP to all the staff and pupils for their support for SVDP and the Community Cafe over Christmas.  Your fundraising and grocery donations will ensure that many people do not go hungry for the next few months - we were all absolutely blown away by your generosity.
A big thank you also, to all the pupils and staff who helped with the Cafe's Christmas lunch.  It was a fantastic day and the guys are all still talking about it.  The food was great, and it was lovely to have special touches such as the brass band and the Christmas music, and also for the pupils to be serving the dinner.  So many of our customers are struggling with problems of poverty, addiction, isolation and mental health issues, and do not receive the respect from others that every human being should, so it was very special for them to be treated with such courtesy and care.  It felt very much like Christianity in action.  The gifts of hats and gloves were also very much appreciated - I don't think we could have thought of anything more useful.
I do hope you and some of the pupils will keep in touch.  Your contribution has made a huge difference to us and it is great to see the whole community coming together to help each other.
Many thanks and best wishes.

Mark Stewart meeting with our S1 SFA Performance Players

We were very pleased to welcome former pupil Mark Stewart to St John's on Tuesday 7th October 2014. Mark spent time speaking to our S1 pupils at assembly and made them aware of how rewarding hard work can be. Mark left St John's in 2012 having gained 5 highers and entry into university. He is an accomplished cyclist and has been Dundee, Scottish and is currently British Cycling Champion. His speciality is the 'Points' event which involves cycling 160 laps of the track, and every 10th lap is a sprint lap. Mark is hoping to join the Great Britain team in order to pursue his dream of making the British Olympic team. Good luck Mark...make it happen!

P7 - S1 Transition News

P7/S1 Transition Events


Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th March 2016

Business/Modern Languages Day


We will hold our first transition event which will allow the young people to visit St John's on one of the above dates and meet and work with their peers from our associated primary schools.  The focus of these days will be Business and Modern Languages.  The date the young people will visit will be confirmed with the primary school and the young people will receive a letter with the arrangements for the day.



Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th May 2016

Science Day


The young people who will be joining us in August will be invited to visit St John's on one of the above dates to participate in our Science Day.  This will allow the young people to be introduced to our Science Department staff and participate in workshops in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  The young people will also meet and work with their peers from other primary schools who will also join us in August.  The date the young people will visit will be confirmed with the primary school and the young people will receive a letter with the arrangements for the day.



Tuesday 7th, Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th June 2016

P7/S1 Induction Days


The young people who will be joining us in August will be invited to our Induction Days at St John's on the above dates.  They will be assigned a Tutor Class and meet their Tutor Teacher and Guidance Teacher.  Timetables will be issued and these will be followed during the three induction days.  Arrangements for the Induction Days will be given to the young people when they visit St John's for the Science Day in May.

School Open As Normal

St John's RC High School will be open as normal on Monday 15 December 2014. The problem with the heating which forced the closure of the school on Friday has now been resolved.


The heating system in St John's RC High School has failed and as a result we have no heating or hot water.

The decision has therefore been made to close the school today at 12.55 pm - Friday 12 December 2014 and send all pupils home.

All parents/carers have been contacted by school staff to ensure that it is safe to send their child home.  Any child whoose parent/carer cannot be contacted will be looked after in school until the normal end of the school day - 3.25 pm.

In the event of there still being a problem with the heating system on Monday 15 December 2014, advice on whether the school is open or closed will appear both here on the school website and on Dundee City Council main website.

Tesco - Thank you!

A very big thank you to all the customers and staff of Tesco Riverside Extra and especially their Community Champion, Mrs Kath Torode, for supporting our young people as they bag packed to raise funds over the weekend of 22-23 November 2014.


The sum of £635.43 was raised towards the purchase of equipment for use by the young people on the Expedition Section of their Duke of Edinburgh's Award.

We really appreciate the help and support given by the cutomers and staff.


Sky Sports Victory Shield - Kieran Freeman

Sky Sports Victory Shield - Kieran Freeman

Kieran Freeman 3D1 was selected for the Under 16 Squad to represent Scotland in the Sky Sports Victory Shield. Scotland played Northern Ireland on Friday 31st October 2014, Wales on Friday 7th November 2014 and England on Thursday 20th November 2014. Well done Kieran.

Burgess Writing Competition 2014

Burgess Writing Competition 2014

This year marked the inaugural City of Dundee Burgess Charity Schools Short Story Competition. Schools all across Dundee were invited to challenge S3 pupils to write a short story which featured either a Dundee theme or a Dundee connection. Once the stories were written, each school then selected their best entries to be submitted for final judging. The judges commented on the exceptionally high standard of all of the entries submitted.

We were delighted to learn that Erin Findlay had been selected as the overall winner of the competition. Erin’s story was about A Day in the Mill and featured an introduction in Scots as well as an emotional and traumatic ending which illustrated the horrors of working in the mills. Erin received a book token and was presented with the trophy which now sits proudly in the school trophy cabinet.

Alongside Erin’s success, two other St. John’s pupils were rewarded by the judges. Olivia Adam was a runner-up and Allana Mitchell received a commendation and a book prize for her efforts.


Anne Frank Exhibition

Weeks Commencing 27th October 2014 and 3rd November 2014 - Anne Frank Exhibition, our associated primary schools will experience this in St John's at some point during these two weeks. Parents and carers will also have the opportunity to see some of the exhibition during our Information Evening on 11th November 2014 (see below).

Primary 6/7 Information Evening
Tuesday 11th November 2014 - Primary 6/7 Information Evening 6.30 pm until approximately 8.30 pm