St John’s celebrates New Beginnings with Archbishop Cushley

On the feast day of the Triumph of the Cross, Archbishop Leo Cushley led our Eucharistic celebration to mark the blessing of the new St John’s RC school building. Led by our wonderful musicians and readers; children, staff, parents, former pupils and invited guests participated fully in the beautiful liturgy which was a wonderful way to dedicate our school to the spreading of the Gospel.

Children from Primary 1 to Primary 7 were involved in reading during the liturgy and nursery pupils joined us as part of the offertory procession.

After Mass, Archbishop Cushley, accompanied by Father Jock and Ms Service, visited each classroom and blessed the children and the rooms. Guests were invited to stay for tea and coffee and enjoyed the opportunity to tour our fantastic new facilities.

Ms Service and the SLT were delighted that Archbishop Cushley celebrated the Eucharist with us on this most significant day in the life of our new school.

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P7 House Captain Elections

On Thursday 13th September, Abercorn, Brighton, Figgate, Quarry and Rosefield Houses all met to elect their new House and Vice Captains. All the candidates spoke very well as they tried to persuade their house pupils to vote for them. Mrs Kelly announced the successful candidates later the same day and thanked all the pupils who put themselves forward for election.

Congratulations to the elected pupils..


HC Neve VC Nina


HC Hannah  VC Katie


HC Nicole VC Charlie


HC Annie VC Erin


HC Maisie VC Ben

Term 1 St John’s Active school club opportunities


Please see attached details of all the exciting clubs on offer in our fantastic new facilities within St John’s Primary school.  There is financial assistance for families who are eligible.  Details below of how you can book.

St John’s – Clubs Booklet Term 1 2018-19 – Final (New)


How do I book my child’s place?


1.        Online by computer, tablet, smart phone


Use the booking code in the above tables


If you cannot sign up online:


2.        Collect a paper booking form from the school office

Return to the office in an envelope

FAO Lauren Millar Active Schools Coordinator


3.        Sign Up at a drop in session on Mon 3rd Sept

From 3.00 – 4.00pm

Come along before school to sign up in person


Group five feeling alive

“I liked kayaking. It was fun. It was wet. ,” Brayden

“I enjoyed the gorge walk because it was fun getting wet. I felt very wet but proud to reach the top.” Bilal

“I liked the food this week. It was very tasty and it was really foodilicious. The rope course was very fun.” Erin

“I enjoyed the night walk because you had to follow the rope. It wasn’t dark so we had to close our eyes it pull down or hard over our heads. It was easy.” Sean

“I liked kayaking because I haven’t done it before and I found it quite challenging. I was really proud of myself after i finished.” Anna

“I liked kayaking because you can get wet. It was also the first time I have done it.” Aryan

“I liked kayaking because I didn’t do it before and it was fun. It was hard but I was successful. I would like to try it again. It was good playing games in the water”.Areej

“I enjoyed kayaking because we had to work as a team and in the end we got to go in the water and by the end there wasn’t a string of our clothes that wanwas wet. I also enjoyed the food”. Zuzanna

“I liked the gorge walk because you had to work in a team and you had to tell each other where to step. I also found it challenging because everything was wet and I slipped and bumped my knee. I felt Joy at the end because it was far too long!” Charlie

“I liked the rope course because it was very challenging to go up without having onto the green rope. I felt very proud of myself afterwards! I loved it!” Ellie

Group 2 laughing all the way!

Today group 2 explored the forest and the Gorge. Here are some of their thoughts about the adventure.

“At the start of the gorge walk I felt really excited and dry. By the end of the walk I wanted to have a warm bath! The gorge was really thrilling but I wouldn’t want to do it again” Lola

“I went through the keyhole in the gorge walk. It was the trickiest thing there. I felt nervous at the start but it wasn’t that bad actually. I also succeeded in abseiling from the highest Cliff and I was really nervous but felt amazing afterwards”. Nina

“At the start I felt nervous because my friends told me it was scary and the abseil was tricky with bumps that made it harder but at the bottom I felt free! I would definitely do it again!” Kieran

“I was scared of abseiling the indoor walk was easy but the Cliff was much higher. It’s a straight wall so I felt more confident when I reached the bottom and I felt like doing it again!” Zahra

“I liked gorge walking alot it was quite difficult the rocks were Slippy but it was easy once you got past that and you could hold onto rocks. There were lots of challenges such as going under rocks and going through the keyhole. You climb under the rock and poke your head up and pulll yourself up through the gap between the Rock with water pouring overyou. At the top of the gorge you can slide down into a pool. I felt I achieved allo doing it by being independent. I wasn’t nervous I felt safe!” Maisie DJ

“I enjoyed going down slides on the gorge walk. I felt it was really fun because it was a natural slide made of a waterfall and it was a once in a lifetime chance to do it. I felt excited because I like water slides like the ones I do on holiday!” Lewis L

“My highlight was George walking. It was when there was a rope at the top of a waterfall and you had to hold onto the top and pulll yourself up. I liked the challenge there was no harness and although it was safe it felt quite dangerous.” Lorcan

“I really enjoyed the gorge walk because you had to find a path to walk up and when I finished the gorge walk I felt relieved in a good way and I also enjoyed kayaking because I felt in control of the boat. My favorite was kayaking I would definitely do it again and would love to have my own kayak!” Ewan

“I’m really proud that I climbed this week, I don’t like heights but I tried my best and conquered my fear! It was really wet and slippery and Rocky so you had to stretch to reach foot holds. I felt proud of myself for doing it and I would do it again.” Prince

“On the gorge walk I went under the some of Africa and the water comes through under the stone. I pushed my way through the gap, I felt good. I also liked kayaking and enjoyed swimming at the end. I would like to do it again!” Hannah Y