St John’s RC Primary School Parent Council


Minutes from AGM Meeting 25th October 2018

  1. Welcome, introduction and apologies

Present; Jacqueline Kelly – Head teacher, Mark Burgess – acting deputy head, Jo Worrall – Chair, Colin Wood – Treasurer, Sharon McLeay – Fundraising, Funding – Blathnaid Quinn, Secretary -Deirdre Henderson, Laura Birdsell – P2 Teacher, Mary Campbell – Local Councillor, 9 parents

Apologises: Mary Campbell, Kate Lemon, Donna Cochrane, Lindsay Murray, Laura McIntyre

Action Points;

  1. Minutes from last meeting approved
  2. AGM the following are the parent council positions nominated/volunteered and agreed:

Chair – Jo Worrall , Second chair – Jennifer

Treasurer – Colin Wood

Fundraising – Sharon McLeay and to help her Kate Lennon & Nicola (until Christmas)

Funding – Blathnaid Quinn

Secretary – Deirdre Henderson

  1. New Year New Dynamics; discussed what parent support is needed. There are 3 PVG’s in process and 3 more are required, volunteers are required to help at break times.

From November the Park is available for school usage, this will require help to manage the children, Jackie

Dogs in the new park – to be confirmed if the park will be a dog free one, Mary to follow up with council

Signage required for no dogs at school entrance – Jackie

  1. The Cost of the School Day – Jackie distributed handouts with this information, any feedback or comments from parents to e-mail Jo to give to Jackie

Support for learning week – discussed it will be a character dress up, parents offered to give old Halloween costumes to the school or a charity such as pre-Loved Clothes or Kids Love Clothes

Children in Need – this year will be more about the awareness of the charity rather than asking for money from families. Dress up in spots Day will still go ahead.

  1. Building Update/ Playground – discussed a few issues including changing room toilet locks are getting changed, concern with nursery automatic door not closing quick enough, heavy doors into school hall. Jackie


  1. Fundraising Update from Sharon. Events for the remaining year:

Halloween Disco – tickets sold out, great response from parent volunteering to help which is very much appreciated. Some negative feedback from some parents with regards the on-line sale off the tickets charging a fee to purchase the tickets. Thankfully the school for future on line ticket sales, can sell tickets independently on the website to avoid any fee charges.

Christmas Family Event – carol singing, hot chocolate, kids crafts, want people to bring donations for the food bank rathe than paying at the door, Sharon & Nicola

Next year; discussed new idea such as night or an afternoon at Jump In. Christmas Calendar 2019 – get sponsorship from businesses to buy a month or a year sponsorship on the calendar, similar to Tower Bank School’s one, could be a good source of income for the council.

The Summer Fair and Movie Night will take place again in 2019.

  1. Funding – Colin gave an update including the Income and Expenditure Account for the financial and academic year 2017-2018, if anyone has any questions to contact Colin.

Gardening Project – Tana had given a detailed proposal for the project for the academic year, it was discussed and agreed the council would pay for the project to go ahead but we will request funding for some of the proposed works.

  1. Parking – Hamilton Drive continue to have issues with cars dropping off and picking up. Signage is required along with railings outside the nursery and at the entrance of the teacher’s car park, Jackie

Mary informed the council the police are in rotation at each school but should have a presence once a week at the school.

Parking tickets designed and distributed by the kids – Jackie

Travel Tracker chart in the school, proposed to get this started again with the pupils Mark

Concern was raised for busy traffic including motorist, school children and adults at the junction for Mountcastle Drive and Duddingston Road. Concern is the length of time for the green man is not long enough. Perhaps another Lolly pop person is required, Mary

  1. School Library – Sharon’s update included the valuable information and knowledge passed onto the PC from Duddingston Primary School including the application process and the software used for the library.

Pupil Council will get the opportunity to spend £1000 on books in Waterson’s. They will be purchasing books based on their research from pupil and parents feedback on preferred authors and types of literature.

Software required for the library will be funded by the council.

Volunteers will be required for labelling books, etc for the new library.

  1. Projects – discussed the gardening project as above under funding.

Go Cart – currently in the process of ordering it, Mark will keep the council updated

  1. AOB

Bullying – school wishes to tackle this in a new way, Jackie spoke about a company called ….they do assembles with children, work shop activities with kids and parents,  they tailor kids needs. Jackie

Proposal from the nursery for funding for a mud kitchen, the information provided to be reviewed and approved.

An Edinburgh based author called Coo Clayton author for children’s book Maggie’s Mittens can spend a day with the children for £250, approved request for funding from the council, Jo

Lego Club – proposed for lunch times for children who may be interested but run by parents/volunteers will be required, Mark is happy to support the club

Christmas Cards – Caroline handed over this project to Laura McIntyre.



P7 and P1 research dinosaurs together

Primary 7 spent Monday afternoon working with their buddies in Primary 1 to learn about dinosaurs. The senior pupils prepared a short book creator about their favourite dinosaur and after sharing this with P1, the children worked well together to find out about another creature.

Working together using Book Creator, children shared their understanding of how to create a new page, add text and a picture.

Primary 7 pupils were amazed by the ability of their buddies to work independently after only a short amount of time and were delighted with the finished work.

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P7 Learning review week beginning 29th October

Last Monday morning we learned about earthquakes, in maths it was about chimney sums Decimals we also did a morning challenge and everyone was happy and exited to do it .After break we did book creator about dinosaur for our p1 buddy and natural disaster. Then we had a CHATTY lunch. When we came back in we did a bit of finishing of time and Eric time and finished off Book creator, then it was hymn practice till the end of the day.
Tuesday we did maths again in the morning till break after break we did Nelson Comprehension about Marley’s Ghost and it was really quiet in the class room, then it was lunch time when we came back from lunch everyone was tired so we did some ERIC time, then it was time to do Natural Disasters on time line of an earthquake for the end of the day.
Wednesday we did the same routine as usual maths ,then we went outside to play but the teacher said would you like to do a tour for people looking at our school and it took half an hour, then I had to go back and do art and that took half an hour. Then it was lunch time and we all were so hungry. After that we did PE and art of the day of the dead and it was fun then everyone in class went to PE.
Thursday morning we went to Saint Mary Magdalene’s Church with our buddies there were reads and people doing offertory then we went back to school, we had a late break after we did elections for Pupil Council and Eco Rep and the people who won for Pupil Council was Aila-Noor, Skye and Anna, the people who won for Eco was Ellabay and Mackena everyone enjoyed our talk. It was lunch after lunch we had ERIC time then we worked in partners to do internet safety and we did that till the end of the day.
Friday morning we did some finishing off time till break, after break we went to assembly and some people went to choir and in assembly we were talking about steak.
That was our week and it was a bit tough but it was fun.
By Zahra and Aila-Noor

St John’s rises to the challenge to support STEKA

We were delighted this morning to be visited by representatives from STEKA who explained about the work of Godknows and Helen in Malawi to support street children. STEKA provides 67 children with a home with the promise of education and a good start in life. The children cared for are aged between 18 months and 23 years of age. Gift, aged 21 is studying in public sociology at Queen Margaret University spoke well and confidently answered a variety of questions for the assembled children.

Together, we raised an incredible £342.07 for STEKA today and were happy to help supporting the building of training centres to provide job opportunities for the young people such as Gift.


P7 Learning Blog, week beginning 29th October

This week we done loads of fun and exciting things. For example we got to go to Holyrood High school, When we were there we got to go around a hall with a group of pupils you know but also some from other schools and got to hear about peoples jobs. It was very interesting and fun, It has gave us loads of enjoyable jobs to choose from. Another thing we done this week was we got our flu sprays and at first we all weren’t so excited we were nervous, After we said it wasn’t so bad and we all agreed we wouldn’t regret getting it, The reason we get flu sprays and jabs is to help us not get the flu. Another fun thing we done was we got to get into pairs and choose a natural disaster like a volcano, flood, tsunami, earthquake, etc. After we chose one we would research on the worst flood or something, Finally we make a poster on the worst flood and we decorated and added loads of information. Another thing we done this week is Art and PE for art we got a piece of a painting and we found other people we had the same bit of painting and that was our group, Once we were in the groups we done a quiz and some of the questions were like When you look at this picture what do you see and that’s basically what we done for art. For PE we decided on our football league name the final decision on the name was Porty Premier League, we also came up with our team warmups. Another thing we done last week was we finished our research on rocks, its very interesting to find out we found out there are 3 different types of rocks the 3 are Sedimentary, Metamorphic and Igneous. Another fun thing we done was Football training we got into our teams and got a warmup to do for example dribbling and then we came up with a warm up featuring dribbling. Finally we done Natural Disasters Locations we found out that there are lines that move and patterns can change and that’s how disasters work. So to me I personally think last week was a very fun week.

By Skye