Go Kart build back on track

After a few weeks delay, two members of the go kart build group helped get us back on track fitting the rear axle. Greenpower did a great job sending a replacement axle after the initial one was too wide at one end.

Sophia and Harry managed to attach the axle and secure it to the chassis. They found it a little difficult to tighten the nuts but persevered and did a great job!

Next week P7 will begin the throttle and brake work before we begin building the motor cage.

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New lunchtime drama club off to a great start!

Yesterday, Tuesday 22nd January saw the first of 10 weeks of drama club lessons during lunchtime. This club has a long waiting list and the pupils who were fortunate to be drawn out of the hat thoroughly enjoyed their first meeting. Fully funded by the Parent Council, the group was led by Calum and Caitlyn from Edinburgh Youth Theatre. Here are some of the thoughts of pupils..

“I like it a lot when we paired up.” Laia

“I liked the games we were playing, like walking in different ways.” Milly

“I thought it was really fun, I liked playing the story game, to find a partner and pretend to drive a tractor.”

“I enjoyed playing lots of different games.” Amelia

“It was fun , we played in groups with people we don’t ususally play with.” Juliaphoto 13

P6/7 Footballers rise to the occasion!

On Saturday St John’s P6 & 7 footballers won the Unity Cup at the Oriam with an impressive 6 wins to reach the final. After reaching the semi-finals comfortably, the team survived a nail biting penalty shoot out with Maisie saving a vital spot kick and Jaxson scoring what proved to be the winning goal.

The final was against Crammond, who had also played well to reach the last game of the tournament. After a hard fought game the honours were shared and both teams were delighted to have been winners on the day.

Each team was asked to raise money in order to take part in the tournament,  St John’s raised a fantastic £170 towards helping people in Yemen. A huge thank you to all the players, parents and coaches who helped make this such a successful tournament.

The team hopes to raise even more money by holding a fundraiser on the astro with fun acitvities such as Beat the goalie and Crossbar challenge. More detail to follow.


Portobello Community Just World Shop Update


 We have been celebrating the shop being open for twenty five years and would like to thank you for your support.

Churches and schools provide over 40% of our income so the shop could not survive without your input.

Our turnover this year was £55k an increase of £2k on last year.  Over the 25 years we have sold £1.3 million of goods which  have helped our producers work their way out of poverty and provide food, shelter, education and health care for their families

Unfortunately our work is not finished.  There is still a great deal more to be done and with your help and support we will continue our work.

We have a great team of volunteers both in the shop and the folk who collect their stalls monthly and sell the goods for us.

With the small profit made this year we have decorated the  shop and hope you will come along and see the beautiful display of crafts we have on offer. We  have also donated £250.00 each to Water Aid, Mary’s Meals, Practical Action and the Vine Trust. 

Thank you once again and for your support. We are truly blessed to have such dedicated people giving their time and energy to fairtrade.

Morag Baird

Our own P7 pupil Isla spent time working with Morag and Jim before Christmas and thoroughly enjoyed the experience too!