Lent – 40 acts of generosity school challenge

During Lent this year each class are exploring 40 acts of kindness calendar. Classes have already started to share their experiences, last week Primary 4 wrote ‘Thank you’ cards for members of staff for all the hard work they do. Some children thanked the dining room staff, others thanked Pupil Support Assistants, office staff and our janitor Mr Mackie.

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Fairtrade stall does roaring trade at Christmas fair

With support of the Parent Council, the Fairtrade stall did a roaring trade on Sunday as part of the St John’s Christmas Fair. Working with the Just World Shop in Portobello the Fairtrade stall sold over £170 worth of sweets, chocolate, tea, scarves, toys and other Fairtrade goods. Thank you to everyone who purchased from the stall, and a special thank you to the parents who gave their time to sell the products.IMG_20181202_140545951

Catholic education Centenary marked with Mass of thanksgiving

On the 22nd of November we went to St Mary’s Cathedral near the Omni cinema. There were 8 P6 and P7 pupils with Mr Burgess. When we arrived we saw schools from all over the archdiocese. The mass was a celebration of 100 years of Catholic education and Bishop Toal of Motherwell celebrated the mass. Archbishop Leo Cushley accepted the Icon of Jesus the Teacher on behalf of the people of St Andrews and Edinburgh before leaving to fly to London. We sang lovely hymns and then avoided the rain on the way back to school on the bus!

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.