St John’s Parish Newsletter 7th Sunday of Easter

Below are links to this week’s parish newsletter including a touching reflection on the life of Fr Tommy Greenan, who attended our own school and was ordained in our own parish. May he Rest In Peace






The Feast of Ascension this Thursday

Tomorrow we celebrate Ascension Thursday, the day Jesus ascended into Heaven, 40 days after Easter Sunday. Normally we would, as a school, attend mass at St John’s or St Mary Magdalene’s.

Tomorrow, children are invited to join Bishop Joseph Toal for a schools mass using this link at 11am through Facebook live.

There is also a short video embedded below which retells the story of Jesus from his Resurrection to Pentecost and the coming of the Holy Spirit.

Lastly, please keep Primary 4 pupils in your prayers this week, First Holy Communions should have been taking place this Sunday and in two weeks time and we are very sorry that this special day will have to wait a while longer.

Assembly celebrates success

This morning in assembly we celebrated the achievements of our ‘Winter Window’ entries with a certificate, colouring pencils and sketch book for the worthy class winners. Well done to Matthew P7, Paulina P6, Elise P5, Sam and Kelsey P5 and IonaP3. Great job folks! Paulina was delighted to be told this morning that her design was chosen as the winning citywide. Paulina will be invited to the launch event where she will see her design made into a lightbox for display in West Parliament Square outside St Giles and also in Leith, Gorgie, Kirkliston and Gilmerton. Thousands of visitors to Edinburgh’s Christmas and the City will see and enjoy the work over the festive period. Congratulations Paulina!

This morning we also celebrated the success of the PEPAS group who worked with Mrs McIntyre and Active Schools to help St John’s achieve Silver Sportscotland School Sport Award status. The award accredits schools that continually improve physical education and school sport, within and outwith the curriculum and strengthens sporting links between school and the local community. This award recognises our school’s achievement in putting physical education and school sport at the hear of our planning, practice and ethos. Well done PEPAS group, now let’s go for Gold!

We were delighted to receive a certificate of appreciation from the Edinburgh Food Project today after the St John’s school community contributed 57.20kg of food for the Harvest Festival collection. We have another box of foods awaiting collection, thanks to everyone who donated items to this worthy cause.

Twende Pamoja -Let’s Walk Together

Today a group of Primary 5 and 6 pupils went to Royal High Primary to take part in the launch of this year’s Twende Pamoja project. Twende Pamoja is a group to develop links and partnership with schools in Tanzania.

St John’s was one of 11 schools represented and the children were there to discuss problems facing the environment, what we are doing in our homes and schools and what more we might do. There were two representatives from Tanzania to give their perspective. We were all a bit shocked (and impressed) to learn that Tanzania has made plastic bags illegal!

Our St John’s pupils represented us brilliantly, working with pupils from other schools, contributing ideas and speaking to the larger group.

If ever you want to be hopeful for the future ask a group of young people for their ideas to address environmental issues.