St John’s celebrates 130th Anniversary

On Wednesday 6th December St John’s community celebrated the 130th Anniversary of the original opening of the school with a special Mass celebrated by Fr Jock Dalrymple.

Children from P1 to P7 were involved in the Mass with symbols representing our school shared at the beginning of the service. Children sang beautifully throughout the Mass and Ms Service spoke so well about the history of our school and some of the special events which taken plac here.

Guests joined staff for tea and coffee before lunch and children enjoyed cake and juice to celebrate this milestone in St John’s history.

Thank you to everyone who helped make the day such a success especially musicians, Miss Miller who led our singing, Ms Service who practised with readers and Fr Jock.

Advent Foodbank Collections in St John’s

Primary 6 have started collecting food donations as part of our Advent preparations this year. Following on from the success of last year, St John’s are collecting donations of tinned foods and toiletries as well as chocolate, tea and coffee and donating these to the Trussell Trust at the North East Edinburgh Food Bank, located in Leith.

We are grateful for any donations and thank you on behalf of the Trussell Trust for the wonderful response we have received over the past few years. Below is a link to the Trussell Trust website which gives you more information about the invaluable work they do in our local Edinburgh community.

ECO Group Meeting December 2017


Apologies Misha & Kerry at Sky Academy, Joe, Emilia and Sam absent.

Review of Switch off fortnight.

Reps completed the speech bubbles with a statement about the impact Switch off fortnight had. Lots of reps had positive things to say about Switch Off Fortnight, Skye noticed that children would get out of their chairs and switch lights off when they weren’t required. Also some reps noticed that at home families took more care to switch off lights, TV’s and consoles when they weren’t in use.

Reps were all given certificates after the Switch Off fortnight finished.

Mr Burgess introduced Litter sticker competition, which was a thank you for all the volunteers who helped to pick up litter and keep Scotland beautiful. Reps investigated why people needed to pick up litter and where they had seen brightly coloured volunteers working.

Children looked at the Keep Scotland Beautiful webpage and were given the success criteria for the badge. Children were given the chance to share ideas and then drew their own designs for the competition. Some finished, others will return their work to Mr Burgess this week. Mr Burgess will send off entries before Christmas.

The next meeting will take place after the Christmas holidays and children were reminded to keep the playground tidy.



Mary’s Meal fundraising

On the 29th November, Martha, Zuzanna, Gabriela, Nicole (P6A) and Aoife (P3B) visited all the classes in the school and sold cakes and lemonade for 20p each to raise money for Mary’s meals. Mary’s meals is a charity which helps provide children with a hot meal at school each day. For just £13, a child can enjoy meals each day for a whole year.

The girls raised £25.90 which Mary’s meals will double to provide even more children with a hot meal each day. The girls also raised money selling cakes at church last Sunday.

Well done Girls for a great effort and thank you to everyone who supported them by purchasing a yummy cake!

St John’s students celebrate Switch Off Fortnight to save energy in school

St John’s RC Primary has partnered with EDF Energy’s education programme The Pod to celebrate Switch Off Fortnight this November. More than 1,700 schools across the UK are joining in the action.

Over the fortnight, students will save energy by monitoring usage in class and following a class pledge. ECO reps will run an energy audit and identify where energy is wasted. The fortnight is designed to get young people to think about the ways they use energy, as well as sparking an early interest in science and engineering.

As part of the campaign, St John’s received a free Switch Off Fortnight pack including posters, stickers, keyring and certificates. ECO reps will be our Switch off monitors and will play a key role in making sure classes follow their pledges to save valuable energy in the school.

Robyn Thorn, EDF Energy’s Education Programme Manager said

“Switch off Fortnight, now in its ninth year is always very popular with both teachers and students. We’re always proud and delighted with the extremely positive feedback we get from teachers who tell us that the campaign is fun for students, whilst sparking energy saving behaviour and making a real difference to their school’s energy bill.”

At schools can find lesson plans, games, and practical activities linked to the national curriculum as well as ‘take it home’ sheets so students can share what they have learnt about energy with their families.

For more information on EDF Energy’s The Pod, visit and click on the Campaigns section.