Goodbye Ms Service!

An emotional week came to an end on Friday with the final assembly for Ms Service. Children from all stages came together to share a final morning with our beloved head teacher. Classes broughts gifts, handmade crosses, paintings, origami flowers, songs and dances to present to Ms Service on her last day of service in education.

The classes sang a final song, ‘The Rainbow Song’ and enthusiastically waved their coloured streamers to create a visible rainbow.

As 11.55 approached, children lined the corridor, in much the same way Ms Service did at the end of each Primary 7 year, and clapped as she exited for the last time.However, as she often remarked herself, ‘Once a member of St John’s, always a member of St John’s.

We will miss you!

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St John’s gives thanks for Ms Service

On Tuesday 25th September, St John’s school community gathered in our parish church to celebrate the retirement of our dearly beloved headteacher Barbara A Service.

The church was packed with pupils, staff, cluster Heads, invited guests, parents and Ms Service’s family to say farewell after 13 years as Headteacher. Children sang beautifully and prayed respectfully as we gave thanks for the time we have shared, the choir sang a rendition of ‘Days’ and Mrs Kelly spoke heartfelt words in a moving tribute to Ms Service and her legacy. Mr Brack and Mrs Westacott also added their best wishes on behalf of the parish and CHAPS.

There was a real sense of joy and celebration in the air, many people commented on the liturgy and the prayerful way it was celebrated. After mass, guests were invited back to school to share refreshments as the children had a well earned breaktime.

We thank everyone who was involved in organising and preparing this lovely liturgy, we especially thank the musicians, readers and Fr Jock for their parts in making the Mass so memorable and touching for Ms Service and her family.

We ask God to bless Ms Service as she leaves us on Friday.

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St John’s celebrates New Beginnings with Archbishop Cushley

On the feast day of the Triumph of the Cross, Archbishop Leo Cushley led our Eucharistic celebration to mark the blessing of the new St John’s RC school building. Led by our wonderful musicians and readers; children, staff, parents, former pupils and invited guests participated fully in the beautiful liturgy which was a wonderful way to dedicate our school to the spreading of the Gospel.

Children from Primary 1 to Primary 7 were involved in reading during the liturgy and nursery pupils joined us as part of the offertory procession.

After Mass, Archbishop Cushley, accompanied by Father Jock and Ms Service, visited each classroom and blessed the children and the rooms. Guests were invited to stay for tea and coffee and enjoyed the opportunity to tour our fantastic new facilities.

Ms Service and the SLT were delighted that Archbishop Cushley celebrated the Eucharist with us on this most significant day in the life of our new school.

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P7 House Captain Elections

On Thursday 13th September, Abercorn, Brighton, Figgate, Quarry and Rosefield Houses all met to elect their new House and Vice Captains. All the candidates spoke very well as they tried to persuade their house pupils to vote for them. Mrs Kelly announced the successful candidates later the same day and thanked all the pupils who put themselves forward for election.

Congratulations to the elected pupils..

Abercorn

HC Neve VC Nina

Brighton

HC Hannah  VC Katie

Figgate

HC Nicole VC Charlie

Quarry

HC Annie VC Erin

Rosefield

HC Maisie VC Ben

Term 1 St John’s Active school club opportunities

 

Please see attached details of all the exciting clubs on offer in our fantastic new facilities within St John’s Primary school.  There is financial assistance for families who are eligible.  Details below of how you can book.

St John’s – Clubs Booklet Term 1 2018-19 – Final (New)

 

How do I book my child’s place?

 

1.        Online by computer, tablet, smart phone

Visit www.joininedinburgh.org

Use the booking code in the above tables

 

If you cannot sign up online:

 

2.        Collect a paper booking form from the school office

Return to the office in an envelope

FAO Lauren Millar Active Schools Coordinator

 

3.        Sign Up at a drop in session on Mon 3rd Sept

From 3.00 – 4.00pm

Come along before school to sign up in person