Quidditch Success for St John’s Team

Today we got a coach up to Holy Rood High school to compete in a ‘Quidditch’ tournament, run by the school librarian at Holy Rood. There were two other schools, St. Catherine’s and St. Ninian’s. The first match we played was against the S1s from Holyrood but that was the only match that we lost. The second match we played was against St. Catherine’s, which we won. After that we played St. Ninian’s, we won that match as well. Then we played the final against St. Ninian’s, which we won, by quite a lot. We got a very shiny gold trophy and everyone who participated received a medal. Then we went back up to the library, had our lunch and then left. When we got back everyone was really happy that we had won, and we were all really happy that we had managed to win, as it was our first time playing Quidditch. It was a great experience and I think everyone who went that is going to Holyrood will join next year.


By Mia and Freya

Interscholastic Glory for St John’s

The interscholastics was really fun but I was incredibly nervous for my race. I was doing the 600 metres and it was the longest race to do in the Interscholastics. We waited around for quite a bit and then I was called up to do the 600m and I became extremely nervous. The race started and I got a pretty fast start and I was out in front! A guy overtook me on the first lap and he was leading for quite a bit. On the second lap I sprinted away from him and was nearly out of gas but I kept running and won the race!

About two hours later I was in the final and was racing another 600 metres. Again I got off to a quick start and was about fourth. The race went on and I slipped into second with a guy just centimetres in front of me I started sprinting the last 100 metres trying to overtake him on the bend he just got ahead of me but then I ran my hardest and beat him by about two millimetres. I won a gold medal and was waiting to get called up and then an announcer with a megaphone called out my name and my school and I was really proud of myself.

Finlay McWilliam

Senior Pupils run their socks off in cross country finals!

19 senior pupils from P6 & 7 represented our school very well this morning at Calvary Park playing fields.

In tricky weather conditions and with boggy ground underfoot, the boys and girls did very well to navigate their way around the 1.7km course.

We are very proud of all the children who behaved well, ran with pride and completed the course. Several of the children made the top 50 in the respective races which was a great achievement.

Thank you also to the mums and dads who braved the elements to cheer the children on and help us walk to and from the venue, your support is much appreciated.

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Sainsbury’s Active Kids 2017


St John’s are once again collecting Active Kids vouchers from Sainsbury’s. These vouchers can be exchanged for PE, food technology, outdoor and gardening resources to support learning and teaching in our classes.

For every £5 spent in a Sainsbury’s local you will receive 1 voucher, in a Sainsbury’s supermarket or online you will receive 1 voucher for every £10 spent at the till.

Vouchers are collectable from the 25th January and the final orders are accepted from schools on the 30th June.

Please send any vouchers to the school office and remember to ask family and friends for their vouchers too!

Term 1 Active schools/clubs


Dear Parent/Carer

02 September 2016

Active Schools Clubs/Activities: St John’s RC Primary School

Active Schools are delighted to offer a range of sport and physical activity extracurricular opportunities again this term. Please note that bookings have now gone online using the Join in Edinburgh Website.

If your child is interested in attending any of the clubs/activities listed, please follow the link below. The link will take you to the home page of Join In Edinburgh webpage. Enter the short code in the activity search box, e.g. to book into the P5-7 Basketball you would enter HOL-9.

Bookings for all clubs will open on Tuesday 23rd August 2016 and close on Wednesday 7th September 2016. This allows registers to be completed and delivered to schools. Please note that you will be able to book online using credit or debit cards.

Should you be unable to make online payments, please contact me by email to discuss an alternative method of booking.

Active Schools have updated their terms and conditions for extracurricular clubs to improve the quality of our programmes. Parents will be asked to confirm that you have read these before completing the online booking form. Alternatively the terms can be found on the Active Schools web page.

We ask that your child should attend the session wearing appropriate clothing and footwear with a filled water bottle. Should you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact me by e-mail at pamela.brown@ea.edin.sch.uk

Yours sincerely

Pam Brown
Pam Brown (Active Schools Coordinator)
Holy Rood RC High School and Feeder Primary Schools
North East Neighbourhood