Primary 4/5 work with Holyrood High


Over the past 2 weeks, Expressive Arts teachers from Holy Rood have visited P4/5 classes in St John’s to introduce the first story in a series of interactive books, “Bessy Bass visits Europe”. This resource promotes literacy, art, the expressive arts, geography and modern languages and introduces some of the less popular musical instruments to our young learners.

On Mon 7 Nov and Thurs 10 Nov, Art teachers and S5/6 pupils from Holy Rood will help P4/5 pupils to design posters and tickets advertising the Christmas Drama Production of Bessy Bass which will be performed at St John’s on Friday 2nd December at 11am.

St John’s Fairtrade Big Breakfast 2016


St John’s celebrated Fairtrade fortnight in style with a hugely successful Big Breakfast on Friday 18th March. After weeks of planning by pupils and staff from P2, 3 and 4 the big day finally came and with the help of dedicated parent helpers, teachers and school support staff the event was a fantastic celebration of all things Fairtrade. The Co-Operative store supported the school with vouchers with which we bought ingredients for baking. Relish Deli, based on Constitution Street, Leith, once again very kindly supported us by donating hamper boxes and items for the raffle, paper cups, lids and napkins.

P2 prepared fresh fruit kebabs and did a great job offering these to visitors in the hall. P3 manned the crossiant stall and collected donations as visitors entered and left the hall. P4 pupils, supported by P7, ran the raffle stall and also handed out Fairtrade fresh orange juice. Children in P2 baked banana muffins which were delicious and P3 pupils made flapjacks in class. Staff filled kettles and poured coffees and teas for our guests and worked tirelessly behind the scenes to help the event run smoothly.

P4 children, who are very busy preparing their Easter play for Thursday 24th March, sang one of their songs for the gathered guests and did a great job. P4 pupils had also written letters to the Co-Operative asking for financial support to purchase ingredients for baking. Near the end of the morning we played a film put together by Miss Purnell which highlighted the importance of Fairtrade and P3 sang a catchy Fairtrade song for the audience.

Finally we drew the raffle prizes just before the bell and the children and parents made their way out of the hall at the end of another busy week in school.

As a school we appreciate the support of all our parents, grandparents, family and friends who came to support our First level children in this important event. We must also acknowledge the time and effort given to make this possible by the St John’s First level staff team.

The children of P2, 3 and 4 did Fairtrade proud!

World Book Day Author Visit

We were very lucky to have a children’s author visit us on Friday 26th February, in preparation for World Book Day. Barry Hutchison, author of over 70 children’s titles spoke to our assembly before leading a writing workshop for P4. Barry’s titles include ‘The shark headed bear thing’ and ‘The invisible fiends’. We had a great time asking lots of questions and hearing all about how Barry came up with the name of his latest book.

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P3 & 4 Sacramental Preparation

Sacramental preparation reminder

P4 Sacramental Preparation ‘Do this in memory mass’ this Sunday 13th December 2015- at St Mary Magdalene’s at 11.15 am – P4s please remember to bring your candles.

P3 Sacramental Preparation mass and Children’s mass- This Sunday 13th December 2015- St. John’s Parish Church 9.30am – – This is the Rite of illumination mass for the P3 children involved in the programme.