Altar Servers raise hundreds for Mary’s Meals

A collection of Altar servers from St John’s and St Mary Magdalene’s, handed over a cheque to Mary’s Meals on Monday in front of the assembled school community. Aoife, Martha, Zuzanna and Gabriela held a bake sale after Mass at St Mary Magdalene’s parish and sold cakes in school last week to raise a fantastic amount of money. Altogether the girls raised £240 which will be doubled by Mary’s Meals. Sheila, a representative from the charity gratefully accepted the cheque and shared some of the work Mary’s meals does in schools around the world. Thank you girls for the fantastic effort and to those people who supported by purchasing and making cakes for the bake sale.

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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!

P6 trips and workshops

Primary 6 are planning a variety of workshops and trips this year. Scottish Gas are presenting an energy workshop in class on Tuesday 3rd October which the children are excited about.

Author Alex Nye will be working with P6 on Friday 6th October in the hall as part of the Portobello Book Festival celebrations.

As part of our Space topic, P6 will be visiting Dynamic Earth on the 25th October for a tour and to complete workshops. There is no cost for this trip, both the entrance and bus are free. We would be grateful for parent helpers on our visit.

Primary 6 will also be visiting the Forth Road Bridge visitor centre to take part in STEM workshops which will help the children to develop team work and problem solving skills within the context of bridge building. We will be visiting the bridge on Wednesday 24th January 2018. There is no entrance fee for this trip, however we will be required to pay for our transportation to and from the centre. We would appreciate volunteers to accompany us on this exciting trip!

We plan to have more trips as the year progresses and as opportunities arise. We would very much appreciate parent helpers to enable us to go on these trips.


National Poetry Day

As part of our National Poetry celebrations Primary 6 have spent Friday morning reciting their favourite poems in class. Children chose a whole range of poems with a variety of topics and spoke with confidence in front of their peers. Earlier in the week children explored the poem ‘Early last Sunday morning’ and answered questions about the poem and children also wrote their own senses poems all about the notion of Freedom. The work produced was excellent and can be seen in the individual pupil Snapshot journals.

Well done boys and girls!

P6 Early Intervention Programme

Dear parents and carers we would just like to inform you that your child is soon to be involved in the Early Interventions project within their class at school.  This is a joint initiative between Jack Kane Community Centre (a voluntary organisation), St Johns Primary School and CEC Lifelong learning (Jack Kane Community Centre)

The projects aim is to raise awareness to community life and will be working alongside your child and their class mates from Tuesday 22nd August with all sessions being delivered in partnership with the class teacher.


Over the 8 weeks sessions the project will cover topics such as Children’s Rights, Cyberbullying, community life, bullying, stereotypes and internet safety.  Each session is delivered using an informal educational approach and is in line with the school’s curriculum.

Thank you