New lunchtime drama club off to a great start!

Yesterday, Tuesday 22nd January saw the first of 10 weeks of drama club lessons during lunchtime. This club has a long waiting list and the pupils who were fortunate to be drawn out of the hat thoroughly enjoyed their first meeting. Fully funded by the Parent Council, the group was led by Calum and Caitlyn from Edinburgh Youth Theatre. Here are some of the thoughts of pupils..

“I like it a lot when we paired up.” Laia

“I liked the games we were playing, like walking in different ways.” Milly

“I thought it was really fun, I liked playing the story game, to find a partner and pretend to drive a tractor.”

“I enjoyed playing lots of different games.” Amelia

“It was fun , we played in groups with people we don’t ususally play with.” Juliaphoto 13

P6/7 Footballers rise to the occasion!

On Saturday St John’s P6 & 7 footballers won the Unity Cup at the Oriam with an impressive 6 wins to reach the final. After reaching the semi-finals comfortably, the team survived a nail biting penalty shoot out with Maisie saving a vital spot kick and Jaxson scoring what proved to be the winning goal.

The final was against Crammond, who had also played well to reach the last game of the tournament. After a hard fought game the honours were shared and both teams were delighted to have been winners on the day.

Each team was asked to raise money in order to take part in the tournament,  St John’s raised a fantastic £170 towards helping people in Yemen. A huge thank you to all the players, parents and coaches who helped make this such a successful tournament.

The team hopes to raise even more money by holding a fundraiser on the astro with fun acitvities such as Beat the goalie and Crossbar challenge. More detail to follow.

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Young engineers on their marks!

An enthusiastic group of P6 & 7 engineers began an exciting STEM project last week as they aim to build an electric go kart. The project, funded by the Parent Council, aims to encourage an appreciation and understanding of engineering and technology amongst pupils.

Each group spends an hour a week completing aspects of the build, on average the build takes around 15 hours to complete. So far the basic chassis has been assembled a long with the steering column and the seat.

As part of the project, the young engineers involved will write a short blog to share updates next week.

It is hoped that after this initial attempt, another group of young engineers will have the opportunity to build the Goblin Go kart.

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Catholic education Centenary marked with Mass of thanksgiving

On the 22nd of November we went to St Mary’s Cathedral near the Omni cinema. There were 8 P6 and P7 pupils with Mr Burgess. When we arrived we saw schools from all over the archdiocese. The mass was a celebration of 100 years of Catholic education and Bishop Toal of Motherwell celebrated the mass. Archbishop Leo Cushley accepted the Icon of Jesus the Teacher on behalf of the people of St Andrews and Edinburgh before leaving to fly to London. We sang lovely hymns and then avoided the rain on the way back to school on the bus!