The Pupil Council have had
a great influence over our
Christmas preparations this
year. They asked for im-
proved Christmas decora-
tions in the hall and as a re-
sult each class designed,
planned and created their
own 2m by 1 m Christmas
The hall looked very festive
and the feedback from pu-
pils and staff has been very
St. John Vianney’s RC
Primary School Newsletter
St. John Vianney’s Christmas Carol
The Christmas Carol Concert went off with a bang! All classes
between P4 and 7 prepared their own songs and musical ac-
companiment to great aplomb. .
The singing was beautiful and the musicians played exceed-
A big thank you to Mrs Evans for all your hard
work in preparing the classes.
We have had a very busy December!
P1e, P2g, P2/3 and P3d performed a wonderful Nativity and of
course this was made possible by the inspired direction of
Mrs Reid, Mrs Coventry, Mrs Dixon, Ms. Garvin and Mrs Malt-
A big thank you to Mrs Evans who lead the singing of the choir
of angels and our merry band of musicians.
And of course we cannot forget Mrs Spence our Wardrobe
Mistresses extraordinaire; who prepared all of the costumes!
Everyone enjoyed being served by the Staff.
The food was delicious! ( Thanks to our ter-
rific catering staff). The children were wear-
ing some great hats that they had created
P2’s trip to Edin-
P2 had a terrific trip
where they saw and
heard ‘the One
O’clock gun; pre-
tended to be
Queens , Kings and
Servants in the great
hall. They even saw
the Crown Jewels!
The Scottish Competition
Pupils from the Nursery to P3 will be
performing a Scottish song, dance or
poem and the p4-7s are having mini
Scottish Competitions in their classes.
The pupils are busy learning their cho-
sen piece off by heart and the 3 winning
competitors from each class will be put
forward for our grand final on the 9th
This month the school will be celebrating
Scottish Literacy. Each assembly has focussed
on how we celebrate New Year, the Life and
works of Robert Burns.
The week beginning the 24th is our Scottish
week and all classes will be learning about
Scottish stories, poems, songs, dances and
As a very special treat we will be welcoming
the Storyteller Mrs. Mash and Mr. Pretzel the
bagpipe player to the classes.
As part of our cel-
ebration of all
the classes are
new dance moves
to the Proclaimer
song ‘500 miles.’
This will be per-
formed as a giant
the week before
SQIP Progress Report
Improvement in Performance
All classes are regularly learning how to
improve both their mental maths agili-
ty and problem-solving skills.
The Read, Write Inc, Fresh Start and the
SEAL support groups have been intro-
duced and making a impact on pupils
learning in literacy and Numeracy.
Teachers have undertaken training in
the use of the iPad to enhance the
learning experiences for the pupils.
iPads are used throughout the school to
create animations, movies, mind-maps
Pupils are now learning how to formu-
late their own Success Criteria and have
taken part in discussions with their
teachers about their progress and the
next steps in learning.
We are happy to
announce the new
our P.E. Specialist;
Miss Hutt and that
Mr. Ramsay has
Class Teacher until
the Easter holiday.
Welcome to the
Dates for the Diary
25th - 29th January Scottish Week
26th - 27th January Mrs Mash the Storyteller
1st Feb Lenten Appeal begins
3rd Feb P7 Transition Mass
10th Feb Ash Wednesday Liturgy
12th Feb February Week
22nd Feb All resume
25th Feb P4m and a trip to National
Museum of Scotland
1st March P4a Assembly
3rd March World Book Day
3rd March P6 Trip to Dynamic Earth
Over the past few months, our ICT group have split their focus in two main
directions: maintaining ipads and creating a new school website. The
group have been responsible for installing apps and system updates on all
pupil ipads, they have also been aided by the boys and girls from P6 & P7
who help to distribute, charge and collect the devices each day. The ICT
group is also pleased to report that the new website nearly ready and hope
that this will be operational before the Easter holidays.
Just before Christmas, our Tanzania group completed a ‘Tour of St John Vi-
anney’ video for our friends at Omi primary. The video, as well as photos
and messages from each class, has now been given to a representative of
the Twende Pamoja partnership. This representative, who is currently vis-
iting schools in Tanzania, will show the video to the boys and girls at Omi
primary and, upon their return to Edinburgh, will feedback how the video
was received and, hopefully, provide us with a response from Omi primary.