|St John`s R C High School|
|Lawton Road, DD3 6SY, UK Dundee|
All that has been achieved has been for the benefit of our young people. They now have a modernised, "state-of-the-art" school to take education In St John's into the twenty-first century! Truly, "A new St John's for the new Millennium"!
The response of our pupils since we re-opened has been greatly encouraging to staff. They have really shown their appreciation in so many ways. The standards of uniform, timekeeping, and attendance have been a credit to their families. Above all, they have shown that they are ready to take full advantage of the first-class educational opportunities that we now have available.
The challenging year in Lawton Road proved that a school is not a building!
Visitors to Lawton road regularly commented on how successfully St John's was operating during the decant. The strengths which staff, pupils, and the community showed In our year of decant will really help us grow and Improve In Harefield Road.
We are grateful to the residents of the Lawton Road area for the welcome and support they gave us and to our neighbours at Harefield Road for their tolerance and support. Through our "Good Neighbour" policy we work hard to be a positive asset to the local community.
At the Front door, you will be aware of our controlled access for visitors. All other doors operate on a self-closing and alarmed system for the security of pupils. The security and alarm system for the school has been extended and upgraded. Outside improvements have been made to pathways, lighting, and the security fence to the rear of the school. We benefit from well-maintained grounds and extensive playing fields at the back of the school.
The School Chapel has been re furbished. Holy Mass is celebrated here once a week and more frequently during Advent and Lent; classes take their turn to assist with the Mass. The Blessed Sacrament is reserved in the Chapel and it is a beautiful place of prayer for individuals and groups. Whole-school celebrations of the Liturgy take place in the Main Hall.
The two gymnasia and changing rooms have clearly benefited from a significant up- grade. The Main Hall has a superb sports floor of the highest quality. We really need to take great ' care of this! The Dining Hall next-door is re-floored and re-decorated. Our catering staffs provide meals of a high quality.
The Main Hall is multipurpose and provides a venue for school celebrations of the Liturgy. It is also used for Theatre productions, the Pantomime, Talent Concerts and Charity fund- raising as well as for Discos, Ceilidhs and our Burns Supper. It is also used for Prizegiving and Examinations.
SCHOOL LIBRARY AND RESOURCE CENTRE
This was doubled in size a few years ago and continues to expand with two areas provided for the use of ICT technology. Ask our Librarian about the extent of school, Council and government support for new books. The new shelving provides for further expansion.
The Library is fully in use at class-times and break-times. It is also actively used by our younger pupils after school through the Homework Club. Our older pupils benefit from the after school tutorial groups in a wide range of subjects through Supported Study.
|NATIONAL GRID FOR LEARNING|
The Education Department agreed to fully wire network all rooms to provide a framework for a revolution in the Use of ICT technology. The St John's model is being used by the Council to extend computer networks in all secondary schools. We are the Pilot school for the National Grid for Learning project in the city. Files for all pupils, staff, and subjects, as well as secure Internet access are being introduced in phases between now and December and then by Easter 2000.
The classrooms on the ground floor are for Religious Education, Physical Education, and Personal Social Education/Guidance. Upstairs, you will find an up-graded Science lab. The Art Departments has been given new facilities: a photographic dark room, computing work areas in each room, and a kiln room for ceramics. Art is now very wide-ranging!
This is where you will really see our new colour scheme come into its own! The four Modem Languages rooms have been re-furbished.
Upstairs, the splitting of the former Home Economics room has been very successful and houses Modem Languages and Classics. The Science lab and base have been re- designed.
Above all, the two brand new computing laboratories with new equipment are a major step forward in our provision. New PCs have taken the department forward significantly.
A change of use for this block gives us very effective accommodation for the English department. This includes a very suitable room for Drama, which is now strongly established as a subject in St John's.
This block has been fully refurbished and provides accommodation for Mathematics, with another split room upstairs next to the re-located Geography department.
This block which opened in 1997 has modern classrooms and now houses History and Modern Studies as well as a joint English/Mathematics classroom.
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