School Trips and extra curricular
Below are just some examples of our extended curriculum.
Primary 7 Dalguise Outdoor Experience
Each year, primary 7 pupils are given the opportunity to attend a five day outdoor experience at Dalguise. This is often the first time children have been away from home for a period of time and it develops a sense of independence in pupils. They take part in a variety of individual and team activities where they can set challenges for themselves or learn valuable group working skills. Pupils who participate thoroughly enjoy the experience and demonstrate an increased confidence.
S1 Activity Centre Trip
During the first few weeks of S1, pupils will given the chance to go to Lendrick Muir (near Kinross) for a day of fun outdoor activities.
S1 Residential Trip
Pre COVID, we ran an overnight trip for our new S1 classes. Feedback from other schools has shown that this is a successful way of helping the S1 pupils integrate into Secondary school whilst developing friendships and team spirit with their new classmates.
Italy Ski Trip
The established 9 day annual ski trip to Pila, in Italy, takes place every year, for S2 pupils. This is a wonderful and exciting opportunity to travel to the beautiful Aosta valley, in the heart of the Italian Alps. As well as learning to ski in a beautiful mountain environment with 6 days of ski instruction, pupils also experience foreign travel and different cultures. Pupils also take part in an extensive ‘après-ski’ programme in the evenings bringing together staff and pupils. Mr Jessop is the Ski Trip Leader.
World War I Battlefield Tour
The History Department of St John’s RC Academy offers our S3 pupils the opportunity to visit the battlefields of World War 1 in France and Belgium. During the National 4/5 History course pupils focus on World War I during their second unit, and we believe that this trip gives them an invaluable insight into the conflict. During the trip pupils visit the battlefields of World War 1 where some of the worst fighting took place. The tour is structured around three main areas, allowing our pupils to gain a deeper understanding of the period. This trip is scheduled to run at the end of April / start of May.
A 3 day S5 / S6 trip to London in February. Traveling by train and staying in a central hotel. We take in many of the main tourist attractions.
Duke of Edinburgh Awards
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is a voluntary, non-competitive programme of activities for anyone aged 14-24. The programme operates in over 100 countries and is recognised by potential employers and universities as a mark of real personal development and achievement. The programme is balanced and develops you as a whole person - mind, body and soul - in an environment of social interaction and teamwork.
We have restarted running this again post COVID.
Music and Drama
The Music and Drama department provides pupils with many opportunities to develop their creative, social and performing skills. Every year we have a Summer Showcase talent show, a Christmas Show and biannually we put on a musical production. Pupils can get involved on the stage through acting, singing and dancing, behind the scenes as backstage crew, organising lighting and sound, or front of house dealing with publicity, ticket sales and programme design. Pupils may also contribute through scenery design and set construction. In addition, our pupils participate in a wide range of activities, both in and out of school, such as a Festival of the Arts Concert in St John’s Kirk, Perform in Perth, an annual Instrumental Evening, and school masses and services. There are opportunities for pupils to get involved in singing and performing groups at lunchtimes.