St Paul's R.C. Academy News and Recent Events
Our school will go live with ParentPay on Friday 13 May 2016. The system is easy to use and offers parents the choice to make online payments by credit/debit card whenever and wherever they like 24/7.
Parents will be sent individual letters detailing the account activation procedure nearer the time and user guides will be available online.
Can parents who have not already done so, please email email@example.com to advise us of our email address by Wednesday 11 May 2016.
More details will follow but in the meantime, if you want to find out more about ParentPay system, to to www.parentpay.com.
We will of course continue to accept cash and cheque payments as necessary but we do hope that parents will use the new online facility. Less time spent in school on cash handling means more time is available to support the smooth running of the school.
Well done to S1 pupil Matthew Duncan who has created a fun Internet Safety quiz game using Scratch. Matthew has been working on the game in his spare time at lunch and interval in the Computing department as part of our work on the Childnet Internet Safety initiative. Try it here.
On Thursday 4th February 2016 a group of S3 pupils were invited down to Dundee University by Dr David McGloin - STEM Ambassador, Reader & Associate Dean of Research at the Electronic Engineering and Physics department. The pupils were lucky enough to get tours of the Schools of Engineering and Physics and a to get a look at the Maker lab at Duncan of Jordanstone. The pupils saw a wide range of applications for 3D printing and laser cutting from bearings to earrings and were able to see some of the fascinating work David’s department are doing in the field of micromanipulation. The visit gave the pupils food for thought about the wide range of possibilities open to those studying Science as they make their S4 course choices. More pictures and details can be found on the Twitter page.
On 23rd September ten pupils following the engineering science course in CDT visited the education centre at the forth replacement crossing. They were given a presentation explaining how the new bridge is being put together which was followed by a practical activity where they had work as a team to construct their own bridge. The trip was finished off with a quick visit to North Queensferry to view the existing road and rail bridges from below.
On the 17th September the CDT department was visted by Andrew Minto who is both a STEM Ambassador and former pupil of St Paul's Academy. STEM Ambassadors 'use their enthusiasm and commitment to encourage young people to enjoy STEM subjects. They open the doors to a world of opportunities and possibilities which come from pursuing STEM subjects and careers.'
Mr Minto gave a presentation to senior pupils studying engineering science and graphic communication that focussed on his journey from St Paul's Academy to Abertay University where he is currently following a PhD course in Civil Engineering. He elaborated on his industrial placements and the strong employment opportunities within engineering before answering a number of questions raised by pupils.
Do you want to help your child get the best out of their school experience in the Senior Phase? If so, you are invited to come along to a fact-filled and innovative evening on Thursday 24 September 2015 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Each workshop will last 20 minutes. You can choose the presentations you wish to attend from the following: Study Skills, University Applications, College Applications, Skills Development Scotland (Careers), Exercise and Brain Power (Dundee Academy of Sport), Use of Scholar and School Websites, Growth Mindset, Assessment Arrangements, Developing Scotland's Young Work Force, Careers Opportunities in Dundee and Worldwide.
You will also be able to speak individually to senior school staff or the representatives from College, University or Skills Development Scotland about your individual child.
There will be tea and coffee will also be available.
All S4, S5 and S6 pupils were given letters to take home last week with information about our Senior Phase Workshop Evening If your child did not receive one please ask your child to collect an information pack from the school office if you wish to attend. Please complete the reply slip and return it as soon as possible.
Five pupils form third year and five from the senior phase attended this event on Wednesday and Thursday last week. The pupils listened to presentations from key figures in the oil industry and were given the opportunity discuss future employment roles. They also had time to visit the exhibition where they could learn directly about the companies involved and how to approach them in the future.