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School Garden Achieves Level 5 RHS Award

St Joseph’s have been members of the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society – the leading gardening charity) Campaign for School Gardening for a number of years. As we have developed our garden we have shared our progress with the RHS and achieved award levels as we progress.

Level 5 is the highest award level and we have successfully met all the criteria which included sharing our knowledge outwith school which we did in our work creating a garden area at Northcote Lodge. We have been presented with a certificate, plaque, vouchers and the right to use the logo on our school publications.
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Less than 2% of schools in the school garden campaign have achieved level 5 so this is a great achievement for our school and a testament to the hard work of our pupils and how well they look after our grounds.

Well done and thank you to you all!

Our visit to Aberdeen Science Centre was Out of this World!

Thirty pupils from across the senior classes visited Aberdeen Science Centre and met 2 representatives from NASA – Dr Sue Lederer, who works with scientists looking at space and stars and discovering new planets, IMG_2894and Rick Heib, an astronaut who has flown in 3 missions into space.



They talked to to us about finding a new solar system -Trappist 1 with planets orbiting the star that are comparable in size to earth and in the habitable zone of the solar system! We learned that a year only lasts a few days on some of the planets!IMG_2896We also learned what it is really like to work in space ; about the cramped conditions, having to use liquid salt and pepper and even having to wear a nappy on space walks!IMG_2902

We heard about the experiments they carry out in space – investigating how other creatures from earth like insects and goldfish survive and adapt to living in space.

We also built some electronic circuits in teams – one team had to describe what to put where and the other team had to build it – but they could not see what each other had so it was a bit like a game of Battleships!IMG_2888

A visit to the Planetarium saw us learn about the conditions required on planets to find life and that that life may well be micro organisms – is there life out there?

On the spot Science showed us how hovercraft work with a cushion of air IMG_2909and we even got to fire our own rocket!

It was a great visit and we all really enjoyed it and as the visitors from NASA said -they never thought they would one day work for NASA so what is to stop any of us ? Among us we may have the scientists of the future finding new planets and solar systems or engineers helping us get there or even intrepid astronauts – boldly going where no one has gone before!!


Prize Winners at Oil and Gas Centre


St Joseph’s pupils in P7 entered a competition run as part of the opening of the new Oil and Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) on Queens Road. Their remit was to create an innovative design using technology to extract the pockets of oil and Gas in the hydrocarbon fields around the UK and North Sea.

Finalists were selected from the four schools which took part and those shortlisted were invited to attend the opening day at which the winners would be decided.

Our finalists were Zuzanna and Caroline ( they worked together on their project), Katy and Mahdeen.

Sir Ian Wood and other senior figures in the oil and gas industry made up the panel of judges who spoke to each of the finalists and invited them to explain their project design. IMG_2770

Mahdeen’s design involved the use of Virtual Reality and remote sensing to sight and control drilling robots alongside conventional rigs to drill extract and transport oil to the refinery. These robots are programmed to float back automatically and there would be no need for decommissioning so saving more money.

IMG_2767 Zuzanna and Caroline worked together on a project design that uses 2 drones, each controlling a drill and remotely controlled by iPad, from onshore or another rig, to drill and extract the Oil and Gas and then can be moved by remote control also.

IMG_2765Katy used lasers powered by electricity generated by the waves to reach the pockets of oil and Gas and robots to help extract the reserves. The notion of free electricity would appeal to the oil industry as it would drastically reduce costs.

IMG_2791IMG_2792While the judges deliberated over the short listed projects the pupils were interviewed by STV News and also had the opportunity to experience and try out some of the new technology in use currently such as 3D printers, VR, and robotics!

Mahdeen’s design won a Highly Commended prize and Katy’s project was awarded First Prize! As part of the prize Katy received a trophy printed on a 3 D printer and the school was presented with a cheque for £500 to be spent on Science within the school!


The judges certainly felt that we have some budding Oil and Gas experts of the future!









P6 watched a live science lesson from the BBC in their classroom. hacker T Dog helped to demonstrate how electricity works and how it makes things work, through experiments, fascinating facts and questions. We tweeted in our answers to the programme!

It was really interesting!

We saw how to build circuits, the difference between conductors and insulators.  We saw how to make human circuits, passing sound through people to a speaker. We learnt that humans resist electricity and are not good conductors. They also told us about the importance of questioning, observing and recording our science work. website has lots of information on more lessons; starting in January with how our body tastes things. P6 are looking forward to taking part.


Google expedition visited St Joseph’s and we went on virtual trips to the Moon, Mount Everest, Rio, underwater expeditions, to name but a few. IMG_2474 IMG_2475

Expeditions is a new product that allows teachers to take their classes on virtual field trips, immersing students in experiences that bring abstract concepts to life and giving students a deeper understanding of the world beyond the classroom.
A box arrives with everything you need to travel: a tablet for the teacher, and Cardboard viewers and phones for every student. Next, the teacher selects a destination, and the entire classroom jumps there automatically.
The Wildlife Conservation Society, PBS, the American Museum of Natural History, the Planetary Society, and the Palace of Versailles contributed to developing the curriculum for students.
These trips are collections of virtual reality panoramas — 360° photo spheres, 3D images and video, ambient sounds — annotated with details, points of interest, and questions that make them easy to integrate into curriculum already used in schools.
While nothing replaces hopping on the bus for a field trip, Expeditions provide an unparalleled opportunity for supplemental learning.
Google Cardboard is a virtual reality viewer made almost entirely of actual cardboard. Cardboard allows anyone with a modern smartphone to experience virtual reality. There have been more than 5 million Cardboard viewers shipped since we announced them in 2014.


What did you think of Google Expedition? Make sure you let us know by leaving a comment.

Engineer ‘n’ Our Lives


We enjoyed our visit from Engineering professionals from Chevron who spent a week showing us how engineering influences so many areas in our lives.

Material + Engineer = Product

We took part in 4 workshops looking at process, properties, prototype and design. We built tables, a baby bear’s house and a chimney! Everyone worked in small groups and everyone was engaged and took part in the activity and the discussion of ideas and finding answers.IMG_2392

Industry experts came in to our class and shared their experience as engineers. We never realised there were so many different areas of engineering!

Visit to St Margaret’s

IMG_2331Primary 6 girls visited St Margaret’s to take part in a Science morning. The girls were split into small groups and senior St Margaret’s pupils assisted with 6 experiments that were completed over the course of the morning. The focus was on living things and we looked at how a butterfly drinks, how snails move, how we see things, looking at our sense of smell, how colour affects what we see…..IMG_2318

It was a very busy morning and all the experiments helped the P6 girls understand the objectives of the experiments. It was lovely to be invited to another school and have the opportunity to share in their learning.

St Margaret’s have a lovely little garden area and a Garden Club and are taking part in the RHS Campaign for School Gardening. We have invited St Margaret’s to pay a visit to our school garden so we may share our gardening experiences with them and discuss new ideas.IMG_2334

28 thoughts on “Science happening in our school!

  1. Mrs Madden

    I found Google Expeditions to be mind blowing. They had equipment which performed amazing things and made the atmosphere of wherever you where seem very realistic, it felt like I was there. When my class went to Mount Everest we were all thrilled. We saw campsites, valleys and the highest summit on earth. We also visited famous volcanoes where we saw lava trails and the mouth of a volcano.
    It was like 3D TV quality images, but they did not move, they were stationary images, yet still amazing for me. It was also weird when you looked down to the ground, as you would not see your feet or legs, this was a strange feeling because you were siting on the ground in the assembly hall, yet you seemed to be hovering above the ground in the Google world, siting on something invisible. I would jump for joy at the opportunity to do this again!
    Orla Madden

    1. Oliwier

      I think the Google Expeditions are the best out of all of them because it felt really real and like you were there.I went to Mount Everest and it petty realistic and I also went to volcanos but the only weird thing about it is you could see the phones pixels but it was fine after a few minutes so I would give the Google Expeditions a score of 7 out of 10.Also the engeneer ‘n’ in our lives was fun because our whole class got into a grid of people an we were acting like we were a vending machine and we also did this kind of maze cat and mouse game.

  2. Lily-Bell

    I loved going to St Margaret’s it was so fun and I learned a lot . My favourite experiment was how a snail moves because you got to make slime

  3. Luca

    My favourite one out of them is the virtual reality. I really enjoyed it. It was quite scary if you looked down but is was very fun.

  4. Marion

    I absolutely loved the Google expedition! It was like going on a trip under the sea and the trip into space was amazing! Engineer n Our lives was really interesting.

  5. Andrew Mcewing

    I loved the Google expedition it so much fun I want to do it again and again .But it looks quite silly seeing the photographs. There are great pictures in there thank you for the experience.

  6. Ben

    Science week will be amazing from what I’ve seen so far. Virtual reality to show us places like Mount Everest, under the sea and much more! Engineering ‘n’ our lives was very interesting and taught me a lot of different ways of engineering. Very happy to be part of science week.

  7. Millie Scott

    All of the science so far this year has just been so much fun! I’m so sure that everyone has really enjoyed it! Science has just never been so fun before now and MISS MORGAN is making science here in
    St Joseph’s just better than it’s ever after been before!

  8. James moran

    I loved the Google expedition it was like I knew it would be. It was so cool just being able to look around Mount Everest and the volcanos. On the ground of the volcanos there was lava and getting to see what you would have to go through to get to the summit of Mount Everest was such an awesome experience it was such a cool morning.

    I LOVED IT!!!!

  9. Stewart gray

    the Google expidetion was a great experience me and my class went to Everest where we learned about base camp and all kinds of other stuff.enegineering in our lives week was great as well the proper enigineer was so interesting , both where great experiences and there will be much more to come

  10. Princesss Obiekezie

    I thought the going to St Margrets was a great expreens of learning and working on how Sience ,and how seince is formed into many ways.But the the I thought that was really good was the the (Can you smell as well as a shark) AND the the other one witch was the the that said(How far can you see?). Those were the ones I really enjoined the most.

    I also thought that the Google expedition was a really good match to our seince topic.(Explores). We saw many different kind of places that explores might have Everest,Under the sea,Volcanoes,Rio and the moon. So I thaught those occasions were really educational.

  11. Stewart gray

    the Google expidetion was a great experience me and my class went to Everest where we learned about base camp and all kinds of other stuff.enegineering in our lives week was great as well the proper enigineer was so interesting , both where great experiences and there will be much more to come . thank you miss Morgan and Mrs micalister

  12. Zainah

    I enjoyed everything that we did ,but my favourite was when we went to St Margaret’s.I learnt so much and I had a great time!The slime was mind blowing!As soon as I got home ,I got straight into the science spirit and started experimenting!All these trips that we go on has encouraged me to experiment and find out more about science!

  13. Ogooluwa

    I found the science trips fun ,interactive and helpful for my learning and I can not wait for the next trip and science week.

  14. James B

    I love everything about science, the Google expeditions where fun miss Morgan and miss Mcallister make sience very very fun

  15. Itohan

    I found the Google expedition interesting ,and I loved the fact and I loved the volcanoes a lot, the only thing I did not like was that you can not zoom in. At st Margaret’s it was exiting and I learnt that when you blow a balloon with one breath,then run on the spot for 30seconds and keep doing that every time you blow it will get smaller
    I loved the science lesson and I learnt that if you are in a circle and you have a speaker and volume plug and touch them together you will hear the music. In engineering in our lives I learnt about the process of the vending machine and we played a little game and we had to get the food to the person who payed money and make sure everybody touches the money. When we did it their was only 1 person missed the money. For the expedition I give it 6 out of 10, for the science lesson 8 out of 10, in engineering in our lives I give it 10 out of 10 and for saint Margret ‘s I give it 10 out of 10. But who we should really be thanking is Miss Morgan and Mrs Mcallister . I hope this science week is fun, it is going to be exciting

  16. Lucas Walker

    All of the science activities have been very intriguing and extremely entertaining, but if I were to do one of the activities again it would definitely be the google expedition because it was so entertaining and realistic and I would always recommend it to anyone over the age of 7 because after a while it starts to hurt your eyes a bit, but it’s still worth it I can tell you that!!!

  17. Tolu

    I think that the Google exposition was stunning and I loved the terrific science hacker T dodge was hallarious but his jokes weren’t as good as Mrs Mcallister’s. The engineering in our lives was really fun. I like the way they interacted with us so all in all science is amazing and we couldn’t have done it without Mrs Mcallister’s or Mrs Morgan.

  18. Sarah

    The Google experience was amazing it felt like you teleported .
    The engineering was exciting because we got to make something that most of the time worked .
    The experiments we did at St Margrets was the very definition of science

    Science is amazing

  19. Grace Renforth

    I really loved everything but my favourite part was going to St. Margaret’s, I give it a 10/10. It was really fun and I learned things that were really interesting! Also the Miss Morgan and Mrs McAllister are really fun and do lots of different interesting science things.

  20. Grace Renforth

    I really loved everything but my favourite part was going to St. Margaret’s, I give it a 10/10. It was really fun and I learned things that were really interesting! Also the Miss Morgan and Mrs McAllister are really fun and do lots of different interesting science things. But Mrs McAllisters jokes are very good

  21. Orla Madden

    The Saint Margaret’s trip was REALLY exciting! I enjoyed the ‘why snails need slime’ experiment, and also the one where you had to say either the number or the colour in different patterns. It was really easy to get confused! One experiment, ‘can you smell as well as a shark’, taught you that sharks can smell FAR better than us, and that we can only smell the biggest portion of scents, whilst they can detect tiny portions!

    Overall I thought this trip was really educational and also highly fun!
    I’d give it a 10 out of 10!

  22. Lauryn Kokovworho

    It is Outstanding that something as fun as this, is just science the way you can these things in so many different ways. It is how you learn science in a futuristic ways. I think St josephs school mascot helps us be inspired to get in science.we even have spotters to help the younger classes get into science. St josephs are definitely going for gold.

  23. Jacob

    My favourite part was when Google expedition visited us because you got the chance to see extraordinary things that not much people get to see I think they have a massive future.

  24. Sashka Petrovski

    I have really enjoyed doing science with Miss Morgan and Mrs McAllister. They are both great teachers!!!
    My favourite time when doing science was going to St.Margarets. I learned a lot and we got to test out many activities.

  25. John gatima

    The Google expedition was fantastic I realy like how it takes you on a trip to different places that you can’t go to at this moment .


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