Category Archives: Parent Council

Thank you!


Dear parents
We are delighted to inform you that the Christmas Fair raised an amazing amount of just over £3750.
This money will be used to provide our children with more great resources in the months ahead. This year the Parent Council, on your behalf, agreed to fund various items and events. These included the science fair, a full set of google chrome classroom books and the pantomime.
We would like to thank everyone of you who contributed towards making the fair a great success, both in terms of the fund raising and the fun had by all on the day.
Thanks are due to a host of people. To you the parents who donated items to the fair; to the workers behind the scenes on the run up to the day; to those who donated to the raffles and those who sold the tickets; to those who set up for the fair; to those who donated food (including two businesses that were not fully acknowledged on the day – Books and Beans for their soups and Pan Asia for their curries); to those who cooked and who ran the kitchen; to those running the stalls; to those involved in the tidy up; to Santa for taking time out his busiest season to be with our children; to the counting and finance team; to the janitorial staff and the teachers; and additional thanks to a special few who put in that extra effort to make it all come together and be the success it was. There are too many to thank by name, but you are all very much appreciated.
Well done and thank you.
Karon McEwing
on behalf of St Joseph’s School Parent Council


2 days to go!

Dear Parents
The Christmas Fair is only a few days away and its will be a lovely family outing.
Please consider supporting the fair, not only by coming along to enjoy the games, stalls and food, but also by donating what you can manage before hand.
We would be grateful to receive more items for the tombola’s, hamper, lucky dip, Christmas jumper recycle and items for the home baking stall.
In addition if you can help with your time in the setting up, running or tidy up we would be pleased to have you.
The funds raised will go towards more great resources for all our children. At the last Parent Council meeting further funding approvals were granted on your behalf for £2700 to complete the set of google class room chrome books and for £1000 on the pantomime that the children will enjoy next month. All of these things would not be possible without the support of the parents around the Christmas and Summer fairs which are our main fundraising opportunities.
Thank you for all that you have to offer.
Karon McEwing

Anti – Bullying Week

Anti-bullying week is happening across Scotland from 13 -17 November.

This year the focus is on preventing bullying by fostering positive cultures based on respect.
Everyone has a right to live free from bullying and harassment. When we behave respectfully towards each other, we help create environments where bullying cannot thrive and children’s rights are fully realised.

Each of us has a role to play, join the conversation today by sharing what #respectmeans to you.

Key messages

You don’t have to like me, agree with me or enjoy doing the same things I do, but you do have to respect me…

 Respect is fundamental to all relationships, regardless of what form they come in – including online relationships – it should be at the heart of how we treat each other;

 Role modelling respect is essential to teaching children and young people how to build and develop healthy, respectful relationships;

 Everyone has a right to live free from bullying and harassment. When we behave respectfully towards each other, we help create environments where bullying cannot thrive and children’s rights are fully realised;

 Taking a whole school/setting approach to promoting a positive and respectful culture gives a clear message that bullying is never acceptable and will never be tolerated;

 You can help prevent bullying by joining the conversation and sharing what #RespectMeans to you;

 If you or someone you know is being bullied, get information and advice at or find emotional support at

Volunteer Form for Fair

St. Joseph’s Christmas Fair

SATURDAY 2nd  December 2017, 12-2 pm

Raffle tickets and volunteer forms will also be coming home in school bags today. Please return any unused tickets to the office please. 

***St Josephs PC are raising funds that benefit all our children providing the extras that ACC cannot fund – 2016/7 spends included Science Fair and Goggle Chrome books.***

Last year’s Christmas Fair was a great success and it was all down to you. With your help we can repeat that. Please read through the list carefully and volunteer for as much as you can.


Please click here to download the form

Christmas Fair – come along and join the fun!

St Joseph’s Parent Council

13th November 2017

Dear Parents,

I would like to officially extend a warm invitation to all of you for the St Joseph’s RC Primary School Christmas Fair on Saturday, 2nd December 2017 from 12 until 2pm.

Once again there will be a great range of Christmas themed games and crafts for the children and an opportunity to meet Santa! The fair will include,

  • A fantastic Raffle
  • Christmas themed games
  • Christmas Photo booth
  • Card and Crafts Stalls
  • Christmas Wreaths
  • Face Painting
  • Christmas jumper recycle
  • Glitter and Christmas Tattoos
  • Festive Nails
  • Delicious Hot Food Stalls
  • Home Bakes
  • Christmas Crafts
  • Santa
  • .…and much more!

Please save the date and join in the fun!

Over the years, the Christmas Fair has proven to be a huge hit with the school children and their families, as well as a major fundraiser for the school. We hope to repeat the track record this year and continue to raise funds that benefit all our children and allow us to provide things which the city council budget does not cover. This year the funds raised have provided science week workshops (£2k), Scottish music experiences, google chrome books (£4k), sporting equipment and a library subscription (£1k) amongst other things. With your help we can continue to provide the extras that our children enjoy and deserve.

However, behind all the ‘Fun of the Fair’, we need donations for the stalls and a team of volunteers and hopefully that includes you. Please consider helping, on the run up to the day or on the fair day itself. We have a fantastic school community please come and enjoy it in every way.

Please help with


Donations to the chocolate and bottle/gift tombola, one luxury raffle prize hamper and the lucky dips are needed now. These stalls have always been the big crowd pleasers in the previous years!

Suggested Class donations

Nursery, P1, & P2- Items for the chocolate tombola (boxes of chocolates, chocolate bars, selection boxes, chocolate coins, you choose! Large/small anything goes as long as its chocolate!)

P3 & P4 – Items for the lucky dip (small gifts/items wrapped but labelled for a boy or girl- stocking fillers etc) or for one Luxury raffle prize hamper. (please ask if you need ideas)

P5, P6 & P7 – Items for the bottle and gift tombola (Drinks, wine etc, candles, toiletries, new toys, unwanted gifts etc)

Please bring in donations to your class asap. The above list is purely a guide and you are most welcome to bring in any categories of donation to any class.

Thank you in advance for every contribution you can make.

Volunteers: To help with the co-ordination and preparations before the fair, all aspects on the day of the fair (setting up and serving the stalls), in addition to after the fair (tidying up).  If you have any ideas, or could create a new game or a craft please get in touch.

Cooks and Bakers: The international hot food each year has been wonderful, and we would love to offer this again. We are still looking for more people to volunteer and add to the menu. If there is anything simple and delicious that you can whip up/donate or if you would simply like to assist in the food preparation for the day at the school kitchen, please get in touch with the co-ordinators:

Please note that we can reimburse the money you spend for the hot food ingredients, upon request.

Do remember to bring in the hot food and bakes (no nuts) on Friday, 02 December before 3:15 p.m. or on the day of the fair, to the kitchen and stalls located in the dining hall in the basement.

Christmas Jumper Recycle- new this year

Please donate old clean Christmas tops/jumpers for recycling via the classes before the fair. Hopefully you can choose a replacement ready for this year’s Christmas jumper day and all the festivities that follow. All tops will be sold for £1-£2

Also, as with previous years, there are opportunities for stalls rental. Miss Pirie in the nursery is coordinating the tables. Please advise her if you or anybody you know may be interested in renting a stall to promote their own business and sell products. Stall fee £10 plus a raffle prize.

Please find attached the volunteers’ forms for more details. The form will be distributed on blue paper. If you are happy to help, please send them back either through the main office or in your child’s folders or email a response to

Alternatively, please hand them to Karon (nursery playground), Caroline/ Agnieszka (junior playground) or to Aurelie (in the senior school playground).

Please remember, we need every little bit of help that YOU can offer and we need it NOW! Let’s all work together and make this event a huge success!

Kind regards,

Karon McEwing         

PC Chair 2017/18

Looking for an idea for an original Christmas gift?

Looking for an idea for an original Christmas gift?

The Parent Council is delighted to announce that Flash Photography Aberdeen had donated a number of photo session vouchers towards our Christmas Fair fundraising efforts.

Each voucher is worth up to £90 but we have them on sale for only £10, with all proceeds going towards the school/Parent Council.

Vouchers are valid for any of the following studio sessions at Flash Photography: Bump, Baby, Family, Kids, Pet, Boudoir makeover, Teen Model Makeover and include one 10×8 print. The vouchers will be sold on ‘first come, first served’ basis.

If you wish to grab this bargain and support or school at the same time, please contact

Agnieszka Stephen


or on 07708703657.

Kids Show Competition




EACH GOLDEN TICKET IS WORTH £30 – (2 adults and 2 kids unlimited access to the show)




Christmas Fair help required

Christmas Fair Planning/Brainstorming 


Volunteers desperately needed for all roles at Christmas Fair including coordination, planning, preparation,  setup and on the day duties. 

Please join us at either meeting this week on Wednesday 8th Nov at 2pm in school  or Friday 10th Nov at 9am Dutch Mill. 

All help and support are greatly appreciated. 

Karon McEwing

PC Chair 

Rotary Shoebox appeal 2017





At this time of year, St. Joseph’s is again supporting the Rotary Shoebox Scheme which provides gifts for children and families who live in daily poverty in Central & Eastern Europe.

The Shoebox Scheme is supported by Rotary Clubs throughout the UK & Ireland. Each participating school is linked to one local Club, which for us is the Rotary Club of Aberdeen.

At School Assembly this week, the Shoebox Co-ordinator from the Rotary Club joined us and gave a presentation to explain and illustrate how the Rotary Scheme works.

The Rotary Shoebox Scheme is an independent charity which operates all year round. It has developed a significant distribution network through partnerships with welfare and relief organisations in the recipient countries.


Supporting the Rotary Shoebox Scheme ensures that children and families in Central & Eastern Europe will receive at least one gift this year – a filled shoebox.

For some children and families, that one shoebox will be their only Christmas present.

Last year, Rotary Clubs in the Aberdeen area uplifted 3,850 filled boxes. Since 2003, Clubs in North & East Scotland have collectively sent out over 100,000 boxes.

This year, St Joseph’s participation will contribute to over 25,000 boxes sent during December and January to countries such as Albania, Bulgaria, Moldova, Romania and the Ukraine.

The value of each box received is far greater than its contents.

Initially, each family will receive one Rotary Shoebox. Information about suitable contents is printed on the box and also in a separate leaflet. Additional boxes are available.

Last year, St Joseph’s pupils and families filled 260 boxes and contributed £400 to the Shoebox Scheme to cover distribution costs by attaching £1/£2 coins.

In early 2017, the school’s involvement will be marked by a special Rotary presentation.

For more information about the Rotary Shoebox Scheme – for background, overview & links.

                   news/rotary shoebox scheme and /romanian orphanages

Please use only the Rotary boxes supplied.

Filled boxes should be returned to school by Monday 13 November.

The cost to Rotary of each box supplied is now 90p.

Please help reduce outlays by attaching £1 /£2 in coins and returning all unused boxes.

The Rotary Shoebox Scheme Co-ordinator for our school is John Milne.

He can be contacted directly about any queries or for further information.

Tel: 01224 591705 (Home) 590488 (Direct Line)   E-mail: