Cathedral & Community Links
St. Ninian’s Episcopal Primary School has strong links with St. Ninian’s Episcopal Cathedral in Perth. The church offers us many opportunities to use their facilities for learning and celebrating, The Very Reverend Hunter Farquharson and Reverend Richard Sutton provide vital links between church and school.
We have a weekly assembly in the school hall and classes are actively involved in leading these throughout the school session. We invite other religious organisations to come and address the school through assembly. Services are held in the Cathedral twice a year (Christmas and summer) and parents and friends are always welcome to join us at these times. We would normally expect all children to participate in religious “education” although not necessarily in religious “observance” (i.e. assemblies). Should any parent wish their child(ren) to be exempt from religious observance, they should notify the school in writing.
We have also developed very strong links with the Princess Royal Trust based at the Gateway, Perth. Our P5/6 and 7 children entertain the elderly and disabled once a year at Christmas and the whole school get involved by performing Christmas carols and hymns. We have also been working with Gateway on an intergenerational project to improve the entrance and gardens at the Gateway Centre. The service users visit us once per week and work together with the class, planning art and gardening projects for the year ahead. We are also developing links through a former pupil with a primary school in Kenya.
We actively support local organisations and charities by organising fundraising activities throughout the year and by welcoming visitors/guest speakers to our assemblies.
We work with Dundee University to provide student teacher placements and with Perth College to provide NC and HNC placements for students. We also give secondary pupils the opportunity to come to St. Ninian’s for work experience.
We work closely with our Active Schools Co-ordinator to forge links with local sporting clubs and to support senior pupils in leadership programmes. We regularly use the facilities at Bell’s Sports Centre to enhance our physical education provision.
The school has recently begun working on becoming a Rights Respecting School and is continuing this development into next session.
Our Primary 7 children have been visiting the Little Cherubs crêche at St Ninian’s Cathedral, they spend time each Wednesday with the children and their parents and we are strengthening bonds between the Cathedral and our school through shared charity support and recycling initiatives
Our Local Councillors are :
Cllr Peter Barrett
Cllr Andrew Parrott
Cllr Chris Ahern
Cllr Eric Drysdale