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Active Strength Research Project

My name is Helen Collins and I work at the University of Dundee and am doing a PhD in collaboration with Edinburgh University on physical activity in children. The ‘Active Strength’ research project is looking at the effect of resistance training on physical activity levels. I am conducting a pilot study at the University (as an after school initiative) after Easter (hopefully starting the week beginning the 23rd April) and I have attached some further details. In particular, I am looking to recruit 8-10 year old children who would benefit from being more active. The sessions are free and your child would be part of a very important research project which aims to improve health. If you are interested in your child being involved, please email me at or call me on: 01382 385674

Active Strength Research Project Flyer

Tesco Kingsway to restrict the sale of energy drinks to under 16's

Tesco are commited to making it easier for customers and colleagues to live healthier lives.
Energy drinks are often high in sugar and caffeine, which is at the heart of why they're not recommended for children.
It's well known that diets high in sugar can lead to weight gain and dental issues, while chidren are often more sensitive to the effects of caffeine, impacting their sleep and behaviour. Parents tell us they want more help in stopping children buying these drinks. Thats why we are taking action to prevent their sale to people under 16.
High caffeine energy drinks are those defined as containing caffeine greater than 15mg/100ml. They include popular brands such as "Red Bull" and "Monster" and can normally be identified as they display a "high caffeine" safety warning or caution.
Please note, this voluntary age restriction does not apply to sports drinks ( e.g. Lucozade sport ) or ready to drink coffees
If the customer is under 16 or has no proof of age, we will politely refuse the sale.

Easter Football Holiday Camps 2018

Please Dundeee see attached flyer giving details of Easter Holiday Football Camps organised by Leisure & Culture Dundee.

Easter Holidays Football Camp


BYOD - Bring Your Own Device

P6/7 are piloting Bring Your Own Device to School.  They will be using their own device to enhance their learning.


BYOD Rules

I Bike Project - Make it Bright Day - 07/02/18

Details about the Make It Bright Day on 07/02/18

Dear Parent/Guardian,

As part of the I Bike project at St Andrew's Primary School, all pupils are invited to take part in a Make it Bright day on Wednesday 7th February  2018.

Pupils are encouraged to come to school dressed  as brightly as possible. Neon colours, reflective wear, lights, glow sticks and sparkles are some great ways to brighten things up.

The Bike Crew will be hosting a Make it Bright Assembly. These events aim to raise awareness of the importance of wearing high visibility clothing, when cycling, walking or scooting  in the dark. We also encourage walking, cycling and scooting to school on this day!


Laura Smith
Cycling Officer, Dundee

Young Firefighters Course August - October 2017

At Macalpine Fire Station, some of our children took part in a Young Firefighter Course. They took part in six sessions where they learned about:

  • Road traffic accidents
  • Using breathing apparatus to rescue a casualty from a smoke filled building.
  • How to run out a hose and attach it to a hydrant.


Over the six-week Firefighter course, the children developed different types of skills such as teamwork, problem solving, communication, awareness, listening skills. Taking responsibility, as well as showing a positive attitude.  All of these skills are very important for being a firefighter. 

Here are some other things they were involved in:

Touring the fire station and learning about the fire engines.

How to put out different types of fires using a hose and fire extinguishers.

Learning about fire safety and how to keep themselves and others safe.

In the final session they took part in a fire drill where they used all the skills and knowledge they had developed over the 6 week course.


Ceilidh for our American Visitors

Once again St Andrew's played host to psychology students from America.

The youngsters, who number some twenty young psychology students, were invited to take part in a traditional ceilidh with pupils from St Andrew's.  Apart from the usual dancing, the pupils entertained the students with traditional song, poems and playlets.  The Emory students in turn provided the company with a dance routine that reflected their culture and was very well received.  There was much fun and laughter as the students tried to master dances such as the Gay Gordons, the Flying Scotsman and the Canadian Barn Dance (done at double quick time!).  Emory University, recognized internationally as one of the top 100 universities in the world,  is located in Atlanta, Georgia.  The students are here to observe our education system and, in particular, how well our children learn.  They will shortly be moving on to continue their studies in London and we wish them well.

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St Andrew's Win Rock Cup

St Andrew's have won the Rock Cup for the second time in three years with a victory over St Joseph's at Elliot Park. The match, which took place on Friday 10thJune, was a hard fought affair with St Andrew's twice coming from behind. There was very little between the teams and St Joseph's played some magnificent football but St Andrew's showed great character and determination. Congratulations to Mr McMahon and the boys for a gutsy performance played in great spirit! Below is a match report written by team captain Jamie McCord and vice captain Jamie Downie.


St Andrew's Primary were playing in the Rock Cup final against St Joseph's.  St Andrew's scored first with a drilled ball across the box to Aiden McDougall who tapped in to go 1-0 up.  Minutes after, St Joseph's equalised with a header into an open net.  St Andrew's were being dominated but then it was half-time.  A minute after half-time St Joseph's went 2-1 up with poor defending from St Andrew's.  Five to ten minutes later Jamie McCord equalised with a half volley.  About two minutes later St Joseph's went 3-2 up from a deflected goal.  Right after the starting whistle St Andrew's went on the attack and won a free kick.  Out of nowhere Jamie Moran put it in the top corner.  With about 7 to 8 minutes left Jamie Moran punted the ball up to Jamie McCord who then volleyed into the top corner to win the cup.  St Andrew's lifted the cup after an amazing game.

For pictures please go to our Twitter Feed