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4 December 2017 – All through

Dear Parents/Carers

As Christmas approaches, we recall the events of Bethlehem two thousand years ago throughout the season of Advent. During Advent, the Church asks us to take time to ‘make ready’ for the birth of the Son of God.  In St John’s RC Academy there will be a whole range of events and activities throughout the whole school, helping the children and young people ‘make ready’ for Christmas.  Many of these events will be prayerful opportunities, such as our recent family mass with Bishop Stephen and the P4 reconciliation service, special occasions like our P2 Nativity and Primary Christmas Show, or the Family Carol Service in St John’s Church (on 20th December at 6pm!)

Many other events are opportunities to join in the ‘season of goodwill’. These provide our community with the chance to reach out and help others around the world.  Once again, the school will be supporting the life-changing work of the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF).

Many of you will recall that I travelled with SCIAF in 2014 to the Tigray region of Ethiopia to see their work first hand and talk to people whose lives are being changed through SCIAF’s support.  The money that we raise is put to fantastic use helping some of the poorest people in our world today.

This year there will be a return of ‘Christmas Jumper Day’ on 15 December (in aid of SCIAF). Pupils are asked to wear uniform and swap or decorate their jumpers for Christmas.  This is also the date of our Christmas Lunch.  The last morning of term will be a non-uniform day. P7 are our SCIAF ‘Talented Fundraisers’ and their enterprising goods will be on sale at the Christmas Market before the P2 Nativity’s evening performance.  In the secondary, there will be a whole range of fun lunchtime events for a small donation.  In Lent, we will also be raising funds for SCIAF across the school.

I hope you will be able to support our campaign this Advent.  You can find out more at www.sciaf.org.uk

With every good wish,

Seán P Hagney

Headteacher and Campus Leader