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12 February 2019 – All Through

Dear Parents/Carers

We are now well into 2019 as I write to you, and coming up to our short break.  Since the new year our learners have been hard at work across our nursery and school.  Our senior pupils have been undertaking assessment opportunities before their formal exams in April/May, and many of our S2 pupils have enjoyed a fabulous week in the Italian Alps learning to ski.  A four minute video is available here to view.  Secondary pupils also recently enjoyed the delights of Murrayfield for a Six Nations Rugby match.  P6 have been participating (in all weathers!) in our outdoor education programme at Battleby, and P7 are busy preparing for the school show (on 27 March – mark it in the calendar!).  Our Monday ‘Learning Hub’ in the library is going well, and new Families Connect sessions have begun.

During this term we have been focusing on our value of ‘respect’, and as I write we are celebrating our commitment to being a Rights Respecting School.  This involves us learning about the UNCRC and putting children and young people’s rights at the heart of our relationships in school.

As part of this, we want to hear your views.  Each year we ask parents (along with staff and pupils) to complete our annual questionnaire.  We use this information to improve our school. A link to the survey has been sent to parents/carers by text.  If you haven’t received this, please contact the school office.  It really helps us to know what we’re getting right and what we need to do to improve.  We are keen to hear more views of our pupils and parents/carers, so if you haven’t completed this before, I really hope you can take the time to do this.  I promise it’ll only take a few minutes!

Recurring themes in my blogs over the years have been the uniform and car parking.  Apologies for going on about the same things!  Firstly, thanks to all the parents/carers who support us with these.  Your support is what we rely on.  I ask everyone once again to ensure your child comes to school ready to learn, proud to be part of St John’s Academy.  The uniform policy is here if you need to check it. For those dropping off their children, please do this in the car park or further away still, and allow your child to walk into the school.  We all want to keep our children safe, and we all have a role in this.  Don’t forget that Perth and Kinross Council are currently in the process of bidding for funds to support cycle routes and safe transport areas. We would appreciate improvements to our car park and an extension to the walking/cycling route in the North Inch to come right into the secondary playground.  Together with a bridge from Quarrymill into the North Inch, we believe that these measures could significantly improve the congestion around the school.  You can add your voice here.

Finally, I want to advertise a PKAVS event which is taking place within the Campus on 14 February at 5pm.  As you know, many of our parents/carers and children within our school are non-UK EU citizens, and the ongoing Brexit negotiations may impact on them.  Details of the Brexit Conference are here.  Please know that whatever happens over the next few months and years, we are committed to supporting all our children and families during this time, and we are grateful to all our parents/carers that you have chosen St John’s Academy as the school for your child.

As always, thank you for your ongoing support.

With every good wish,

Seán P Hagney

Headteacher and Campus Leader