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17 November 2017 – Nursery and Primary

Dear Parents and Carers

Since the beginning of Term 2, our pupils across nursery and primary have been engaged in a whole host of exciting learning opportunities.

The activities for Halloween caused great excitement and a whole lot of fun! St Johnstone Football Club also led an assembly towards the end of October focused on fair play and achievement – ideas which link perfectly to our school values (fairness, achievement, respect and love).  P7 also received ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ sessions earlier this month.  Our school hosted visitors from Austria for 2 days.  The visitors were an inspector and a primary headteacher who were particularly interested in our language teaching.  They were both very impressed with our children.

The whole school has been marking the month of November as a special month of remembrance for all those who have died. This began with the whole school celebrating the Feast of All Saints, and P3 and P5 represented the school at the Remembrance Day Mass at St John’s Church.  St Margaret’s House also celebrated their feast day this month, so we’ve been keeping our chaplains busy!  P7 visited the Black Watch museum to enhance their understanding about World War Two and had an enjoyable and challenging day (see picture).

P6 pupils are continuing their programme of visits to Quarrymill as part of their John Muir Award with the RSPB, and P2 had a day at Deep Sea World as part of their ‘Under the Sea’ learning.

Eco week has been a focus across the nursery and primary – with children across the school learning about the importance of looking after our precious environment. P5-7 pupils created fantastic eco-homes out of recycled materials, incorporating great ideas to reduce waste and recycle and reuse resources.

This week we also had our first parents’ reporting evenings. Thanks to all who came along.  If you didn’t manage this time, please contact us.  We really value our partnership with every parent.  Thanks to all the parents who rewarded their children with books from the Book Fair too!  Profits from this will support our literacy programme.

Miss Ronald and Mrs Golden have led a group of parents through the Families Connect programme.  The group’s focus is around supporting your child at home with Literacy, Numeracy and Health and Wellbeing through play and fun activities.  Look out for opportunities to be part of the next block.

The Parent Council AGM recently took place and we have new office holders. Many thanks once again to Julie Flynn for her work as chair in recent years, and for 16 years of being an active member of our parent council.  Donna Plotner takes over the role of chair.  I offer my thanks to Donna for ‘stepping up’ and supporting the school in this important role.

The Scottish National Standardised Assessments are being introduced across the country this year.  Parents and carers can find out more at: https://standardisedassessment.gov.scot/parents-and-carers

Finally – just a reminder once again about dropping off and parking. I ask all parents to be considerate to all our users and not to drop off in the turning circle.  A reminder too that, in the interests of all,  this is a no smoking campus – this includes campus grounds.  The office staff have also said that there’s been a big increase in the amount of things (jackets, lunches, equipment, etc) being handed into the office during the school day which need to be passed on to children around the school.  We are happy to do this, but again, please show your consideration for our staff.

Please don’t forget that the Family Mass, led by our own Bishop Stephen, will be held in the school on St Andrew’s Day, 30 November at 6pm.  It would be great to have as many families as possible coming along and supporting the whole community.

Many thanks for all your support.

With every good wish,

Seán P Hagney

Headteacher and Campus Leader