25 August 2017 – All through
Dear Parents and Carers
As I write this, the new academic year is well underway. Over the past fortnight we have welcomed new cohorts of pupils into nursery, P1 and S1. We’ve also welcomed around 20 new pupils across the school into other year groups. We continue to be a popular choice for many parents and young people and we are encouraged by the faith the families of Perth and Kinross have shown in our school. This trust is crucial as we aim to do the best we can to enable every child at St John’s RC Academy to succeed.
The children and young people have returned looking smart and ready to learn. Thank you for taking the time to ensure your child is in full uniform. If you need more information on the uniform, then please see the school uniform leaflet. Please remember – no leggings, jeggings or jeans! This is a bit of an issue with our secondary girls at the moment and we really need to be clear that these are not part of our uniform. We really appreciate the support of parents in this.
Towards the end of the holidays our S4-6 pupils received their SQA certificates. We are still working on the analysis of the figures but I am delighted to report that all the indications are positive once again. Our S6 cohort achieved particularly well. There are some significant individual triumphs too, with some of our young people overcoming difficult personal situations and achieving through their efforts and hard work. I know that you’d want to join me in congratulating all our young people on their success and the staff for all their hard work too. I would also like to thank you, their parents and carers, for supporting them through their courses and helping them to realise their potential.
Over the summer some improvements were made to the primary playground. You can read more about that here. Once again, I would like to thank you for your generous support of the Pennies for the Playgrounds appeal.
The Parent Council AGM is on 6 September at 7pm. I would encourage parents and carers who have children in the nursery or school to come along to the meeting. The Chair of the Parent Council, Mrs Julie Flynn, will be stepping down as Chair and I thank her for her great work over the past two years. We also have other positions to fill, so if you’re interested in getting involved in the work of the Parent Council there’s been no better time!
For the first time this year we have been issuing a sheet outlining all the expected costs for the school year. Secondary pupils have received this already and we are currently finalising this for primary pupils. We would welcome your feedback on this. Our aim is to be as clear as possible to help families budget better. Please remember that there are a number of grants and benefits which young people and families are entitled to if you are in receipt of certain benefits. You can find out more on the PKC website or from our campus reception. Please also be aware that if any costs cause you financial difficulty, please speak to a member of staff. We would never want a child to miss out on an opportunity to learn.
For the benefit of new parents and carers, can I remind you not to enter the turning circle to drop your child off in the morning? This is for disabled access, taxis and buses only. Please drop off your child at the car park or at a safe distance and allow them to walk the rest of the way to school. This is safer for all our children. Most parents already do this, but some do not. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.
Finally, please look out for the annual data check. It really helps us when we have a 100% completion rate as this information is essential to communicating with you. We increasingly use email (which is faster, cheaper and environmentally friendlier) for our letters so please ensure all your details are up-to-date.
Every best wish,
Seán P Hagney
Headteacher and Campus Leader