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22 May 2017 – Secondary

Dear Parents and Carers

Time has flown in since my last blog and I wanted to now get in touch and update you.

This year’s diet of SQA exams are going smoothly with many speaking after their exams with confidence!  We know that our young people have been working hard and making the best use of their teachers, including coming in for study sessions over the Easter break and study leave. The exams themselves run for another two weeks and  finish on the 2nd of June with Drama and Higher PE completing this year’s SQA diet.  Please continue to keep our SQA candidates (as well as all our students) in your prayers. Read more

22 May 2017 – Nursery and Primary

Dear Parents and Carers

It’s been a while since my last blog but that doesn’t mean that things have not been busy since the start of term!

Shortly after we returned we had an extra-special soft start which focused on ‘developing the young workforce’, with a number of our P6/7s participating in the ‘Take Your Child to Work’ initiative the following day.  The school and campus hosted a number of our staff’s children too and it was great to have them visit us. Read more

31 March – Nursery and Primary

Dear Parents and Carers

As we approach the end of term once again, I wanted to write to you to keep you updated and to wish you and your family a happy Easter.

In the nursery and primary we’ve been working really hard this term (as always!)  The leadership of our young people has been outstanding, and demonstrated through our P3’s successful Toast Café, the P4s leading the Stations of the Cross, the P5s and their St Patrick’s Day assembly, and all the fantastic fundraising activities too!  Our P7 show, Ali Baba and the Bongo Bandits was a great success!  The pupils’ acting, singing and dancing were great and the audiences really appreciated all the puns!  Well done to Mrs Rees, Miss Brown and all the staff and pupils who created the show. Read more

31 March 2016 – Secondary

Dear Parents and Carers

As we approach the end of term once again, I wanted to write to you to keep you updated and to wish you and your family a happy Easter.

In the secondary we have been working hard this term, and this is particularly true for those in our senior phase. National 4 pupils have been completing their courses internally, and National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher pupils have been working to complete coursework, units and prepare for their exams.  Special holiday study classes have been organised by teachers giving up their free time.  A programme for this is here: Easter Revision 2017Read more

24 February 2017 – All through

Dear Parents and Carers

After our very welcome short break, it was back to work this week across the nursery and school.  Before the break, we celebrated our Rights Respecting Schools days across the school. On Monday we focussed on the Global Goals and Tuesday was the Day for Change where we thought about our right to play and rest. The children (and staff!) in the nursery and primary really embraced the theme and came dressed in a variety of fabulous costumes of games and game characters…including monopoly characters, twister boards, PAC man, Mario Brothers, scrabble letters and boards! We raised money for pennies for the playgrounds appeal too. Read more

02 February 2017 – All through

Dear Parents and Carers

I wanted to write to you to update you on the Pupil Equity Fund and how it will affect our school.  You may be aware from news reports that the Scottish Government has allocated £120 million to headteachers in schools based on how many children are entitled to free school meals.  For St John’s RC Academy, this funding amounts to £120,000, with £74,400 allocated to the primary department and £45,600 allocated to the secondary.  This is the largest amount of any single school in the local authority.  We have been told that this grant is additional money and must be spent on reducing the attainment gap which arises from poverty.  As I have said previously in my blog, the school’s Standards and Quality report and elsewhere, St John’s RC Academy (together with Perth and Kinross Council) is committed to closing this gap, and we have a wealth of data to suggest we are doing just that.  Of course, we still have further to go.  This additional funding is very welcome and will help us to plan for further targeted interventions for our children and young people. Read more

16 January 2017 – All through

Dear Parents and Carers

It’s week 2 of the new term already and we are settling back into our work routines across the nursery and school. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your children and celebrated the beginning of 2017 together. Read more