As I write, we are busy ensuring that all the various transitions within St John’s RC Academy are underway and helping all the children and young people get to know what’s in store from them next session. For nursery children, we have various occasions for parents/carers and the children to visit and meet the class teachers. Today we have ‘bumpy-up’ day in the primary, and the children from P1-6 are spending time with the teacher they will have next session. Our P7s are currently on their 2 day induction in the secondary, where we are welcoming children from our cluster primaries and 12 other primaries from across Perth and Kinross. Our S1-3 have already moved into S2-4, and we welcomed back our new S5 and S6 at the beginning of this week. We’re still working with a number of our school leavers, including our outgoing S6, until the end of term to make sure they have sound plans for their future.
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Since the start of the final term of 2017/18 we have been busy right across the whole school. While many of our nursery pupils are getting ready for P1, our P7 pupils are preparing for S1, and we have been saying our farewells to our outgoing S6 and leavers in the Senior Phase.
It’s the final day of a long term! Before we take our well deserved break, I just wanted to draw your attention to our Nursery News and our whole school newsletter which cover the last term in the school.
I would also wish to thank all our parents, pupils and staff who took part in the recent Local Authority visit to the school. The initial feedback has been very positive indeed. The report will be published in due course, and I am sure it will be a report of which we can, as a whole community, be very proud. As always, there will also be lessons to learn and helpful advice on how to improve further but I can assure you that the report will reflect our positive relationships, our Catholic ethos, our improving attainment and achievements, and our commitment to getting it right for every child. Read more
We are racing through Term 3 and the February break is fast approaching! So far this term we have been busy working hard in classes, and most of our senior pupils have been undertaking assessment opportunities (prelims). We are now very much in the run up to SQA examinations for N5, Higher and Advanced Higher candidates and I would encourage them to make the very best use of the short period of time which is left between now and May. Please also remember that study support classes are available for most subjects, and specific individual feedback can be requested from any teacher by a pupil if they are unclear about any aspect of their learning. Advice on supporting your child is also available on the Parentzone website.
February is also the month of listening for us here at St John’s RC Academy. We are currently asking for feedback from pupils, parents, partners and staff about how we are doing, and what we should do next to improve. Parents and carers should have received an email inviting you to take part in this annual survey. If you have this, please take the time to complete it and if you have not, please contact the office and we will arrange for you to receive this. Read more
Welcome back to 2018! Christmas seems like a distant memory, but I hope you had a wonderful time with your children over the festive holiday.
We are now back in full swing, even if the weather is trying its best to disrupt us! This term we have already had our S2 parents’ reporting and information evening, and more will follow in the coming weeks. There have been some tweaks to our secondary curriculum and we are explaining what this will mean for your son/daughter then – so please do come along if you can. Read more
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!) Read more