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4 December 2017 – All through

Dear Parents/Carers

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

20 November 2017 – Secondary

Dear Parents and Carers

Since the start of Term 2, things in the secondary have been focused on classroom learning.  In the senior school, pupils are very busy completing coursework and preparing for tests, final pieces of work and exams.  Don’t forget to encourage your child to come along to extra supported study classes.  Information can be accessed here.

Learning, of course, also involves lots of opportunities outside our classrooms to extend and deepen our learning.  We have recently used some of our additional funding for this year to secure a modern apprentice and additional time with our Outdoor Learning specialist.  Lots of our young people (in the primary and secondary) are gaining from new opportunities this session. Read more

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. Read more

29 September 2017 – Nursery and Primary

Dear Parents and Carers

As we approach the end of the first term of the year, I am writing to you to thank you once again for all the support you give to us through your children.

Things in the nursery and primary departments have got off to a flying start this year!  Pupils have been involved in a whole host of different learning activities.  Our nursery children have been learning about the seasons and have been harvesting their vegetables in the community garden and the apples and pears in our own orchard.  Thanks to all our parents who have joined us for nursery ‘stay and play’ and the primary ‘soft starts’. Children have been involved in outdoor education sessions – and we hope to be bringing more outdoor learning experiences across the primary school this year.  There has been some more playground improvements with new numeracy markings – and teachers have been using these effectively to teach number bonds.  P6 began their John Muir Award at Quarrymill which was very successful – and  a member of the public even contacted me simply to compliment our pupils and their positive behaviour. Read more

29 September 2017 – Secondary

Dear Parents and Carers

As we approach the end of the first term of the year, I am writing to you to thank you once again for all the support you give to us through your children.

We have had a busy term as always but our immediate priorities always remain the same.  We aim to ensure every child in S1 settles in to their new surroundings and for all year groups to settle down to their learning.  Our S1 transition programme has been continuing with drop-ins and our outdoor education programmes at Lendrick Muir and in school.  The S6 pupil leadership team have been working closely with our staff to develop in their roles and to lead our prefect teams, and all of our S6 pupils took part in the S6 Conference for Dunkeld Diocese, held in Kilgraston.  Pupils have been trained in reading and maths to be effective peer mentors and this work has had a really positive start.  And this weekend marks the end of our Duke of Edinburgh expedition season!  This term is crucial as it sets the foundation for the year ahead so I am pleased with the positive start to the year, and delighted by the many positive comments I have been hearing from our teachers commending the vast majority of pupils on their efforts. Read more

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. Read more

28 June 2017 – All Through

Dear Parents and Carers

As the academic year comes to a close, I wanted to very briefly thank you for all your support over the past twelve months in helping us to provide great learning experiences for all the children and young people in St John’s RC Academy.

As I write this blog, our newsletter is being finalised and I have an opportunity there to reflect on the term and the past year.  Please take the time to read over the successes of our children and young people in what has been a busy, busy year! Read more