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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

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