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29 March 2018 – All Through

Dear Parents/Carers

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

26 March 2018 – All through

Dear Parents/Carers

It is nearly Easter!  The end of the long term is nearly here and I just wanted to write to you to update you about a couple of things.

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9 February 2018 – All through

Dear Parents/Carers

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

19 January 2018 – All through

Dear Parents/Carers

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

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