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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

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

Crowdfunding our Playgrounds

Can you help fund our playground appeal?  We’re asking for your help – click here for more information on how you can help our children play and relax.

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

11 December 2016 – All through

Dear Parents and Carers

During Advent, the school is always busy preparing for Christmas.  This year has been no different!

Last week we celebrated our 5th birthday since our official opening in 2011.  Our family mass, our birthday parties in school, our community fayre and panto were all great successes.  Our panto audience was particularly enthusiastic!  I would like to thank all those who turned out for our fayre and panto on a busy Saturday before Christmas.  Thanks too to all the local business who took part, to Live Active Leisure, MITIE (our janitors), Culture and Community Services and Tayside Contracts for our birthday cake!  Parents, staff and senior pupils gave their time generously and helped make it a success.  Here’s to the next 5 years! Read more