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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

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

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

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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