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
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
Primary 2 have been very busy this term as they have learned about the birth of Jesus and prepared to share their learning with the whole school, their families and the wider community of St John’s Academy.
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
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
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