We are now well into 2019 as I write to you, and coming up to our short break. Since the new year our learners have been hard at work across our nursery and school. Our senior pupils have been undertaking assessment opportunities before their formal exams in April/May, and many of our S2 pupils have enjoyed a fabulous week in the Italian Alps learning to ski. A four minute video is available here to view. Secondary pupils also recently enjoyed the delights of Murrayfield for a Six Nations Rugby match. P6 have been participating (in all weathers!) in our outdoor education programme at Battleby, and P7 are busy preparing for the school show (on 27 March – mark it in the calendar!). Our Monday ‘Learning Hub’ in the library is going well, and new Families Connect sessions have begun. Read more
As usual, we’ve been busy in St John’s RC Academy! There’s been lots going on, and I hope that you are keeping up to date with just some of the things that happen through our very active Twitter accounts (@st_johnsacademy and @stjohnsnursery_). You can also access these through our website (www.st-johnsacademy.org.uk)
As we approach the half-way point of our academic year we are very much focused on our learning across the whole school. Our senior pupils are working hard on their coursework and preparing for examinations. Of course, exam success doesn’t just happen in the senior phase. All our learning leads to this, from nursery to the end of S3, so our efforts and hard work, developing our knowledge and skills, are crucial to success later in life. Scottish Book Week, which we are celebrating this week, is a welcome reminder of the importance that reading for pleasure has in building our understanding of the world, as well as improving our literacy skills. Next week, the secondary will be celebrating Scotland Week and in particular celebrating our Scots language. Absolutely stoatin! Read more
A copy of the letter I sent to secondary parents/carers on 30 August 2018 is also available here.
With every good wish,
Seán P Hagney
Headteacher and Campus Leader
We’re up and running! The start of the year is always an exciting time! Over the past couple of weeks we have been welcoming new pupils across the school, including new nursery, primary and secondary pupils. It’s been a real pleasure to see them all resplendent in their new uniforms. As always, thanks so much for supporting our uniform. And please also remember to put your child’s name on everything! We’d love to reduce our lost property and we will return anything found if we can see a name on belongings.
For new parents of St John’s RC Academy, please don’t forget to have a look at our School Brochure for more information on our school.
Towards the end of June we celebrated our annual awards ceremonies.
In the secondary, we have 2 special ceremonies, for S1-2 and S3-6. The S1-2 ceremony celebrates the excellence and endeavour of our pupils and we are grateful for the large audience of parents and families who come along and celebrate with us. Mr Seán Hagney gave his Headteacher’s Address, and took the opportunity to highlight all the achievements of the pupils over the last year. This included the very positive report from the local authority which had been published on the same day. You can read the ELAV report here. One young person commented, “It was such a good feeling to be involved; it felt great to be applauded by our friends, teachers and families.” Another said, “It inspired me; I will work hard to achieve even more for next year.”
Pupil Leadership Team 2018 – 2019
We are delighted to announce our new Pupil Leadership Team for 2018 – 2019.
We believe that these young people will do a fantastic job and will serve our community well. We are sure you will join us in congratulating these young people for this great achievement.
As I write, we are busy ensuring that all the various transitions within St John’s RC Academy are underway and helping all the children and young people get to know what’s in store from them next session. For nursery children, we have various occasions for parents/carers and the children to visit and meet the class teachers. Today we have ‘bumpy-up’ day in the primary, and the children from P1-6 are spending time with the teacher they will have next session. Our P7s are currently on their 2 day induction in the secondary, where we are welcoming children from our cluster primaries and 12 other primaries from across Perth and Kinross. Our S1-3 have already moved into S2-4, and we welcomed back our new S5 and S6 at the beginning of this week. We’re still working with a number of our school leavers, including our outgoing S6, until the end of term to make sure they have sound plans for their future.