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
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.
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
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 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
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.
We have had a busy term as always but our immediate priorities always remain the same. We aim to ensure every child in S1 settles in to their new surroundings and for all year groups to settle down to their learning. Our S1 transition programme has been continuing with drop-ins and our outdoor education programmes at Lendrick Muir and in school. The S6 pupil leadership team have been working closely with our staff to develop in their roles and to lead our prefect teams, and all of our S6 pupils took part in the S6 Conference for Dunkeld Diocese, held in Kilgraston. Pupils have been trained in reading and maths to be effective peer mentors and this work has had a really positive start. And this weekend marks the end of our Duke of Edinburgh expedition season! This term is crucial as it sets the foundation for the year ahead so I am pleased with the positive start to the year, and delighted by the many positive comments I have been hearing from our teachers commending the vast majority of pupils on their efforts. Read more