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22 May 2017 – Secondary

Dear Parents and Carers

Time has flown in since my last blog and I wanted to now get in touch and update you.

This year’s diet of SQA exams are going smoothly with many speaking after their exams with confidence!  We know that our young people have been working hard and making the best use of their teachers, including coming in for study sessions over the Easter break and study leave. The exams themselves run for another two weeks and  finish on the 2nd of June with Drama and Higher PE completing this year’s SQA diet.  Please continue to keep our SQA candidates (as well as all our students) in your prayers. Read more

Senior Prefect Team 2017-18

We are delighted to announce the senior prefect team for the coming session:

  • Head Girl: Louise Ford
  • Depute Head Girls: Emma Gaffney and Isobel Joughin
  • Head Boy: Albert Krakowski
  • Depute Head Boys: Robert McCall and Jack Dailly
  • House Captains:
  • Ann Fernandez and Lewis Hunter – St Andrew House
  • Bethan Gordon and Robert Young – St Columba House
  • Evie Gardner and Dio Andre C Paderog – St Margaret House
  • Marta Weyer and Kuba Duda – St Ninian House

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31 March 2016 – Secondary

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 secondary we have been working hard this term, and this is particularly true for those in our senior phase. National 4 pupils have been completing their courses internally, and National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher pupils have been working to complete coursework, units and prepare for their exams.  Special holiday study classes have been organised by teachers giving up their free time.  A programme for this is here: Easter Revision 2017Read 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