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02 December 2016 – All through

Dear Parents and Carers

We have been celebrating our 5th birthday this week!  On 20 December 2011, John Swinney MSP officially opened our all-through school and campus.  This Wednesday, at a special family mass on the feast of St Andrew, Mr Swinney returned to the school along with parents, pupils and invited guests.  It was a wonderful evening, led by Fr Colin who represented our local bishop, Stephen.  Bishop Stephen’s message to us can be accessed here.

We’re grateful to all our parents, children and staff for coming along, and for staff and children of Our Lady’s and St Stephen’s also.  Our new secondary Head of Service, Roger Hill, joined his primary counterpart Sharon Johnston, along with Convenor Bob Band, Councillor MacLennan, Councillor Parrott, Mrs Audrey May, Mrs Teresa Little (Headteacher of St Paul’s High School, Dundee) and a whole host of others to celebrate this special occasion with us.  Many thanks go to the Chaplaincy Team, the RE, Music and Home Economics departments and the Fairtrade Committee for putting the evening together so successfully.

Today, we’ve been having birthday parties in secondary tutor groups, and this afternoon has been given over to birthday events in the primary!  If your child is very lucky, they might even win one of our limited edition birthday mugs!  If not, you can come along to our campus celebration tomorrow and buy one there!  They’ll be crafts, stalls, entertainment, and a bouncy castle!  At 2pm, we have teamed up with a professional company to bring the Panto to the North Inch!  Jack and the Beanstalk will be performing and tickets are available to buy on the day.  We would appreciate as many people coming along as possible – hopefully you’ll even manage to buy a Christmas present or two from our local traders.

Last week was National Book Week, and there was a great deal of activity across the school, with Bookbug and Read, Write, Count bags, and an author visit.  I can also inform you that the recent school book fair raised nearly £800 for the school.  Thank you!  This will be used to help fund our reading schemes.

As I said in my last secondary blog, a group of young designers from our primary and secondary worked with Mr McLaughlin from our DET department and Children in Scotland to choose a prizewinner for an international conference in Glasgow and report on the day.  We hope to bring you a full report soon!

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Today, P6 and P7 are having their rugby festival after 5 weeks of training.  Well done to each of them.

Next week I’ll be writing to parents of secondary pupils about uniform, car parking, behaviour on buses, mobile phones and litter.  I’m sure you can guess what I’ll be saying!  Please look out for this and reinforce these key messages with your children.  I will also be writing to our parents of primary pupils about important issues affecting the primary school.

There is so much going on over the next few weeks – I have already written to nursery/primary and secondary parents and carers to highlight these.  Of course, the P2 Nativity and the secondary Christmas Show are particular highlights, as is our Christmas Jumper Day on 15 December!  And please remember, if your child doesn’t have a Christmas jumper, then they can always decorate one of their own in tinsel and baubles!

I very much hope to see you tomorrow at our community birthday celebration from 11am.

With every good wish,

Seán P Hagney

Headteacher and Campus Leader