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4 September 2019 – All Through

Dear Parents/Carers

The new session is now well underway and I am delighted to say that our children and young people throughout our nursery, primary and secondary are settling in very well, and settling down to the busy task of learning.

As an all-through school, we welcome lots of new children and young people into St John’s Academy at the start of each session. There’s the new intake in nursery, P1 and S1, as well as a growing number of new pupils across stages. Each one is very welcome and it is great to see them all making new friends so quickly. S1 had a final transition opportunity at Lendrick Muir last week, where 70 S1s spent 2 days together getting to know one another better. Today, many of our parents in the primary came along to our first soft start of the session, and it was great to see so many of you. Thank you, too, for taking the time and making the effort to send your children to school looking marvellous in their uniforms. It would be great to see even more senior pupils in their blazers!

Our senior pupils in S4-6 performed very well in their recent SQA examinations, with our S5 cohort (now S6) performing exceptionally well, with more young people than ever gaining 5 Highers in one sitting. The pressure is now on our new S5 to match (or better!) them. I am sure they can rise to the challenge! I will update you further on our results over the coming weeks.

Over the summer we piloted summer activities for pupils across P1-7 and S1-3, supported by a grant from the local authority. We worked in partnership with the Childcare Strategy Team, our Community Link Worker, our outdoor learning team, Tayside Contracts and all the different partners in North Inch Community Campus to deliver this. Feedback has been very positive and I think we have made a great start to our activities programme. We aim to have October and Christmas programmes for P1-7, so watch out for these opportunities.

Our nursery is expanding as part of the government’s programme giving 1140hrs of nursery provision to 3 and 4 year olds. We have new staff appointed, as well as a new senior and principal ECP. Nursery parents will be kept up to date with these changes.

As you know, I often use my blog to reach out to you, our parents and carers, to ask you to ensure the safety of our children and young people at the beginning and end of the day. Children have the right to be safe, and it is part of our role as adults to ensure they can enjoy this right (UNCRC, Article 3). For P1-4 we have Noah’s Rainbow (pictured) to create a better space for us to hand over your children to you quickly and safely. I continue to ask that you do not drive into the turning circle and instead use the car park to drop your child off. I would also remind adults that the campus is a no-smoking area. You are the most important role model for your child, and you are also a role model for all the children who see you too. Thank you for the extra efforts you make to model responsible behaviour in and around the campus.

Finally, please have a look at our website and follow us @st-johnsacademy. There’s lots of information available, including our recently refreshed Relationships Policy.

I am very much looking forward to the year ahead, and I look forward to sharing the many successes of our children and young people with you throughout the year.

With every good wish,

Seán P Hagney

Headteacher and Campus Leader