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05 November 2016 – All through focus

Dear Parents and Carers

Term 2 is now well underway and our learners have made a great start.  As always, we’ve been busy in classes as well as taking part in a whole host of different activities.

Our nursery and primary pupils had a fun day of Halloween activities, and our secondary held a Halloween Disco which raised £250 for our YPI programme.  This programme involves S3 pupils researching local charities and advocating for them.  The finalists then present to a panel of judges and 1 local charity is awarded £3000, £2750 of which is provided by the Wood Foundation.

On 1 November, we celebrated the Solemnity of All Saints with pupils from P1-S6 taking part in 1 of 4 masses held in the school and at St John’s Church.  In the evening, Fr Bogdan led pupils from our Polish community who had another opportunity to dress up, this time as their favourite saint.

In our nursery, the children had an autumn walk around the campus and picked apples from our orchard,  They then made a tasty apple crumble to enjoy!

This week nursery and primary pupils learned more about being eco-friendly.  Ken from ‘We are MITIE’ led assemblies for all our pupils as we await our award as an Eco-School.  We will also be having primary ‘Eco-days’ on 15-16 November.

Flu vaccinations (for those who had consent) were given this week also.  We hope this will help the children to have a healthy winter.

Learning Trees were sent home this week with information about learning as well as key dates for classes.  Our recent ‘soft start’ was also another useful opportunity for parents to visit us and see their child in their classroom setting.

Mrs Ward, Mr McGuire and a group of intrepid S6 pupils returned from Romania over the holidays.  They volunteered in the Recuperare Clinic and the Marie Curie Children’s Hospital, working with the children and even hosting a party.  An article about their visit is on the main page of our website and can be accessed by clicking here.

Mrs Carroll and four young people also spent nearly 2 weeks in Hong Kong as part of an exchange programme.  We hope to bring you an article about their adventures soon!

Coming up:

Parent Contact Evenings are on Tuesday and Thursday of this week for our Primary classes.

Parent Council will also be held this Tuesday at 7pm in the conference room.  Our parent council represents parents from across our whole school, so all are welcome.

We will be celebrating Mass in St John’s Church on 13th Nov at 11am with our P2 and P6 classes – please come and join us if you can.

We will be selling poppies around the school next week in aid of the Scottish Poppy Appeal.  You can find out more here.  All donations are welcome.  A special commemorative event is being held in the campus on 11 November at 7pm.  You can find all the details here.

On 30 November at 7pm we will hold our annual Family Mass which will mark our 5th birthday since our official opening as St John’s RC Academy.  Bishop Stephen will lead us, and we hope that we will have a full hall.  Tickets can be reserved via the school office and a letter from me has already been sent out to parents and carers.

birthdayThere will be a special event on Saturday 3 December to mark the 5th birthday of North Inch Community Campus. The event starts at 11am and there will be numerous stalls, performances and fun activities for all of the family. It is free to enter, so please come along and join in the celebrations. At 2pm, the Campus will host a Panto performed by a professional company called M&M Productions and tickets are now on sale at the reception desk. Tickets are £8 for adults and £5 for children, and a family of 4 can buy a discounted ticket for £20. We will be advertising this over the coming weeks so look out for the leaflets/posters which will give you more information. Please do join us for what should be a great day.  Any funds raised will go to the ‘Pennies for the Playgrounds’ appeal.

Finally, you will have heard in the news the recent incidents involving young people in Perth misusing drugs.  As a parent, I know that you will want to know the facts so that you can support your child.  A good place to find out more is www.knowthescore.info  We too will continue to work with our pupils to make them aware of the dangers of drugs and alcohol so that they can make the best choices.

With every good wish,

Seán P Hagney

Headteacher and Campus Leader