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15 January 2016

Dear Parents and Carers

2016 is now well underway, and our all-through school is a hive of activity as always!

Across the nursery and primary, our children have been settling down after all the excitement of Christmas.  Our first Primary Soft Start for the year took place this morning where we welcomed parents into the primary classes.  This gives our young people had the opportunity to share their learning with mums, dads, grandparents and carers. We also welcomed parents of P3 & P4 to a Sacramental Information Evening which took place on Wednesday night.  We are grateful to Canon Martin who joined us at the start of our sacramental preparation journey.

We have also welcomed a number new pupils in the nursery and across the school and they have been made to feel very welcome by our friendly and helpful pupils.

On 7 January, the Assembly Hall was transformed into an annex of the NHS when the Blood Transfusion Service set up 6 beds for a total of 55 pupils and staff from St John’s Academy and Perth Grammar School to donate blood. This is the second year in a row that we have hosted the Blood Transfusion Service and given the success of both events, it looks like it will become a fixture in our calendar for years to come. We hope that this positive experience of giving blood while at school will result in our pupils continuing to donate blood for the rest of their lives.  The service even got a pint out of this stone!

Tempest Photography returned to take group photographs of our S5-6 pupils – look out for these (my poor snap of S5 attached doesn’t do the proper photos justice!)

The final of the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative took place on Friday 11th of January. In Dragon’s Den style (but much nicer!), an esteemed panel of judges decided that Leanne Sweeney and Sophie McCrory were the winning team, with £3000 being donated to local good cause Southton Small Holding. Many congratulations to them and you can read a more detailed report here.

On Wednesday 13th of January, we held the S2 parents’ contact and information evening. A presentation on course choice for S2 pupils moving into S3 was delivered by the Secondary Senior Leadership Team prior to parents attending appointments with teachers. An updated copy of the course choice information booklet is being prepared and will be here when ready.

Looking ahead

On Tuesday (19 Jan) Primary 1 & Primary 2 will be attending  mass in St John the Baptist Church. Please contact the office if you are able to support with walking the children down to mass for 10am.

Assessment opportunities for S4-6 pupils start on Monday 18th of January. S5-6 pupils will be on study leave from Monday the 18th to Thursday the 28th of January inclusive. S4 pupils will attend classes as normal when they are not sitting exams.  The latest timetable is available here.

The annual S2 ski trip leaves for Pila in Italy on Saturday 23rd of January. 40 pupils and 5 staff are attending the trip and have been in training for a few months to improve their fitness in preparation for an exhausting (if enjoyable) week!  We wish them a safe and enjoyable excursion!

Finally, on Tuesday 19 January there will be a Parent Council Meeting in the Conference Room at 7.00pm.  Any parent is welcome to come along and participate in these meetings.  And don’t forget we are always looking for parents to support us in a whole host of ways – if you think you can help, please contact Mr Bald.  Our Active Schools coordinators are also looking for some helpers for after school clubs – they will provide all the training/support you might need, so again, if you can assist us, please get in touch.

With every best wish,

Seán P Hagney

Headteacher and Campus Leader