17 May 2018 – All Through
Since the start of the final term of 2017/18 we have been busy right across the whole school. While many of our nursery pupils are getting ready for P1, our P7 pupils are preparing for S1, and we have been saying our farewells to our outgoing S6 and leavers in the Senior Phase.
Our nursery children have been continuing their learning through play and are making great progress with a particular focus on ‘loose parts’. They’ve been out and about, including to the local community garden, and were recently visited by ‘Bookbug’. Nursery children, along with our primary pupils, had an active Health Week, and sports days were very well supported by our families – thank you for coming along. We also had our annual ‘Bike Breakfast’ which was well supported once again (see picture). Health week in the nursery and primary included everything from smoothie making to judo taster sessions to CPR training! We are currently celebrating Health Week in our secondary department too, and there’s been a focus on mental health and anti-bullying. There’s also been opportunities for intergenerational learning, with visitors to our nursery from Balhousie Care Home and secondary pupils taking part in the Weavers Tea Party in St John’s Church. P4 spent a day with other P4s from our cluster schools at St Stephen’s, Blairgowrie, in preparation for their First Holy Communion. Senior pupils have (of course!) been very busy taking exams, while a significant number have been on work experience placements across Perth and Kinross. For older members of our community, the Parent Council organised a successful quiz night last week. We also hosted a group of Austrian education inspectors at the school for a couple of days and they were extremely impressed by all our young people. Expedition season is here, and a number of our secondary pupils are working towards Bronze, Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards, supported by our outdoor education leader and staff volunteers. There’s also been excursions to Loch Leven, Glenalmond College, Perth Museum and Blair Drummond Safari park – we haven’t stopped to take a breath!
A number of achievements have also been marked this term. I joined our S6 Career Ready candidates who graduated at their national event held in Perth in April, marking an end to their two year programme of mentoring and work experience. Our Integrated Team, who support our children and young people with additional needs, received a Bronze Award recognising their partnership work at the recent ‘Securing the Future’ Awards. Mrs Pauline Ward was also recognised at this ceremony for her commitment to lifelong learning and Mr Hugh McAninch received his Standard for Headship Award at a national ceremony in Glasgow. We will also be marking many other achievements towards the end of term at our own awards ceremonies. We are looking forward to hearing from the Chief Executive of the SQA, Dr Janet Brown, who will be our keynote speaker at our senior award ceremony in June.
For children and young people who are transitioning to St John’s RC Academy, we have produced a new School Brochure alongside our online School Handbook. Our brochure captures our school community in an engaging and easily accessible format. You can see the online version of the brochure here or click on the image below. Please let us know what you think.
Finally, I was delighted to send a cheque to SCIAF for over £8300 after our fundraising efforts. This year, the Department for International Development (DFID) is doubling all donations to SCIAF, so this means we actually raised £16,605.18! This is an excellent achievement. This will help some of the very poorest people in our world access the basic necessities of life. You have given them a great and much needed gift. On their behalf, thank you so much for your generosity.