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21 November 2016 – Focus on Nursery and Primary

Dear Parents and Carers

As we move into the colder days and towards Christmas, I wanted to give you an update on our progress over the past couple of weeks.

Since my last blog, we have once again held our regular soft starts.  This is proving very popular for P1-4 parents and carers, but we could always welcome more parents of our older pupils!  Our programme of dates is here. This time gives parents an opportunity to see their child within their own classroom setting and (most importantly) show your child your support for their education.

Our nursery brunch and blether sessions continue to be popular, and storytelling was the focus of the most recent session.  The children really enjoyed themselves in the company of their parents and carers – so thank you for coming along.

Our first reporting evenings were also held recently.  Once again a great turnout by parents.  We really do appreciate this contact, so thank you for supporting your child and the school.

Pupils from P2 and P6 represented the school at Sunday mass recently in St John’s Church.  As it was Remembrance Sunday, our pupils brought poppies they had made to the altar and read prayers of remembrance.  P3 also had their annual weekday mass with the parish – thank you to parent helpers for making this possible.  Every one of our pupils was an excellent ambassador of our school, and the parishioners of St John’s were very impressed by them all.  Mgr Martin also recently led our staff in an evening of reflection, followed by food provided by the KIT Group.  Many thanks to all for this.

P7 have been studying World War II and making superb Anderson Shelters.  After their recent visit to the Blackwatch Museum, this year’s remembrance has had a special significance for them.

P2 also had their ‘Stranger Danger’ visit by a local police officer – it would be useful if parents could take this opportunity to reinforce the message that they should not go with strangers.

P6 have been training and preparing for a rugby festival which will be held on 25 November.  We wish them well.

We had a focus on safety for Hi Viz day.  As the nights get darker it is especially important to remember that children are on our roads.  Traffic wardens have visited us recently and were surprised by the number of parents who are continuing to drop off their children in the turning circle.  Once again, I ask you not to enter the turning circle.  Please drop off your children at a safe distance from the school.

greenflagawardholder2016rgb_72Mrs Megaugin and Mrs Golden led a host of eco-events last week in the nursery and primary.  Our eco-assemblies focused on the message: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.  P1 who are learning about Fairylands made dragons and castles from junk.  P3 upcycled bookcases for the library area, and P4 did an eco-drama.

After much work by our Eco-Committees across the whole school, Keep Scotland Beautiful informed us that we have achieved our all-through Green Flag. A really great achievement.  Well done to all!

Coming Up:

Author Tony Bonning will be visiting nursery and P1 pupils later this week.  Eligible nursery pupils have already received their Bookbug Bag, and P1 pupils will receive theirs this week.  P2 and P3 pupils will also be given resources for family learning.  They will receive Read, Write, Count Bags this week also.

Perth and Kinross Council are consulting on the how we provide early learning to children.  You can have your say by completing the survey at http://www.pkc.gov.uk/families

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 or his representative 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.

There 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. Please do join us for what should be a great day.  Any funds raised will go to the ‘Pennies for the Playgrounds’ appeal.

With every good wish,

Seán P Hagney

Headteacher and Campus Leader