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21 February 2020 – All through

Dear Parents/Carers,

Our third school term is now well underway, and our children and young people are hard at work!  P7 are busy preparing for their school show, P3 will be welcoming parents, carers and friends to their Fairtrade Toast Café on 6 March, and many in P4 are preparing for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  We will also be celebrating World Book Day on 5 March!  Our secondary Fairtrade group will also be hosting a Fairtrade Coffee Morning on Shrove Tuesday – so we can be sure to use up the biscuits before the start of Lent!  During Lent we will be sending SCIAF boxes home to collect loose change – every penny makes a difference, so please support if you can.  In the coming weeks, we are looking forward to holding our own Careers Fair to help our primary and secondary pupils consider their future careers.  Senior pupils are completing National 3 and 4 courses, and many are preparing for National 5, Higher, Advanced Higher and other exams.  If you want to know how you can help your child prepare for exams, there’s some great advice from the National Parent Forum – click here.

Each year we ask parents to give us feedback on how we’re doing.  You have been sent a link to a questionnaire. Please take a few minutes to share your thoughts with us.  We won’t know if you don’t tell us!  If you’re a parent/carer and have not received this link, please contact the school office.

If you want to read more about our school year, then please click on our Newsletter page on our website: or you can also follow us on Twitter @st_johnsacademy and @stjohnsnursery_

Finally – some shared concerns. I know many of our parents and carers are concerned about their children’s access and use of the internet and social media. Both the internet and social media can be a forces for good, but their use needs to be carefully managed. Parents and carers can get access to advice on this here. Please be assured that we are continually promoting positive use of the internet and social media, but overuse (or even addiction) to mobile phones and the misuse of these appears to be affecting young people (and adults) in all sorts of concerning ways. These concerns range from causing disturbed sleep, lack of concentration and motivation, to exploitation and abusive behaviours. The answer is not to ban these completely (they’re here to stay!), but to learn how to manage and use these responsibly and to act with respect and kindness. Your children tell us that they sometimes need help to manage their use of mobile devices, and they too are worried about using these too much. Please take the time to discuss these issues openly with your child, so that they can adopt responsible habits and behaviours around their use of mobile devices, the internet and social media. The benefits of responsible use include having happier children and young people, and we all want that.

As always, thank you so much for all the support you give to your school.

Every good wish,

Seán P Hagney

Headteacher and Campus Leader