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27 November 2015 – Focus on Primary

Dear Parents/Carers

The past week in the school has been as busy as ever and has included us hosting exchange students from Hong Kong – more on this in my next blog!  This week has also been about getting our plans in place for Advent and Christmas.  The children are already getting excited (and so are many of the adults!)

December is always a very special time in our school, especially within the nursery and primary, and we are all looking forward to helping our young people consider what Advent and Christmas means for us all.

Looking back

  • All children from Nursery to Primary 7 had their individual and family photographs taken. I must thank the office staff for the tremendous amount of work which goes into organising all the different children and families involved.  Please remember that all orders must be handed into the School Office by Tuesday 1 December to guarantee delivery of photographs before Christmas.
  • On Tuesday 24 November I got the chance to speak to and meet many of our Primary 7 pupils from our own school, our cluster schools and indeed from across Perth and Kinross. Primary 7 pupils and parents/carers who are choosing to come to St John’s in S1 continued their transition journey by having guided tours and an opportunity to meet with secondary staff across a number of departments. The feedback was extremely positive.
  • 25 November – Primary pupils were treated to a fabulous storytelling session from Macastory, organised by our partner staff in the North Inch Community Library. Some of our P6 & P7 pupils also had the opportunity to participate in the storytelling session.

Looking forward

  • On 30 November, we will celebrate the Feast of St Andrew and representatives from St Andrew House will come together from across the whole school to celebrate mass together. All children from St Andrew House will be joined by our secondary St Andrew House Captains for an assembly on the life of the saint.
  • P5 pupils will have an opportunity to visit the Dundee Science Centre to enhance their learning experiences as part of the Interdisciplinary Learning focus on Space.
  • Canon Drysdale and Fr Bogdan will be vising all classes across P4-7 this week at the start of Advent to celebrate a Service of Reconciliation with our young people.
  • Children across the school will have an SSPCA assembly reminding them about the importance of pet safety .
  • Friday 4 December will be the last opportunity before the Christmas holidays to come along and join in the learning with your child during our Soft Starts. There is also the opportunity to catch up with SLT for a cup of tea at 9.30am.
  • Monday 7 December will be one of our main highlights of the academic session with a visit from the Bishop of Dunkeld, Stephen Robson. Bishop Stephen will visit classes, celebrate Holy Mass and meet a number of our young people.
  • We hope to get you into the Christmassy spirit on Wednesday 9 December with our Primary 2s leading our Christmas Show with our Nativity – A Miracle in Town! All classes will be performing Christmas Carols/songs during our performances at 2pm and 7pm. To avoid disappointment, please purchase your ticket in advance. Each class are preparing a Christmas Hamper so donations would be greatly appreciated. Please check with your child the theme/colour for their class hamper.
  • Children will celebrate their Christmas Lunch together on Thursday 10 December with the help of Tayside Contracts, our caterers. Look out for more information regarding the choices for this date.
  • During the last week of term each class will have a Christmas Party. P1 & P2 on Monday 14, P3 & P4 on Tuesday 15 and P5, P6 & P7 on Wednesday 16 December. Tickets available from the school office.
  • Please remember that school will close at 12noon on Friday 18 December and resume on Tuesday 5 January 2016 at 8.50am for the secondary and 9.00am for the primary.

Other useful information

  • Drop-off/Parking – as I said in last week’s blog, please do not drop off your child within the turning circle.  Please drop off your child at a safe distance from the school and allow your child to walk the rest of the way.  Without wanting to overstate the issue, I need to say that currently parents/carers are endangering the lives of pupils – including our nursery pupils – and I ask you, with every respect, to think responsibly for the sake of all our children.
  • School Holiday dates for 2016-17 and 2017-18 are here.

Finally, can I make an appeal to keep your records up-to-date with the school office, including your mobile phone number and email address?  This information is really important as we endeavour to improve our communications with parents and carers.  Thanks to those who do this already.

With every good wish,

Seán P Hagney

Headteacher and Campus Leader